National Seminar on “Social Exclusion and Challenges of Inclusion in India” organised by School of Social Sciences, The Assam Kaziranga University, Jorhat, Assam

A two-day national seminar on “Social Exclusion and Challenges of Inclusion in India”organised by the School of Social Sciences, The Assam Kaziranga University was held during 25-26 of August, 2017. The seminar was participated by 34 participants from different colleges of Assam and also from JawaharLal Nehru University (JNU), Dibrugarh University and Assam Womens’ University Jorhat.

In the Inaugural Session of the seminar, Dr. P.K. Mishra, honourable vice-chancellor of the Assam Kaziranga University delivered the welcome address. Dr. Mishra in his address briefly highlighted the objectives of establishment of the Assam Kaziranga University. He further dealt with the concept of social exclusion that has been operating in different countries based on different social phenomenon. Prof. Vinay Kumar Srivastava, Director, Anthropological Survey of India, Kolkata, delivered the Inaugural Address. Prof. Srivasata, who is a versatile orator, cited in his address examples of social exclusion as well as social inclusion in the Indian society and also of different societies of the world. He emphasized upon the fact that the social exclusion and inclusion are processes which are not to be looked in isolation of each other, rather they both exist simultaneously in human societies.The Inaugural Session was also addressed by Prof. B.N. Borthakur, Dean, School of Social Sciences who in his speech focused on the objectives of organizing academic events such as seminars in universities. Prof. Borthakur opined that the academic image of the university is reflected through academic activities like holding of seminars, participation of teaches in such seminars, publication of research journals and publication of research papers, books etc. by the teachers.

Dr. Biswajit Ghosh, Professor of Sociology, University of Burdwan, West Bengal, delivered the keynote address of the seminar. In his address, Prof. Ghosh dwelt upon at length the concept of social exclusion and he particularly discussed the phenomenon of social exclusion in Indian context from four angles namely dalits, tribals, religious minorities and women.

In all, four technical sessions were held which were chaired by Prof. B.N. Borthakur, Prof. Biswajit Ghosh, Prof. Jyoti Prasad Saikia and Dr. RuprekhaBordoloi, Principal Kakojan College, jorhat. In the Valedictory Session, valedictory address was delivered by Dr.Jyoti Prasad Saikia, Professor of Sociology, Dibrugarh University, who in his address besides dealing with the concepts of social inclusion and exclusion, also appreciated the School of Social Sciences of Kaziranga University for organizing such kind of academic event. Prof. B.N. Borthakur delivered the vote of thanks in which he appreciated the management of the Kaziranga University for their support in organizing the seminar and commented that this is symbolic of their pursuit for developing the Kaziranga University as one of the best academic institutions in the North-East and in India. He also thanked the participants and resource persons for their engagement in the seminar.

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Installation of New National Cadet Corps (NCC) Unit at Kaziranga University

The National Cadet Corps (NCC) officially installed the new 51 Assam AIR (T) SQN NCC unit at Kaziranga University on the 9th of August, 2017.

The Unit comprises of 25 cadets from among the University students, who were selected after a meticulous selection process. The cadets, who have shown enthusiastic interest, will work towards the completion of the ‘C’ Certificate, the highest offered by the NCC at this level. This 3 year course includes weekly training sessions, along with various camps every semester.

The orientation programme for the University’s first NCC cadets was held in the campus in the presence of Group Commander, NCC (Air Force) M.K Sharma and his team on the 9th of August. The Unit was welcomed by Maj. Gen. SukeshRakshit, Dean, Outreach and Projects, Kaziranga University, and Mr.Jaspal Singh, who are the Coordinators of this programme. Itwas attended by the Director of Kaziranga University, Ms. Rainy Khetan, Registrar of the University, the Deans of the various schools, Faculty members and the Cadets.

This is the first time that the NCC has installed a unit in a private university in this region, aiming to providefor the development of character, discipline, leadership, secular outlook, spirit of adventureand ideals of selfless service among the youth of the country.

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Interactive session for SET students, conducted by Dr. Prabir Barooah

Kaziranga University is grateful to Prof. Dr. Prabir Barooah, Associate Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Florida, for taking time out of his busy schedule to interact with the students of Kaziranga University's School of Engineering and Technology, today on the 2nd August 2017.

Born in Jorhat, Dr. Barooah received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2007 from the University of California, Santa Barbara. From 1999 to 2002, he was a Research Engineer at United Technologies Research Center, East Hartford, CT. He received his M. S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Delaware in 1999 and completed his B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, in 1996.

