ITANAGAR, Nov 30 - Rajiv Gandhi University � the lone Central varsity of Arunachal Pradesh � today held its 18th convocation by strictly following COVID-19 protocols wherein the graduating students were felicitated.
Presiding over the convocation through video conference, Arunachal Pradesh Governor Brigadier (retired) Dr BD Mishra emphasised on the National Education Policy, future of students, academic orientation of continuing students, etc.
The Governor, who is also the Chief Rector of RGU, exhorted the University administration to stress on merit-based selection and initiate startup-oriented curriculum and interface with regional development and industrial requirements.
Congratulating all the graduating students, including the medallists, the Governor said that as they step out from the academic world to career world, a journey of responsibility begins. He advised them to abide by the Constitution of India and perform their fundamental duties. He also suggested them towards arousing confidence, national spirit, strength and dream of �self sufficiency�, �Aatma Nirbhar Bharat�.
The Governor also advised them to focus on entrepreneurship, startup, innovative and inventive initiatives and projects and avail government support, saying they must respect the dignity of labour. He suggested them to explore in agriculture and related occupations for the easiest and best to develop. �Educated people should come forward in fields of agriculture, horticulture, dairy, poultry, piggery, sericulture, pisciculture and apiculture,� he said.
Quoting Bharat Ratna Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, former President of India, the Governor called upon the students to work with integrity and succeed with integrity. He advised them to not limit themselves to �job� i.e. naukri or study for certification.
The Governor, who has been personally monitoring the administrative initiatives, strengthening the placement cell and motivating academic activities through the Vice Chancellor and other officials, encouraged the University fraternity to keep the momentum going.
Citing Prime Minister Narendra Modi�s many Nation First initiatives, the Governor urged upon the people to participate in the national movements such as Swachhta Bharat Abhiyan, Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, Say no to single-use plastics and Jal Hi Jivan Hai for national interest.
Attending as the chief guest, Union Minister of Education Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal �Nishank� delivered the convocation address. Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports, Kiren Rijiju attended the event as the guest of honour and also addressed the convocation.
Earlier, RGU Vice-Chancellor Prof Saket Kushwaha highlighted the achievements of the university in the last one year. RGU Registrar Dr NT Rikam also spoke on the occasion.
In pursuance of COVID-19 protocols, only the candidates for PhD, MPhil and the gold medallists of the post-graduate and under-graduate courses from the affiliated colleges of the University were invited to the event along with their parents. All the other degrees were conferred on the students in absentia.