GUWAHATI: Assam Governor Prof. Jagdish Mukhi, who is also the chancellor of Krishna Kanta Handiqui State Open University, conferred honorary D. Lit on Prof. Nageshwar Rao, Vice Chancellor of Indira Gandhi National Open University, honorary Ph.Ds on Prafulla Govinda Baruah, editor The Assam Tribune, educationist Prof.Tabu Ram Taid, and an internationally acclaimed film director Rima Das along with conferring degrees to 10,330 graduates, 1754 masters and 5 Ph.Ds at its 3rd Convocation at Srimanta Sankardeva International auditorium in Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakshetra here on Sunday.
Prof.Jagdish Mukhi said that open universities are boon to several students who are otherwise deprived of the fruits of formal education. “Also, the fee structure for distance education is affordable than that of a regular on-campus degree,” he said, and added that it is a myth that students with lesser grades opt for distance learning, because instances are aplenty to show meritorious students also opt for distance courses.
Besides, the university also utilizes ICT-based learning tools like radio-counseling, phone-in programmes, audio visual aid etc. have also proved to be boon for spreading quality higher education in the state, the Governor said. He further added that to suit the learning needs of the 21st century, the University has developed easily accessible modes of quality higher education and training with the use of latest educational inputs and technology.
Governor Jagdish Mukhi also lauded the university for launching the “Jnan Taranga”—the first Community Radio service of the Northeast India in 2009; to provide education free of cost to the jail inmates as well as the differently able learners of the society.
The convocation address was delivered by Prof Nageshewar Rao, Vice Chancellor of Indira Gandhi National Open University.
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