Silchar: Assam University, Silchar, a central varsity, will celebrate its 19th foundation day on January 21 with a two-day-long programme. The occasion will be marked by the signing of an MoU with two other varsities including Jagannath University, Dhaka, Bangladesh and Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, New Delhi, a deemed university. The MoUs will pave the way for AU to exchange educational programmes and knowledge with the two premium varsities.
Jagannath University vice-chancellor Mesbah Uddin Ahmed and Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan vice-chancellor Radha Vallav Tripathi will be present on the foundation day function as special guests and sign the MoU with their Assam University counterpart, Tapodhir Bhattacharjee.
AU sources on Wednesday said on January 22, the second day of the programme, a three-day-long international seminar on Indo-Bangladesh relations will kick off at the varsity campus, 25 km from here. The seminar will be attended by representatives, including scholars and diplomats, of both the countries. Apart from universities and educational institutes of India, scholars, researchers and students of universities of Bangladesh, including Dhaka University, University of Chittagong and Shahjalal University of Science and Technology will be present on the occasion.
National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) chairman H A Ranganathan will address the foundation day function as a special guest.
The fifth book fair of Assam University will be inaugurated by Muntasir Uddin Khan Mamun, an eminent litterateur of Bangladesh, during the varsity’s foundation day. A number of publishing houses from across the country will join the fair, AU sources said.
Famous Bangladeshi artist Jannat-E-Firdaus will perform in a cultural event on the evening of January 21.
Assam University came into existence through the Assam (Central) University Act, 1989 and was established in 1994. Situated at Dorgakona near here, the campus is spread over an area of 600 acres. Drawing its 300-plus faculty from many disciplines from all over the country, the university sustains a multidisciplinary approach to higher education. AU has 16 schools in major disciplines and there are 35 departments under the schools.