Dr. Barooah is the winner of the NSF CAREER award (2010), General Chairs' Recognition Award for Interactive papers at the 48th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (2009), best paper award at the 2nd Int. Conf. on Intelligent Sensing and Information Processing (2005), and NASA group achievement award (2003).

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IBM Conducts T3 Workshop for Kaziranga University Faculty on Cloud Computing and Business Analytics: June 8 – 14, 2017

 

 

Kaziranga University is collaborating with IBM to offer specialized courses in the areas of Business Analytics and Cloud Computing under B.Tech Computer Science, Electronics and Electrical Engineering program, to provide students with the needed skills while seeking employment in the industry.

As part of this IBM Innovation Centre for Education (ICE) program, IBM conducted a six day workshop for the KU faculty at the Jorhat campus. Twenty faculty members from the SET & SCS participated in the workshop. First session of the workshop on IT Infrastructure Landscape was conducted by Mr Viqaruddin Surki which covered the topics of Database & Storage Technology, Network & Security and Cloud Computing & Virtualisation. The second session on Applied Statistical Analysis, which forms the core of Business Analytics, was conducted by Dr Jaydip Sen. Extensive lab sessions on the R programming language was conducted at the Computer Sciences Laboratory. From the feedback received, it is quite evident that our faculty found this workshop “extremely useful”, “very beneficial” with a “great coverage” and “a lot of practical examples”.

IBM and KU will conduct similar workshops at the beginning of every semester to cover the more advanced topics.

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Talk by Dr Amitava Mukherjee, Senior Manager - IBM and Senior Member of IEEE Communications Society

 

A talk was held on 14th June 2017 at Kaziranga University by Dr Amitava Mukherjee to present to the faculty of the Dept of Computer Science and Dept of Electronics & CE, possible areas of collaboration on several research topics that are current and stimulating. Dr Amitava primarily deliberated on the following research interests: Design of fault tracking framework for software-defined networking (SDN), Design of Mobile Healthcare Protocol: Real time ECG/EEG Monitoring Application, Modeling the physical channel of a nano-network using calcium signalling based communication for studying biological phenomena-of-interest, Design of structural controllability for complex network architecture, Q-routing based Information Centric Networking (ICN) using directed content request based on characteristic time, and Adoption of Analytics in Healthcare.

Dr Amitava is a PhD in Computer Science and Engineering from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India. Currently a senior manager with IBM India, he had been on sabbatical and visited University of New South Wales, Sydney as visiting Professor (2003-2004) and Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm as Senior Researcher (2004-2005). Prior to his corporate career, Dr Amitava was with the Department of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering, Jadavpur University in research and teaching positions. He has around 165 published papers in journals and conference proceedings of international repute, four patents, five books and four book chapters in pervasive computing, wireless communication, societal engineering, nano communication network and controllability of complex network and SDN respectively.

The talk was well attended by the faculty and largely appreciated by the Dean-in-Charge SET Dr Loganathan, HoD of Computer Science Dept, Dr. Monowar H Bhuyan, HoD of Electronics & CE, Dr Anilesh Dey. Dr Sajal Saha proposed the vote of thanks to Dr Mukherjee and all the faculty.

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Faculty Development Workshop on 'Cloud Computing and Virtualization' conducted by SCS on 25th May

On the 25th of May, the School of Computing Sciences, Kaziranga University conducted a Faculty Development Workshop on the topic “Introduction to Cloud Computing and Virtualization”. The session was conducted by Mr. Sankarsan Biswas, Academic Head - Cloud and ITIMS Business, iNurture Education Solutions Private Limited, Bengaluru. Prof. Tarun Kumar, Dean SCS, briefly introduced the speaker and the topic. The training was well received and appreciated by all the participants.

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Astronomy and Astrophysics: Recent Trends and Scopes

A workshop on "Astronomy and Astrophysics: Recent Trends and Scopes" to be held at The Assam Kaziranga University, organized jointly by KU and the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, (IUCAA), Pune, on 6th May, 2017. The workshop will see a number of eminent speakers from IUCAA and Tezpur University, who will be delivering talks on recent trends and scopes in Astronomy and Astrophysics. 
 
