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Guwahati campus to become operational next June, says TISS Director

Prof S Parasuraman, director, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) Mumbai talks in detail about the upcoming campuses in Guwahati and Hyderabad. Author of the Development Dilemma: Displacement In India, Great Britain and co-author of Listening to people living in poverty and India Disasters Report, USA and New Delhi says tells PaGalGuY what’s in store for TISS in future.

How are the campuses at TISS Guwahati and Hyderabad coming up?

The permanent campus for Guwahati is under construction. It is within the Assam Engineering College campus in Jalukburi, overlooking the Guwahati Lake, which is a Ramsar site (protected site). It will be more of a residential university for which we have been assigned 25-30 acres of land. The government had allocated more land to us but it was outside the city, and we wanted the campus to be located within the city. The campus is expected to get fully functional in the next two years but we will be shifting fractionally to the permanent campus by June next year when our undergraduate and post-graduate programmes will begin. In the temporary campus at Cotton College, we are currently offering diploma programmes. The Guwahati campus will house classrooms, faculty offices, etc in one block, while the second block will have two separate wings for girls and boys hostel. It will also have an auditorium, library, computer lab, geographical information system (GIS), and staff and faculty rooms. The Hyderabad campus has been allocated 100 acres of land. The facilities offered in the Hyderabad campus will be better than what is offered in Mumbai. In terms of time frame, Hyderabad will follow the same trajectory as Guwahati.

Can you elaborate on the programmes to be offered at TISS Guwahati?

The Guwahati campus will have many innovative programmes. There will be a five-year integrated programme in social sciences, which will include the humanities, maths, philosophy and logic. The combination of the subjects is intended in such a way that the students don’t lose out on the quantitative part of it. This is similar to the three-year liberal arts programme offered in the US. Once the students complete their bachelors in social sciences, they can either go the college of their choice, or continue at TISS and specialise in developmental studies, counselling, social work or ecology and climate change in the fourth and fifth year. They can also choose to enroll in either of the four master courses in human resource management, social entrepreneurship, health management and public health management. The management courses will have 30 seats each, and will start in 2013. TISS graduates will have 70% of the seats for the masters courses reserved for them, while the rest 30% will go to outsiders.

How will the seats be allotted at TISS Guwahati?


There are supposed to be 150 students for the five-year course. In its fifth year, the campus will have 750 students. Out of the 150 seats, two-third have been reserved for students from the North-east. Out the remaining one-third, 27% seats have been reserved for the OBC, 15% for the SC and 7.5% for the ST category. There’s also a provision of super numerary seats, which means three more seats shall be added to the already existing 30 seats to accommodate deserving candidates. Around 3,000 students apply from the North-east to the Mumbai campus, and just 50-60 finally make it through. Two-thirds of the reserved seats are divided among the eight North-eastern states. The students who apply from the North-east are very meritorious and only the best students will finally make it to the campus. We anyway have a large pool of aspirants and setting up of new campuses will provide a better chance for more students to get admission.


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Guv wants pvt players to ensure quality education

Post Bureau, Guwahati (May 30): Assam governor, JB Patnaik on Wednesday gave away participation certificates to the participants of the North East Graduate Congress 2012 at the Regional Institute of Science and Technology, 9th Mile, Meghalaya. Students from the seven states of Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Sikkim, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh participated in the two-day Congress that was organised by the ERD Foundation.

At the same function, the governor also gave away the Talent Awards to the outstanding participants for their excellence. He also released the institute’s souvenir — Future Beckons. Speaking on the occasion the Governor said: “Northeast India is a reservoir of rich natural resources and a wonderful amalgamation of different races and cultures. Of all the resources, the one which I consider to be the best is the human resource of the region, particularly, the educated lot.”

He expressed hope that reputed corporate houses which participated at the congress would recruit talented students who took part in the congress. He further said that the Northeast could be the trade and commercial hub of In-
dia focusing on the South East Asian countries.

Stressing on higher education, Patnaik said: “University education is very important for the youth of our country but a university should not be a degree-giving factory,” and added that the private sector should be encouraged to enter the education sector in a big way.


