Governor BD Mishra called for concerted efforts by all the stakeholders to make Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) one of the best in the country.
“For a university to progress and succeed there must be an academic atmosphere that is conducive to teaching and learning,” the governor said, addressing the 36th foundation day of the university here in Papum Pare district on Monday.
Mishra emphasized on transparency, accountability, honesty and correct utilization of fund in infrastructure development.
“The campus must be maintained and no encroachment must be allowed. There must be discipline and safety and security in the premises,” he said.
The governor advised the faculty members to ensure thorough preparation of their lessons, to take classes regularly, and to “interact with the students as a coach, friend, philosopher and guide.”
He advised the students to “give cent percent attendance, conduct research and innovative activities and paper writings and presentations.”
Mishra also advised the students to be entrepreneurs and job providers by availing startup programmes.
He said the placement review committee for ensuring high campus placement of the students – comprising professors of RGU, the NERIST and the NIT and senior government officials – and the institutional ranking improvement set up by him have finalized their report and it would soon be presented to the state government to streamline and finalize it.
The governor also assured commissioning of a National Cadet Corps unit in the university.
Extending his greetings to the university fraternity on the occasion, Mishra commended the administration, faculties, staff and students on their achievements, and for initiatives taken up by RGU.
He commended the university administration for felicitating its dedicated and sincere employees and the gaon burahs of nearby villages, and officially felicitated the employees on the occasion.
RGU Vice Chancellor Prof Saket Kushwaha presented a briefed on the challenges and achievements of the university in the last 35 years.
The university, which was founded on 4 February, 1984, became academically functional in 1988-89 with only three departments. The university was converted to a central university on 9 April, 2007, he informed.
“The university currently offers 26 postgraduate, nine diploma and certificate courses with enrollment of 2331 students in the current academic year,” the VC informed.
Hyderabad-based Gandhi Darshan’s secretary GVVSDS Prasad gave a talk on ‘Nai Talim’ and ‘Gandhi Darshan on education’.
“India is a country which has the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi and there is a need to take it forward,” he said.
Stating that Gandhian thoughts touch every aspect of human life, he said Gandhi had proposed the idea of ‘Nai Talim’, or basic education, and experimented with it in South Africa.