Assam Women's University.
Assam Women's University.

Four batches of former students of Assam Women’s University can breathe a sigh of relief with the first convocation of the University scheduled to be held on February 25.

Established by an Act of the State Assembly in 2013, the University had gone on steam in 2014, its first batch passing out in 2016.

Since inception the University was run by a mentor with the present vice chancellor Malinee Goswami assuming charge on September 12, 2019 putting to rest fears that the University would be downgraded to a technical institute as had been hinted by education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.

Not only that, Sarma had questioned the legality of the provisional pass certificates issued by a mentor on the floor of the Assembly as well as appointment of a mentor to run the University.

These statements had led to a lot of heartburn with the students taking to the streets in protest, followed by massive support from all quarters including AASU and several political and apolitical organisations in the country.

Professor Jagdish Mukhi, governor of Assam and the Chancellor of Assam Women’s University will deliver the convocation lecture and confer the degrees to the passed out students of the university.

Suryya Kumar Chetia, assistant professor and member of the Media Cell of the University said that instead of the conventional western convocation gown, the University has prepared a traditional Mekhela-Chadar and Cheleng as the dress for the participants in the convocation.

He further said that Assamese language has been used along with English in the certificates of the Assam Women’s University.

The registration process has already been completed for the ensuing convocation.

Smita Bhattacharyya

Smita Bhattacharyya is Northeast Now Correspondent in Jorhat. She can be reached at: triptyaddy@gmail.com