Young people are critical actors in preventing conflicts and supporting peace – Mr. Nilotpal Deka, Advocate & Columnist, the Assam Tribune
August 12, 2017, USTM: Today on the day of International Youth Day, University of Science and Technology Meghalaya recalled the utility and importance of maintaining peace and harmony and youth as a catalyst to that end. North East Region being generally misconstrued as a stronghold of militancy, USTM students were inspired to be a harbinger of peace of peace and harmony in the region. The department of English, USTM had observed International Youth Day on 12th August, 2017. This year as charted out by United Nations, the theme of International Youth Day 2017 is “Youth Building Peace”. In keeping with the UN Resolution, the department of English had taken up an initiative to commemorate the day through a debate competition on the topic ” Youth and Social Media : harbinger of peace ?” where a total number of 23 students of USTM from various departments took part so enthusiastically. The contestants while being judged by Mr. Nilotpal Deka, Advocate and Columnist, The Assam Tribune and Dr. Amit Choudhury, Dean, School of Business Sciences had appreciated the spirit of the youngsters, their positive attitude towards o contribute some way or the other for bringing a social change, equality, peace and harmony. Dr. Dayanand Pathak, HoD, English had moderated the debate proceedings and in his opening address he stressed on the need of the youth to innovate in fields that will bring about peace. The winners of the competition are as follows, first prize went to Kanak Kharbongkar from Dept. of law, 2nd prize went to Madhurjya Kalita from Dept. of Civil Engineering, RIST, 3rd prize was bagged by Mahasweta Chakrabarty from Dept. of English, most promising Debater award had gone to Rambo Regan from Dept. of English.
Meanwhile, it should be mentioned that International Youth Day 2017 is dedicated to celebrating young people’s contributions to conflict prevention and transformation as well as inclusion, social justice, and sustainable peace. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development committed to fostering peaceful and inclusive societies and affirmed that “Sustainable development cannot be realized without peace and security”. Goal 16 aims to ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels. The World Programme of Action for Youth, which provides a policy framework and practical guidelines to improve the situation of young people, also encourages “promoting the active involvement of youth in maintaining peace and security”.
On the other hand, the department, the department of Library Science and Information, USTM had observed National Librarian Day to mark 126th birth anniversary of Dr. S Ranganathan, father of library science. The program was started off with the lighting of the lamps and speeches by Dr. P K Barooah, retired technical official, CSIR, NIST who highlighted the contribution of Dr. S Ranganathan and the emerging importance of librarianship as a profession for career development. Other speakers were Dr. Amit Choudhury, Dean, School of Business Sciences, Dr. R K Sharma, Pro VC, USTM, Dr. Ajmal Borbhuyan, Registrar, RIST and others, followed by an audio visual presentation by the students of Library Science and Information, on the life and works of Dr. Ranganathan.