International Students’ Conclave and ICCR Foundation Day at Dibrugarh University

The Office of the International Affairs, Dibrugarh University in collaboration with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) has organized an International Students’ Conclave at Dibrugarh University during 9-10 April, 2021. A total of forty foreign students and ICCR scholars from different institutions of Assam and North-East participated in the conclave.

The inaugural session of the conclave and the 71st ICCR Foundation Day was organized on 9th April where the Assistant High Commissioner of Bangladesh Dr. Shah Mohammad Tanvir Mansur was present as the chief guest. The event was inaugurated by the Vice-Chancellor in charge of Dibrugarh University, Prof. L.K Nath. Welcoming the guests and participants, Prof. Surajit Borkotokey, the Director of Office of the International Affairs, Dibrugarh University highlighted the aims and objectives of the internationalization goals of the university and also that of organizing the conclave. He expected that the theme of the conclave being “A Dialogue of Diversity” provides a platform to unite the ethno-geographic, socio-economic, and cultural diversities of the foreign students through dialogues. In his address, Dr. Mansur expressed his satisfaction learning that Dibrugarh University has already initiated a number of bilateral collaborative projects with various universities of Bangladesh in recent years.

Two friendly football matches and a volleyball match were played between the foreign students and the students of Dibrugarh University as a part of the event. A colloquium entitled “Understanding North-East: A Cultural and Historical Montage” was held on the 10th of April where Prof. D. Nath, the Vice-Chancellor of Majuli Cultural University, and Dr. Chandan Sarma, Head, Department of History, Dibrugarh University presented a brief cultural and historical background of the north-east region. The colloquium was followed by the program “Portrayal of Culture and Ethnicity of ICCR Scholars” where the foreign students showcased the geopolitical, cultural, and historical backgrounds of their countries, tribes, and regions. The conclave ended with a beautiful portrayal of Assamese culture by the Dr. Bhupen Hazarika Centre for Performing Arts, Dibrugarh University.