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Silver jubilee of OKDISCD

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Aug 31 � The Omeo Kumar Das Institute of Social Change and Development (OKDISCD), an autonomous research institute of Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) and Government of Assam is celebrating its Silver Jubilee this year. The institute was set up in 1989.

A meeting of the Silver Jubilee Advisory Committee was held on August 28 at the institute�s premises to chalk out a programme to be undertaken for the year-long celebration of the occasion. The meeting was presided over by Jatin Hazarika, a retired bureaucrat, who played a pivotal role in establishing the institute. It was well attended by a host of distinguished personalities drawn from different walks of the society.

The academic gathering includes Prof Annada Charan Bhagabati, retired Vice Chancellor of Rajiv Gandhi University; Prof Dhruba Jyoti Saikia, Vice Chancellor of Cotton College State University; Prof AC Talukdar, retired professor of Rajiv Gandhi University; Prof Madhurya Prasad Bezbaruah of Gauhati University, Dr Abhijit Sharma of IIBM. Veteran journalists like Samudra Gupta Kashyap and Sushanta Talukdar, along with noted social activist Dr Monisha Behal of North East Network were also present.

The silver jubilee celebration is to be launched on September 15 with an inaugural speech by Prof Mrinal Miri. Four books prepared by the institute would be released in the function. The meeting planned a number of programmes and activities like seminars, conference, dialogues, lectures etc.

Around eight seminars and conferences on various fundamental issues have been planned which include, Public Provisioning in Basic Services, Ideology and Social Sciences, Environment and Development Trade-off, Impediments to the Look East Policy for Northeast India, and Demographic Transformation in Northeast India. Apart from these five seminars, there will be three special seminars on the contemporary society, polity and economy to be held in Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim. These would be organised in collaboration with the universities of the States concerned.

Besides seminars, a science-social science interface is also to be organised with an objective of bridging the gap of interaction between natural sciences and social sciences. Apart from these programmes, a lecture series to be delivered by prominent social scientists from across the country covering important social sciences like economics, sociology, history, political science, education, anthropology and linguistics was decided by the meeting. It was decided that the silver jubilee commemoration would be concluded with a social scientists� meet, said a press release here.

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