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Rare UN honour for Aaranyak

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at Bonn in Germany have announced 2014 Lighthouse Activity Award jointly for Aaranyak  and International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development.

The rare honour was announced on Tuesday for its successful implementation of the Community Based Flood Early Warning System in Lakhimpur and Dhemaji districts. Aaranyak and DDMAs will receive the award at Lima in Peru on December 11 during the COP-20(United National Climate Change Conference).

In a letter ICIMOD Director General Dr. David Molden said, “we greatly appreciate the support of the concerned District Disaster Management Authorities in Assam, Aaranyak, SEE and the local communities in piloting CB-FEWS project in India.” He hoped that the service would be expanded to other Hindu Kush Himalayan countries to disseminate flood information to the most vulnerable communities.

The CBFEWS Project from Assam has been chosen under the focus area of ICT (Information and Communication Technology) solutions. Notably, CBFEWS makes innovative use of ICT by deploying simple electronic sensors to produce flood warning signal, wireless technology for transmitting signals and mobile phones for disseminating flood warning messages to and through a wide network of communities and Government agencies.

 

 

 

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Journalist forum condemns Sharma’s attitude

14 Apr 2009 - 5:18am | editor

Journalists’ Forum, Assam has condemned the attitude of Himanta Biswa Sharma, the State health minister and the spokesman of Assam government, to malign the image of the media persons in Assam and asked him to identify the journalist, who had (as claimed by the minister himself) submitted the mobile call list of an individual to the minister (Sharma). The forum expressed anguish that the particular journalist (who supplied the call list of Hiranya Saikia to Sharma) has compromised all values of journalism to take such a shameful act. He or she must be condemned in the strongest words. Mentionable that Sharma addressed a press meet in Guwahati on April 11, which was telecast live by News Live (a Guwahati based satellite channel), and disclosed that he received a call list of Hiranya Saikia (a PCG member) from a journalist friend (to justify his political debate). It is shocking that, a journalist can go for collecting someone’s call list, which is illegal in India, and even submit it to a minister ignoring the ethics of the profession.


And even if, for the sack of argument, the call list was collected by the minister from a competent authority with legal formalities, the forum demands a public apology from Sharma, as he tried his best to defame the integrity of the journalists. A minister must not consider the media persons as his slaves, who may be used according to his choice. After all, a responsible minister like Sharma should behave with responsibilities and maintain minimum honour to the media.

Strong tremor strikes Assam

29 Dec 2009 - 11:58pm | editor

A strong earthquake has struck Assam and its neighbiuring areas pushing panic button among the people on Tuesday. The massive jolt was felt at 2-32 in the afteroon forcing a section of the people in Guwahati to come out of their homes immediately after the tremor. According to the US Geologocal Survey Centre, the intensity of the tremor stands at 5.4 in the Richter scale and its epicentre was Myanmar-India border. There is, however, no report of any loss of life and property til now.

Lifetime achievement award for Salesian Varsity VC

14 Feb 2018 - 2:32pm | CM Paul

Guwahati — Vice-Chancellor of Assam Don Bosco University (ADBU) Fr. (Dr.) Stephen Mavely was conferred the Lifetime Achievement Award by Confederation of Indian Universities on the occasion of 4th International Conference on  Environment and Ecology at Gauhati University Auditorium on February 12. 

The award is an international felicitation given by the confederation as per the recommendation of International Association of Educators for World Peace (affiliated to UN, ECOSOC, DPI, UNICEF).


"Don Bosco University has undergone a transformation in the recent years in terms of academics, infrastructure and overall development and has become a preferred institute not only in the North-eastern region but also for the entire nation,” says Confederation official. 


Fr. Mavely has also been nominated as a member of Academic Advisory Council for Massive Open Online Courses at Consortium for Educational Communication set up by University Grants Commission. 

Earleir in 2016 Fr Mavely was awarded the ‘100 Most Influential Vice-Chancellors’ in the Asia-Pacific Region by the World Education Congress, at a function held on June 23 in Mumbai.

The award, instituted for the Asia-Pacific and African countries, was based on criteria such as the importance given to strategic planning in the university, quality of infrastructure, future orientation, body of research, emphasis on sustainability, proven record of performance, personal integrity and ethical practices, Assam Tribune reported.

The founding Vice Chancellor of ADBU, Fr. Mavely had also received ‘Education Evangelist 2014’ award.

Education evangelists are the visionaries and change makers who have contributed and have been contributing towards the growth of Indian education system both quantitatively and qualitatively.

Fr Mavely became the first Vice Chancellor (President) of ADBU in 2008 while serving as the Principal of Don Bosco College, Guwahati.

Prior to becoming the Founder Vice Chancellor and Rector of ADBU, Fr. Mavely spent some 40 years devoted to the education of young men and women in North-East India – a mission to which he has dedicated his outstanding talents in a variety of fields: literature, media, psychology, communication, theology, management, and pastoral work.

When the concept of accreditation was still in its infancy in much of India, during his tenure as the Principal of St Anthony’s College (Shillong) he won for the college the singular distinction of being the first to be accredited in Eastern India and the first to be awarded the highest ‘Five Star’ status by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council of India (NAAC). 

Among 5 Catholic univeristies in India currently are: ADBU, Christ Universty Bangalore, St Xavier Universities Kolkata and Bhubaneswar and St Joseph Unversity Kohima