In an overwhelming ceremonial Convocation 2017, University of Science and Technology Meghalaya conferred Honorary Doctorate of Science (HONORIS CAUSA) to Prof. Darlando Khathing, the son of late Maj. Bob Khathing and late Mrs Klerisnorah Lyngdoh Khathing. The honor was conferred by Shri Mahbubul Hoque, Hon’ble Chancellor, USTM and Chairman, ERD Foundation in the presence of other dignitaries namely Prof. M Jagadesh Kumar, Hon’ble VC, JNU, Prof. Jayant M Modak, Dy. Director, IISC, Bangalore, Prof. G.D Sharma, Hon’ble VC, Bilaspur University, Dr. P G Rao, Hon’ble VC, USTM, Dr. R K Sharma, Pro -VC, USTM, Prof. Amarjyoti Chaudhry, C V Raman Char Professor, USTM and many other distinguished guests, intellectuals, academic experts across North East.
The 3rd Convocation had been another historic moment for USTM as a total number of 905 students which includes 744 at the PG level, 161 at the UG level and 2 Ph.D scholars, had received degrees. 26 students had received gold medals out of which 17 at the PG level and 9 at the UG level.
Sh. Mahbubul Hoque, Chancellor, USTM clarified “Prof. Khating is a man of science, rather Nuclear Physics and it is a privilege for USTM being the first State Private University, dedicated to dissemination of knowledge on science and technology, innovation and research, to confer this Honorary Doctorate of Science to Prof. Khating”. Also, he belongs to North East and held the position of first Vice Chancellor of Central University of Jharkhand from North East. This is just a token gesture of USTM to recognize such a man of stature whose research work had greatly contributed for the development of North East Region in particular and nation as a whole. Prof. Khating after receiving the degree urged that the students must be honest and then only their goals and aspirations will be achieved.
Noteworthy to mention, Dr. Darlando Khathing maintained a consistently good academic career (1st class throughout) and was trained in top institutions of the country like St. Edmund’s Shillong, St. Stephen’s Delhi and Bose Institute Kolkata. He was awarded the Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Trust Fellowship (UK) and was attached to the Atomic Energy Research Establishment, Oxfordshire, England. Dr. Khathing was retired as a Professor of Physics at the North-Eastern Hill University. He had successfully completed over twenty major research projects as the Principal Investigator, eight PhD and three M.Phil scholars had successfully been awarded degrees under his direct supervision. Dr. Khathing is a life member of many national scientific societies namely Electron Microscope Society of India, National Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Society, Indian Assoc. of Analytical Scientists, Indian Physics Association, Indian Assoc of Physics Teachers, Indian Science Congress, Indian and International Society of Radiation Physics, etc.