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Power Grid to build hostel


JORHAT, Aug 28 - The Power Grid Corporation of India, a Navaratna company, will fund the construction of a researcher hostel of the Jorhat Engineering College (JEC) at� Garmur outskirts here.

Principal of the JEC, Dr Reeta Sarmah informed The Assam Tribune that the power company has assured the college to fund Rs 1.06 crore for construction of a hostel for PhD scholars who come to carry out research work in the institute. She said that the Central government-owned power transmission PSU will sanction the funds under its CSR scheme.

The Principal said that on August 13 an MoU was signed between the Power Grid Corporation of India and JEC in this regard in Shillong.

Dr Sarmah said that the building of the hostel for research scholars was an important requirement in view of PhD scholars often visiting the college after the programme was launched in 2014.

JEC is one of the premier technical education institutes� of the north-eastern region and second government college of Assam,� which was established in 1959.

Apart from running BE courses, the college since 1987 has been�offering a three-year post graduate course � Master of Computer Application (MCA).

Walking zone: The Jorhat district administration has decided to declare Borpatra Ali (Barauah Sari-Ali to Gandhi Children Park) as an exclusive walking zone for common people from 5 am to 7am every day.

A district administration official informed The Assam Tribune this evening that the initiative will be formally launched on September 3 on the occasion of birthday of noted sportsperson Bhogeswar Baruah.

The official said that plying all kinds of vehicles will be barred for two hours in the morning for the benefit of people to walk and jog freely in a calm and clean environment.

The decision comes in wake of requests from many organisations and individuals to the district administration for creating a walking zone in the morning when the atmosphere relatively remains less polluted compared to rest of the day, he stated.

The official hoped that the initiative will encourage people from all walks of life and age-groups to come out in the morning and try to maintain good health.

A series of competitions in the cultural field, a photography contest and a free health check-up camp will be organised during the inauguration programme of the walking zone, the official said.

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