State of the art Student Amenity
Centre inaugurated by Shri JP Rajkhowa, Hon'ble Governor of Arunachal Pradesh
“Gandhian philosophy is relevant for all times,” said
Arunachal Pradesh Governor Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa while
inaugurating the ‘International Centre for Gandhian Studies’ (ICGS)
of the University of Science & Technology, Meghalaya (USTM) on
July 9, 2015.
To spread the philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi on peace and
brotherhood among the youth of the northeastern region, USTM
has taken up an initiative to establish the ICGS.
In his speech, Shri Rajkhowa said, “The initiative of the
university authorities to set up such a centre is really
unique and praiseworthy. I am not sure whether any such
institutions are presently functioning in other parts of the
He said that Mahatma Gandhi’s thoughts are always relevant- be
it in the past, the present and the future.
In his address, Dr Jayanta Madhav, former advisor, Government
of Assam, said, “Within a very short span of time, USTM has
made tremendous progress. The International Centre for
Gandhian Studies (ICGS) has added another feather to USTM’s
Anuradha Dutta, in her speech, said that a void had been
filled in the region by setting up such a centre.
Explaining the purpose of the centre, Dr Alaka Desai Sarma
said that the centre would provide a six-month course on
Gandhian studies, working with jail inmates, helping them
reduce stress and tension in a natural way. The centre hopes
to groom the students to work towards inclusive co-existence
and conflict management. Dr Sarma further added that in the
core group, there would be scholars from different countries,
from the northeastern region and other parts of India.
The ICGS has been established at USTM with the purpose of
conducting research activities and nurturing the basic
philosophy of the ‘Father of the Nation’. The lessons given by
Gandhi can be applied to present day regional, national and
The centre will also help spread the vision, philosophy and
teachings from the life of Gandhi through various social,
educational and cultural programmes, emphasizing upon the
contemporary relevance of his thoughts and method of action
based upon the principles of courage, non-violence and truth.
Following the event, the Governor also inaugurated the
‘Amenity Centre’ which was built to fulfil the purpose of
serving the students in a place where they can avail food,
beverages, stationary and spend leisure time for which they
need not to go outside the campus. The amenity centre built in
approximately 10 thousand square feet of area.
The Arunachal Governor became amazed to see the size, other
facilities and infrastructure of the Amenity Centre. He said
that no university in the northeastern region had such a state
of the art amenity centre. USTM chancellor Shri Hoque said
that the Amenity Centre would not only provide recreational
facilities to students but also employment to around 300
people. “The Amenity Centre has become an ideal model of
entrepreneurship,” he added.
The Arunachal Governor also appreciated the efforts of ERDF
for establishing an institution of higher learning with modern
infrastructure in the hills of Meghalaya for the benefit of
the students of the northeastern region, within such a short
span of time. Chancellor Shri Hoque, eminent dignitaries of
the region, faculty members, students and other higher
officials of USTM were present during the occasion.