He also recalled the efforts and contributions of the great Indian visionaries who revolutionised the national education scenario through their efforts, and said it was important for corporate houses and individual entrepreneurs to enter the field of higher education in the region


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Cotton College varsity VC stresses research culture

Post Bureau, Guwahati (June 1): The first vice-chancellor of Cotton College State University, Dr Dhruba Jyoti Saikia, laid emphasis on promoting excellence and increasing overall research output to make the varsity an ‘ academically more vibrant’ place. Dr Saikia joined the varsity as VC on Friday.

Dr Saikia aims to create a transparent, efficient and academically-inspiring environment in the university. He said: “It’s a big challenge for me, and we have to take necessary steps to make this university one of the leading educational institutions. There is a dire necessity of developing research culture in university education as research addresses a wide range of educational issues.”

He wants to bring a trend of research which addresses regional issues, and at the same time is globally competitive and gauged on bringing out the ‘excellence in research’ with relevance to the region in international journals.

“We will jointly work with the government and faculty members to make Cotton College State University the most sought-after destination for all aspirants who want to achieve academic excellence. I believe, good research and teaching will make the varsity academically more vibrant, and the students will be more interested to join the varsity,” added Dr Saikia, who was also a director of Physical Research Laboratory of Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Pune before joining this assignment.

Dr Saikia visited every department and faculty member of Cotton College on Friday and he laid stress on three core aspects — infra- structure development, attracting good faculty members to the university and building up of resources and facilities for visiting faculty members.

When asked about the inclusion of new disciplines, Dr Saikia said: “Apart from science and art disciplines, we will look at new areas which should be identified. We have to concentrate on how we can utilise resources. We have to absorb young, dynamic faculty who will develop expertise for younger generation.” Dr Saikia also stated that the Northeast has good people, but suffers from some degree of isolation and thus, he opined for increasing the possibility of travel and collaboration with national-level institutions. He also discussed several new plans for teachers and students like travel facilities for the faculty members and promoting students exchange programmes.

While attending the 112th foundation day of Cotton College last week, state education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that state government would ensure that Cotton College gets full autonomy to function as a university. He expected that the institution would scale new heights of excellence to be the pioneer of a revolutionary change in higher education in the state.

The state legislative Assembly on July 20, 2011 unanimously passed a bill to upgrade Cotton College to a state university. However, Cotton College Teachers’ Association president Dr BC Kalita said that there would be a separate building for the varsity in Sonapur or Chandrapur or Rani, and the state government is looking for a 150-bigha plot of land for the purpose.


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Dispur to seek Central funds for proposed IIIT-G


Anamika Talukdar, Guwahati (June 3): Dispur is planning seek Central funds for the proposed Indian Institute of Information Technology, Guwahati (IIIT-G).


State education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Sunday left for New Delhi to take part in a Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) meeting, which will be attended by education ministers of other states of the country as well.

Talking to Seven Sisters Post, Sarma said the state government will propose for extra fund regarding setting up of IIIT in Assam. “It will promote research in a big way with world-class infrastructure in IIIT besides imparting training to the youths in skill development.”

However, CABE’s main function is to advise the Central and state governments in the field of education. Centre has also constituted “Bharat Shiksha Kosh” in order to facilitate donations from India and abroad for implementing educational programmes.

The Assam government has already formed a high-level committee for IIIT to be headed by Ramadorai, advisor to the Prime Minister in the National Skill Development Council.


One of the members of the committee and Assam commissioner and secretary of higher education, HK Sarma said the committee also included some professors from foreign universities.

He said the institute will give an opportunity to the youths of the state to carry out research activities. Besides information, they will get to know about allied subjects. “Assam is a strong contender to set up IIIT and we have already sent a proposal for its establishment to the Centre. Now, we are expecting that after the money gets sanctioned, we will start the administrative process as soon as possible.”

The state government has acquired 100 acres of land at Mirza near Guwahati for the purpose.

This is the first institute of an international standard that would be set up by the state government in association with the Centre and industry partners in public-private partnership mode.


