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Insignia of Tezpur University
|Motto||Sanskrit: विज्ञानं यज्ञं तनुते|
Motto in English
|Specialized Knowledge Promotes Creativity|
|Type||Public - Research|
|Chancellor||Padmanabha Acharya, Governor of Assam|
|Vice-Chancellor||Mihir Kanti Chaudhuri|
|Location||Tezpur, Assam, India
Tezpur University (Assamese:তেজপুৰ বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়) is a Central University located in Tezpur in the North Eastern state of Assam, India by an act in Parliament of India in 1994.The Governor of Assam, Padmanabha Acharya is the chancellor of Tezpur University, Mihir Kanti Chaudhuri  is the vice-chancellor and Amarjyoti Choudhury is the pro vice-chancellor.
- 1 History
- 2 Objectives
- 3 Campus
- 4 Accommodation
- 5 Communications
- 6 Education
- 6.1 School of Science
- 6.2 School of Humanities & Social Sciences
- 6.3 School of Management Science
- 6.4 School of Engineering
- 6.5 Special Centres and Cells
- 7 Major annual events
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Initially, the university operated from the premises of the Darrang College, in Tezpur. For a while it also operated from the Tezpur Law College premises. Land was acquired at Napaam, a suburb of Tezpur, about 15 kilometers east, of 242 acres (0.98 square kilometers), and the premises shifted.
Kalaguru Bishnuprasad Rava (Rabha) donated an ancestral estate of 2500 bigha land received from the British government in favour of the peasants. The present-day Tezpur University stands on the land donated by him. Recently,[when?] the university acquired an additional plot of land.
The stated objectives of Central University are:
- It shall strive to offer employment oriented and inter-disciplinary courses, mostly, at postgraduate level to meet local, regional aspirations and development needs of the State of Assam
- It shall offer courses and promote research in areas which are of special relevance to the region and in emerging areas in science and technology
- Shall promote national integration and study of rich cultural heritage of the region and, in particular, the diverse ethnic, linguistic and tribal cultures of the State
- It shall utilize "distance education techniques" to provide access to higher education for large segments of the population, the disadvantaged groups living in remote and rural areas
- It shall upgrade the professional knowledge and skills of in service personnel for lifelong learning.
The university campus is at Napaam about 15 km east of Tezpur, the headquarters of the Sonitpur district of Assam. Napaam is a rural area surrounded people of diverse caste, religion and language. The Napaam campus of the is in a plot of an area of 262 acres (1.06 km2) of land. The campus is bounded by pucca walls. Napaam is linked by a PWD road from the National Highway No. 37A at almost the midpoint between Kalia-Bhomora bridge and Misson Chariali. Tezpur is linked by road and rail with the rest of the state and the country. There is a tri-weekly flight between Kolkata and Tezpur.
The institute is surrounded by greenery and with many historic as well as tourist places nearby, including Ganesh Ghat, Agnigarh etc.
There are provisions for visitors to stay in the university guest house. Students may choose to stay in any of the men's or women's hostels. The university is primarily a residential university.
The university has five men's hostels (listed in order of construction):
- Charaideo Men's Hostel: Named after the burial land of Ahom kings in Sivasagar,Assam.
- Nilachal Men's Hostel: Named after the Nilachal Hill in Guwahati
- Kanchenjungha Men's Hostel: Named after Kangchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world (after Mount Everest and K2).
- Patkai Men's Hostel: Named after the Patkai-Bum, the Khasi-Jaintia-Garo and the Lushai hills mountain range in the eastern Himalayas.
- Saraighat C. V. Raman Men's Hostel: Named after the Saraighat Bridge at Guwahati and the famous Indian physicist and Nobel laureate Sir C. V. Raman.
There are seven women's hostels:
- Bordoichilla Women's Hostel: Named after the seasonal storm that occurs in Assam every spring, before and after the festival of Bihu.
