GUWAHATI: PM Modi on Friday while taking part in the 18th Convocation of Tezpur University, hailed the University’s innovative ideas. He remarked that these grassroots innovations have been giving momentum to the country’s Vocal for Local mission and are being used to solve local problems, opening new doors of development.
The PM Modi was on a virtual interaction with the students and those who were attending the function including chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal.
The PM lauded the innovations of Tezpur University like low-cost technology to provide clean drinking water, pledge taken to convert Waste into Energy in every village, inexpensive and effective technology-related to biogas and organic fertilizers, a campaign to preserve the Biodiversity and Rich Heritage of North East, documentation the languages of the North East tribal society which are in danger of extinction, preservation of centuries-old wood-carved art at Batadrav Thana, Nagaon, digitization of Assam’s books and papers written during colonial times.
The Prime Minister advised the students to keep their ideals high which will protect them from the vicissitudes of life. He said the next 25-26 years are vital for them as well as their country and expressed the hope that the students will take the country to new heights.
A total of 93 students — 57 female and 36 male received awards in the convocation while a total of 1,218 students received degrees and diplomas. Owing to Covid 19 situation, the function was held in a mixed-mode- Ph.D. scholars and toppers received their degrees and gold medals in-person and the remaining outgoing students received their degrees virtually.
Modi also praised the Department of Chemical Engineering of the University for the Water purifying technology developed by the students.
Adding to him, Sonowal also urged the successful candidates to create a ‘start-up’ friendly environment in the state and take the ‘Make in India’ campaign to new heights.
Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi who is the Chancellor of Tezpur University also participated in the event virtually due to his health issues. He is currently undergoing treatment in ICU at Apollo Hospitals.
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