GUWAHATI, May 17 - The Department of Computer Science & Engineering and Electronics Communication & Engineering of Regional Institute of Science & Technology (RIST) celebrated World Telecommunication & Information Society Day 2017 here today as part of an effort to raise awareness about societal changes brought about by the internet and new technologies and to help reduce the digital divide.
The event witnessed participation of students from Dispur Public School and Little Star School.
The daylong programme included two workshops, one on introduction to electronics and communication and the other on data arrangement.
In addition, a gaming competition for school students, display of activity gallery, circuit design competition and science model competition were also held to mark the day.
A live interactive session was held on the theme ‘Big data for big impact’.
The basic idea was to focus on the power of big data for overall development and to explore avenues to turn imperfect, complex, often unstructured data into actionable information, thereby triggering societal progress.
Earlier in the day, an inaugural programme was held where the department’s head Jainul Abedin delivered the welcome address.
In his inaugural address Dr PG Rao, Vice Chancellor of the University of Science & Technology Meghalaya (USTM) focused on the latest research works in the field of telecommunication and how it is going to revolutionise the communication scene in the coming days.
Dr PC Mahanta, Director of RIST, gave a comparative picture of what communication as it was a few decades ago and what it is today, with the advent of IT, telecom, and the convergence of media.
NI Laskar, communication consultant, quoted from the message of Houlin Zhao, Secretary General of the International Telecom Union, who has focused on entrepreneurship in telecom sector as it is going to be one of the most profitable activities in the coming days.
A special wall magazine to mark the occasion was also unveiled during the inaugural session.