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Posted at: Feb 14, 2018, 12:50 AM; last updated: Feb 14, 2018, 12:50 AM (IST)

Strive to make India world leader: Guv to students

578 passouts, most of them girls, get degrees at 17th convocation of MDU
Strive to make India world leader: Guv to students
Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki with graduating students in Rohtak on Monday. Photo: Manoj Dhaka

Tribune News Service

Rohtak, February 13

A new India can be built by the efforts of the country’s youth, especially the students. Hence, the students must take a pledge to work for nation-building and eradication of social evils.

This was stated by Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki, who is also the Chancellor of Maharshi Dayanand University (MDU), while addressing a gathering at the 17th convocation ceremony of the university here today.

Solanki points out that nearly 65 per cent of India’s population is below 35 years of age. “If the country’s youth dedicate themselves to the service of nation and society, our country will definitely become a world leader,” he asserted.

The Chancellor expressed happiness at the fact that a majority of PhD awardees, gold medallists, and PG/UG degree holders are girls, adding that this indicated the efficacy of the ‘Beti padhao’ campaign. He released a commemorative souvenir and a documentary film based on the life of Swami Dayanand.

In all, 200 candidates were awarded PhD degrees by the Governor, and 161 candidates were presented with gold medals. MDU Vice-Chancellor Bijender K Punia awarded PG/UG/other degrees to 378 candidates.

Minister of State for Cooperatives Manish Kumar Grover and Principal Secretary (Higher Education) Jyoti Arora were also present on the occasion.

The Governor also laid the foundation stone of an extension building of Vivekanand Library and inaugurated a newly constructed extension block of the Department of Mathematics on the MDU campus.

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