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Faculty Development Programme on Art of Living Successfully Ends at RIST

USTM, Ri Bhoi, Meghalaya, 16 November 2017: The 14 day national level Faculty Development Programme (FDP) on Art of Living has come to a successful end today at the University of Science and Technology Meghalaya (USTM), Techno City campus at 9th Mile, Ri Bhoi. Supported by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) New Delhi, the programme was organized by the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Regional Institute of Science and Technology (RIST).
Addressing the valedictory session, Samir Baruah, VVMVP, Art of Living said, “Art of living teaches to enjoy every moment of life. It is a journey from the head to the heart”. He said that if people work with a sense of belongingness, they do not get tired. Art of living is a way of life in three levels—physical, mental and spiritual, he added.
Speaking on the occasion, Prof. Alaka Sharma, noted social activist and Dean, School of Social Sciences and Humanities, USTM said that everybody wants happiness and freedom from pain, though the concept of pain may vary. “Art of living teaches how to reach more happiness and get freedom from pain. A teacher who can live in the present moment can be a very inspiring teacher who can create leaders”, she said. The good thing about Art of Living is that there are simple exercises performing which we can acquire higher level of happiness and freedom from pain. Our basic job is to create moments of happiness, she added.
Addressing the participants, Prof. Amarjyoti Choudhury, Vice Chancellor, USTM thanked AICTE for supporting a course like Art of Living, which he termed as a ‘visionary’ step forward towards developing faculties by helping them to release their stress. He also thanked all the members of the Art of living team for imparting a 14-day-long session at RIST.
In his address, Mahbubul Hoque, Chancellor, USTM said that releasing stress is very important for the faculties in order to enjoy their work. Thanking AICTE for sponsoring the programme, he expressed hope that all the faculties who have attended the workshop have been highly benefitted.
Expert faculties from AICTE approved NGO “the Art of Living” conducted the programme. While addressing the participants, Mr. Deba Kumar Baruah, State Teachers Coordinator, Assam and Faculty, Art of Living expressed his satisfaction and shared his experience of the camp. He spoke on yoga, life skill and how to increase energy level for performance in life.
The valedictory session was also addressed by Dr PC Mahanta, Director, RIST and Dr UK Sharma, Executive Director, RIST. Participation certificates were issued to the candidates who attended the programme. Some of the sessions included in the programme were: yoga, meditation, stress management, effective communication, handling complaints and problems in college environment, dynamism and crossing boundaries, ethics in team work, engineering as a profession, holistic rejuvenation of body and mind system, experiential teaching, being inspired and inspiring others, etc.
AICTE was set up in November 1945 as a national level Apex Advisory Body to conduct a survey on the facilities available for technical education and to promote development in the country in a coordinated and integrated manner. RIST , an engineering college of par excellence, provides B Tech courses approved by AICTE, New Delhi, Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India.

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