Academic Year 2019-20 was inaugurated at both Tapesia and Azara Campuses of the University on 25th July 2019.
Tapesia Campus: At the Tapesia Campus (which houses School of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Life Sciences, and School of Fundamental and Applied Sciences), the inauguration began with the lighting of the lamp, group dance by a dance troupe and a welcome song by a choir.
Introducing the theme of the year ‘Mindfulness works..”, the Chief Guest and Vice Chancellor, Fr (Dr) Stephen Mavely said, “Mindfulness is a proven technique to increase our ability to regulate emotions, decrease stress, anxiety and depression, enabling us to make better decisions and to be more fully engaged in life – open to greater realities, open to challenging questions, open to creative solutions.
‘Mindfulness’ comes as a result of deliberately cultivating a habit of ‘awareness’ of others, of one’s surroundings, of nature, of possibilities and dreams, of a life without addictions, of the joys of empathy, love and friendship, of the loving providence of a Power greater than our own (God) on whom we can pin our dreams, our joys and sorrows, our aspirations and our frustrations.”
The programme included a presentation on the history of the University, activities and clubs at the University, examination processes and academic calendar for the Autumn Session 2019.
Azara Campus: At Azara Campusa too the programme began with lighting of the lamp by the Chief Guest, University dignitaries and representatives of students and parents, which was followed by a duet dance performance and a group song from the faculty and staff.
Prof. Manoranjan Kalita, Director of the School of Technology welcomed the gathering and spoke on how the University began and the courses that we offer in the University.
Adressing the students and parents, the Chief Guest Dr. Dhiraj Bora, Vice Chancellor, Assam Science and Technology University stressed on the need for an awareness about the environmental issues that the country is facing and also touched upon topics on New Education Policy, role of innovation and skill development and research.
Fr. Joseph Nellanatt, Pro Vice Chancellor, ADBU laid stress on developing dreams and goals in his address to the gathering. Fr. Joseph urged the students to graduate from here and be dependable human beings so as to serve the society. He explained about the proficiency certificates to be provided in the convocation. He also expressed about the role of mentor in supporting the development of a student.
This was followed by award distribution to the toppers of the previous semester and merit scholarships the new students. Fr. (Dr) Biju Michael, Registrar, ADBU, in his address focussed on the theme of the new academic year “…mindfulness works”. He expressed that “Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we are doing and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what is going on around us.” Fr. Biju expressed that the concept of mindfulness has its roots in Buddhist meditation. The registrar also presented the Regulations, Academic Schedule and procedures of ADBU. He elaborated on following discipline, the attendance criteria of the university and mentoring system of ADBU.
The Inaugural function also had a presentation on the faculty and staff, comprehensive care system, student development programmes, training and placement cell and various activities and clubs in the Azara Campus.