National Seminar on “Understanding
Social Exclusion” at USTM
GUWAHATI, JULY 25: In the path of creating a world class university and to the
concept of learning through exposure a series of national seminars have been
organizing by the various departments of University of Science and Technology,
Meghalaya(USTM), this was the time for the department of Sociology and Social
Work in collaboration with the Assam Institute of Tribals and Scheduled Castes,
Government of Assam(AIRTSC), organized a one day national seminar on
“Understanding Social Exclusion: Perspectives from India’s North East”, on 25th
July 2015 at the university premises.
Prof A C Bhagawati, former Vice Chancellor of Rajiv Gandhi University was
present as the Chief Guest in the inaugural ceremony of the seminar. While
addressing the participants Prof Bhagwati said that, it is a very unfortunate
situation that till present age when our country has achieved various milestones
in the field of development we are in a state of discussing the social exclusion
which should have been eradicated from our society by the time.
While describing the theme of the seminar, organizing secretary, Dr Sandip
Gupta, said that the social exclusion is the process in which individuals or
entire communities of people are systematically blocked from various rights,
opportunities and resources that are normally available to members of a
different group, castes and communities, and which are fundamental to social
integration within that particular group, which is still prevailing in our
northeast. Though we are fortunate that northeast is beyond various social evils
but in the case of social exclusion it is still dominant in this part of the
There were several technical sessions which were attended by the participants of
different parts of northeast along with the faculty members and students of USTM.
Prof Monirul Hussain , former had Department of political Science, Gauhati
University was present to grace the valedictory session of the national seminar.
Dr P G Rao, the Vice Chancellor of USTM had offered his thankfulness to AIRTSC
to join hands in making the program a great success.