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Open varsity to the world, says scholar

Dibrugarh, March 25: Universities need to embrace people from every part of the world, speakers at the 14th convocation of Dibrugarh University here said.

“Our universities should open its gates to individuals, whether as faculty or students, from every part of the world. Living and working together with individuals of different regions and nationalities helps mutual understanding and strengthens the idea of global communities,” said Basudev Chatterji, chairperson of the Indian Council for Historical Research.

Chatterji, who was the chief guest, said, “We do disservice to humanity if we ‘fragment’ the world into ‘narrow domestic walls’.”

“Culture is an activity of thought, and receptiveness to beauty and humane feelings. What we should aim at is producing men who possess both culture and expert knowledge in some special direction. Their expert knowledge will give a ground to start from and their culture will lead them to deepest philosophy and as high as art,” he said.

In his inaugural address, Assam governor J.B. Patnaik said, “I appreciate the effort of Dibrugarh University in bringing the academic reforms prescribed by the HRD ministry and UGC. It is also heartening to take note that the university has been expanding its wings in extending the benefit of higher education to the remotest locations in the region through the directorate of distance education.”

Patnaik said the biggest asset of the country is the youth. “A very noteworthy aspect of our nation is that 27.5 per cent of our population is in the age group of 15-29 years who contribute 34 per cent of the country’s gross national income. Within a very short period in the coming years, our country will become the youngest nation in the world in terms of the proportion of the youth in our demography,” the governor said.

The university conferred DLitt degrees on two distinguished scholars — Mrinal Miri for literature and Sasana Bangsha Mahathera for language.

A total of 15,273 candidates were conferred various degrees by the university.

“We are happy that more than 15,000 students have been conferred degrees at the convocation,” said the vice-chancellor, Alak Kumar Buragohain.


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