JORHAT: Traditional mekhela Sadar and seleng will be the dress for the participants in the first convocation of the Assam Women University (AWU), instead of conventional western convocation gown, while the Assamese language has been used along with English in the certificates of the university to be handed over to the students, said Prof. Malini Goswami, the Vice-Chancellor of the Women University who was briefing media persons at the university auditorium hall on Wednesday.
Prof Goswami said that preparation was going on in full swing for the first convocation to be held on February 25 at the University Auditorium. Assam Governor and Chancellor of the university, Prof Jagdish Mukhi will preside over the convocation ceremony and present the convocation address. A total of 493 students will be conferred degrees.
“It will be a red-letter day for AWU on February 25 and we are also expecting State Finance Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma, who is also our board member, to be present as a special guest on the occasion. Though the total number of passed out students is 580, we have got feedback from 493 students only and 87 students will be conferred a degree in absentia. The university is running 15 departments for postgraduate courses, two undergraduate courses, and one diploma course. This university is the only institute in the Northeast to give diploma and degree in physiotherapy,” said Prof Goswami. “I am also happy to announce that among the passed out students there are two international students from Nigeria. Out of the two, one PG student, Mary Christopher, has confirmed her presence for the day,” added the Vice-Chancellor.
The Assam Women University was established by an Act of the Assam Assembly in 2013 and the first batch passed out in 2016, said Dr. Lakhi Hazarika, the Academic Registrar of AWU.