By Our Kokrajhar Bureau
Kokrajhar(Assam),Feb 15: : Assam Governor Prof. Jagdish Mukhi said that the institutions of higher education should develop innovative ways to combat the novel corona virus and its various mutants which have dealt severe blow to the health and wealth of human being.
Addressing the second convocation of Bodoland University in Kokrajhar on Tuesday, Governor Prof. Mukhi appealed to the teaching and student fraternity of the university to work out an interface between the regional and global ideas to develop an innovative approach against the pandemic which took the world to a halt. He said, “You just cannot localize everything if you want to deactivate the virus that has taken a large toll of human life. Your job as such is to receive the global knowledge and make use of it for the benefit of the region. Unless you do that, you will not be in a position to develop yourself and the region.” He, therefore, asked the teaching fraternity of Bodoland University to work assiduously to promote the university and motivate foreign students to the university in near future. He also asked them to look for ways and means to forge more academic collaboration from the best foreign universities. He also asked them to have a holistic vision, not a fragmented one, to develop the state.
Talking on the lesson of the COVID 19 pandemic which is on the wane now, Governor Prof. Mukhi said that since life is a gradual progression towards maturity and perfection, he called upon the students to strive for it in a yogic process as prescribed by Sri Aurobindo and other ancient sages of India. He also said that educational institutions are the best places for the practice of such yoga.
The Governor said that Bodoland University is the prime focus of entire lower Assam in the academic field. Because of its strategic location, this university can be accessed to students, both national and international. He, therefore, requested the stake-holders to assess the development of the university and prepare a blue-print for its further development. He however said that while preparing the future roadmap, care should be taken to create adequate space for the university to take care of old people, women, children, differently abled, transgender and backward classes of society.
Prof. Mukhi also asked the university students to empower the society at large to fight against the menace like witch hunting in BTR areas and elsewhere. He also said that though Assam achieved a tremendous success in vaccination against Corona virus, still there are small reluctant pockets which need to be vaccinated. He, therefore, urged upon the university students to devise a mechanism to generate awareness to bring all sections of the people under vaccination programme to enable the society in general to build herd immunity against the virus. Reminding their social responsibility, the Governor asked the passing out students to stretch their helping hands to the less privileged students to bring about social and academic parity in the society.
While attending as chief guest at the second convocation ceremony, Prof. Bidyut Chakraborty, Vice Chancellor, Visva- Bharati, Santiniketan said about some noticeable aspects of the New Education Policy (NEP), 2020 introduced by the government of India. Speaking about the advantages of NEP 2020, he said “This is a revolutionary mode for disseminating knowledge which evolved out of discussion at many levels, beginning with the panchayats based on historical facts, values and ideas that are linked with the India’s prevalent socio-cultural reality and political ideological preferences. He also said that NEP 2020 was not just a blueprint, but also to create a specific pathway for Education for a new India.
In his speech, Bodoland Territorial Region Chief Executive Member Pramod Boro wished and congratulated the students who were awarded with degrees. “I hope and pray that all our graduated students would shine in their life and would be torch bearers of this region in their respective fields as envisaged by our Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take the BTR, Assam and whole of India towards attaining the goal of Atma Nirbhar Bharat”, he added.
In his convocation welcome note, Prof. Laishram Ladusingh, Vice Chancellor of Bodoland University highlighted the overall achievements of university since its inception in 2009.
During the programme, out of total 4171 students, 1089 students who were present in the programme were awarded degrees in various subjects.
As part of his tour programme, the Governor also inaugurated a guest house of Bodoland University and unveiled a statue of Mahatma Gandhi in MG Park at Kokrajhar Town in the presence of the First lady of Assam Prem Mukhi, CEM, BTC Pramod Boro and a host of dignitaries.