Assam governor Jagdish Mukhi attended the first convocation of the Assam Royal Global University in Guwahati and said that the institutions of higher education must forge partnership with industry and other external institutions to promote the culture of entrepreneurship among students and researchers.
Speaking at the convocation, Mukhi, who is the visitor of the university, said that partnership with the industries would help the students and researchers to empower themselves in line with the latest requirement of the industry and make them professionally compatible.
“A convocation is a culmination of a journey as well as a moment of accomplishment for a university, its students, professors and teachers, administrators, parent body and others who are part of the university community. It is also an occasion for you to introspect and ponder over the value of such degrees and diplomas for addressing the challenges of the outside world,” Mukhi said on March 30.
The governor said that India has made impressive gains in widening the higher education ecosystem. “The very fact that many new institutions, including central universities, IITs and IIMs are being established in underserved locations, illustrates the commitment of the country to taking higher education to the masses,” he said.
Mukhi also said that expanding quantity has to be complemented by quality. This is where the greatest challenge exists. As technology advances and societies grapple with the implications of the fourth industrial revolution, higher education has to adapt to new expectations. It has to be sensitive to inter-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary pathways without losing sight of the core of disciplinary knowledge.
The governor also stressed upon resources and its mobilisation. He said that while there is tremendous thrust on the growing need of institutions of higher education, one must be alive to fiscal constraints. He urged upon the educational institutions for partnerships with industry and other external institutions to promote a culture of entrepreneurship among students and researchers.
Appreciating the efforts of Assam Royal Global University, the governor said that the university has been striving to impart holistic education to the students. The university has created a conducive learning environment where students from across Northeast India are receiving all-inclusive education where the focus of higher education is on research and development, multidisciplinary pedagogy along with a compulsory course on behavioural science for all students.
Mukhi congratulated the students and advised them to continue the path of knowledge and contribute selflessly to the progress of the nation as a whole. He also urged upon them to stretch a helping hand to others who are less fortunate than them.
The Royal Global University convocation conferred degrees to a total number of 1723 students. This includes 61 gold medals, 51 silver medals, five chancellor’s gold medals and six salvers.
Vice-chancellor of Delhi University Yogesh Singh; chancellor of The Assam Royal Global University AK Pansari, vice-chancellor SP Singh, chief advisor MK Chaudhuri, chairperson academic Alak Kumar Buragohain, members of Gyan Sagar Foundation, members of the governing body, board of management and the academic council of the university, faculty members, students and other dignitaries were present in the convocation.
Attending the convocation as the guest of honour, Delhi University vice-chancellor Yogesh Singh delivered the convocation address. In his address, Singh called upon the graduating students to contribute towards nation building with strong moral character. He also stated that the youth must empower themselves with the knowledge and skill of the latest technology.