Published On : Fri, Feb 20th, 2015

Glittering ceremony marks 101st Convocation of RTMNU



  • Chief Minister urges RTMNU to envision a globally competitive varsity
  • CM stressed on skill development for enhancement of quality of Human Resource Development




Graced by Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis, Former Chairman of Finance Commission Padma Vibhushan Dr Vijay Kelkar and Acting Vice-Chancellor of RTMU, a glittering ceremony marks the 101st Convocation of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) on February 20, 2015 at Dr Vasantrao Deshpande Hall in the city.

CM Fadnavis stresses on optimum utilization of e-platform to better performance of varsity.

While addressing the winners of gold and silver medals and the students who were slated to get their degrees, Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis said that having acquired my education from this very Varsity, I received my degree in Law from Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar College of Law. Later, as a people’s representative, I raised burning issues of students in the senate of the varsity. I feel very embarrassing while gracing this occasion as a Chief Guest, where I started my journey from zero.

Apart from dwelling on various pressing issues, Fadnavis claimed that there is a need for change in the syllabus so that the students are exposed to a vocational based education. There is a need for expansion of our RTMNU; however, he should ensure the quality of our varsity. He added that we need to be flexible for a pro-development and improvement of quality of the varsity. Fadnavis claimed that whether it is Nagpur, Amravati, Pune or Mumbai, almost all the varsities follow the same syllabi. However, we need to seriously ponder over very pressing issues like holding the examinations on time, timely results, declaring the revaluation results etc. These are student centric issues which need to be considered with utmost importance and needs to be addressed at the earliest.

Fadnavis claimed that with the advancement of technological sphere of our everyday life, RTMNU should be able to use the digitalization and the e-platform for better services. He said that we cannot afford to employ more man-power, but can certainly make optimum utilization of e-platforms for our various services. He said that RTMNU should be able to use the social media for its inter-action with the students. This provides a wider reach for the varsity.

He added that this use of e-platform will reduce the unnecessary paper-work.

He also dwelt on the quality of valuers and teachers. He claimed that performance of duty should be done with sincerity and with commitment towards all-round development of our varsity and its quality.

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Choice Based Credit System, which will help us to evolve a higher education system that is suitable with provision for knowledge values and skill practice where every student learns in without sacrificing his/her creativity.

All of the objectives have to be realized with an aim to transform teaching learning processes in academics- a transformation where students change from being passive listeners of knowledge to becoming active participants of the knowledge imbibing process.

He claimed that our education system should be such where the students should be able to contribute towards our country’s economy. He added that even those students, who go outside our country or state to acquire newer skills, should come back to their alma mater and infuse those skills into the varsity. He dwelt on the need for students to consciously concentrate on skill development.

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Former Chairman of Finance Commission Padma Vibhushan Dr Vijay Kelkar
, while addressing the students said that before I turn to how I see the future of all your generation, let me offer you my first advice. I would request you to first thank your parents because it is their sacrifice which made your education possible. I am advising this because I forgot to express my gratitude to my parents, when I graduated and I have not been able to forgive myself till now for this lapse and I do not want you to make the same error. We do not thank enough or express our gratitude as often as we should to our parents and teachers to whom we owe so much.

Dwelling on the nation’s economy, which is his field of expertise, one of the most interesting features of India’s growth is the way it was achieved under a democratic framework. Indeed this is a unique achievement in human history. Historically, in the western or far-east countries an adoption of full democratic form, followed these countries and achieving higher economic growth. In India, this was achived simultaneously or real-time basis. This is truly an achievement of monumental proportions, given the ethnic, social and religious diversity of our country. India has substantial degree of exposure to what professor Dani Rodrick called “Latent social conflicts”. Yet we know the economic laws we associated with shocks in India whether due to internal or external sources have been minimal. How did this happen? It was a result of high quality conflict management mediated through our political institutions and from smoother functioning of our democracy. Independent institutions like Election Commissions, Finance Commission and the Judiciary combined with our cooperative federal structures play a critical role in integrating our complex society into a durable fabric and making it a dynamic entity.

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Acting Vice-Chancellor Vinayak Shridhar Deshpande
while addressing the students said that today is a memorable day for Nagpur University. One of the meritorious students has become the Chief Minister of Maharashtra. It is a proud moment for us to have the Chief Minister as the Chief Guest and to listen to his thoughts. In this programme, I heartily welcome the Chief Minister. Similarly, the Special Guest for this function Former Chairman of Finance Commission Padma Vibhushan Dr Vijay Kelkar is also the son of Vidarbha. Originally an Engineering Student Dr Kelkar is today’s economist of eminence. He also welcomed other distinguished guests and students.

This year too, it was the girls who topped the medal tally. Saniya Aziz Syed of Institute of Science scored highest marks in B.Sc and had bagged highest tally of 16 medals and awards. Karishma Bhushan Gavai (LL B five years) was second topper with 15 medals while Priyanka Bhagyachandra Oswal (LL B three years) from Dr Ambedkar College of Law got 12 medals.

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Satish Mandhare from Yeshwant Mahavidyalaya in Wardha who was the topper from Arts Faculty received eight medals and prizes followed by Neelam Bagde. Bhavana Paliwal received highest number of medals from Commerce Faculty while Charles Salve was the topper from Social Sciences. Neeta Bhongade from SK Wankhede College has topped the tally in Education Faculty, while Priyadarshini Chowdhury stood as the topper in engineering.

A total of 68,778 students will be receiving graduate and post graduate degrees. Total 174 students received special medals. The medals bifurcation is 302 Gold-Medals, 41 Silver -Medals and 102 prizes.

The Convocation ceremony concluded with Pasaydan and National Anthem.

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