IUST pass-out won’t accept his degree from Irani on convocation day

SRINAGAR: A pass-out of Islamic University of Science and Technology on Friday said that he would not accept his master’s degree from union minister Smriti Irani on the university’s convocation day.
Sameer Gojwari, a 2008 MBA pass-out of the university, told Kashmir Reader that he refuses to receive his degree from the human resource development minister in protest against the “diminishing freedoms” in India.
“I have come to know that Smriti Irani is scheduled to participate and give away awards to the students in the convocation. I won’t accept it from her,” Gojwari said.
“It will be in protest against what we witness throughout India and Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.
Islamic University of Science and Technology is scheduled to organise its first convocation on October 19.
Gojwari said that the return of awards by writers from across India prompted him refuse the award from the union minister.
“Though for a student receiving a master’s degree is no less than any prestigious award, but on convocation day, my protest will be against what we are witnessing right now in India,” he said.
He said that the degree holds no value when “our freedom is curbed in a so-called democracy”.
“I appeal to all students to return their degrees in protest,” he said.