The first Convocation of the Assam Royal Global University (RGU) was held on Wednesday on the campus of the university at Betkuchi, Guwahati. 1723 students belonging to the years 2019, 2020 and 2021 were conferred their graduate and postgraduate degrees and diplomas.

Three distinguished personalities of the country were also honoured in the convocation with honorary degrees. Professor C.N.R. Rao, FRS has been conferred the D.Sc. honoris causa for his lifelong commitment to science and contribution towards the growth of scientific research in the country. Eminent litterateur Professor Nagen Saikia received the D.Litt. honoris causa for his critically acclaimed work in the field of  Assamese literature and for his contribution to society, culture and polity. The D.Litt. honoris causa was also conferred on Sajjan Bhajanka, an eminent industrialist, educator and social worker, for his contribution to entrepreneurial development in Northeast India.

The ceremony of the convocation was attended by more than 4000 guests including several distinguished academicians of the country.

Chancellor of the University, Dr A. K. Pansari, stated in his address that the idea of establishing the RGU has been driven by a spirit of philosophy and service to society. He advised the graduating students to strive for becoming good human beings with commitment and integrity.

The Governor of Assam, Professor Jagdish Mukhi, who was also present at the event, congratulated the graduating students and commended the university for effectively resorting to digital platforms for the transaction of academic activities during the disruptive COVID-19  pandemic.

Attending the convocation as the Guest of Honor, Professor Yogesh Singh, Vice-Chancellor of Delhi University, called upon the graduating students to contribute towards nation building with strong moral character. He also stated that the youth must empower themselves with the knowledge and skills to operate the latest technology.

The university, which started in 2017 with 553 students and 82 faculties, today has more than 4000 students and over 276 faculty members, 41% of whom, have PhD degrees.

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