GUWAHATI, Aug 11 - The University of Science and Technology Meghalaya (USTM) today celebrated the success of its 27 NET/SLET/GATE-qualified students for 2018 by returning their entire course and admission fees as per its �payback policy� on the occasion of the University�s orientation programme at the university campus at 9th Mile, today.
Assam Education Minister Siddhartha Bhattacharya, the chief guest at the orientation programme, handed over the rewards to the students in the presence of more than 2,000 newly admitted students at the USTM.
Prof Mihir Kanti Chaudhuri, former VC of Tezpur University and adviser (Education), Government of Assam, and M Hoque, Chancellor of USTM, addressed the participants apart from other dignitaries.
Addressing the gathering, Bhattacharya said, �For the first time I have seen that a private university is returning not only course fees, but also admission fees to the students for their academic success. This is a unique step.�
He added that competitiveness among students, faculty members and other stakeholders was necessary to achieve excellence.
Prof Mihir Kanti Chaudhuri said that it was improper to differentiate between government and private institutions, as at the end of the day, quality of manpower matters.
The dignitaries also released two books on Management, Commerce and Economics written by USTM teachers.
The programme was presided over by Prof Nirmal Kumar Choudhury, former VC of the Gauhati University and principal adviser of USTM.