Shillong: Union Minister for Education, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Dharmendra Pradhan graced the occasion as the Chief Guest for the 27th convocation of North Eastern Hill University (NEHU) on Saturday at the university campus in Shillong.

Pradhan was joined by Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma as the Guest of Honour.

A total of 15,955 degrees were awarded today during the convocation, of which 117 were PhD, 8 were M.Phil, 1559 were PG degrees, and 14,271 were Bachelor’s degrees.

During his address, the Union Minister stated that it was time for the student community to give back to society and urged the passing out students to be job creators. He further mentioned that National Education Policy (NEP) which the Union Government has brought out would bring good reforms in the education sector, which will ultimately help build a stronger nation.

He further stated that the PM has re-emphasised an important thing that all local and regional languages are all national languages, and it is an important feature of the NEP. He also mentioned not to forget their roots and take responsibility for society.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma congratulated the students who got their degrees today and thanked the Union Minister for exempting Meghalaya from the purview of CUET. He also emphasised remembering the larger goal and purpose in life and to take calculated risks to reach the next level. He urged the students not to get disheartened by failure nor let success get into their heads.

Later the Union Minister and Meghalaya Chief Minister and State Education Minister Lahkmen Rymbui and other officials held a review meeting on education, skill development and entrepreneurship at NEHU.

After the meeting, the Union Minister stated that Meghalaya is going to be the ideal state for a lot of governance units of this country. He added that the State Government is aggressively and pro-actively implementing the National Education Policy.

The Union Minister further said all the Central Government educational institutes located in Meghalaya are working in tandem, and henceforth they will be part of the policy process. These educational institutes will complement and be knowledge partners of the Meghalaya Government and will jointly work together. He emphasised that there are 15 lakh students in Meghalaya, and both the State and Union governments have to create productive manpower for the future.

Later in the day, Pradhan visited Umsning Presbyterian school. He said Neurosurgeon, pilot, engineer, soccer player, and musician— ambitions & aspirations of future leaders from this school in Ri Bhoi district of Meghalaya would reaffirm the faith that India is going to become a knowledge society.

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