on Monday said institutes of higher education can be instruments of social and economic transformation to help states in human development indices.
Kovind was at the function where the University is conferring various degrees to over 14,500 students of the University and about 75 affiliated colleges.
Institute of higher education like
(Nehu) can be instruments of social and economic changes to make transformation and can help
achieve better ranking in human development indices, he said addressing the 26th convocation of Nehu.
Eighty per cent of the population in the state are farmers and students and teachers of Nehu’s departments of rural development and agricultural production, agri business and food technology and
can help enhance farmers income.
By helping to improve agricultural productivity, Nehu can play a catalytic role in promoting socio-economic development of Meghalaya and the North-East,” he said.
He lauded the University’s efforts to promote employability and self employment and said such endeavours need utmost encouragement.
The country can learn a lot from the progressive society in Meghalaya where women are given priority, he said, recalling the contributions of local freedom fighters U Tirot Sing, U Kiang Nangbah and Pa Togan Sangma.
Kovind recollected that he had visited Meghalaya as an MP in the past and lauded Mawlynnong for being the cleanest village in Asia and how brooms from Meghalaya are in huge demand everywhere.
Clean water o