December 4, 2006

Of PhDs, peons & program attendance

With pride they came, faces aglow
To get their PhD from the governor, you know
But the governor had to leave
To see off the chief guest, I believe
So a peon was left in charge of the show!

The Telegraph 04/12/06:They came from far and wide to receive the biggest academic honor of their lives from the hands of the governor. But the 250-odd PhD-holders from Utkal University were in for an unpleasant surprise at the institute’s 40th convocation ceremony. Governor Thakur, the chancellor of the university, wanted to leave early so that he could see off visiting Union cabinet secretary and chief guest B.K. Chaturvedi. So when the time came to distribute the honors, apparently a clerk read out the names and a peon started distributing the certificates! Read more about it here

What a rocker. You attend a program but are too busy to attend the program!! What to do? Life's like that!

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous5:25 AM

    I am not sure if you remember an old Jaspal Bhatti serial(forgot the name) on DD,but in that the students go thru all kinds of household activities at the Profs house before they get their Phd.That is not far fetched.But to get their degree from a Peon is the final insult!Really sad.