GUWAHATI, Sept 19 – Governor JB Patnaik today exhorted students to look beyond their personal interests and reach out to the weak and the downtrodden.
Addressing the first batch of pass-outs from the Assam Don Bosco University in the convocation function, the Governor underlined the need to serve humanity by the students who have achieved high qualifications and are therefore in a privileged position.
He appreciated the role of Don Bosco institutions in spreading the light of education among the deprived with a presence in more than 100 countries.
Referring to the concept of education enunciated by Gandhi and Nehru, Patnaik added that education has a purpose that is inclusive and above personal attainment.
He urged the students of Assam Don Bosco University “not to forget your roots… you belong to the land and the land belongs to you.” Further, he encouraged the students to think of the underprivileged, which he saw as a challenge to those who had the advantage of being educated.
Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, in his address, lauded the institution and said that the future prospects are bright for Assam’s first university in the private sector. “I want it to be an example,” he said and, urged students to “imagine big and be broad minded.”
Gogoi took note of the university's courses and described them as a timely response to the present situation. The Chief Minister also pointed to tea tourism and conflict resolution as issues which could be studied.
In his address to the students, VM Thomas, Chancellor of the university, motivated the students to excel in life with hard work and dedication. He expressed his confidence that the “wide open horizons of opportunities” should be embraced by all the students. He also thanked the Chief Minister and those behind the university who had helped shape its formative years.