Universities are melting with ideas, innovations and aspirations

North Eastern Hill University (NEHU), at the XXVII Convocation in Meghalaya; Union Minister for Education, Skills Development and Entrepreneurship Shri Dharmendra Pradhan has called upon the students of the main university to bring change in the society by participating in the knowledge-based revolution to become employers. “Our universities are a melting pot of ideas, innovations and aspirations and universities should be a breeding ground for research for the betterment of society and mankind and for a simpler life,” he said.

The Minister was present as the Chief Guest at the Convocation Ceremony and conferred degrees on the passing students of 2020 and 2021 at a ceremony held at Shillong Campus. Mr. Pradhan congratulated all the passing students and wished them a bright future.

The Union Education Minister further highlighted that the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 is a transformative path for all of us in creating global citizens. The policy focuses on early childhood care and universalization of education and emphasizes education in all Indian languages. He thanked Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi for reiterating the importance of all Indian languages. No language is inferior to another, he added.

In addition, Mr. Pradhan commended Chief Minister Mr. Conrad Sangma for his special focus on early childhood care and education in the State of Meghalaya in line with NEP 2020. This will ensure that our children survive to their full potential.

According to Mr. Pradhan, the youth should also shift their focus from rights to responsibilities. She encourages the creation of a strong alumni network. “We have to take our country to new heights in the next decade by walking the path of duty. Let us give back our schools and universities materially or intellectually and also take responsibility for our state, country and humanity. There has never been a better time to pay back, ”he added.

Meghalaya Chief Minister Shri Konrad Sangma, who attended the event along with the Union Minister, called upon the students who have passed out to explore and accept the computational risks in life to reach the next level. “Don’t be discouraged by failure and don’t let success come to your head,” the chief minister told the students.

A total of 15,955 degrees were conferred at the convocation today, including 117 PhDs, eight MPhils, 1,559 postgraduate degrees and 14,271 undergraduate degrees. Meghalaya Education Minister Shri Lakmen Rimbui, NEHU Vice Chancellor Prof. PS Shukla, NEHU teachers and students gathered at the function today.

The Union Minister later held a review meeting on education, skills development and entrepreneurship with Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma and State Education Minister Lakmen Rimbui, in which senior central government officials were also present.

The Minister was happy to know that Meghalaya is implementing NEP to the letter in various cases. State government initiatives such as Aspire Meghalaya and Prime Meghalaya are unleashing talent, recognizing skills, supporting entrepreneurs and unleashing the potential of Meghalaya.

He said that a progressive state like Meghalaya must lead the effort to establish a national digital infrastructure, especially student registration portal, as a part of NDEAR and bring its institutions under NIRF and NAAC framework. He further suggested that NEHU should act as a knowledge partner for organizations across the state, especially in developing skills in border areas. The Indian Ministry of Education will provide all possible assistance to make Meghalaya a model state for education and entrepreneurship.

Later in the day, Mr. Pradhan visited the Umsing Presbyterian School. He said that the aspirations and aspirations of the future leaders of this school in the Rivoi district of Meghalaya, neuro-surgeons, pilots, engineers, football players, musicians, would reaffirm the belief that India was going to become a knowledge society.

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