PIB Imphal: “Golden era of India has started, ” said Union Minister of State for Education Dr Subhas Sarkar, in his speech on the occasion of 9th Convocation of National Institute of Technology (NIT) Manipur on Monday.
The Union minister said that with the hard efforts of the present government at the Centre under leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the country is attaining self-reliance.
The golden era of the country has started under the dynamic leaders, he said, and told the students attending the convocation that “You will not be a job seeker but a job provider.”
He explained that the new education policy –National Education Policy (NEP) 2020- aims to strengthen the new learning paradigm by adopting new education technologies or developing available in-house skills.
He added that the students’ acquired knowledge will help them to establish values as well as contribute to the nation and the world’s development.
The Union minister asserted that the Narendra Modi led government at the Centre has been giving special attention to the Act East Policy.
The policy intended to strengthen Indo-Pacific strategic relations, regional political stability and economic exchanges with Myanmar and other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), he said.
The policy will provide various opportunities to the students of the region, particularly Manipur as they would have the opportunity to invest their innovative ideas in exploring available resources of the region, he said.
“Dear students, you will have many prospects to contribute in various fields of research and development so that you can get ready for making the nation great, ” Sarkar said.
He urged the students who got the degree on completion of the course of study at the institute (NIT) to utilize their knowledge of science and technology for the service of the country and the glory of the institute.
“You should be always endeavoring to be honest in the discharge of your duty as an engineer and a scientist,” he told the students.
At the convocation, a total of 261 degrees were awarded to 27 PH.D, 61 M. Tech, 28 M.SC and 172 B. Tech students from different courses.
The Union minister also presented the Chairman Gold Medal for B Tech for 2022 to Hidam Boris, a student of the department of electrical engineering of the institute who stood first by securing highest marks among all the students of his batch.
Apart from the Union minister, the 9th convocation of the NIT Manipur was also attended by Dr Pradeep Kumar Shrivastav, executive director of TIFAC New Delhi and Prof. Parttha Protim Chattopadhaya, director of NIAM, Ranchi as dignitaries.
Earlier director Prof Goutam Sutradhar of the institute presented a report on the activities of the institute.
He said that the institute is consistently improving its NIRF ranking. The institute has been ranked 108th among the technical institutes in the country.
The director said that the institute, though in its initial stages of growth, has made rapid strides in the past ten years. The number of students has also increased considerably.
“All efforts are also being made to provide the best research equipment and facilities,” he said.