This year’s annual convocation of the Calcutta University was held at Nazrul Mancha on January 7.
The CU convocation gathered the Governor and Chancellor of state-run universities Keshari Nath Tripathi, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, and the former Governor of Bengal Gopal Krishna Gandhi in Nazrul Mancha, where they awarded honorary degrees to the most prominent Indian academics.
The annual CU convocation traditionally takes place in either Asutosh Memorial Hall or Darbhanga Building, both of which were undergoing renovation at the time of this year’s CU convocation. For this reason, the Calcutta University welcomed its esteemed guests and awardees to Nazrul Mancha.
Chief Minister Banerjee, whose accomplishments were recognized with a D.Litt in 2018, was tasked with handing out a Doctor of Letters degree to his long-standing colleague and former Governor of Bengal Gopal Krishna Gandhi. This year, Banerjee was also asked to deliver the convocation address.
After awarding Gandhi, the organizers of the 2019 CU convocation honored a number of other field specialists. The most distinguished among them were Sukumar Mukherjee, a prominent physician, and Dilip Mahalanabis, a celebrated pediatrician and a pioneer of the use of oral rehydration therapy.
Mukherjee and Mahalanabis received a D.Dc each, while 498 other researchers were presented with their Ph.D. degrees. This year, the Calcutta University handed out 236 M.Phil degrees as well, along with 113 LLMs. Both the award ceremony and convocation were presided over by Governor Tripathi.