GUWAHATI, Aug 26: Assam Governor Gulab Chand Kataria said that education is the crucial driver of
socio-economic development and creation of sustainable livelihood and happiness.
Attending the 10th Convocation of Assam down town University at the university campus here on
Saturday, the Governor said that institutions of higher education should take the lead in being the prime
mover in enabling education to bring about socio-economic development along with livelihood and
happiness. The Governor said, “Convocation day is a memorable day in the life of every student when
one can see one’s hard work giving fruits. This is the day when you get the license of entering into the
world of endless opportunities. It is the day of taking new resolutions for bringing about positive and
tangible changes in the society.”
The Governor also said that the present day education system in the country is on the springboard of
giving quality education based on Indian values, ethics and knowledge. The National Education Policy
2020 is working in the direction of giving holistic education to promote skill and other important
faculties of life. The Governor said that the aim of the policy is to establish universal high quality
education along with fundamental responsibilities, constitutional values and a deep connection with
intrinsic values of the country.
Governor Katarika said that the education policy is working as a catalyst to develop world-class
competence in areas such as AI and data science. He lauded Assam down town university for its efforts
in introducing curriculum to promote knowledge on this areas. Hailing the university for taking a
comprehensive multidisciplinary approach towards education, research, technology, innovation,
knowledge dissemination and community uplift, the Governor said that it is playing a vital role in
nurturing fresh ideas among the new generation. “I hope this approach of the university will fulfil its
social mission of sustaining and keeping intact the rich tradition and cultural heritage of the North East
region of the country,” the Governor added.
He also said that the university is developing into a contemporary education hub, offering a wide variety
of subjects and study opportunities to the students from neighbouring countries as well. India is moving
forward during the ongoing Amrit-Kaal with the vision of becoming a developed nation by 2047. Today's
young students will build a developed India through the accomplishment of their resolutions. They will
fulfil the dreams of making India a prosperous nation again.
While congratulating the graduating students and extending his gratitude to the proud parents, the
Governor appreciated Assam down town University’s contribution to churning out intellectual minds
and creating the much-needed quality in human resources in various fields. He told the students that
the titles and awards that they received will get them jobs. At the same time the qualities that they
received in the university would take them very far in bringing about fundamental changes in the
The Governor during his address to the students also announced that the Gold medal awarded to the
best graduate will henceforth be given by the Raj Bhavan Secretariat to public as well as private
It may be mentioned that awards have been given to 1064 undergraduates, 349 post graduates, and 27
PhD scholars. The program also witnessed the conferment of gold medals on the best graduate –
Jyotismita Sarma and best postgraduate – Tazmina Sultana Hussain.
The Chancellor of Assam down town University, Dr N. N. Dutta, Vice-Chancellor, Dr N.C. Talukdar , along
with dignitaries of the university, faculty members, students and their parents were present at the