Teachers should ignite the minds of youth: Guv
IMPHAL | Apr 3
Governor Dr.NajmaHeptulla, today addressed the 32nd Convocation of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), Regional Centre, Imphal at Asha Hall, Asha-Jina Complex, North A.O.C., Imphal.
The main convocation of the university is also held today at Delhi campus with Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu addressing the convocation. An exhibition was also inaugurated by the governor as part of the convocation organised by the Regional Centre, Imphal.
In her address as the chief guest, Dr.NajmaHeptulla said that the occasion is a golden opportunity to share thoughts and views on higher education in a unique forum where almost all stakeholders are present - students, teachers, academicians, researchers, some policy makers both past and present and outstanding members of civil society.
Congratulating the professors and staff of the university who are behind the success of the students in some way or the other, governor said, “convocation is a great time of celebration for the university graduates, their families and friends. The university recognizes the hard work, perseverance and dedication of students by awarding them degrees.”
She highlighted some of the activities of the university, including the centre of excellence award in distance education by Commonwealth in 1993 and also the recognition by UNESCO as the world’s largest higher learning institution. “Apart from catering to the educational aspirations of millions of students worldwide through its 21 Schools of Studies, 67 Regional Centres and 4 Sub-regional Centres across the country, the university has a significant international presence with a networking of 12 overseas study centres. One can have a fair idea about its popularity from the fact that in 2017-18, enrolment status of the University was above ten lakhs seventy two thousand,” she added.
Quoting the eternal words of Swami Vivekananda “Arise, awake and stop not till the goal is reached”, the governor exhorted the students to be constantly motivated and inspired by these words throughout their life journey and makes the alma mater proud.
Governor also urged the teachers to ignite the minds of the youth in such a way that throughout life they have a quest for knowledge and a desire to make this world a harmonious place to live in. She further added that research in universities must be emphasised and promoted to a great extent to push frontiers of knowledge as well as to evolve technologies and to implement them for development, she added.
Regional director, IGNOU Regional Centre, Imphal, S.J. Neethirajan, assistant regional directors, OinamJayalakshmi Devi and MayonmiShimray, faculty members and students attended the convocation ceremony.
Certificates to 1694 PG diploma, diploma and degree learners in different courses were handed over during the convocation ceremony.
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