Written bySiddhant Pandey ·
The convocation ceremony, scheduled to be held on Friday, has been postponed until further notice.
Notably, Sarabhai is a staunch critic of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and had joined the protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act.
Here are more details.
Reportedly, in an email sent to students, NID's Activity Chairperson (Education) Tarun Deep Girdher said that the "40th convocation scheduled on Friday, February 7, 2020, stands postponed due to unforeseen circumstance."
The communication was sent on Monday, mere five days before the convocation was due to be held, Ahmedabad Mirror reported.
The last-minute decision was taken by the Governing Council of NID.
Speaking to PTI, an institute official reiterated that there were some "unforeseen circumstances," adding, "The institute continues to remain in a preparatory mode as it (new dates) can be announced any time soon."
However, citing "well-placed sources," the Mirror reported that the event was postponed because Sarabhai had been invited to preside over the function, distribute degrees and deliver the convocation address.
Sarabhai told the Mirror that she is disappointed with the unprofessional attitude of NID bosses.
She said, "I was really looking forward to talking to the students about huge changes in sustainable lifestyles and their crafty revival and the role they can play in preserving our amazing but fast diminishing diversity in everything from colors to herbs to beliefs."
The development has also left NID students miffed, who were looking forward to the convocation on Friday, and had made arrangements accordingly.
A student told the Mirror, "My parents spent their hard-earned money and cleared their busy schedules to book tickets to Ahmedabad so they could see me receive my degree," calling NID "reckless" for not sharing further plans after such a last-minute postponement.
An NID faculty member also told the publication, "This decision to postpone cannot be taken at a local level. Someone somewhere in the Ministry got piqued with this decision. And moreover, NID is an autonomous institution, then why heed to government diktat?"
The NID is an autonomous institute under the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) of the Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
Sarabhai is the daughter of noted dancer Mrinalini Sarabhai and acclaimed space scientist Vikram Sarabhai.
In 2009, Sarabhai had unsuccessfully contested the Lok Sabha elections as an independent against BJP's LK Advani from the Gandhinagar constituency. In recent times, Sarabhai has joined anti-CAA protests, criticizing the violence at Jawaharlal Nehru University, Jamia Milia Islamia and Aligarh Muslim University.
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