Patkai Christian College second convocation ceremony held
Dimapur, June 29 (MExN): The Second Convocation ceremony for the graduating students of under-graduate courses (2010-2012) of Patkai Christian College (Autonomous) was held, today, at the Bundrock Chapel-cum-Auditorium. Prof. B.K. Konwar, Vice-Chancellor, Nagaland University, was the chief guest for the occasion. About 150 students attended the program and received their certificates from the Vice Chancellor. The chief guest also gave away gold medals to the toppers.
The Principal, Hüsazü Epao, welcoming the chief guest and the gathering, thanked them for participating in the event. He further congratulated the graduates and prayed that the almighty would bless them. RikuKhutso, a graduate from the batch of 2010, delivering a speech during the occasion, stated that he has immensely benefitted from Patkai, adding that, Patkai has ‘built a firm and sturdy foundation’, for him and others,in different spheres.
Speaking highly of the Founder-Principal Emeritus, Rev. Dr. T.A. Shishak, and his wife, Margaret Shishak, Riku stated that they along with the pioneers of the college have taught many people that sheer determination can turn ‘monstrous bushes’ and ‘haven of wild animals’ to an accomplished space for preparing and nurturing the architects of the modern human civilization.
Prof. B.K. Konwar, in his address to the congregation, dwelled on the importance of higher education to the national economics, stating that college educated workers command a significantly higher wage and are less likely to become unemployed.
Lamenting on the educational system in India, Prof. Konwar expressed pain that on the one hand, there are IITs and IIMs with world class infrastructure, while on the other hand, there are countless schools and colleges without having basic infrastructure. He further lamented the lack of civic sense and the importance of proper planning and working strategy and stated that for the State to become developed, these must be inculcated.
Prof. Konwar,highlighted the importance of autonomy for colleges and maintained that autonomy, in essence, is an instrument for promoting academic excellence. He further disclosed UGC’s findings that the only way to improve the quality of undergraduate education is to delink colleges from the affiliating structure.
Reading from a rather long speech made available in a booklet, Prof. Konwarsought to humor the gathering, saying it was relief to come to the last part. The event witnessed a special music by the ‘String Ensemble’ led by Louise Shishak and Joey Woch.
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