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  Seminars & Events 2014

� Awareness Rally on Road Safety : On the occasion of �25th Road Safety Week 2014� on 17th January, 2014, the students of RIST and USTM took out a rally from Jorabat to Byrnihat in association with Meghalaya Police of Ri-bhoi District to spread awareness among public on Road safety as the area is more accident prone. Later in the community hall of Byrnihat, Mr. Souvik Dey, a 4th semester student of Civil Engineering of RIST made a very good presentation on Road Safety Awareness in front of a huge local gathering & high police officials of Byrnihat.

� The North East Graduate Congress-2014 was successfully organized by RIST on 22nd & 23rd February, 2014 sponsored by State Bank of India. More than three thousand students from North Eastern States participated in the two day long programme and took part in various events exchanging views and ideas, mixing with each other, virtually making the Congress a melting pot of all North Eastern States. His Excellency Shri J. B. Patnaik, honourable Governor of Assam inaugurated the event. The event was marked by debates, quiz, extempore speech, write up and model exhibition competitions for which attractive prizes of lap tops, i-Pads and Mobile phones were distributed to the winners. The highlight of the event was a Panel Discussion on �Politics, Corruption and Youth Leadership� attended by many Political leaders and Bureaucrats that evoked huge interest of the participating students.

� Junior College Principal�s Meet (JCPM)-2014 : USTM in association with RIST organized an unique meet of Principals of Junior Colleges of North East on May 3, 2014 in the Techno city Campus where almost 60 Principals and senior teachers from various Junior colleges of Assam and Meghalaya participated. The theme of the meet was �Career Counseling and IT Enabled Teaching Learning�. Junior colleges from remote corners of Assam like Tezpur, Kalgachia, Nalbari, Hailakandi, Badarpur, Narayanpur, Barpeta, Bijni, Titabor, Jorhat, Udalguri, Hajo, Kamalpur, Tinsukia and Shillong had participated in this meet. The participants have stated that they have been benefitted by the various Technical sessions and such an initiative will help them guide their students better in a situation where all the importance from government goes to the degree colleges of the locality rather than the junior colleges.

� ERDF Mission Award-2014 : The First ERDF Mission awards were bestowed upon three employees in recognition of their excellent services rendered to ERD Foundation as founder Trustees. The Award consisting of a memento and cash of Rs. 50000 each was given to Balen Haloi, the first office bearer of ERDF, Ms. Anju Hazarika, Director, Welfare of ERDF and Mr. Azmol Hussain Barbhuiya, Registrar of Regional Institute of Science and Technology. The awards were handed over by Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam, honourable former President of India in the valedictory session of NCPC-2014 on 23rd July, 2014.

� North East College Principals� Conclave (NCPC)-2014 : This conclave was organized by USTM in association with Assam College Principals� Council (ACPC) and Regional Institute of Science & Technology, supported by State Bank of India on 23rd July, 2014 with an aim to streamline the education institutions, knowing each other�s potentials & working together to create a healthy and conducive environment for the promotion of educational scenario of the region. The highlight of the conclave was a Seminar on �Higher Education in North East with reference to Rashtriya Uchchatar Siksha Abhiyan (RUSA)�. Eminent Scientist and honourable former President of India Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam had graced the valedictory session of the conclave and addressed the College principals as well as the school students of the vicinity with his valuable words. Dr. Kalam urged the Principals to emphasize on Science & Innovation to be cultured in educational institutions for the greater benefit of the students of the region as well as the country which will be a step towards Technological advancement to make India a developed country. He also mentioned that the North eastern region is full of vibrant potentials and this is the high time to explore them. The function was also graced by Dr. Mihir Kanti Chaudhury, VC of Tezpur University and Dr. Mridul Hazarika, VC of Gauhati University. Shri R. S. Mooshahary, Former Governor of Meghalaya had inaugurated the conclave. More than five hundred college principals of all the Degree Colleges of Assam as well as the other NE states, teachers and renowned academicians of the region as well as a large number of students attended the function.

� Director, IIT Guwahati visited RIST : Prof. (Dr) Gautam Biswas, Director, IIT- Guwahati have visited the campus on 2nd August, 2014. During an interaction with the students, Prof Biswas said �all over the world higher education is rapidly changing; I want the students to see the societal needs as they will work for the society one day. We today need to brainstorm the strategies of learning of higher education at University level. Humanities and interdisciplinary subjects like biodiversity, zoology, anthropology, pharmacology, unique hydrology etc should be introduced as subjects for societal information in higher education�. Instead of becoming greedy as jobseekers, students must act as an innovator, social scientist and entrepreneur. They must be more focused on innovation and research rather than concentrating on their own career so that they can ultimately contribute for the cause of the nation to make India one of the leading developed countries. He made a presentation titled �Changes in Higher Education: An Introduction of Research to Meet up Societal Need�. After the interaction Prof Biswas visited different departments and academic Blocks of the University and also interacted with the faculty members. He took keen interest in the activities and research initiatives undertaken by the department of Biological Sciences. He was happy to see the Library facilities and other infrastructure that is presently being developed in this nascent University.



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