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Dibrugarh University, Dibrugarh, Assam
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Assam, India
Pin Code : 786004

Dibrugarh University, Dibrugarh Assam is a University recognised by UGC.
Dibrugarh University is situated in Dibrugarh of Assam state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Fax # of Dibrugarh University, Dibrugarh Assam is 373-2370323.

Contact Person(s) of the Dibrugarh University, Dibrugarh Assam is (are): Dr. Dipak Chetia.

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Website of Dibrugarh University, Dibrugarh Assam is www.dibru.ac.in.

Additional Information about Dibrugarh University, Dibrugarh Assam is : Deptt. of Pharm. Sciences
Dept. of Pharm. Sciences Dibrugarh University, DIBRUGARH - 786 004 ASSAM.

Vice Chancellor : Tel: 0373 2370239(O) 2328557(R) Fax: 23703232.

Registrar : registrar@dibru.ernet.in.

Contact Details of Dibrugarh University, Dibrugarh Assam are : Telephone: +91-373-2270239/ 70231

Registrar : Tel: 0373 2370231(O) 3213017(R)
Fax: 2370768 2370323/2370768

Dept of Business Management runs MBA Course.
Department Of Pharmaceutical Science runs B.Pharma course.
Faculty of Engineering runs ME / M.Tech courses.

Dr. P. K. Gogoi
(O) 0373 2370336, Fax: 0373 23703232

Mr. Anupam Baruah
(O): 0373-2370294, Fax: 0373-2370323
(M): 09435031892




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Dibrugarh University, the easternmost University of India was set up in 1965 under the provisions of the Dibrugarh University Act, 1965 enacted by the Assam Legislative Assembly. It is a teaching-cum-affiliating University with limited residential facilities. The University is situated at Rajabheta at a distance of about five kilometers to the south of the premier town of the Dibrugarh in the eastern part of Assam as well as India. Dibrugarh, a commercially and industrially advanced town in the entire north-eastern region also enjoys a unique place in the fields of Art, Literature and Culture. The district of Dibrugarh is well known for its vast treasure of minerals (including oil and natural gas and coal), a flora and fauna and largest concentration of tea plantations. The diverse tribes with their distinct dialects, customs, traditions and culture form a polychromatic ethnic mosaic which makes this area a veritable paradise for the study of Anthropology and Sociology, beside Art and Culture.

The Dibrugarh University Campus is well linked by roads, rails, and air and water ways. The National Highway No. 37 passes through the University Campus.

The territorial jurisdiction of Dibrugarh University covers seven districts of Upper Assam, Viz., Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, Sibsagar, Jorhat, Golaghat, Dhemaji and Lakhimpur.

The University Campus extends over an area of more than 500 acres of which 60 acres are still covered under tea plantation.

The University is accredited by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) with an institutional score of 71% (B grade).

Dibrugarh University is a member of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) and the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU). The Degrees conferred by this University are recognised by all India and abroad on reciprocal basis.


The Dibrugarh University is located in the district of Dibrugarh in the state of Assam , India .

The University Campus is well linked by roads, rails, air and water ways. The National Highway No. 37 passes through the University Campus.

Nearest airport is Dibrugarh .

Nearest Railway Station is Dibrugarh Town .

Neatest International airport is Guwahati

The territorial jurisdiction of Dibrugarh University covers seven districts of Upper Assam, Viz., Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, Sibsagar, Jorhat, Golaghat, Dhemaji and Lakhimpur.

Academic Aspects

The University through the various teaching Departments in its campus and the affiliated Colleges scattered over the seven districts is imparting higher education in the various branches of learning in Arts, Commerce, Engineering, Medical, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Law, Science & Technology, Computer Science and Teachers' Training.

In the University Campus at present there are seventeen Departments and three centres teaching subjects in Arts, Technology, Commerce, Management, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Education leading to the M.A., M.Sc., M.Tech, M.Com, MBA, M.Pharm, M.Ed, B.Ed., B.Pharm., BBA, BCA and B.L.I.Sc. degrees. Some of these Departments/Centres also conduct. Diploma Courses like the 2 years Integrated Diploma Course in Tai Language, Certificate Courses in Computer Application and the Post graduate Diploma in Computer Applications (PGDCA) etc. The Post-graduate Diploma in Bio-Informatics Course is also being introduced from the ensuing session.

Dibrugarh University with financial assistance received from the Department of Electronics (DoE), Govt of India under its Employment Generation Training Schemes for the North East has started from 1998 three one year course, viz. DoEACC'O' Level, Repair and Maintenance of PC Hardware and Repair and Maintenance of Course of Consumer Electronic Equipments.


Dibrugarh University shall motivate and strive for the creation of innovative, competent and compassionate human resources for sustainable and holistic development for achieving social harmony and ensuring quality living so that the University remains as a center of excellence and continues to generate, disseminate and apply new knowledge and techniques through state of the art education and research in consonance with societal relevance and changing paradigms.


'Rang-Ghar' the auditorium of Dibrugarh University has a capacity of 1200 and cultural programmes and other meets take place there throughout the year. The office of the Students' Counselling and

Guidance Cell is located there.

Students' Counselling & Guidance Cell:
There are students' Counselling cell for the benefit of the students both at the departmental and central levels. Students may approach the cells for counselling regarding academic, personal and career matters. There is also a Student Advisory Committee for the benefit of the students.

Medical Facilities:
Under the welfare scheme of the University there is a health centre providing health-care facilities to the student, employees, teachers and officers of the University. The University also provides 24 hour ambulance service for the students and employees of the University. There are also facilities for hospitalization at the centre.

Internet Centre:
There is a central internet facility in Dibrugarh University. It is located in the LNB library. It is equipped with a dedicated 2 Mbps leased line link. It has 35 terminals. Students can use this facility at a nominal charge. Besides several departments have separate internet connectivity. For details regarding the timing and admission, please contact the System Administrator, Internet Centre.

Vice Chancellor

Prof K K Deka is the 9th Vice Chancellor of Dibrugarh University.Prof. Deka has wide experience in both academics and administration He obtained M.Sc. and PH.D. in Agricultural Botany.He has done post doctoral research (Stazorovka) for two years at Ukraine Agricultural Academy,Kiev,U.S.S.R. (now Ukraine).He has also done M.Ed. Four research students working under his supervision have been awarded Ph.D. Besides authoring/ co-authoring six books he has published several research papers and more than fifty articles.He has presented papers in more than twenty five international and national seminars. He has served more than twenty years as a faculty member in various institutes including Dibrugarh University.He joined the University as Lecturer in the Dept. of Education in 1987.He became Academic Registrar, Dibrugarh University in 1996.He has been serving the University as Registrar since 1999.He has rendered services as NAAC accessor and member of various UGC committes.

Phone : 91-373-2370239
Fax : 91-373-2370323

E Mail : vc(AT) dibru.ac.in

Profile of University

Dibrugarh University started functioning in the year 1965 as a teaching-cum-affiliating university by the Dibrugarh University Act, 1965 of the Assam Legislative Assembly. The university is located at Rajabheta, at a distance of about 5 kms. to the south of Dibrugarh town.

The university provides excellent opportunities to the student community by allowing them to participate in various activities connected not only with academics but also to life.

The prime objective of the university is to promote an individual to accept his/her entry to the ocean of knowledge and grasp the necessary materials to face the struggles of life.

The University is accredited by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) with an institutional score of 71% (B grade).

Dibrugarh University is a member of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) and the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU).

Contact Details:
Address : Rajabheta, Dibrugarh Assam- 786004

E-mail : registrar@dibru.ernet.in

Web : www.dibru.ac.in

Vice Chancellor : Tel: 0373 2370239(O) 2328557(R)

Fax: 23703232

Registrar : Tel: 0373 2370231(O) 3213017(R)

Fax: 2370768 2370323/2370768

About Us

It was established in 1965 under the guidelines of the Dibrugarh University Act, 1965 passed by the Assam Legislative Assembly. Since its inception, Dibrugarh University is a teaching-cum-affiliating university. The university has produced a number of professionals in diverse fields.

Set up in 1965 under the provisions of the Dibrugarh University Act, 1965 passed by the Assam Legislative Assembly, Dibrugarh University is a teaching-cum-affiliating university. It is situated at Rajabheta, Dibrugarh in the easternmost corner of Assam. The university is recognized by the University Grant Commission, UGC, and accredited by National Assessment and Accreditation Council, NAAC, with B Grade. Dibrugarh University is a member of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) and the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU).

Educational Streams

Dibrugarh University offers programs in diverse disciplines. It covers conventional undergraduate and postgraduate courses and has now included new age professional courses. Masters is conducted in Applied Geology, Anthropology, Bio-Informatics, Bio-Technology, Chemistry, Physics, Life-Sciences, Mathematics and Statistics.

It has collaborated with Vikalp Trust of New Delhi to offer Diploma/Certificates in Animation & Digital Film Making, and Digital Film Making & Recording Arts. Directorate of Distance Education conducts BBA in Flying and Aviation, Hospitality & Tourism. Diplomas are accorded in Aviation, and Hospitality & Tourism. Post Graduate Diploma programs are conducted in Statistics, Marketing Management and Journalism & Mass Communication.

Dibrugarh University offers limited hostel accommodation to girl and boy students. There is a library that contains a large volume of books and journals. Auditorium for cultural activities and medical facility has also been organized for primary treatment. Counseling and guidance cell takes care of all the students. The university provides internet center for accessing the useful websites.


* Anthropology
* Applied Geology
* Assamese
* Chemistry
* Commerce
* Economics
* Education
* English
* History
* Life Sciences
* Mathematics
* Petroleum Technology
* Pharmaceutical Sciences
* Physics
* Political Science
* Sociology
* Statistics


Regular Courses by Dibrugarh University
1. M.Sc
Applied Geology

2. M.A
Political Science

3. M.Com
Marketing, Finance

4. Pharmaceutical Science
M.Pharm in Pharmaceutical Chemistry
M.Pharm in Pharma Cognosy
M.Pharm in Pharmaceutics

5. Management
M.B.A. (Full Time)
M.B.A. (Part time)

6. Technology
M.Tech in Petroleum Technology
M.Tech in Petroleum Geology

7. Computer Science

8. Library and Information Science

9. Teacher education

10. Law
Five Year Integrated BA.LL.B.

11. Advanced Post Graduate diploma Courses
Atmospheric Science

12. Other Post Graduate Diploma Courses
Tea Technology & Plantation Management
Tourism Management
Rural Development
Statistical Techniques & Computation Actuarial Science

13. Post Graduate Certificate Courses
Creative writing
Women Studies

14. Programmes Offered through Distance Education
Post Graduate Diploma Programmes
Marketing Management
Journalism and Mass Communication

15. Degree& Diploma through Directorate of Distance Education
BBA (Flying)
BBA (Aviation, Hospitality & Tourism)
Hospitality & Tourism.
Diploma in Aviation

16. Degree through Dibrugarh University & Viklap Trust, New Delhi
Animation & Digital Film Making
Digital Film Making &Recording Arts.

17. Programme to be introduced very soon through North East Institute of Mangement
Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Psychology
Diploma in Material Science & Nanotechnology
Course on Performing Arts
Master in Social Work (MSW)
Five Year Integrated M.Sc. in Physics
M.Sc. In Natural Products Chemistry

Affiliated Colloges

Affiliated Colloges, Dibrugarh University
Colleges affiliated to Dibrugarh University:
1. Amguri College, (Estd.1967)
Amguri, Sivasagar, Assam
Course Offered- B.A
Phone- 03772 / 253564

2. Bahona College, (Estd.1966)
Bahona, Jorhat, Assam
Courses Offered- B.A & B.Sc

3. Bihpuria College, (Estd.1973)
Bihpuria, North Lakhimpur, Assam- 784161
Courses Offered- B.A & B.Com
Phone- 03752-263284

4. Chandra Kamal Bezbaruah Commerce College, (Estd.1965)
Jorhat, Assam-785001
Course offered- B.Com
E-mail- ckbcc@indiatimes.com
Phone-0376- 2301891

5. Chandra Kamal Bezbaruah, C.K.B College, (Estd.1959)
Teok, Jorhat, Assam- 7685001
Course Offered- B.A, B.Com
Phone- 03376-2396491

6. Dibrugarh H.S Kanoi College ( Estd.1960)
Dibrugarh, Assam-786001
Courses Offered- B.A, B.Sc

7. Dibrugarh H.S Kanoi Commerce College (Estd.1960)
Dibrugarh, Assam-786001
Course Offered- B.Com
Phone- 0373-2321653

8. Drakhya Devi Rasiwasia, D.D.E College, (EStd.1979)
Chabua, Dibrugarh, Assam
Course Offered- B.A
Phone- 0373-2864559

9. Demow College, (Estd.1970)
Sivasagar, Assam
Course Offered- B.A
Phone- 03772-226604

10. Dergaon Kamal Dewerah College, (Estd.1942)
Dergaon, Golaghat, Assam-785614
Courses Offered- B.A, B.Com, B.Sc

11. Debicharon Borua Girls' College
Jorht, Assam-785001
Courses Offered- B. A & B.Com

12. Debraj Roy College, D.R. College, (Estd.1949)
Golaghat, Assam
Courses Offered- B.A, B.Sc
Phone- 03774-284482

13. Dhakuakhana College, (Estd.1971)
Lakhimpur, Assam
Course Offered- B.A

14. Dhemaji College, (Estd.1965)
Dhemaji , Assam
Courses Offered-B.A, B.Sc
Phone- 03753-224369

15. Dibru College, (Estd.1963)
Dibrugarh, Assam
Courses Offered- BA, BSc, BCom
Phone- 0373-2311328

16. Dom Doma College, (Estd.1967)
Tinsukia, Assam
Courses Offered- BA, BCom
Phone- 03759-24092

17. Duliajan College, (Estd.1974)
Duliajan, Dibrugarh, Assam-786602
Courses Offered-B.A, B.Sc

18. Dikhomukh College
Sibsagar, Assam- 785640
Course Offered- B.A

19. Gargaon College, (Estd.1959)
Gargaon, Simalugura, Sibsagar, Assam-785686
Courses Offered- B.A, B.Com, M.Com
Phone- 03772-252251

