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Education related news from Assam in 2007

First Open University of the state
25 December, 2007

Finally Assam gets to flaunt its very own Open University. The very first open university of the state – Krishna Kanta Handique Open University (KKHOU) which was set up last year opened its doors for students recently as it started its academic activities with a Bachelor’s Preparatory Programme (BPP).KKHOU is an answer to the prayers of those student’s who have been unable to continue with their studies owing to various reasons. Though Assam has been flooded by other Universities providing rather claiming to provide distance learning courses but these universities are of questionable repute as they are plagued by recognition issues. Moreover, the exams are not held regularly and the evaluation process too reeks of anomalies. Such universities fail to provide a support or assurance to the students and sometimes even jeopardize the future of the students. In such a state an open university in the state is a great confidence booster for the students of the region.The BPP is a six month programme aimed at preparing students above 18 years who had failed to complete their 10+ 2 courses for higher studies.. The courses will be offered twice a year. The BPP admissions are already under way and will continue till February 15. Classes are slotted to start soon after and the exams for the first batch is planned to be held by July next year. About 60 study centres have been set up around the state where classes will be held for 15 Sundays. Results of examinations conducted will be declared within a month and the eligible ones will be able to pursue Bachelor courses launched by the University. The admission Fee for the BPP is Rs 700.An affordable fee structure of the BPP is an added advantage for poor students and the innovative process of the BPP aims to provide a platform for many deserving students.The university also plans to offer need based degrees and post graduate courses apart from a large number of professional and vocational diploma and certificate courses aimed at promoting development of human resources suitable for the job market, self employment and entrepreneurship development. Moreover the University will also start research oriented training programmes. The Medium of instruction will be English and Assamese and Bengali for the students of Barak valley.

Birla Group to invest Rs 10 cr to set up technical institute in State
GUWAHATI, April 24 – Leading industrialist and chairman of the Birla Group, BK Birla, has today announced an investment of Rs 10 crore for setting up of a technical institute in the State. The business tycoon also assured more investments in the State in a phased manner to develop the education scenario.Birla while talking to a section of newsmen also said that he is considering the idea of setting up well-equipped technical institutes in the State including an engineering institute to check the exodus of students from the region to other parts of the country to pursue higher and quality education. Birla has, meanwhile, asked the State Government to allot 50 bighas of land for the same.Earlier, State Education Minister Ripun Borah met the business tycoon and requested him to invest in the education sector, especially for the setting up of technical institutes, in which the State is lacking.BK Birla was also accompanied by his wife Sarala Birla, a noted educationist, to inaugurate the new school building of Sarla Birla Gyan Jyoti in Amingaon today.Meanwhile, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi who also attended the inauguration function requested Birla Group to invest in the education sector for its promotion in the State and added that setting up of more and more technical institutes in the State would help the State to move forward.“We are giving education topmost priority to the education sector as we want to emerge as a super power State in the entire country. We want to increase our knowledge power which would in turn increase our economic power,” Gogoi said.Gogoi further added that the State Government is initiating steps to set up a separate Law University and an Institute for Science and Technology in the State. The Chief Minister also appealed to the corporate sector to come up with more investment to uplift the higher education scenario in the State. “It is only to facilitate the growth of higher education that the Private University Act was passed,” Chief Minster opined. “We are now encouraging the private-public partnership for the development of the various sectors in the State, for which the State Government would extend all possible help,” Gogoi asserted.

Power Training institute to be set up in Guwahati
NEW DELHI, May 5 – Decks have been cleared for setting up of Regional Institute of National Power Training Institute (NPTI), at Kahilipara in Guwahati.The NPTI is an apex body under the Ministry of Power and Government of India sanctioned setting up of the North Eastern Regional Body in 2001. The Power Grid Corporation of India has been engaged by NPTI for turn key execution of the Project, Union Power Minister, Sushil Kumar Shinde said in a Lok Sabha reply to a question by Narayan Borkotoki.The Assam State Electricity Board (ASEB) has provided 15 acres of land along the SLDC complex Kahilipara for the project. The project comprises construction of an institute building, hostel, residential quarters and guest house. The main objective of setting up the Institute is to develop the human resources of the power sector of the NER, the Minister said.The project is proposed to be set up at a cost of Rs 18.29 crore and is expected to be completed by April 30, 2008, Shinde said.

New name for RRLs:
The Regional Research Laboratories in the country operating under the New Delhi-based Council of Scientific and Industrial Research have been renamed after a proposal to this effect was made in December last year. The Jorhat-based RRL will henceforth be known as the North-east Institute of Science and Technology. A circular for this nomenclature was received on March 6 this year, well-placed sources said. The four other RRLs located at Bhopal , Bhubaneswar , Jammu and Thiruvananthapuram, too, have been renamed. However, there will not any drastic changes in the administrative structure and recruitment process at the premier research institution here after the change of name, the sources pointed out. The Jorhat RRL was established on March 18, 1961.

Students urged to avail opportunities in IT sector
GUWAHATI, April 29 – Gautam Baruah, director, Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati (IITG) today said that the new industrial policy announced by the Government would open up several new opportunities in the Information Technology (IT) sector and students should gear up to cash in on these opportunities.Baruah also sparked the need of creating a pool of qualified IT professionals to meet the rising demand of such professionals in the region. Speaking at the annual franchise meeting in the city, Baruah also said that the programmes like the Rajiv Gandhi Computer Literacy Programme and Sarba Siksha Abhijaan would achieve greater mileage if the manuals of the computer learning can be developed in the local languages, at least for the beginners.“This apart from helping the students would make such literacy programmes more successful and more and more people would get attracted to it,” Baruah stressed.Anuj Kumar Paliwal, managing director, Third Eye Infosys Pvt Ltd while apprising the gathering about the growth and contribution of Third Eye for the development of IT in the region said that it is the undeterred attitude of the company, which made Third Eye Infosys the first and only ISO 9001 IT company of the region, having about 90 training centers in the NE. Paliwal also appreciated the efforts of the State Government in spreading IT education and awareness in the State through various projects and suggested that the Government should involve local entrepreneurs in implementing IT projects.PK Das, Director Software Technology Park In India and K Baruah, Director, DOEACC centre, Guwahati were also present during the occasion. During the programme, top performing franchisees of the State were given away awards for their performance.

APA scheme for BPL students
GUWAHATI, May 6 – Assam Professional Academy, an ISO 9001: 2000 certified academic institute of the city, as part of its social commitments, has introduced a scheme for Below Poverty Line (BPL) students of the State under which such students will be provided financial help, academic guidance and assistance in job placements, a press release said.The BPL students seeking to pursue various vocational and professional courses in the institute will be eligible for such financial and job placement assistance, the release said. The institute has also introduced many other student welfare schemes such as free accident insurance cover upto Rs 1.5 lakh, concessions in admission fees for girl students, monthly stipends and scholarships for meritorious students, free sessions on spoken English, the release added.

ONGC-Assam Asset’s noble gesture towards DU
GUWAHATI, May 11 – ONGC-Assam Asset recently handed over SunSPARC20 computer to Dibrugarh University. In a meeting with Dr K Pathak, vice chancellor, Dibrugarh University and his team of distinguished faculty members, BM Singh, ED-Asset Manager, Assam Asset, ONGC handed over the Workstation SunSPARC20 to Dr K Pathak. This was stated in a press release.The workstation procured in 1996 was utilised mainly for data processing of the field logging data.In June 2005, the Centre for Computer Studies, Dibrugarh University had approached ONGC-Assam Asset and showed their keen interest in acquiring the ONGC after obtaining all mandatory approvals required for donation, handed over the SunSPARC20 to Dr GC Hazarika, director Centre for Computer Studies, Dibrugarh University, who accepted the SunSPARC20 on behalf of the department.Speaking on the occasion BM Singh said that ONGC was always in the fore front in extending help to the students of this NE university. He further explained that under industry-university linkages many projects are being run in collaboration with ONGC and Dibrugarh University for exposing students to real field problems. He expressed his satisfaction that with this gesture from ONGC, the students would be benefited in the long run and this would help them in obtaining better employment opportunities.Dr K Pathak, vice chancellor, Dibrugarh University thanked ONGC and BM Singh, ED-Asset Manager while accepting the SunSPARC20 Workstation. He said that indeed the students of Dibrugarh University would stand to gain in learning more about the workstation by software development and would also get exposure to the Solaris operating environment.

Mamoni Goswami rues poor state of education in char areas
KALGACHIA, May 13 – “I was ignorant about the education system and real problems of char-chapori areas before coming here. After visiting this place and another char area at Bhamuraguri, I came to know about the real condition of char-chapori people. I feel quite shocked and distressed having learned about the pathetic educational environment, particularly at primary level in char areas and remote villages,” said litterateur Mamoni Raisom Goswami while addressing a seminar held under the aegis of TND Gramya Sikshya Unnayan Samiti at TND HS School, nine km away from here on May 6.Earlier, to draw Smt Goswami’s attention some light was thrown by reception committee chairman Abdul Kader Ahmed on the topic of the seminar “The present education system obstructs the people of char-chapori area in the process of constituting greater Assamese society.” The chairman pointed out that ninety five per cent LP Schools in char chapori areas under Barpeta education block are running with a single teacher where the average ratio of students and teacher is 90:1. He spoke of the unhygienic environment and dilapidated school buildings of the area.Expressing concern over the shortage of teachers in primary level Smt Goswami assured the gathering that she would not only give focus on this real picture of rural education in her writing but also present it to the Union Ministry of HRD. However, she called upon the rural women to give their children the first education at home.Responding to a question on the insurgency problem of Assam she said, “People of Assam are unfortunate that the truce with ULFA has not been possible yet.”Addressing the seminar Abdul Mannan, professor of Gauhati University remarked “Education is the backbone of a nation. That is why to put emphasis on the need of education prophet Hazrat Muhammad called upon his followers to try the hardest in seeking education. In our society a struggle is always going on between the poor and rich. The rich always try to push the poor back. At present the poor children are falling victim to the process of commercialisation of education. Education is being compressed by the government. According to a 2005 survey report only nine dollar are spent every year by the government per student in India whereas 159 dollars are spent in European countries. In rural India toilets are not found in almost 80 per cent of the schools, because of which 23 per cent girls leave school. Only 1.89 per cent of the Union Budget is allotted for education sector. Thirteen per cent students can go up to HSLC.”Attending the seminar Haren Kalita, executive member of Asam Sahitya Sabha remarked that the Muslims in Assam should no more be called Bangamuliya. They are now part and parcel of the Assamese society.

