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Friday , June 27 , 2014
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New varsity after saint for total learning

- Recruitment begins

Jorhat, June 26: A new university is coming up in Assam which will blend academic studies and spiritualism.

Mahapurush Srimanta Sankardev Vishwavidyalay, which has been set up by a trust formed by Srimanta Sankardev Sangha, a socio-religious organisation, will start functioning from the current academic session (2014-2015) starting from August.

Subjects including life-skill development that helps in emotional growth of an individual besides philosophy and teachings of Xankardev will be taught along with academic and professional courses.

The university, set up under an act of the Assam Assembly, will initially start its classes at the head office of Srimanta Sankardev Sangha at Kolongpar in Nagaon. The government has allotted 62 bighas land in Nagaon district for setting up the university’s campus.

Former vice-chancellor of Dibrugarh University K.K. Deka has assumed charge as the VC of the new university on June 10. The appointment process of faculty members and staff has already started.

Deka told this correspondent that the aim will be to groom a student to be a better individual so that human resource is properly utilised. The focus thus will be on attitude and skill development along with dissemination of knowledge.

Research and promotion of philosophy, art and culture propagated by Xankardev will be carried out by the university. Deka said the university would have subjects like life-skill development which deals with emotional development of an individual that helps in developing the right attitude towards life.

He said one may become successful in life and get rich, but at the same time he becomes very restless and will never be able to have a peace of mind. Life-skill development focuses on developing one’s personality to withstand all kinds of ups and downs in life with help of spiritualism.

For adding more value to the career of the students and making them more employable a paper on computer education as an add-on course will be provided in a semester. Another paper on studies of Srimanta Xankardev’s life and culture will be part of the curriculum by including it in one of the semesters.

Deka said the university has decided to launch post-graduate courses in four subjects in its maiden venture. These are Assamese literature, sociology, education and a post-graduate diploma in computer application with about 50 seats in each subject.

He said phase-wise the university would start academic courses on all streams and also introduce professional and vocational courses in a few subjects as certificate-level courses. Deka said gradually the varsity will open centres across the state and will offer various courses on undergraduate and post- graduate level.

He said relaxation of fees to students belonging to “very poor economic background” will be given as the objective of opening the institution was not only for making profit, but with a social responsibility of producing proper human resource and conserve the rich cultural heritage founded by Xankardev.