Gossaigaon: A two-day national seminar entitled ‘Environment, Happiness and Health: Re-reading Literature in 21st Century’ was held in the Department of English at Bodoland University in collaboration with the Department of Humanities and Social Science (HSS), Central Institute of Technology (CIT) and Department of English, Bengal College from November 14 to November 15 with Prof. PK Patra as chairman and Dr. Rustam Brahma as convener.
It was inaugurated by Prof. Laishram Ladusingh, Vice-Chancellor of the university, and the key-note address was delivered by Prof. ZN Patil, former Professor of English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad. Among the plenary speakers present in the seminar were Prof. BC Das, Department of English, Diphu Campus, Assam University, Prof. Sujata Gurudev and Prof. Dwijen Sharma, Department of English, Tura Campus, NEHU and Prof. Nigamananda Das, Department of English, Kohima Campus, Nagaland University.
Altogether 26 papers were presented. The seminar was an open platform for discussing various issues pertaining to human happiness which is inextricably related to health and the environment. It was a small attempt to create a consciousness of living an inclusive and holistic life with proper understanding of our ecosystem and environment.
The department has been continuously working on pioneering academic works for the students, research scholars and faculty of the region. It recently conducted an 11-day inter-disciplinary workshop on research methodology in literary studies. The department, based on the proceeding of the seminar and workshop, will soon publish the books of edited papers and talks for the dissemination of idea and knowledge.