- Dhansiri Women's Hostel
- Pragjyotika Women's Hostel
- Suwansiri Women's Hostel
- Kopili Women's Hostel
- New Women's Hostel
- Pobitara Madam Curie Women's Hostel: Named after the Pobitara Wildlife Sanctuary and the famous physicist Marie Curie.
There is also a married-scholars hostel, which is at present serving as a makeshift accommodation for newly recruited faculty of the university.
Auto Rickshaws, the chief mode of public transport in and around Tezpur, run recurrently between Tezpur University and Tezpur city. There is also the facility of ASTC bus utility between the university and the ASTC bus stand located at the heart of Tezpur city. ASTC and private buses run daily between Tezpur and some other major places like Guwahati (ISBT, Lokhra), North Lakhimpur, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia etc. In addition to these, numerous 20-seater cabs manufactured by Force Motors ply between Tezpur and Paltan Bazaar, Guwahati. An abandoned railway track passes through a section of Tezpur city, while the nearest railway station is Dekargaon Railway Station which offers railway link between Tezpur and the other parts of Assam. Travellers can also opt for flying to and from Tezpur where the nearest airport - Tezpur Airport provides air link with Kolkata and Silchar.
Tezpur University is the first university in India to offer the course, Master of Technology in Computational Seismology (which has been discontinued now) and also one of the few universities in India to have its own Department of Energy. The Department of Electronics is the first of its kind in India to introduce an interdisciplinary Master of Technology program in Bioelectronics. The first class graduated in June 2006. The university has four schools of studies which is divided into 18 departments and three special academic centers:
- School of Sciences
- School of Humanities & Social Sciences
- School of Management Sciences
- School of Engineering
School of Science
The School of Science is divided into five departments, which provides post-graduate degrees in Science and carrying the cutting-age research in modern areas of science and mathematics.
Department of Chemical Sciences
The Department of Chemical Sciences was started in the year 1997, with a post-graduate course in Polymer Science. From July 2006 the department started offering post-graduate course in Applied Chemistry with specialization in Catalysis, Medicinal Chemistry and Polymer Chemistry. The department has started offering five-year integrated post-graduation course in Chemistry, Masters Course in Chemical Sciences and M. Tech. in Polymer Science and Technology.
It began offering doctoral programs in the broad areas of Chemistry such as Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Bio–inorganic Chemistry, Surfactants, Water Treatments, Polymer Chemistry, Theoretical and Computational Chemistry, Catalysis and Nanoparticles.
Department has eight laboratories to facilitate world-class research. The laboratories have many instruments to carry out the experiments which include Thermal Analyzer, CHN Analyzer, FTIR spectrophotometer, Fluorescence Spectrophotometer, Polarizing Microscope, UV-Visible Spectrophotometer, Universal Testing Machine, GCMS, 400 MHz NMR spectrophotometer, Rheometer, Compression Molding Machine, Cyclic Voltammeter, etc. Students and professors of the department have won awards for their research and teaching excellence at the national and international levels. The department organizes activities for improvement in academic and research activities; the events include "National Conference on Chemistry, Chemical Technology and Society", National Workshop on Catalysis, "Catalysis for Clean Environment and Sustainable Future", Lecture Series in Chemistry, Summer School on Green Chemistry, Winter School on Catalysis, Webinars, etc.
Department of Mathematical Sciences
The Department of Mathematical Sciences offers Integrated Masters, Masters and Ph.D degrees in Mathematics. It was one of the first departments of the university to be set up. Research on analytic number theory, algebra, finite element method, statistics, topology, graph theory etc. are being carried out. The department, with the rest of the world, celebrates Pi Day and National Science Day each year with contests and lectures. The department also facilitates the INSPIRE programme to motivate young students for scientific research.
Its graduates have been accepted in faculty positions in reputed institutes. Students attend summer internships at prestigious institutes in India like Chennai Mathematical Institute, Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research and Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research to name a few. Some of the alumni have gone to renowned international institutes like ICTP for higher studies. In 2011, two alumni of the department founded the largely successful mathematics website Gonit Sora.
Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
The Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (MBBT) was inaugurated on July 24, 1997. This department has been recognized by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) of the Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India, and granted accreditations for the Post Graduate programme. The department offers two-year M. Sc degree in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, 5 year Integrated M.Sc in Bioscience and Bioinformatics and PhD in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. The objective of the department is to contribute to the advancement of the emerging areas of basic and applied Life Sciences and to create trained manpower in the field of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. The Department housed a DBT-funded Bioinformatics Infrastructure Facility which was established in 2007 under the Biotechnology Information System Network (BTISnet) scheme of the Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India to promote innovation in Biology Teaching through Bioinformatics(BTBI). As of 2013 the Department is ranked 5th position by BioSpectrum, India.
Department of Physics
The Department of Physics began in January 1998 with a two-year PG course in Physics. In 2005, the Department started two-year PG course in Nanoscience & Technology alongside its two-year PG course in Physics. The areas of specialization offered by the department for post-graduation are Condensed Matter Physics, Electronics and Photonics, High Energy Physics, Astrophysics & Cosmology and Nanoscience & Technology. The thrust area of research are Nanomaterials, Solid State Ionics, Theoretical High Energy Physics, Plasma Physics, Opto-electronics and Microwaves.
Department of Environmental Science
The Department of Environmental Science was established in January 2004 with the objective of imparting education on regional and global environmental issues. The department offers two academic programmes M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Environmental Science. The curriculum for M.Sc. and Ph.D. programmes focuses on all-important aspects of Environmental Science, covering contemporary problems of nature conservation and environmental quality. Keeping in view the unique physiographic and agro-climatic settings of Northeast India as a whole and Assam in particular, the department gives emphasis in teaching and research on aspects of agro-ecosystem and hill ecosystems of Northeast India.
This was merged into the School of Science in 2011.
School of Humanities & Social Sciences
This school provides education as well as diploma, undergraduate, postgraduate, and research programmes related to arts and social sciences in following departments:
Department of English and Foreign Languages
The Department of English and Foreign Languages was established on July 16, 1994 with a diploma programme in English Language Teaching which ran till December 1999. The current two-year MA programme in English was first introduced in January 1997. Students undergoing this programme are required to do courses in British and American literature, Indian writings in English, New literature in English (Canadian, Caribbean, and African), Introductory Linguistics, English Phonetics, English Language Teaching, and Critical Theory. It conducts two certificate courses in Chinese. One of these is a full-time course, open to all, while the other is meant for the students of this University alone. The department also offers certificate courses in French and German. The department offers a remedial course in English for students from other departments to improve their competence in spoken and written English. From the start the department has been involved in conducting teacher development programmes, and has been offering expertise in curriculum design and material production in English Language Teaching (ELT). In 2011, the Department began offering five-year Integrated MA and four-year Integrated BA-B.Ed courses with major in English literature. In 2012, the Department started offering Masters in Linguistics and Language Technology. From 2015, the department started offering Masters in Linguistics and Endangered Languages.
Department of Cultural Studies
The Department of Cultural Studies, Tezpur University, is one of the earliest Departments fully devoted to the pursuit of Cultural Studies in India. Culture is increasingly being perceived as a premise from within which subjectivities are being validated as a rapidly transforming world grapples with ethnicity, notions of nation, radical revision of history and space. ‘Culture’ is the repository of ideas and values, lifeways, modes of communicating and making sense of selves.
Founded in 1995, the Department is a vibrant academic entity that engages with cultural products, cultural practices and cultural forms in all the variegated dimensions, with a special focus on the North East India. Students and faculty in the Department engage in exciting, interdisciplinary approaches to traditional fields of study where the aim is to explore emergent cultural and cross-cultural phenomena from multiple points of view. Researchers and faculty, drawn from disciplines like Anthropology, Performance Studies, Literatures, Folklore, Media and Film Studies, Gender Studies are actively engaged in exploring subjects like ethnicity, religious institutions, folklore and culture, local and national media, cultural theory, transformation and transaction in translated literatures and formation of nationalities.
