NAPAM (TEZPUR), Feb 10 � Urging the new generation to get involved in nation building, Union Minister for Human Resources Development, Kapil Sibal today said that India is able to cope with the economic, political and social challenges of the present scenario in the world. The Union Minister was addressing a mammoth gathering as a chief guest of the 10th convocation of Tezpur University here some 20 km away from the Tezpur town of Sonitpur district.
He observed that the students of Assam, where a great saint and social scientist like Sankardeva was born, undoubtedly have got talent to cope with every field, including economics and science and technology.
�We have to facilitate exchange between our talents and the outside world for a better life reflecting an overall development of the society,� Sibal said, adding that along with the development of our education system �we have to stress upon human values and cultures.� Stating that humanity is a prerequisite to learn from the environment, the Union Minister further observed that for building a new India unethical things have to be checked in our society. Moreover, saying that the mind is a parachute that functions when opened, he urged all concerned to be optimistic while dealing with national issues.
Meanwhile, conferring degrees and diplomas to altogether 1,050 students at the convocation programme, Chancellor of the University and Assam Governor JB Patnaik said that the enrolment in the university is growing every year and currently it has 2,500 students on its rolls. �The male-female ratio of the students is 58:42, which is good but it would have been better, had this ratio been reversed in favour of the female students, because women empowerment is the crying need of today�s world,� he said.
The convocation was specially marked by conferring of awards to 16 gold medallists of different departments and Pyiachy Dutta and Chandana Rang Gogoi were awarded with the prestigious award of the university, the �Trade and Industry Award� for the batches 2010 and 2011 respectively. Minakshi Sharma and Pakija Begum were awarded with the �Applied Chemistry Education Award� for the batches 2010 and 2011.
Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, attending as a distinguished guest, urged the people particularly the Tezpur University fraternity, to deal with every issue as a national problem. �The solution to economic and social problems will only be possible by involving responsible institutions like Tezpur University. Our national problems like erosion, flood, etc., can be eradicated through positive involvement of every one concerned,� he said.
Earlier, VC of TU Prof MK Chowdhury, in his welcome address said that since the university has a relatively larger mandate for running application-oriented courses, the commensurating infrastructure development is essential to impart appropriate training.