ITANAGAR, Aug 21 - Arunachal Pradesh Governor Brig (Dr) BD Mishra (retd) today interacted with a group of students and faculty members from the Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU), the National Institute of Technology, Arunachal Pradesh (NIT-AP) and the North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology (NERIST), Nirjuli, at the Raj Bhavan here. The theme of the interaction was �Role of students in ensuring discipline and proper academic atmosphere in higher and technical educational institutions�.
The Governor stated that the academic interests of students must be given top priority in order to have a good academic atmosphere in an educational institution. Peace and tranquillity on the campus must be maintained at all costs, he said, adding that there should be no suspension of classes, violence, vandalism, extortion or obstruction. No political agenda and no thought or action against the unity and integrity of the nation should be allowed, the Governor stressed.
Student bodies must support socio-academic advancement and promote talent, dignity and positivity of individual students in the campus. The acid test of a student body�s agenda should be to endorse programmes which are for the welfare of all, he said.
The Governor also underscored the need of student bodies to take up programmes to honour academic performers, achievers in the field of extracurricular activities, gallantry awardees, social workers and other innovative individuals.
Mishra said student bodies must promote social harmony, literacy, women�s empowerment, and cleanliness. They must be disciplined, committed to their social responsibility and have empathy, respect for other students self-discipline.
The Governor apprised the students of the placement and ranking improvement committee set up by him for the RGU, NIT-AP and NERIST. He stressed on innovative performance at the all-India level, healthy academic atmosphere and apprentice opportunities for the best students in renowned industries.
The Governor exhorted the group to dedicate time to collective college work and develop tolerance to diverse ideas and opinions. But the difference between �difference of opinion� and �opinion assailing the unity and integrity of the nation� must be understood, he pointed out.
Reminding the students of Article 51A, Clause (K), Part IVA of the Constitution, the Governor called upon the students to participate in social movements to ensure that parents or guardians provide opportunities for education to every child in the age group of 6-14 years.
The Governor, who has been spearheading cleanliness drives, urged the students to maintain swachhta (cleanliness) in their college, institute, home, street, and village.
Earlier, the Governor, along with the students, observed a one-minute silence as a mark of respect to the people who lost their lives in the floods in Kerala and paid homage to Bharat Ratna awardee Atal Bihari Vajpayee, former Prime Minister of India, who passed away last week.