“Inculcate the Spirit of our Freedom Fighters: USTM Chancellor on R Day”

Chancellor M Hoque addressing students at USTM on 26 January 2023


9th Mile, Ri Bhoi, 26 January 2023: As the Nation celebrates its 74th Republic Day to remember the day India’s Constitution came into force, the University of Science and Technology Meghalaya (USTM) too celebrated the day today with enthusiastic participation of students, faculties and administrative staff. The tricolour was unfurled at 8.30 in the morning by the university’s Chancellor, Shri Mahbubul Hoque, in the presence of Vice Chancellor Prof G. D. Sharma, Pro VC Dr BK Das, Advisor Dr RK Sharma, other officials, faculty members and students at the university campus.


National flag is unfurled by the Chancellor, VC, Pro VC and Advisor at USTM on 26 January 2023

After the flag hoisting and the national anthem, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof GD Sharma, addressed the large gathering. “This is a proud moment for us, a moment to realise that all these days, our Constitution has given us the right to respect each other and live in harmony. In the diversity of our culture and languages, unity is provided by the Nation’s Constitution under the leadership of Dr BR Ambedkar,” he said.



Chancellor M Hoque addressing students at USTM on 26 January 2023.

Remembering the first Prime Minister of India, Pt Jawaharlal Nehru, Shri Mahbubul Hoque, Chancellor of USTM, said that even in those crisis times after Independence, the visionary leaders of our country thought of establishing IITs. “They are our real heroes, and we must follow in their footsteps. We have to inculcate the ideals and spirit of our freedom fighters”, he said. He referred to Dr BR Ambedkar, Mahatma Gandhi, and Dr APJ Abdul Kalam and said, “Education makes us socially responsible citizens. For those who do not understand the needs of society, their education is useless”. “We have to produce quality human resources; we must care for the needs of our people, and we must be accountable. Bering educated, we are more responsible people”, he added.

The programme was also addressed by other dignitaries and student representatives with patriotic speeches. Students sang patriotic songs to mark the Republic Day celebrations.