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  Seminars & Events 2013

� National Science Day-2013 was observed with day long activities on February 28, 2013. Dr. D. N. Buragohain, the Founder Director of IIT, Guwahati was the Chief Guest of the occasion. Other dignitaries present were Dr. N. K. Chaudhury, Mr. M. Hoque, Dr. R. K. Sharma, Deans of various schools of University of Science & Technology, Meghalaya, faculty members & students. A student of RIST- Mr. Kaushalendra Singh was felicitated on the same function for his innovative effort in developing Teleportation Theory.

� The North East Teachers� Congress (NETC), first of its kind in NE India, followed by a national seminar on �Indian Higher Education in the 21st century: Constraints & Possibilities� was organized by ERDF on 22nd & 23rd March 2013 with an aim to give the College Teachers a platform to discuss various issues, problems and prospects in the context of emerging educational environment in the country. Apart from the seminar, the two days meet provided an opportunity to the teaching fraternity of North East India to express their views on the changing trends of higher education in the various interactive technical sessions and panel discussions. The seminar was graced by Prof. Umesh Ch. Sarma, Vice Chancellor of Srimanta Sankardeva University of Health Sciences as Chief Guest. Dignitaries who addressed the gathering were Prof. Sai Prakash & Prof. Ratan Tookey from Osmania University, Dr. N. K. Chaudhury, Dr. Kulendu Pathak, Dr. P.G. Rao, Dr. L. Sahu, Dr. Ashwini Baruah, Prof. Mrinal Kumar Das, Dr. U. C. Kalita, Dr. U. R. Dhar, Dr. Balendra Kr. Das and Prof. P. J. Das.

� National Technology Day-2013 : RIST invited Dr. G. Thyagarajan, an international scientist of repute and former Director of CSIR Laboratory as the Chief Guest on the occasion of National Technology Day on 11th May, 2013. He enlightened the gathering with his insightful deliberation on Science & Technology policies of India.

� World Environment Day-2013 : RIST organized an Awareness Rally and Sapling Plantation drive on the occasion of World Environment Day on June 5, 2013. Around 250 students with colourful placards and slogans participated in the programme where saplings were planted in 9th mile area and inside the Techno City campus. On the same occasion, Prof. Chandan Mahanta, Deptt. of Civil Engineering, IIT Guwahati and Prof. H. P. Sarma, HOD, Deptt. of Environmental Science, Gauhati University delivered talks & interacted with the students.

� Felicitation of MBOSE & ICSE Toppers : Over 80 toppers of High School and Higher Secondary School examinations conducted by the Meghalaya Board of Secondary Education (MBOSE) and eight toppers of ICSE examination from the State of Meghalaya were felicitated by ERD Foundation and RIST at Anton Hall, Don Bosco Square in Shillong on 9th July, 2013. Dr DD Lapang, Former Chief Minister, Meghalaya; Dr Don Kupar Roy, Former Chief Minister, Meghalaya; Dr MA Lyngdoh, Minister of Science & Technology, Urban Affairs; Shri Manas Chaudhuri, Former Education Minister; Prof V Shukla, Vice Chancellor, NEHU & Prof P Myrboh, Pro-Vice Chancellor, NEHU were present on the occasion beside other high level officials, intellectuals, students & Media Person.

� Panel Discussion at Arunachal Pradesh : RIST in association with Directorate of Higher and Technical Education, Arunachal has organized a panel discussion on the theme �Higher Education in Arunachal Pradesh: Problems and Prospects� at Itanagar on 29th July, 2013. The programme was graced by Prof. Tamo Mibang, Vice Chancellor, RGU, Dr. Joram Begi, Director, Higher and Technical Education, AP besides several other dignitaries from the state. Speaking on the occasion Dr Joram Begi said �Government alone cannot accomplish such gigantic task, it is the private institution that plays a major role in implementing the work of the government� appreciating USTM for organizing such discussion, which will create greater awareness among the stake-holders to address the challenges in the higher education in the state. Hundreds of students from various schools of Itanagar including Directors, Principals of various educational institutions and government officials attended the programme.

� Orientation Programme-2013: The orientation programme for the newly admitted students at RIST for the academic year 2013-14 was held on 1st of August 2013 and saw various dignitaries welcoming the freshers. With a bulk of new entrants this year,the programme was the largest orientation day in the history of RIST. Ceremony was attented by parents, guardians and teachers.

The chief guest of the orientetion program was the Retd. Principal of Jorhat Engineering College and former Director of Technical Education, Govt. of Assam Prof Utpal Miri. The other dignitaries that graced the function were Prof. N.K.Chaudhury principal advisor ERDF, Former VC, GU & M. Hoque, Chairman, ERDF, Mr. Sandipan Nair - DGM (Marketing), Dalmia Cement, Prof. P.K.Abdul Azis, - VC, USTM, Shri N.I. laskar - Director Corporate Communication, ERDF, Shri Sashi Bawa - GM, NEEPCO Ltd. Guwahati.

RIST welcomed its new batch with freshman social programme which was followed by an interactive session between the chairman and the freshers. The orientation program concluded with the hope that the new entrants will bring glory and laurel to the college.