Significance of English learning stressed
TEZPUR, May 14 – A three day workshop on ‘communicactive English for primary teachers of Kendriya Vidyalayas at the cluster level’, was organised at KV No 2, Airforce station, Tezpur on May 6, last.The programme was formally inaugurated by Air Commodore AG Patil, AOD, 11 Wing Indian Air Force.The director of the workshop Mani Ram, principal of the school, welcomed the distinguished, guests and participants of the workshop and listed out the objectives of the workshop with a focus on those school leaders who are not adequately trained in English as a language and are always handicapped in the world of higher education.In his inaugural speech, he observed that due to lack of knowledge they find it exceedingly difficult to compete for a place in the premier institutions. “The National Knowledge Commission believes that the time has come to teach our people, English as a language in schools, resource libraries should be set up in classrooms with journals, newspapers, audio-visual aids and magazines in English. English is the most important determinant of access to employment possibilities and social opportunities. Knowledge clubs should be formed to discuss and disseminate knowledge as well as extend the use of English outside the class room.”Attending the programme as chief guest, air commodore AG Patil defined what communication is and gave the participants insights into the historical development of communication over the ages and how important communication has become in the present day scenario. He urged the participants to acquire necessary skills in Communicative English in the three-day workshop and hoped they would apply what they learnt in the workshop for the benefit of the endusers who are, of course, the students.The workshop was attended by Flying Officer Sneha Singh of the wing, B Venkateswarly and Indu Singh as resource persons.Dance contest: An inter-school dance competition was organised by Past Pupil’s Associations of St Joseph’s Convent School, Tezpur in association with Aditya Tours and Travels, Tezpur, here at District Libary on May 6 last with a day long programme.The competition featured 65 participants in presence of a mammoth gathering.It is worthmentioning that the programme was held in two phases-Group -A and Group-B. Risharity Hazarika from St Joseph’s Convent School Srutashini Das from St Joseph’s Convent School and Chunki Deka from Gurunanak Model School bagged the first second and third prizes respectively in the category -A, while Divine Jyoti Kalita from Donbosco High School, Tezpur, Bonjita Bora from St Joseph’s Convent School, Tezpur and Dalbeer Singh from Don Bosco High School, Tezpur won the first, second and third prizes Category B.Attending the programme as invited gust Smt B Gupta, Social Worker, gave away the prizes to the winners.


Biotechnology potential in Assam bright
GUWAHATI, May 19 – With a dedicated pool of scientists and adequate infrastructure, Assam could well be poised in the forefront of the biotechnology revolution in the near future. The vast and diverse biomass available in the state would provide vital thrust for the movement. “Imagine a situation in which novel genes become invaluable for the biotech industry, something that is already beginning to happen…then the region’s bio-wealth would be a big source of revenue,” Martina Newell-McGloughlin, Director, UC Systemwide Biotech Research and Education Programme told The Assam Tribune.With her background as a scientist and an educator, she felt that biotechnology could benefit the State in a number of ways. “It could help develop rice that withstands submergence, or create varieties which could be more disease resistant.”Applying biotechnology could speed up the process of developing new varieties of tea. Research is already going on to make the tea plant more resistant to fungi, which has been a frequent menace so far.Newell-McGloughlin believes that a state like Assam needs to have a comprehensive plan for bio-prospecting, which would lead to identifying new genes. The value of such genes is immense in various industrial applications like medicine and agriculture, and therefore the state could earn substantial revenue.Biotechnology, in her view, would have to be embraced by countries like India and China, which have large populations to feed with limited land resources. “The technology has already proved that it could yield better yield over a longer period, impossible through traditional practices.” And some of the benefits, according to her, go beyond developing better varieties of plants. Disease resistant crops, developed through biotechnology, would mean less pesticide use and a safer environment.Even though Newell-McGloughlin agrees that biotechnology could not be a single solution to the world’s food problem, she believes that it provides a set of tools to farmers to grow better crop in a sustainable way.During her recent trip to Assam and other parts of East India, Newell-McGloughlin interacted with a number of scientists and students of biotechnology. She found most of the discussions “interesting”. Her foray into this part of the country also brought her in contact with the scientists and students of Assam Agricultural University, Regional Research Laboratory, Jorhat, Gauhati University and IIT Guwahati. “There is significant work going on in many of the labs, and that is amazing, because research is constrained by funds and infrastructure.”She revealed a plan was being conceived to allow select researchers of Assam Agricultural University to work closely with some American institutes. “They could do their research here and subsequently do their dissertation in the US.”When asked if advances in biotechnology could push native crop varieties of Assam into oblivion, Newell-McGloughlin annulled such fears by saying, “many native varieties have in fact being made more robust by biotechnology.”On the view that biotechnology was increasingly becoming the exclusive preserve of a few corporate majors, she said that while some companies were carrying out advanced research, public institutions around the world were not exactly lagging behind. She hoped that Assam too would come to possess similar facilities, from which benefits would reach the masses in a cost-effective manner.

Govt bid to streamline education system
GUWAHATI, May 22 – Efforts to advance the declaration of the results of the major examinations like the Higher Secondary Examination and the High School Leaving Certificate Examination will continue and for the first time, the Assam Higher Secondary Education Council (AHEC) managed to declare the results of all the four streams at the same time, said Education Minister, Ripun Bora. Talking to The Assam Tribune here today, Bora said that because of the efforts of the Government to streamline the education system in the State, the date for declaration of the results could be advanced. He congratulated the Council for declaring the results of all the streams together. He pointed out that the students from all over the State fared well in this year’s higher secondary examinations, which is a positive sign.Bora revealed that from next year onwards, the Government is planning to hold the High School Leaving Examinations in the month of January so that the results can be declared by the end of March or in the first week of April. Meanwhile, the Government has started distribution of financial grants to non-deficit colleges for the payment of the salaries of the teachers. The Education Minister said that the non-deficit colleges did not get any financial assistance and the payment of salaries of the teachers was always a problem for the colleges. To provide some kind of help to such colleges, the Government today released a grant of Rs 2.75 lakh each to 133-degree colleges and 65 junior colleges only for the payment of the salaries of the teachers. He said that such grants would continue in the coming years also to give encouragement to the teachers of non-deficit colleges by taking care of their salaries.The Education Minister said that the Government has also decided to pay special grants to the venture schools for the payment of the salaries of the teachers and the process of distribution of the grant has already started in district level. He said that the Government has sanctioned an amount of Rs 26 crore for the purpose.Bora revealed that as per the scheme of the Government to provide financial assistance to the venture schools, each the primary schools would receive Rs 24,000 a year, each of the ME schools would receive Rs 68,400, High Schools would receive Rs 1.27 lakh, Higher Secondary Schools would receive Rs 1.07 lakh, Sanskrit Tols would receive Rs one lakh, pre-higher madrassa schools would receive Rs 55,000, senior madrassa schools would receive Rs 1.38 lakh and the only Arabic college would receive Rs 2.50 lakh. He expressed the hope that the fund being released by the Government would provide encouragement to the teachers, which in turn, would help in overall improvement of the educational atmosphere in the state.

Govt school results causes concern
GUWAHATI, May 24 – The political leadership should be made accountable by the people of Assam for the lamentable state of affairs in majority of the Government educational institutions right from the primary level, said noted educationist and former Vice-Chancellor of the Gauhati University Dr NK Choudhury. Talking to The Assam Tribune here today, Dr Choudhury expressed serious concern at the gradual deterioration of the performance of majority of the Government educational institutions in the High School Leaving Certificate and Higher Secondary Schools over the years and pointed out that in this year’s examinations also, the students of the private educational institutions fared much better than the students of the Government institutions. He expressed the view that immediate steps should be taken for improving the condition of the Government educational institutions, as all guardians cannot afford to enroll their wards in the private institutions. Dr Choudhury is of the view that the political leadership of the state is primarily responsible for the sorry state of affairs of the Government educational institutes and because of political interference in all matters including appointments of teachers, the Government is not in a position to make anyone accountable for the sorry state of affairs. He also pointed out that the teachers of the Government educational institutes get much higher salaries than the teachers of the private institutions, but the Government teachers cannot be made accountable for the poor show of the students. However, he admitted that there are some good teachers and sincere officers in the Education Department.The former GU VC pointed out that because of political interference, the officials of the Education Department, who are sincere, also cannot do anything and political appointment of teachers led to erosion of the authority of the heads of the educational institutions, which is a very dangerous sign. In some schools, the heads of the institutions are also not in a position to take any action against the teachers who even do not turn up for classes regularly, he pointed out.Dr Choudhury said that the society should keep a close watch on the performance of the Government educational institutions and a mechanism should be evolved to ensure regular monitoring of the educational institutions by the guardians and public. He said that prominent educationists including retired teachers should be involved in monitoring of the government educational institutions all over the state. He revealed that some sincere officials of the Education Department sometimes try to involve prominent educationists for inspection of the schools and he himself attended some such programmes in Nagaon district. But this is not a regular feature all over the state, he lamented.Dr Choudhury pointed out that at one point of time, the management committees of the educational institutions played a vital role in the functioning of the institutions and such committees were responsible for even appointment of teachers. The management committees could also take action against any teacher whenever required. But with the provincialization of the schools, the authority of the management committees has been eroded and political appointment of the members of the management committees resulted in further deterioration of the situation. He also said that as the guardians of the students of the private educational institutions have to pay fees, they are more conscious of the functioning of the institutions, while, most of the guardians of the students of government institutions do not keep a close watch on such matters.The Former GU VC also pointed out that because of the deterioration of the standard of education in most Government institutions right from the primary level, academic the base of majority of the students of such schools is not strong enough and they find it hard to perform well at the higher level. While, on the other hand, the students of the private schools fared well in the High School Leaving Examination, as their base is stronger than the primary level.

