I consider it to be a great honour for me to serve as the Vice Chancellor of this growing University at Malda which started its journey in the year of 2008. Malda, formerly known as Gour, had been the capital of ancient Bengal and occupied a place of pride in terms of education, culture, business and politics all over India. A University at this heritage place should try to help the people of this place to re-capture its lost glory. In order to achieve this goal the University must try to light up the lamp of knowledge in the minds of common masses. To quote Swami Vivekananda, "The education which does not help the common mass of people to equip themselves for the struggle for life, which does not bring out strength of character, a spirit of philanthropy, and the courage of a lion— is it worth of the name? Real education is that which enables one to stand on one's own legs." The present system of higher education in India should stand on four pillars, namely excellence, equity, enlightenment and employability. Our University is committed to achieve excellence in education by giving opportunities to the deserving students and properly equipping them for meaningful employment and at the same time enlightening them to adore the principles of equality, secularism, democracy and tolerance.
Our university is blessed with faculty of the highest quality, officers and employees of utmost dedication and students of outstanding merit. We have everything required for making a mark in the field of higher education, but to scale that height we need to have faith in ourselves. If we are perfect and firm in our beliefs and strive tirelessly then nothing in the World could stop us from realizing our goals. I would like in this context, to quote Sri Aurobindo "Our actual enemy is not any force exterior to ourselves, but our own crying weaknesses, our cowardice, our selfishness, our hypocrisy, our purblind sentimentalism."
I urge the teachers to become the role model for the students. Again in this context I quote Sri Aurobindo "Perfect health, sincerity, honesty, straightforwardness, courage, disinterestedness, unselfishness, patience, endurance, perseverance, peace, calm, self control are all things that are taught infinitely better by example than by beautiful speeches."
I extend my best wishes to the students, faculty members, officers and employees and to those seek to join us and support us in our mission of sharing and creating knowledge and contributing to the growth of not only our state and country but humanity at large.
Professor Swagata Sen