SHILLONG, Sep 08: The performance of a number of private universities in Meghalaya has not impressed the state’s Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma who has said that the State Education Policy which his government will be unveiling by the end of this month will focus on higher and technical education besides other education related issues.
“I am very saddened to see that there are a number of private universities that have come up in our state and I can tell you most of them are not doing a good job. We are very discouraged to see the kind of work that is going on in some of the universities,” Conrad had said on Saturday.
Conrad had made this comment while speaking as the Chief Guest of the 4th convocation of the University of Science and Technology, Meghalaya (USTM) during which 1094 graduates of the University were awarded degrees.
Pointing out that one of the areas of stress in the education policy is on the quality of higher and technical education, he however lamented at the failure of most of the private universities operating in the state to perform and live up to the expectation.
Conrad also warned that the government will take action against such private universities. “I can tell you we are going to take firm action to ensure these kinds of things do not happen in the future,” Conrad said.
“We want to ensure only serious people and serious players and only people who want to give back and work for the education are brought into the picture and given the right to start an education centre,” he said.
Congratulating all the students who have been awarded degrees, he said, “What differentiates USTM from any private or central university is the human touch which is absent in other institutions. USTM is one of the best institutions in the entire north-eastern region.”
He urged the graduating students to continue with this human touch and be passionate about whatever they do.
The Chief Minister lauded the effort of USTM to grow as a world class institution. He also promised to extend all support necessary to the University and be a partner in the growth story of the state and the region.
Earlier, in his welcome address, the Chancellor of USTM, M.Hoque said, “We aspire to become a world class university and appeal to all the stakeholders to join us in our endeavor to transform this university into a world class institution and participate in the nation-building process”.
He said that USTM is committed to the development of science and technology education and research in the region. Hoque has also expressed his gratefulness to the Government of Meghalaya for the creation of USTM.
Speaking on the occasion, Prof SK Srivastava, Vice Chancellor, NEHU urged the students to remember the contribution of their parents, teachers and the society towards them so that they too can pay back to the society. “I love competitiveness for academic excellence”, he added.
In his Convocation address, Dr RC Deka, Former Director, AIIMS said that life itself is the biggest university. “The USTM Chancellor is an example of goal setting as he showed through his journey beginning with one computer and four students and reaching to the level of creating a remarkable university”, he stated.
The University report was presented by the Vice Chancellor of USTM DrPK Goswami. This was followed by award of degrees and gold medals.
Twenty two gold medals were awarded to the best Post Graduates of the respective departments while 10 gold medals were given away to ten best undergraduate students from different departments.
Pallav Bora from the Department of Mathematics received Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Best Post Graduate Award while PA Sangma Best Undergraduate Award went to Dikshita Deka, Department of Applied Biology.