Itanagar, Oct 12
‘Northeast is very close to us, the physical distance may be too large but the people of this region are very close to our heart,’ said Union Human Resource Development and Communication and IT Minister Kapil Sibal.
Delivering his address as chief guest on the Third Convocation of North East Regional Institute of Science and Technology (NERIST) in its Nirjuli campus here today, he said, Itanagar, the Capital of Arunachal Pradesh is becoming the hub of education in this part of the world and NERIST is an institution of outstanding excellence.
The Central government will take every possible step to maintain infrastructural development of the institution despite its financial constraints, he said, adding, ‘We will help in every way to ensure that NERIST does not only remain a deemed university in category ‘A’, but perhaps in times to come graduate into even a higher educational institution of higher colleges.
He told the passing out students, “you are entering such an environment, which is exhilarating and at the same time, most challenging.” “We are living in very exciting times. The world has shrunk as never before as the process of globalisation continues to transform the economic play field,” he added. ‘Knowledge’ has acquired a new significance. This is an era, wherein ‘intellectual capital’ has become the prime mover of organizations and nations, Mr Sibal said.
The students, who always broke down barriers of caste, creed, religion, sex and region, at a rapid rate the world over to usher in
change, but there are a lot more changes to be made and a lot more barriers to be broken’, he Union minister said. Urging graduates, he said, “This is the time we need the very best of truly educated minds: your skills and specialised knowledge, patience, understanding tolerance and compassion.
Don’t let the ‘fire in the belly’ subside, ‘passion’ makes the difference between an average and an outstanding performer.” Earlier, Sibal handed over gold medals to the successfully passed out students in the various streams for the year 2011 and 12.
Speaking on the occasion, Governor (Retd) Gen J J Singh and president, NERIST Society informed that the premier institution of the NE region has signed a MoU with the American University of Sharjhah recently and hoped such collaborations would open up new vistas for every stakeholder of the institute and impart excellence to academic output, thereby creating a new benchmarks in the field of higher and technical education.