GUWAHATI: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, who is on a one-day visit to Guwahati, was conferred with his seventh honorary degree, Doctor of Literature (D.Litt.), during a special Convocation Ceremony of Assam Down Town University, on Monday.
The prestigious degree was presented by the University’s Chancellor, Dr Narendra Nath Dutta, and Vice-Chancellor, Dr Narayan Chandra Talukdar.
Speaking at the ceremony, the Minister of Road Transport and Highways, while expressing gratitude and humility, said, “While this is undoubtedly an immense honour, I often ponder whether I truly merit it. The recognition from the people provides immense motivation, spurring one to continue their service. My prior degrees predominantly pertain to agriculture, reflecting my roots in the Vidarbha region, notorious for farmers’ suicides. I have strived to make a difference in this sphere.”
Stressing on the pivotal role of knowledge in the current age, he said that the contemporary era is dominated by various facets of knowledge — from science and technology to entrepreneurship, research, skills, and successful practices.
“The transformation of this knowledge into tangible wealth represents the path forward. The forthcoming decade will be steered by technology, with universities emerging as the research hubs, nurturing and stimulating the country’s young minds,” he added.
Earlier in the day, the Union Minister, paid a visit to the revered Kamakhya Temple. Accompanied by his wife, the Minister sought blessings from Goddess Kamakhya, offering special prayers during his visit.
Gadkari’s trip to Guwahati is also marked by his involvement in various infrastructure projects in Assam and the Northeast.
These projects, helmed by entities such as the National Highways Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd. (NHIDCL) and the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), aim to improve road infrastructure in the region.
In his itinerary, the Union Minister is also scheduled to inaugurate a few National Highway projects, reinforcing the Centre’s commitment to the region’s development.