� Seminar on Interest Free Banking : RIST organized a Seminar on Interest free banking on 17th August, 2013 where the key note was addressed by Dr Shariq Nisar, Director (Research & Operations), Taqwa Advisory and Sharia Investment Solutions Pvt Ltd. Dr Nisar, who is also a visiting faculty of Islamic Finance at AMU, Aligarh; BSAR University, Chennai; and BSE Institute, interacted with the students, scholars, faculties and members of USTM, Gauhati University, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Planning Commission of Assam and other renowned bodies and institutes based in the region. He is among the senior most professionals of Islamic Finance in India and is closely associated with both the academia as well as the industry and has been offered a one year fellowship by the Harvard University USA to do research on �Indian financial regulations�. According to Dr Nisar, Islamic Finance is a trillion dollar plus industry today and is emerging as one of the fastest growing areas of international finance.

Remembering the JAJABOR: RISTians celebrated �sudhakantha� Dr.Bhupen Hazarika�s second death anniversary. The hostel boys organized the program on 5th November at 6:15 in the evening. It was about two hours program in which some wonderful songs of Bhupen Hazarika were performed. Banajit Barman hosted the entire program and Chinmoy Das along with Bibhuti Sarmah spok and remembered the valuable work of Dr. Bhupen Hazarika in the field of literature, music, theatre and films. The program concluded with the song�Asom amar rupohi.�

� NEFTI Football Tournament: North East Forum for Technical Institutions(NEFTI) organised a football tournament at NITS Mirza. Our students showed their strength and support by cheering for the college and attending the event in great numbers. RIST team played against Down Town University and won by 3-2 goals. The football match raised the adrenaline of all the spectators and it was a great break for the students as they got the opportunity to show their sporting skills.

� Engineers� Day Celebrated: RISTians commemorated the birth anniversary of Dr. Visheshwaria on 15th Sept. The celebration started with the welcome address by Dr. U.K. Sarma (HOD. EEE) and a speech on this occasion by Prof. P. K. Abdul Aziz , VC, USTM. Both the speakers spoke at great length on the valuable contributions of this great Engineer of this nation. On this occasion. an inter branch 'Wall Magazine' competetion was held where students showcased their innovative and interesting ideas in the form of models and addressed the step by step phenomenal growth of science & technology. The day concluded on a high note as the students were awarded for their amazing presentations in the competition. CSE 5th sem took away the 1st prize for their work on 'Pezio Electricity', CE 3rd sem & CSE 5th sem were jointly awarded the 2nd prize for their presentation on development of Civil Engg. named 'Civilization' and 'Sixth Sense' respectively. The 3rd position went to ECE 3rd sem for their model presentation.


� Visit of Prof. David Reid Syiemlieh : Prof. David R. Syiemlieh Member, Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) have visited the RIST campus on 27th Sept,13 and interacted with the students to inspire them to take civil services as their career. Prof Syiemlieh, also a renowned academician is the former Vice Chancellor of Rajiv Gandhi University, Arunachal Pradesh. He had also served as Lecturer at St. Edmund's College, Shillong & as a Professor at NEHU. He has authored and edited several books and publications and had been awarded Senior Fulbright Fellowship in the year 1999. Speaking to a group of more than 200 students from various departments of USTM, Prof. Syiemlieh said �Cracking an UPSC examination is not a Herculean task, one just need to be focused in his life and plan their moves properly�. Former honorary director of ICSSR-NERC, Prof Syiemlieh, elaborated the group of students and faculties about various aspects of UPSC including its history, mandates, functions, recruitment procedures etc.

� Fresher�s Social: The freshers social program was held on 1st Oct. 2013. The program started with the General Meeting attended by the Chief Guest Prof. Utpal Miri, Retd. Principal of Jorhat Engineering College and Former Director of Technical Education, Govt. of Assam, Dr.P.C. Mahanta, Director RIST, Faculties and Students. The meeting was followed by Mr & Miss RIST competition where Debahuit and Tobibur were declared Mr. & Miss. RIST respectively. Later, the students enjoyed the cultural programs which also included a scintillating performance by well known Assamese singer Rudra Sagar.

� An interactive session with TCS iON: A guest lecture session was held on 24th of October 2013 at RIST. National Operation Manager, Mr. Tarun Kumar Nehra, ioN Project visited RIST and addressed the students of Computer Science and Electronics department. The session started with the address by Mr.Nehra and the whole session was very informative which was followed by an interactive session between the students and the guest where they were made aware of the current expectations of the employers & requirement of the industries. A certificate of �Spirit of Partnership � was given by TCS iON to RIST in recognition of outstanding achivments in making the CWE, GATE & LIC online assessment an enormous and resounding success.

� Workshop on ESDM: RIST organized a day long workshop on Electronics System Design & Manufacturing (ESDM), sponsored by Computer Society of India on 2nd November 2013 in its campus in Techno City, 9th Mile, Meghalaya. The workshop was attended by 5th and 7th semester students of ECE ,CSE and EEE Departments of the institute.

Col. Prashant Mathur, Circle Business Head (all 7 states of North East) for VION Network Ltd.; conducted the first session of the workshop on the topic: "Importance of Network in Telecom Industry" as well as scope for electronic and computer engineers in the Telecom Industry. Urging the students to develop the qualities required by the industries, he advised them to make regular visits to the industries so that they have a good relation with them by the time they reach their final semesters. Col. Mathur has 27 years of experience in the Army and the Telecom Industry. He completed his M.Tech (Simulation) from University of Pune and MBA (HR & Marketing) from IIT-Kharagpur.

The second session was conducted by D. Ranganadham, Deputy Director General of Doordarshan and AIR. His elaborate explanations about the satellite communications made it clear to the students how satellite communications overcome the barriers of limited communications.

The workshop started with the welcome address by Mr Somarjit Talukdar, Director-Training and Placement, RIST.



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