observed by University School of Law and Research
9th Mile, Ri-Bhoi, November 27, 2017: In order to
remember and realise the significance of the Constitution of
India, the Constitution Day 2017 was observed with thought
provoking deliberations at the University of Science and
Technology Meghalaya (USTM) on Sunday, 26 November. The
function was organised by the University School of Law and
Research (USLR), USTM.
Addressing a gathering of more than 200 participants, Prof
Arupjyoti Choudhury, Vice Chancellor of USTM said, “The
Constitution is an important document based on the idea of
equality, liberty and fraternity - something we need to
connect with and make it a part and parcel of our life.
Amendments to the Constitution have increased faith among
the people in the sacrosanct document.” He urged the
students, researchers and teaching community telling that
the law schools and researchers must try and come up with
new ideas of how the Constitution could be made more
relevant to the society and time.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Dinomoni Thakuria, Deputy
Registrar, Mahapurusha Srimanta Sankaradeva Viswavidyalaya,
said that the pulse of the people of India has been etched
in the Constitution by its framers. The Constitution is a
living document. The immense hard work and effort put in by
the framers of the Constitution must be remembered on this
Constitution Day, he added.
Earlier, welcoming the participants, Prof (Dr) AK Sinha,
Dean, USLR said that the Constitution was partially adopted
on 26 November 1949 when 16 Articles came into operation.
“The day was earlier celebrated as National Law Day, and
since 2015, it has been observed as Constitution Day”, he
Prof Alaka Sharma, Dean, School of Social Sciences and
Humanities, USTM said that the students should go through
the debates that took place during the drafting of the
Indian Constitution in order to know the process and its
significance. She said that till 2016, only 101 amendments
have taken place and this goes to show how well it was
drafted by its framers. Referring to the recent introduction
of right to primary education as a fundamental right in the
Constitution, she said that it has been a revolutionary
change and will go a long way to impact on the educational
development of the country. Others who spoke on the occasion
included Prof AC Talukdar, Ms Ameera Yasmin Mazumdar, and
Akkas Ali, apart from a host of student participants.