GUWAHATI, Jan 3 � The Senior Engineers� Forum of Greater Guwahati organized a conference on �Technical education in the context of India�s North East� in the conference hall at RIST at 9th Mile on December 22 last, which was attended by academicians, engineers, and students of different engineering colleges.
Speaking as the chief guest, Dr Gautam Barua, Director, IIT, Guwahati, stressed on the need of more science schools (10+2) in the region as the number of eligible students passing out from various colleges are not adequate to fill up the seats of more than 20 technical institutions in the north-eastern region. Although corporate houses have not come to the region for establishing their centres, they should take a fresh look in this regard as the products of these colleges are by and large good. These centres will help the engineering colleges, private and the government in regard to providing research facilities as well as placements of the products coming out of these colleges every year, he opined.
Dr NK Choudhury, former Vice Chancellor of the Gauhati University, said that faculty problems plague every college that is in existence for the last 20 years. He said that there is an outflow of qualified technical persons to the industry rather than technical colleges because of hefty pay package. Radha Sinha, Principal, Guwahati College of Architecture, in her speech stressed on the need of good faculty.
M Haque, Chancellor, University of Science and Technology, Meghalaya, reiterating the views of Dr Gautam Barua said that there is a need for establishing more science colleges in the remote areas. SP Singh, Director, Royal Group of Institutions, also expressed the view that the NE needs more engineering colleges to meet the requirement.
Those who participated in the deliberation and made valuable suggestion include Dr Madan Mohan Das, former Director, Technical Education, Assam, Dr UC Kalita, Director, Down Town University, Dr Uma Sharma, Director, RIST, Dr Satyan Choudhury, Vice Chancellor, University of Science & Technology, Meghalaya, Dr R Bhattacharjee (IIT-G), Dr SK Nandi (IIT-G), Dr Aswani Barua (Principal, NITS), Hareswar Talukdar, Harsa Nath Das, AN Das and Nurul Islam Laskar.
DN Barua chaired the valedictory session. RM Das, president of the forum, presided over the meeting. KG Debkrori chaired the first technical session and Dr Aswani Barua chaired the second session. There was a threadbare discussion on various issues that are part and parcel of academic excellence of an engineering college, like teaching and learning methodology, infrastructure, faculty, curriculum and development of quality of students deserving appropriate and gainful placement.
A souvenir with 24 papers were published to commemorate the event, which was edited by Utpal Sharma. Ajit Bujar Barua, secretary of the forum, worked very hard to make the symposium a success. The vote of thanks was given by A Laskar, organizing secretary of the event and joint secretary of the forum. This was stated in a press release.