Dispur has roped in the Tata Group, Oil India Limited and the Assam Electronics Development Corporation Ltd (AMTRON) as industry partners to set up the institute. Among them, AMTRON is the co-convenor. The IIIT is a part of the Union human resources development ministry’s decision to set up 20 new IIITs across the country. At present, four such institutes are running in Hyderabad, Bangalore, Gandhinagar and New Delhi.

Earlier, chief minister Tarun Gogoi said the tentative cost of setting up the institute will be around Rs127 crore. The three industry partners will have a total of 7.5 per cent stake in the institute, while the Centre and the state government will have 57.5 per cent and 35 per cent stakes respectively.


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Dispur seeks to increase PG seats in medical colleges


Arup Saikia & Amarjyoti Borah, Guwahati (June 2): Dispur has moved the Medical Council of India (MCI) to increase the number of post-graduate (PG) seats in two medical colleges of the state by 170.


The number of PG seats available currently in the three medical colleges of Assam is 377. The government now wants that to be increased by 170, considering the growing demand of students wanting to pursue post graduation.

Talking to Seven Sisters Post, state heath and education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said the government had s ent a proposal to the MCI to approve 170 more PG seats in the three medial colleges.
“In our proposal, we have demanded 78 more PG seats for Gauhati Medical College and 92 for the Assam Medical College, Dibrugarh.


A team of MCI experts is expected to visit the two medical colleges in November-December this year and, if everything goes as per plan, admission for the 170 extra seats will be possible from the next academic session,” Sarma added.

The numbers of PG seats at the Gauhati Medical College, Silchar Medical College and Assam Medical College, Dibrugarh currently are 159, 76 and 142 respectively.

Sources in the directorate of medical education told this newspaper that two years back the total number of PG seats available in the three medical colleges of the state was 167, which had now gone up to 377.


“The existing seats available are not enough considering the growing dem and from thousands of students in e ach academic session who have wait f or the next session to get enrolled in t he PG classes even after securing good m arks at the graduatation level,” a top official of the examination branch of the directorate said.

Even after increasing the numbers of PG seats by 210 in the last two years, the medical students of the state are still facing the seat shortages. The state government has already formed a team constituting principals and senior professors from the Gauhati Medical College and Assam Medical College to look into the matter. Before giving their consent to inc rease the number of seats in the two medical colleges, the MCI team will have to satisfy with the available infrastructure of the two colleges.

Orthopaedics, Radiotherapy and Psychiatry are the three departments where the number PG seats available is very less. Till date only one PG seat for radiotherapy is available in the entire state – at the Assam Medical College, Dibruagarh.

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US beckons NE law students, young lawyers

Anamika Talukdar, Guwahati (May 27): Law students and the young lawyers of the region are poised for a smooth transition from their academic lives to successful professional careers with hefty packages, if the move by an US-based law firm is any indication.

Opening new vistas for employment opportunities, a US-based law firm for the first time conducted placement interviews in law institutions of the region. And if selected, the selected candidates will get an opportunity to pursue their legal profession abroad.

The international law firm – Clutch Group, a leading global provider of legal solutions – conducted written recruitment tests for the law students and young lawyers at the NEF Law College, Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra and at Nehu, Shillong.

While around 80 students appeared for the test at the NEF Law College on Friday, 70 students appeared for the assessment test at the Nehu, Shillong on Saturday. Representatives of the law firm also participated in a seminar organised by SG Law Plus, a well-known law firm of the Northeast, and conducted a test where around 50 final year law students appeared at Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra auditorium on Sunday.

The Clutch Group, ranked as a top provider of legal process outsourcing in the Global 2011 Client’s Guide, currently has 104 attorneys which it intends to double to 250. For carrying out the recruitment process smoothly and have the best brains, suitable candidates from the region will also be given an opportunity.

“In the Northeast, we are looking for students with good legal reasoning capacity and understanding of what the clients need today and, equally important, what they will need tomorrow. They have to adapt to new demands and business pressures,” said Clutch Group HR manager Padmashree Atva. “The students will also be able to bag prestigious jobs in the US with scope for promotions in the future,” she added.

GN Sahewalla, a senior advocate and member of the SG Law Plus, said that the US-based law firm will offer a salary package of Rs40,000 to Rs60,000 per month in the initial period, which will be doubled in the future, depending on their performances. With the prospect of getting placement at an international law firm this time, most students are happy.