Call to excel in research activities
GUWAHATI, May 25 – At a time when the needs of Indian science and industry are growing manifold, institutions like the IIT Guwahati have to encourage a multi-disciplinary approach to science and technology. That could help identify and implement solutions of long-term development in the country’s interest.Stating this at the 9th convocation of IIT Guwahati, the new Chairman of the Board of Governor MK Bhan, further revealed that the institution in Guwahati along with other IITs “need to excel not just in education, but in research activities.” The purpose of research in the IITs should not only add to the GDP, but also fulfill the needs of the common people. Work carried out in IITs must act as an engine to solve problems related to agriculture and sustainable development.Comparing the Indian technological scene to that in the West, the Board of Governor asserted that Indian institutions must create more intellectual property instead of imitating Western models. Interdisciplinary approach in the pursuit of technological developments and innovations could make that a reality. Admiring the IIT Guwahati’s pool of faculty and its alumni, and describing it as a young institution that needed to have its own vision, Bhan stressed that it must grow in human resource and infrastructure to attain much-needed “critical mass” in the times ahead. Speaking as the chief guest of the function today, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said Assam had much expectation from IIT Guwahati because of its role as the leading technical institute of the region. Expressing his Government’s commitment to the cause of higher education he mentioned a few steps taken in this regard like setting up of new institutions, and cabinet approval to a Private University Bill.Significantly, he aired concerns over the meagre number of students from the North East being able to enter the IITs. He believed in the need for greater awareness of the “value of IIT education.” In this regard he wanted IIT Guwahati to play the part of spreading information about the IITs in the schools of the region.The Director of IIT Guwahati, Gautam Barua, who is also the chairman of the senate, gave an overview of the institution’s present status and its future plans. “IIT Guwahati has completed twelve years. The campus of 700 acres which has about 2,500 students is growing, and it is expected that in five years time, there will be 5,000 residents,” he stated. Referring to the achievement of IIT Guwahati students, he mentioned names of Dipto Dey, Shiva Rama Krishna Jaini, Abhishek Rawat, Ankur Pariyani, Abhigyan Gupta, Pallab Ghosh, Shamit Shrivastava, who received various awards and recognitions and brought laurels to their institution.

Govt priority on education must’
DIBRUGARH, May 26 – Taking into account the alleged dismal education scenario in the State, the All Assam Students Union (AASU) has said that it would leave no stone unturned in compelling the State government to give priority to the education system. “The Tarun Gogoi-led State government has totally failed in bringing about positive change in the education system”, Dr Samujjal Bhattacharyya, advisor to the students’ body told the media persons here on Friday. Dr Bhattacharyya was addressing the media after the conclusion of its two-day conference at the Ranghar hall in the Dibrugarh University. The students’ body had the central executive body meeting on Thursday and its general body meeting on Friday.Blaming the Education minister Ripun Borah and his department for the poor academic state of affairs, Dr. Bhattacharyya pointed out that several posts in numerous colleges and schools were still vacant. He said that the education system was functioning in the same old system sans new courses or any changes in the syllabus. Dr Bhattacharyya said the present government was only interested in tabling faulty legislations like private institutions regulation bill. “In order that the government schools came at par with the private schools, the AASU leader suggested that competent teachers should be appointed like that of the private schools. “To teach English like that in private schools, teachers of that calibre should be appointed in government schools”, he said. Taking a further dig into the education system, Dr Bhattacharya said teachers in various schools were made to prepare meals as part of the mid-day meal programme. “Teachers are meant to teach and not to do cooking. There should be alternative arrangement for the cooking purpose”, he said. “Going by the lackadaisical attitude of the Tarun Gogoi-led State government, the students have a bleak future and we are not going to allow this to happen”, Dr Bhattacharyya seemed determined. As part of their agitations, the AASU has decided to hold mass demonstrations in the home districts of the Chief Minister and the Education Minister (Jorhat and Sonitpur) on May 28 and 30 respectively. The students’ body will then move to Dispur for its agitation on June 7. Besides, the central leadership of the AASU also asked the district units to hold satyagrahas in their respective districts and to submit representations to the Education Minister through the district administrations. The AASU has also placed a demand of Rs 2 crore each for Dibrugarh University, Gauhati University and the Agricultural University. He said that due to lack of funds, the universities were neither able to upgrade itself nor function properly. The AASU leader appealed to the government to lay emphasis on the education system. The two-day conference, which was also occupied with the Assembly constituency delimitation, sealing of Indo-Bangla border, updating of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and implementation of the Assam Accord issues, also resolved to launch a mass agitation in Delhi soon.

Gogoi hails NIS Sparta proposal
GUWAHATI, June 2 — Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has welcomed the proposal of NIS Sparta, a Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group Company, to set up an education and training academy at Guwahati in partnership with Abhijit Barooah, a local entrepreneur. A team from NIS Sparta comprising Manoj Chawla, vice president and Rajeev Tandon, associate vice president, called on Gogoi recently at New Delhi and apprised him of various initiatives of NIS Sparta for the State in the field of education, starting with academies at Guwahati, Dibrugarh, Jorhat and SilcharThe first NIS academy will start functioning at Guwahati from mid-June.

2 Dibrugarh students qualify in IIT-JEE
DIBRUGARH, June 1 – Two students from the city have got through in the All India Joint Entrance Examination conducted by Indian Institute of Technology, results of which were declared on May 30, while at least 22 students of Dibrugarh have qualified in the All India Engineering Entrance Examination, results of which were declared on Thursday.The two students who qualified in the JEE are Dipankar Gogoi and Reecha Bhorali. The successful students in the AIEEE are Abhik Borgohain, Himangshu Hatimuria, Juthika Konwar, Sudipta Pran Bhattacharji, Kritika Agarwal, Jatindra Sharma, Anup Agarwala, Prerna Khandelia, Ankita Agarwal, Jackee Deori, Reecha Bhorali, Ravi Chetia, Sandeep Kr Singh, Kautav Baruah, Arindom Bordoloi, Dipankar Gogoi, Sayed Javed Iftikar Ahmed, Pranjit Borah, Sumon Deori, Sidharth Sankar Sonowal, Joonti Jan Das, Somen Dutta.

24 students from NE pass JEE
GUWAHATI, May 30 – As many as 24 candidates from the North East have cleared this year’s Joint Entrance Examination (JEE), the results of which were declared today. The JEE exam was held on April 8.Out of 2,43,029 candidates who appeared in the examination countryin the 7,200 candidates have been found eligible for admissions to 5537 seats in Indian Institute of Technology (IITs) in Mumbai, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Chennai and Roorkee.Achin Bansal from IIT Delhi Zone topped this year’s all-India list of successful candidates, while Ankita Sarmah from IIT Bombay zone with an India rank of 55 topped the list of successful girl candidates.Out of 54,026 girls who appeared for the JEE this year, only 587 managed to make the cut for admissions in IITs.The number of qualified candidates, out of those who appeared in different IIT zones is : Bombay-2235 (out of 45,246 candidates), Delhi-1398 (45,910), Guwahati-137 (15,675), Kanpur-513 (38,849), Kharagpur-733 (32,693), Madras-1688 (38,192) and Roorke-496 (26,464). Meanwhile, a press release issued by the Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati (IIT-G) informed that counselling for admissions would begin on June 18 and the courses allocated to the successful candidates will be declared on June 29. “Among the 20,892 Scheduled Caste candidates who appeared for the exams, 594 of them have qualified while in the Scheduled Tribe list, 109 qualified out of 5,909 who appeared for the JEE,” stated the press release. Meanwhile, 15 students with certified physical disabilities have passed the entrance and made themselves eligible for admission with relaxed norms.

