Assam Forum of Great Britain and Kaziranga University discuss concerns over Economic State of Northeast.

During a recent talk held at Kaziranga University on 8 February 2016, by Dr. Jitendralal Borkakoti, Chairman and Chief Convenor, Assam Forum Great Britain, UK, serious concerns related to the economic conditions of Assam in particular and Northeast in general were discussed. Dr. Borkakoti has been actively lobbying with the Government of India on issues of serious concerns related to Assam. He has been working on the ways for active development of the state of Assam. Various conferences has been organized under the guidance and support of Dr. Borkakoti at different places to shape ideas on economic development with active participation by experts related to this field and have submitted recommendations to Government of India for perusal and disposal.

Kaziranga University in on the process to pave ways for integrating with the Assam Forum of Great Britain to work closely for the greater cause of Assam. Both the organizations will work on ways to point out the hindrances leading to economic backwardness of Northeast India.

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Kaziranga University PhD Inaugural Program

Kaziranga University hosted the inauguration program for Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) programmes for School of Social Sciences, School of Basic Sciences, School of Computing Sciences, School of Engineering & Technology, School of Business on 22 Jan 2016, at its campus. The ceremony was inaugurated by Prof. (Dr.) Mihir Kanti Chaudhuri, Vice Chancellor, Tezpur University in the gracious presence of Chancellor Shri M.D Khetan, Vice Chancellor Dr. Sunil Rai, President, NEKF Dr. P.K.Mishra and dignitaries like Dr. Swapan K Pramanik, Former Vice Chancellor, Vidyasagar University; Dr. M.K. Padmanabhan, Director of India Centre for Research and Innovation of Virginia Tech, USA; Dr. Ashok Ullal, Prof. Emeritus, Reutlingen School of Business, Germany; Dr. Subrata Borgohain, Prof. Petroleum Technology, Dibrugarh University.

Speaking at the occasion, Chief Gueast, Prof. (Dr.) Mihir Kanti Chaudhuri, Vice Chancellor, Tezpur University said, “Research is the base of any higher education”. He further added that without research, there is no meaning of any higher education and educational institutes or universities for that matter.

The ceremony marked the induction and enrolment of 30 PhD students for various programmes. This was attended by the students and faculties of Kaziranga University. The preliminary course work seminars and school wise induction is scheduled on 23rd and 24th January 2016.

Known as the TCS-ION Campus, Kaziranga University has created a benchmark of excellence in providing industrial based educational interface for Engineering and Management students through its technological domain partners like CMS, Multisoft Systems, etc with proven placement track record. It is important to mention that the University’s industry-academia collaboration with various International Universities helps KU students to sharpen their conceptual and contextual insights to help them understand global prospective and standards.

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First Time in Northeast: Business Simulation for MBA Students

The MBA students of Kaziranga University attended a Business Simulation workshop conducted by Dr. Ashok N Ullal, CEO, German Simulation from Stuttgart Germany. This is the first ever Business Simulation workshop for management students conducted in northeast India. The week long workshop which started on 18th January 2016, concluded on 23 January 2016.

Simulations are a fun way to learn as it involves learning takes place on the affective and behavioural dimensions as well as on the cognitive dimension. The experience needs to be structured to some degree; relevant learning objectives need to be specified and the conduct of the experience needs to be monitored. With iBizSim student understands how different business functions play vital role in the performance of a company and how they influencing each other.

The whole workshop on simulation acted as a scientific tool to mirror business situations that forced the MBA students of this university to think independently developing confidence and leadership qualities in them. International Business Simulations referred to as iBizSim by German Simulations is a learning simulation which has given the students of this university unlimited opportunities to practice their business skills until they achieve mastery. Business environment today is highly variable and uncertain.

Kaziranga University uses a wide variety of pedagogies that involves experiential learning such as live case studies, global immersion programmes, international academic collaboration projects, live assignments, internships, etc. However, among these simulation is the only method where student’s experiential learning can be structured.

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Kaziranga University Strategy Meeting with International Advisory Committee

The Kaziranga University Governing Body along with its International Advisory Board held its annual Strategy Meeting on Tuesday 15 March 2016, at its campus. The meeting was attended by Mr. Lalit Yagnik, Former Head, IBM (Asia Pacific), Singapore, Founder & CEO, Skill Gap Solution; Mr. Pritimoy Bhattacharjee, Former Prof. IIT Kharagpur, Computer Science, Advisor, Techno India University, Kolkata; Mr Hari RamasSubramanian, GMU Lead (Growth Market Unit), IBM Systems University Business Development and Ecosystem; Professor S. Sriram, Executive Director, Great Lakes Institute of Management, Professor Emeritus, Member of Management. Committee – CII FICCI ASSOCHAM, AIMA, NHRD; Prof. R.S. Vyas, Founder & Chairman, Techno India NJR Institute of Technology. Shri Basant Khetan, Pro Chancellor, Kaziranga University; Dr. Sunil Kumar Rai, Vice Chancellor, Kaziranga University; Dr. Prashanta Kumar Mishra, President NEKF; Ms. Rainy Khetan, Director, Kaziranga University; Shri Pradip Khetan, Khetan Group along with other dignitaries and staff of administration were present at the meeting to discuss strategies for next five years.

