It is now nearly two years since I have taken over the charge of Assam
University. Over this period I have become increasingly aware of the sentiment
and aspirations of the people of the Barak Valley in general and those
associated with the university in particular regarding the establishment of the
university and its subsequent growth. I am deeply committed to honour these
I shall reiterate some of my feelings expressed in my previous communication
to you just after I assumed charge.
Amongst the different components in any university system, I have the opinion
that students and research scholars are the keys that will ultimately decide the
height we would reach. Therefore, I shall not spare any effort to take steps that
would fulfil their dreams and aspirations. They are the brand ambassadors of the
university, and all others must try to create an atmosphere where they are
nourished. I shall try to improve the existing academic infrastructure so that
they can achieve their goals.
I would like to see that the teachers excel not only in teaching but also in
research. I urge them to obtain as much national and international attention as
possible, through sponsored research and collaboration. At the same time, every
teacher must create a niche of his/her own. As researchers we have to cater to
the needs of the society at large. So, I hope that the researchers will address
issues related to societal needs in general, and of the region in particular.
Members of the teaching staff with their sincerity in teaching and dedication in
research can take the university to amazing heights.
The administrative staff members constitute the other pillar on which the
university stands. Nothing can be achieved unless they provide selfless and
constructive support to the system. I urge them to adopt a student and facultyfriendly
outlook so that we all live in harmony. I am committed to providing a
transparent, fair and unbiased administrative system with your help.
Several important events took place last year. We held the XIIIth Annual
Convocation, which was graced by our Visitor, Honourable President of India,
Chief Rector and Honourable Governor of Assam, Honourable Chief Minister
of Assam and our Chancellor. The Visitor inaugurated an exhibition of grassroot
innovators and interacted with members of Innovation Club and inspired
Teachers. Our former President, Honourable Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam visited us
and interacted with our students. Other important dignitaries, who visited us last
year, included Honourable Governor of Meghalaya. We held several important
national and international seminars attended by eminent guests from India and
abroad. We have made big strides in the sector of international co-operation for
students, research scholars and young faculty and non-faculty members through an agreement with a consortium of European Universities, which will enable
our students/research scholars/young faculty members and staff members to
visit different European universities. We have established our campus in Diphu
and all the Departments have moved in to the permanent campus. The campus
was inaugurated by the Chief Rector and Honourable Governor of Assam. We
are trying to fulfil our commitment to the society through our various social
and educational outreach activities, and I am happy to note that some of these
are designed and executed by students. We have been able to open a few new
Departments and we are striving for more. We have been able to fill up some
senior statutory posts, and the rest will hopefully be filled up by June this year.
We are trying to fill up all vacant teaching and non-teaching posts as early as
possible. Despite all our limitations, we are devoting full energy to publish
examination results on time, courtesy our faculty colleagues, teachers and staff
of affiliated colleges and non-teaching employees of the Examination section.
We have taken steps to strengthen and improve our campus recruitment process.
I am aware that many of the requirements/demands of the members of the
university system could not be met with. Among other things, limited budgetary
allocation in the XIIth Plan period is a distinct inhibiting factor. However, we
will not spare any effort towards improving the academic and infrastructural
ambience in the university. We are aware that supply of water and electricity to
both our campuses are inadequate, but the situation cannot improve overnight.
We are now eagerly awaiting our second-cycle accreditation by NAAC in very
near future. Let us all join hands to showcase our progress, which will not only
fulfil our goal, but will also establish that we are committed towards honouring
the aspirations of the community.
I am truly indebted to the students, research scholars, faculty members and nonteaching
staff members of the University and its affiliated colleges for their
understanding, co-operation and support over nearly last two years. I look
forward to receiving the same in the coming years, and I am aware that I can
function only when I am fully supported by all of you. I can confidently assert
that the University has a highly motivated, dedicated and competent manpower
to march ahead and reach great heights.
I extend my warmest greetings to all belonging to the family of Assam