Meghalaya: While it is a regular practice for all PhD scholars to interact with their guides on a continuous basis, at the University of Science & Technology Meghalaya (USTM), this practice is further strengthed 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 propel 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 command honour and recognition 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.

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