GUWAHATI, March 17 - The Indian Institute of Information Technology Guwahati (IIITG) organised a lecture series and a day-long interdisciplinary workshop on cognition titled �The Mind Matters: Language, Cognition and Other Correlations� in its campus at Ambari, said a press release here today.
Organised under the Perspective Series as part of IIITG�s half-yearly academic events, the lecture series and workshop saw over 100 participants from IIITG and other institutes of Guwahati. Some academicians who were invited as resource persons, engaged in rigorous exchanges of ideas.
The academic events were spread over a week and in the first of the two special lecture sessions, Prof Mitch Kachun, Professor of history at the Western Michigan University, US, gave a talk on �First Martyr of Liberty? Crispus Attacks in American Memory�.
The second special lecture session had linguistics as a focus area and this session had two established speakers in the field. While Dr Rajesh Kumar, Dept of HSS, IIT Madras, spoke on �Faculty of Language in Cognition�, Dr Tanmoy Bhattacharya, Dept of Linguistics, University of Delhi, gave a talk on �Why (Not) Syntax�?
The culmination of the academic series was the interdisciplinary workshop on �The Mind Matters: Language, Cognition and Other Correlations�.
The deliberations witnessed deep insights provided by resource persons like Dr Ajaya Mahanta, senior consultant neurologist, Dispur Hospitals; Prof Gautam K Borah, Dept of English and Foreign Languages, Tezpur University; Prof Debarshi Prasad Nath, Dept of Cultural Studies, Tezpur University; Prof Nachiketa Tripathi, Dept of HSS, IIT Guwahati and Dr Tanmoy Bhattacharya, Dept of Linguistics, University of Delhi.
Inaugurating the workshop at IIITG, Mentor Director Prof Gautam Barua laid stress on the importance of humanities and social sciences in providing meaningful insights in technical education and spoke of his vision of having an established language unit at IIITG to research on various facts and facets of indigenous languages of Assam and the North East. He also thanked IIITG�s industry partner and chief sponsor of the workshop, Oil India Limited, and underlined its importance in building industry-academia interface for IIITG.