Research work must benefit
the society: Prof Amarjyoti Choudhury
USTM, TECHNO CITY, NOVEMBER 18: While it is a
regular practice for all PhD scholars to interact with
their guides on a regular basis, in the University of
Science & Technology Meghalaya (USTM), this practice is
further augmented by half yearly Scholars-Guides-Meet in
which all problems faced by research scholars are
discussed in an open and wide platform and solutions
worked out. This was stated by Dr RK Sharma, Pro VC,
USTM, while delivering the inaugural address at the
Scholars Guides Meet held at the University on Saturday.
Prof Amarjyoti Choudhury, VC, USTM, speaking on the
occasion, said, “While PhD research is a scholastic
activity, it cannot be done independently. It has to be
of a high standard and hence it has to be guided and
supervised by a person who has the capacity to guide the
scholar in the right direction and do course correction
whenever necessary.” He urged upon the scholars to
relate their research to modern available knowledge and
ensure that the end product benefits the society in some
way or the other.
Mahbubul Hoque, Chancellor, USTM said that good
infrastructure and quality teachers can increase the
number of students joining the University, but it is
research and development work that can give the
university a good brand name. Keeping this in mind, he
said, USTM is relentlessly working to improve the
research facilities and linkages therefor so that this
University could emerge as the best destination for
research work in the very near future.
Invited guest speaker, Prof AK Thakur, HoD, History
Department, NEHU, told the audience that not kings or
millionaires but the scholars can enjoy the bounties of
the world. The scholars are remembered but not the
kings. He gave the example of Kauitlya who is studied
much more in the universities than Chandragupta Maurya,
the king in whose court Kautilya served.
Another invited speaker, Prof S. Khijwania, Department
of Physics, IIT-G, explained the different dimensions of
PhD work and explained the role of IIT in promoting
research work across the country. He said, “IIT is open
to collaborative research and all stakeholders can
approach us for this purpose.” He also mentioned about a
one year research exchange programme under the
Government’s TEQIP3 scheme from which research students
can reap benefits.
The inaugural session, attended by over a hundred
scholars, came to an end with the vote of thanks offered
by Dr Ajmal H Barbhuiya, Academic Registrar, USTM.
Interaction of scholars with guest speakers, and
respective guides followed. The event was coordinated by
Dr Monalisa Bora Deka, Senior Research Officer, USTM.