University of Calcutta

INSTITUTE OF RADIO PHYSICS AND ELECTRONICS (IRPE)

UGC NETWORKING RESOURCE CENTRE IN PHYSICAL SCIENCES

3-day workshop on Frontiers of Electronics & Communication

Inaugural Function

The Institute of Radio Physics and Electronics made a proposal to the Empowered Committee that it will hold academic programmes in an Institution in North Eastern States at least once a year under the aegis of UGC-NRCPS. Since a Summer and a Winter School were held during the first year, it was not possible to arrange the said program in the first year of the NRCPS. After discussing with several institutions about the possibility of holding such Workshop, the ECE Department of NERIST, Nirjuli, accepted the proposal and the details of the event were chalked out. The three day lecture program entitled Frontiers in Electronics and Communication was held in North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology (NERIST), Nirjuli, Arunachal Pradesh, on August 7, 8 and 9, 2009. The programme was held under the auspices of the UGC Networking Resource Centre in Physical Sciences, Institute of Radio Physics and Electronics, and of National Distinguished Lecture Program (NDLP) of IEEE-India.

The Inaugural Programme was held on August 7, 2009 with the Director, of NERIST, Dr. Joram Begi, in the chair. Prof. P. K. Basu, was the guest of honour. The welcome address was given by Prof. Anwar Hussain, Head, ECE Department and the Local Coordinator. Prof. P. K. Das, Dean (Academic) of NERIST, introduced the multiple-entry, multi-disciplinary course structures followed in the Institute. Prof. P. K. Basu, as the Director of UGC Networking Resource Centre in Physical Sciences in his Institute, which gave main financial support to the program, gave an outline of the activities of the Centre, as well as about the benefits of IEEE-NDLP. Prof. Goutam Ghosh, Head, Department of Radio Physics and Electronics, spoke about the past and present activities of the Department. Prof. Susanta Sen, Dean (Technology) of University of Calcutta, informed the participants of an International Conference CODEC 09 to be held in December, 2009, which is technically sponsored by UGC-NRCPS and several IEEE Societies like EDS, PS, AP, MTT, and SPIE, IET.

Feedback from Participants

Questions were asked mostly by faculties as well as PG students. The participants also interacted with the resource persons during tea and lunch breaks and during dinner.
An informal session was organized before the Valedictory session, in which many participants expressed their satisfaction over the course content and the method of presentation. The participants were deeply impressed by the keen interest of the speakers to travel to a very remote place braving the trouble of long and tiresome journey.
A request was made by the participants to organize another seminar/workshop covering at least two days on topics related to student’s interest.

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Selection of Candidates

The submitted registration forms were examined and a list of selected fellows was published in the website to enable them to reserve train/air tickets. Due consideration was given to select participants from all over India and to give preference to candidates from North Eastern regions. The following Table may provide an idea how the objective was fulfilled.