GUWAHATI, Sept 8 - The fourth convocation of University of Science and Technology, Meghalaya (USTM) was held today in the presence of a host of dignitaries.
Altogether 1,094 graduates were awarded degrees in the convocation, out of which eight scholars were honoured with PhD degrees, 823 students offered postgraduate degrees and 263 undergraduate degrees. The university also rewarded the best postgraduate student with the Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Best Post Graduate Award and the best Undergraduate student received the PA Sangma Best Undergraduate Award.
Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma attended the event as chief guest while the distinguished guests included Prof SK Srivastava, Vice Chancellor, NEHU, Dr RC Deka, former Director, AIIMS and Prof Asfar Ali Khan from Aligarh Muslim University, among others.
Addressing the gathering, Sangma said that Meghalaya Government was coming up with its education policy within the current month and one of the areas of stress would be higher and technical education. Congratulating all the students who have been awarded degrees, he said, �What differentiates USTM from any private or Central university is the human touch which is absent in other institutions. USTM is one of the best institutions in the entire Northeastern region.�
He urged the graduating students to continue with the human touch and to be passionate about whatever they did.
Earlier, in his welcome address, Chancellor of USTM, M Hoque said that it was the varsity�s endeavour to transform itself into a world-class institution.
Prof SK Srivastava, Vice Chancellor, NEHU, urged the students to remember the contribution of their parents, teachers and society towards them so that they too could pay back to society. �I love competitiveness for academic excellence,� he added.