Researchers lost battle against Corona before the Convocation
The fast transmission of nCorona 19 virus had its impact on various fields. A large number of those working hard for development, including doctors, nurses, academicians, entrepreneurs lost their lives. Two such academicians, who had toiled hard for their doctoral research would not actually receive the degrees formally during the next convocation of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj, scheduled for July 9.
Sameer Hiwarkar and Chakradhar Tahokar are the two researchers, who lost their lives due to Corona, before the PhD could be formally conferred upon them, during the Convocation.
Thaokar is the Principal at Lalbahadur School and Junior College and did research based on Mahanubhav sect. He carried out his research under the guidance of Dr Rajendra Watane. Hiwarkar did his doctoral research along with his regular job, under the supervision of Dr Madhuri Lele.
The examiner for his research was required to be changed, as the first in the list returned it. After the second examiner’s report was received notification awarding him the PhD was issued by the University on April 1. However, Hiwarkar lost his battle with Corona on April 9.
Thaokar also lost his life during the second wave of Covid 19 on June 1. The notification about his eligibility for award of PhD was issued in the month of February.
The Convocation was originally scheduled for April 3 and was deferred to April 11. Retired Chief Justice of India Sharad Bobde, who is alumnus of the University is being honoured by conferring honorary LLD during the convocation.
Thaokar and Hiwarkar will be awarded PhD posthumously, during the 108th Convocation.