20. Golaghat Commerce College, (Estd.1972)
Jyotinagar, Golaghat, Assam
Courses Offefed- B.A, B.Com, M.Com
Phone- 03774-284468

21. Golaghat Law College, (Estd.1979)
Golaghat, Assam-785001
Course Offered- LLB

22. Gogamukh College, (Estd.1986)
Gogamukh, Dhemaji, Assam-787029
Course Offered- B.A
Phone- 03752-252475

23. Hema Prova Borbora College, (Estd.1969)
Golaghat, Assam-785621
Course Offered- B.A

24. H.C.D.G College, (Estd.1965)
Nitaipukhuri, Sibsagar, Assam785671
Course Offered- B.A
Phone- 03772-227608

25. J.B.College, (Estd.1930)
Jorhat, Assam-785001
Courses Offered- B.A, B.Sc, B.Com, M.A
Phone- 0376-2320060

26. Jhengraimukh College, (Estd.1971)
Jhengraimukh, Majuli, Jorhat,Assam- 785105
Course Offered- B.A
Phone- 03775-272257

27. Jhanji Hem Nath Sarma College, (Estd.1964)
Jhanji, Sibsagar, Assam
Courses Offered- B.A, B.Sc
Phone- 03772-228046

28. Jorhat College, (Estd.1962)
Jorhat, Assam-785001
Course Offered- B.A
Phone- 0376-2321035

29. Kakojan College, (Estd.1967)
Kakojan, Jorhat, Assam-785107
Courses Offered- B.A, B.Sc
Phone- 0376-2335409

30. Kamargaon College, (Estd.1972)
Kamargaon, Golaghat, Assam-785619
Course Offered- B.A

31. Lakhimpur Girls' College, (Estd.1976)
North Lakhimpur, Lakhimpur, Assam-787001
Course Offered- B.A

32. Lakhimpur Commerce College, (Estd.1972)
North Lakhimpur, Lakhimpur, Assam-787001
Course Offered- B.A
Phone- 03752-222359

33. Lakhimpur Kendriya Mahavidyalaya, (Estd.1981)
North Lakhimpur, Lakhimpur, Assam
Courses Offered- B.A, B.Sc
Phone- 03752-242509

34. L.T.K. College, (Estd.1977)
Azad, North Lakhimpur, Lakhimpur, Assam-787001
Course Offered- B.A
Phone- 03752-230421

35. Khowang College, (Estd.1982)
Khowang Ghat, Dibrugarh, Assam
Course Offered- B.A
Phone- 03754-254503

36. Digboi Mahila Mahabidyalaya (Estd.1967)
Digboi, Tinsukia, Assam
Course Offered- B.A
Phone- 03751-264446

37. J.D.S.G College, (Estd.1964)
Bokakhat, Golaghat, Assam
Course Offered- B.A
Phone- 03776-268082

38. Jorhat Kendriya Mahavidyalaya, (Estd.1981)
Jorhat, Assam
Course Offered- B.A
Phone- 0376-2350009

39. Majuli College, (Estd.1962)
Majuli, Jorhat, Assam
Courses Offered- B.A, B.Sc. B.Com
Phone- 03775-273359

40. Madhabdev College, (Estd.1964)
Narayanpur, Lakhimpur, Assam-786101
Courses Offered- B.A, B.sc
Phone- 03572-262255

41. Margherita College, (Estd.1984)
Margherita, Tinsukia, 786181
Course Offered-B.A

42. Manohari Devi Kanoi College, (Estd.1965)
Dibrugarh, Assam-786001
Course Offered- B.A
Phone- 0373-2322602

43. Moriani College, (Estd.1966)
Moriani, Jorhat, Assam
Courses Offered- B.A, B.Com
Phone- 03771- 242118

44. Moran College, (Estd.1964)
Moranhat, Sibsagar, Assam
Courses Offered- B.A, B.Sc
Phone- 03754- 229057

45. Moridhal College, (Estd.1988)
Moridhol, Dhamija, Assam
Course Offered- B.A
Phone- 03753-262001

46. Murkong Selek College, (Estd.1984)
Jonai, Dhemaji, Assam
Course Offered- B.A
Phone- 03758-223029

47. Nanda Nath Saikia College, (Estd.1959)
Titabar, Jorhat, Assam-785630
Courses Offered- B.A, B.Sc
Phone- 03771-248446

48. Naharkatia College, (Estd.1964)
Naharkatia, Dibrugarh, Assam- 786610
Courses Offered- B.A, B.Com
Phone- 0374-2570329

49. Namrup College, (Estd.1993)
Namrup, Dibrugarh, Assam-786621
Courses Offered- B.A, B.Com
Phone- 0374-2500361

50. Nazira college,(Estd.1981)
Nazira, Sibsagar, Assam
Course Offered- B.A

51. North Bank College, (Estd.1961)
Ghilamara, Lakhimpur, Assam-787053
Courses Offered- B.A, B.Sc
Phone- 03752- 253215

52. North Lakhimpur College, (Estd.1952)
North Lakhimpur, Lakhimpur, Assam-787001
Courses Offered- B.A, B.Sc
Phone- 03752-222174

53. Nowboicha College, (Estd.1985)
Doolahat, Lakhimpur, Assam
Courses Offered- B.A, B.Sc
Phone- 03752-267221

54. Panigaon Omprakash Dinodia College, (Estd.1984)
Panigaon, Lakhimpur, Assam
Courses Offered- B.A, B.Sc
Phone-03752- 267221

55. Rangachahi College, (Estd.1983)
Rangachahi, Majuli, Jorhat, Assam
Courses Offered- B.A, B.Sc
Phone- 03775-272080

56. Post-Graduate Training College, (Estd.1957)
Jorhat, Assam-785001
Course Offered- B.Ed

57. Swahid Maniram Dewan College, (Estd.1964)
Charing, Sibsagar, Assam
Course Offered- B.A
Phone- 03772-279570

58. Sankardev Mahavidyalaya, (Estd.1982)
Pathalipahar, Lakhimpur, Assam
Phone- 0360- 2266939

59. Sarupathar College, (1979)
Sarupathar, Golaghat, Assam- 785601
Course Offered- B.A
Phone- 03774-277103

60. Sibsagar College, (Estd.1947)
Joysagar, Sibsagar, Assam-785665
Courses Offered- B.A, B.Sc
Phone- 03772-270578

61. Sibsagar Girls' College, (Estd.1954)
Sibsagar, Assam-785640
Courses Offered- B.A, B.Sc
Phone- 03772-232778

62. Sibsagar Commerce College, (Estd.1969)
Sibsagar, Assam
Course Offered- B.Com
Phone- 03772-223476

63. Silapathar College, (Estd.1979)
Silapather, Lakhimpur, Assam
Course Offered- B.A
Phone- 03753-245745

64. Science College, (Estd.1975)
Cheniamguri, Jorhat, Assam
Course Offered- B.Sc

65. Sonari College, (Estd.1970)
Sonari, Sibsagar, Assam
Course Offered- B.A
Phone- 03772-256515

66. Tinsukia College, (Estd.1956)
Tinsukia, Assam
Courses Offered- B.A, B.Sc, B.Com

67. Tinkhong College, (Estd.1972)
Tingkhong, Dibrugarh, Assam
Phone- 0374-279706

68. Tengakhat College, (Estd.1967)
Tengakhat, Dibrugarh, Assam
Course Offered- B.A
Phone- 0373-284441

69. Tinsukia Commerce College, (Estd.1972)
Sripuria, Tinsukia, Assam
Course Offered- B.Com
Phone- 0374-23392274

70. Ujani Majuli Kherkatia College, (Estd.1973)
Lakhimpur, Assam
Phone- 03775- 271516

71. Women's College, (Estd.1956)
Tinsukia, Assam
Courses Offered- B.A, B.Sc
Phone- 0374-2332244

72. A Swahid Peoli Phukan College, (Estd.1970)
Sibsagar, Assam
Courses Offered-B.A, B.Com

Special Programmes

Special Programmes Dibrugarh University
1. Management studies
The Centre of Management Studies came into being in the year 2002, is regarded as the premier management institute in the easternmost part of India. The centre is equipped with adequate infrastructure for improving the experience of students.

The centre offers the following programmes:
1. Two year( 4 semester) MBA programme; Full time
2. Three year (6 semester) BBA programme
3. Three year ( 6 semester) MBA programme: Part time
4. One year PGDTM programme; Full time
5. Research Programme (Ph.D)
6. Three year MBA Programme.
7. Three year MCA Programme.

2. Engineering Programmes Courses Offered
A) M.Tech in Petroleum Technology:

The AICTE recognized M.Tech. in Petroleum Technology Programme consists of two distinct Courses run simultaneously in the Department of Petroleum Technology.

Course- I: Petroleum Exploration and Production
Entry Qualification: B.E. or B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering or Petroleum Engineering or M.Sc. in Geology or Geophysics.

Course- II: Petroleum Refining and Petro-Chemical
Entry Qualification: B.E. or B.Tech. in Chemical Engineering or Petrochemical Engineering, or M.Sc. in Physics/Organic Chemistry.

Duration: The Course consists of 4 (four) Semesters with a total duration of 2 years.

B) M.Tech. in Petroleum Geology

The AICTE recognized M. Tech. Course in Petroleum Geology is conducted by the Department of Applied Geology.

Eligibility for Admission:
M.Sc. in Geology Securing at least 55% marks. Preference will be given to GATE/NET qualified candidate.

Duration: The Course consists of Four Semesters with a total duration of 2 years. The session usually starts from 1st August every year.

3. Media Studies Programmes
Dibrugarh University has came into a co-operative relationship with Vikalp trust, New Delhi, AAT (I) Ltd, Times School of Media Studies of the Times of India group, Digidesign Inc. Dibrugarh University started the courses of Sound engineering, graphics and animation, digital film-making and games design at the University campus. In the course of 2007-08 the University centre also offers diploma and degree courses. The University has 104 affiliated colleges and will be catering to students from the Northeast who must otherwise travel to other parts of the country for such training.

4. Pharmaceutical Sciences Programmes
Courses Offered:
A) B.Pharm
B. Pharm Course conducted by the Department of Pharmaceutical sciences is approved by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) as well as Pharmacy Council of India (PCI).

Eligibility for Admission:
(i) Candidates must pass Higher Secondary (10+2) Science Examination of Assam Higher Secondary Education Council or any other examination recognised as equivalent securing at least 50% marks in aggregate in Physics, Chemistry and Biology.Those who have passed the Diploma in Pharmacy Examination from the Pharmacy Council of India (P.C.I.) recognised institutes of Pharmacy of Assam securing not less than 50% marks in aggregate in the final examination may also apply against the reserved seat for Diploma holders.

(ii) Attained at least the age of 17 (seventeen) years on the 1st October, in the year of admission.

Seats: 20
The 20 seats (8 seats from Assam and 2 each from the six other State of N.E. region)

Note: Number of seats is subject to changes as per AICTE & PCI recommendations. Vacant seats, if any may also be filled up under payment category.

Method of Selection: Purely on merit basis.
Duration: Four Years.
There shall be an annual examination at the end of each academic year for each part and shall be known as first Year B. Pharm, Second year B.Pharm, third Year B.Pharm Examination and B. Pharm Final Examination.
Note: For details consult 'regulations for the four year bachelor of Pharmacy Degree course of Dibrugarh University.

B) M.Pharm.
The AICTE recognized M. Pharm Course are conducted in three streams run simultaneously in the department of Pharmaceutical Science:
* M.Pharm in Pharmaceutics
* M.Pharm in Pharmacognosy
* M.Pharm in Pharmaceutical Chemistry

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Niranjan Children Home completes 40 years

DIBRUGARH, Sept 16 – On completion of 40 years of educational service, Niranjan Children Home, an English medium co-educational high school of Dibrugarh, marked the occasion with a day-long colourful programme recently.

Dibrugarh MP Sarbananda Sonowal attended the function as the chief guest. Dr Amaresh Dutta, former head of the Department of English, Dibrugarh University, Subhrajyoti Hazarika, Commandant, 2nd APBn, Biraj Das, chairperson, Dibrugarh Municipal Board and Ruby Bora Hazarika, additional DC were present as guests of honour.

Congratulating the management, teachers, parents and students for the achievement, Sonowal stressed on a fast improving educational system.

The school located at Khalihamari was founded in memory of Niranjan Agarwala in 1969 by Reba Agarwala and since then it has been contributing towards education.

