SHILLONG, Nov 28: The Governor of Meghalaya, Tathagata Roy has urged the youth of the state in general to tread the ‘straight and narrow’ path and to remain committed to their goals.
The Governor had made this appeal while speaking as the Chief Guest of the 25th Convocation Ceremony of the North Eastern Hill University which was held here on Wednesday.
“Youth is a time for opportunities and as you walk out of the portals of this University remember to remain focused and committed to your goals and tread the ‘straight and narrow’ path in life”, he said.
Congratulating the graduating students and scholars who have completed the academic program of the University the Governor also encouraged the young people to utilize their talents and capabilities to work for the betterment and overall progress of the society.
Meanwhile, the guest of honour, Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma exhorted the young people to channelize their energy in a constructive manner and contribute to the positive growth of the State and the country.
“As one of the youngest nations in the world, the strength of our nation lies in the hands of our youth. The onus is on all the young people to utilize this power and be a catalyst for positive change”, the Chief Minister said.
Stressing on the importance of entrepreneurship to push the economy forward the Chief Minister urged the young graduates to be “job givers instead of job seekers”.
“Creating job opportunities is a challenge for all governments, it is important that all the young minds look towards entrepreneurship and start taking that calculated risk to take the country and the state forward,” he added.
The Chief Minister also spoke at length on the need for greater collaboration between the government agencies and academic and research institutes for better policy making and greater innovation in the implementation of programs and projects of the government.
“The Government has taken the initiative to collaborate with research and educational institutes including NEHU in the agriculture, finance and other sectors. Through the use of the right technology and scientific methods we are being able add value to our products”, the Chief Minister said.
Stating that the North East has abundant resources, the Chief Minister encouraged the young people to take advantage of these vast opportunities.
“It is important to have a purpose in life and once you do, you will have all the passion and motivation to overcome all that life throws at you and emerge victorious”, the Chief Minister concluded.
The welcome address was given by Professor S.K. Srivastava, Vice-Chancellor NEHU. Others present at the Convocation ceremony were Professor H. Lamin, Pro Vice-Chancellor NEHU, Shillong, Professor G. Singaiah, Pro Vice Chancellor NEHU Tura, dignitaries, members of the faculty, students and parents.
Altogether 8653 candidates received their degrees at the 25th NEHU Convocation.