Ninth Mile, Ri Bhoi, August 13, 2018: The Education Minister of Assam, Shri Siddhartha Bhattacharya has lauded USTM and the University’s founder Chancellor Mahbubul Hoque for his relentless effort to fulfill a dream of building a world class university. Mr Bhattacharya was addressing the Orientation Programme 2018 on 11th August at USTM.
The Education Minister congratulated the management of USTM for the wonderful step of the University of celebrating the success of 27 NET/ SLET/GATE qualified students of USTM for 2018 by giving back their entire course fees along with admission fees as per its ‘Pay Back Policy’. “I have visited and seen many private and government institution in Assam and elsewhere. But for the first time I have seen that a private university is returning not only course fees, but also admission fees to the students for their academic success. This is a unique feature I have noted”, he said. He said that USTM is growing step by step and that he was impressed by the turn out of students in his maiden visit to USTM.
Appreciating the efforts of the founding Chancellor of USTM, Shri Bhattacharya said that USTM has been a dream of Shri Mahbubul Hoque. “Over the years, I have noted with satisfaction and happiness that there is one individual who has not only a dream but also has the capacity to turn it into a reality. His journey began with one computer and four students, but today it is a 5000 strong student base with more than 200 faculty members as well as hundreds of guest teachers”, he added.
He also said that among the NET qualified awardees in USTM, he has seen a mini North East India. “There is representation of all ethnic groups and states of North East and this is what makes this university unique. Education does not merely qualify one to get jobs; education is what moulds you as a human being. The location of USTM itself is a conglomeration of diversity of two states—Meghalaya and Assam. And being at the boundary, it has been able to develop its unique culture and student community”, he expressed.
It must be mentioned here that on the occasion of USTM’s Orientation Programme, Assam Education Minister Siddhartha Bhattacharya was the Chief Guest and handed over the rewards to the brilliant students in the presence of more than 2000 newly admitted students at USTM. Prof. Mihir Kanti Chaudhuri, former Vice Chancellor of Tezpur University and Advisor (Education), Government of Assam and M Hoque, Chancellor of USTM addressed the participants apart from other dignitaries.