Guwahati — Mrs Patricia Mary Mukhim editor of The Shillong Times was the chief guest at the inauguration of 7th Academic year at Assam Don Bosco University (ADBU) Azara campus, 30th July 2015. The Azara campus is the home of three schools namely: the School of Technology, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, as well as newly launched School of Life Sciences.
The ADBU School of Commerce and Management is located at Kharguli, Guwahati.
Mrs Mukhim shared her struggles in getting education recalling even the times when she was sent away from school twice as her mother could not pay the fees.
Addressing the gathering of freshers and their parents listening with rapt attention, Mrs Mukhim insisted that “talent and passion will help you to take on challenges.’
A fearless social activist and newspaper columnist across newspapers all over India on northeast India matters Mrs Mukhim called on students to have “capacity to raise the voices for the voiceless.”
She encouraged students “to learn to cope with conflicts and to be peace builders.”
Known for her social activism and her writings on mining in Meghalaya and Khasi people of the state, Mukhim is a recipient of honours such as Chameli Devi Jain award, ONE India award.
Among other awards conferred on Mukhim include Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry FLO award, Upendra Nath Brahma Soldier of Humanity award, Siva Prasad Barooah National award and North East Excellence award,
The Government of India honoured her in 2000, with the fourth highest Indian civilian award of Padma Shri..