As many as 938 candidates would be awarded various graduate and postgraduate degrees during the 31st Annual Convocation of University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS) in Dharwad on Saturday. As many as 43 gold medals and five cash prizes will also be presented.
Addressing presspersons here on Thursday, in-charge Vice-Chancellor of UAS, Dharwad, V.I. Benagi said that the Governor and Chancellor of the university Vajubhai Vala will preside over the convocation in which Professor of Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Shivalingappa S. Halli, will be honoured with a honorary doctorate degree.
In the convocation to be held at Farmers Knowledge Centre on the Dharwad campus at 11.30 a.m., Secretary of Union Government’s Department of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare S.K. Pattanayak will deliver the convocation address and confer the degrees and other awards.
Agriculture Minister N.H. Shivashankar Reddy will also participate in the convocation.
Prof. Benagi said that of the 938 candidates to be awarded various degrees, 726 would receive them in person, while the remaining  candidates would get their degrees in absentia.
Of them, 607 candidates would be awarded various graduate degrees, including 384 in Agriculture, 59 in Forestry, 78 in Agricultural Marketing and Cooperation, 69 in Rural Home Science and 17 in BTech- Food Technology.
In the postgraduate section, a total of 273 candidates would receive degrees with 211 receiving M.Sc (Agri), nine candidates receiving MBA (Agri Business), 11 getting M.Sc (Forestry) and 42 getting M.HSc degrees, he said.
Prof. Benagi said that of the 58 doctoral degrees being awarded, 46 persons would receive it in person. In all, 43 gold medals and five cash prizes would be given to meritorious students, he said.
Vaidehi Vidhanchandra Pai of College of Agriculture, Dharwad, has emerged as the “Golden Girl” for the year 2016-17 by securing 9.18 CGPA in the four-year degree programme and becoming eligible for two gold medals.
Prof. Benagi said that during 2017-18, nine new varieties — Wheat (UAS-375), Maize (GPMH-1101), Green Gram (DGG-7), Groundnut (ICGV-06189), Soyabean (DSb-23), Sugarcane (SNK-09227) and (SNK-09293), Brinjal (DWB-1) and Garlic (DWDG-2) — have been developed and released by the university after adequate tests.
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