SHILLONG, NOVEMBER 3, 2017: Mahbubul Hoque, Chancellor, University of Science & Technology Meghalaya (USTM) called on Ganga Prasad, Governor of Meghalaya at the Raj Bhawan in Shillong on Friday. Hoque welcomed the Governor to the state of Meghalaya on behalf of the students and faculty of RIST & USTM, two premier educational institutions run by the ERD Foundation in the state of Meghalaya.
Since the Governor also happens to be the ex officio Visitor to USTM, the Chancellor gave an update to him recalling the history of the institution, its various achievements over the years, as well as plans and programmes for the coming years. A video that showcased the activities of the various departments of USTM and visits of prominent personalities such as late President APJ Abdul Kalam and Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi to the University was shown to the Governor which he witnessed with keen interest.
In course of a discussion that followed, Hoque informed the Governor that near about 4,700 students are pursuing various courses at RIST and USTM today. Even though the institutions had a humble beginning under the aegis of ERDF, today the Foundation is one of the most vibrant and fastest expanding education networks of the region.
While the Governor appreciated the progress of USTM and its contribution to the society, he requested Hoque to explore the possibility of serving the interior areas of Meghalaya in a bigger way in the coming days. Hoque informed that service to the entire North East in general and Meghalaya in particular is a priority before the University. He also informed the Governor that more than 1,000 students from Meghalaya are presently studying in USTM.
Hoque requested the Governor to visit the University at the earliest and the Governor was kind enough to consider the same favourably. DK Sarma, Senior Professor, Department of Zoology, USTM and NI Laskar, Director (Corporate Communication), ERDF accompanied the Chancellor during the visit.