Work for peace through ICGS: JP
Centre to groom students to work towards
inclusive co-existence, conflict management
“Work for peace through the International Centre for
Gandhian Studies,” said Arunachal Pradesh Governor Shri Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa
who inaugurated 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 country,”
adding, “Gandhiji’s ideals are relevant for all times, be it in the past, the
present and the future.”
In his address, Dr Jayanta Madhav, former economic advisor, Government of Assam,
said, “Within a very short span of time, USTM has made tremendous progress. The
International Centre for Gandhian Studies has added another feather to USTM’s
Anuradha Dutta, in her speech, said that a void had been filled in the region
through 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 will 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, 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.
Besides Chancellor Shri Hoque, former vice chancellor of Gauhati University and
advisor to the ERD Foundation Dr NK Choudhury, eminent dignitaries of the
region, faculty members, students and other higher officials of USTM were
present during the occasion.