NEGC-2017 held successfully at USTM.
The most acclaimed flagship program patronized by
ERD Foundation, 4th North East Graduate Congress 2017 was organized from 17th to
19th February, 2017 with a huge success. The event has been a platform for
around ten thousand graduates across all corners of the North East Region. The
main aim of it was to prepare and enhance all round development of the future
graduates who are appearing in the final year degree examination through various
life skill sessions by renowned counselors & experts from different domains
across the country.
This three days event had started with a Science Model Exhibition which was
inaugurated by Prof. Dhiraj Bora, Vice Chancellor of Assam Science & Technology
University in presence of Prof. Amarjyoti Choudhury, Former Vice Chancellor of
Gauhati University & CV Raman Chair Professor of Applied Sciences of USTM; Shri
M. Hoque, Chancellor, USTM; Dr. P. G. Rao, Vice Chancellor, USTM and many other
high level dignitaries and renowned academicians. This Science model exhibition
was organized to encourage the scientific temperament among students and to
bring out the creativity and innovation among them and as expected, the response
was overwhelming. Best models were judged who were awarded on the valedictory
session of the Congress.
On the second day of the event, amidst a packed audience at USTM Techno City
Campus, more than ten thousand students have witnessed the gala beginning of 4th
North East Graduate Congress with the cultural manifestations of eight sister
states of NE Region. Each state of North East- Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur,
Mizoram, Nagaland, Arunachal, Tripura and Sikkim were represented by the
students of 40 communities belonging to NE Region, each state displaying
indigenous cultural presentation with indigenous costume and clothing. The
majestic Techno City Campus saw a scintillating display of India’s rich cultural
diversity and artistic and cultural heritage of North East Region. The purpose
is to project North East not just as a land of insurgency or militancy for all,
but as a symbol of progress, wealth and natural and cultural diversity.
While addressing the gathering by delivering a welcome speech by Dr. P G Rao
asserted once again “innovation, entrepreneurship and research, these three
epithets signify University of Science & Technology of Meghalaya and hence we
are determined to continue with this process of achieving excellence in all
sphere”. Dr. Dhruba J. Saikia, Vice Chancellor of Cotton College State
University, had emphasized that youths are the leaders of tomorrow and so that
need to be trained and guided with proper care. “For me education can be
complete only when moral values can be inculcated to the students and it’s
disheartening that the highest post of the institutions VC has been the subject
of corruption”. And for that universities must take up social responsibility”.
Dr. Mridul Hazarika, VC, Gauhati University stated that the basic motto of
higher education should be to create an ambience for comfortability and youth
power of North East must be encouraged through quality education. He also said
that only through youth workforce, the sense of alienation amongst the North
Easterners can be minimized.
Mr. Mani Shankar Aiyar, chief guest of the inauguration, former Union Minister
of DoNER and Chairman, NEC Secretariat had asserted that North East states holds
a tremendous potential. But that potential or the developmental process in the
NE Region is being constructed by the borders of Bangladesh, China, Myanmar.
However, if that potential can be rightly tapped and executed through proper
planning, North East can be another super power in the ASEAN Countries. North
East has got everything- natural resources, youth potential, bio-diversity
hotspots but the fact remains that the people of North East must integrate, must
work united so that the maximum benefits can be reaped up.
He had also expressed that with the course of time, North Easterners are
gradually coming out of their shells and started exploring opportunities beyond
NE Region. “in my days Delhi University had hardly any students from NE bur now
NE students are taking the vanguard in the institutions, colleges, workplaces in
other major cities. He also emphasized “the days have gone when North Easterners
used to languish in a sense of alienation because of geographical, social and
cultural barriers between the North East and the rest of the country. Thanks to
the aftermath of globalization and economic liberalization which UPA government
had initiated in early 90s, North Easterners had also started realizing that
this seclusion from the mainstream will not bring about anything except
retrogression and under-development and that’s why a huge number of youngsters
from North East get enrolled in different institutions in other major cities
every year and venture into looking for job opportunities in other states.
Sh. Mahbubul Hoque, Chairman, ERDF stated that NEGC at USTM has been turned into
a place for counseling, a place for cultural exchange, competitive culture. USTM
is determined to create socially responsible human being through education”.“We
want to create an ambience in USTM where there will be boundaries, borders
beyond cultural, social, geographical exteriors”- Mr. Hoque stated. He had also
announced that the graduates who are not financially well off but passed out
with good percentage will be given free education, if they are so willing.
While explaining the purpose of holding a panel discussion on Youth, Corruption
and Politics, Mr. Hoque stated "there is a sense of apathy amongst the young
generation that politics is all about corruption, foul play and money
laundering. This widespread negativity can be altered if professionally trained,
educated and intelligent students enter in politics and for that political
reformation is needed. And USTM can be a path-finder & NEGC as a springboard
towards that end ". The speakers were Mr. R G Lyngdoh Vice Chancellor, Martin
Luthar Christian University, Mr. Wasbir Hussain, Mr. Debobrata Saikia from INC,
Mr. Debobrata Borkakoti from BJP, Mr. Paul Lyngdoh from UDP and moderated by
senior journalist Shri Mrinal Talukdar. The valedictory session was graced by
former Governor of Meghalaya Shri R. S. Mooshahary.
Everyone present had praised and appreciated the efforts and initiatives taken
by the foundation to organize such a great event to bring all North Eastern
students in one common platform. University of Science & Technology, Meghalaya
and Regional Institute of Science & Technology which are the dream projects of
ERD Foundation, have already laid its mark through its continuous improvement in
academic excellence, research activities, extra-curricular activities,
international seminars, workshops, faculty exchange program, students’ exchange
program, visit by the luminaries of our society. Its acceptance and popularity
can be assessed by the high amount of growing expectations that the students of
North East Region and those renowned persona who have visited USTM & RIST on
numerous occasions, have thrust on both USTM & RIST.
The best graduate award went to Mr. A Misban Hanif from Modern College, Imphal.
The Best Graduate Competition was conceptualized to assess an all round
assessment of the participating students in terms of their personality, academic
credentials, extracurricular and co-curricular activities, general awareness,
creativity and clarity of thoughts. The students of Gauhati University received
the award for Best Quiz team. Rangia College, Kamrup was declared as Best
Participating College along with Hamidabad College and Dhakuakhana College.
Modern College, Imphal was judged as the most disciplined college. They were
awarded with attractive cash prizes, memento, lap top and mobile phones.