Bugs wreaking havoc in State tea gardens

By Ajit Patowary
GUWAHATI, July 6 – Plant sap sucking bug Helopeltis, scientifically known as Helopeltis theivora of the Hemiptera family, is now causing extensive damage to tea plants in Upper Assam and West Bengal. According to an estimate made by well-known consultant scientist Prafulla Bordoloi of the P Bordoloi and Associates, who is also a teacher in the Dibrugarh University Centre for Tea and Agro Studies, the loss being incurred by the Upper Assam tea estates due to the attack of the insect may be around ten per cent.

Though some of the office-bearers of the indigenous tea planters associations differ with Bordoloi in this matter, they feel that it is high time for the Tea Research Association (TRA) of India to initiate serious moves to bring the situation under control.

Bordoloi said that Doom Dooma, Margherita, Naharkotia and Sonari Circles were the worst hit areas. The bug prefers the TV 1 variety of the tea plants more and this is followed by TV 9, TV 26, TeenAli 17, P 126 A and S3A3 varieties. The pest is feared to remain active in the Assam tea gardens till mid-September next.

Incessant rains and short rain-free periods during the day hours for spraying pesticides have together made the regular pest control measures fail in the affected gardens.

But compared to the estates of organised sector, the small growers gardens are less affected. This is because of the small tea growers ability, due to their small-size holdings, to do the repeated rounds of spraying after plucking and also for their reportedly using more toxic pesticides.

Since the big tea companies are concerned over the Maximum Residual Level (MRL) of the chemical pesticides, it has become a hindrance in their gardens to control the pest effectively, said Bordoloi.

Control of the pest is very difficult if spraying is not done at regular interval. Pesticide application does not always kill the embedded eggs in plant tissues totally and as a result nymphs are hatched within 4-6 days in June-July, 5-6 days in August-September, 16-21 days in November-January and 7-8 days in March-April. Soon after hatching, the nymph starts sucking on young tender leaves and buds.

A single female lays about 220 eggs in 36 days and 4 to 10 eggs per day. The male of the pest lives for 26 to 55 days and the female for 32 to 36 days.

The nymph and adult Helopeltis suck the sap of the young leaves, buds and tender stems and while doing so injects toxic saliva causing the breakdown of the tissues surrounding the punctured portion of the plant. The badly affected leaves become deformed and even curl up. In a severe attack, bushes virtually cease to form shoots and affected area may not flush for weeks together.

A single full-grown nymph or adult can produce about 200 spots in a day and thus causes severe damage to the bud, foliage etc within a few days. To stop the phenomenal growth of the bugs population, it is necessary to repeat the pesticideapplication before its young ones become adult and lay eggs, said Bordoloi.

He also informed that strong pesticides like Alphamethrin also kill natural enemies of the bug and thus conversely contribute to its growth.

The pest is not new in India nor it is unknown in other parts of the world. Helopeltis damage is common in Terai, Dooars and Darjeeling teagardens of the country, said Bordoloi.

Tocklai has been regularly taking up research projects on control of Helopeltis since 1903. But a permanent solution to the problem could not be found so far, even though those following Tocklai guidelines are likely to suffer less, said Bordoloi.

Chairman of the Assam Tea Planters Association (ATPA) Abhijit Sarmah has said that there is about ten per cent crop loss in Upper Assamgardens due to Helopeltis attack this time. The recently hiked prices of the needed pesticides have created problems for the tea estates, he said. The number of ATPA membergardens is 180.

Additional Chairman of the Bharatiya Cha Parishad Robin Borthakur said that the damage caused by the pest particularly this year had been tremendous in Upper Assam leading to an average crop loss of about 25 per cent during June alone. He said that in view of the continuous rainfall the prospect appeared gloomy for July as well.

Unless suitable measures are taken immediately, the pest, together with black rust, is going to do irreparable damage to the future prospect of tea in Assam. The TRA should work overtime to find ways for effective control of this unprecedented attack of the pest, he said.

President of the North East Tea Association (NETA) Manoj Jalan maintains that although stray incidents of Helopeltis attack have been reported by the membergardens, the problem has not attained epidemic proportion in Golaghat and Karbi Anglong district. However, overall crop continues to be lower by 10 per cent to 15 per cent, compared to last year, he said. The NETA has around 60 membergardens.

Oil well drilling course commences at DU

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DIBRUGARH, May 5 – A one-year diploma course in oil well drilling technology has been introduced at the Department of Petroleum Technology at Dibrugarh University from Monday. The first batch of eighteen students have started attending classes.

At a brief inaugural ceremony for the course, the Dibrugarh University vice chancellor, Prof KK Deka said the varsity is shortly introducing a few more technical courses, and hoped these would help churn out competent and employable students.

The course is being introduced with financial and technical assistance from Oil India Limited. A senior official of the company, AK Mahanta, said a drillers job is not an easy one and that those who have been admitted to the course must be prepared for a hard life ahead. He assured that the financial compensation for a driller is adequate. He quoted Petroleum Ministry sources to announce that the industry is ready to absorb 8500 skilled workers, and that the country is in dire need of trained manpower to work at the oilfields.

Earlier, the coordinator of the course and the head of department, Prof Kshetra Dhar Gogoi said the Dibrugarh University is fully aware of the need to cater to industry. He also thanked Oil India Limited and ONGC for being close associates of the varsity and thedepartment in particular, in overcoming financial constraints in offering technical courses. The university registrar, Prof PK Bhuyan also spoke on the occasion.

Assam physicists discover laser from fireflies

DIBRUGARH, June 2 – Physicists of the Gauhati and Dibrugarh Universities, led by Prof G D Baruah have discovered mock laser emissions from fireflies. The discovery has been published in the current issue of the Journal of Bio-Science, an internationally acclaimed specialty publication.

The discovery was made jointly by Prof G D Baruah of the Dibrugarh University and Dr Anurup Gohain Baruah of the Gauhati University while studying light emissions by fireflies on the Gauhati University campus.

Scientists around the world have considered the discovery as an interesting effect, and are applying their minds about its applications. German physicists Prof W Kiffer and Prof W Worth and Indian physicist Prof S N Thakur said the discovery is an important achievement of the 21st century.

India has several contributions to the development of physics. Nobel Laureate Sir C V Raman had commenced a study of light flashes from fireflies way back in 1965, says Prof Baruah, who carried on the research for more than thirty years. The studies have been carried out at the Cosmic Ray Laboratory in the Department of Physics at the Gauhati University and at other locations, with research and other inputs by Prof Kalyani Baruah.

They observed that each light flash from a firefly emits 30 thousand pulses of laser. Prof Baruah says this facet went unnoticed for more than a hundred years.

An unwritten leaf in history – the Tingtingia Bheti

JORHAT, Aug 21 – Built under the royal patronage of the Ahom dynasty in the Malow Pathar of the North-west Jorhat, the 30 feet tall historic Tingtingia Bheti is still standing bearing the mark of caustic activities of the people on it. The Bheti (foundation) which was built amidst the swampy land of Malow Pathar is being cut at its sides by miscreants.
The local people said that the Tingtingia Bheti was constructed after the Moamoria mutiny in the 18th century under the patronization of the king of Tungkhungia clan. Some of them had the opinion that it was constructed during the rule of Swargadeu Gaurinath Singha. But some others regarded it as the construction during the reign of Swargadeu Kamaleswar Singha. But nobody is sure aboutthe king; even the history remains silent in this context.

But the story goes on in that locality that the Moamorias constructed the Borbheti in Malow Pathar to know the number and strength of their people. Everyone of the Moamoria community had to put a lump of earth on that Borbheti. Ultimately, the huge size of the Borbheti encouraged the Moamoria Mahanta to conduct mutiny against the Ahom kings with the help of thousands of disciples of Mayamora Mahanta. When the mutiny was over, of hatred was still prevailing amidst both the parties and the Ahom king after regaining the throne decided to construct a bheti larger than that one of the Moamorias Borbheti. Accordingly, the Tingtingia Bheti was constructed only some hundreds of meters away from the Borbheti. This was about five times larger than Borbheti. It was a sign of royal strength to warn the agitating Moamorias.

When contacted, Dr Dambarudhar Nath, Professor, Department of History, Dibrugarh University and a noted historian expressed his ignorance about the existence of the Tingtingia Bheti.
Now the Tingtingia Bheti is in the centre of the 1100 Bighas of land belonging to the Aauniati Satra. When contacted Dr Pitambar Deva Goswami, Satradhikar, Aauniati Satra told that the Satra has purchased the land from the noted tea baron H P Baruah.

During the days of Satradhikar Bishnuchandra Deva Goswami the erosion hit Aauniati Satra at Majuli was decided to beshifted to the Tingtingia Bheti. In this connection, the Satra authority prepared the place to establish the Satra there. But ultimately the authority stopped this ambitious plan for some unknown reason.

The length of the Tingtingia Bheti (east-west) is 1210 feet and breadth (north –south) is 295 feet. In the centre of the Tingtingia Bheti, there is the earthenfoundation of the Naamghar of the Satra. The area of the foundation was 260 x75 sq feet. The Tingtingia Bheti is surrounded by a long artificial pond which is 35 feet in breadth. A foundation of a Hati (place of residence of the devotees in Satra) is also there beyond the pond encircling the whole Tingtingia Bheti. There is a dilapidated building made with bricks of which the tins of the roof were stolen away.
The Tingtingia Bheti Nava Prathamik Vidyalaya which was established in 1978 near the historic bheti has not been provincialised till date.

Ramen Saikia, a journalist and a conscious citizen of the area told that in1977 as many as 166 families were established near the Tingtingia Bheti under No 45 West Sarucharai Gaon Panchayat. At present the population of the village christened after the Tingtingia Bheti is about 400. Since 1977 the villagers along with the people of the neighbouring villages like Borahom Gaon, Borahom Kathoni and No 1 Bhurakola have been offering prayer to the goddess of wealth and riches, Lakshmi in the month of Kati. For the neighbouring people, the Tingtingia Bheti is a place with some religious importance where they dedicate a small portion of collected grains from their fields every year in the name of Goddess Lakshmi before using it for their dishes.

He also informed that the soil of the Tingtingia Bheti is hard and red in colour. Whreas, the soil of the surrounding field is fertile, and black.

Ramesh fact-finding tour in Sept

NEW DELHI, Aug 10 – In a bid to break the logjam over the mega dam projects, Union Minister of State for Environment and Forest (MoEF), Jairam Ramesh is likely to visit Assam and Arunachal Pradesh next month.
Talking to newsmen, after yet another delegation representing at least six organisations petitioned him against construction of mega dams including the Lower Subansiri Hydroelectric Project, Ramesh said he is planning to visit Guwahati on September 10 and Pasighat the next day on a fact-finding tour. He is planning to directly interact with the local people, experts, and stakeholders, representatives of the State Governments, besides pro and anti-dam lobbyists.
He would consult all concerned before taking a decision. However, he quickly added that he was aware of the developments in the region and his Ministry alert to the concerns raised over the issue.
He also reiterated the statement he made in Parliament yesterday, asserting that his Ministry would not allow any project, which would have an adverse ecological impact.

Under no circumstances, we will allow any project which will have an adverse ecological impact. That much I want to assure, he had stated.Yesterday, the issue had figured in the Rajya Sabha during a Question Hour discussion, while a delegation of All Assam Students Union (AASU) and All Mising Students Union met the Union Environment and Forest Minister pressing for halt to all dam related work.On Tuesday, accompanied by delegation representing All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union, Edu Mimi Students, Dibang Peoples Forum, Siang Peoples Forum and Downstream Impact Forum, retired Professor of Geology of Dibrugarh University, Dr Sushil Goswami, Environment Historian of IIT Guwahati, Dr Arupjyoti Saikia and anti-dam activist, Neeraj Vagholikar, Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti leader Akhil Gogoi called on Ramesh at his office on Tuesday morning.

The delegation expressed its opposition to construction of the mega dams in neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh. Under no circumstances we will allow construction of dams in upper reaches, said Akhil Gogoi talking to newsmen.
In a memorandum submitted to the Minister, the delegation demanded a complete moratorium on all clearances including pre-construction clearances by the MoEF to large dams and hydropower projects in North-East. Immediate withdrawal of clearances granted to the 2000 MW Lower Subansiri project, 1750 MW Demwe Lower and 1500 MW Tipaimukh. All the three were granted environmental clearance without downstream impact assessment and public consent.

Besides, a complete review of pre-construction clearances granted to projects in the region and a comprehensive public consultation process involving the Brahmaputra and Barak River systems on the issue of large dams.
It was also pointed out those scientific and technical recommendations of the Lower Subansiri expert committee clearly suggested the need for scrapping of mega dams in the North-East.
However, what might land the MoEF in a tight spot as it has reportedly made a commitment to the Prime Minister that it would fast track environment and forest clearance for the Siang River Basin projects.
The terms of reference for the 2,700MW project handed over to JP group in lower Siang has been framed. The developer has been already asked to prepare anenvironment impact assessment report.
With a potential for 20,000 MW Siang Basin is where the action is. So far only three specific projects with a total capacity of 11,000 MW have been identified and each of these is at a preliminary stage.
The environment ministry is understood to have made a written offer to the power ministry that it would clear these projects in an expeditious manner given their strategic importance.
In a rush to establish its claim over the Brahmaputra River, New Delhi has decided to fast track all projects in the upper reaches near the Indo-China international border.

