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M’laya CM receives honorary degree for youth welfare

Correspondent SHILLONG, NOV 19 | Publish Date: 11/19/2020 12:37:04 PM IST

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma, who is one of the youngest chief ministers in the country, was on Thursday conferred with the honorary degree – ‘Honoris Causa’ by the prestigious Sharda University, Noida, Uttar Pradesh for his endeavours to uplift the lot of the youth.

Vice Chancellor of the University, Sibaram Khara presented the degree and the memento to the Chief Minister in presence of Union education minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank during the 4th Convocation Ceremony of the University.

Speaking on the occasion, Sangma said that it was important for educators and leaders to focus on the development of the youth.

“We need to shape the youth in positive manner and take this country forward. We need to shape young people to be responsible students and responsible citizens of our country. I appreciate the diversity in the university,” the Chief Minister said.

Receiving the degree, he said that Sharda University will shape the future of the nation.

“It is my focus that every citizen and youth of the State is productive; it is not the quantity but the quality that matters. Be the best you can to contribute to the society, the State, the country and Mother Earth,” he exhorted and lauded the outstanding performance of the students and efforts of all involved in taking this institution to high levels of eminence.

Sangma expressed optimism that the university would improve the lives of the students in a better way in the coming times and encouraged the students to be honest, fearless and bold towards achieving their goals.

The Chief Minister praised the Union ministry of education for initiating policy intervention to better the education scenario in the country.

Sangma also took the opportunity to inform the Union education minister Pokhriyal that Meghalaya was working to ensure that every youth in the State is trained with one skill.

“We have decided to be the first state where every youth is trained in certain skills. We want our youth to get the opportunity to follow their passion and talent,” he added.

Union Education MinisterPokhriyal, who was also conferred with an honorary degree by the Sharda University, said, “In the time of the COVID epidemic, we showed how challenges turn  into opportunities. This is possible only when our talented students tap themselves and contribute to the progress of the country. Students will have to contribute significantly in nation building and making the country developed”.

He congratulated Sharda University and Chancellor PK Gupta for achieving rank in NIRF. The Education Minister said that he is happy to know that more than 2000 students from 56 countries study in this university.

“The Government of India’s plan ‘Stay in India’ concept is being followed here. Sharda University is also spreading education outside the country and it is a happy moment for us,” he said.

 

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