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NEHU, Shillong
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WHAT IS IT' A postgraduate degree and research institution.
WHO’S THE BOSS' Professor Mrinal Miri.
HOW TO GET IN' At the postgraduate level, the cut-off mark in sciences is around 65%; in humanities, 50%; in social sciences, 55% and in commerce, 58%. For PhD, the cut-off mark is 55% in the masters degree.
HOW CHEAP IP IT' The annual fee for the postgraduate courses ranges between Rs 4,400 and Rs 4,700 per annum. For PhD and MPhil courses it is between Rs 7,000 and Rs 8,900 per annum.
WHERE TO STAY' The university has three boys’ and girls’ hostels respectively.
WHERE IS IT' North Eastern Hill University, Mawkynroh - Umshing, Shillong 793022.

North Eastern Hill University (NEHU) is situated on 1,024 acres of picturesque, gently undulating, thickly wooded land on the outskirts of Shillong. At a distance, NEHU looks like a cluster of tiny hills with elegant pine trees dotting its landscape. The campus is always brimming with activity, especially on weekends. On weekdays, though, it's serious studies in classrooms and the library.

NEHU was founded in 1973 by an Act of Parliament, and over the last two decades, the university has grown to be known as a 'centre of excellence' in the northeastern region of India.

Academic excellence

Many of the students at the university belong to neighbouring states of the northeast as well as to other parts of the country and abroad. It has attracted persons of academic excellence from all over the country to serve on its faculty, many of who now live abroad.

'The university has a bright future. A lot of things are happening,' says vice-chancellor Professor Mrinal Miri. He says that the institution's motto has always been to 'disseminate and advance knowledge by providing instructional and research facilities and paying special attention to the improvement of the socio-economic conditions of the people belonging to the hilly areas of the northeast.'

Miri, a Padma Bhushan award winner, says that the university has brought in changes that are reflected in the human resources development that the northeast has witnessed during the last three decades.

NEHU is one of the universities in the country chosen for Promotion of Indian Higher Education Abroad (PHIEAD). The institution is one of the six scheduled universities empowered to grant affiliation to any minority education institution in the country.

Host of degrees

NEHU now has 24 academic departments and four centres of studies under six schools. At present, there are 54 undergraduate colleges affiliated to the university.

NEHU currently offers MA, MSc, MPhil and PhD degree programmes in biochemistry, botany, zoology, physics, chemistry, mathematics, economics, commerce, library and information science, English, education, Garo, Hindi, Khasi, linguistics, philosophy, anthropology, geography, rural development and agricultural production, history, political science, and sociology. It also conducts certificate courses in adult education, NGO management, disaster management and postgraduate diploma courses in adult education, applied statistics, environmental science, computer applications, music and painting.

New horizons

That's not all. The university is starting three new departments ' law, biotechnology & bioinformatics and applied statistics programmes, from the next academic year. An engineering faculty is also being established. A state-of-the-art guest house and hostel are being built for 50 foreign students, which will be initiated under the UGC's foreign collaboration programme.

NEHU has several social awareness programmes in each department, and seminars and symposiums are conducted on various topics throughout the year. There are lots to do while at NEHU. 'We have interactions with teachers and organise students' visits to other institutions, which gives them a lot of exposure,' says Vada Lyngdoh, a student of mass communication.

Old memories

I got a PHD degree in biochemistry from NEHU in 1989. I was the first one to be awarded a PhD degree from the department of biochemistry. For that, I thank my mentor Dr Rajesh N. Sharan. Under the leadership of Dr R. Lalthantluanga, the biochemistry department provided the best learning atmosphere any student could expect.

The curricula were solid and programmes well organised. As a student, I used the library very often. The seminars and discussions were exciting and stimulating. My personal interaction with teachers at NEHU was professional and friendly. For me, it was an illuminating, extraordinary, and rewarding experience intellectually. Without NEHU, my career may not have moved this far.

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