AASU unveils new syllabus for students
GUWAHATI, June 1 – In what could well be seen as a new precedent in the educational history of the State, the All Assam Students Union, the Asam Unnati Sabha along with a large number of teachers’ associations unveiled a new syllabus for students of class VIII to XII. The course outline in its present format concentrates on nine subjects – general science, general mathematics, computer science, physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics (HS), statistics, computer science and application. In the next phase the syllabus of arts and commerce would be prepared. Tomorrow the representatives from the two organizations will hand over the syllabus to the Board of Secondary Education (SEBA), Assam Higher Secondary Education Council (AHSEC), the State Education Minister, and the Chief Minister so that the proposed new syllabus could be considered for final acceptance.Formally inaugurating the syllabus, the principal of Cotton College, Dr Indra Kumar Bhattacharya described the publication as the result of one of AASU’s most valued efforts. “We are sure the student community would benefit from the new syllabus that has been developed with a scientific approach by a body of qualified and committed people.”Speaking on the occasion, Prof Basanta Deka, the co-coordinator of the project, touched on some of the salient features of the new syllabus, which he believed would help students acquire better knowledge and a competitive edge vis-à-vis tough entrance tests held at the national level. “It is the product of long discussions and deliberations among quite a large number of teachers from schools, colleges and other educational institutions. Their synergies have contributed to a product that takes into account the most important aspects of education in the high school and higher secondary levels,’’ he noted.Prof Deka, emphasized the “seamless evolution of the new syllabus that has ensured that the students would gain deeper understanding of a subject as they moved to higher classes. This characteristic would put an end to students having to learn same topics in different classes. Addressing media persons, AASU adviser Samujjal Bhattacharya underlined AASU’s commitment to improving the educational atmosphere of the State and its desire to fulfill the needs of the student community. He dispelled doubts that the AASU was only involved in agitational programmes.AASU president Shankar Prasad Ray and general secretary Tapan Kumar Gogoi expressed their gratitude to all the teachers whose contributions moulded the new syllabus. Ray stated that the AASU had already prepared an academic calendar for the benefit of the students and the Government should implement it without further ado. The new syllabus contains several innovative features, including problem solving, use of practicals and laboratory experiments and new concepts. According to it the teaching periods would number 150. As part of the process aiming at improvement of the overall educational scenario the AASU and the Asam Unnati Sabha would next prepare a curriculum and put pressure on the Government to improve the infrastructure in the state’s schools and colleges. Better evaluation and testing methods for students is another area that would witness their involvement in the near future.

Biotechnology can help boost sustainable agriculture in State’
GUWAHATI, May 29 – Biotechnology can help in the development of sustainable agriculture in the State, said Dr Martina N McGloughlin of California University who is a well-known expert on biotechnology at the international level. She was speaking at a meeting organised by Assam Institute of Sustainable Development at B Barooah College here.President, Assam Institute of Sustainable Development Dr Shyam Bhadra Medhi requested Dr Martina to help the State in banana, medicinal plant and silk production with the latest advances made in the biotechnology field so that production can be enhanced with improvement in quality, a press release issued by the institute stated. Sustainable agriculture is needed to protect people’s right to health, food security and other aspects, Dr Medhi impressed upon Dr Martina.Dr Medhi asked suggestions on bio-safety, seri-biotechnology, bio-informatics and other areas of interest through a right government policy with full information to people about field trials of genetically-modified seeds. She was informed that India has 0.05 per cent of total agriculture under organic farming.Excellent indigenous knowledge on agriculture here, which can help SEZs for agriculture, as in Oregon state in USA has been lost. High and growing rate of suicides in China due to high use of pesticides in China recently was also noted.Prof M Das Deka, vice-principal and Dr NR Kalita of the college coordinated the meet and emphasised the need for improving bio-diversity with large-scale organic farming, the release informed.About 350 people including students, professors and public participated and raised many questions before Dr Martina who said she encountered questions all over the world and was happy to find the inquisitiveness of students here, the release added.

DU formulates strategy to curb exodus of students
GUWAHATI, June 3 – In what could give a new lease of life to the education scenario of the State, Dibrugarh University (DU), for the first time in the history of Assam is gearing up to market some of its courses across the State.Setting a new trend, the prestigious university has decided to prove itself equal to the task compared to other institutes of the country by participating in various education fairs in the near futrue, offering some of its comparatively new courses.As a first step in this direction, the Digital Filmmaking and Animation wing of DU was slated to participate in the two-day education fair organised under the aegis of CEC in thecity. However, due to some unavoidable circumstances, the institute could not attend the fair.Talking to The Assam Tribune over phone, Dr Kandapa Kumar Deka, registrar, DU, said that the insitute is definitely in favfour of marketing some of its courses which need to be popularised among the people of the State.Of course, we get enough applicants for couses like Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Computer Application (MCA). But for some other technical courses, we need to initiate steps to make them popular,” Deka said.He further informed that courses like BA in Digital Filmmaking, BA in Animation, BA in Multimedia and BA in Audio Visual Arts are some of the courses which would be marketed across the State.Meanwhile, Pinky Mukerjee, councilor-cum-administrator, Centre for Media Studies, DU, informed that the idea behind opting for such a strategy is also the exodus of students fromthe region to other parts of the country to pursue various courses.“The plan is to make the students aware of these courses as they do not know that they are available in our region too,” she said.CEC head Dipankar Dutta, while acknoweledging it as a positive development, said that the participation of local universities in differnt education fairs would definitely lead to the growth of the education standard in the State as a whole.“Besides, it will also make the students aware of the courses that thelocal institutes have to offer and its prospects,” he added.About the two-day CEC education fair, he informed that the response has been good, both from the point of view of the students and the institutes which participated in the fair.

Illegal appointment of teachers behind destruction of education system: Prof Deven Dutta GUWAHATI, June 7 – Public activist and educationist Prof Deven Dutta has said that all-pervasive political and bureaucratic corruption in appointment of teachers in public (government) schools in Assam during the past 25-30 years was at the root of destruction of the fabric of the public education system of the State.Prof Dutta also said that the “utter weakness and anti-people activities” of the ministers, MLAs and bureaucrats exhibiting undue favour to English medium private schools by educating their children in such schools further compounded the problem, and appealed to the guardians of the students to remain ever vigilant and be pro-active and assertive in the wider academic interest.“Illegal and backdoor appointment of huge numbers of ineligible and dishonest people as teachers in government schools during the rule of both the Congress and the AGP in the past 25-30 years turned such schools to honeycombs of corruption,” Prof Dutta said and questioned the right of the teachers enjoying better pay and facilities than their counterparts in private schools to stage dharnas even as the performance of their schools was a big zero.Prof Dutta, a former Head of the Dept of English, Cotton College, said that there were any number of people in Assam to prove that it was not at all necessary to impart education in every subject even to tiny tots through the medium of English to make them proficient in English. “A society full of people unable to recognize the alphabet of their mother tongue better not exist,” he said. Prof Dutta said that the duties of the guardians did not end just after getting their wards admitted in schools. Recalling his experience as president of the Cotton Collegiate Vidyalay Abhibhavak Upadesta Samiti, he said that constant interactions between the samiti and the school authorities contributed to the healthy academic atmosphere. “The guardians of all public schools should get democratically organized to keep constant vigil on the functioning of schools and for placing legitimate demands before the Government,” he said.

GU to introduce job-oriented courses
GUWAHATI, June 9 – The Gauhait University (GU) authorities have decided to introduce a number of job-oriented courses in both the Post-Graduate (PG) and Undergraduate (degree) levels in view of the present unemployment problem-related situation in the State. Disclosing this, GU sources here said today that the Standing Committee of the GU Academic Council in a recent meeting approved a number of job-oriented courses at both the PG and degree levels to arrest migration of State’s students to other areas and also to help the State tackle its unemployment problem effectively.The courses include—two-year PG Diploma in Radio Therapy or Radiation Oncology (to be introduced at the B Borooah Cancer Institute); three-year Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA); one-year PG Diploma in Banking and Financial Services; one-year PG Diploma in Insurance Management; one-year PG Diploma in Financial Management and a two-year Executive MBA Programme.The University has prepared the syllabi for the courses in keeping with the All India standard and the Standing Committee of the Academic Council has approved these considering the urgency of the situation. All these courses are job-oriented and have good job as well as self-employment prospects, said the sources.Faculty members of the University have also proposed several other new courses for both the PG and degree levels. And these are at various stages of implementation.Now, GU is concentrating on introduction of job and self-employment-oriented courses in view of the present employment scenario of the State. Emphasis has also been given to introduce courses relevant to the downstream industries of the proposed Assam Gas Cracker Project, said the sources.Last year also, the University introduced a three-year course in Bachelor of Computer Application (BCA), a three-year B Sc course in Information Technology; a three-year B Sc course in Biotechnology and a five-year Law Course (JB Law College) in keeping with the demand of the situation, said the sources. Though the Bishnu Ram Medhi Government Law College applied for permission to introduce the five-year Law Course, the University did not grant it the permission to do so on the ground that the College did not have the required space, sources said.The University also granted permission to a private college of architecture, a private engineering college and a B Sc Nursing College run by the Army last year. The private engineering college has set up its computer science, electronics and telecommunication and information technology departments. Earlier, the University introduced a B Sc course in Electronic Science, said the sources.Sources said that the courses like the BBA are the ones that lead to major exodus of students from the State.

Students asked not to forget their roots
GUWAHATI, June 14 – Noted educationists and other prominent citizens today urged the students who would be pursuing their studies outside Assam not to forget their roots, and to come back and contribute to the development of the State. At a function organised by the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) to felicitate the rank holders of the HSLC, High Madrassa and HS examinations, Vice Chancellor of Gauhati University Dr Amarjyoti Choudhury appealed to the meritorious students not to forget their native place once they go outside the State. Expressing concern at the lack of proper facilities to retain the meritorious students in the State, Dr Choudhury said that the need of the hour was to upgrade the educational institutions to prevent a mass exodus of the brilliant students. Referring to the education scenario, Dr Choudhury said that at present most of the educational institutions in the State were faced with the problem of financial crunch, which was affecting the quality of education imparted to the students.On the other hand, Dr Choudhury expressed satisfaction with the results of the HSLC and HS examinations. He said that the results were indicative of a positive development in the education field, as it had proved that the medium of education was not a determining factor of better education. He, however, expressed concern at the performance of the government schools, which had fared badly once again. He said that the government should give a thought to the poor performance of the government schools and appoint teachers on the basis of merit to improve the performance of the schools.Speaking on the occasion, B Das, Managing Director of Numaligarh Refinery Limited said that education was the key to success in life as it builds character. Das observed that a change in the syllabus was necessary as the students who performed very well in the HSLC examinations performed very badly in the HS examinations. He called upon the students to imbibe knowledge and build up self-confidence. He also appealed to them to give a thought to the development of the State and said that without local youngsters in the administration, the State would not see proper development.The AASU functionaries, adviser Dr Samujjal Bhattacharya, president Sankar Prasad Rai and general secretary Tapan Kumar Gogoi emphasised on the need to bring a change in the education scenario in keeping with the changing world and asserted that the student body would continue to give topmost priority to education in its scheme of things. They, however, criticised the State Government for not showing any keenness to implement the academic calendar in the true spirit.