The University has set aim to lead the region in terms of building careers for youth of Assam with focus in innovation and research. It seeks to do this in ways which benefits society on a national and a global scale. During the strategic meeting, the university laid down special emphasise to build on the University’s long tradition of academic freedom with global industry exposure while fostering a culture in which innovation plays an important role. The key motive is to set up a team of international dignitaries for planning and execution of international moves to take Kaziranga University to the next level. This Plan covers the strategic period of next 5 years. It sets a high-level agenda for the University to develop capacity ensuring significant contributions towards student development programmes. It paved the path to work effectively with other institutions and organizations, where such partnerships can lead to outstanding research and teaching. Adding another feather to its cap, Kaziranga University announced its association with IBM to introduce IBM Mentored B.Tech(CSE) programme which will give an added advantage to the students in finding gainful employment in MNCs.

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Kaziranga University Celebrates Womanhood On International Women’s Day 2016 Featured

The School of Social Sciences Kaziranga University organized a day long program on 8th march 2016, for celebration of International Women’s day with great fervour. The program started with the lighting of the lamp by Dr. Mrs Jyoti Rekha Hazarika, a noted literature and Associate Professor. Dept of Assamese J.B College who attended the function as Chief Guest. The inaugural meeting was also attended by Mrs Juri Borgohain who is also a well known literature as guest of honour. These two dignitaries in their addresses appealed to the women community to assert their rights and appreciated the effort of the school of social sciences KU, for organizing such kind of event in the university and they expected that in the coming year such event would be organized among the tribal communities, may be Tiwa or Karbi or Dimasa. Sri M.D.Khetan, Chancellor of the university while addressing the meeting conveys his regard to the women community.

Prof. B.N Borthakur, Dean, School of Social Sciences addressed the gathering and in his speech he stated that women is the liaison between two generations and because of her qualities like endurance, forgiveness, generosity, love, affection and sympathy etc. our nation is symbolized as Mother India. Prof Borthakur remarks that inspite of the constitutional provisions and prevalence of some other mechanisms women are not getting equal treatment in the line of male counterpart in the society. The inaugural session is followed by street play competition among the students of Kaziranga University as well as the students of the neighboring institutions. The team named as Aaluran (Protest) was adjust the best team and the students of HPB Girls’ College named as (Amar Akash), Golaghat, received the special Jury Award. The judges for the competition were Sri Priti Ranjan Boruah and Sri Santu Moni Sarmah. Sri Basant Khetan, Pro- Chancellor, distributed prizes to the winning teams.

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National Science Day observed at Kaziranga University Featured

Kaziranga University celebrated the National Science Day on February 28, 2016 at its campus in order to commemorate the invention of the Raman Effect by the Indian physicist and Nobel Laureate Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman.  Professor Kalyan Sindhu Goswami, Centre Director, Centre of Plasma Physics – Institute for Plasma Research (CPP-IPR), Department of Atomic Energy, graced the occasion as the Guest of Honour. The celebration witnessed the presence of dignitaries like Professor Deepak B Phatak, Padma Shri, Professor Computer Science, IIT Bombay, Dr. Sunil Rai, Vice Chancellor, Kaziranga University, Shri Basant Ketan, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Kaziranga University, and other guest of eminence from the field of science and technology.

The event hosted a package of various competitions like of a poster presentation, science talk, science quiz, etc were students from schools and junior colleges of Jorhat and neighbouring places participated. The Guest of Honour Professor Kalyan Sindhu Goswami delivered the Science Day Lecture. The valedictory speech was delivered by Professor Deepak B Phatak, Padma Shri, Professor Computer Science, IIT Bombay, followed by the prize distribution ceremony where students were awarded for the various competitions held during the day.

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Start Up India and Business Plan Development Workshop at Kaziranga University

The Northeast Centre for Entrepreneurship, Kaziranga University organized the 3 days workshop on “Start-Up India” and Business Plan Development at its campus from March 1 to March 3, 2016 for aspiring entrepreneurs and students of Northeast. The workshop was conducted by CS Deepak Kumar Khaitan, Practising Company Secretary, Past Chairman of ICSI-EIRC, and renowned Entrepreneurship Educator & Mentor.  The event was inaugurated in the gracious presence of Dr. Sunil Rai, Vice Chancellor, Kaziranga University, Ms. Rainy Khetan, Director, Kaziranga University and other dignitaries and faculties of the University. The event saw active participation from the students of the region across all disciplines who want to make a mark as entrepreneurs of tomorrow.

