While the Jammu University is organizing the much awaited convocation ceremony after a gap of 7 -years with President Pranab Mukherjee giving away the Gold medals, and certificates there is widespread resentment among the former students who want this event to be held annually or once in two years. Many of the formers students have left the state to pursue their careers, and several have even left for studies abroad which makes it quite difficult to return to claim their medals and certificates which they duly deserve.
The convocation ceremony had also run into controversy after it was announced that merit holders of only 2012-13 session would be awarded certificates and medals but the authorities had to step back, and they had to invite the merit holders of all the session. However, this situation has caused a confusion as there are almost 600 students who are needed to be awarded for meritorious performance. A student who has won six Gold medals says that this event should be held regularly so that there is not such a huge backlog, and former students do not have to suffer the problems caused by these huge numbers. In fact, the students had threatened to launch an agitation if the university did not agree to inviting all the students who had been left in all these years.
A merit holder, who passes out in 2007, said that University of Jammu has not been serious in holding regular convocation ceremonies, and they should find out a way to ensure these are regularly held. In 2003, he recalls the university had not invited Phd holders which led to protests, however a similar situation has been avoided this time.
The 12th Convocation Ceremony of Jammu University was held on May 13, 2007 and Dr Karan Singh was the chief guest on the occasion. The next convocation as per rules should have been held in 2009 but due to unknown reasons this event has remained off the radar of authorities who have now decided to held in 2014. The merit holder students allege that this nothing but injustice with them as more than 600 medals, and certificates would be awarded in a single day, and it is almost certain that the President would not be handing over this huge numbers himself. The students further say that meeting the president would have been the greatest moment of their lives but inept organization on part of the University will now ensure that only few can get medals from his hands.
Apart from medals, it is expected that 116 Ph.D and M.Phil degrees up till 2013 will be conferred on the occasion in different disciplines.