Tezpur: Tezpur University celebrated its 31st foundation day on its premises on Sunday. The ceremony was graced by the esteemed presence of Prof. Virander Singh Chauhan, Padma Shri, an eminent Indian scientist and former Chairman of the University Grants Commission and National Assessment and Accreditation Council.
Delivering the 31st foundation day oration, Prof. Chauhan, in his speech outlined the university’s transformative journey and its crucial role in shaping the future of higher education. His insightful remarks touched upon several key aspects that highlighted the university’s commitment to societal progress and academic excellence. He emphasized the privilege of higher education, stressing that it provides a unique opportunity to success, independent thinking, and realization of one’s own right. Explaining the role of a university, the veteran academician said that it is the responsibility of a university to disseminate good quality education to its students. “The role of a university has gone through changes but the primary responsibility of a university is to provide quality education.” Highlighting the seriousness of adverse climate change, Prof. Chauhan said that human need not be more greedy than they are today.
Speaking on the occasion, Prof Shambhu Nath Singh, Vice Chancellor congratulated everyone who has been an integral part of the development of Tezpur University. Highlighting the impressive journey of the University, he emphasized the institution’s dedication towards delivering quality education, research, international collaborations and ongoing projects.
“The university’s vibrant research ecosystem is symbolized by the current year’s publication record which include: 558 journal papers, 30 books, 155 book chapters, and 63 conference proceedings among other forms of publications”, Prof. Singh said.
Sharing some future roadmap, Prof Singh said that the University is proposing to establish thirteen 13 new departments, such as Pharmaceutical Sciences, Petroleum Technology, Tourism Management, Yoga and Sports Science, Economics, Statistics, Psychology, Library and Information Science etc. “alongwith these departments, the university is mulling to start a Centre for Defence Studies named after Ahom General Lachit Borphukan to fulfil the geopolitical need of this region”, Prof Singh said. He informed the august gathering that Government of Assam has given the university additional plot of 240 acres to expand the current campus. Prof. Singh also thanked the Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma for giving away the land.
Initiating for the first time, the University felicitated Chayan Dutta, notable alumnus of from the Department of Electronic and Communication with Distinguished Alumnus Award 2023. Dutta was given the award for successfully overseeing the launch operations of the Chandrayan-3 mission.
Janmejoy Sarkar, Senior Research Fellow (SRF) of the Department of Physics was felicitated with Distinguished Student Achiever Award 2023 for his contribution in developing SUIT module of India’s space mission ADITYA-L1. The other Distinguished Student Achiever Award 2023 was conferred to Ms. Reema Borah, a PhD scholar of Dept. of Cultural Studies for receiving the 69th National Film Awards for her Assamese film ‘Anunaad – the Resonance. The category was Best Film on Social Issues (Feature Films category).
During the occasion, three students of department of commerce were given Institute of Company Secretaries of India gold medal. Along with that a total of 32 faculty, researchers and students were also honoured for their achievements on the occasion. During the occasion, Dr. Juri Dutta, Head, Dept. of Assamese and alumna of the University donated Rs. 50,000/- to the alumni fund.
Earlier, the Vice chancellor also inaugurated a 100 feet high mast National Flag in front of the administration building to kick start the Foundation Day celebrations.