Edu scene
 It’s heartening that some quality higher The NITS campus at Mirzaeducation institutes are coming up in and around Guwahati to cater to the growing academic demands of the region, besides curbing, to some extent, the flow of precious cash from the region. While the ERD Foundation based in Guwahati has set up the Regional Institute of Science & Technology (RIST) in a bid to transform the Northeast into a science and technology vibrant region, the Netes Institute of Technology & Science Mirza (NITS) is another venture with similar motives.

ERD Foundation’s chairman M Hoque announcing the launch of RITS in GuwahatiA front ranking educational network in the region for its innovative approach in bringing higher and technical education within the reach of the masses, ERDF has set up RIST at Baridua in Ri-Bhoi district of Meghalaya. Both NITS and RIST, set to commence from this academic year itself, are approaved by All India Council of Technical Education and affiliates of Gauhati University and NEHU, Shillong respectively.

Situated on a picturesque hill in 9th Mile area, RIST is just 6 km from Dispur and 85 km from Shillong; and the serene ambience of RIST is ideal for academic pursuits. The focus of RIST is on meritorious students from economically backward and rural regions, and it will offer free studentship to 18 such students irrespective of caste, creed and religion.

NITS Mirza is also located amidst natural surroundings on the NH 37, 28 km from Guwahati and 6 km from GNB International Airport. NITS says it will provide world class technical education in the Northeast at a reasonable cost to equip the students with the best possible technologcal proficiency. Run by North East Technical Education Society, NITS offers four-year BE in computer science, electrical, electronics, communication and mechanical engineering. A special feature of NITS is the sophisticated robotics and embedded systems training centre equipped to provide students the opportunity to learn hands-on, the ‘art of robotics’.

Let’s hope both the institutes with their dedication and expertise empower the student community of the region in their quest for success.
Student acts
 Pragjyoti, the ITA Centre for Performing Arts at Machkhowa, Guwahati was agog with activities recently as Third Eye College of Technology & Management organized its annual function. Attended by educationist and former vice chancellor of Dibrugarh University, Dr Kulendu Pathak as the chief guest along with leading management consultant Sanjib Kakoti and Vodafone’s national head (quality) Gautam Bora, the function saw semester toppers being awarded with the certificates, followed by a colourful cultural function.

The annual function was also the culmination of the college week where the enthusiastic students took part in slogan writing, painting, quiz, debate, extempore speech, singing, dancing, drama, etc. The main attraction of the cultural evening, that also included a personality contest billed ‘Mr & Miss Third Eye’, was Joy Chakraborty of Sa-Re-Ga-Ma fame, who regaled the audience with some latest hits.

Simanta / Mridumoloy