A total of 797 students received their degrees during the 1st convocation of Bodoland University at Kokrajhar in Assam.
The degrees, including 40 PhD and 525 Postgraduate, were awarded to the passed out students of Bodoland University at the university campus in Kokrajhar in presence of Assam governor and chancellor Prof Jagadish Mukhi.
In his speech, Prof Mukhi said, “This is the day of glory not only for the university but also for the guardians whose children have been studying in the university and for those who have already studied here.”
He also said, “If the university develops a good educational system there will be a good flow of students from the neighbouring states of Meghalaya and West Bengal.”
The Assam governor also hoped with a good education system the university even can attract students from neighbouring Bhutan and Bangladesh.
Stating that a university stands for universal values, the Assam governor said it should be open-ended for intellectual participation and dissemination of knowledge.
Earlier, on his arrival, the Assam governor unveiled the statue of Bodofa Upendra Nath Brahma at the entrance of the Bodoland University campus.
The chief guest of the function, Prof KK Aggarwal, chairman, National Board of Accreditation, New Delhi, stressed on quality and diversity along with proper documentation.
He also said the university should try to attract students from outside the region without compromising the interests of the region.
Prof Aggarwal also said that Bodoland University should develop adequate good quality literature for tribal arts, cultures, languages including dialects, medicinal practices, medicinal plants, fauna & flora, ancient sciences practiced by tribes and ancient practices of sustainable development.
The convocation was also attended among others by BTC chief Hagrama Mohilary, Assam social welfare minister Pramila Rani Brahma, Bodoland University vice chancellor Prof Laishram Ladusingh.
The Bodoland University, the first and only university in the Bodoland region, was established in 2009 as a state university.