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August 16, 2009

Think positive and innovative: former UGC secretary

SHILLONG, Aug 16: Prof GD Sharma, president of Society for Education and Economic Development (SEED) and former Secretary of University Grants Commission (UGC), visited the Regional Institute of Science and Technology (RIST) in Ri-Bhoi District of Meghalaya recently. The Institute is run by the Education Research and Development Foundation (ERDF), Guwahati.
During Prof Sharma’s visit, Mahbubul Hoque, chairman of ERDF, presented a brief report highlighting the immediate plans and programmes of RIST. Prof Sharma was also taken around the campus of RIST and shown the rich infrastructure that makes it one of the best institutes of the region. The Institute has set up state-of-the-art workshop and laboratories for its B Tech courses in Electronics, IT and Computer Science. RIST has installed more than 100 PCs in its computer lab and it has a conference hall that can accommodate over 200 students at a time.

While interacting with the faculty of RIST, Prof Sharma said, “The Government has earmarked over Rs 60,000 crore for expenditure in infrastructure. So, you can understand what kind of demand it will create for people who are qualified in various streams of engineering.” Prof Sharma was of the opinion that the focus should be on application-oriented courses rather than on theoretical subjects. He exhorted the faculty to think positive, pro-active and innovative. THE SENTINEL

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