Guwahati, Nov 25: A four–day regiol conclave on capacity strengthening of academia, professiols and Government in the area of social and behavior change Communication for empowering adolescents in Assam & NE was organized by the Department of Communication & Jourlism, Gauhati University in association with UNICEF at Hotel Bhargav Grand here from November 21-24.
The valedictory session was addressed by Dr. Mridul Hazarika ,Vice Chancellor, Gauhati University. Addressing to audience he said,” We should try to make use of traditiol values” adding, youth adolescent can absolutely build or even destroy the world. The conclave emphasized on incorporation of development communication in academic curriculum so that social and behavior change communication can be achieved with the fullest association of adlosce3nts and the society as a whole. Patricia Mukhim, Editor of Shillong Times urged the media fraternity to promote developmental issues. Swaswati Goswami, Associate professor IIMC, Delhi appealed that market driven psychology of media and society should not hinder the infiltration of development communication. India Vee kumari, Communication for development Officer, UNICEF, Assam focused on more participatory communication in North east for social and behavior change of adolescents. Eminent academicians like Professor KV graj from Mizoram University, Prof. RM Pathak from Baras, Kinshuk Pathak from Bihar, Sunil Koijam from Aruchal Pradesh, Alankar Kaushik from Meghalaya, Shiv Jyoti Das Baruah from galand, Surjya Chetia from Assam University opine for a common forum of media persons, academia and professiols for evaluation and assessment of development initiatives in the region. Prasanta Rajguru, Editor, Amar Asom, highlighted on identification of key factors affecting the behavior of Adolescents in conflict situations like Northeast.