16 Vice Chancellors from
North East India joining International Convention of
Vice Chancellors at Sylhet, Bangladesh
GUWAHATI/9th Mile, Ri Bhoi, 29 March 2019: In a
unique step towards enhancing higher educational ties
between India and Bangladesh, 16 Vice Chancellors from
Central, State, private universities as well as
Directors of NITs from the North East are going to
Sylhet on 5th of April to participate in the
‘International Convention of Vice Chancellors- 2019’ to
be held on 6th April. The main purpose of the Convention
is to share the scope of collaboration in teaching,
research and innovation between the two countries. It is
organised by Shahjalal University of Science and
Technology, Sylhet, Bangladesh under the patronage of
University Grant Commission, Bangladesh in association
with University of Science & Technology Meghalaya.
Convention will be attended by 400 vice chancellors,
directors, top researcher’s from both countries and will
be graced by Dr Dipu Moni, Education Minister, Peoples
republic of Bangladesh and Prof A Mannan, UGC Chairman
of Bangladesh along with other ministers.
The Convention is the outcome of a Panel Discussion on
‘Bilateral Collaboration Opportunities in the Field of
Higher Education between Bangladesh and North East
India’ organized by USTM in association with High
Commission Bangladesh at Guwahati in October last year
which was participated by Shri Siddhartha Bhattacharya,
Education Minister, Assam, Prof Abdul Mannan, UGC
Chairman, Bangladesh and Vice Chancellors of
universities from the North East. On that occasion,
Mahbubul Hoque, Chancellor, USTM proposed to Prof Mannan
to host a Vice Chancellors’ convention at Sylhet, which
was appreciated by all the panelists.
“We see that while trade and commerce, surface and air
connectivity between India and Bangladesh are being
emphasized, the area concerning education has remained
unexplored. I believe that this initiative will
strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries
through development and expansion of education. This
positive note has been showed through the enthusiastic
participation of the Vice Chancellors of universities of
North East India, apart from those participating from
Bangladesh side”, stated Mahbubul Hoque, International
coordinator of the convention and Chancellor, USTM . The
Government of India’s Act East Policy recognizes this
geographical proximity and wants to open up this region
to strengthen bilateral relationships. “To my
understanding, stakeholders of universities of both the
regions must come together and work for mutual benefit.
ICVC 2019 is a timely action in this direction. I am
confident that this convention would open doors for
further networking in the field of education among the
ASEAN countries including Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and
India’s North East in near future”, Mr. Hoque added in
another statement .
Those VCs and Directors who have confirmed from the
North East India includes Dr Mridul Hazarika, VC,
Gauhati University, Prof Vinod Kumar Jain, VC, Tezpur
University; Prof. Saket Kushwaha, VC, Rajiv Gandhi
University, Arunachal Pradesh; Prof. M. Premjit Singh,
VC, Central Agricultural University, Manipur, Prof. G.
Singaiah, Pro VC, North East Hill University, Meghalaya;
Prof. K.R.S. Sambasiva Rao, VC, Mizoram University;
Prof. Bhabesh Ch. Goswami, VC, Cotton University; Dr.
Dhiraj Bora, VC, Assam Science and Technology
University, Assam; Prof. (Dr.) J. S. Patil, VC, National
Law University, Assam; Prof (Dr) PK Goswami, VC,
University of Science & Technology, Meghalaya; Prof.
K.K. Deka, VC, Mahapurusha Srimanta Sankardeva
Viswavidyalaya, Assam; Prof Vincent T. Darlong, VC,
Martin Luthar Christian University, Meghalaya; Prof.
(Dr.) Goutam Sutradhar, Director NIT Manipur; Prof (Dr)
Alaka Sarma, Director, International Centre for Gandhian
Studies, Meghalaya; Prof. Rajat Gupta, Director, NIT,
Mizoram; Prof N C Talukdar, Director, IASST, Assam.
Registrars, Deans, Directors and OSDs of few
universities are also accompanying their Vice
All participants agreed to say that this kind of
convention of top academicians are happening first time
in the history of Bangladesh and India which will create
a new route for establishing people to people contact
though educational avenues and will facilitate peace and
progress among the people of both countries.