Evening University at USTM, a need of the hour
Taking cue of the rising demand from the students’ community University of Science and Technology Meghalaya is on the threshold of materializing another innovative concept, Evening University. The meritorious students of North East lacking in degrees of basic science are meant to be left out in the fray for higher studies due to various reasons, be it economic, social or lack of opportunities. North Eastern Region so long had been ravaged by so many problems, wide disparities are quite visible in the level of development among different states. rich economic resources of the region cannot be exploited due to lack of proper infrastructure. It would not be wrong to say that the region’s mass agitations and other forms of insurgencies are the results a long neglected attitude towards the region. But the scenario is rapidly changing and University of Science and Technology Meghalaya is playing a crucial role in bringing about social changes in the lives of the people of North East by empowering the rural people through education.
Explaining the concept of Evening University, Mahbubul Hoque, Chancellor, USTM and Chairman, ERDF stated “ there is no dearth of potentialities amongst the students of North East but what they need is proper guidance, proper awareness about vast career opportunities lying ahead. We at USTM always try to tap those promising talent pool, gear up their confidence and encourage them for higher studies. Evening University is just a replica of such an idea whereby working professionals, those meritorious students who have deserted studies in the half way or lacking proper degree for higher education, will be given an opportunity to resume their studies and thus enabling them to look for a better future”.
This Evening University at USTM is another outcome of this vision to minimize the gap between educated and the uneducated, literate and non-literate. A recent survey conducted by the university had revealed that the working professionals, those who are working in different sectors, both private and public, could not continue their higher studies due to financial constraints or familial responsibility and although they are employed, does not have the basic qualification to pursue higher education or research. Evening University at USTM will offer chances to those professionals and also those meritorious students who are lacking in degrees in basic science. At the beginning, the courses being offered by USTM are for the academic session 2017-18: a. M.Sc in Chemistry, b. M.Sc in Zoology, c. M.Sc in Botany, MA in English and Masters in Business Administration. The classes will be held from Monday to Saturday between 4 to 8 pm, on Sundays from 8 to 4 pm. ”The unique feature of the courses offered is that the experts, professors of excellence from IITs, IIMs and other centers of excellence will be invited for taking classes on Saturdays and Sundays as those are the holidays in govt. colleges and also because USTM has MoUs with different universities like JNU, JMI, Tezpur University, CSIR North East, NESAC and many such renowned research organizations, USTM wishes to take this opportunity to utilize the prospects of academic cooperation so that maximum benefits can be delivered to them” – USTM sources revealed. Free Pick Up and Drop-in facilities, 15 per cent concession in tuition fees for lab-oriented courses and 25 per cent concession for non-lab oriented courses will be provided to the students – USTM sources added.
“The growing demand from the student’s community in NE Region and increasing number of enrollment at USTM has prompted the university to run evening courses so that the working professionals can also avail this opportunity to gather a degree and excel in higher studies” – stated Dr. P G Rao, VC, USTM