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Patnaik attends convocation

Guwahati, Sept. 19: Assam governor J.B. Patnaik said the Assam Don Bosco University showed that it was here to stay in the field of higher education during its first convocation here today.

Addressing the students, who received their degrees today, Patnaik said they had “reaped the results of their studies” and could now go out and pursue “an independent life of your own”.

“I would remind you to never forget your roots, the place where you have come from,” he said. “Someone who does not know how to hold on to his traditional values and culture can never be a respectable person. Let us not forget our duty. The highly educated in our society are a privileged minority; the rest of the society is craving for a helping hand to rise from their present state of poverty, ignorance and squalor,” he added.

Chief minister Tarun Gogoi said the university was “ a healthy smiling baby”. “This is the first private sector university in Assam and I want it to be an example to the region, country and the world,” Gogoi said.

Speaking on the occasion, T.K.A. Nair, adviser to the Prime Minister and chief guest, said the presence of Patnaik and Gogoi at the convocation showed their concern for education. “The Salesians have a remarkable history of more than 100 years of dedication to education,” he said. “India is a young country. The challenge is to impart skills to the large number of young people in the country.”

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