Guwahati(Assam), Sept 8: Appreciating the Assam Don Bosco University for its effort to make the quality higher education affordable, Assam Governor Hon’ble Prof. Jagadish Mukhi today said that the University has brought tremendous value to North East India with its commitment to be a centre of knowledge, research, intellectual ferment for critical thinking and analysis.
The Governor said this while delivering the key note address on the occasion of 7th Convocation ceremony of the Assam Don Bosco University and said the Assam Don Bosco University deserves praise for making professional and higher education accessible to the weaker sections of society.
“For all the graduating students, you have worked so hard and come so far to reach this milestone. This day is a celebration for you, your families, your faculty and for everyone at this University who supported you in this journey,” Prof. Mukhi said.
“So Graduates, with all your diversity, commitment to your communities and glorious accomplishments, you embody the hopes and aspirations of our country which has been home to several ancient civilisations and empires some dating back to more than 2,000 BC,” he said addressing the gathering.
He said that with a youth population of about 600 million, more than half of India’s population are under 25 years old. “As per trends, by 2020, India will have the largest young workforce becoming the world’s youngest country with a median age of 29 years. Therefore the role of youth power will collectively determine the future of our country and it is in this context that India’s economic and social transformation will require a sustained engagement by youth wherein they take ownership and develop their entrepreneurial abilities to be the engine of economic growth and also become lifelong contributors to community welfare,” Prof Mukhi added.
“At the University here, I am told, social commitment is a way of life and somehow in the midst of a rigorous curriculum, class assignments and projects, you volunteered your time to adult education for rural communities, flood relief, skill development for unemployed youth, improvement of facilities at anganwadi centres, community counselling and tutoring village children. You also managed to win accolades in national level technology competitions and joined a variety of extracurricular clubs and activities,” he Governor said.
A total of 766 degrees were conferred, 177 were from Bachelor of Technology, 27 from Bachelor of Computer Application, 31 from Master of Technology, 56 from Master of Social Work, 18 from Master of Computer Application, 35 from Master of Business Administration, 20 from M.Sc Psychology, 7 from MA Mass Communication, 9 in MA Education, 19 from M.Sc Physics, 2 from M.Sc Biochemistry and 5 from M.Sc Microbiology. 13 Doctoral degrees were conferred in 8 disciplines.
Under the Distance Education Programme of the University 328 students from across 44 countries were also conferred degrees in various disciplines.
Gold Medals under various categories were awarded to 17 outstanding graduates with the highest Cumulative Grade Point Average in each programme.Memorial Khongkai of Master of Social Work (MSW) was awarded the Chancellor’s gold medal for being the outstanding student from amongst all the PG programmes of the University. The Vice Chancellor’s medal was awarded to Shreyashi Das from the department of Electronics and Communications Engineering for outstanding performance amongst the UG programmes of the University.
Declaring the convocation open, the Chancellor of Assam Don Bosco University, Fr. Januarius Sangma congratulated the graduates as they are about to begin a new chapter of their life. He emphasized that “The students must open themselves to realities, become socially conscious and responsible to our nation and society. The University is indeed a good place to begin your life of social awareness and service. Don Bosco system of education not only emphasises a sound knowledge-based education, but also a strong value-based education for life. It strives to excel in the field of teaching, learning, research and social commitment.”
The Vice Chancellor, Dr. (Fr.) Stephen Mavely, began his address by welcoming the Hon’ble Governor and the Chief Minister of Assam as well as all the graduates and the dignitaries. He presented a comprehensive report of the university covering all the significant developments that had taken place in the university in the past one year in the areas of research, academics, infrastructural developments and quality assurance.
While emphasizing on the quality of the University and its various programmes of study, Fr. Stephen Mavely asserted, “Assam Don Bosco University holds a unique distinction of being the first university in the country to have been accredited by NAAC under the new model introduced by NAAC. Our Internal Quality Assurance Cell has been an active catalyst in setting precise objectives to be met, monitoring and documenting subsequent performance, and always keeping us on our toes. The NAAC Peer Team that visited which the University this year ago categorically stated that the performance of IQAC in Don Bosco University is unparalleled in the whole country.
Currently, there are 16 graduate programmes, 17 post-graduate programmes, and 23 doctoral programmes in the University. There are 2533 students on campus, 4703 students under distance education, and over 8000 students pursuing a variety of free certificate courses on our on-line portal. The University meticulously plans and implements personal and professional development programmes for its faculties, staff and students, added the Vice Chancellor.
Memorial Khongkai, who was awarded the Chancellor’s gold medal for being the outstanding student from amongst all the PG courses of ADBU expressed her gratitude towards the University and said, “My experience at the University taught me to grab whatever opportunity that came my way; participate in as many events as I could, these mattered and they contributed to my education. At this University, learning never ended.”
Similarly, Shreyashi Das, recipient of the Vice Chancellor’s Gold Medal, who expressed her gratitude towards the University said, “The strength of this university is that it has a dedicated team of faculty and staff who are ever ready to help. I learned a valuable lesson here which made me an ‘engineer with a heart,’ whois socially committed’ and, a person who takes up responsibilities to work towards changes; I want to see rather than waiting for others to act.”
This event marks the successful completion of another spectacular milestone in the history of University. Assam Don Bosco University is one of the most coveted universities in Northeast India drawing students from all over the world. The University has a singular focus on the creation and maintenance of an ambiance where Academic Excellence, Research, Innovation and Social commitment blend into a seamless way of life that stamps the profile on every Assam Don Bosco University Graduate.
The University is a member of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU), Commonwealth Association of Universities (ACU), International Association of Universities (IAU), and the Association of Don Bosco Institutions of Higher Education (IUS). It has collaborations and MoUs with scores of esteemed National and International