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New Delhi : Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ addressed the 97th Annual Convocation of the University of Delhi held on February 27, 2021, at the Multi-purpose hall, Indoor Stadium Sports Complex, Delhi. Pokhriyal also inaugurated the Maharishi Kanad Bhawan. First time in the history of the University, 1,78,719 digital degrees were distributed online by the Union Education Minister.

In his address to the gathering , Pokhriyal asserted that the duty of a University was to patronise, promote, support, and guide other educational institutions. He observed that the University was supporting and promoting institutions located in remote areas under the Vidya Vistar Yojna.

Emphasising the need for reforms in the education sector, Pokhriyal said that the University of Delhi can further contribute to nation-building by advancing Center of Excellence on National Education Policy. The efforts will not only strengthen Indian education system but also make India a global knowledge superpower, he added. Pokhriyal congratulated the students and parents on this important day of their lives and motivated them to face the future challenges with hard work and determination, according to a PIB release. He appreciated the efforts of the University of Delhi for ensuring no disruption in the holistic development of its students during this pandemic year.


Dean Examinations, Prof. D. S. Rawat, congratulated all the award holders – 670 doctoral degrees, 44 DM/M.Ch degrees, 156 medals and 36 prizes from multidisciplinary fields. The University’s Brochure was released. It has a dedicated section on Resilience to Covid -19. The biggest achievement has been to become the first University in the Country to conduct Open Book Examination (OBE) for such a large number of students keeping health and safety of the students as the top most priority as instructed by the Ministry of Education.

The Vice Chancellor (Acting) shared with immense pride that the University has launched Vidya Vistar scheme to support institutions in the remote areas. Under V2 scheme, this University will offer expertise of the faculty members, library resources, and other academic facilities to the partner institute.

The initiatives of the University in terms of establishment of new Centres of learning – Delhi School of Public Health, Delhi School of Climate Change & Sustainability, and Delhi School of Skill Enhancement & Entrepreneurship Development to provide education in new concepts, were also announced.