Shillong, September 1 : The Union Minister of Ports, Shipping & Waterways and Ayush, Sarbananda Sonowal has called upon the student community to work with utmost commitment and handwork towards the cause of nation-building. He was addressing the U Tirot Sing Best Student Award felicitation programme in Shillong today.

The programme was organised by the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), Meghalaya. Speaking on the occasion, Sonowal said that the Yuva Shakti is the Maha Shakti that can transform a nation to become successful, strong and sustainable. He urged the students to work hard and make India the third largest economy by 2030.

The ABVP has been organising the U Tirot Sing Best Students Award since 2016 in the name of the great freedom fighter of Meghalaya, U Tirot Sing. The award is given to students who have excelled in academics and extracurricular activities.

The felicitation programme was graced by the Union Minister, Sarbananda Sonowal as the Chief Guest while Minister of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary of Meghalaya, Alexander Laloo Hek graced the occasion as Guest of Honour. Dr Kestonbel Manik Syiemlieh, Dy Syiem of Hima Nongkhlaw and 5th decedent of U Tirot Sing Syiem also graced the occasion as the guest while Dr Sashankutlang Khongthohrem, state president of ABVP also spoke on the occasion.