Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein today graced the 2nd Convocation of Arunachal University of Studies as the chief guest. Speaking on the occasion Mein said that today Namsai district was advancing with regards to administration while emphasizing that connectivity was prerequisite for ushering in further development.
He said that Namsai was however well connected as far as connectivity is concerned as the district is well connected from all sides though internet and marine sector needs development. Namsai has emerged as a hotbed of education while adding that healthcare sector needed improvement.
He said the Arunachal University of Studies has one of the most beautiful infrastructures and that it was imparting quality education and proving to be a quality educational hub. Mein congratulated Mr. Thanapat Choompolsil who was conferred honorary doctorate degree terming it as having received it at the right time when North East India and Thailand has been making a marked increase in furthering relationships. He also congratulated Anshu Jamsenpa, the other recipient of the honorary doctorate degree and Tine Mena who was conferred with Young Achievers Award terming the duo as symbols of women empowerment and torch bearers of women folks.
Mein also called upon the Director ICAR who was also a guest at the function to spread the activities of ICAR in the state for advancement of agri-horti sector.
The DCM also expressed concerned on the rise in drugs abuse in the region and appealed the youths to spearhead the fight to contain the menace. He said that the Khamti society which has its own script was once very advanced but today lagged in every field.
Mein also presented the honorary doctorate degrees and the gold medals to the achievers.
Namsai MLA cum Parliamentary Secretary Planning and Investments, Administrative Reforms and Training Chow Zingnu Namchoom termed the day as historic and congratulated the recipients of both honorary and regular degrees. He said the stature of the university has gone global with the signing of MoU with Maejo University and Chiangmai University, Thailand. He said that the world is open for all but each one must strive hard to succeed in conquering it.
The Arunachal University of Studies had conferred honorary doctorate degrees to ace everester Anshu Jamsenpa, MoS Home Kiren Rijiju and Mr. Thanapat Choompolsil from Thailand. Tine Mena, the first woman from North East India to scale the Mt. Everest was also conferred with the Young Achievers Award on the occasion.
In her speech the world record holder mountaineer and five times Mt.Everest summiteers extended her sincere thanks and gratitude to the Board of Directors of AUS for considering her worthy of the honorary doctorate degree for her world record achievement in the field of mountaineering and adventure sports. She said that mountaineering came late in her life but it came as a blessing which was like rediscovering herself all over again. Speaking of her experience she further said that inspite of hardships she never gave up nor did she stop and added that many times we fail but we should not lose hope.
President World Education Mission Dr.A.L Agrawal, Chancellor Shobhit University U.P K.S.Vijendra, Chancellor AUS Kamal Lochan, and recipients of honorary degrees also spoke on the occasion.
Later in the evening, DCM Mein accompanied by Parliamentary Secretary Planning Chow Zingnu Namchoom also attended the Me-Dam-Me-Phi celebrations of Tai Ahom community at Rongalibeel alongwith guests from Thailand. Speaking at the event he expressed the need for Tai Ahom resurgence while commending STAR (Society for Tai Ahom Resurgence) which is spearheading for revival of the unique age old culture and traditions.
He urged all the Tai groups to unite as a single family and called upon the upcoming generation to take forward the rich legacy.
Me-Dam-Me-Phi is celebrated to offer tributes to the forefathers and ancestors.