Manipur Governor Anusuiya Uikey on Monday encouraged the student community of the state to be the torchbearer of the country's growth and provide a technological edge to the country.
She was speaking during the 36th Convocation of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) and the 11th Convocation Ceremony of IGNOU Regional Centre, Imphal held at Asha Jina Complex in North AOC, Imphal.
Pointing out that education has been recognised as the most important instrument for social economic and political transformation of a society, she said a well-educated human resource, equipped with the knowledge and appropriate skills, is vital for economic and social development.
In a diverse society like India, particularly Manipur, education acts as an integrative force, imparting values, she said, adding that for this constant focus on quality in infrastructure, faculty, curriculum content and research is needed.
She stated that the quality of higher education largely depends on quality of teaching and research and it is imperative to have quality faculty who will bring transformation in students and lead them to acquire the right knowledge.
Considering this aspect, the governor called on the teacher’s community to ignite the minds of the young 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.
Stressing the need to emphasise and promote the research activities in educational institutes to a great extent as it pushes frontiers of knowledge as well as to evolve technologies, she apprised the student’s community to ensure that their research works become comparable to the best in the world.
Education is a privilege and should not be thought of as ending on leaving the portals of the institution, she said, adding that one should in fact keep in mind that education is the transformational act.
She also lauded the efforts of IGNOU for rendering yeomen's services such as democratising higher education, providing quality education irrespective of age, religion, gender and region and being recognised as the World's largest higher learning institution by UNESCO.
Congratulating the passed-out students, the governor said, “I am confident that the knowledge and skills you have developed in the university will serve them to do well, create an identity for themselves in this world and make the alma mater proud”.
As many as 2,75,000 students who had completed graduation and post-graduation courses from IGNOU joined the nation-wide convocation programme which was graced by President Droupadi Murmu, Union Education minister Dharmendra Pradhan and respective governors of states.
For IGNOU Regional Centre, Imphal as many as 1,150 passed out students received certificates from the governor during the convocation ceremony.