GUWAHATI, Sept 24 � The Krishna Kanta Handiqui State Open University, Guwahati, will be observing the first convocation of the university on September 27.
Janaki Ballabh Patnaik, Governor of Assam and the Chancellor of the University, will preside over the programme.
Professor Andr� B�teille, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, Delhi University, and Chancellor of NEHU and Ashoka University, will be the chief guest and deliver the convocation address.
The proceedings will begin from 11 am to 1 pm at the auditorium of Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Bhangagarh, Guwahati.
�Being the first convocation, the event is of great significance to the university which is being held after about seven years since the commencement of its academic programmes and activities,� Prof Srinath Baruah, Vice-Chancellor of the university said.
Professor B�teille is one of India�s leading sociologists and writers who is well-known for his studies of the caste systems in south India. Professor Asha Singh Kanwar, president and chief executive officer of the Commonwealth of Learning, Vancouver, Canada will be conferred the honorary Doctor of Literature (Honoris Causa) in the convocation. A leading advocate of learning for development, Professor Kanwar, with more than 30 years of experience in teaching, research and administration, has made significant contributions to gender studies especially the impact of open and distance education on the lives of Asian women.
A total number of 1,257 successful learners belonging to different bachelor degree, PG diploma and doctoral programmes will be awarded medals and certificates in the convocation.
Named after the great Assamese scholar and educationist, Krishna Kanta Handiqui, KK Handiqui State Open University was established under the provision of KKHSOU Act, 2005. The university started to function with the joining of Professor Srinath Baruah as its first Vice-Chancellor on December 11, 2006. However, the actual functioning of the university in the form of its various academic activities started from 2007 onwards.
�In a span of only seven years, it has seen a quantum leap in the enrolment of learners in different academic programmes contributing immensely towards raising the gross enrolment ratio (GER). This can largely be attributed to the learner-centric curriculum supplemented by the very effective learner support services,� Prof Baruah said.
The university has been looked upon as the torchbearer of distance education in the North-east in general and Assam in particular. It happens to be the 14th open university in the country and the only State Open University of the North-east.
�The aim of the university is to develop and provide easily accessible modes of quality higher education and training with the use of latest educational inputs and technology. Due to the inherent flexibility in terms of pace and place of learning and methods of evaluation, it upholds the promise of providing quality education and equality of opportunities to all sections of society,� Prof Baruah said.
At present, it offers different programmes in 19 departments under six different schools of studies. Various programmes like PhD, Postgraduate, Postgraduate Diploma, Graduate, Diploma, Certificate Programmes and short-term Vocational Programmes are currently being offered through over 300 study centres in different colleges of Assam.