The Nation Seminar on ‘Human Rights and Global Challenges’ was organized by Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC), Guwahati College in collaboration with UNESCO on 20th& 21st May 2017. The inaugural function was presided over by Dr. Arati Bairagee, Coordinator (IQAC), Guwahati College and was attended by the Guest of Honour, Dr. Aswini Kr. Sharma, Executive Director, United Nations Resource Centre, Dr. Udayon Misra, Former HoD, Department of English, Dibrugarh University, Dr. Pranab Sandilya, Principal, Guwahati College and many other delegates and research scholars coming from different Institute, University and NGOs.
Dr. Udayon Misra in his keynote address spoke about the greatest challenge ever faced by an individual is the poverty. To overcome this there has to be justice which could be achieved if there is equal distribution of opportunities and wealth. Dr. Misra also stresses on two milestones in the history of Human Rights and Challenges. Firstly, about the American War of Independence and secondly he discussed about the Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and its effects thereafter. Dr. Aswini Kr. Sharma on the other hand elaborated more on the regional problems and issues and how Human Rights are affected in the process.
The Principal and Chairman, Dr. Pranab Sandilya said that there were 270 papers coming from around the country who are eminent academicians, research scholars, experts and students from various disciplines. The paper contribution for the seminar are from the state of Karnataka, Maharastra, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, West Bengal, New Delhi, Assam and also from International Academicians and Experts like Nigeria, Kenya and Pakistan.
In the seminar various subjects based on the theme of Human Right brought together crucial topics like curricular aspects of higher education, the role and importance of education, in academic administration, environmental protection, role of media, IT, women studies, rights of differently abled person, feminism, films, political rights in higher education, role of NGOs, economic rights etc were discussed.
In this two days seminar, there were all together 14 numbers of technical sessions and the resource person for the sessions were Dr. Anjali Karmakar, Principal Asom Shikshak Prashikshan Mahavidyalaya, Ms. Manashi Sharma, Associate Professor, Arya Vidyapeeth College, Dr. Aparajita Baruah, Guwahati University, Dr. Rupa Rani Sonowal, Senior Editor, Eastern Panorama and from Guwahati College Dr. Likhaneswar Ghotowar, Mr. Pranab Goswami, Dr. Arup Kr. Nath, Dr. Satyajit Kalita, Dr. L. Khatwar, Dr. Monidipa Baurah, Dr. Mrinal Das, Dr. Ranjita Devi, Dr. Smriti Rekha Barma who had given their valuable suggestions and comments on the topic presented during the seminar.
The summing up of the proceedings was done by Dr. Safiqur Rahman, Organizing Secretary where he mentioned the Key takeaways from the two day deliberations at the National Seminar on ‘Human Rights and Global Challenges.