JORHAT, Feb 28 - Addressing the students, teachers, researchers and other staffs of the Assam Agricultural University (AAU) during the 20th convocation here today, Governor of the State and the Chancellor of the University Banwarilal Purohit and the Director General of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) Dr Trilochan Mahapatra said that this esteemed institution of the north-eastern region had already set outstanding records in agricultural research and education for larger benefits of the farming community of the country.
Eminent space scientist and the �Moon Man of India� Dr Jitendra Nath Goswami, Director General of the New Delhi- based Borlaug Institute for South Asia Dr HS Gupta, eminent veterinary scientist and former professor of Guwahati-based College of Veterinary Science Dr Chandra Kanta Rajkonwar were conferred with Doctor of Science (DSc) degrees (Honoris Causa) by AAU in the convocation today. Though the Chancellor of the university handed over the certificates to Dr Gupta and Dr Rajkonwar in the programme, Dr Goswami was awarded the degree in absentia during the programme.
Out of the total 1201 eligible graduates and post-graduates of the academic years between 2014 and 2017, altogether 676 students received their degree certificates in person during the programme and the remaining 525 students could not attend the convocation due to their prior engagements.
As many as 30 students were awarded gold medals and cash prizes for their proficiency in different academic programmes including B Sc (agriculture), B Sc in veterinary science and animal husbandry, BFSc, BSc (horticulture) and various other subjects like entomology, food science and nutrition.
The AAU gold medals were received by Pratiksha Baishya and Bandana Saikia in BSc (agriculture) course for the academic year 2015 and 2016 respectively while Vishal Rai was conferred with the university gold medal for his proficiency in BVSc and animal husbandry course in 2016.
Dharitri Sarmah and Manisha Dutta of Home Science department got the university gold medals for their outstanding performance in BSc (home science) course in the year of 2015 and 2016 respectively while Nilangana Kalita and Barkha Rani Chetia bagged gold medals in BF Sc course of AAU for the year of 2015 and 2016.
Besides, Dr Satya Ranjan Barooah cash prize, Lakhipriya (Krishnai) Devi Memorial cash prize, Dr Dulav Chandra Barua Memorial cash prize, Padmawati Dutta memorial cash prize, Dr (Miss) GV Subaima cash prize, PP Barooah cash prize, Late Dr Madhurima Chaliha Kalita memorial gold medal, Professor Debeswar Pathak memorial cash prize, late Dr Kumud Chandra Bora memorial cash prize, Professor Md Sharifullah memorial gold medal, Late Jinti Bhattacharjee Sarma memorial cash prize were given to the students for excellent records in various academic programmes of the university and its colleges.
Applauding the excellence in education, research and extension services of AAU and the �commendable� efforts of its Vice Chancellor Dr Kamal Malla Bujarbaruah, Chancellor Banwarilal Purohit said that the accelerated growth in the field of research and education will benefit 68 per cent of the total population of the State in the future, who belong to the farming community.
Expressing his delight in the achievements of AAU, the secretary of the department of agricultural research and education and the director general of ICAR Dr Trilochan Mahapatra also said that the agricultural university of the State will play a very significant role in the field of research, education and agricultural extension services not only in the north-eastern region but also in other parts of the country in the future.
�I am happy to learn that AAU has been able to attract best of the talents into its various degree programmes as reflected from the entry level cut-off percentage of 84%. A number of foreign students from as many as seven countries besides from all over the country are at present studying in this university thus proving its popularity by virtue of its quality educational standard,� said Dr Mahapatra.