Study on Brahmaputra must to check erosion

GUWAHATI, March 4 – A tectonic geomorphological study on the behaviour of the Brahmaputra and other rivers in the vicinity of Matmora area in Dhemaji district is needed while executing the anti-erosion schemes there. Thus observes renowned geologist Prof Jogendra Nath Sarma, who has been studying the geomorphology of the Brahmaputra and other rivers of the area for quite some time.

The study carried out by Professor Sarma, a senior faculty in the Dibrugarh University Applied Geology Department, has revealed that continuous erosion activities are on in the Matmora area since 1916. This has resulted in heavy loss of land property, displacement of people, loss of assets etc in an about 20 km stretch of the riverbank in that area. Prof Sarma has done his study on the Assam part of the Brahmaputra using data since 1912 onwards.

To him, a tectonic geomorphological study of the area is vital to conclusively determine the salient causes of erosion and channel migration there. The role of the geologists here is a major one, he said. He was talking to The Assam Tribune.

If one observes the course of the Brahmaputra from Dibrugarh to Majuli, one finds that the river course is changing its inclination from a westerly to a southwesterly direction. This is very prominent particularly between the downstream of Sonarighat and Janjhimukh, said Prof Sarma.

Such a trend can be observed in the courses of the Dhemaji district rivers Simen and the Moridhol too. This is a structural feature called lineament. This lineament might be controlled by a sub-surface geological structure. Any movement along this structure may cause the river to change its flow direction. This might be the reason of the southward migration of the Brahmaputra (Lohit) to create Majuli in the past.

A change in the tectonic movement in the recent years might have influenced the Brahmaputra to revert back to a westerly drift. This factor has been causing severe flooding as well as bank erosion in the vicinity of Matmora and in the eastern part of Majuli, said Prof Sarma.

Elaborating, he said, about 200 years back, the Brahmaputra used to flow through the present course of the Charikoria. But later on, the Brahmaputra migrated southward and started flowing through the present Kherkotia Suti, also known as the Lohit Suti, or the Lohit, which is now flowing on the north of Majuli island. The latter receives the flows of the Charikoria and the Subansiri.

A natural event, most probably a very high flood, reportedly occurring sometime around 1750 AD, is commonly believed to have compelled the Brahmaputra to migrate southward and a part of its flow joined the river Dihing (present day Burhidihing). At that time, the Dihing used to flow almost parallel to the Brahmaputra to join the latter near east of todays Kaliabor.

The narrow strip of land located between the Dihing and the Brahmaputra (Lohit), was called Majali. After the 1750 AD event, the Majali was transformed into an island and came to be known as Majuli.

But, that natural event was not the lone cause for the southward migration of the Brahmaputra. The tectonics of the region also played an important role in this respect. The role played by tectonics is variable with time and it has the potential to trigger the migration of the channels in different manners.

The southward migration of the Brahmaputra which occurred around 1750 AD, night have changed in due course of time and it is observed from satellite data that in the vicinity of Matmora, the river is now trying to flow again towards west drifting away from its southwesterly direction just on the east of Majuli.

This westerly push in the river has been causing severe erosion on the east of Majuli, particularly in and around Matmora. During high flood, this becomes more evident with a part of the Brahmaputra channel-flow running directly to the west overtopping the bank and inundating a vast area around Matmora and its western surroundings, this causes heavy damage to paddy fields by depositing sand, said Prof Sarma.

Mega handloom, textile cluster project coming up in Sivasagar

SIVASAGAR, Aug 1 – The mega handloom and textile cluster project, the second such project in the country and the only one in the NE, is all set to be implemented in the district of Sivasagar. Announcing this to the media recently, Minister for Law, Sericulture and Handloom and Textile, Pronob Gogoi said that the project for which Rs 70 crore has been allocated in the last general budget, will have three components – pre-loom, on-loom and post-loom section.

The pre-loom component will have the skill upgradation and diversification while on loom component will have spinning and fabrication facilities and post loom component will deal mainly with marketing strategies.

The Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship, Guwahati has been given the charge to implement the project . Dilip Boruah, noted entrepreneur in silk designing and fabrication and Rajen Chakravarty, retired director, Central Silk Board, will also look after the project as advisers, the minister said. The cluster project will be spread over the district mainly in the potential muga productive zones where there are muga rearers in large numbers. It will have a central administrative unit in Betbari near Sivasagar on a three bigha plot near NH-37.

Bhupendra Sangeet: Asom Yuva Parishad (AYP), Sivasagar town committee organised an all Assam prize money Bhupendra and Parbati Prasad Boruah musical competition in Sivasagar Natya Mandiron recently which was inaugurated by Dr Karavi Deka Hazarika, professor, Sahityarathi Laksminath Bezbaruah Chair, Dibrugarh University.

In the Bhupendra Sangeet contest, Priya Borpatra Gohain got the 1st, Nuri Begum 2nd and Hemkanta Nath the 3rd prize in A category. In category B, Dorodi Gogoi got 1st, Priyanka Gogoi 2nd and Queen Hazarika got the 3rd prize. In category C, Jitumoni Sarmah got 1st, Geetashri Kalita 2nd and Musumi Borua Gogoi 3rd position.

In Parbati Prasad Sangeet, Neha Gogoi, Priyam Borpatra Gohain and Nilutpal Rajkonwar got the first three positions respectively in A category. In category B, Dorodi Gogoi, Ishani Gogoi and Priyanka Gogoi got the first three positions . In the C category, Geetashri Kalita bagged the first, Sumi Gogoi the second and Akhil Deka got the third prize.

The peace process in Assam

The recent developments in Assam concerning the conflict between the United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) and the Indian State have led to wild speculations regarding the continuation or derailment of the peace process that seems to have been staggering forward earlier and had ended in a stalemate. Most people of Assam are weary of the protracted violent conflict and hope to see the end of the thirty years old ULFA India imbroglio.

The ULFA received a major set-back after most of its leaders have been apprehended, barring the C-in-C Paresh Baruah and a few others. Already the major section of the dreaded 28th Battalion of the ULFA has surrendered and is talking of peace. For the peace-lovers, this appears to be an opportunity at peace-building that should not go waste.

It needs to be understood that ULFA as a protracted social conflict represents some core issues, the existence of which will continue to breed conflict and extremism in Assam. The conflict not only points to structural deficiencies in the Indian State but to problems of governance as well, the manifestations of which are also Maoist violence, insurgency, separatism, secessionism and ethno-national chauvinism. This is the fall out of continuation of the same colonial state that unified but economically exploited India to the hilt. This is also the fall out of not re-structuring the institutions and systems (including most importantly the education system) according to the needs of an independent country. All these have bred mismatches and conflicts, which the centralized Indian State has mostly responded with a fire fighting approach. The irony is that because of the largeness of the country coupled with a centralized State that is inherently unresponsive to local needs, conflicts in the system are not identified before they have matured into full-blown upheavals,which are often violent. Such structural deficiencies partly explain the poverty of the masses and why India is so much behind countries like China in human development parameters.

Therefore, peace processes in India should not be viewed only as means to resolve conflicts, but also as opportunities to transform relationships, institutions and systems so that the colonial shackles are destroyed and the country becomes free from the festering wounds of conflicts.

Insurgencies like that of ULFA are asymmetric conflicts and require careful handling as it is more a battle of minds. The ULFA cannot defeat India militarily on its own. But ULFA will continue to find recruits to fight their cause so long the core issues remain unresolved. Fighting alienation and addressing the needs of identity should form part of the insurgency-tackling strategy.

Considering all these, there is no gainsaying the need of a peace process in Assam. However, for the peace process to be viable and successful there is the primary need to get rid of spoilers who are mostly responsible for derailing a peace process. Both the government and the ULFA, or any third party that might be involved in the peace process in Assam must make appropriate analyses of the spoilers and the spoiling process.

In fact, there is a particular need for a better understanding of the phenomena of spoilers and spoiling - groups and tactics that actively seek to hinder, delay, or undermine conflict settlement through a variety of means and for a variety of motives. The spoiling actors are either within or (usually) outside the peaceprocess, and use violence or other means (like propaganda) to disrupt the peace process in pursuit of their aims. Spoilers also include actors and agencies which support spoilers and spoiling tactics - ethnic or national diasporas, State, political allies, media houses, business interests or any others who might benefit from violent conflict.

So-called civil or domestic conflicts are, in reality, often influenced or characterized by international processes, causes and consequences and are therefore subject to external spoiling factors. Similarly, there are groups that are a part of the peace process but which are not seriously interested in making compromises or committing to a peaceful endgame. They may be using the peace process as a means to gain recognition and legitimacy, time or material benefits, or simply to avoid international sanctions.

What then is the relationship between the nature of the conflict and the spoiler phenomenon? According to Oliver Richmond and Edward Newman of the United Nations University, Tokyo, it is increasingly apparent that the nature of a conflict such as over territorial secession or recognition or over natural resources - influences the nature and dynamics of spoiling. Some actors like civil and military bureaucracies, warlords, criminals, etc., can develop a vested economic interest in the continuation of violent conflict. Protracted conflicts like that of the ULFA generally lead to hardened positionings making reconciliation difficult among the conflicting parties. This by itself acts as spoiler of the peaceprocess.

Spoiling activities often succeed in a number ways. Spoilers might raise new questions within a peace process, divert attention, provide marginalized actors with a voice, delay or postpone progress in a process or future rounds of talks, prevent implementation of agreements, or illustrate the need to include other actors in discussions. Groups which seek to spoil efforts to resolve conflict often do so because they see the peaceprocess as undermining their rights, privileges, or access to resources, whether physical, strategic, or political. That is why the Government of Assam and India, the ULFA and the third parties that might be involved in a peaceprocess need to have a very clear idea about the interlinkages between moderates, hardliners and radicals, and between disputants and their constituencies. It is in such inter-linkages that the dynamics of spoiling lie, andwhich are used both to disguise and to propagate spoiling behaviour.

The nature of the peace process and the nature of the peace to be implemented are critically important to its chances of success. It is important that the terms of reference of the peace process itself do not sow the seeds of spoiling. It should be consensual, locally-owned, and supported by both national and regional organizations. The peaceprocess must accommodate the legitimate concerns of all parties to the greatest extent possible and it must seek not only to secure immediate goals such as peace and stability but also justice, human rights and the rule of law.

The media has been identified as a potent spoiler by peace and conflict analysts. Already the spoiling behaviour is finding manifestation in section of media in Assam. It needs to be remembered that one of the fundamental needs, for the peaceprocess to move forward is to soften the entrenched positions that the parties find themselves in. The need is also to do away with the deep-rooted animosities that theprocess of demonisation of the other entails. The media may be a spoiler under the circumstances by re-articulating the excesses committed by the parties in a conflict. Harping on the same events that whetted the demonisationprocess is a method applied by that section of the media intent on spoiling the peace process.

Spoiler violence must not be allowed to derail the peace process, and the public and the media must be encouraged to put this into perspective in order to maintain public confidence. There will often be factions which feel marginalized, which seek objectives outside the peaceprocess, and which have the capacity to incite or inflict violence in an attempt to undermine a process they do not support. This should not necessarily be taken as a sign that the peace process is under fundamental threat or in crisis.

(The writer is a Reader in History, Dibrugarh University)

Dr Hazarikas statue demanded

DIBRUGARH, Nov 11 – The sita bhasma (the urn of ashes from the funeral) of legendary cultural icon Dr Bhupen Hazarika was ceremonially placed at the centre of the Chowkidinghee ground here on Thursday for the public to pay respect and homage to the departed soul. The urn containing the ashes was brought from Guwahati in a decorated red Bolero by a team of district officials headed by Bhaskar Pegu, SDO (Sadar).

The urn along with the portrait of Dr Bhupen Hazarika were placed on a makeshift podium.The entry and exit paths were made to ease movements of people coming for the shradhanjali. Deputy Commissioner Dr K K Dwivedi initiated the floral tribute by showering flowers and praying infront of the potrait. Dibrugarh Municipal Board chairman, Chandrakanta Baruah, Superintendent of Police, Arabinda Kalita, Additional Deputy Commissioner, P K Rajkhowa were among others who paid homage at the start to the much admired great son of the soil.

Among thousands who paid their tribute included members from the Asam Sahitya Sabha, Pragatisheel Nari Sanstha, media, political parties, NGOs, leaders of various local youth and students organisations, local religious leaders of various faiths and police personnel including the women cops. The urn of ashes of Bhupenda were kept at the site for the night. The immersion of the ashes will be done at the Brahmaputra.

Meanwhile, Mottock Yuba Chatra Sanmilan, Assam Jatiyatabadi Yuba Parishad (AJYP) and Tai Ahom Yuba Parishad have called upon the district administration to erect a statue of Dr Bhupen Hazarika near the office of the Deputy Commissioner and further requested the Dibrugarh University authorities to do the same at their campus in respect to the cultural icon. The organisations have also decided to hold the adha shraddha of Dr Bhupen Hazarika on Novemb

Experts differ on impact of Brahmaputra diversion

GUWAHATI, June 17 – Experts here differ on the impacts of the proposed diversion of the Yarlung Tsangpo river Zangbo by the Chinese authorities, even as there is unison in the demand for expeditious steps on the part of the Indian Government to engage the Chinese Government in a meaningful dialogue on the issue.