NGO’s bid to promote education in Barak Valley
SILCHAR, June 13 – Barak Education Society (BES), is a non-government organisation that came into existence on February 21, 1997 with the motto ‘Knowledge, Excellence and Morality’. It is basically to provide education to the poor people in the Barak Valley. This is perhaps the only NGO dedicated to education in the valley.BES is a non political, non-communal, socio-educational, welfare organisation. In course of time, the society spread its activities over three districts of Barak Valley. More than 400 people from different walks of life and irrespective of religion, caste, sex and language have accepted the membership of the society.The objective of the society is to work for the promotion of quality education and encourage students and youths towards achieving excellence in their respective disciplines. It also works to create environmental and health awareness among the mass people.Since inception, the society has been organising different programmes to achieve its objectives. Merit test is an important activity which is encouraging meritorious students at school level. The society conducted Barak Valley Level Merit Test Examination in 1999, 2000 and 2003. The first 20 position holders in these examinations were awarded one-time scholarship and prize along with merit certificates at the annual conferences held at Asigganj in Karimganj district.The central executive committee has started a scholarship scheme for extending financial aid to needy, meritorious students at school level. The scholarship is known as Mayeennul Haque Choudhury Memorial Talents Scholarship. The scheme has been operational since 2005.BES has started career guidance and information centre for students, guardians and educated unemployed youth desiring to get guidance and information on career development and job prospects. The society has also started the unique programme of recognition of ideal teachers on the occasion of Teachers’ Day every year. This year, two teachers were selected for such recognition.Abdul Hassan Choudhury, secretary said “We are dreaming high and trying to benefit poor people in terms of education, health and social studies. BES has always believed in collaborative works through sharing of knowledge and experience and welcomes any thought provoking suggestions, from other co-workers of the society which are an asset for us. We believe that together we are strong and can really make an exception.”

Education key to empowerment: CM
GUWAHATI, June 12 – Terming education as a key to empowerment, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said that proper education could act as a panacea to do away with all the ills afflicting the society.“It is through education that people can be truly empowered and made aware of their rights and responsibilities to render federalism vibrant and resilient,” Gogoi said while speaking at a two-day Regional Round Table on ‘Federalism and the North East’ organized by the Forum of Federation, Ottawa and the Inter-State Council Secretariat, New Delhi in collaboration with the Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research in the city here today.Gogoi said that despite the challenges thrown up from time to time, Indian democracy has proved doomsayers wrong by emerging triumphant.“The North East part of the country with its peculiar problems and geographical location has been a learning process for the country as a whole vis-à-vis the functioning and democracy in proper perspectives,’ he added.Emphasising the need for social justice and equity, the Chief Minister said that true functioning of democracy could be ensured only if discrimination is done away with.“ Democracy has to be participatory in nature and has to accommodate the hopes and aspiration of the people, especially the weaker section,” the Chief Minister pointed out.Speaking on the occasion, A Pandey, secretary, Inter-State Council Secretariat lamented that NE is viewed as a problem rather than an opportunity by other parts of the country.“The NE part of the country has thrown up challenges that need to be evaluated in proper perspective and analysed to make the functioning of federalism vis-à-vis meaningful,” Pandey said.“North East is the most happening region interspersed with both highs and lows. While there has been a manifold increase in the number of flights in recent times, there has also been an increase in infant mortality rate and school drop outs,” said Sanjoy Hazarika, managing trustee, Centre For North East Studies and Policy ResearchGeorge Anderson, president, Forum of Federation, Ottawa and noted educationist Udoyon Mishra were amongst the other noted personalities present on the occasion.

Status of biotechnology in NE discussed
GUWAHATI, June 11 – The research scholars, students and former students of the Biotechnology Department of Gauhati University held a meeting on June 10 at the biotech auditorium under the presidentship of Dr Manoranjan Sarma.The meet discussed various important issues concerning the present status of Biotechnology in North East and dwelled at length on the problems faced by research scholars, students and ex-students.Some of the participants while sharing their views and experiences said that there was a lot of scope of the subject in industrial sectors in the region, but there was a need of better co-ordination amongst industrialists, policy makers, educationists and biotechnology experts. The meeting also took cognisance of the fact that participation of industries, government and student fraternity was very important for the right and purposeful development of Biotechnology in the entire region.On the other hand, the meet discussed threadbare issues like exploring employment avenues, research and development in the region, creation of awareness amongst the industries, government and academic fraternity about the scope of biotechnology.The meeting resolved to approach the authorities concerned for giving a fillip to the study of biotechnology. A forum named Gauhati University Biotechnology Alumni Association was formed at the meeting with Dr M Sarma as president and Pranabjyoti Kalita as general secretary.

TERI campus in State likely
NEW DELHI, June 11 – In an encouraging development, renowned TERI University is likely to set up a campus in Assam. This was disclosed by Chief Minister, Tarun Gogoi here today. The Chief Minister said he received a positive indication from TERI at a meeting with Vice Chancellor of TERI University, Dr Vibha Dhawan. Gogoi said he had been pursuing this with TERI authorities including Chancellor Dr R.K.Pauchuri for long. “Dr Dhawan was my advisor, so I succeeded in persuading them to set up a campus in Assam,” he added.TERI University was established to provide for institution and training in Energy Studies, biosciences, environmental studies, public policy and other such branches of learning.Gogoi said a TERI campus in the State would prove to be highly beneficial for students of Assam.TERI University focuses in comprehensive research, consultancy, and outreach activities of TERI. A non-profit independent research institute, it is recognised globally for its contribution to scientific and policy research in the realms of energy, environment, and sustainable development.

Govt making efforts to check money, brain drain: Ripun
SIVASAGAR, June 10 – Addressing a big gathering of heads of schools of Sivasagar district on Saturday at Sivasagar Natya Mandir, Education Minister Ripun Bora said that the State government is trying hard to build state-of-the-art educational infrastructure in the State to check the massive money and brain drain of the State.Concerned at a staggering 50,000 students going outside every year at an average, the Minister said that the government has invested in a big way to upgrade large number of colleges and the five universities with new disciplines and improved methods of teaching and technologies.Regarding appointments, the Minister said that 13,000 posts in elementary and 3500 posts in higher secondary schools will be filled up in phases. Bora also said that a three member committee is reviewing the overall performance of provincialised schools and is expected to submit its report soon.Vice-chairman of State Planning Board, Sarat Borkatoky, attending the function organised by Sivasagar District Academic Council, said that the Council should involve itself more on academic activities to enhance the standard of education. He said that the present government’s effort to develop the educational scenario is by far the biggest and most comprehensive. He urged the teaching community to acknowledge the good work done by the government.Abdul Zelil, Inspector of Schools and Chairman, Academic Council presided over the meeting.

Focus on merits and demerits of education
GORESWAR, June 15 – A joint freshers’ social and prize distribution meet of both Patidarrang Balika ME and High School was held on recently in the school hall with Phanidhar Nath, retired headmaster, Patidarrang Balika Vidyapith (High) in the chair.The school flag was unfurled by Renu Talukdar, headmistress of the high school at 7-30 while Nareswar Deka, headmaster, ME section performed swahid tarpan.Basudhar Deka, former secretary of the school management committee and Khargeswar Kalita, retired headmaster Gerua-Goreswar LP School, planted saptings in the school campus.An open meet was held chaired by P Nath. Munindra Nath Goswami, Pradhan Aacharyya, Adarsha Jatiya Vidyalaya, Bihdia as appointed speaker at well at length on the present system of education undertaken by the state government. He pointed out the merits and demerits of the ongoing methods of imparting education among the students at school and HSLC level.Prof Ajit Talukdar, Gore-swar College addressing the students as chief guest appealed to the students to follow the daily routine of their study regularly keeping discipline in respect of study and other extra curricular activities for achieving better progress and result in the final examination. This would be possible only if the parents and guardians and teachers and students unitedly focus in order to reach the goal of their students.Among others, Basudhar Deka, Khargeswar Kalita and chairperson Phanidhar Nath also stress the need of education. Earlier, Renu Talukdar, headmistress read out the school proceedings at the meet while Jitumoni Deka secretary, Students’ Union explained the purpose of the function and also read out her editorial reports.School buildings: Local MLA of Kamalpur Uttra Kalita inaugurated the newly constructed high school buildings (at cost of Rs 4 lakh for each high school building) respectively at Brindaban High School, Gashbari High School, Patidarrang Balika Vidyapith High School and Patidarrang Vidyapith High School recently. Kalita also inaugurated the village sanitation scheme sponsored by UNICEF and undertaken by Samaj Bikash, NGO, Goreswar in the Pub-Jatiyabhangara Naamghar on the same date.On the occasion, an open meet was held among the public with Bhabani Deka, ex-president, Jatiyabhangara Gaon Panchayat in the chair. The local MLA apprised of the benefits of the scheme. She appreciated Samaj Bikash for its initiative in this regard.

