Deputy Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh Chowna Mein hailed the contribution of Catholic education in Arunachal Pradesh while delivering his speech at the first convocation of Venerable Uktara Bethany College (VUBC), Namsai on Saturday.
Deputy Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh , who was the Chief Guest at the convocation ceremony of VUBC, the first Christian college in East Arunachal Pradesh, paid glowing tribute to Catholic education in North East India, particularly in Arunachal Pradesh.
“Standing here today, I am reminded of my days at Don Bosco School, Guwahati,” said , adding, “All that I am today, I owe it to the Fathers and brothers at my school.” Reminiscing his long association with Catholic education, he highlighted the fact the Catholic institutions are Trusts that render yeomen service without looking for profit and without much support from the Government.
Appreciating the first batch of graduates from VUBC, Mein recollected the difficulties he had faced to complete his education due to lack of transport facilities and good educational institutions around. “You are so lucky to have graduated from this college. Good educational institutions have walked right into your doorsteps. We had to travel by mules and boats for days to reach our college,” he said.
The first batch of graduates from VUBC, which had a humble beginning in 2014, has performed remarkably well in the University examinations. Out of 52 graduates, 12 are in the University’s top 10 list of Rajiv Gandhi University, Arunachal Pradesh, for the Departments of Political Science, History, Commerce and Sociology for the academic year 2016-2017.
Bishop George Pallipparambil of Miao Diocese expressed his heartiest appreciation to the students for the outstanding result. “What you have achieved is only one part of your life’s examination. The real result will be based on what you do from here. May you make the society a better place to live in,” he told the graduates.
Earlier, expressing her gratitude to the college, staff members and the management, Tojam Mossang, University topper (Political Science) exhorted the juniors to invest in hard work for success.
The toppers were awarded with certificates of merit and cash awards sponsored by friends of Bethany Educational Trust and Chou Khouk Manpoong, former MLA of Namsai and the land donor of VUBC.
Zingnu Namchoom, MLA of Namsai and Parliamentary Secretary, RK Sharma, Deputy Commissioner, Namsai district, Bijoy Talukdar, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Namsai, Rev Sr Joy Provincial Superior and President of Bethany Educational Trust and Fr Felix Anthony, Youth Director of Miao Diocese, were present at the historical convocation programme of the first Catholic College in East Arunachal Pradesh.