GUWAHATI, March 9 - The Department of Economics of Dr BKB College, Puranigudam in collaboration with the IQAC of the college organized a one-day UGC-sponsored national seminar, �Regional Development and Planning in North-East Region of India� recently, a press release stated.
Academicians, research scholars, teachers and students from different parts of India participated in the event and discussed various issues related to backwardness of the north-eastern region to other developed regions of India and also argued the necessity of regional planning. The welcome address of this event was presented by Dr Bhupen Saikia, Principal of the college in the inaugural programme, which was anchored by Dr Abinash Bharali, convener and secretary of the organizing committee. The seminar was inaugurated by the newly-appointed Deputy Commissioner of Nagaon district, Biswajit Pegu who delivered the inaugural speech on the importance of regional planning for north-eastern States.
The keynote address was addressed by Dr DK Chakraborty, Professor, Department of Economics, Dibrugarh University. He spoke about different theoretical issues regarding how to conceptualize and define North East as a region. Dr Kishor Goswami, Associate Professor, IIT, Kharagpur, one of the resource persons of this affair, has presented a theme paper in the inaugural programme and pointed out the role of handloom sector in empowering women of the north- eastern States and employment generation and ultimately in developing this region. Dr Amarjyoti Mahanta, Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Dibrugarh University who was present in the seminar as a resource person delivered a speech on inequality as a factor leading to regional unbalanced development. Another resource person of this seminar Dr Sailajananda Saikia, Associate Professor, Department of Geography, Rajiv Gandhi University, Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh also presented a theme paper in the inaugural programme on ground realities of the Act East policy and its implications on the development of the region.