ITANAGAR: Every crisis offers an opportunity to revisit our priorities. In this context, the Department of Social Work, the Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) conducted a 5-day online Faculty Development Programme (eFDP) on "Re-thinking Research and Contemporary Development Priorities: Learning Essentials for a Sustainable Future". The programme commenced from May 18 and concluded on Friday.
It was an initiative in the backdrop of COVID 19 to facilitate an informed introspection on the part of academicians, research scholars and development professionals in terms of revisiting individual and institutional priorities, to the basic fabrics which constitute our life, livelihood and overall well-being.
An overwhelming response from interested participants across the country cutting across disciplines and occupations, with a tally of 1,639 participants attending the eFDP.
It witnessed a total of 11 technical sessions through Cisco Webex platform having a proportionate blend of seasoned, young and dynamic resource persons from all walks and corners of the country.
Meanwhile, the valedictory session witnessed participation of over 100 delegates and invited dignitaries.
Dr Kaushalendra Pratap Singh delivered the welcome address and presented a brief summary of takeaways in terms of lessons and recommendations.
RGU Vice Chancellor, Prof Saket Kushwaha, emphasized that real wisdom of life lies more in worldly experiences of farmers and indigenous societies and less in researches based on commercial interests.
Prof Kushwaha further stressed that human empathy, trust and concern for one another recognized popularly as "Social Capital" should be a priority area for academicians, researchers and development professionals.