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Cambodian PhD Student Attended the 96th Annual Convocation of Delhi University, 2019

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On Monday, 4 November, Delhi University (DU) held its 96th convocation ceremony for over three lakh (300,000) graduates. 592 PhD students and over 300 students were awarded gold medals at the graduation ceremony in the presence of the HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal who was also the chief guest at the ceremony. Students’ guardians and guests were also well presented in the event to congratulating their sons and daughters. The ceremony took about 5 hours from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm.

Interestingly, in this wonderful life event, there was one Cambodian student who was awarded PhD in Buddhist Studies. He is one of the very senior Cambodian students in India who had come to study here since the early 2000s. His PhD thesis entitle "Khmer Buddhism and Its Contribution to Peace in Contemporary Cambodia" under supervision of Dr. Subhra Barua Pavagadhi, at the Department of Buddhist Studies, University of Delhi, Delhi.

Ven. Dr. Chan Dary expressed his gratitude to his sponsors and friends on his graduation day. "Heartfelt and grateful thanks to all well-wishers on my graduation day," he said on his Facebook post. "Especially, all Rev. Monks and lay devotees who used to financially and mentally support my voyage as a knowledge seeker in India...without your constant assistance and encouragement, I unable to complete my school. As a reality, I shall remain thankful and grateful to you all forever, " he added.

Hailing from Poleav (Bac Lieu) province of Kampuchea Krom, Ven. Dr. Chan Dary is the fourth Cambodian student who received Ph.D. degree from Delhi University after Preah Dhamma Ghosacarya Ven. Dr. Khy Sovanratana (2017), Ven. Dr Nhem Kimteng (2010), and Ven. Dr. Hok Savann (2002). DU is one of the premium universities in India.

Despite his busy time in writing his research thesis, Ven. Dr. Chan Dary also voluntarily guided Cambodian Buddhist pilgrimages to various Buddhist sites in India and Nepal. He and his colleague authored a guide book entitle "Samvejaniyadthan" or Sacred Sites for the benefits of Buddhist pilgrims. This is a testimonial of his experience and knowledge in addition to what his thesis has contributed to the field of Buddhist studies.

Graduating from such a prestigious university in India and with the highest degree, he will be an asset for the country especially for the future of Kampuchea Krom.

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