Shillong: The 26th convocation of the North Eastern Hill University (NEHU) was held on Monday in Shillong. Chief guest of the convocation ceremony, President Ram Nath Kovind, lauded the state for having a higher percentage of women in the medal awardees.
Speaking on the occasion, President Kovind said, “Happy to know that of all medal awardees in today’s convocation as many as 76% are girls. In almost all the universities, when I have attended convocations I have observed that girls have been outshining our boys. This reflects our society’s progress and points towards a bright future to a developed nation.”
Meghalaya governor Tathagata Roy and chief minister Conrad K Sangma were also part of the 26th convocation of NEHU.
The President congratulated the University for its growing international links. “I am also glad to know about growing international links of the university. It makes me happy that some of the partners of the university have started enrolling students from Thailand, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Africa, and the Middle East. This promotes concerned coalition and cross-nation of learning,” said President Ram Nath Kovind.
More than 10,000 students including 62 gold medalists were awarded degrees/diplomas
This is the first visit of the President to Meghalaya after assuming the office of President of India. The President advised the students to look up to late PA Sangma. He said that PA Sangma’s life story was very inspiring and that he showed extraordinary character to scale great heights of achievement.
Addressing the convocation, the President also applauded Kanubhai Tailor, who was conferred the ‘Honoris Causa’ (Honorary Degree) on Monday. “I would like to congratulate Kanubhai Tailor, a Padmashri Awardee for bringing hope to many physically-challenged people by his compassionate service,” said Kovind.