Assamese youth have potential for reaching great heights’
GUWAHATI, June 17 – A negotiated two-state solution could be the only way to end the protracted Israel-Arab conflict in West Asia. Till now, that has not been a feasible proposition due to the intransigency of some groups who were not even willing to accept the existence of the State of Israel. This was the view expressed by the Israeli Ambassador to India David Danieli, while delivering a lecture on Political and Security Challenges before Israel in West Asia. The lecture was the third annual lecture organized by the Yuva Vikas Kendra, Amingaon. Providing what he called an Israeli narrative of the recent history of West Asia, Danieli pointed out that even at the time of Israel’s emergence as a nation in 1948, the two-nation solution seemed like a viable option. But it was not a choice that Israel’s Arab neighbours were eager to embrace. It would need a few more wars before the first of the Arab states, Egypt, came to recognize Israel’s right to exist and signed a peace treaty in 1978. Another peace agreement was signed with Jordan in 1994.Daneili was especially critical of Hamas and its rule in Gaza, and believed that Hamas was adopting an approach that undermined peace moves in the region. He was unequivocal about good governance in the Gaza and mentioned that Israel had no desire to rule over Palestinians.Referring to similarities between Israel and India, the Ambassador noted the democratic character of both the young nations as well as their ancient civilizations. In the 15 years of full diplomatic relations, the ties between both the countries have become much stronger. In a whole range of activities like science, commerce, arts and culture both the countries have forged mutually beneficial ties. Addressing the gathering Upen Chandra Boro, a recently retired Ambassador and a native of Assam alluded to the importance of Israel in the global arena. He also mentioned that careers in the Foreign Service were not unachievable dreams for the students of the State. With determination, self-confidence and focused goals the youth of Assam could reach great heights. Earlier the Chairman of the Yuva Vikas Kendra, Dipok Kumar Barthakur, in his welcome address mentioned the inspiring saga of Israel and its status as a modern and dynamic nation known for its advances in the field of education, science and technology no less than its civilisation. He referred to the progress made by Israel even amid the threat of terrorism and said it showed the character of a great people, who went to great lengths motivated by patriotism and sheer will to excel.

15 medical students under CID scanner
GUWAHATI, June 22 – Combing for more clues in the medical entrance anomalies, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) is likely to arrest at least 15 students of the three medical colleges in the State – Gauhati Medical College (GMC) and the Assam Medical Colleges at Dibrugarh and the Silchar Medical College. CID sleuths have reportedly collected various important inputs regarding the scam in the last one week and very soon they would crack down on the culprits almost simultaneously in all the three medical colleges. These students are the ones who have allegedly obtained admission into the medical colleges by using unfair means or their accomplices in the crime.CID sources here informed that these students are from second and fourth semesters of the said medical colleges.Most of these students are admitted into the Gauhati Medical College (GMC) and very soon they would be taken into custody,” said the CID sources while adding that all the suspected students are likely to be booked soon.The CID has started investigating the matter since the last two years following reprots indicating that students were adopting unfair means to obtain admission into the medical colleges of the State.It may be mentioned here that against three cases registered with the CID in connection with the scam, a total of 17 persons including students of Veterinary College, Khanapara have been arrested so far by the CID sleuths.“We have managed to gather some vital clues based on which the further arrests would be made. As per the investigation, the anomalies started in the year 2005 or even before that,” informed a CID official.“The clues recovered so far indicate it to be a well oiled racket, who engage brilliant students to sit in the entrance examination instead of other students over transaction of huge amounts,” he added.“Our sleuths are advancing very carefully as it is a very sensitive case and a slight mistake would put at risk many promising careers. We are trying our best and the arrest of 17 persons testifies the fact,” said the sources.“It would, however, take some more time to go to the root of the case as the racket is spread over several districts and there are people from outside the State, who are also engaged in the racket,” said the sources.The official, however, refused to divulge the names of the students on the ground that it might hamper the ongoing investigation but said that the CID would make important breakthroughs in the case soon.

No takers for traditional trades at Jorhat ITI
JORHAT, June 22 – The times surely have changed. Some traditional professions no longer fascinate the young generation seeking to break new frontiers in the new millennium. The Jorhat Industrial Training Institute, the oldest and the largest in the North-east, has not enrolled a single student in certain ‘trades’ (industrial jargon for particular courses of training) since the last seven or eight years. These trades, which have been declared unpopular on account of their rejection by the students, include masonry, carpentry, black smithy, watch repair, letter press minding, composition and proof reading. In keeping with the times, the Jorhat ITI has introduced a whole spectrum of non-engineering courses lasting six months to one year to attract learners. They are: stenography, hair and skin care, embroidery, cutting and sewing and Assamese typewriting. In addition to this, four short-term courses – travel and tour operations, battery making, motor rewinding and car servicing – have been launched under the Prime Minister’s package.Official sources claimed that the trainee aspirants have been showing an overwhelming response towards the one-year Plastic Processing course introduced last year. They attributed this to the prospects of employment thrown up by the Gas Cracker project coming up in the State. As many as 96 seats are available for this course which is being conducted in six modules, the sources pointed out. Besides the non-engineering disciplines and short-term courses, the Jorhat ITI imparts training in 20 conventional trades. The institute, spread on a sprawling campus of 26 bighas, has on its rolls about 900 trainees for both first and second years. Admissions are going on, the official sources said, adding that the new training session is slated to commence from mid-August. Meanwhile, the virtual abolishment of the unpopular trades has also caused some amount of concern. “If the present trend hits all the ITIs, we shall be short of trained masons, carpenters and blacksmiths sooner than later,” an instructor, requesting anonymity, said. Citing the reasons behind this, he pointed out the unwillingness on the part of HSLC-passed candidates to opt for such professions “which do not look appealing both in terms of social status and profits.” It may be mentioned here that Jorhat ITI was set up in 1946. It was then known as War Technical Centre owing to its war-related training. The centre was first established in Shillong in 1943 during the Second World War and later shifted to Jorhat. It was christened an industrial training institute in 1956 when several other similar institutes came up in the State. There are 28 ITIs, including four exclusively for women, in Assam at present.

Barak Valley students facing trouble
BADARPUR, June 19 – Students of various places of Barak Valley, studying in various courses of Post-Graduate Correspondence School (PGCS) of Gauhati University, are facing trouble as they are not getting any study materials on time for the last few years. This was alleged by some students of PGCS, Gauhati University and their guardians, while talking to this correspondent here recently.They also alleged that rules and regulations of PGCS, Gauhati University, as mentioned in the prospectus are not being maintained at all. It is to be noted here that in the prospectus – it has been mentioned that “the study materials are supplied to the students immediately after the admission either in person or by post. Normally, the materials are supplied in two instalments: at the time of admission, and after payment third instalment of the course fee.” But the students are being deprived of the study materials in due time, even though they have already deposited the fees during admission, and in second, third and fourth and final instalments, as per PGCS – rules and regulations. As an instance, Bengali department of MA Course (final year) have no yet received any study materials of Bengali, even-though they have deposited all the payments. They are now facing much trouble in preparing for the ensuing MA final examination. The co-ordinators of different PGCS – Contact and study centres of Barak valley have also failed to give correct information to the students.So, under these circumstances, the students and their guardians have earnestly requested the honorary director of PGCS, the vice chancellor and Controller of Examinations of Gauhati University to take immediate necessary arrangements for sending all study materials (MA Final year) of the subject Bengali and other subjects, immediately.They also earnestly requested the officials of Gauhati University, to issue stern orders, to all heads of the departments of various subjects, including Bengali, for sending all the study materials to the PGCS office immediately.

Concern over poor results of Govt schools
GUWAHATI, June 19 – The State Government is concerned at the deterioration of the performance of the students of the Government High and Higher Secondary Schools over the years and is examining the feasibility of fixing responsibility for the trend. However, the final decision in this regard will be taken only after receiving the report of the expert committee formed to study the problem.Talking to The Assam Tribune, Education Minister Ripun Bora admitted that the deterioration of the results of the students of Government schools is a matter of serious concern as of late, the students of the private schools are faring much better. He said that the Government has already formed an expert committee headed by former Vice Chancellor of the Gauhati University, Dr NK Choudhury to study the problem and to suggest measures need to be taken.Replying to a question on the allegation that lack of regular inspection led to the deterioration of the standard of education in the Government schools, Bora admitted that the allegation was “partially correct”. He said that the inspection of schools has improved considerably and fixed targets for inspectors. However, he revealed that the Education Department has shortage of inspectors to carry out regular inspection of schools and the Department also has not been able to provide necessary infrastructure like vehicles to the inspectors to visit the schools regularly. He said that the Government is ready to accept the suggestions and views of prominent citizens and educationists to improve the situation.The Education Minister also admitted that irregular attendance of some teachers in schools is also a major problem. He said that though from time to time, he personally visited the schools and took action against the teachers found to be absent from duty, it is not possible to keep a close watch on all the teachers regularly. “We have nearly 50,000 schools and more than 2.50 lakh employees and it is very difficult to keep close watch on each of them,” he admitted. He also admitted that some schools, particularly in the urban areas, have more teachers than students, while, the situation is quite different in the rural areas. He said that the Government is carrying out a district wise survey in this regard to prepare a database and the posts of teachers would be rationalized on the basis of that after receiving the necessary clearance from the Finance Department.Bora said that shortage of teachers is turning out to be a major problem for the schools as “we have nearly 16,000 vacancies in elementary and secondary level”. He said that the process of filling up of the posts would start immediately after the Court cases on this issue are disposed off. He accepted that allegations of irregularities in selection of candidates for posts of teachers became a common feature in the State in the past and asserted that from now on steps would be taken to ensure that “merit” is the only criteria for selection. He also said that the process of selection of teachers to fill up the vacant posts in the higher secondary schools have started.Bora admitted that because of the difference in the marking system of the CBSE and the State boards, majority of the students of Assam find themselves in a disadvantageous position when seeking admissions in the educational institutions outside the state. He said that the expert committee would also examine the matter and offer its recommendations to solve the problem.

