RONO HILLS, May 22: The five-day online faculty development programme on ‘Rethinking Research and Contemporary Development Priorities: Learning Essentials for a Sustainable Future’ organized by the department of Social Work, RGU concluded today.
It has been an initiative in the backdrop of COVID-19 to facilitate an informed introspection on the part of academicians, research scholars and development professionals in terms of revisiting individual and institutional priorities, to the basic fabrics which constitute our life, livelihood and overall well-being.
An overwhelming response from interested participants across the country cutting across disciplines and occupations, with a total of 1639 attended the FDP ensuring representations from more than 50 institutions and over 20 states of the country along with one international participant.
The valedictory session witnessed participation of over 100 delegates and invited dignitaries including Prof Saket Kushwaha, vice chancellor and Prof Amitava Mitra, Pro-VC, RGU, Prof Tomo Riba, Registrar, Prof Sumpam Tangjang, Dean Student Welfare, RGU and Dr Kaushalendra Pratap Singh, HoD in-charge & convenor-FDP.
Prof Kushwaha emphasized that real wisdom of life lies more in worldly experiences of farmers and indigenous societies and less in researches based on commercial interests. He also stressed that human empathy, trust and concern for one another recognized popularly as ‘Social Capital’ should be a priority area for academicians, researchers and development professionals.
Inherent goodness of human beings and need for an empathy based quality education was also highlighted during the session as a priority learning and take away.
Prof Mitra brought focus of participants on reaping the benefits of an enormous demographic dividend with conscious efforts on skill development, value education and adequate attention to youth as a vital learning essential for academicians, development professionals and policy makers alike to focus in their research, pedagogy and policy paradigms.
Prof Riba highlighted the significance of spirit of human ethos which lies in concern and care for one another.