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Tezpur University urged to play major role in research activities
ShambHu Boro
 TEZPUR, Jan 1 - Urging graduates, scholars and the faculties concerned to conduct research with utmost commitment and sincerity for their advancement and to contribute to advances of science and human application in areas of national and global importance, besides value addition, Professor Dr Ramesh Chandra Deka said that Tezpur University is committed to further the Government’s policy of ‘Education for All’.

 Formerly Dean and Director of AIIMS, New Delhi, Professor Deka, who attended as the chief guest at the 16th convocation of Tezpur University held recently, mentioned about the Sarba Shiksha Abhiyan, which involves improved nutrition to schoolchildren and also capacity-building of school teachers by imparting training through colleges and outreach centres in educational methods and modern techniques.

“They thereby play a robust role in the context of preparing these students for higher studies and to fulfil the responsibility of promoting the Government of India’s higher education policy called RUSA (Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan),” the noted academician said.

Speaking about the mythologically prominent Tezpur town, which houses two science institutions like a State-level medical college and a mental health institution, he urged Tezpur University to collaborate with these institutions for undertaking inter and multi-disciplinary research activities in health sciences.

“The NCD’s malnutrition and childhood infection, maternal health and also psychiatric disorders, including depression and suicide, have been recognised as killers in the country and merit attention in a multi-national approach for necessary remedy. Tezpur University could play a major role in undertaking both basic research from the cell, gene and life chemistry point of view and stimulate health care groups to share with them and bring out a convergent care strategy in disease control and care,” he observed.

Mentioning that there is an affordable need for indigenous quality products in the area of human healthcare, Tezpur could very well become a hub for such collaborative research and invite national and international industry for product development like embedded technology-based machines like life-saving ventilators and other equipment.

They can be entrusted with work like making appropriate material suitable for bio-medical uses within the human body. Efforts may be made in this direction for fabricating devices required in the health care market. We need material development scientists and manpower from Physics and Chemistry disciplines and then product development and their due testing or quality assessment and standards established before human use.

“As we need a variety of devices, Tezpur University could implement such projects with active collaboration from industry and medical experts. The medical industry needs effective tools which are affordable and can serve as human implantable devices like pacemaker, artificial joints, cardiac valves or cochlear implants, to mention few, to meet the requirement of the modern healthcare industry as imported devices are very costly.”

He also mentioned that cognition studies in children for psychological and intellectual growth and development, including languages and geriatric population for problems like loss associated with age or diabetes are areas of importance. The university can take up research projects in collaboration with Tezpur Medical College and Tezpur Mental Hospital.

Development of herbal medicine under Pharmacy and Pharmacology disciplines are another promising area in the North East region as a large number of herbal resources are available for studies regarding their medicinal properties.

“I urge Tezpur University to establish such a herbal research set-up and undertake research projects. I feel you would be able to provide the required leadership in producing indigenous molecules both for inflammation and other non-communicable diseases like diabetes, hypertension, stroke and cancer,” he said.

On another front altogether, he expressed concern over the prolonged closure of Jagirod Paper Mill and urged the Governor to look into the matter on an urgent basis. He also urged Mukhi to initiate measures to set up a martyrs column in hallowed memory of those who laid down their lives during the Assam Agitation, because of whom the university came into being.

In the 16th convocation under reference, a total of 1,132 students were conferred degrees and diplomas, among which 51 were PhDs; 674 masters; 352 undergraduates (Be Tech/BSc/ BA); 25 PG diplomas and 30 degrees and diplomas under the open and distance learning programmes. Toppers of the university in 39 programmes qualified for a gold medal each.

Conferring the degrees and diplomas to the students, Chancellor of the University-cum-Governor Professor Jagdish Mukhi said that Tezpur University has a very special status in the hearts and minds of the people of Assam.

“As an outcome of the historic Assam Accord, it was established with the objective of addressing the regional aspirations of the people while maintaining sync with global technological innovations and human developments indices. I am confident that as TU celebrates its silver jubilee, the university will subsequently mature into an institution of scholastic excellence.”

In due course, the Vice Chancellor of Tezpur University, Professor Vinod Kumar Jain said since its inception, the university has been motivated by it’s vision of developing human excellence and inculcating leadership through hard work and creativity.

“While it is for the conscious citizens of the country to asses our academic trajectory and accomplishments, we can submit that this university, which is among the most respectable institutions of the country and beyond, has been possible due to the sincere and dedicated involvement of the students, faculty and staff of the university,” he mentioned.

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