5 May : Stating that students have a special duty to save the Himalayas, Governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi on Tuesday urged them to find scientific means to prevent deterioration of the mountain range.Addressing the 44th convocation of North Bengal University at Siliguri, he said that the students have a special duty to save the Himalayas.
"It is in a bad shape because of the attitude of the people, who are recklessly using plastics and cutting trees," he said.Observing that the flow of water from rivers originating from the Himalayas has reduced in the past few years, Gandhi asked the students and alumni of the university to find scientific means to save the mountains.
He suggested that the university can coordinate with other universities in the region, including the north-east, to work together and formulate a plan."Trees should be planted in the region, but they have to planted scientifically to help the Himalayas," he said.
In the convocation, Prof Dipankar Chakroborty was conferred with Doctorate of Science and Syed Mustaffa Siraj was awarded D’Litt.Thousands of other graduates, post graduates, among others, were also awarded with degrees in the presence of Vice-Chancellor Arunabha Basu Majumdar.