From Our Staff Correspondent
Dibrugarh, Nov 3: The second Late Dr. Prabhash Chandra Goswami Memorial Endowment Lecture, organised by the department of economics, Dibrugarh University (D.U) recently, was delivered by Prof Alokesh Barua from Jawaharlal Nehru University. The programme was iugurated with the lighting of the ceremonial lamp in commemoration of Dr. Goswami. Head of the department of economics, D.U Prof. D.K. Chakraborty, while welcoming guests and others briefed the house about the life and works of Prof. Goswami.
An eminent scholar, Prof. Goswami was the first Assamese to obtain a Ph.D (Economics) from the London School of Economics in 1959. For the best part of his career he was a development economist and policy -maker, advising the Governments of India and Assam as member of several Boards and Committees. The Vice -Chancellor, Prof. Alak Kumar Buragohain, speaking on the occasion urged that Assam being an agriculture-based economy needs more young economists specializing in this sector to build up an interface with the industrial sector. Emphasizing on the massive changes which have taken place in the ASEAN region and India in the past decade, he underlined the need for carrying out in-depth study so as to find ways and means to derive benefits by the NER from the ASEAN -India Free Trade Agreement. Moreover, he highlighted the contribution made by Dibrugarh University to the Act East Policy through its own Centre for Studies on Bangladesh and Myanmar.
While delivering his lecture on the theme ‘ASEAN -India Free Trade Agreement: Development’, Prof Barua urged upon a re-contextualizing of the approach of all stakeholders in formulating and executing the Act East Policy. He emphasized that the emergence of Chi as an economic giant impressed upon the urgency of developing India’s land-locked northeastern region. In his opinion, the NER witnessed investments right from the days of the East India Company in Tea Jute, Railways, Oil, Coal and formed a part of the global cross currents in trade and commerce.
On behalf of the family members of Late P.C. Goswami , Prof. Ratan Kotoky (Son in law) and Sumitra Goswami (son) expressed their gratitude to Prof. Alokesh Baruah and D.U for assisting in organizing the oration programme.