The view of Barnali Deka, a student of Guwahati-based JB Law College, perhaps best summed up the mood: “For the first time ever, we are getting a window of opportunity to work for an international law firm. If anyone of us get selected in the interview, we will be able to realise our dream of getting a legal job abroad.”

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Kalam awards medals to IIT-G toppers

Post Bureau, Guwahati (May 25): The 14th convocation of the Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati was held at the IIT auditorium on Friday, where a total of 858 students — including 362 BTech and BDes, 42 MA, 1 14 MSc, 269 MTech and M Des and 71 PhD students — were conferred degrees. Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, former President of India was the chief guest at the convocation.

Dr Kalam presented the convocation speech and awarded medals to the position holders. He also gave away the President of India Gold Medal to Patil Pratik Nraendra, BTech (Electronics and communication). Director of IIT Guwahati, Professor Gautam Baruah presented a report on the activities and achievements of the institute during the last year and stressed that IITs are good undergraduate institutes but at the same time they place equal emphasis on postgraduate programmes.

There are 900 PhD students on the campus which shows that priority for research is high in IIT-G. With faculty strength of 300, IIT-G has 350 sponsored research projects going on, having a total sanctioned value of Rs150 crore.

In the year 2011-12, IIT-G received new projects of about Rs28 crore which include ‘Studies on the cellular role of calcium signaling proteins in Nurespora Crassa’, ‘Development of Aptamer based molecular diagnostics for breast cancer’ among others. There are 220 research personnel engaged in various research projects at the institute. The institute also offered a ‘start-up research grant’ to newly-joined faculty members of the institute to start their research activities.

In addition to sponsored research projects, IIT-G undertakes consultancy assignments for various state governments, railways, the National Highways Authority of India, oil and gas sector, construction and infrastructure companies, power sector, educational institutes, health and pharmaceutical industries and financial institutions.

The total value of 120 consultancy projects undertaken during this year is Rs2.20 crore and Rs2.62 crore was received for all consultants. There have been 580 journal publications in the last year.

Narrating about the placement scenario at the institute, Dr Baruah said that out of a total of 722 students registered for placements, 90 per cent BTech and BDes students have been placed so far. The highest package offered to the BTech students is Rs75 lakh per annum with an average package of Rs9 lakh per annum. The percentage of placement till now for the MTech and MDes is reasonable and stands at 55 per cent.

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Govt’s Rs1-lakh reward to candidates for making IIT cut

Post Bureau, Guwahati (May 24): Keeping its promise for supporting meritorious students, Dispur on Thursday announced an award of Rs1 lakh to each of the students who have qualified for admission into the Indian Institute of Technologies (IIT) this year from the state. Speaking at a programme on education organised by the Pragjyotika ground of institutes at Titabor in Jorhat, chief minister Tarun Gogoi lauded the achievements of candidates from the state in the entrance examination for IITs.

“Our students have the ability to do even better, and I hope more students will qualify for IIT in the coming years,” said Gogoi. “The students must absorb knowledge from the surroundings to do better in life, and at the same we must ensure that we are providing them the best education,” said Gogoi. Speaking on the occasion, the chief minister said that the Assam government is putting a lot of efforts to improve the educational scenario in the state.

He, however, added that a lot is left to be done. The chief minister also said that through the Right to Education (RTE) the state government will ensure that no child is deprived of the right to knowledge and education. “Through the RTE, we will be able to ensure that no child remains uneducated. The RTE is a grand opportunity which we have got and everyone should make the full use of it,” said Gogoi. Gogoi also announced a grant of Rs20 lakh for the Pragjyotika ground of institutes. The programme was also attended by social worker Sunadhar Rajkhowa and several other distinguished personalities.

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IRDIS signs MoU with US varsity

Abdul Gani, Guwahati (June 4): A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed recently between the Institute of Research and Documentation of Indigenous Studies (IRDIS), Assam and Stanford University, USA at the office premises of IRDIS in a bid to widen its field of study. IRDIS is a centre of multi and interdisciplinary research and documentation on the diverse ethnic communities of Assam in relevant fields.

