Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday addressed the 18th Convocation of Tezpur University, Assam through video conferencing.

Around 1,218 students who passed out in 2020 were conferred degrees and diplomas and 48 toppers of various undergraduate and postgraduate programmes were awarded gold medals.

Governor of Assam Prof. Jagdish Mukhi, Union Education Minister Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ and Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal were also present on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister said it is a moment to remember and cherish for a lifetime for over 1200 students. He said the sentiment contained in the university anthem which was written by Bharat Ratna Bhupen Hazarika resonates with the great history of Tezpur.

PM Modi appealed to the youth to work for “New India” through “Atmanirbhar Bharat” campaign.

“Our nation is entering the 75th year of independence. Innumerable people of Assam had contributed towards freedom. Several people had sacrificed their lives, their youth. Now you have to live for New India and Atmanirbhar India,” PM Modi said while addressing the 18th Convocation of Tezpur University in Assam through video conferencing.

“During COVID-19, the Atmanirbhar Bharat campaign has become a part of our vocabulary… The way our government is involved in the development of North East today, the way we are working on connectivity, education and health, there are many new possibilities for you. Take full advantage of these possibilities,” he added.

The Prime Minister remarked that Tezpur University is also known for its Innovation Center. These grassroots innovations are giving momentum to ‘vocal for local’ and are being used to solve local problems, opening new doors of development.

These innovations are helping in solving local problems and thus, opening new doors towards development, he said.

“The effect of converting waste into energy is massive as well. Remains of crops have been a big challenge for both our farmers and the environment. The work that you are doing on technology related to bio-gas and organic fertilisers can solve a major problem in India,” he added.

Lauding Tezpur University, he said that the varsity is running a campaign to conserve North East’s biodiversity and rich heritage.

The Prime Minister called upon the students of Tezpur University to help in fulfilling the country’s goals. He said that, after finishing their formal education, they not only work for their future but for the future of the country.