Department of Mass Communication and Journalism
The Department of Mass Communication and Journalism offers a two-year (four semester) Master's programme in Mass Communication and Journalism. This course particularly facilitates students who aspire to work as communicators for social change using high-end communication devices. Besides this, the department offers Ph.D.
Department of Sociology
The Department of Sociology was established in 2006. It introduced the two-year M.A programme in August that year with an intake capacity of 15. It hasintroduced doctoral programme from January 2008. The M.A. students are imparted training in the advanced areas of sociology which include courses, among others, on advanced Sociological Theories, Social Demography, Industrial Sociology, Sociology of Development, Sociology of Northeast India, Sociology of Governance. The students are required to undertake 20 courses out of which four are Inter Disciplinary Courses. The optional courses include Sociology of Medicine, Social Statistics, Fieldwork Practicum, Sociology of Culture and Mass Media, Criminology, Environmental Sociology, and Gender and Society. Students are required to write a field-based dissertation on a theme of their preference under the supervision of a faculty.
Department of Hindi
The Department of Hindi was established in January 2010. At present they offer a Post Graduate Diploma Programme in Translation (Hindi), an Inter Disciplinary Course (IDC) in Hindi, and Hindi as a Modern Indian Language (MIL) to students on integrated BA. The department offers a PhD programme (in Hindi literature/language). Furthermore, the department offers a Certificate Course in Official Hindi (Level-1) to the employees of the university to help them develop their skill and self-confidence in speaking and writing in the language. They are starting M.A. programme from Autumn semester 2013.
Department of Education
The Department of Education was established in the year 2014 under the school of Humanities and Social Science for offering Integrated B.Sc. B.Ed. and B.A. B.Ed. Programme. The Four-Year Integrated B.A. /B.Sc. B.Ed. programme aims at producing such graduates who while studying for an undergraduate degree in Science or Arts with major in a subject of their choice would continue to study from the very beginning the courses for a B.Ed. degree so as to integrate the learning of these two components to emerge as confident and competent teachers at the secondary level as recommended by NCFTE 2009.
Department of Social Work
The Department of Social Work was established in 2014 to respond to the dearth of good Social Work schools and trained social work professionals in the North East Region (NER) of India. The Department follows a rigorous theoretical and field-based pedagogy with special focus on the issues of the NER. For now, the Department offers a Master’s degree programme and follows a credit-based continuous evaluation system. Students from multi-disciplinary backgrounds are trained in the core values and skills of the social work profession. The curriculum is designed to train students with the generic approach of social work, which leads to the conduct of research in emerging areas of social work profession and issues related to the NER. Through the fieldwork practicum (a crucial and integral part of social work training), the students are exposed to different economic, socio-cultural and political realities of the region. Additionally, the students are exposed to various social welfare programmes implemented at the grassroots level through the community, NGOs and government settings. The students are also encouraged to carry out internship and volunteering activities during the semester breaks in profit and non-profit sectors and other various government departments. Graduates from the department are envisaged to be placed in various positions in social welfare organisations, in non-profit and private sectors, and in academics.
School of Management Science
This school produces fine management graduates of this region. This school provides education as well as diploma, undergraduate, postgraduate, and research programs related to business management in the following departments.
Department of Business Administration
The Department of Business Administration came into existence in January, 1995, through enrolment of its first batch of students to its flagship 2 -year full time MBA Programme. This Programme is recognized by the AICTE. The Department is engaged in pursuing research, consultancy and training apart from imparting quality management education which includes a course in tourism also.
At present the Department is running the Doctoral Programme (Full time & Part time), Master of Business Administration (Full time) and Post Graduate Diploma in Tourism Management.
Department of Commerce
The Department of Commerce was established in the year 2014, and it aims to popularize the commerce education in the region. It desires to provide quality education to enable the graduates to become leaders in their professional careers, to pursue excellence in research, and to serve the profession, community and nation, and also to be competitive in the international scene.
