DIBRUGARH, Aug 26 – A new executive body of the Assam College Principals’ Council (ACPC) for the session 2013-2015 was unanimously selected during the two-day biennial conference of the body held at the MDKG College here. Dr Balendra Kumar Das, principal of Pashim Guwhati College was re-selected as the president of the council for the second term.
Dr Nishikanta Deka, Dr Budhin Gogoi and Dr Debashish Kar were selected as vice presidents while Dr Amar Saikia was selected as the council’s general secretary among others. The executive body has representation from colleges under Gauhati University, Dibrugarh University and Assam University.
Prof Alok Kumar Buragohain, Vice Chancellor of Dibrugarh University while addressing the principals on ‘Higher Education, Administration and Information Communication Technology’ underlined the need to focus on job-oriented education. “Higher education must bring employability for the students,” he said.
The Vice Chancellor also stated that dealing with the young mind and to highlight the positive side of the youth of Assam was a challenge. He said that the feelings for the nation is declining among the youth. “Due to the lack of a sense of nationalism, there is fragmentation and disintegration. ACPC as a body of principals of colleges may think for the development of higher education by bringing professionalism, dedication and integration which is very important in today’s situation,” the Vice Chancellor said.
Dr GD Sharma, former Secretary, UGC said India’s Northeast has enough potential with its natural resources for introducing skill-based programmes in their courses. “Policy makers should frame policies in such a way that higher education leads to development of the society,” he said. Sharma also inaugurated the third volume of the ACPC journal. Former principal of MDKG College, SK Borthakur released a souvenir named Smritbhas edited by Aniruddha Dutta and Balin Handique. Bivash Dev, Director CDC, Assam University, Rana Sangmai, president, ACTA and several other dignitaries also spoke on the occasion.