Institute of Advanced Study in Science and Technology (IASST), Guwahati, Assam, India has organized an orientation program for the newly admitted research scholars and post-doctoral fellows in the session 2020-2021. The research scholars and post-doctoral fellows were formally welcomed and introduced to the culture, rules & regulations of the institute, hostel and other facilities available in the institute. The programme was held both online and offline mode following the Covid 19 protocol.
The programme started with the IASST anthem, followed by an introduction by newly joined research scholars. The Hon’ble Director of IASST, Prof. Asish K. Mukherjee, delivered the welcome address. He has talked about the institute research facilities and encouraged students to utilize the resources/facilities available. He stated that successful research scholars would be inspired by 3Ds, where 3D stands for Determination, Dedication and Drive. Dr. Devasish Chowdhury, Head (i/c), PSD, has spoken about the Physical Science Division’s research programme and highlighted interdisciplinary research work carried out in PSD. After that, Dr. Rajlakshmi Devi, HoD, LSD has addressed the gathering. In her speech, Dr. R. Devi highlighted the research program of LSD. Following this, Prof. Neelotpal Sen Sarma, Head, R&D, has spoken about the R&D cell of the institute and its significant functions. In his address to the gathering, Prof. Arup Ratan Pal, Head SAIF, has spoken about the SAI facility of IASST and have updated students about the process for sample submission/analysis through SAIF. Dr. Diganta Goswami, Registrar, IASST, has spoken about the institute’s administrative and security rules. After that, Dr. T. D. Goswami, Assistant Librarian and in-charge of KRC, has shown various facilities and resources available in the Knowledge resource centre (KRC). Dr. Dhruba Sharma, Deputy Registrar (Academic), has spoken about the Academic Rules and Regulations of IASST, AcSIR PhD guidelines and Laboratory Safety Manual of IASST. Lastly, Dr. Biswajit Choudhury, Hostel superintendent, talked about research scholars’ hostel admission and mess rule. The vote of thanks was delivered by Ms. Paramita Choudhury, SRF, LSD. From 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM, the staff of KRC conducted the KRC visit session under the orientation programme for the institute’s newly joined research scholars and post-doctoral fellows. This session showed all facilities and services of KRC, including resources, both digital and physically available. Especially the Radio Frequency Identification Device (RFID) facilities in the KRC were explained, including the self-issue-return kiosk and the self-return drop box.