Allahabad University to confer D.Litt to eminent poet Gulzar at its convocation – Times of India

By | August 4, 2021

PRAYAGAJ: Authorities of Allahabad University would be awarding the honorary D.Litt to noted poet Gulzar for his contribution to poetry, films and culture. The degree would be conferred to the noted poet at the convocation of AU scheduled for September 23, this year.

The decision was taken at the meeting of the AU’s Academic Council (AC) held on the campus on Wednesday.

“We have started making preparations for holding the convocation in an offline mode but the same could be held in an online mode as and when required. AU has decided to confer D.Litt to the noted poet and soon AU would contact him to get his consent”, said AU public relation officer, Jaya Kapur.


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Famous lyricist, poet, author, screenwriter and film director, Gulzar is a recipient of the Padma Bhushan (2004) and Dadasaheb Phalke Award (2013). He has to his credit many other hours including five national film awards, 22 Filmfare Awards, one Academy Award for Best Original Song (2008), one Grammy Award (2010) besides Sahitya Akademi Award for Urdu (2002).

The meeting also decided that all phD holders of the session 2018-19-19-20 will be awarded a degree in the convocation. The Governor of the state Anandi Ben Patel, as the rector of the university, has given her consent to come for the convocation. The Chairman of University Grants Commission (UGC), Prof DP Singh, and the Chancellor of the University Ashish Chauhan have given their consent to attend the convocation, informed the PRO.

In view of the impending third wave of Covid-19 pandemic, it was reported that the two ambulances available with the university are to be brought in working order and one new ambulance is being acquired. There will also be an uplifting of the health facilities for the teachers and employees keeping the challenges faced during the second wave.

In another important decision, pertaining to teacher recruitment in the university, the roster for the vacant posts has been approved. There are a total of 595 vacancies including 357 for assistant professor, 168 for associate professor, 70 for professor.

“The UGC regulations of 2018 are to be followed for appointments and PhD will be a compulsory qualification. There will be a written test as a qualifying test for Assistant Professors based on the syllabus of NET”, said the PRO.

In a presentation regarding the new syllabus for the 4 year UG programme under the New Education Policy (NEP), a list of proposed electives and foundation courses was presented. The course will have multiple entry and exit points and will be oriented towards skill enhancement. In the second there will be a choice among Indian culture, Environment studies, computer Application. There will also proposed to be a choice among 10 elective courses.

AC also approved the Sanskrit translation of the motto of AU ‘Quot Rami Tot Arbores’ as done by the head of the department of Sanskrit with the direction of the Vice chancellor, Prof Sangita Srivastava. The Sanskrit translation is Yavatyah Shakah Tavanto Vrikshah or Yavty Shakha Stavanto. “AU would be using this Sanskrit version of its logo along with the original motto which is in Latin”, said the PRO.

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