ACTA platinum jubilee national seminar under way at Darrang College
Rongili Barta- A national seminar on the subject ‘Socio-Economic Issues and Development Dynamics in the Northeast Region of India’, to mark the platinum jubilee of Assam College Teachers’ Association (ACTA), organised by Darrang College teachers’ unit in collaboration with ACTA and the IQAC of the college, began with a two-day programme on Friday at the Alumni Gallery of Darrang College. Attending the seminar as the keynote speaker, Dr Madhurjya Prasad Bezbarua, professor of Economics of Gauhati University, laid emphasis on integration of the economies of the seven states of the Northeast for overall economic development of the area. He also stressed the need for launching inter-state packages for the development of the tourism industry in the area. He mentioned in his speech that the problems of different communities of Assam can not be solved by giving them land alone.
“We must move forward with all the communities and ethnic groups altogether with their socio-economic issues to bring development to the entire Northeast area”, he said, adding that maximum involvement of the younger generation in the industrial and commercial sectors will accelerate the development of the economies of the Northeast. The seminar, being attended by 101 researchers from 45 universities of the country, was inaugurated with lighting of earthen lamps on Friday morning by Dr Khageswar Borkakati, president of the governing body of Darrang College. This was followed by the welcome address delivered by Dr Polashmani Saikia, principal of Darrang College. Dr Biren Das, registrar of Tezpur University, launched the collection of the abstracts of the research papers scheduled for presentation in the seminar. Dr Das, in his speech, expressed the hope that the seminar will help evolve solutions to different problems.
Attending the programme as distinguished guest, Dr Jayanta Barua, newly elected president of ACTA, stressed the need for the government’s attention in appointment of vice chancellors in the State universities of Assam from among the veteran academicians of the State. Dr Chittaranjan Baruah, coordinator of the seminar organising committee, dwelt in brief on the research papers to be presented during the seminar.