The Vice-Chancellor held a press meet on November 11, 2013, in which he said that the reason for indefinite postponement of the RTMNU Convocation is unavailability of President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, for the ceremony.
Rashtrasant Tukdoji Maharaj Nagpur University was all geared-up have the President of India Pranab Mukherjee’s to give away the degrees during the 100th Convocation scheduled on November 16. But some complications and problems existing in RTMNU made the President to drop the very idea of coming to the city. The cancellation of President’s visit to the city and in-turn to RTMNU, Nagpur University was left with no option but to re-arrange its 100th convocation schedule.
In order to finalize the future course of action for organizing the convocation, members of Management Council Dr Sanjay Khadakkar and Dr DK Agrawal had sent letters to the University requesting to call an emergent meeting of the council.
The RTMNU Management Council was to decide the fate over the issue of convocation on November 16.
Vice-Chancellor Dr Vilas Sapkal and Board of College and University Development Director Dr A D Chaudhari were in Mumbai to discuss the issue with Governor K Sankaranarayaran. Sources informed that they could not meet the Governor, hence, could not come to any conclusion.
However, the RTMNU Management Council decided to postpone the convocation indefinitely. The emergent meeting that lasted for nearly 5 hours kept every media person out-side fidgety. Finally the news that the convocation has been postponed came at 6 pm.
In an exclusive talk with Nagpur Today, Jiten Agrawal said that since the President’s visit was cancelled, searching for a new chief guest was a difficult task. Many prominent leaders or officials too did not agree to come for the convocation because of various reasons. However, when Nagpur Today tried to contact other officials to confirm the news, they did not answer our calls.