KU to honour Prof Rao at special convocation

Srinagar: Kashmir University would host a special convocation to noted scientist Prof Chintamani Nagesa Ramachandra Rao with an honorary doctorate degree (honoris Causa)on April 1.
Rao-a Bharat Ratna recipient- has been awarded over 50 honorary degrees from national and international universities and would be a special guest at the KU on the concluding ceremony of ‘young innovators meet’.
Rao has worked on solid state and structural chemistry and has authored around 1,500 research papers and 45 scientific books. Apart from it, he was conferred upon India’s highest civilian award Bharat Ratna in 2013 making him third scientist after physicist CV Raman and former Indian President and nuclear scientist APJ Abdul Kalam to receive such an award.
“It’s an honour for our university to host such an eminent scientist. Due to his engagements, the university couldn’t confer him the honour last time,” said Vice Chancellor Prof Khurshid Andrabi.
In 2013, the KU awarded honorary doctor of science degree (honoris Causa) on Prof Goverdhan Mehta, national research Professor at the School of Chemistry University of Hyderabad. However, Rao couldn’t make it to the varsity that time because of his engagements.
“He reminded us about our commitment of honoring him. In this regard, we are hosting a special convocation to honour Rao,” Andrabi told Kashmir Reader.
Rao, who heads scientific advisory council to Prime Minister, would interact with the students and deliver a science talk on the following day of the convocation, Andrabi said.
“In spite of his busy schedule, the top-notch scientist will deliver a general science lecture at the department of chemistry. It’s a feat to our university,” he said.
However, many a faculty members have shown reservations against holding the convocation at this juncture when the varsity is busy with conducting examinations, which got deferred because of the floods last year.
“It’s an honour for us to host such a noted scientist. But the university should have delayed it and hosted Rao in a general convocation held annually. The official machinery is busy with examinations and organizing such a vital event at this time affects the functioning,” said a KU faculty member.