City Correspondent

GUWAHATI, Feb 2: “Patience, perseverance, dedication and diligence, will add value to our personality and transform our weakness into success,” Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said while addressing the fourth convocation of Mahapurusha Srimanta Sankaradeva Viswavidyalaya here today.

In this regard, he cited the example of Hima Das, a girl from the interior village of Kandhulimari of Dhing who by virtue of her grit and determination became a world champion.

Chief Minister Sonowal told the graduates that to win the world, one does not have to born in America or Europe. One can become a world champion by the dint of his or her hard work.

“Mahapurusha Srimanta Sankaradeva Viswavidyalaya must become an institution of repute not only in Assam but also in the nation”, he exhorted and for that to happen “the teachers as well as the students will have to work hard in their respective fields.” “Srimanta Sankaradeva’s laborious efforts to establish a society based on the tenets of wisdom, discipline and diligence will have to be materialised by the people of the modern times”, he said.

Sonowal also said that the namghars established by the Gurujona acted as educational institutions and the students of the university established after the name of Srimanta Sankaradeva will have to take a lead in propagating and spreading the philosophy of the Gurujona in the world.

Sonowal stated that some facets of the life of Gurujona are still left to be discovered. He asked the university authority to introduce a subject encompassing the life and philosophy of the Gurujona. He also said that following the teachings of Gurujona, the State government has taken up pollution-free society as one of its main agenda. He asked the University to introduce a subject on environmental conservation.

Presiding over the convocation, Chancellor of the University Kamalakanta Gogoi said that through formal education one cannot reach the zenith of success. “One has to go beyond the formal modes of education to reach the pinnacle of success.” He further said that the Gurujona taught 500 years ago that everybody is unique and possesses an indomitable spirit.

Vice Chancellor Dr Hitesh Deka presenting the university’s report said that Mahapurush Srimanta Sankaradeva University presently has 12 departments with 702 students and 60 teachers. This year, 82 research scholars have enrolled themselves in different departments to carry out research. In the current academic year, the University has opened a new research centre in the name of North East Research Centre, he said adding that for the permanent campus of university, the State government has allotted 300 bighas of land and Rs 10 crore fund initially.

Member of the University Grants Commission Prof Kiran Hazarika was present in the convocation as the guest of honour. Vice Chancellor of Krishna Kanta Handique Open University Prof Kandarpa Das, Registrar Mahapurusha Srimanta Sankaradeva Viswavidyalaya Dr Mrinal Kumar Bora, former Padadhikar Srimanta Sankardeva Sangha Bhabendranath Deka and its general secretary Babul Bora along with a host of dignitaries and students were present on the occasion.