GUWAHATI, (C.M. Paul) — A group of 48 research scholars concluded second part of their mandatory week-long course work, Saturday 28 September at Assam Don Bosco University’s, (ADBU) Azara campus. Among the scholars were Jesuits from USA and Italy, diocesan, Holy Cross and Divine Word Missionary priests, and three Salesian Sisters including lay men and 24 women.
The Salesian Sisters were from three provinces of Bangalore, Guwahati and Shillong namely: Sr Manloda Sangma (Agartala), Sr . L. Annie (Guwahati) and Sr Rosily (Hyderabad).
During the weeklong program (23-28 Sept), besides attending lectures on specialized topics concerning research, methodology and literature review, the scholars also meet in their departments and discussed projects and made presentations.
The week concluded with written exams on the course work on Saturday.
The scholars are currently enrolled in 9 research departments out of 11 offered by the University. The departments include: Language Studies (4), Management (7), Mass Communication (3), Northeast Studies (8), Social work (14), Chemical Science (2), Computer Science Engineering (7), Electrical and Electronics Engineering (1), Electronics and Communication Engineering (4).
There were no takers in this year’s batch for the departments of Comparative Religion, and Physics.
“During these past two years since PhD program started, only 110 scholars were admitted for doctoral program out of over 1,050 who sought admission. Of these, 34 have completed their mandatory course work and have already registered for the doctoral program,” says ADBU Director of Research Prof JN Vishwakarma.
He adds, “an equal number of scholars is expected to register for the PhD program after this week.”