Sunday, February 20, 2011

Pokhara varsity's 8th convocation

LEKHNATH: A total of 1,044 students from 23 affiliated campuses and three constituent colleges of Pokhara University today received their graduation certificates at the university’s eighth convocation.

Prime Minister and Chancellor of the university, Jhala Nath Khanal, felicitated the graduates of Bachelors and Masters programmes from different streams. He recommended the university to zero in on development and research work for the all-round development of the country. “The education sector needs to be free from political meddling”, Khanal told the audience.

The Prime Minister, however, accepted that the state had failed to provide education relevant to the present times to its youth.

Chief guest Dr Achyuta Samanta, founder and professor of the Bhuwaneswor (India)-based Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology University, opined that Nepali students could compete anywhere in the world if given quality education.

Urging the graduates to focus on community service and research-oriented activities, the professor said quality education equipped with latest technology could help in Nepal’s swift development.

“Focus on theoretical knowledge has caused a rise in unemployment,” university vice-chancellor Kesarjung Baral said. According to him, quality education will contribute to human development, personality development, employment, social justice and economic development of the nation.

Toppers of various Masters and Bachelors degree programmes were awarded the Chancellor’s Medals and Vice-chancellor’s Medals respectively during the ceremony.

Similarly, the topper of the Masters in Management programme was conferred the Laxmi Vidhya Medal and the highest scorer in the Bachelors of Management programme was given the Oxford Medal.

Pokhara University has been running various programmes under faculties of Management, Science and Technology and Humanities and Social Sciences. The university, located at Lekhnath-12 Dhungepatan, has 15,000 students currently studying in its affiliated and constituent campuses.