The Delhi University held its 86th Convocation on Sunday and more than 150 PhDs were awarded. 128 students won gold medals and 48 were presented with other prizes.
Looking at the large number of women who were conferred with doctorate degrees,Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee said in his address that he regretted not being able to get the Womens Bill passed during his tenure. I am conceding defeat to DU authorities as I could not get the Womens Bill passed, he said.
Noting that women constitute nearly half of Indias population,Chatterjee said the question of their empowerment had very special significance. The country has to put an end to gender bias,outdated values and societal attitudes that inhibit womens effective participation in public affairs,and should endeavour to empower women socially,economically and educationally, he said.
He also said more youth should join politics and participate in the democratic process.
The youth have to participate in democracy so as to bring about change and to not remain bystanders. They will bring in freshness of approach along with youthful energy to address the imperfections in the institution of democracy, Chatterjee said.
Deepak Pental,DU vice chancellor,said he was glad to see so many people getting certificates. Now each of the students should try to make a name for him or herself,so that they can take the country forward, he said.