The efforts taken up by the centre is also collaborative and comparative in nature since indigenous studies are multidisciplinary. The Centre for Comparative Studies on Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE), Native American Studies (NAS), and the Woods Institute for the Environment (WIE) at Stanford University, USA are the signatories to this MoU with IRDIS. Based on this MoU, collaborative and comparative initiatives devoted to interdisciplinary studies of issues directly impacting ethnic people in places across the world and Assam in particular, would be taken up.

Deepa Dutt, executive director of the institute stated that such endeavours would greatly benefit ethnic people by empowering the communities with knowledge and help a deeper understanding of the shared interests and the common challenges confronting ethnic people around the world.

“We are looking ahead. It’s a globalization of the ethnic or the first nation people through research. Their people will come over here to research on the ethnic communities and the vice versa. It will definitely work for betterment for the people involved,” Dutt told Seven Sisters Post.

She further said that research and documentation initiatives on a wide range of areas such as indigenous culture, socio-economic studies, health, education, indigenous and traditional knowledge, and population numbers would be taken up through this collaboration.

The MoU will also aim at encouraging students and researchers to obtain cross-cultural research training with a view to advancing knowledge about ethnic people all over the world and to participate in discussions and symposia on topics relevant to the indigenous communities, while also encouraging scholarly exchange programmes. The IRDIS was inaugurated by Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi on March 21 in the presence of Matthew Snipp of Stanford University.


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Online test likely to be introduced in HSLC exam from 2014

GUWAHATI, June 10: From 2014, HSLC candidates are likely to appear for an online test of 50 marks. This was announced by State Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma today. This is part of the State Government’s move to usher in reforms in secondary education.

Sarma said, “At present each subject carries 100 marks. But from 2014 onwards, HSLC candidates will have to appear for an online test of 50 marks and the remaining 50 marks will be allotted for descriptive answers.”


He also said that from next year onwards, video cameras will be installed in all HSLC and HS examination centres. Also, each school will have its own website from next year.


The State Education Minister made these announcements while distributing cheques to principals and headmasters of 270 junior colleges and secondary schools of Kamrup district in Guwahati today. Under the Chief Minister’s Innovative Scheme, grants-in aid will be given to 2,661 junior colleges and secondary schools across the State for publication of magazines, promotion of youth festivals and promotion of sports activities.


While Rs 50,000 will be given for publication of the college/school magazine, Rs 25,000 will be given for promotion of youth festivals and Rs 25,000 for promotion of sports activities.

The magazine grant has been given with a view to promote the literary talent of the students and teaching staff of the junior colleges and secondary schools. The Education Minister said that the best three magazines would be awarded each year.

Regarding promotion of youth festivals, the heads of the educational institutions will have to promote co-curricular activities among the students by organizing quiz, extempore speech, painting, one-act play and music competition. They will also have to organize lectures on contemporary subjects by inviting educationist and persons with excellence in the fields of art, science and education.

The junior colleges and secondary schools will also have to organize sports festivals to promote sporting skills and instilling a sense of competition among the students. The Education Minister stressed that the educational institutions will have to take part in inter-State, inter-district or inter-school sporting events.

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Guwahati to be regional health care hub in future


PTI, Guwahati (June 11): Assam government was aiming to turn Guwahati into a regional hub for healthcare catering to patients not only from the North East but also from neighbouring countries of Bhutan and Bangladesh.


“We have signed an memorandum of understanding with Narayana Hrudayalaya for a super speciality hospital in the city today. This is the first step in turning Guwahati into a health hub,” state health and education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said here on Monday after the MoU signing ceremony.

Under the agreement, a super speciality hospital is to come up at Amingaon in the outskirts of the city under public private partnership model in collaboration with Bangalore-based Narayana Hrudayalaya.

“Guwahati has the advantage of proximity. With the city as a hub, patients requiring specialised treatment from anywhere in the North East and even North Bengal, Bhutan and Bangladesh can come here,” Sarma said.


The super speciality hospital would be operational within a year. It will have 300 beds, of which half will run on government subsidised rates while the rest will be on private hospital rates.

The state government had earlier tied up with the Bangalore-based firm for another scheme under which children diagnosed with congenital heart disease are given free treatment, including operation, at Narayana Hrudayalaya.

