KOKRAJHAR, March 3 - The 1st convocation of Bodoland University was held today in the Bodoland University Campus here in the presence of Governor and the Chancellor of Bodoland University Prof Jagdish Mukhi in the chair.
Addressing students, scholars, eminent personalities and invited guests, Prof Mukhi reiterated that peace in the area is a precondition for development and added that a university is not only a platform for learning but it nourishes the culture of creating good human beings who can serve the society for progress and development through interactions, innovation and sharing of knowledge across people in the States and across countries to achieve the goals of holistic and inclusive education.
At the same time he said that today is a historic day for this Bodoland University which functioned only as a Gauhati University campus in 1998 and got the status as a full-fledged university in the year 2009 while the first convocation takes place today after it passed through 11 successful years so far.
He also reiterated that the cooperation of faculty of various departments and the people at large for a coordinated effort to develop the university in a competitive manner in the globalized world in the need of the hour.
He also advised the passed-out students to become more responsible towards the society and to dedicate themselves in the nation building process apart from achieving their career goals.
Attending the programme as the chief guest, Prof KK Aggarwal, Chairman, National Board of Accreditation, New Delhi and renowned academician and founder Vice Chancellor of Indraprastha University, Delhi enlightened the gathering on the objectives of university education in the modern day context. He also emphasized on thinking globally and acting locally. He pointed out that university education flourishes in a big way when there are avenues for attracting people across boundaries for extensive interaction and inter-disciplinary exchange of views and faculties for better exposure.
He also emphasized focusing on ancient culture and practices of this region considering the higher density of schedule tribe population with more concentration of female students with the possibility for a better future of the area.
Speaking on the occasion, Prof Laishram Ladusingh, Vice Chancellor of Bodoland University highlighted the present condition of the university and also stated that some further development is to be urgently done to make the NAAC accreditation sooner as the university has already received 12B recognition of the UGC. He added that as many as 3195 students have received degrees and diplomas from this university since its inception in 2009 and at present 16 departments are functioning in this university while 32 colleges have been affiliated under this university so far. He also emphasized on opening some more departments and also sought support from the State government as well as the BTC administration through the Chancellor of this university for its fast progress and development.
Attending the programme, BTC Chief Hagrama Mohilary expressed his delight over conducting this convocation for the first time and thanked the university authorities in this regard. He also assured necessary assistance from the State government and the BTC administration for the progress of the university. He further said that Bodoland varsity campuses will also be opened in other districts of BTC area. State Minister of Social Welfare and Soil Conservation Pramila Rani Brahma also attended the programme and spoke on the occasion.
It may be mentioned here that degrees and diplomas were presented to 801 students in today�s convocation.