Free education for poor students
GUWAHATI, June 18 – He has won many awards, both national and international, for excellence in the field of education. But even though he is contended with his achievements, his real dream is to work for the benefit of the weaker sections in the State. With this noble concept in mind, A K Raha, principal of city-based Trinity Junior College, has decided to give free education (Higher Secondary) to five students with poor family background in his College, who cannot afford to pursue higher studies owing to financial crunch. Talking to mediapersons on Monday, Raha said that the priority would be given to children who are tagged Below Poverty Line (BPL). “There are many meritorious students in our State, who opt out of schools and colleges owing to monetary problems. I, through my college, would like to help these children pursue their studies,” he said while adding that the idea is to enable the children of downtrodden population reap the benefits of education.Out of the five berths (Arts, Science and Commerce), one is reserved for the student of Harijan community. Already four students have been offered free education in the Trinity Junior College, which is situated in Maligaon area. The junior college was established in the year 2005.“If everything goes in the planned manner, then we would increase the number of students, who can enjoy the benefits under our institution,” informed the veteran educationist, who has completed fifty years in the teaching profession.

Youth should adapt to latest technologies: CM
GUWAHATI, June 18 – In what has been called a first of its kind development in India, Hyundai Motor India Limited (HMIL) has come forward to renovate and augment ITI Guwahati and launch a training programme for the students of the institute.Today, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and Executive Director of HMIL WS Min formally inaugurated the newly modernised facility with advanced mechanical processes, which will train students in maintenance and repair of new generation vehicles.Speaking on the occasion the Chief Minister focused on the changing nature of technology and the need for the youth to be able to adapt to such a scenario. The youth should have the opportunity to have the most advanced technical know how and the new project launched by Hyundai was a step in that direction, he remarked.Gogoi said that as in the case of the new endeavour, there should be more attempts to impart technical training to the youths of the State so that they could secure gainful employment in today’s competitive world. The process of training should also be modernized for technical education to become more industry relevant.Gogoi was of the view that more such private -public partnership ought to take place in Assam for the benefit of the youth. While thanking HMIL for its co-operation he mentioned that similar collaborative efforts would be replicated in other ITIs of the State. The Executive Director of HMIL, WS Min, in a brief speech highlighted facets of his company’s corporate social responsibility in India. The modernisation of ITI Guwahati was a part of that programme. He revealed that HMIL would like to support more causes for the socio economic development of Assam in the near future. More economically relevant projects could be set up in other major cities of the State, he added.Elaborating the Government’s plan to impart vocational training to a large number of students, Prithivi Majhi, State Minister of labour and employment, said that upgradation of all the ITIs was a top priority. The 28 ITIs at present and new ones on the anvil would soon be geared up to cater to nearly 6,000 students.Thanking HMIL for their initiative to modernise the ITI Guwahati, Majhi said that more such collaborative efforts with industry majors would benefit the State’s youth. In this connection he mentioned modular courses for students of ITI’s who would be immediately absorbed after they complete their training. Later in a press conference attended by Majhi and Min among others, it was revealed that the total investment in modernizing the ITI and imparting training over a 5-year period was around Rs 4 crore. HMIL would like to carry out similar projects in different parts of the State in the near future, and was also open to idea of extending help to other institutes of higher learning in the future.

Chemical Science course in pipeline at IIT Guwahati
NORTH GUWAHATI, June 24 – A four-year B Tech course on Chemical Science and Technology has been proposed to be introduced in the IIT Guwahati and after its introduction, IIT(G) would be the only IIT in the country to do so.It is stated that the programme to be offered by the institute’s department of Chemistry, will equip students in frontline interdisciplinary areas like environmental science and molecular biology.However, the course is currently offered by Jadavpur University in Kolkata and Mumbai University. The course known as Chemical Technology in Mumbai University is highly popular. Students passing out lapped up by pharmaceutical companies. They also get ample job opportunities in chemical industries, biotech companies, environmental-related businesses and research and development sectors.Further, the B Tech students in Chemical sciences would study more of subjects pertaining to industries like pharmaceuticals.It is stated that the course content is designed to provide students practical training in basic science and engineering. The technical course components include applied catalysis, drug design, medicinal chemistry, manometricals and manoscience, fine and bulk chemicals, green chemical and technological practices.

NIIT launches first APTC in NE
GUWAHATI, June 24 – Asia’s number one IT training organisation NIIT which claims to have trained one out of every three IT professionals in India, launched its first authorised prometric testing centre in the North-east, here on June 22 in association with Thomson Prometric, the world’s largest testing organisation, according to a press release.At a ceremony to mark the occasion Surojit Biswas, the regional manager of NIIT India-East said that with the demand for IT professionals going up, it is extremely important for the IT aspirants to be equipped with vendor certification to enhance their placeability quotient.The chief guest of the occasion Prof Arup Kr Mishra, faculty and training & placement officer of Assam Engineering College (AEC) in his address welcomed such an initiative on NIIT’s part and said that more and more companies are now making North-east their favourite hunting ground for manpower and hoped that Guwahati would soon become the IT hub of the North-east.The APTC is located in the premises of NIIT’s Panbazar Centre.

Workshop for honing school students’ skills planned
GUWAHATI, June 24 – The Indian Society for Training and Development (ISTD), which is a national level professional and non-profit society registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860, recently established its North East chapter in Guwahati, a press note said.The society is affiliated to the International Federation of Training and Development Organisations, USA and Asian Regional Training and Development Organisation, Manila. Its diploma training programme is recognised by the Government of India for recruitment to superior posts.As students of this region are extremely intelligent but invariably shy, and introvert, they often get overshadowed.In order to touch upon issues such as these, ISTD is for the first time organising a series of training workshops aimed towards the school children (belonging to standard VIII, IX & X) of this region. This summer non-residential camp shall be organised in Guwahati and would draw participation from students of various schools across the city.Children should get to interact with their counterparts in other schools and would be encouraged to break loose their self-prisons. Various behavioral issues would be dealt with, including issues related to gender interaction, sexually transmi-tted diseases and social responsibilities as citizens. Students would also be counseled on the various career options available in today’s modern world. The workshop has been christened ‘Equipoise’ aimed to promote equal growth balance of academic and social skills.

CM inaugurates IIPM centre in Jorhat
JORHAT, June 24 – Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today inaugurated a centre of the Bangalore-based Indian Institute of Plantation Management at the Tocklai Experimental Station premises here. Union Minister of State for Commerce Jairam Ramesh was also present on the occasion. In his speech, the Chief Minister expressed the hope that the IIPM centre would make a substantial contribution towards developing the tea industry in the State in the days to come. Gogoi voiced his satisfaction over the facilities for management training made available at the Jorhat-based institute. Stressing the need for modern techniques of management, the Union Minister of State for Commerce made a case for coordination among the Tea Research Association, the Assam Agricultural University and the Regional Research Laboratory (now christened North-East Institute of Science and Technology) for evolving new technologies. Assam Industry Minister Pradyut Bordoloi stated that the IIPM centre would give a new direction to the tea industry in the North-east. Director of IIPM VG Dhankumar was also present at the ceremony today. TRA director Dr Mridul Hazarika offered the vote of thanks.

Higher Education Dept faces action
GUWAHATI, June 24 — For a department which is supposed to look after the education scenario in the State, it’s time to practise what they preach to others. At a time when ardent steps are being initiated to make the Right to Information (RTI) Act popular in the State, the State Information Commission caught the State Higher Education department on the wrong foot for indulging in activities, which are detrimental to the implementation of RTI Act.The State Information Commission, in a breakthrough move, has decided to slap a fine on the Higher Education department, which can go to the extent of Rs 25,000. The Commission further decided to award compensation to the complainant under Section 19(8)(b) of RTI Act, 2005 for the harassment caused to him by the office of the Director, Higher Education. Talking to The Assam Tribune, one of the senior officials of the Higher Education department has confirmed the occurrence and termed it as a shameful incident.The Information Commission sprang into action after a written petition was submitted by Ajoy Kumar Sarma, president, All Assam Disabled Development Union, complaining of the apathy of the department. “ I was made to run from pillar to post for many days by the officials of the Higher Education department and it is very surprising to know that to many of my queries, the department had no answers,” rued Sarma.After careful consideration of the facts and circumstances of the case, the Commission decided to impose penalty on the Public Information Officers (PIOs) of the Higher Education department and the Director of Higher Education under Section 20(1) of the RTI Act, on May 10. The Education (Higher) department has been found guilty of not furnishing information relating to the matter of reservation of government jobs for disabled persons in Grade III and IV categories, as sought by the complainant, even after around 10 months’ time since he sought for the same as per RTI Act. The Commission found that neither the Commissioner and Secretary nor his PIO and also the Director, Higher Education acted promptly on the petition of Ajoy Kumar Sarma.“ The department officials were also found guilty of giving contradictory statements,” the Commission observed. The reported refusal of the Director of Higher Education to receive the application fees in cash from a petitioner, who is a disabled person, has been looked upon as an insensitive attitude by the commission.Chief Information Commissioner RS Mooshahary announced the verdict on May 10 in the presence of Dr BK Gohain, State Information Commissioner. Dr. Rafique Zaman, additional secretary, Government of Assam, Education (Higher) department, was present on behalf of Commissioner and Secretary, Education Department along with Bijoy Lakshmi Baruah Gogoi, deputy secretary, Education (Higher) department, who is also the PIO of the department during the hearing, besides the complainant.The Education department has been issued notice to show cause as to why the proposed penalty should not be confirmed for wilful delay in furnishing the information. The next hearing is slated for July 10 next.