Sarma said around 1,000 child beneficiaries of the project would gather in the city in October to participate in an event for raising awareness about congenital heart disease.
 

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Assam government inks MoU with Narayana Hrudayalaya for super specialty hospital


Guwahati: Assam government inked MOU with Narayana Hrudayalaya Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore for setting up super specialty hospital.


The hospital will come up in the Amingaon, in the outskirts of Guwahati.

Assam health minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma said that Assam will emerge as the health hub for the region and setting up of the super specialty hospital is the first step in this direction.

The super specialty hospital besides catering to patients of Northeast India will also look after the patients from Bangladesh and Bhutan.


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Results today, Nasa beckons

Guwahati, June 14: Successful candidates in the matric examination, the results of which will be declared tomorrow, can look forward to much more than marks and percentages.

For the first time, toppers who secure the first, second and third positions at the state level will visit National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) on a study tour.

The award, which was announced by Dispur in this year’s budget, has been instituted in honour of late Deba Kumar Bora, a former student leader, AGP legislator and press adviser to the chief minister. He passed away in a road mishap before the Assembly elections last year.

Also for the first time, those securing 50 per cent can look forward to computers — an honour enjoyed by first-division holders (those who get 60 per cent and above) since 2005-2006.

Jayant Narlikar, the mission director of Rashtriya Madhyamik Siksha Abhijan, told The Telegraph that the NASA trip would add to the excitement of the results tomorrow.


“We are in touch with Nasa which has cleared the trip. It will be of six to seven days. We will finalise the dates after discussing with the toppers as we don’t know how many will bag the first three positions. The government wants the best for the students so that they come back enlightened and are inspired to do well in future,” Narlikar said. The government has earmarked around Rs 20 lakh for the trip.

Sources in the education department said the government has earmarked Rs 50 crore for the Anando Ram Baruah computer scheme but has decided not to equate the first-division holders with those getting 50 per cent. “Those getting 50 per cent will get notebooks while first-division holders will get laptops. It will be both for matric and madarsa candidates,” a source said.

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Assam paves path to realise dream State gets 3rd private varsity - Kaziranga University to fuel education revival

Jorhat, June 14: Chief minister Tarun Gogoi today inaugurated Kaziranga University — the state’s third and Upper Assam’s first private university — where he said the state’s education system had failed to keep up with the changing times.

“This is what the state has found and that is why we should change our curriculum, our teaching habits and adapt to ever changing technologies,” Gogoi said.

The state-of-the-art university in Koraikhowa, on the western outskirts of the district, is spread over a sprawling 50-acre campus and will offer BCom, BTech, MTech, BBA and MBA degrees.

The chief minister lauded the vision of Kaziranga University’s chancellor M.D. Khetan and pro-chancellor P.D. Goel and said his government was committed to promoting institutes that strive towards inclusive development.

Referring to the widening scope of education in Assam, Gogoi said: “We have brought the NIFT (National Institute of Fashion Technology) to Guwahati, NID (National Institute of Design) to Jorhat and Tata Institute of Social Sciences. We have gone off the beaten track to set up the country’s first cooperative university at Sivasagar whose syllabus is being worked out with IIM Ahmedabad.”

The state needed a cooperative university because there were a number of self-help groups, which could combine into federations and start larger enterprises by forming cooperatives, he added.

Gogoi said the state’s education system should be geared in such a way that the state’s youth feel confident to take up local challenges of erosion, floods, and energy crisis. Similarly, they should also be ready to exploit the state’s tourism potential, culture, music, sports and entertainment while developing industries.

“About 1,000 years ago we were ahead of the world. We should change our curriculum so that it includes our heritage, roots and history,” Gogoi said.

He stressed the need for quality teachers over extravagant buildings.

Union DoNER minister Paban Singh Ghatowar also attended the inaugural ceremony. He praised the university’s various tie-ups, including partnerships with CAAMS (Chinese Academy of Agricultural Mechanisation Sciences), Beijing, UK’s Plymouth University and numerous universities from the US, Australia and Saudi Arabia. But he stressed that the university should develop students who become assets in the organisations that recruit them.

