Girls are set to outshine boys during the fourth graduation ceremony of St Xavier's College in Ranchi on Monday.
Of the 27 students who will receive gold medals for excellence in the final examinations of 2011, as many as 20 will be girls.
Besides bagging top honours in economics, geography, Hindi, history, bio-technology, botany and geology at the graduation level, the girls have topped in BEd, BBA, human rights, seven vocational courses and MA (English), MA (Hindi) and MCom. The boys, on the other hand, have topped in English, history, political science, chemistry, mathematics, zoology and accounts at the graduation level.
Taking into account all courses, 1,790 students successfully cleared their final examinations in 2011 and are eligible to receive their degree certificates. As many as 1,088 have so far confirmed their participation in the ceremony, said principal Father Nicholas Tete.
The college, established in 1944, functioned as an affiliated college under Ranchi University until it was granted autonomy in 2005. After getting autonomy, the first batch of students graduated in 2008.
The first convocation was held in 2010. "It's a normal practice to award the degrees after a year so that any dispute that may come up can be resolved in the meantime," the principal explained.
As the college is an autonomous institution and not a deemed university, the convocation is now called the graduation ceremony.
Tete said vice chancellor of Ranchi University L.N. Bhagat would preside over the function. "We are also expecting K. Vijay Kumar, adviser to the governor, but his participation can be confirmed only after we meet him on Thursday," Tete said.
The annual day of the college will be held on February 19, the principal informed, adding that governor Syed Ahmed will be the chief guest on the occasion and Cardinal Telesphore P. Toppo will be guest of honour.
Students who have excelled in different fields other than education will also be felicitated on the occasion, Tete said.