Prof J N Sarma, KD Malaviya Chair Professor of Applied Geology Department of Dibrugarh University, who is known for his extensive work on the Brahamputra and other rivers of Assam, said that the point from where the proposed diversion is going to be effected is the most important point in respect to the impacts of the proposed Chinese move on the downstream areas like Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bangladesh, etc.

For example, he said, if the diversion takes place at Shigatze, within the Tibetan reach of the river, it will result in reduction of 12 per cent in its total discharge at Pandu in Assam.

The rivers around 32 per cent of its total discharge measured at Pandu, comes from the Passighat point.

For the Chinese authorities, the advantageous point will be the western part of Tibet for the purpose. However, Chinese technology nowadays has made much advancement, he said.

If the entire Tsangpo is diverted by the Chinese authorities, we will lose about 30 per cent of the Brahmaputra water at Pandu, he said, adding, The Yarlung Tsangpo with its length of 1, 625 km within Tibet, contributes about 30 per cent to the Brahmaputras total discharge at Pandu.

With this reduction in its discharge, the river will survive but its vigour will be lost and this will result in its morphological changes and other environmental impacts like droughts, in our region, said Prof Sarma.

This will also reduce the rivers navigability, silt carrying capacity, etc, said Prof Sarma, who is also a member of the committee constituted by the Assam Government on the Chinese bid to dam the Brahmaputra.

Governor opens Aurobindo Bhavan

GUWAHATI, July 31 – Governor JB Patnaik today formally inaugurated the Aurobindo Bhavan at Panjabari at a function organised by Sri Aurobindo Society.

In his address, Patnaik lauded the efforts of the organisers in setting up the Aurobindo centre in Assam, and said that it would help spread the eternal message of the great saint-philosopher of modern India in the North-east.

Referring to Sri Aurobindos prophecy that a day would come when the division of Indias would go and it would again become its undivided self, the Governor exhorted all to pray and work for that day to come and try in the meanwhile to tread on the noble path he has shown for us.

Giving an account of Sri Aurobindos life and works, Patnaik said that he was not just the greatest saint and philosopher of modern India but was the noblest messenger of the eternal essence ingrained in Indian philosophy to a global audience for ages. Gopal Bhattacharjee, international secretary, Sri Aurobindo Society, Pondicherry, Prof KK Deka, Vice Chancellor, Dibrugarh Universty, among others, were present at the function.

Maniram Dewan brightest statesman of Sepoy mutiny

GUWAHATI, March 3 – Maniram Dewan was not only the most outstanding personality of the 19th century Assam but was the most brilliant statesman of the great Sepoy revolution of 1857. This observation was made by Kamaleswar Bora, former vice-chancellor of Dibrugarh University, while addressing as the chief guest at the memorial function held on February 26 last on the occasion of the 153rd anniversary of the martyrdom of the great patriot of Assam.

The function was held at the Ambarish Hotel under the auspices of the Maniram Dewan Memorial Trust and was presided over by senior journalist DN Chakravarty. Describing the tragic situation in Assam after the Burmese occupation and annexation by British, Bora dwelt at length on the multifaceted genius of Maniram Dewan.

The working president of the Maniram Dewan Memorial Trust and great grandson of Dewan, Arun Barua gave a detailed account of the various programmes undertaken by the Maniram Dewan Memorial Trust and referred to the steps so far taken to bring out postal stamp in memory of the great martyr of Assam.

Pranjal Saikia, ex-minister Bishnu Prasad, Suryya Kanta Hazarika and Mrinalini Borbora while paying homage to Maniram Dewan described him as a great historian, pioneer tea planter and an expert in revenue matters.

Chakravarty in his presidential remarks regretted that although Maniram Dewan was the most distinguished personality of the 1857 revolution yet he was to get due national recognition and not many people outside Assam had any knowledge about Maniram Dewan.

The function began with the lighting of the lamp by Kamaleswar Bora and laying of floral wreathe at the statue of the martyr. A group of reputed folk artistes from Dergaon under the leadership of Ajit Bora presented folk songs. The meeting also paid homage to the great historian Benudhar Sarma on the occasion of his death anniversary.

Stamp in memory of Maniram Dewan demanded

GUWAHATI, April 27 – The places connected with martyrs Piyali Phukan and Maniram Dewan should be recognised as the heritage sites. Besides, a postage stamp should be brought out in memory of Maniram Dewan, who embraced martyrdom while organising the 1857 mutiny against the British rulers in Assam.

These demands were raised by Maniram Dewan Memorial Trust president and veteran journalist Dhirendranath Chakravorty at a meeting organised jointly by the Kama-rupa Anusandhana Samiti with the Trust here today on the occasion of the 206th birth anniversary of Maniram Dewan. Chakravorty was delivering the keynote address at the function.

He also suggested that the universities of the State should introduce courses on a comparative study of Maniram Dewan and Anandoram Dhekial Phukan.

Describing Maniram Dewan as the most intelligent of the countrys 1857 mutiny leaders, Chakravorty also demanded that the books authored by him, as well as the ones penned by others on him,should be re-printed by the Assam Government.

Despite his brilliance and illustrious personality as a leader of the 1857 revolt, Maniram Dewan is yet to find any place in the writings of the historians of the country as a stalwart of the first Indian war of independence, a rueful Chakravorty said.

Focusing on the personality of Maniram Dewan, Chakravorty said that Maniram was an expert in trade and commerce and the British had rely on his knowledge of trade and commerce during the initial days of their colony in Assam.

Moreover, Maniram had in-depth knowledge of road engineering and in this area too, the British colonialists were dependent on him.

As an administrator as well as a revenue expert, Maniram was accepted by the Britishers as their guide during the initial days of their colonial rule.

On the other hand, Maniram knew a number of languages and was a scholar too. He authored the Buranji Bibekratna and used to write for the Arunudoi and some Bengalee newspapers.

Delivering a lecture on Swahid Maniram Dewans contribution to the revolt of 1857, Dr Srutideva Goswami, a former Dibrugarh University history professor, said that Manirams role in the 1857 mutiny remains to be evaluated properly. Therefore a need is there to discuss the role of Maniram elaborately, he said.

Though apparently it seems that Maniram represented the nobles of the Assamese society, but he could realise the aspirations of the downtrodden people ofAssam for freedom and this made him the first Assamese to go for a dream of an Assam liberated from the colonial yoke of the Britishers.

There is the scope to undertake serious study to unearth the factors that made Maniram to raise the banner of rebellion against the Britishers, Dr Goswami said.

The function, presided over by Kamarupa Anusandhana Samiti president Prof Banikanta Sarma, was inaugurated by noted linguist and former president of the samiti Prof Promod Chandra Bhattacharyya. Prof Bharati Barua, secretary of the samiti also spoke on the occasion.

Salt Brook Academy bags 8 top ranks in HS exams

DIBRUGARH, MAY 23 – Shekar Kumar Yadav who since school days has been aspiring to be an engineer secured an aggregate 460 marks in the Assam Higher Secondary Education Council (AHSEC) final examination to become the topper in the State. The AHSEC results of all the streams – Arts, Science and Commerce were declared today.

Yadav, son of Dr (Prof) RNS Yadav of Dibrugarh University had performed well in the examination but never expected to be the topper. At some moments I did feel like being placed in the list of top ten but not the first, Yadav told this newspaper and added that the learning environment and dedication of teachers in Salt Brook Academy from where he appeared was excellent. Yadav who had secured 89 per cent in the HSLCexamination from Don Bosco School here and had obtained 82 per cent in HS 1st year from the Academy was consistent in his performance and kept studies his priority, according to the teachers.

Asked how prepared himself for the examination, Yadav said that he studied 3 to 4 hours daily and extended study time on holidays. I accelerated my studies only ahead of examinations, he said.

Salt Brook Academy here bagged altogether eight top ranks including the first rank in Science stream and became the only educational institute in the district to list in the top ten ranks in Assam HigherSecondary Education Council final examination. Four from the Science stream, three from the Arts stream and one from Commerce stream of the Academy were placed in the list of top ten. Six students from the Academy also managed to secure highest marks in the State in different subjects. Salt Brook Academy has kept up its prestige by grabbing top ranks ever since its establishment.

Others who secured top positions from Science stream from Salt Brook Academy are Kunjakanon Nath (3rd), Anurag Saha (9th) and Anubrata Saikia (10th). The toppers from Arts stream include Prerna Borthakur (5th), Ekhanee Baruah (6th) and Priyanka Hazarika (9th). Hemanga Kashyap secured 4th rank from Commerce stream from the Academy. The highest mark scorers in the State from the Academy are Nandita Changkakoti and Ekhanee Baruah (English – 89%), Snigdha Sharma (Computer Science and Application – 90%), Parbita Boruah and Prerna Gogoi (Psychology – 93%), Shekar Kumar Yadav (Mathematics –98%) and Hemango Kashyap (Business Studies – 95%).

The subject wise marks of top rank holders in Science stream from the district are – Shekar Kumar Yadav (English 86, Alternative English 88, Physics 94, Chemistry 94, Maths 98, 4thsubject not appeared), Kunjankanon Nath (English 87, Assamese 80, Physics 95, Chemistry 96, Math 98, Stat 84), Anurag Saha (English 80, Alternative English 87, Physics 89, Chemistry 94, Maths 96, ComputerApplication 76), Anubrata Saikia (English 80, Assamese 86, Physics 92, Chemistry 92, Math 95, Stat 80). The subject wise marks of top rankers from Arts stream are – Prerna Borthakur (English 87, Alternative English 84, Psychology 92, Education 90, Political Science 89, Economics 84 ), Ekhanee Baruah (English 89, Alternative English 84, Pol Sc 87, Eco 85, Edu 89, Psy 92), Priyanka Hazarika ( Eng 81, Alt E 88, Eco 84, Edu 94, Psy 91, Pol Sc 80) and that of Hemango Kashyap from commerce stream (Eng 83, Alt E 84, Accountancy 77, Business Studies 95, Economics 92, Maths 48).

All the regular students (269) of the Academy from Science stream were placed in the first division, with as many as 205 of them securing star marks. Inthe Arts stream, 90 out of 99 students were placed in the first division, 6 in the second division and one student was placed in the third position. Altogether 60 students secured star marks in different subjects from Arts stream. While in the commerce stream, a total of 106 out of 149 students secured 1st division, 27 of them second division and only one was placed in the third division. The star mark holders from the Commerce stream were altogether 29.

The pass percentage of in Dibrugarh district in Science stream is 94.83%, while in Arts and Commerce are 77.17% and 77.12% respectively. Altogether 7119 students appeared for the finalexaminations from Arts stream, of which 5494 were successful. In the Science stream, 1218 appeared and only 1155 cleared while in the Commerce stream 920 students passed out from among 1193 who appeared in the district. One Karabi Chetia from OIL India HS School, Duliajan secured highest marks (90%) in Sattriya Dance.

Bishnu Rabha Awards presented

GUWAHATI, June 20 – The Kalaguru Bishnu Rabha Awards for the year 2011 were bestowed on eminent performing artistes Durlobha Moran and Shanti Shankar Dasgupta at a solemn function held here today.

Presenting the awards, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, appreciated the contributions of Moran and Dasgupta and underlined the rich cultural heritage of Assam to which they belonged.

Gogoi said that artistes were individuals who wished for positive changes in society, and cultural icons such as Bishnu Rabha were committed to changing society so that the poor and the marginalised could find justice and equity.

Paying homage to Bishnu Rabha and recalling his ideals, Gogoi said that Rabha was a dedicated artiste devoted to serving the downtrodden and establishing a just social order. The young generation could draw inspiration from such a personality and his dedication to his cause.

He mentioned that culture cannot be taken in isolation, but should be viewed with a perspective that can also connect it with economic development. Cultural development could enable communities to seek and achieve happiness, something that the neighbouring country of Bhutan has reinforced.

He said that his government was committed to promoting the cultural wealth of the state, and he had held discussions on it with the Planning Commission of India.

Congratulating Moran and Dasgupta he mentioned that the youth should realise that success that the artistes have got comes only after long struggle and committed work.

Accepting the award, highly regarded Bihu dancer of yesteryear Durlobha Moran said that her success would not have been possible without the support of those who had performed with her at the various Bihu venues.

Shanti Shankar Dasgupta, who is a master of folk dances as well Kathak, in his acceptance speech recalled his association with cultural artistes of Tezpur, and recalled the encouragement he had received from Ajay Chaliha.

They were awarded with a citation, a chador, a sorai and a cheque of Rs 1 lakh each.

In his speech, former VC of Dibrugarh University, Kamaleshwar Bora delineated the life and times of Bishnu Rabha, revealing the range of talent possessed by the eminent Assamese. In his view, Rabha was a multifaceted genius who contributed to performing arts, painting, intellectual thought, and in many other areas.

His association with Jyotiprasad Agarwala was significant as it brought out a creative synergy that benefitted Assamese culture immensely. Bishnu Rabha, he said, was a major complementary force to Agarwala and together they created a rich repertoire of music and cinema.

Speaking at the function organised by the Directorate of Cultural Affairs, Minister of Cultural Affairs, Pranati Phukan described Bishnu Rabha as a cultural luminary of the highest order who was an inspiration to the Assamese people. She said his ideals are worth emulating today, and that would be the highest respect that can be paid to Rabha.