“It is good that the university has taken up personality development of students through its International Education Programme, where globally recognised English language qualification and work skills for worldwide employability will be imparted, but the main courses should have depth,” he said.


Industry heads rubbed shoulders with academicians and state leaders at the inaugural ceremony today. Among the notable attendees were Payal Mathur, Southeast Asia head of Quality and Assessment International, UK, president of CAAMS, Beijing Shujun Li, Ibrahim A. Al Negh-aimish, chairman of IAN group of companies, Saudi Arabia and Sanjeev Bordoloi, an academic from University of St Thomas in the US.

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Dispur in a fix over computer reward

Guwahati, June 16: Dispur appeared to be in a major jam over distribution of computers to those scoring 50 per cent and above in matric exams while AASU blocked National Highway 31 at Gauripur in Dhubri district today over alleged anomalies in the results declared yesterday.

Having started with the ambitious plan of awarding computers to all second division holders and then scaling it down to those who secure 50 per cent and above, Dispur is now thinking of trimming its plans further to include only those who opt for science stream at the Plus-II level.

The Telegraph had today reported that the government’s budget has gone for a six given the number of first division and second division holders and the sharp fall in the value of the rupee.

An official source said the government was still to figure out ways to deliver its promise while minimising the damage to the state exchequer.

Education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said, “Some clarity is needed on the second division front. It is being debated whether all those who secure 50 per cent and above should be covered under the scheme or only those pursuing science. We will give computers to first division holders by August-end but will spell out our plans for second division holders within 15 days.”


Chief minister Tarun Gogoi had earmarked Rs 50 crore for the computer scheme in the 2012-13 budget but even by conservative estimates, the amount will more than double as the computers will be imported, sources said.

Sarma also said that the chief minister has decided to send all the six who figure in the top three to Nasa.


The minister said government schools have done better than last year and the Srinath Baruah committee, set up to suggest measures to reform the education system, would table its report on June 22.

In Gauripur, hundreds of AASU activists staged a blockade on NH 31 at Gauripur Bazar in protest against alleged anomalies in results and caning of students and guardians at Gauripur Girls’ High School yesterday.

Dhubri inspector of schools Abdul Kayum Al-Aman said he had sent an official to Seba headquarters in Guwahati for corrections and proper results were expected to reach all the schools in the district by Monday.

Probir Coomar Barua, president of Gauripur Sankardev Sishu Niketan, condemned the anomalies and said Seba should stop playing with students’ lives.

http://www.telegraphindia.com/1120617/jsp/northeast/story_15619492.jsp#.T90-bVIgn48
 

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Tarun Gogoi woos US investors

GUWAHATI: Education, skill development and disaster management are some of the priorities for chief minister Tarun Gogoi during his stay in USA where he is expected to explore tie-ups with American educational institutions.

Gogoi left for USA last week, along with state revenue and disaster management minister Prithibi Majhi, and other state government officials.

On Sunday, the chief minister visited the Montgomery College in Washington DC and interacted with professors and students of the institution, where Gogoi gathered information on skill development and medical training courses imparted by the college. Montgomery College is a multi-campus institution and educates nearly 60,000 students a year in more than 100 courses.

Gogoi also visited National History Museum in Washington DC.

Gogoi and Majhi also met assistant secretary Robert Blake in Washington DC and discussed modern techniques, method, and policy of disaster management.

Gogoi has left for New York for signing a memorandum of understanding with Columbia University in New York on Tuesday. Last year, a team from Columbia University had visited the state to explore the possibilities of collaboration with Assam State Disaster Management Authority. The team comprised climate adaptation expert Shiv Someshwar and water expert Tara Troy. The team also undertook field visits of flood and erosion-hit areas of Palasbari.

During his visit to Washington DC, Gogoi also interacted with NRIs and Americans who are interested to invest in India, particularly Assam. They also discussed various other issues related to the education sector, healthcare, biodiversity and green economy. Gogoi asked them to come forward and explore the investment possibilities in these sectors in Assam.

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GUWAHATI: Education, skill development and disaster management are some of the priorities for chief minister Tarun Gogoi during his stay in USA where he is expected to explore tie-ups with American educational institutions.

