The Delhi University (DU) on Saturday became the first institution in the country to award “Digital Degrees” to its 1,78,719 students during its 97th annual convocation, its acting Vice-Chancellor P C Joshi claimed. Due to the pandemic, the convocation ceremony was conducted in a manner that combined online as well as physical modes.
“It is for the first time, not only in the history of DU but all universities, that with a click of a button, nearly 1,80,000 students received their Bachelors/Master degrees in various disciplines in their mail. This is a historic step for all of us,” claimed Mr. Tyagi.
According to NDTV, over 156 medals and 36 prizes were also awarded to the students in person by Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, who was the chief guest of the occasion. Over 600 doctoral degrees and 44 DM/M CH degrees were also awarded in person during the convocation.
Speaking about the university’s achievements, Mr. Joshi said despite being a “pandemic year”, the institute managed to make a smooth transition to online mechanisms, digital learning, conducting open book examinations, or having contactless admissions.
“All stakeholders ensured that there was no disruption in the holistic development of our students. Though physically the libraries were closed, but electronic resources were made available for the university constituents by providing access to them within the comforts of their home. It is a matter of immense pride for us as we have emerged as the first university in the country to conduct an open book examination in accordance with the instructions of the Ministry of Education for keeping the safety and health of the students as the topmost priority,” he said, adding that the university will implement the National Education Policy 2020 at its earliest.