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Workshop on MATLAB and its Application to be held at KU from 16th-18th March 2017

The School of Engineering and Technology at Kaziranga University will be organizing a three-day workshop on 'MATLAB and its Application' from the 16th-18th of March, 2017. This workshop will be conducted by two eminent guests - Dr. Sayan Mukherjee, Professor, Shivnath Sastri College, Kolkata, and Mr. Abhishek Mallick (MS USA), ESL Technologies. The workshop will cover several important topics under MATLAB basics, such as numbers, boolean, graphs, loops, arrays and vectors as well as the Image Processing Toolbox, which includes image acquisition, operations, analysis and colour detection to name a few. The workshop will also include basic assignments and a mini project to help in better grasp and understanding.

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Talk by Professor Dr. Bijoy Bordoloi, Department of Computer Management and Information Systems, Southern Illinois University,USA

Professor Dr. Bijoy Bordoloi

On the 16th of February 2017, Kaziranga University witnessed an enlightening talk by distinguished Professor Dr. Bijoy Bordoloi of the Department of Computer Management and Information Systems, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, USA. Dr. Bordoloi delivered an interesting lecture on Data Analytics to the students and faculty of the School of Business and the School of Social Sciences at Kaziranga University.

Dr. Bordoloi's talk focused on the increased usage of Big Data and Analytics in all walks of life, and the tremendous opportunities it offers to the students of Management Sciences. He commented that the future belongs to a world of interconnected devices that will generate data at tremendous velocity and volume, the power of which can be only harnessed by building expertise in data mining and analytics. Addressing the students, he stressed on the importance of Big Data and Analytics in the field of Social Sciences as well, while also appreciating the significance and need for Social Sciences in today’s world.

Dr. Bijoy Bordoloi, who has his roots in the town of Jorhat, completed his Masters in Economics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and then an MBA from California State University, USA. Subsequently, he attained his Ph.D. in Business Management from Indiana University, USA. He has more than 50 publications in various international academic journals and conferences in the field of Management Information Systems.

This session was an incredible learning experience for the students of KU, who not only learned about the importance of Data Mining and Analytics, but were also made aware of its contribution in all domains of life.

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Kaziranga University celebrates 3rd winter fest - Talent Tantra 2017

The 8th of January saw the conclusion of one of the most-awaited celebrations in the region - Kaziranga University’s annual winter fest, ‘Talent Tantra 2017’. Not only did it showcase the skills and talents of the youth of the North-East through various competitions and events, the fest also featured an incredible artist line-up of Mo & the Shooting Stars, Parikrama, Angaraag ‘Papon’ Mahanta and Vishal-Shekhar, on the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th of January respectively.

The artists, who graced the occasion with their presence, definitely added much grandeur and pomp to the celebrations. Papon, addressing the crowd, expressed his heartfelt gratitude and applauded the Pro-Chancellor of Kaziranga University, Shri Basant Khetan, for being a true ‘son of the soil’, giving so much back to the region, especially in the form of one of the best career universities in the North East.

Talent Tantra 2017 included a plethora of diverse events and shows, which involved many distinguished faces from around the country. Dr. Uddhab Bharali, the renowned Assamese innovator was one of the guest speakers at the event, as was Indrajeet Bhuyan, the youngest cyber security expert from the North-East.

Remarkable events also include an astounding military dog show by the Assam Rifles Dog Training Centre conducted by Colonel Samuel, and an interesting Arms exhibition by the Para Special Forces of the Indian Army, a unit tasked with missions such as special operations, direct action, hostage rescue and counter-terrorism.  The students of KU were also privileged to hear from Colonel Ashok Bhuyan himself about a career in the armed forces. Kaziranga University is thankful to Major General Rajiv Mishra for his unending support in making this collaboration with the Indian Army possible.

Rangmanch, the skit competition was mentored by noted members of the Assamese Film Fraternity including Manjula Baruah, Hemanta Das, Prerana Barbarooah and Sanjeev Borgohain. This event was opened by a group of young, differently-abled children, representing the NGO ‘Prerna’ from Jorhat, whose play was based on the theme of patriotism. Another major event was Winter Runway, the fashion show, which saw noted guest judges such as model Jantee Hazarika, Mr. India 2015 finalist Saagar Gera, designers Payal Chadha and J&Sasha, and fashion consultant Anu Merton Jha.

Organized by the student body, under the able guidance of the young and dynamic Director of Kaziranga University, Ms. Rainy Khetan, Talent Tantra 2017 was a grand success which set a benchmark for more to come. Ms. Khetan not only thanked the students who put their heart and soul into organizing the event, but also commended the all the participants, guests, media, sponsors as well as the entire KU family for their enthusiasm and support.

With an aim of empowering students and encouraging them to take initiative, Talent Tantra 2017 has helped hone their skills and enabled them for brighter futures.

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