GUWAHATI: Appreciating the Assam Don Bosco University for its effort to make the quality higher education affordable, Assam Governor Prof. Jagadish Mukhi on Friday said that the University has brought tremendous value to North East India with its commitment to be a centre of knowledge, research, intellectual ferment for critical thinking and analysis.
The Governor said this while delivering the key note address on the occasion of 7th Convocation ceremony of the Assam Don Bosco University said the University deserves praise for making professional and higher education accessible to the weaker sections of society.
“For all the graduating students, you have worked so hard and come so far to reach this milestone. This day is a celebration for you, your families, your faculty and for everyone at this University who supported you in this journey,” Prof. Mukhi said.
“So Graduates, with all your diversity, commitment to your communities and glorious accomplishments, you embody the hopes and aspirations of our country which has been home to several ancient civilisations and empires some dating back to more than 2,000 BC,” he said addressing the gathering.
“At the University here, I am told, social commitment is a way of life and somehow in the midst of a rigorous curriculum, class assignments and projects, you volunteered your time to adult education for rural communities, flood relief, skill development for unemployed youth, improvement of facilities at anganwadi centres, community counselling and tutoring village children. You also managed to win accolades in national level technology competitions and joined a variety of extracurricular clubs and activities,” the Governor said.
A total of 766 degrees were conferred, 177 were from Bachelor of Technology, 27 from Bachelor of Computer Application, 31 from Master of Technology, 56 from Master of Social Work, 18 from Master of Computer Application, 35 from Master of Business Administration, 20 from M.Sc Psychology, 7 from MA Mass Communication, 9 in MA Education, 19 from M.Sc Physics, 2 from M.Sc Biochemistry and 5 from M.Sc Microbiology. 13 Doctoral degrees were conferred in 8 disciplines.
Under the Distance Education Programme of the University 328 students from across 44 countries were also conferred degrees in various disciplines.
Gold Medals under various categories were awarded to 17 outstanding graduates with the highest Cumulative Grade Point Average in each programme.
Vice Chancellor, Dr. (Fr.) Stephen Mavely, presented a comprehensive report of the university covering all the significant developments that had taken place in the university in the past one year in the areas of research, academics, infrastructural developments and quality assurance.
Currently, there are 16 graduate programmes, 17 post-graduate programmes, and 23 doctoral programmes in the University. There are 2533 students on campus, 4703 students under distance education, and over 8000 students pursuing a variety of free certificate courses on our on-line portal. The University meticulously plans and implements personal and professional development programmes for its faculties, staff and students, added the Vice Chancellor.