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The sixth convocation of the University of Science and Technology Meghalaya (USTM) was held at Baridua, Ri-Bhoi on December 15.
Altogether 1332 graduates were awarded degrees, of which 10 scholars were awarded PhD degrees, 925 students got postgraduate degrees while 397 students were awarded under-graduate degrees.
Doctor of Letters (D. Litt) degree was conferred on The Shillong Times editor, Patricia Mukhim, for her contributions in education, journalism and literature.
The Doctor of Science (D. Sc) degree was awarded to Sanjay Deshmukh, former vice-chancellor and professor of Life Science, University of Mumbai for outstanding contributions in academic administration and promotion of science, technology and innovation.
Meghalaya Governor, Satya Pal Malik, Visitor of USTM, presided over the academic event and awarded the degrees.
Governor Satya Pal Malik in his address advised students of the varsity to take their academic pursuits beyond their degrees and utilise knowledge for the betterment of society.
“Education empowers people,” Malik said, while ruing the fact that very little research is done or papers are written by teachers and professors in the country.
Besides, the “APJ Abdul Kalam Best Post Graduate Award” was awarded to Rezwana Farhin from the Department of Mathematics, while the “PA Sangma Best Under Graduate Award” was awarded to Nilotpal Deka from the Department of Physics.
Tezpur University vice-chancellor, Vinod Kumar Jain, and North-Eastern Hill University vice-chancellor, S. K Srivastava, were also present in the convocation apart from other distinguished dignitaries.