LUCKNOW: Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel, who is also the chancellor of the state’s universities, has directed the vice-chancellors to ensure that students do not participate for their degrees.

At a review online review meeting of two state universities, Lucknow University and Bhatkhand Music Institute Deemed University, the governor said universities should send students home by degree post.

The governor said universities, as well as colleges, should hand over degrees to students in a timely manner immediately after the debacle.

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He had earlier suggested preparing a database of students ’names, phone numbers and addresses for sending degrees by post.

The governor also directed both the chancellors for detailed instruction in the state criteria and advertisement for recruitment of faculty members. This will ensure transparency in the appointment process, he said.

The governor also suggested that universities should hold webinars and training sessions to inform newly elected village ministers about public welfare schemes.

“Most of the women village ministers belong to self-help groups. Universities should make them aware of the malpractices in society such as dowry, male and female child discrimination so that they can inspire women in their villages to fight against such social evils,” the governor said.

About 33 per cent of the newly elected village heads are women.

The governor further asked the universities to arrange visits to Nari Niketan hospitals for girls so that they can get teaching experience. He further directed the universities to adopt orphaned children after they lost their parents in Kovid.