Perhaps for the first time in its history, the North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Shillong celebrated its University Day by inviting the Rangbah Shnong (Headman) of Mawkynroh, the village in which the varsity campus is nestled, as the Chief Guest of the function which took place on My 26.
Longshai Nongkhlaw, the headman of Mawkynroh in his speech said “For over 50 years, the University has matured into an institution with serious academic, social and cultural agenda and a clear vision for its growth.”
Nongkhlaw also said that the University has been able to attract persons of proven academic excellence from almost all parts of the country to serve in it as its faculty and student community is drawn not only from the North East but also from other parts of the country.
Encouraging the students, he said that as a headman of the locality, he wants to convey before those present that there is a lot of development that is needed to be made even as he said that the future is in the students’ hands.
“Education is a great weapon. If we have to make a change we have to be a change. Therefore, on this special day I would like the students to come forward and work harder,” he said.
The Rangbah Shnong also said that 50 years is a long journey and he is proud that the University is standing still even today even after encountering many ups and downs.
Nongkhlaw also said that he is looking forward to many new developments and the expectation is that the University will produce many more teachers and students and who will work together to uplift the society.
Prof. Prabha Shankar Shukla, the Vice-Chancellor of the University in his speech thanked the founding members of the University and said, “Fifty years is a long time, we have seen several generation come and go in these fifty years. And this University has also seen many generations of teachers, staff, scholars and students contribute to the growth of this University.”
The Vice Chancellor also thanked the administration staff and said that a University is a place where academics is of utmost importance.
“But I also know very well that administration is also an important part of the University without which perhaps we would come to a standstill,” he stated.
Prof. Shukla also exhorted that the NEHU has completed 50 years but there are 25 more years to reach 75 and celebrate the Amrit Kaal.
Concluding his speech he said “With every fall we rise up and we start building again, stone by stone, brick by brick and make this University rise up again like a Phoenix.”
The function also witnessed the speeches delivered by the presidents of NEHUTA, NEHUNSA and NEHUSU.
The President of NEHUTA, Prof. L. Kma said that NEHU has a lot to do, the University is not the same as it was 10-15 years ago and the Vice-Chancellor has a lot of responsibilities to bring back the lost glory of the Universilty while Dr. W. Synrem, the President of NEHUNSA stated that the University has achieved a lot but still has a long way to go and it requires the hard work of entire NEHU community to bring back NEHU to the level it was known for.
Ready First June Nongbsap, the President of the students’ body in his speech said that the occasion holds immense significance as it allows us to reflect upon the incredible journey of NEHU, celebrate our achievements, and envision an even brighter future.
“As we gather here, we are reminded of the countless individuals who have contributed to the growth and success of our institution. From its humble beginnings, we have become a vibrant and diverse community, NEHU has been a beacon of knowledge, fostering intellectual curiosity and nurturing the talents of young minds,” Nongbsap said.