Gogoi left for USA last week, along with state revenue and disaster management minister Prithibi Majhi, and other state government officials.

On Sunday, the chief minister visited the Montgomery College in Washington DC and interacted with professors and students of the institution, where Gogoi gathered information on skill development and medical training courses imparted by the college. Montgomery College is a multi-campus institution and educates nearly 60,000 students a year in more than 100 courses.

Gogoi also visited National History Museum in Washington DC.

Gogoi and Majhi also met assistant secretary Robert Blake in Washington DC and discussed modern techniques, method, and policy of disaster management.

Gogoi has left for New York for signing a memorandum of understanding with Columbia University in New York on Tuesday. Last year, a team from Columbia University had visited the state to explore the possibilities of collaboration with Assam State Disaster Management Authority. The team comprised climate adaptation expert Shiv Someshwar and water expert Tara Troy. The team also undertook field visits of flood and erosion-hit areas of Palasbari.

During his visit to Washington DC, Gogoi also interacted with NRIs and Americans who are interested to invest in India, particularly Assam. They also discussed various other issues related to the education sector, healthcare, biodiversity and green economy. Gogoi asked them to come forward and explore the investment possibilities in these sectors in Assam.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...oi-woos-US-investors/articleshow/14393857.cms
I think Tarun Gogoi is doing more for Assam than Nitish Kumar in Bihar, even though NK gets praised a lot. :nuts::lol:
 

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I think Tarun Gogoi is doing more for Assam than Nitish Kumar in Bihar, even though NK gets praised a lot. :nuts::lol:
@CB
You are absolutely correct :)
i know CM of assam through many of my close relatives. He is really a very honest politician, ever i have seen in this country. He was one among the candidate chosen by Sonia Gandhi for the presidential election from congress' side. but he turned down the offer giving reasons like, he loves to work for assam and people of assam has given him madate to rule till 2016.

Gogoi is doing much more for assam than what Nitish is doing for Bihar. the amount of reform taking place in assam in education sector is very encouraging. assam had only 3 medical colleges till 2008. and within 2016, assam will have 12+ medical colleges. ditto with universities, technical institutes and reform in state secondary education board of assam.

besides private hospitality sector is banking on assam like never before. A state which does not have a five star hotel so far, will be having as many as 6+ five star hotels in next couple of years. and this was one of the reason given by infosys chairman for their reluctance to set up office in guwhati.

and by 2013, when first five star hotel Radisson Blu becomes operational, IT companies will find it easy to operate from guwahati. parallely there is 2000Cr software park coming up near Guwahati airport. which will have many global MNCs. Construction should start in next couple of months as reported by media.
 

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ASDMA inks MoU with Columbia University

GUWAHATI, June 27: A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) and the Earth Institute, Columbia University, New York on Tuesday.

The MoU was signed by Atul Chaturvedi, Chief Executive Officer, ASDMA on behalf of the Government of Assam and John H Coatsworth, Provost, Columbia University. It was signed in the presence of Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, Director, Earth Institute, Columbia University, Dr Jeffery D Sachs, Minister, Revenue and Disaster Management, Prithibi Maji, additional Cheif Secretary, Water Resources Department, Jitesh Khosla, Principal Secretary, Revenue and Disaster Management Department, V K Pipersenia, State Project Officer, Disaster Risk Reduction, ASDMA Nandita Hazarika and Project Manager, Disaster Risk Reduction, ASDMA, Mukta Ram Deka.

The MoU is to provide a framework to explore possible areas of collaboration on sustainable development towards building a disaster resilient Assam. Some of the possible areas of collaboration identified include, climate adaptation and disaster risk reduction of Guwahati in the context of dynamic growth; Climate Informed Regional Water Resoruces and Flood Risk Mitigation Planning; joint research on earthquake hazard and risk management; climate change adaptation and urban risk reduction and consultancy/advisory services on relevant matters as and when required.


The MoU will be effective for a period of five years subject to further extension.

http://www.sentinelassam.com/ghy_city/story.php?sec=2&subsec=4&id=122488&dtP=2012-06-28&ppr=1#122488
 
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