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Chancellors from North East India joining International
Convention of Vice Chancellors at Sylhet, Bangladesh
Mile, Ri Bhoi, 29 March 2019: In a unique step towards
enhancing higher educational ties between India and Bangladesh,
16 Vice Chancellors from Central, State, private universities as
well as Directors of NITs from the North East are going to
Sylhet on 5th of April to participate in the ‘International
Convention of Vice Chancellors- 2019’ to be held on 6th April.
The main purpose of the Convention is to share the scope of
collaboration in teaching, research and innovation between the
two countries. It is organised by Shahjalal University of
Science and Technology, Sylhet, Bangladesh under the patronage
of University Grant Commission, Bangladesh in association with
University of Science & Technology Meghalaya. Convention will be
attended by 400 vice chancellors, directors, top researcher’s
from both countries and will be graced by Dr Dipu Moni,
Education Minister, Peoples republic of Bangladesh and Prof A
Mannan, UGC Chairman of Bangladesh along with other ministers.
The Convention is the outcome of a Panel Discussion on
‘Bilateral Collaboration Opportunities in the Field of Higher
Education between Bangladesh and North East India’ organized by
USTM in association with High Commission Bangladesh at Guwahati
in October last year which was participated by Shri Siddhartha
Bhattacharya, Education Minister, Assam, Prof Abdul Mannan, UGC
Chairman, Bangladesh and Vice Chancellors of universities from
the North East. On that occasion, Mahbubul Hoque, Chancellor,
USTM proposed to Prof Mannan to host a Vice Chancellors’
convention at Sylhet, which was appreciated by all the
“We see that while trade and commerce, surface and air
connectivity between India and Bangladesh are being emphasized,
the area concerning education has remained unexplored. I believe
that this initiative will strengthen bilateral relations between
the two countries through development and expansion of
education. This positive note has been showed through the
enthusiastic participation of the Vice Chancellors of
universities of North East India, apart from those participating
from Bangladesh side”, stated Mahbubul Hoque, International
coordinator of the convention and Chancellor, USTM . The
Government of India’s Act East Policy recognizes this
geographical proximity and wants to open up this region to
strengthen bilateral relationships. “To my understanding,
stakeholders of universities of both the regions must come
together and work for mutual benefit. ICVC 2019 is a timely
action in this direction. I am confident that this convention
would open doors for further networking in the field of
education among the ASEAN countries including Nepal, Bhutan,
Bangladesh and India’s North East in near future”, Mr. Hoque
added in another statement .
Those VCs and Directors who have confirmed from the North East
India includes Dr Mridul Hazarika, VC, Gauhati University, Prof
Vinod Kumar Jain, VC, Tezpur University; Prof. Saket Kushwaha,
VC, Rajiv Gandhi University, Arunachal Pradesh; Prof. M. Premjit
Singh, VC, Central Agricultural University, Manipur, Prof. G.
Singaiah, Pro VC, North East Hill University, Meghalaya; Prof.
K.R.S. Sambasiva Rao, VC, Mizoram University; Prof. Bhabesh Ch.
Goswami, VC, Cotton University; Dr. Dhiraj Bora, VC, Assam
Science and Technology University, Assam; Prof. (Dr.) J. S.
Patil, VC, National Law University, Assam; Prof (Dr) PK Goswami,
VC, University of Science & Technology, Meghalaya; Prof. K.K.
Deka, VC, Mahapurusha Srimanta Sankardeva Viswavidyalaya, Assam;
Prof Vincent T. Darlong, VC, Martin Luthar Christian University,
Meghalaya; Prof. (Dr.) Goutam Sutradhar, Director NIT Manipur;
Prof (Dr) Alaka Sarma, Director, International Centre for
Gandhian Studies, Meghalaya; Prof. Rajat Gupta, Director, NIT,
Mizoram; Prof N C Talukdar, Director, IASST, Assam. Registrars,
Deans, Directors and OSDs of few universities are also
accompanying their Vice Chancellors.
All participants agreed to say that this kind of convention of
top academicians are happening first time in the history of
Bangladesh and India which will create a new route for
establishing people to people contact though educational avenues
and will facilitate peace and progress among the people of both