Awards for painting and Rabha Sangeet competitions to mark Rabha Divas were also given away at the function. Three young artistes from Assam – Mary Bora, Nabajyoti Barman and Abhisruti Bezbarua were also given awards.

Anwesha plans publication of knowledge books

GUWAHATI, March 2 – Voluntary organisation Anwesha, which has now emerged as a pioneer organisation in the States reading movement with some remarkable publications and the efforts to promote reading habit among the young people, has embarked upon an ambitious Rs 5 crore project for preparation and publication of knowledge books for the Assamese medium students.

It has already formed the planning and advisory board of the mission with Prof Mohammed Taher as the chairman and moved the State Chief Minister and some public sector units (PSUs) seeking support.

Anwesha president Paresh Malakar told this correspondent that the mission has been envisioned in view of the fact that there is a dearth of knowledge and information books in Assamese. By knowledge and information books, he said, they are meaning the books relating to humanities, sciences and social sciences, among others.

Such books are primarily required for the younger generation. They are not textbooks but can always be used as reference books. These books may be read by specialists as well as by the common readers with some amount of intelligence, Malakar said.

Nowadays, it is generally believed that the children do not read books and are more inclined to viewing televisions. However, the response to the Anwesha Book Fairs held in the schools of various parts of the State since 2007, indicates that there is a passion for reading books among the young people.

In 2007-08, the response in the 34 Assamese medium schools was 64 per cent to the Anwesha Book Fair, while in 2008-09 it shot up to 84 per cent and in 2009-10, the response touched the level of 99 per cent. Anwesha held 34 book fairs in 2007-08, 25 fairs in 2008-09 and 55 fairs in 2009-10 in the Assamese medium schools, Malakar said.

Except some popular science books, books on literary criticism and cultural studies, there are very few knowledge and information books in Assamese. Private publishing houses have rarely taken up any initiative to publish such books.

Till date, Assamese publications are dominated by fiction. Ninety per cent of the Assamese translation works are also fiction, while the Assamese books for children are mainly folktales and fairy tales. The language even does not have two dozens of good biographies.

Meanwhile, both Gauhati and Dibrugarh University have almost wound up their publishing programmes, while the Publication Board, Assam has diluted its publishing and other organisations like the Asam Sahitya Sabha, are not regular in their publishing works in this area, Malakar said.

The tragedy lies in the fact that vast majority of the States students go to Assamese medium schools and colleges and because of the near non-existence of knowledge and information books in Assamese, they are always confined to indifferently produced textbooks at a time when the scope of learning is expanding every passing day, he said.

Forum against corruption formed

GUWAHATI, March 9 – A popular forum against corruption was constituted at a meeting of freedom fighters, senior citizens, journalists, writers and social activists at freedom fighters Rest House today.

The meet held under the presidentship of senior journalist DN Chakravartty resolved to launch a vigorous drive garnering cooperation of all sections of the people to root out corruption at various levels of the administration, legislature, judiciary and social life in the State.

The convenor of the meeting, retired DGP Nishinath Changkakati, while explaining the purpose of the meeting, hinted at taking up of short-term, medium-term and long-term measures to weed out at the first stage corruption in the administrative machinery.

Senior journalist and author Homen Borgohain, while participating in the discussion, said that the country had been engaged in fights against corruption right from the days of Guljarilal Nanda at the Centre and Nilamoni Phukan in Assam. He also mentioned about the epic struggle launched by HD Shourie in the 1960s and 1970s against corruption.

Former Vice Chancellor, Dibrugarh University, Kamaleswar Bora suggested that commitment should be secured from all the candidates in the ensuing Assembly election regarding their honest discharge of duties and abhorrence of corruption.

Several speakers including former MLA Premadhar Bora, freedom fighters Kamakhya Ram Das, Jatin Goswami, Puspa Bora, Dr Rohini Kumar Baruah, Karunakanta Baruah, writer Badal Das, trade union leader Khanindra Chandra Das, Dr Ramen Bhuyan and Dr Hashim Ahmed referred to the deleterious effects of corruption on society and the danger posed to the well-being of the nation.

They suggested that an all-out endeavour should be made with active assistance of the press and the electronic media to root out corruption from social life.

Chakravartty, in his presidential address, said that only a joint endeavour of honest journalists, idealistic writers, and a corruption-free judiciary could secure a healthy environment for the corruption-ridden society.

The meet decided to issue a general appeal to the people of Assam to fight relentlessly at corruption at all levels and to get a form of promise issued from the newly-elected MLAs of the next Assembly that they would refrain from all kinds of corrupt behaviour and action.

The meet constituted an executive committee with Nishinath Changkakati as president, Dr Rohini Kumar Baruah as working president and Jagat Bora and Puspa Bora as joint secretaries.

Other members of the committee are Homen Borgohain, Kamaleswar Bora, Jatin Goswami, Khanindra Chandra Das and DN Chakravartty.

Indigenous NE people face risk of becoming landless

GUWAHATI, Aug 25 – The Land Acquisition Bill, 2011, in its present form, will harm the indigenous peoples of the NE region by putting them at the risk of becoming landless and finally emerging as rural proletariats. The Bill is violative also of the United Nations charters on human rights and rights of the indigenous peoples.

These observations were made by the speakers at a day-long consultative meeting on the Bill here today. City-based North Eastern Social Research Centre (NESRC) organised the function at the Uzanbazar Swahid Nyas Bhawan.

Addressing the first session, NESRC director Dr Walter Fernandes said that the main form of land ownership in the NE region is community-based. But the Indian lawmakers have failed to recognise this form of land ownership.

This very approach of the lawmakers has resulted in alienation of the Tripura tribals from their ancestral land. In the neighbouring State,the land law does not recognise the community ownership of land and this has been done to resettle the refugees in the initial days of the post-Independence era, and later, to resettle the migrants.

In Assam also, the law recognises the individual ownership of land, even as only one-third of the States people have proper land records. Only in Nagaland and Mizoram, the traditional ownership of the communities over their land is recognised. But the 1964 Land Acquisition Act of Nagaland made land acquisition for development purposes easier.

The argument that industrialization is needed for solving the unemployment problem and for that purpose land acquisition is a must, does not hold any water. For, to provide employment to the about 40 lakh unemployed people of the region, it is estimated that an investment of about Rs 8 lakh crore would be required and that sum is not available for the purpose, Dr Fernandes said.

Moreover, he said, all studies carried out in this connection show that the average employment against the acquired agricultural land is only two persons per acre. Besides, children of the 65 per cent of the people displaced due to acquisition of their land, work as child labour, he said.

Prof Udayan Misra, former Head of the Department of English, Dibrugarh University, said that the Bill must be seen as a part of the policies of the neo-liberalisation and the states withdrawal from the social sector.

The Bill has deliberately left the definition of public purpose mentioned in it, vague only to help the private industrialists. It is trying to give the idea that agricultural activities are non-remunerative. But the fact remains that the state is withdrawing from the agricultural and social sectors as a part of the Government policy designed to help the private industrialists, said Prof Misra.

Dr RC Barpatragohain, in his presidential remarks, readout a recent Supreme Court observation on the development paradigm imposed on the people. In this observation, the Supreme Court has said, interalia, – …Neither the policy makers nor the elite in India, who turn a blind eye to the gross and inhuman suffering of the displaced and the dispossessed, provide any credible answers. Worse still, they ignore historical evidence which indicates that a development paradigm depending largely on the plunder and loot of the natural resources more often than not leads to failure of the State; and that on its way to such a fate, countless millions would have been condemned to lives of great misery and hopelessness.

He also referred to several United Nations Organisation charters on human rights and indigenous peoples rights in this connection, maintaining that these declarations are binding on the Indian Govt.

The function was also addressed by Debosmita Ghosh, Prof Bhupen Sarma of the OKD Institute of Social Change and Development, Dr Melvil Pereira of the NESRC and noted social worker Suniti Sonowal, among others.

In the following sessions, social workers, social scientists, representatives of the students bodies like the All Bodo Students Union, Takam Mishing Porin Kebang and several citizens took part.

Sattradhikar named visiting professor by DU

GUWAHATI, Nov 3 – Natun Kamalabari Sattradhikar Narayan Goswami has been appointed Visiting Professor of the MA in Performing Arts course in the Dibrugarh University Centre for Performing Arts. He is to impart lessons on the origin and development of sattriya dance.

Significantly, Goswami has virtually no institutional education. He was brought to the sattra at the age of seven in 1961 and at the sattra, he obtained the degree of Shastri in Sanskrit. He also learnt English, Hindi, Assamese and Brajabuli there and mastered sattriya dance, music and Assamese neo-Vaishnavism at the Sattra.

Now, Goswami is an authority on sattriya dance, music and culture, Assamese neo-Vaishnavism and Brajabuli. He has been practising sattriya dance, songs and instrumental music for around 25 years now. Goswami, has been leading the Natun Kamalabari Sattra as its head since 1972 and by this time he has authored a grammar and a dictionary of Brajabuli, a 1,200-page book Sattriya Sanaskritir Swarnarekha which deals in sattra music, Ankiya Bhaona and Assamese neo-Vaishnavism. This book is now on the syllabi of Dibrugarh and Gauhati universities.

The Sattradhikar has edited Kirtan Ghosa of Sankaradeva and the Naamghosa of Madhavadeva in sanchipat script. Tezpur University has uploaded both the books to its website and the Kirtan Ghosa is a textbook of Dibrugarh University, said the Sattradhikar.By this time the Sattradhikar has been awarded Doctor of Literature by Dibrugarh University. He is now working on a grammar of sattriya dance.

He is also compiling the twelve Ankiya Naats penned by Srimanta Sankaradeva (6) and his apostle Madhavadeva (6) with illustration and English and Assamese versions. It is named Sachitra Ankavali and work on the project is going on for the past about 25 years. The first volume of the compilation will include Dadhimathan and Chordhara of Madhavadeva. Governor JB Patnaik has extended monetary help to this project.

But the scarcity of sanchi leave is posing a problem in completing the project. Governor Patnaik has written to noted agar merchant Badruddin Ajmal with a request to supply sanchi leaves to the Sattradhikar, while the latter has also talked to Ajmal making a similar request. The Sattradhikar said Ajmal has assured adequate supply of sanchi leaves for the project.

On his new assignment, the Sattradhikar said he would start imparting lessons to the Dibrugarh University students after the Raas festival.

Dibrugarh varsity VC Appointment process under HC scanner

DIBRUGARH, May 30 – The appointment of Dr K K Deka as the Vice-Chancellor of Dibrugarh University by the former Governor of Assam, Lt. Gen. Ajai Singh, has come under High Court scanner.

A division bench of Gauhati High Court comprising Chief Justice Madan B Lokur and Justice A K Goswami today issued a notice of motion following a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by the office-bearers of DibrugarhUniversity Postgraduate Students Union (DUPGSU), challenging the appointment of Dr K K Deka as the Vice-Chancellor.

In the PIL, the petitioners contended that the appointment of Dr K K Deka was in violation of Clause 2 of Section 10 of DibrugarhUniversity Act. The PIL was jointly signed by DUPGSU president Dhrubajyoti Lahon, vice-president Jayanta Podder, general secretary Kishore Kumar Gogoi, assistant general secretary Uditjyoti Gogoi, court member Prasanta Bhuyan and cultural secretary Sarangapani Bora. The argument of the petitioners is that the name of Dr K K Deka was not recommended by the constituted advisory board of Dibrugarh University and that the then Governor of Assam and Chancellor Lt. Gen. Ajai Singh had appointed Dr K K Deka without receiving fresh recommendation from the
constituted advisory board.

The law states that the Vice-Chancellor shall be appointed by the Chancellor on the recommendation of an advisory board constituted by the Chancellor for the purpose and consisting of three members of whom one member shall be nominated by the State Government, one member to be nominated by the Chancellor and one member to be selected by the Executive Council. The Act also provides that the Chancellor can call for fresh recommendation from the advisoryboard if he does not approve the recommended names of three persons.

ABSU flays DU apathy

UDALGURI, May 4 – The Udalguri district committee of the All Bodo Students Union (absu) has demanded more seats in the medical and engineering colleges of Assam. This was stated in a press release of the students body.

Expressing concern over the apathetic attitude of the concerned authority of the Dibrugarh University, the absu press release signed by Buddhiram Boro, Daobaisa Boro and Dipen Boro, president, general secretary and advisor respectively said that the university has not sent required forms of medical and entrance examinations to Udalguri district which thus deprived the students of their rights to appear in the competitive examinations to be conducted by the university. The release demanded that the concerned university must send the required forms to the Udalguri sub post office at the earliest so that the students of Udalguri district could avail the facilities to appear in the competitive examinations to be conducted by the Dibrugarh University for admissions to the medical and engineering colleges under it.

The students organisation also demanded that the Superintendent of Posts, Darrang division to bifurcate the erstwhile Darrang district creating Udalguri headpost office in the district headquarters at Udalguri so that the people of Udalguri district, particularly the students community could avail the postal service in a more comfortable way failing which the absu would have no option but to take steps of democratic way of agitation to get its demands fulfilled.

