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Call to mitigate floods in NE

Napaam (Tezpur), July 22: Indian Statistical Institute president C. Rangarajan today termed floods and erosion as major roadblocks for development in the Northeast and said mitigation of these hazards was a must for the region to move ahead.

Rangarajan, who is also the chairman of the economic advisory council to the Prime Minister, made this observation while inaugurating a post-graduate diploma programme at the institute’s Northeast centre on the Tezpur University campus here today.

Interacting with reporters at the conference hall of the centre, Rangarajan said, “Flood and erosion have to be mitigated for the all-round development of the Northeast. There is an urgent need for a special agenda to tackle the problems and we assure you that we are committed to sincerely tackle these.” “If the government of Assam comes forward, it can have a project like the Mahanani dam in Odisha for a permanent solution to these problems,” he said. Earlier, addressing the inaugural function, Rangarajan said the institute had been carrying out research for development of the region through projects and workshops during the past 10 years.

The centre is offering one-year post-graduate diploma in statistical methods and analytics exclusively for domiciled students from the Northeast from the current academic year (2013-14).

In accordance with a memorandum signed with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), any student who completes the course with 60 per cent or more marks in the first attempt will be offered direct placement by TCS. Other students may also be considered for placement on certain parameters.

The two-semester programme is designed to help students learn the tools and techniques required for a job in analytics. The programme is for students with bachelor’s degrees in mathematics, statistics or economics.

The domiciled students will be selected for the programme through an admission test and interview. There will no tuition fee for the course and once selected, the students will be offered a monthly stipend of Rs 2,000 for 11 months and a contingency grant of Rs 2,000 for purchasing books and stationery. “Students will be trained by ISI and TCS teams along with other experts,” Rangarajan said.

The Northeast centre, the fourth after Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai, became functional in July 2011. It has been offering a one-year post-graduate diploma in statistical methods and applications to mathematics and statistics graduates for two years now.

Rangarajan said the Northeast centre would shift to a permanent campus at Puniani, 5km from Tezpur University, by next year.

The inaugural programme, presided by ISI director Bimal K. Roy, was attended by Ranjan Bandhopadhyay, global HR head of TCS, Prof. Pradipta Bandyopadhya, dean of studies, ISI, and Prof. S.M. Bendre, head, ISI Northeast centre.