Meghalaya Governor, Tathagata Roy today said the state should fully utilize its tourism potentials to enhance its economy. Roy said the state is having enormous tourism potential and so far, only 6 per cent of its potential has been utilized. Addressing the 25th Convocation of North Eastern Hill University (NEHU) in Shillong, the Governor said, the state should emulate some of the foreign country like Spain and others including Goa, which depended their economy solely on tourism. The Governor, who is the rector of the university, said NEHU has earned the reputation of being one of the best Higher Educational Institutions in the country.
He said this educational institution for higher learning has been graded very high by NAAC and foreign dignitaries are also associating themselves with NEHU in various programmes. Roy congratulated the students who graduated today and expressed his gratefulness towards NEHU for doing a commendable work in the field of higher education and research. He urged the students to live up to the degrees and certificates conferred today and have a purpose in their lives.
Speaking on the occasion, Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma said the youth is the strength of the nation and their energy should be properly channelized for nation building. The Chief Minister said the State Government is giving highest priority to Education, as it the agent of change if the State is to develop. He added that there should be equal participation and equal role from the Government sector, Research Institutes, and the Industries to develop the State at a faster pace.
A total of 8653 number of candidates received their degrees at the 25th Convocation ceremony held today. The courses include Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Master of Philosophy (M. Phil), Post Graduate Degrees (PG Degrees) and Bachelor’s Degrees. As part of the ceremony various medals, prizes and special awards were conferred to students. MMP