During the workshop, Khaitan primarily focused on adaptability towards market environment and use of resource and plan to build a start up. “Start Ups in northeast should take inspiration from the energy of Rhino”, Khaitan said while addressing the students.

Kaziranga University has a dedicated focus towards entrepreneurship development of north east. The university has taken a number of initiatives from time to time to promote the spirit of entrepreneurship among the youth of this region. 

 
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Social Work by Kaziranga University Students at Sadiya

With a motive to acquaint the students of Master of Social Work (MSW) with the socio-economic problems of the villagers of Sadiya which are far away from the main stream life, the School of Social Sciences, Kaziranga University organized a Rural Camp at Sadiya from 14th Feb to 19th Feb, 2016. The camp was organized as a part of MSW course curriculum in collaboration with North East Affected Area Development Society (NEADS), a Jorhat based NGO, working for the upliftment of rural people in the state of Assam. The camp was organised under the supervision and guidance of Mr. Anil K Bhatia, Associate Dean and Miss. Madhu Monjuri Gohain, Faculty, School of Social Sciences, Kaziranga University.

During the Rural Camp orientation programme, Miss Jolly Saikia, Associate Project Director, NEADS, gave a brief overview of the various intervention programs undertaken by the organization in past 10 years. She addressed the students and deliberated upon the various activities conducted by NEADS during these years. The students visited the Milanpur Patiya village to gather information rekated to various issues and problems of the villagers using Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) tool methods to understand the needs of the community. Students took the initiative to conduct an issue based discussion about the village related problems with the help of feedback provided by the villagers. The major highlights of the discussion were inadequacy of infrastructure and social issues vis-a-vis superstitious beliefs and practices which stand as a stumbling block to the villagers in their way of development.

During the course of 6days, the MSW students actively participated in various participatory workshops to raise awareness among the villagers of Sadiya. The actively conducted various household surveys in various villages in Sadiya for acquiring first-hand account of socio-economic condition in the villages.

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A Talk on Indian Foreign Policy at Kaziranga University by Dr Jamini Bhagawati

Dr Jamini Bhagwati is a man of many accomplishments. He was born to his illustrious father, Bijoy Chandra Bhagwati whoc was Member of Parliament from Tezpur thrice, at a time when politics was synonymous with nation-building. A successful diplomat, a learned economist, avid sportsperson and, last but not the least, a proud Assamese who feels passionately for Assam.Dr Bhagwati retired as India’s High Commissioner (Ambassador) to the United Kingdom based in London 2012 - 2013, and is currently, the RBI (Reserve Bank of India) Chair Professor at the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER – prominent Indian think-tank) and Member Advisory Council of Infrastructure Development Finance Corporation (IDFC) - based in Delhi since 2014. He was selected into the IFS (Indian Foreign Service) in 1976, and served in our embassies in Spain, Cuba, Belgium and UK. Towards the close of his diplomatic career Dr Bhagwati was Ambassador to 4 countries: the European Union, Belgium, Luxembourg and the United Kingdom.

On his maiden visit to Kaziranga University on 25 February 2016 to address the students here, he spoke extensively about the Foreign Policy of India and how it has been directed since Independence. He threw light on the impact of Foreign Policy on Indian Economy. He pointed out the different factors which affected our economy. He also said that Indian Foreign Policy and Economy are all inter related. To understand foreign policy, one has to know about economy.

Students of Kaziranga University were highly pleased and motivated by his talk. He demonstrated some real life examples of his life to overcome challenges and barriers of life which might help the students to gain professional success in their life.

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IIT Bombay joins hand with Kaziranga University as Knowledge Partners

With a motive to enhance relations and knowledge venture, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB) has recently joined hands with Kaziranga University as Knowledge partners to provide free software training to the faculties and students of all the Schools and Departments of Kaziranga University. It will be conducted by Spoken Tutorial cell of IITB. It will be an audio-video interface to enhance the learning process. As a result, this skill development training process will boost the Academic performance of the students.

As a knowledge partner, IITB’s Spoken Tutorial Cell will provide support in implementing the training program smoothly so that IT/Software training is well organized among all the schools or departments of Kaziranga University.

This innovative technique is for self learning as it requires no expert and can be learnt in distance mode. It will fall under National Mission on Education through ICT (NMEICT/ Sakshat), MHRD, Government of India which is a government funded project, therefore the training, guidance and certificates will be provided free of cost.

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