SILCHAR, Jan 23 - For an academic institution like the Assam University, completion of 25 years has less significance since such institutions are meant for lifetime. Battling with local disadvantage and set up amidst political and infrastructural upheavals, Assam University Silchar should become the intellectual headquarter in its journey towards achieving academic excellence, said Prof Jayanta Bhushan Bhattacharjee, the first VC of the varsity.
In his address at the silver jubilee foundation day of the varsity on Sunday, Prof Bhattacharjee said, �Completion of 25 years is not so much important since universities are meant for lifetime. However, jubilees are important to reinforce the resolutions for the coming days. Back on this day in 1994, this university, the ninth central university in the country was set up amidst hostile political situations and infrastructural lacunas and today it is on course of development.�
Further, the first Vice-Chancellor termed the journey of the university as �challenges of a growing university� and said that the task for the fraternity has become more difficult now towards dissemination of universal knowledge. This university is the first institute in the North-east to introduce many subjects in the five-year course and it has also brought some subjects of practical value for the students of the region.
Earlier, Prof Dilip Chandra Nath, Vice-Chancellor of the university said that a year back the university was ranked 92nd among 724 universities across the nation by the NAAC.
�We have prepared a vision plan. We aspire to be ranked within top 20 Indian universities and within 200 among universities across the globe in the journey ahead,� the Vice-Chancellor said.
It was a nostalgic moment for the former Vice-Chancellors of the university including Prof Majority Bhattacharjee, Prof Subhas Chandra Saha and Prof Somnath Dasgupta, who turned pages from down memory lane and offered suggestions for the development of the varsity. Cachar DC Dr S Laxmanan said that the district administration shares a positive partnership with the university.
Meanwhile, the Assam University Non-Teaching Employees Association (AUNTEA) handed over a cheque of Rs 50,000 to Cachar Cancer Hospital on the occasion.