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Centre, NE must work together to make Act East Policy work: Naidu

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu conferring PhD degree on a student of NIT-Nagaland, at Dimapur on Wednesday.
 DIMAPUR, May 23 - Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu today said the North Eastern region has immense potential in terms of natural and mineral resources.

Attending the second convocation of NIT-Nagaland at Chumukedima here, Naidu said the ASEAN countries should not miss the opportunity that the Act East Policy offers. He also said that the Centre and State governments of the region must work hand in hand to make the policy work.

The Act East Policy will lead to long-term progress of the region, he asserted. Naidu added corridors of connectivity should be connected with corridors of education.

He advised the student community to enhance their knowledge and skills for growth of society. Education requires high standards of research for which total devotion and dedication is needed, he stated.

The Vice President conferred degrees on two PhD students, 28 MTech and 37 BTech students of 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 batches during the programme.

Stating that education does not end with a degree as learning is a lifelong process, Naidu said: “Degree alone does not count; what counts is what you have learnt.” He added education is for knowledge and enlightenment.

Describing the holding of the second convocation of NIT-Nagaland as a milestone in the technological field in Nagaland, Naidu, however, said the institute must upgrade its courses and hoped that it would one day be a leading institution of the country and play a significant role in the growth of the society. He also asked the student community to promote the mother tongue. “Talk in the mother tongue at home and feel proud of your own languages,” he said while asking the students to learn other languages.

In his address, Nagaland Governor PB Acharya said NIT-Nagaland is the first Centrally-funded institute in the State. “Degree is not the end of your career. It is the beginning of empowerment of society and nation,” Acharya added.

Director of NIT-Nagaland Dr S Venugopal, in his annual report, said the institute, which began its academic session in 2012, has a placement record of 70 per cent.

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