GUWAHATI, Sept 9 - �For higher education to become a useful tool in shaping young minds, a constant quality enhancement of the universities is a must. Institutions like the Don Bosco University can join their efforts with the Government of India�s commendable initiative of quality enhancement for the benefit of students and the community alike.�
Governor Banwarilal Purohit, while addressing the sixth convocation of the Assam Don Bosco University today, made the above remarks, lauding the State government�s initiative to ensure quality enhancement in the higher education sector.
�The Government of Assam has also shown commitment towards this initiative of the Union Government and has made several announcements for uplifting the higher education sector in the State,� Purohit said.
In the convocation held at University�s Azara campus, degrees were conferred on 724 students, of which 208 students received the degree in Bachelor of Technology, 41 in Master of Technology, 54 in Master of Social Work, 20 in Master of Computer Applications, 34 in Master of Business Administration, nine in MA in Psychological Counselling, among others. Doctoral degrees were conferred on six scholars.
Moreover, in the DBU, which has gained wide scale recognition as a global study centre, degrees were conferred on 309 candidates enrolled for the global online courses including students from 42 countries.
Gold medals under various categories were awarded to 16 outstanding graduates with the highest Cumulative Grade Point average in each programme. Amar Kujur of MBA had been awarded the Chancellor�s gold medal for being the outstanding student from amongst all the PG courses and the Vice Chancellor�s medal had been awarded to Rachael George from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering for undergraduate courses.
Father VM Thomas, Chancellor of the University, while declaring the convocation open, said that the Northeast has immense potential to become the economic hub of the country due to both its natural and human resources.
�Due to our proximity to the ASEAN economy, immense tourism potential skill and emotional quotient of our manpower to excel in diverse field, we have unlimited opportunities waiting for us globally,� he said exhorting upon the students to work with a mentality to give something back to the society.
The Vice Chancellor, Dr (Fr) Stephen Mavely, presented a comprehensive report of the University. He stated that research was the core area of the University and it had the maximum number of PhD holder faculties.
Ramona Singani, a valedictorian from Zambia, thanked the Assam Don Bosco University on behalf of all the DBU global graduates, for spreading the wings of education beyond borders.
�After a lot of research, I chose this institution for my MBA in General Management, which was a very satisfactory experiment. Back home, I will recommend DBU to my friends,� she added. Another distance education student, Harold G Alexander, stated that his search for an accredited institution having a physical campus and quality education brought him to Assam.