Dibrugarh traders to observe bandh today

DIBRUGARH, Nov 7 – All business establishments in the districts of Dibrugarh and Tinsukia will remain closed tomorrow from dawn to dusk as mark of respect to the departed soul of music maestro Dr Bhupen Hazarika. This was announced today by Eastern Assam Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Condoling the demise of Dr Hazarika, president of Eastern Assam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Bhudeb Phukan in a statement said that the business community would pay their respect to the legend by keeping their shops shut and holding a condolence meet in the evening at Marwaripatty Chariali.

The Dergaon Chamber of Commerce and Industry too has called bandh of all business establsihments in the town tomorrow from 12 noon to 5pm as a mark of respect to the departed soil. The organisation also called upon all the members of the business community to light at least 10 candles as a mark of respect to the departed soul.

The Dibrugarh University will also hold a condolence meet tomorrow at 10 am at its administrative building to pay respect to the much loved music maestro of Assam.

Dr KK Deka, Vice Chancellor of Dibrugarh University, told this newspaper that the university would remain closed after the condolence assembly tomorrow.

Akademi Award to Dr Kabin Phukan posthumously

DIBRUGARH, Dec 21 – The Sahitya Akademi Award will be posthumously given to noted poet, translator, academician and critic late Dr Kabin Phukan who belonged to the city here. Dr Phukan was a senior Professor of English Department in Dibrugarh University. Dr Kabin Phukan died on May 24 this year.

Dr Phukan, who wrote many Assamese and English books, did his PhD from Leeds University, England. He was a Fulbright scholar at Yale in 1983-84 and worked on Ezra Pound. Dr Phukan was also a recipient of Krantikal Sahitya Sanman.
Our Staff Reporter adds: Poets Kabin Phukan

(posthumously; for Assamese) and Premananda Mosahari (for Bodo) have been chosen for the Sahitya Akademi awards this year. The North-east has another recipient in the form of Kshetri Bira, a novelist from Manipur.

According to the Sahitya Akademi website, Phukan and Mosahary have been chosen for their works Ei Anuragi Ei Udasi and Okhafwrni Dwima respectively. Bira has been selected for his novel Nangbu Ngaibada.
The award carries Rs 1 lakh and would be presented on February 14, 2012.

Nalbari Raas fest from Nov 9

NALBARI, Oct 24 – Preparations are afoot to celebrate Raas festival at Nalbari Sri Sri Hari Mandir.
The Nalbari Raas festival to be celebrated from November 9 to 21 with a 13-day colourful programme, will be formally inaugurated by Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi at 2 pm on November 10.

Addressing a press meet on Friday evening, the organisers of the Raas festival informed that this time they have taken some special measures to attract the visitors. The Nalbari Raas committee has been constructing 25 feet high Ravana, Hanuman and Ram for exhibition purpose. Among those, the terrorist attack incident on Taj hotel in Mumbai will also be displayed with the help of electrical devices.

The working president Manoj Chaudhury and general secretary Nareswar Kalita of the Nalbari Raas celebration committee said that the committee has finalised a budget of Rs 25 lakh for smooth celebration of the festival. In order to attract visitors, eight electrically-operated gates will be displayed at the entrances of various link roads. Besides, 20 stalls of the idols would be mechanised and electrified. An artiste of Chandan Nagar Kolkata named Uttam Bhaskar is toiling round the clock for the purpose.

Besides, folk music of Jyotshna Biswas of Madhupur Satra, display of Sankari Kaha Kristi of Barpeta Satra, Darangi Kala Kristi of Sipajhar will be other attractions of the Nalbari Raas festival.For security reasons, the inaugural function will be held at 2 pm instead of 6 pm. The Union DoNER Minister Paban Singh Ghatowar, State Education Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma, Vice-Chancellor of Dibrugarh University Dr Kandarpa Kumar Deka and Vice-Chancellor of Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat Dr Kamal Malla Buzarbaruah will grace the inaugural function. A souvenir will also be brought out on the occasion.

During the Raas festival, a total of 500 volunteers will be engaged on rotation basis daily to look after the situation. The Nalbari district administration will monitor the normal law-and-order situation and deploy more forces during this period.

Nalbari Raas festival begins

NALBARI, Nov 13 – The famous Raas festival of Nalbari at Sri Sri Harimandir began with a 13-day programme after the inauguration of the main gate at 4.30 pm on November 10.Union Minister for DoNER Paban Singh Ghatowar inaugurated the Nalbari Raas festival by cutting the ribbon of the main gate. Addressing the inaugural meeting, Ghatowar said that the spiritualism behind the clay models and the mammoth gathering of Nalbari Raas festival has created communal harmony among different caste, creed and religion. He added that the Nalbari Raas festival should get more exposure for national recognition.

Earlier, Ghatowar and the other guests of the inaugural function were welcomed to the Raas premises from the Nalbari Inspection Bungalow in a colourful cultural procession. The inaugural meeting was attended among others by Nilamani Sen Deka, Minister of Agriculture, Jayanta Malla Baruah, MLA of Nalbari, Dr Kandarpa Kumar Deka, vice chancellor, Dibrugarh University., Dr Kamal Malla Buzarbarua vice chancellor of Assam Agriculture University, Jorhat and Mathuramohan Talukdar, Satradhikar.

It may be mentioned here that the Nalbari Raas celebration committee has taken some special measures to attract the visitors. In Nalbari Raas three 25 feet high idols of Ram, Ravan and Hanuman are being installed. Eight electric gates are being displayed at the entrances of various link roads. Besides, 20 stalls containing the idols have been electrified. An artist of Chandan Nagar of Kolkata Uttam Bhaskar himself electrified the clay models of the Nalbari Raas. About one thousand idols have been displayed at around one hundred make shift stalls.

The Nalbari district administration has intensified security arrangement in the town during the Raas festival. On the other hand, the Raas celebration committee engaged 500 volunteers daily on rotation basis to help the visitors during the Raas. The Nalbari Raas festival will come into end on November 21 next.

Experts call for alternatives

GUWAHATI, Aug 30 – Experts today called for efforts to find out the alternatives to the mega dam hydroelectric projects proposed to be set up in the NE region. They also suggested that there should be an intense debate on the issue of the mega dam hydroelectric projects.

For, they say, the NE region is located in the highest seismically sensitive region and it is one of the hottest of the 22 biodiversity hotspots on the earth. They were speaking at a workshop organised by the All Assam Students Union (AASU) on the Lower Subansiri Hydroelectric Power Project (LSHEP) and the other mega dam projects being set up in the NE region.

Prof Sushil Goswami, a former professor of applied geology of Dibrugarh University, said that the Arunachal part of the Himalayan range is the area where the Indian geological plate has met the Eurasian geological plate. Since the stress it released in August 1950, stress is building in our area and it is experiencing at least two low intensity earthquakes in a day.

The Indian plate is also in conflict with the Burmese plate.

The LSHEP is located 10 km below the main geological boundary fault. The project is also located above the foothill fault.

The project report of the LSHEP has totally ignored the foothill thrust and those who calculated the peak ground acceleration in the area have none of their works published in any of the international journals. With such lapses in their approach they suggested construction of the LSHEP dam at its present site, said Prof Goswami.

Moreover, the soil condition of the Himalayan region in Arunachal Pradesh is also peculiar. If heavy rain occurs here it leads to landslide and will thus create flash flood by filling up the dams proposed to be built here. The dams may remain intact, but the downstream areas will be devastated.

There is also the aspect of dam-induced earthquake to be addressed, he said, referring to the 1967 Koyna earthquake in Maharashtra.

He also asserted that the peak ground acceleration in the 1897 earthquake exceeded 1g referring to the famous seismologist Richard Dixon Oldhams observations on the earthquake and said that the peak ground acceleration mentioned in the project reports of the LSHEP was erroneous.

Prof Jatin Kalita of Gauhati University (GU) Zoology Department, who was the coordinator of the expert team engaged by the NHPC and the State Government following the decision of their meeting with the AASU, said that there is the danger of extinction of several ecologically important components due to the intervention of the dam in the natural flow regime of the river.

The power project will make the river bed go up and the river water sediment hungry. These will result in elimination of various micro-organisms and make the water released from the reservoir sediment hungry. Finally such water will accelerate the process of erosion, he said.

Their habitat fragmentation will result in the extinction of the river dolphins found in the Subansiri. In 2008-09, 29 river dolphins were sighted in the Subansiri, he said.

The intervention in the natural flow regime of the river will be such that for about 20 hours only 6 cubic metres of water per second (cumecs of water) will be released to the downstream course of the river, which has a minimum flow of about 400 cumecs of water. In the rest about four hours, around 2400 cumecs of water will be released from the reservoir, said Prof Kalita.

He also expressed serious apprehensions over the cumulative impacts of the 168 dam projects, which are coming up in the region, on their downstream areas.

Neeraj Vagholikar of the environmental group Kalpavriksh said that in the country, the downstream impact assessment studies are confined only to a 10-km-long reach from the reservoirs.

He also referred to an official report which stated that when they will be in operation, the Lower Demwe Project, Dibang Project and Lower Siang Project will lead to the rise in the water level in the Dibru Saikhowa National Park area by 4 metres.

He also criticised the approach of the Government of India in making it obligatory for the clearing authorities not to block the environment clearance certificates to the LSHEP and the Lower Siang Project till the studies on their cumulative impacts are completed.

The people of the State should also call for cumulative studies of the hydel power projects being undertaken in Bhutan. These projects are being implemented by the Indian agencies, he said.

The function was also addressed by Prof Chandan Mahanta and Prof Arup Kumar Sarma of the IIT, Guwahati, Prof Sarbeswar Kalita and Dr Bhagawatpran Duorah of GU. The experts also interacted with the representatives of 26 students bodies


GUWAHATI, Jan 11 – Friends 2011, a magazine published by the Assam Foundation of North America (AFNA) in collaboration with the Friends of Assam and Seven Sisters (FASS), was released at a function here today by renowned academician and former Vice-Chancellor of Dibrugarh University Prof Kulendu Pathak.

Releasing the magazine, Prof Pathak said that ideas are the most dominating factors in todays world. The NE region of India has a lot of talented people with innovative ideas and this treasure of human resources should be developed to bring about a better future for the people of the region.

NRI Chandan Talukdar told the gathering at the function that the magazine was initially planned as an online one with stress on career avenues. There are materials also for the specially abled people, too, in themagazine. The Assam Foundation also offers a number of scholarships, in addition to the magazine, Talukdar said.

Resident editor of the magazine Jayanta Barman said that the magazine has been designed to benefit the students and the youths of the NE region. The materials for the magazine were sent by Ankur Bora from America through internet and these materials were then shaped into a printed magazine here, Barman said.

The function, presided over by senior journalist Haider Hussain, was addressed by FASS India Chapter president Shantikam Hazarika, Dr Prabodh Bora, Malati Bora and another resident editor of themagazine, Mafruja Hassan.

Long-distance trains via Jorhat, Golaghat demanded

JORHAT, Sept 22 – Jorhat Bikash Committee, a social organisation, has sent a letter to Union Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi demanding long-distance trains like Rajdhani Express, Brahamaputra Mail, Kamrup Express and Kamakhya Express to pass via Jorhat and Golaghat for the benefit of people of these two towns and nearby areas.

In the letter it also suggested construction of a small bypass of approximately 200 ft in Mariani near the Senior Section Engineering Office, which will lead to the Jorhat Town Station directly so that no engine reversion will be required at the Mariani Station. Though Jorhat Railway Station was declared as an Adarsh Railway Station in February this year, no long-distance train passes through this station till date.

The organisation stated in the letter that the existing 15605 Up-15606 Dn Mariani-Guwahati inter-city express via Jorhat has only two sleeper and one AC 3-tier coach and it is very difficult to get berths due to the increasing demand of passengers. Looking into this aspect, one more sleeper coach and one AC 3-tier cum AC 2-tier coach should be attached with the train for passengers. The organisation also demanded that the departure time of another inter-city express train, Dn 15718, should be changed from the existing 4 am to 6 am for convenience of the people of Jorhat and it must stop at the Barua Bamun Gaon Station. A Janshatabdi train should be started at 6.30 in the morning from Jorhat to Guwahati and return by 1.55 pm from Guwahati in the pattern of the existing 12067 Up-12608 Dn, the letter stated.

A new train from the Jorhat Town Station to the Dibrugarh Town Station via Sivasagar, Moran and Dibrugarh is also needed immediately. The new train will be beneficial for patients and the student community studying at Dibrugarh University. Likewise, a new rail line should be started from Khumtai to Salona so that people of Jorhat can reach Guwahati via Nagaon in four hours only and the Rajdhani Express can touch all the Upper Assam district headquarters. The Upper Assam Double Line should also be made parallel to the National Highway connecting the towns like Nagaon, Jorhat, Sivasagar and Dibrugarh.

7th Dibrugarh Book Fair begins

DIBRUGARH, Nov 4 – Inaugurating the 7th Dibrugarh Book Fair at Chowkidinghee ground here today, Sahitya Akademi Award winning author, Yese Dorje Thongchi said that books have an everlasting taste and would contiue to find place in society.

Stating that books had no end, eminent writer Thongchi said as long as society existed, books would continue to exist. People of the state are fond of books and this is enough to keep books thriving, Dorjee remarked.

