USTM, 6th Sep, 17: The University of Science & Technology Meghalaya (USTM) campus came alive as the orientation program for more than 2000 new undergraduate and postgraduate students of 38 discipline commenced today, to benefit the freshers who are about to experience a new phase in their life. Prof Gautam Biswas, Director IITG and Prof NC Talukdar, Director IASST, Guwahati were present to grace the inaugural ceremony of the orientation program along with Prof N K Choudhury, Former Vice Chancellor Gauhati University and Principal Advisor ERDF, Chancellor, USTM Shri Mahbubul Hoque and ProVice Chancellor Dr R K Sharma.
The program was kicked off by the welcome address by Sh. Mahbubul Hoque, Chancellor, USTM and Chairman, ERD Foundation who urged the students not to forget their responsibility of being the torch-bearer of Social Change, Economic Reform and for that they need to be determined and dedicated to achieve their desired goals, innovative ideas and entrepreneurial initiatives. He said “USTM will never fall back on its promise of giving you ample opportunity to excel in your academics”. We have signed MoUs with various renowned institutions and universities like JNU, JMI, NIPER Guwahati, NESAC, CSIR-NIEST just because to get you exposed to a more congenial ambience of studies, upgraded knowledge and advance technologies- he added. Shri. M Hoque also announced hundred scholarships for both UG and PG students who aspires to qualify competitive exams both at the state and central level.
After the welcome address as a token of encouragement and keeping at par with USTM Pay-Back policy, four UGC NET and CSIR-NET crackers – namely Khikeya Semy (MSc Botany), Miss Moirangthem Veigyabati (MSc Zoology), Tariat Matey(MSc Zoology) for clearing CSIR NET – JRF and Lilika k Zhimomi (MA Rural Development) for clearing UGC –NET, were paid back the entire amount of their course fees.
The felicitation ceremony was followed by the address of Prof. N C Talukder, Director, IASST who emphasized the need to translate knowledge into action for the welfare of the country, of the nation. Being overwhelmed by a wide gathering of two thousand students, Prof. Talukder congratulated the students for selecting USTM for perusing their higher studies. He said that USTM has a unique ambiance which will benefit the students to focus more in the studies. Prof Talukdar appealed the students to be sincere about their studies so that they can make USTM proud as well as the region and the country.
Prof. Guatam Biswas, the Director, IIT Guwahati, the Chief Guest of the program, had started his deliberation by sensitizing the academic as well as students’ community to be on the track of excellence and innovation. Through an enchanting power-point presentation he took the entire audience to a journey of scientific innovation as it started in different historic periods, from Roman-Greek Civilization to Industrial Revolution to Renaissance. While addressing different issues related to innovation and research that catalyses social development and economic reform, Prof. Biswas stated that Indian Research work was always necessitated by the civic requirements for the development of nation and that we must follow the footsteps of Indian eminent Nobel laureates and scientists namely Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman, Hargobind Khorana and Scientists like J C Bose whose research innovations had revolutionized the science syndrome as a whole. Prof Biswas also urged the students to take maximum benefit from the wonderful infrastructure provided by USTM.
It is worth mentioning that Shri Rajesh Jagasia, Director Art of Living had spoken on the second session of the orientation program which was a motivational session followed by a session on Competitive Examination by Mr Sailen Baishya, Joint Director, DCEP, USTM and a session by Mr Dipankar Bhattacharjee, Soft Skill expert for the newly admitted students.
The orientation for the newly admitted 2000 students which will be going on for a week in different departments which will witness the congregation of galaxy of eminent academicians, researchers, entrepreneurs and professionals from different universities and institutes of repute.