Centre for Disaster Management
The Centre for Disaster Management, of Tezpur University, Sonitpur, Assam was established in 1997 with the objectives to conduct trainings, conferences, workshops, case studies and research work; teach courses in diploma programme; prepare documentation etc.
Till 2002, this centre had been receiving fund from NDM division of Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperation, Government of India under a central sector scheme. The scheme of NDM had subsequently been transferred to the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India during 2002.
At present the centre is receiving funds from Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India through National Institute of Disaster Management, New Delhi.
School of Engineering
This school offers regular courses in the field of engineering and technology. Though, it has been started with only Masters courses, but from 2006 onwards it provides four-year Bachelor degree (B.Tech) courses in the following disciplines:
- Civil Engineering
- Computer Science & Engineering
- Electronics and Communication Engineering
- Food Engineering and Technology
- Mechanical Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
Besides B.Tech and M.Tech programs, School of Engineering, Tezpur University provides Ph.D programs in specialized fields in the above-mentioned branches.
Department of Computer Science & Engineering
The Department of Computer Science and Engineering came into being in 2006 as a result of renaming of the Department of Computer Science and Information Technology.
The Department of Computer Science and the Department of Information Technology were merged in 2004 and renamed as Department of Computer Science and Information Technology.
The Department of Computer Science was started in July, 1994 under the school of Science and Technology. It was started with the object of promoting specialized knowledge in the field of Computer Science and Computer Application. The programmes started under this department were Master of Computer Application (MCA), Master of Science (by Research) in Computer Science and PhD in Computer Science. The programmes have been designed keeping in mind the needs of the global Information Technology Industry.
The Department of Information Technology was started in July, 1997 under the school of Science and Technology. The programmes started under this department were Master of Technology (M Tech) in Information Technology, and PhD in Information Technology.
Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering
The Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering was started in 1997 as the Department of Electronics under the School of Science and Technology. The department was renamed as Electronics and Communication Engineering under the School of Engineering in 2006.
The major areas of faculty expertise of the department include Communications, DSP, Biomedical Signal Processing, Bio-Sensors, MEMS, Instrumentation, VLSI, Hardware architectures for signal and image processing, Image Processing and Computer Vision. The department offers the following degrees: B. Tech. (in Electronics and Communication Engineering), B. Tech (in Electrical Engineering), M. Tech. (in two specializations: Electronics Design & Technology and Bioelectronics) and Ph.D. (in specialization areas of faculty expertise as mentioned above). The department has established a new state-of-the-art MEMS microfabrication laboratory which is specially developed for designing and fabricating MEMS Sensors.
Department of Mechanical Engineering
The Department of Mechanical Engineering was started in 2006 under the School of Engineering for offering B. Tech degree with an annual intake of 52 students. The department has the started M. Tech in Applied Mechanics from Fall 2013, admission to which is offered through Gate examination conducted by IITs. The department offers Ph.D. along with research in fields of Mechanical Engineering.
Department of Food Engineering and Technology
The Department of Food Engineering and Technology at Tezpur University is one of the six constituent departments under the School of Engineering. The main objective of the department is to create trained and skilled human resources to cater to the needs of the rapidly growing food processing sector. This department earlier known as Department of Food Processing Technology started in 2006 with the two year M. Sc. program in Food Processing Technology. The department is currently offering B. Tech., Integrated M. Tech., M. Tech. and Ph. D. program.
The Department has been supported and recognised by Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI), Government of India for running programmes. Also with support of MoFPI department has proposed to start Food Testing Laboratory for North Eastern States of India. Department is having several ongoing projects sponsored by funding agencies like UGC, MoFPI, DST, DBT, DRDO to name some. The main objectives of the scientific research and development works of the department are to contribute to the national food industry, its engineering and technology development.