Centre approves 440 more seats for State
GUWAHATI, July 9 – The Central Government has approved 440 more seats for technical education in Assam. With this, the number of seats in the State’s engineering colleges and institutes has gone up to 2,225 from 1,785. Quoting Education Minister Ripun Bora, official sources here said this evening that following the stress laid by the present Government in the State, a demand for raising the number of seats in both degree and diploma levels to about 20,000 in the State’s engineering colleges and institutes was placed before the Union Human Resources Development Minister at a meeting of the state education ministers at New Delhi on April 10 and 11 last.The need for such a step was felt to enhance the capacity of the engineering colleges and institutes of the State to match the capacity of such institutions located in the rest of the country. The State has also adopted a legislation recently to facilitate setting up of private universities in the State with this aim in view, said the sources.The Central Government has as the first step to grant the prayer of the State, approved the above 440 seats and of these, 60 will be created in the Assam Engineering College (chemical engineering-30, electronics and telecommunication-30).Following this decision of the Central Government, Jorhat Engineering College will have 20 more seats (all in electrical engineering department) now and Azara-based private sector Girijananda Choudhury Institute of Management and Technology will have 120 seats (mechanical engineering- 60 and MBA-60). In the diploma level, there will be 240 more seats due to this decision of the Central Government, said the sources.

KK Handique Open varsity to function soon
GUWAHATI, June 30 – The process to finalize the curriculum of the KK Handique Open University has started and the enrolment should start in the middle of next month. Meanwhile, the State Government of the view that the Open University should give stress on providing job oriented courses through distant education to reduce the problem of unemployment.A two-day workshop to prepare the roadmap for the KK Handique Open University started at the Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship here today and the meet is attended by prominent educationists from different parts of the country. The curriculum of the University will also be finalized after the conclusion of the meet. The meet is attended among others by Director of the Distant Education Council, Prof VNR Pillay, who is also the Vice Chancellor of the Indira Gandhi Open University and the Vice Chancellor of the Netaji Subhas Open University, Kolkata.Meanwhile, talking to The Assam Tribune, Education Minister Ripun Bora, who also attended the inaugural session of the two-day meet, said that the Open University should try to include job oriented courses in its curriculum, which in turn, would help in easing the problem of unemployment and prevent the militant groups from luring the frustrated and unemployed youths to their folds. He said that the Open University would go a long way in improving the standard of education as a good number of youths of Assam and other parts of the region were forced to give up their studies because of poverty or other reasons and such students would be able to pursue their careers.Bora said that the State Government is of the view that the Open University should give stress on imparting agro-based courses and other special courses to provide employment opportunities to the youths of the State. He admitted that it might be difficult to impart courses like Information Technology through distant education, but the University would be able to provide other job oriented courses.The Education Minister said that the Vice Chancellor of the University joined only in December and after the preparation of the road map and curriculum, the enrolment in the Open University should start in the middle of July. The other issues like the number of students to be enrolled and other issues are also yet to be finalized. “However, we want to proceed slowly and increase the capacity in a phased manner,” he added.On the funding pattern to the Open University, Bora said that the State Government provided an initial grant for the initial costs of the establishment of the University, while, the National Distant Education Council also provided a grant. However, ultimately the Open University should be a self-sustaining one, Bora added.

DU introduces job-oriented courses
DERGAON, July 3 – The Dibrugarh University has introduced several new job-oriented courses. Among the new courses are postgraduate diploma in tourism management, postgraduate diploma in rural development, postgraduate diploma in NGO management, BSc in information technology, postgraduate in tea technology, master of library and information science, rural development as a core subject in BA course, five years integrated law etc. The BCom courses have been redesigned in which papers like E-commerce, human resources management etc have been included.Education should be related to the present needs of the people. Though the sense of ‘devotion’ is necessary in education but this should be assimilated with the knowledge. Without present knowledge studies do not have any relevance.And hence Dibrugarh University has introduced several new courses which are job-oriented. This was stated by Dr Kulendu Pathak, the Vice-Chancellor of Dibrugarh University while releasing the latest edition of Satramanjari the megazine of Asom Satra Mahasabha, in a public meeting on Saturday at DKD College, Dergaon. Regarding the education policy, the VC opined that schools and colleges should do something for their existence. Otherwise the private institutions will replace the government institutions.The latest edition of the megazine was dedicated to late Harakanta Mahanta, founder principal of DKD College. Noted educationists Dimbeswar Dayal Sarmah, Jogen Chetia etc took part. Pradyut Mahanta, president of Dergaon-Missamara Satra Sanmelan, highlighted the life and activities of Late Harakanta Mahanta. The family members of late Mahanta were also present.

Job avenues of corporate sector highlighted
GUWAHATI, July 1 – The Darwin School of Business here in association with Intellectual Resource Training Pvt Ltd of Bangalore recently organised a day-long workshop on, ‘Certified recruitment professional programme, a press release stated.The workshop was conducted by Pankaj Gupta, alumni of IIM-Bangalore and a renowned corporate human resource trainer. The workshop dealt in details, about the recruitment policies across industry verticals and product on services lines.This was the first-ever workshop of its kind in Guwahati. In fact, IRTPL is the only organisation in the country which deals extensively and exclusively on this subject. The workshop was attended by human resource professionals from various organisations, including HDFC Bank, IIE, ICICI Bank and Standard Chartered, besides 50 other participants.The participants asked the organisers to conduct more such sessions in specific fields in future so that they could learn more about the prevalent practices nationwide. It may be mentioned that Gupta may visit the city again next month.


US govt keen to help improve higher education in Assam’
TEZPUR, June 30 – Public affairs officer of American Consulate General of Kolkata and director of the American Centre, Douglas G Kelly, along with Karuna Singh, Programme Manager and Rai Barua information assistant were felicitated during their recent visit at the office of Sonitpur Journalists Union by Pranab Sinha, Sanjiv Hazarika, and NM Tibrewala president, working president and vice president respectively.Kelly in his speech thanked all the members of SJU and said that the deterioration of the environment has caused ecological imbalance. He said that unabated deforestation is one of the causes of man-elephant conflict due to which elephants are causing harm to life and property of the villagers. He also said that killing of wildlife is a heinous crime.Kelly said he will meet representatives of WWF and discuss with them the local problems regarding wildlife protection. Regarding upgradation of educational system in the north-eastern state, Kelly said that government of America is very much keen to provide its helping hand for improvement of higher education in this region. He said that he will meet the representatives of Tezpur University and Arunachal University at Tezpur and Itanagar, to know about their requirements. The American government is ready to send their educational experts to these universities to teach them higher courses of modern education system.When asked about the ULFA problem prevail in the State, Kelly strongly said that, “We oppose any kind of terrorism and violence. Government of America has already kept ULFA in their terrorist list. Since it is the internal problem of the State, Government of India should discuss with different bodies to solve this problem.” When asked regarding violence of human rights in Manipur, he replied that it is up to the government of India to look into the matter.Kelly said, ‘this is my first visit to this region and I am very much impressed to see the greenary and the natural beauty everywhere here. Appreciating the beauty of Tezpur town specially ‘Chitralekha Uddyan’, he said, he will love to come here again.

Ashadeep – a ray of hope for school dropouts

Admission Procedure:

1) Admission shall be through the designated Study Centres only, spread all over the state.

2) For Admission to a programme, course fee is to be paid through the Bank challan attached with the Prospectus, at any branch of State Bank of India. Application along with necessary enclosures and a copy of the challan returned by the Bank after payment is required to be submitted at the recongnised study Centres within due date. [Course fee may also be paid in the form of Bank Draft drawn in favour of Krishna Kanta Handiqui State Open University” and payable at Guwahati.

3)A summarised table indicating the eligibility criteria of admission into the various academic programmes offered by the Univeristy along with the relevant documents necessary to be submitted along with the application form. The Study Centre will scrutinize the application forms as per the norms and qualifications required for each programme.The Study Centre will scrutinize the application forms as per the norms and qualifications required for each programme.

4)After scrutiny, the eligible applicants will be provisionally admitted by the Study Centre.

5) Intending learners with incomplete application may be given conditional admission at the University’s discretion with the condition that required eligibility documents are to be submitted latest by the dates prescribed for the purpose. Their enrollment will be confirmed on fulfillment of the eligibility requirements. To appear in the examinations, confirmation of enrollment will be necessary.

6)All the enrolled learners will be provided with the registration number,programme guidelines and identity cards.

7)Those learners who are unable to complete the programme within the specified validity period will be required to register themselves afresh by paying the requisite fee as per the University regulations.

Continuous Admission:

1)After completion of a particular semester, a learner is required to apply for next semester simply by paying the necessary fees within one month of the last examination day of the previous Semester. Admission in subsequent semester does not depend on the results of the earlier semester. One may take admission even without appearing in previous semester examination in the next semester. Admission should be taken continuously in all a Degree, Diploma and Certificate programmes without any break. A learner will be allowed to appear in all the examinations including back papers within the stipulated time of a programme.

2) A learner is required to pay a fine of Rs 300 if he or she applies for admission to the next semester after expiry of one month but within two months from the last day of examination of the previous semester.

3) On special consideration, a learner may be allowed admission as individual admission for the next semester even beyond two months but before the issue of notification of the examination of that semester by the University on Individual application with sufficient reasons and payment of a fine of Rs 500.

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