The Assam Don Bosco University (ADBU) arrived at a major landmark when two research scholars of its first batch of 20 doctoral students registered in 2012 appeared for the first ever Viva Voce examination, 23 & 24 April. While Mr Niranjan Agarwalla of the ADBU School of Management defended his thesis on “Customer Satisfaction in the Telecom Sector in India - A Study on Assam and North East Circle,” on Thursday 23 April, Divine Word Society Father Jose K Jacob of the School of Northeast India Studies defended “An Anthropological Study of Religion Among the Rangdani Rabha of Assam,” on Friday 24 April.
Professor P.K. Haldar of the Dept of Commerce, Tripura University and Prof J.P. Sharma, Head of dept of Economics, Adm & Finan Management, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur were the examiners. Prof P.K. Haldar chaired the panel of six examiners at the Viva Voce examination of Mr Agarwalla.
The examiners for second doctoral defence included HoD Department of Sociology, Tezpur University Dr Kedilezo Kokhi as the examiner and professor of anthropology Visva Bharati University, Shantiniketan Prof Onkar Prasad. The supervisor was Dr Gautam Kumar Bera of Anthropological Survey of India, North Eastern Regional Centre, Shillong.
Seven PHD candidates are expected to be awarded doctoral degrees in the convocation scheduled for September 2015.
Some 100 scholars including fifth batch of PHD students doing week-long course work, university officials and faculty members attended both events held at university’s Azara campus.
Started in August 2008, Assam Don Bosco University is the first Salesian university in the English speaking world. There are 15 other Don Bosco Universities world over.
Union minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju on Saturday asked chief minister Tarun Gogoi to strengthen the law and order machinery to ensure that militants are not allowed to monger any trouble.
Talking to reporters after his stock-taking meet with chief minister Tarun Gogoi in Dispur, Rijiju said that militant activities should not be tolerated and that Assam’s law and order break down would send a bad message from the north eastern region.
He said that the Centre would provide all assistance to the state government to deal with the situation.
Apart from the chief minister Gogoi, DGP Khagen Sarma and chief secretary JS Khusla were present in the meeting.