According to President Ram Nath Kovind, organic farming practices in the northeast need to be pushed with proper branding and marketing, he said on Saturday. He was addressing the 19th convocation of Tezpur University, a central university.
“It is encouraging to see that organic agriculture is a top priority in the northeastern states. The university has an important role to play in branding and marketing agricultural products from this region,” Kovind remarked.
He was delighted to learn that the institution had obtained approval for the establishment of an incubation center to process jackfruit and ready-to-eat cereal products under the “Prime Minister’s Program for the formalization of food processing micro-enterprises”. The Department of Food Engineering and Technology of TU was designated as the state-level technical institute for the implementation of the program.
He was referring to Assam’s special Joha rice, which is renowned for its great flavor and fragrance.. “Universities in Assam can help farmers by marketing, popularizing and selling this unique variety of rice.” “There are many agricultural items that can be traded in the state,” Kovind remarked.
He praised TU’s unique ideas to bring drinking water to many Assamese villages. As part of the universities’ social responsibility program, the institution can adopt certain communities to help with their overall development, according to Kovind.
The President expressed his joy at TU’s sustainable energy initiatives, especially in the university’s adopted villages. He asked the TU community to strive to be among the top ten universities in the NIRF (National Institute Ranking Framework) in the near future.
He said the planned digital university will provide students across the country with access to universal, world-class quality education and a tailored learning experience. “The digital university will offer courses in a variety of Indian languages as well as ICT formats. Tezpur University can play a key role in this endeavor by providing high-quality digital content in Assamese and other northeastern languages, according to Kovind.
He also said Assam is blessed with incredible natural beauty and diverse biodiversity, praising Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve as a model of conservation. Himanta Biswa Sarma, the Chief Minister, went on to say that the TU was founded following the historic Assam Agreement of 1985, and he hailed the sacrifices of the martyrs of the agitation.
He also said the state government will fund the construction of a contemporary, state-of-the-art sports center at the university. Prof. Jagdish Mukhi, Governor of Assam and Chancellor of TU, highlighted the importance of higher education and university research in the nation building process.
Professor VK Jain, Vice-Chancellor of TU, told the august gathering that the institution is committed to promoting environmentally friendly practices in daily life by encouraging green activities such as the use of alternative energy sources, energy saving and sustainable waste management.
A total of 1,249 students have obtained degrees and diplomas, including 401 undergraduates, 717 postgraduates, 68 PG degrees and 63 doctorates among them. 45 gold medalists from various undergraduate and postgraduate programs were among the degree holders.