International Youth Day at
Young people are critical actors
in preventing conflicts and supporting peace – Mr.
Nilotpal Deka, Advocate & Columnist, the Assam Tribune
August 12, 2017, USTM : Today on the day of
International Youth Day, University of Science and
Technology Meghalaya recalled the utility and importance
of maintaining peace and harmony and youth as a catalyst
to that end. North East Region being generally
misconstrued as a stronghold of militancy, USTM students
were inspired to be a harbinger of peace of peace and
harmony in the region. The department of English, USTM
had observed International Youth Day on 12th August,
2017. This year as charted out by United Nations, the
theme of International Youth Day 2017 is "Youth Building
Peace". In keeping with the UN Resolution, the
department of English had taken up an initiative to
commemorate the day through a debate competition on the
topic " Youth and Social Media : harbinger of peace
?" where a total number of 23 students of USTM from
various departments took part so enthusiastically. The
contestants while being judged by Mr. Nilotpal Deka,
Advocate and Columnist, The Assam Tribune and Dr. Amit
Choudhury, Dean, School of Business Sciences had
appreciated the spirit of the youngsters, their positive
attitude towards o contribute some way or the other for
bringing a social change, equality, peace and harmony.
Dr. Dayanand Pathak, HoD, English had moderated the
debate proceedings and in his opening address he
stressed on the need of the youth to innovate in fields
that will bring about peace. The winners of the
competition are as follows, first prize went to Kanak
Kharbongkar from Dept. of law, 2nd prize went to
Madhurjya Kalita from Dept. of Civil Engineering, RIST,
3rd prize was bagged by Mahasweta Chakrabarty from Dept.
of English, most promising Debater award had gone to
Rambo Regan from Dept. of English.
Meanwhile, it should be mentioned that International
Youth Day 2017 is dedicated to celebrating young
people’s contributions to conflict prevention and
transformation as well as inclusion, social justice, and
sustainable peace. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable
Development committed to fostering peaceful and
inclusive societies and affirmed that “Sustainable
development cannot be realized without peace and
security”. Goal 16 aims to ensure responsive, inclusive,
participatory and representative decision-making at all
levels. The World Programme of Action for Youth, which
provides a policy framework and practical guidelines to
improve the situation of young people, also encourages
“promoting the active involvement of youth in
maintaining peace and security”.
On the other hand, the department, the department of
Library Science and Information, USTM had observed
National Librarian Day to mark 126th birth anniversary
of Dr. S Ranganathan, father of library science. The
program was started off with the lighting of the lamps
and speeches by Dr. P K Barooah, retired technical
official, CSIR, NIST who highlighted the contribution of
Dr. S Ranganathan and the emerging importance of
librarianship as a profession for career development.
Other speakers were Dr. Amit Choudhury, Dean, School of
Business Sciences, Dr. R K Sharma, Pro VC, USTM, Dr.
Ajmal Borbhuyan, Registrar, RIST and others, followed by
an audio visual presentation by the students of Library
Science and Information, on the life and works of Dr.