Guwahati, April 8: The University of Science and Technology Meghalaya (USTM) which has been accorded Grade A by NAAC, has adopted a ‘payback’ policy to encourage its students to clear hurdles in competitive all-India examinations like UGC NET, GATE, JRF etc. The policy has paid rich dividends and 99 students of the varsity cleared these tough exams in the academic year 2020-21 braving the pandemic scare.
The USTM today befittingly celebrated the success of its NET/GATE/JRF qualified students of 2020-2021 at a glorious programme held today where 99 successful students were felicitated under its ‘Pay-Back Policy’.
The USTM has also instituted number of scholarships in the names of former presidents of Asam Sahitya Sabha.
Dharma Kanta Mili, ACS, Director of Higher Education, Govt. of Assam graced the occasion as the Chief Guest while Arpit Upadhyay, IAS, Deputy Commissioner, Ri-Bhoi District, Meghalaya was the guest of honour. The main objective of this Award ceremony was to create competitiveness among the students.
Addressing a gathering of more than 3000 students in the felicitation ceremony today, Mili said, “I am glad to know that USTM is now an ‘A’ grade university by NAAC which is quite encouraging. It is not simply the glory of Meghalaya but of the entire North East. USTM’s mission to become a world class university by 2030 is appreciable”.
Arpit Upadhyay, Deputy Commissioner, Ri-Bhoi District who cleared IAS in 2018, delivered a very inspiring speech for the students stating how he cracked the toughest competitive exam in the country in spite of being a mediocre student.
“Always dream big, and set goal which is challenging you, which you need to achieve. The taste of achieving the target set by you is the most cherishing experience. We should never forget that whatever we are able to achieve in our life is all because of our parents and mentors”, he added. He further expressed his desire to take sessions for UPSC aspirants in USTM.
Speaking on the occasion, Mahbubul Hoque, Chancellor of USTM said, “We are extremely happy that even during the pandemic period of year 2020 and 2021, students did online classes and fared well in the national level competitive exams.” He said that the university is giving such incentives to students so that students become more competitive and motivated. He also stated that USTM has initiated intensive coaching for competitive examinations under its “Vision50 Academy”.