The Assam down town University (AdtU) hosted its 8th convocation ceremony on September 15 on a virtual platform.
The Guwahati-based university, which has over 64+ programmes and 250+ faculty members, conferred honorary Doctor of Letters (DLitt) to former chief minister of Assam, Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, along with eminent social activist and entrepreneur Padma Hazarika.
This year a total of 944 students and research scholars have been awarded degrees, out of which 724 are graduates, 213 post graduates, and 7 PhD achievers.
“We at Assam down town University constantly strive to develop a healthy academic environment for the students which help them not only to excel in the field of education but also prepare them to deal with the complexity of our social fabric. The pandemic situation has brought the world to a standstill for a long period of time. Despite the lockdowns and prolonged halt to physical classes, teaching learning has been a continuous progression in AdtU. The transition of Assam down town University has been very smooth and successful as it always believed in the integration of information technology in education. The outbreak of COVID-19 has taught us that change is inevitable,” a statement from the university said.
Determined to cope with the change, Assam downtown University rose to the front by adopting various digital platforms to cater to the needs of its students residing in the various parts of India as well as other countries, the statement added.
“The university switched over to digital platforms by strengthening the already existing technological infrastructure called PRAN, the academic ERP that has been introduced in 2017 and ever since functioning as the main network of all academic activities. Online classes replaced offline classes. Not only the university provided uninterrupted classes to the students, it also successfully conducted the intermediate and final year/end semester examinations and declared results much within the academic calendar it formulated at the beginning of the session,” the Assam down town University statement further said.
The convocation programme on September 15 started with the felicitation of Assam governor Jagdish Mukhi as the chief guest by registrar of the university, Ashim Barman. It was followed by a welcome address by AdtU chancellor NN Dutta. Thereafter, vice chancellor NC Talukdar also presented his address.
Dean of studies Bandana Dutta presented the PhD to the seven research scholars. The deans of the various faculty of study presented the names of the candidates under their respective undergraduate and postgraduate programmes who have qualified for the conferment of bachelors and masters degrees.
Governor Mukhi awarded the Assam down town University students their respective degrees. The students who were unable to attend the convocation were presented by the controller of examination Joydeep Goswami and their degrees were awarded in absentia by Mukhi.
Jyotismita Sarma of BSc Microbiology and Jutima Baruah of MSc Microbiology, bagged the gold medal for the best graduate and the best post graduate of the session 2021 respectively. An award of appreciation for the best placement achiever of the year was presented to Debapriya Paul (MBA).