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Annual College week starts at DBU

Assam Don Bosco University's annual college week D'VERVE was inaugurated on 10th March 2014 by Mr. Universe and famous body-builder Mahadev Deka. A peace rally on this occasion  themed UNITED NORTHEAST PEACE RALLY was taken out from the university premises to Dharapur Chariali in the presence of  Mahadev Deka, Vice chancellor Fr. Stephen Mavely, Principal Dr. Manoranjan Kalita, Co-ordinator Monmoyuri Baruah, other dignitaries, faculty members and all the students. It was followed by the lighting of the torch and the college week being declared open by Vice Chancellor Fr. Stephen Mavely. Fr. Mavely in his speech highlighted the importance of such an event in the academic lives of the students and also urged active participation from all the students. Mahadev Deka in his address highlighted the importance of fitness in a person's life and also gave lessons on nutrients and proper ways of taking care of one's fitness. He even demonstrated some exercises to the students. The day's program hosted by Tenzin Chonzom Khom came to an end with Principal of School of Technology Dr. Manoranjan Kalita giving the final vote of thanks. 

The annual college week is a five day long program and will end on 15th march 2014. There are about three hundred events in the field of sports, literary, dance, music, drama, creativity, art and craft, designing etc that will take place during these four days.  


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Expert stresses on agriculture

9 Jul 2013 - 11:20pm | Irfan Khondker

Prof. Asis Dutta, Padma Bhushan awardee, eminent scientist and former Vice Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, appeals the upcoming generation from Northest to work towards the development of agriculture and farm products, to see their state at the 'zenith'.

An expert in Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Prof. Dutta visited the campus of University of Science and Technology, Meghalaya (USTM) at 9th mile on Tuesdayafternoon and interacted with the students, scholars and faculty members of the University and said, “what really matters at the end of the day is your contribution to the society. And Northeast being very fertile area, one can contribute in its growth by bringing in new techniques in its agricultural sector,”.

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Prof. Dutta added, “the world population will increase to 10 billion by 2050 which will lead to increase in food demand up to1.7 times by 2050. At the same time there will a drastic decline in cultivable land to less than 0.15 hectares per capita. This will lead to crop loss draught, salinity,disease and post-harvest losses. At that time Genetically Modified crops will be the only answer”.

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Along with Prof. Dutta, Dr. P.K.Seth, CEO, Biotechnology Park, Govt. of U.P., Lucknow and Former Director, Industrial Toxicology Research Centre, Lucknow also visited the University campus and interacted with the students, scholars and faculty members. Prof. Seth is a biochemical pharmacologist and toxicologist who has made pioneering contributions to the field of Neurotoxicology.

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