Department of Civil Engineering
The Department of Civil Engineering of the Tezpur University was established in the year 2009 under the School of Engineering for offering B.Tech Degree with 16 students.
Department of Energy
The Department of Energy at Tezpur University was the first department established for energy related studies & research by an educational institution in India in 1996.Initially a centre for Non-conventional Energy was established in the university in 1995, which offered a One-year Diploma Programme in Non-conventional Energy Technology. The center was then converted to Department of Energy in 1996, with an aim to produce a manpower pool in the field of Energy at different levels, develop new and efficient energy technologies and carry out research & development work and extension activities in diverse areas of energy. This was integrated into the School of Engineering in 2011. The thrust areas of research are Biomass energy, Bio-fuels, Solar energy, Wind energy, Hydro-energy and Energy conservation and Management. At present it is a “DST-FIST Sponsored Department”. The Department is now offering M.Tech. in Energy Technology for engineering graduates and master degree holders in Physics and Chemistry and PhD in Energy Related areas for the Master degree holder in Science & Engineering/Technology.
Special Centres and Cells
Centre for Assamese Studies
The Centre for Assamese Studies has been established with the aim of undertaking intensive and innovative research in Assamese Language/Linguistics, Literature and Culture in different dimensions. This is basically a research-based centre, promoting research in the field of Assamese linguistics, translation studies and comparative research. Currently, this centre offers MIL Assamese courses for the Graduate and Post Graduate students of the university and a couple of Inter-disciplinary courses.
Other centres are:
- Computer Centre
- Chandraprabha Saikiani Centre for Women's Studies
- Centre for Disaster Management
- Intellectual Property Rights Cell
- Nodal Centre, Department of Biotechnology, Government of India
- Bio-Informatics Infrastructure Facility
- Microsoft Innovation Centre
- National MEMS Design Centre
The Bioinformatics Infrastructure Facility (BIF) at the Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (MBBT) was established in 2007 under the Biotechnology Information System Network (BTISnet) scheme of the Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India to promote innovation in Biology Teaching through Bioinformatics. The goal of this facility is to expose students and researchers to the use of bioinformatics in solving hard core biological problems.
- ST/SC Cell
- Equal Opportunity Cell
- Tezpur University Robotics Society (TURS)
- SAE Students Chapter
- Entrepreneurship Development Cell (EDC)
- Institute of Information Technology
- Institute of Education & Research(IER)
- IEEE Student Chapter
- National Service Scheme(NSS)
- Tezpur University PhilaNumis Club
- Students' Science Council (SSC)
Training and Placement Cell
Placement Services for the students of the university in a collective and organized way have started recently but have earned limited success. In case of certain departments, Placement Services have always existed resulting in over cent percent employments.
Major annual events
National Science Day-inSCIgnis
inSCIgnis: The science fest of the university organized by the School of Sciences and Students' Science Council (SSC) is a two-day event with various competitions for school and undergraduate students. The main feature of this fest is the enviable lecture lecture, wherein the doyen of Indian science and mathematics are invited as speakers. It is the grandest science fest is all of north east India and students from all over the region participate in it. Past speakers include Jayant Vishnu Narlikar, Kankan Bhattacharyya and many others.
TechXetra(Assamese:টেকক্ষেত্ৰ, Hindi: टेकक्षेत्र) is the National Level Annual Technical Festival of Tezpur University, India. TechXetra is a combination of two words- Tech and Xetra. ‘Tech’ refers to Technology and ‘Xetra’ meaning terrain. It is one of the common platforms in North-East India to showcase knowledge and intellect. A blend of different technical and management events, it has cultural events as well. TechXetra attracts enthusiasts from all over India. It is the one of the technical festivals of North-East India, which reaches out to engineering and non-engineering students.
Sampark-The Interface is an Annual industry-academia interfacing event of the The School of Management Sciences Tezpur University.
- Verse from the Taittiriya Upanishad. Is sometimes loosely translated as Vigyana (Science) performs the Yagna (the means to invoke gods and seek their blessings and favors)
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