August 1st 2017, USTM: University of Science and Technology, Meghalaya (USTM) at a gala ceremony in Hotel Landmark, had declared the winners of 2nd North East College Magazine Competition. The publication cell of University of Science and Technology Meghalaya had started this initiative, NE College Magazine Competition in the year 2016 as an integral part of North East Graduate Congress, whereby young energetic promising writers, editors, graphic designers of different college magazines across North Eastern states are encouraged and recognized for their creative talent. University of Science & Technology (USTM), Meghalaya, the first private university in the North Eastern Region, working relentlessly towards achieving the goal of becoming one of the premier Universities in the country by bringing together leading academicians, researchers entrepreneurs, thinkers, administrators, corporate and other stakeholders under one platform. The idea is to synergize their expertise with a view to impart world class education, exploring opportunities and talents of north east region, thereby, creating a centre of innovative research and societal development capable of playing a significant part in the process towards Building Scientific Temperament and a Knowledge Capital”.
Under the Best Magazine category the first three prizes were bagged by Alochani by Digboi College, Jabian by J.B. College and Lakhimpur Girls College Magazine by Lakhimpur Girls College respectively.
Cottonian by Cotton College was adjudged under Best Cover category, Manash Pratim Rajbanshi, a 4th Semester student of Nalbari College won the award for his article “Moraha Fulor Xubah” under the Best Article category, Dipsikha Baruah of Digboi College won the Best Woman Editor award, Priyanka Nath, 6th Semester student of K.C Das Commerce College Best Woman Writer award for her article Nishigandha. MOSAIC 2016 of St Anthony’s College Shillong, Meghalaya and RENDEZVOUS 16 of Salesian College of Higher Education, Dimapur, Nagaland bagged the Special Jury Award. Having received their awards, the winners were so happy and overwhelmed as this was just a beginning of their career.
Opening the ceremony, Chief Guest of the program, Shri R.S. Mooshahary, Former Governor of Meghalaya stated “North East College Magazine Competition, I believe, is another unique venture of University of Science and Technology Meghalaya. This university has already laid its mark through its continuous improvement in academic excellence, research activities, its innovative ideas have made it stand out, its acceptance and popularity can be assessed by the increasing number of students enrolling every year. The young writers of college magazines who have won awards under different category will definitely be benefitted by this recognition and I hope the winners will get more opportunity to prove their creative talent through USTM”.
While congratulating the winners, Mr. Mahbubul Hoque said “the idea of holding North East College Magazine Competition has been conceptualized and celebrated as an impetus to encourage and inculcate the creative instinct in the minds of the young generation. If the young generation get involved in any kind creativity, be it writing, composing a poem or music or even inventing some scientific model, they will not get distracted to other activities’. North East Magazine College Magazine Competition is another example towards that end. “Creative visualization is a mental technique that uses the imagination to make dreams and goals come true. Used in the right way, creative visualization can improve one’s life and attract success and prosperity. It is a power that can alter your environment and circumstances, cause things to happen and this competition will definitely give opportunity to the rising writers to sharpen their creative visualization”- stated Prof N.K. Chaudhury, Principal Adviser, ERDF.
This was 2nd North East College Magazine Competition held during 4th North East Graduate Congress, the most acclaimed flagship program patronized by ERD Foundation in the month of February 17th to 19th, 2017. This year the university had got around 200 entries from various colleges magazines across NE states. A four-member Jury Board comprising eminent editors, columnists, writers had decided decide five different categories of awards like Best Editorial, Best Cover Page, Best Editor (women), Best Article (women), Best Article (general) and Best writer. The members of the Jury Board were P J Barua, executive editor, Assam Tribune, N I Laskar, former executive editor of the Eastern Chronicle, Bijoy Ghimire, Editor of the Mileage Magazine and Prof. Nilima Bhagwati, Dean, School of Social Sciences and Humanities, USTM.