The noted author, who had been honoured with the Sahitya Akademi Award for his novel Mouna Uth Mukhor Hridoy, also expressed his happiness over the fact that Assam had more woman Sahitya Akademi Award winners then any other state in the country.

Revenue Minister Prthibi Majhi, who attended the inaugural function stated that he enjoyed reading books of different ethnic groups of the state, their traditions, cultures and way of life.

Dr KK Dwivedi, the Deputy Commissioner higlighted the challenge posed by online media. He called upon the publishers and book-sellers to adopt the online system of selling books for survival in the emerging media technology era.

Dr KK Deka, Vice Chancellor of Dibrugarh University, former president of Asam Sahitya Sabha Dr Nagen Saikia and Abani Mohan Saharia, assistant general manager of the regional State Bank of India, also addressed the gathering during the inaugural ceremony.

The Book Fair with more than 60 books stalls and outlets of different publishers and book-sellers, will come to a close on November 13. It is being organised for the seventh time by Milanjyoti Sangha in collaboration with Sadou Assam Puthi Prakashak Aru Bikreta Sanstha. Publishers and book-sellers have also come from outside the state. Several new books will also be released during the Book Fair, the organisers have informed.

Senior citizens cautions against hasty decision

GUWAHATI, Dec 5 – The Assam Senior Citizens Association has urged the Government of India not to take any hasty decision in respect of foreign direct investment (FDI) without taking into account all the consequences that may emerge eventually, driving millions of people in the country to the wilderness of unemployment and privation.

The association, at its executive committee meeting held under the presidentship of former Vice Chancellor of Dibrugarh University Kamaleswar Bora, also cautioned the State Government against the incalculable disaster that the construction of high dams in Arunachal Pradesh may trigger affecting a large geographical area of the North-east and eastern India.

The meeting also discussed at length the national policy for older persons and expressed indignation at the apathetic attitude of the State Government in not taking timely action for implementing the Welfare of Parents and Older Citizens Act and constitution of the State Council for Older Persons.

General secretary of the association, DN Chakravartty, in his report, mentioned the growing popularity of the association which was reflected in the large number of new associations set up all over the State.

The association, by another resolution, expressed the view that the intellectual property of the music legend, Dr Bhupen Hazarika, should be treated as national wealth and no individuals or organisations – however close to Dr Hazarika – should be allowed to exercise hegemonic authority in respect of preservation of the sanctity of the music and other works of the maestro.

Earlier, the association paid tributes to Dr Hazarika, Dr Mamoni Raisom Goswami and Ambika Charan Choudhury besides mourning the death of several members of the association.

Tobiul Hussain, Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, Phulen Saharia, Prafulla Chandra Baruah, Lohit Chetia, Jajnoram Payeng and Dr Minoti Hazarika took part in the discussion. Abani Kumar Sarma presented the financial statement.

Call for river dolphin conservation measures

GUWAHATI, Jan 5 – With threats to the sihu or Gangetic dolphin (Platanista gangetica) being still real in Assam, there is a need to take strong protective steps to ensure their survival. Better awareness among people along with effective anti-poaching measures could help determine the fate of the species that has already been affected by human intervention.

This was reiterated by several experts who attended a book launch function at Guwahati Press Club yesterday. Releasing a book Sihur Sandhanot Luitedi, former Vice-Chancellor of Dibrugarh University, Dr Kulendu Pathak said that its author Dr Abdul Wakid deserves to be commended for his efforts in recording his experiences while estimating Ganges riverdolphin populations.

However, Dr Pathak was of the view that more needs to be done so that better protection could conserve the sihu population and its habitat. He regretted that near his native place in Nagarbera there was a sizeable population of the species. But due to the construction of an embankment the river and its river dolphin population have ceased to exist.

Dr Bibhab Talukdar, secretary general of Aaranyak, the biodiversity conservation group that has published the book, in his welcome address described Dr Wakids work on river dolphins as crucial. It would certainly help further research on the species that has faced serious threats for a long time, he said.

During the programme, Dr Wakid made a presentation on how he and his team carried out estimation of river dolphins on the Brahmaputra from its easternmost part in Assam up to the point the river enters Bangladesh. The effort involved extreme dedication from the team which had to endure great odds to complete their assignment on the river that is unpredictable in many stretches.

It may be mentioned that according to recent estimations, the population of Ganges river dolphins in the Brahmaputra could be around 300.

Call for river dolphin conservation measures

GUWAHATI, Jan 5 – With threats to the sihu or Gangetic dolphin (Platanista gangetica) being still real in Assam, there is a need to take strong protective steps to ensure their survival. Better awareness among people along with effective anti-poaching measures could help determine the fate of the species that has already been affected by human intervention.

This was reiterated by several experts who attended a book launch function at Guwahati Press Club yesterday. Releasing a book Sihur Sandhanot Luitedi, former Vice-Chancellor of Dibrugarh University, Dr Kulendu Pathak said that its author Dr Abdul Wakid deserves to be commended for his efforts in recording his experiences while estimating Ganges river dolphin populations.

However, Dr Pathak was of the view that more needs to be done so that better protection could conserve the sihu population and its habitat. He regretted that near his native place in Nagarbera there was a sizeable population of the species. But due to the construction of an embankment the river and its river dolphin population have ceased to exist.

Dr Bibhab Talukdar, secretary general of Aaranyak, the biodiversity conservation group that has published the book, in his welcome address described Dr Wakids work on river dolphins as crucial. It would certainly help further research on the species that has faced serious threats for a long time, he said.

During the programme, Dr Wakid made a presentation on how he and his team carried out estimation of river dolphins on the Brahmaputra from its easternmost part in Assam up to the point the river enters Bangladesh. The effort involved extreme dedication from the team which had to endure great odds to complete their assignment on theriver that is unpredictable in many stretches.

It may be mentioned that according to recent estimations, the population of Ganges river dolphins in the Brahmaputra could be around 300.

Call for river dolphin conservation measures

GUWAHATI, Jan 5 – With threats to the sihu or Gangetic dolphin (Platanista gangetica) being still real in Assam, there is a need to take strong protective steps to ensure their survival. Better awareness among people along with effective anti-poaching measures could help determine the fate of the species that has already been affected by human intervention.

This was reiterated by several experts who attended a book launch function at Guwahati Press Club yesterday. Releasing a book Sihur Sandhanot Luitedi, former Vice-Chancellor of Dibrugarh University, Dr Kulendu Pathak said that its author Dr Abdul Wakid deserves to be commended for his efforts in recording his experiences while estimating Ganges river dolphin populations.

However, Dr Pathak was of the view that more needs to be done so that better protection could conserve the sihu population and its habitat. He regretted that near his native place in Nagarbera there was a sizeable population of the species. But due to the construction of an embankment the river and its river dolphin population have ceased to exist.

Dr Bibhab Talukdar, secretary general of Aaranyak, the biodiversity conservation group that has published the book, in his welcome address described Dr Wakids work on river dolphins as crucial. It would certainly help further research on the species that has faced serious threats for a long time, he said.

During the programme, Dr Wakid made a presentation on how he and his team carried out estimation of river dolphins on the Brahmaputra from its easternmost part in Assam up to the point the river enters Bangladesh. The effort involved extreme dedication from the team which had to endure great odds to complete their assignment on theriver that is unpredictable in many stretches.

It may be mentioned that according to recent estimations, the population of Ganges river dolphins in the Brahmaputra could be around 300.

Admission at Dibrugarh University

Applications in Prescribed Forms are invited by Dibrugarh University, for admission to the following programmes in the session 2012-2013:
1. Master of Social Work (MSW), Eligibility: Graduate in any discipline from a recognized University securing at least 45% marks in major or in aggregate.
2. Master of Arts (MA) in Applied Psychology, Eligibility: Bachelors degree in any stream including medical and other technical graduates (excluding Fine Arts) with minimum 45% marks in major or 50% marks in aggregate.
3. Master of Education (MEd) recognized by the NCTE. Eligibility: 50% marks in the BEd Examination.
4. MTech in Petroleum Geology, Eligibility: MSc in Applied Geology - Geology securing at least 55% marks. Preference shall be given to GATE and-or NET qualified candidates.
5. MTech in Exploration Geophysics, Eligibility: MSc - MScTech in Applied Geology - Geology - Physics - Mathematics securing at least 55% marks in aggregate and having Mathematics as core subject in the degree level. Preference shall be given to GATE - NET qualified candidates.
6. Master of Pharmacy (MPharm), Eligibility: BPharm from the University, College or Institute approved by the PCI and AICTE. Candidates qualified GPAT shall be given preference.
7. Master of Physical Education (MPEd), Eligibility: Bachelor of Physical Education (BPEd) One Year Degree - 4 Years Integrated Degree - 3 years Professional Degree in Physical Education with minimum 50% marks.
8. Master of Library and Information Science (MLISc), Eligibility: BLISc from the Universities recognized by the UGC with at least 50% marks in aggregate.
9. Master of Arts (MA) in Mass Communication, Eligibility: Graduate in any discipline from the Universities recognized by the UGC with at least 45% marks in major or in aggregate.
10. MA in Performing Arts (Sattriya Dance), Eligibility: The candidates having Bachelors degree in Performing Arts (Dance Specialization) - Sattriya Dance - Indian Classical Dance from Dibrugarh University or any University recognized by Dibrugarh University shall be eligible to apply for admission to the Programme. OR Candidates having Bachelors degree in Performing Arts (in specialization other than dance). They shall have to appear in an entrance test conducted by the University. OR Graduates of any stream having special training on Sattriya Dance by any traditional school - institute or having recognition of performing or teaching Sattriya Dance in national or state level. They shall have to appear an entrance test conducted by the University.
11. Bachelor of Performing Arts (Dance, Music and Drama), Eligibility: Passed HS or any other equivalent 10+2 level Examination in any stream.
12. Bachelor of Library and Information Science (BLISc), Eligibility: Bachelors degree with at least 45% marks in major or in aggregate.
13. Bachelor of Physical Education (BPEd): Eligibility: Graduate in Physical education with 40% marks or Graduate with Physical Education as an elective subject with 40% marks OR any graduate with minimum 40% marks having experience of participation in National - State - Interuniversity - SGFI - Inter-College - Inter District - School or passed NCC C Certificate OR Deputed - In-service candidates (trained physical education teacher - coaches) graduate with minimum 40% marks.
14. Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm), Eligibility: Passed HS or any other equivalent 10+2 level Examination in Science stream with Physics, Chemistry and Biology OR the candidates having Diploma in Pharmacy (DPharm)
15. Post Graduate Diploma in: (i) Rural Development, Eligibility: Bachelor degree in any stream except fine arts with minimum 40% marks in major and 45% marks in aggregate, (ii) Applied Psychology (leading to MA), Eligibility: Bachelors degree in any stream including medical and other technical graduates (excluding Fine Arts) with minimum 45% marks in major or 50% marks in aggregate.
Application form along with the Information Brochure shall be issued till 23.07.2012, which can be obtained from the Office of the Deputy Registrar (Academic), Dibrugarh University on a payment of Rs.300-- (Rupees Three hundred) only in the University Cash Counter.
Application forms downloaded from the website link:
http:--www.dibru.ac.in-files-tenders_notices-Notice290.pdf should be accompanied by a draft of Rs. 300-- drawn in favour of REGISTRAR, DIBRUGARH UNIVERSITY payable at STATE BANK OF INDIA DIBRUGARH UNIVERSITY BRANCH (Code No. 2051).
Last date of receipt of completed forms by the Head of the Department - Directors of the Centre for Studies concerned is 23.07.2012.
List of selected candidates will be notified in the respective Departments - Centre for Studies by 26.07.2012. Entrance - Admission Test, wherever is applicable, shall be held by 28.07.2012.
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PGDTTPM at Dibrugarh University

Dibrugarh University in consultation with the Tea Industries is conducting a Post Graduate Diploma in Tea Technology and Plantation Management (PGDTTPM) course. Applications have been invited from candidates having eligibility as follows:
Bachelor degree in any stream including Agriculture, Engineering - Technology, Business Administration and Computer Application from any recognised University securing at least 40% in Major or 45% marks in aggregate. There shall be relaxation of 5% marks for candidates from the SC - ST - OBC categories.

Candidates appearing - due to appear in the final year of their respective qualifying examinations in April - May 2011 are also eligible to apply but their eligibility for admission shall be considered only when they obtain the minimum qualifying marks and produce original mark sheet of the final year at the time of admission.

Applications in prescribed forms and prospectus may be obtained from the office of the Centre for Tea and Agro Studies, Dibrugarh University on payment of Rs.300-- in cash or through Demand draft (DD) in favour of the Registrar, Dirugarh University drawn at the State Bank of India, Dibrugarh University Branch (Code No.2051).

Prospectus cum application forms can also be obtained through post by sending a request letter along with a Demand Draft of Rs. 300-- and a self- addressed stamped (RS.30--) envelope of 28x12 cm size, to the Director, i-c, Centre for Tea and Agro Studies, Dibrugarh University, Dibrugarh 786 004. Downloaded forms from website (www.dibru.ac.in) accompanied by a Demand Draft of Rs. 300-- as particulars mentioned above are also accepted.

Completed Application forms accompanied by attested copies of all relevant documents are to be submitted to the Director,i-c, Centre for Tea and Agro Studies, Dibrugarh University, Dibrugarh 786 004 on or before 26th July, 2012.

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