BY THE HIMALAYAN BEACON GANGTOK NEWS BUREAU
WITH INPUTS FROM ISAAC PRADHAN, SEBASTIAN RATNEY, JANUKA SHARMA, SAJOYA LAMA, PARTHA PRATHIM AND BISHAL JOISHI (DEPT. OF MASS COMM. SIKKIM UNIVERSITY)
PHOTOS BY ISAAC PRADHAN AND JANUKA SHARMA
GANGTOK, 20TH OF JULY 2018: 11th Foundation Day was celebrated today by Central University of Sikkim. A gala function was held at the Sikkim Manipal University Auditorium. The function was attended by Officiating Vice Chancellor Dr. Jyoti Prakash Tamang along with all the faculty members, non teaching staff and the students. Dr. Eklabya Sharma, Deputy Director, ICIMOD, Kathmandu was the Chief Guest.
The function began with a group song titled ‘Jai Bharat Jai Sunhera Sikkim’ (Glory to India, Glory to Golden Sikkim). Vice Chancellor Dr. Jyoti Prakash Tamang while addressing the gathering said that the University had started with Four Departments, less than 20 students and 10 faculty members. Now she had 32 departments imparting courses up till MPhil and PhD levels. There are 152 regular faculty members, 40 Guest faculties and 105 non teaching staff. Thus the University had in the past 11 years grown to be a truly big University.
In an interview later with Sebastian Ratney, (M.A. 3rd Semester Department of Mass Communication) the Vice Chancellor added that the most important mission presently was to train, educate and motivate the students. He asked the students to inculcate a scientific temperament.
Dr. Eklabya Sharma delivered the Eleventh Foundation Day Lecture. Dr. Sharma, an eminent ecologist with over 35 years of experience on sustainable mountain development working in eight countries of the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region had the audience mesmerised with his thought provoking lecture. The title of his lecture was ‘Climate Change in the Hindu Kush Himalaya: Developing Solutions for Complex Challenges at the Intersection of Environment and Development’. He said that the mountains occupied 22 per cent of the world’s land surface area and 915 million people lived in the mountains. Half of the humanity directly depended on mountain resources, particularly for water and biodiversity. He said that International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development was thus hard to climate change and a range of social changes such as rapid population growth, urbanization, migration, feminization of rural labour and economic development were major drivers of rapid transformation in the HKH region. While all of these impacts posed challenges to traditional livelihood strategies and ecological stability, they also provided opportunities where mountain people could adapt, build resilience, and move forward in an equitable manner. ICIMOD was thus facilitating the HKH Monitoring and Assessment Programme (HIMAP) aiming to establish the global significance of the HKH, reducing scientific uncertainty on various mountain issues, laying out practical solutions, valuing and conservation ecosystems, cultures, societies, knowledge and distinctive HKH solutions, addressing contemporary policy questions and influencing policy processes with robust evidence for sustainable mountain development.
Awards were also distributed during the occasion. Best University Publication awards were given to Dr. Kumud Singh (Department of Social Science), Dr. Thoudam Roshan Singh (Department of Mathematics) and Dr. Sourab Maheswari (Department of Psychology).
Best Performance Awards in the category of Non Teaching Staff were given to Mrs. Radha Kumar Basnet, Technician, Department of Microbiology, Mr. Binod Chettri, Lab Assistant, Department of Chemistry, Miss Hessi Gurung, Lower Division Clerk, Finance Department and Mr. Ambar Mangar.
Students who were awarded for overall performance in academic and extra-curricular activities included Karishma Subba (M.A. 3rd Semester, Department of Geography), Mahesh Rail (M.A. 4th Semester, Department of Law), Kritika Sharma (M. A. 3rd Semester, Department of Mass Communication), Kaushik Barua (Department of Horticulture), Monika Rai (Department of Geology) and Subham Raj (Department of Chinese).
A Gala Musical function was also organised. Nepali Folk Dance – Maruni was presented by participants from the Department of Nepali. Other Traditional Folk Dances were also presented by the participants from Departments of Limbu, Lepcha and Education. Participants from the Department of Music also performed a number of memorable songs, and musical renditions. Their fusion of Western and Eastern music traditions had the entire audience on their feet dancing to the tune.
The Department of Mass Communication covered the entire function for both the print and the electronic media. Isaac Pradhan (M. A. 3rd Semester) was the Cameraperson, Sebastian Ratney (M. A. 3rd Semester) Anchor, Januka Sharma (M. A. 3rd Semester) Photographer and Research Person, Sajoya Lama (M. A. 3rd Semester) Research Person, Partha Prathim (M. A. 3rd Semester) Backup Camersperson and Research Person and Bishal Joishi (M. A. 1st Semester) Research Person and Reporter for print media.
The team also interviewed the Vice Chancellor and the Chief Guest.
The Himalayan Beacon News Desk comprises of Correspondents, Reporters, Stringers and Cub reporters spread all across the Eastern Himalayan region.