Nagaland University Headquarters Lumami today got a new State Bank of India branch, the 50th in the state, with Nagaland governor Nikhil Kumar, formally inaugurating the bank as chief guest.
An inaugural program was held at the University Auditorium upon the arrival of the governor who was on an official tour to Mokokchung district.
Delivering the inaugural address, the governor said that since its inception the university has managed to grow both in terms of size and stature and expressed his pleasure that NU was making efforts to be an agent for making meaningful contribution to the socio-economic development of the state. The governor sounded optimistic when he said that the university, which was still in the process of expanding, would be the first University Township in Nagaland.
“I am sure the campus will provide the congenial environment for academic excellence,” Nikhil Kumar said.
He also expressed his satisfaction over new establishments including AYUSH centre, progress of KVK NU and the efforts of sociology and political science for starting masters program in Social Work etc.
State governor was vocal in saying that universities can be considered as the ultimate temples of learning, helping give final shape and form to the overall intellect, the whole thought process and the knowledge base of the students.
“Our society in which these very students later on play decisive role in various forms are thus greatly influenced by our Universities,” governor said, and added that NU was also no exception.
Further, he expressed hope that all responsible realize the crucial roles that they play in great scheme of things and make efforts to join hands to help the university achieve the objectives and reach heights that it has set for itself.
“I am sure with the cooperation and support of everyone we can make this university a most respected and reputed one”, he asserted.
Nagaland governor while lauding the efforts of the State Bank of India for establishment of its branch at Lumami also lamented that there were still many areas particularly in rural areas where penetration of banking services was low.
He expressed his hope that banks continue with even greater dedication in their effort in bringing financial inclusion of a large section of people and thereby contribute in strengthening the economy of the state.
He added that the SBI Lumami branch is going to be a boon for not only the personnel and families of Nagaland University but also for the local populace of the whole area.
At the program, the NU vice-chancellor Prof. K. Kannan also spoke about the vision for the university.
SBI Network-2 GM Bhaskar Jyoti Sharma also delivered a brief speech.