Tezpur University organised its XVII Convocation today (December 23, 2019) at Kalaguru Bishnuprasad Rabha auditorium of the University with a total of 1275 students been conferred upon Degrees and Diplomas. Amongst them, 82 were awarded PhDs, 749 were Masters, 402 were Under Graduates (B.Tech/B.Sc/BA), 42 were Diplomas and PG Diplomas.
Prof. D. P. Singh, Chairman, University Grants Commission (UGC) and Former Director, National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bengaluru was the Chief Guest, while Hon’ble Governor of Assam, Prof. Jagdish Mukhi presided over the Convocation as the Chancellor of the University.
In his Convocation address, Prof. Singh discussed the need for increasing the Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) from existing 27% across India. GER is a statistical measure used in the education sector, and formerly by the UN in its Education Index, to determine the number of students enrolled in school at several different grade levels. He added that the Government of India is aspiring to increase the GER further, which will require consolidation and expansion of the existing institutions and establishment of new ones. However, while implementing the same he cautioned that the institutions need be extra careful not to compromise on the quality of higher education during this phase of transition.
Speaking on the occasion, Hon’ble Governor mentioned that Higher education has made significant contribution to economic development, social progress and political stability in independent India. “The success of a university depends on the quality of students produced
and the quality of research and development works performed by the faculty members,” he said. Prof. Mukhi pointed out that the University, which was born out of the historic Assam Accord is creating and disseminating knowledge and skills in some core as well as frontier areas of education, developing reservoir of youth power, so that they can effectively participate in nation building.
In his address, Prof. Vinod Kumar Jain, Vice Chancellor of the University congratulated all the graduating students, their parents and guardians along with their teachers, whose support and guidance helped them achieving this important feat. Prof. Jain then briefly highlighted recent achievements of the University and requested all to continue same hard work, dedication and sincerity, which has yielded good results for the University.