| Uma Chakraborty, former professor of Sanskrit at Lady Keane College, North Eastern Hill University, at a seminar on The Dharmasastras: A Perennial Source of Social and Cultural Heritage of India, organised by the department of Sanskrit, Gauhati University. Picture by Eastern Projections
The Economic Association of Lalit Chandra Bharali College at Maligaon, Guwahati, recently organised a lecture on the World Trade Organisation (WTO) at the college. The lecture by Dilip Kumar Barua, renowned economist and former principal of Cotton College, focussed on the implications of implementing the WTO agreement of regional economy in the Northeast.
The programme was also attended by vice-principal of the college Kabin Das and Biren Sarma, head of the department of economics. Ranjana Sen, a faculty member of the economics department said the lecture aimed at making students aware of the topic. Students and faculty interacted with Barua in the concluding session.
The regional final of the fifth Saarc quiz was held recently at the All India Radio, Guwahati. Five teams representing five states of the Northeast ' Assam, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura and Nagaland ' took part in the final. After nine gruelling rounds of questions that included general and subject rounds, the Assam team, represented by Neeraj Goswami and Gautam Kumar Das from Faculty Higher Secondary School, Guwahati, emerged champions. The regional winners will meet victorious teams from the rest of the country at a national-level contest to be held on October 7 in New Delhi. The winner of the national final will represent India at the Saarc international final. The state-level round of the fifth Saarc Radio Quiz, organised by All India Radio, was held in Guwahati last August. The round was held at an all-India level and was open to school students upto Class XII. All the questions in the quiz were related to Saarc member nations ' their history, geography, politics, science and technology, brand equity, sports, arts and entertainment. After six gruelling rounds of questions, Assam emerged as the winner, booking a berth in the regional final. Both the state-level and regional-level rounds of the quiz were conducted by Manimugdha S. Sharma of Trivia Bytes Creations. The regional final will be broadcast on the Yuvavani section of AIR Guwahati before October 5.
A brainstorming session on Nanotechnology was held at the Phanidhar Sarma hall in Gauhati University recently. It stressed the need to popularise the subject and develop understanding in the field of science in higher education. Sponsored by the Assam Science Technology and Environment Council as part of Technology Day celebrations and organised by the department of chemistry, Gauhati University, the workshop was inaugurated by H.L. Duorah, a former vice-chancellor. Arun Chattopadhyay from the department of chemistry, IIT Guwahati, Barindra Kumar Sarma from the department of physics, Gauhati University, S. Ghosh from the department of bio-technology, IIT Guwahati, B.K. Das from the department of chemistry, Gauhati University, P.K. Giri from the department of physics, IIT Guwahati and Roy Paily from the department of electronics, IIT Guwahati, acted as resource persons for the programme. The session was open to academicians, researchers in the field of physical science and medicine, engineers, students and the public. Faculty member of the chemistry department, Gauhati University and convenor of the workshop, Prodeep Phukan, said: 'Nanotechnology has been chosen as the topic for the workshop because this is a growing area worldwide, owing to its possible application in all branches of science such as chemistry, physics, electronics, biology and medical science'.
A national-level inter-school painting competition organised by the Guwahati branch of the Marwari Yuva Mancha was held recently at Happy Child School, Rehabari, Guwahati. Nearly 450 students from different educational institutions and art schools participated in the contest. Divided into two groups, the winners of the competition will be sent first to a district-level competition and then to a national-level one
The Gauhati Commerce College women's forum organised the all-Guwahati Prema Pragya Chowdhury memorial annual discussion on business at the college recently. The discussion was presided over by principal of the college G. Nath, while Devdas Bharali, president of the governing body, was the chief guest. The session was opened by Santikam Hazarika, director, Assam Institute of Management. Hazarika spoke on The Role of Women Entrepreneurs in the Socio-economic Development of Assam. Other panelists included Sabera Islam, vice-principal of K.C. Das Commerce College, R.K. Pathak from the department of management science, Gauhati Commerce College and Avinash Saikia, the area manager of Dabur. Compiled by Pranab Kumar Nath