Gangtok, 02 Jul:

The 10th foundation day of Sikkim U niversity was celebrated today at Manan Kendra here in the capital. Governor Shriniwas Patil was present as the chief guest. The Governor, it may be recalled, is also the Chief Rector of the university.

In his welcome address, Vice Chancellor Prof. TB Subba held that the university was one of the best with 32 full-fledged departments and three research centers. He added that the University also prided in its high professionalism in management and academic rigour.

He also said that the university is now conducting conferences, workshops and collaboration with other institutions for further advancement of the institution. Touching upon the issue of a permanent campus, he said that structures would be earthquake resistant.

Governor Shriniwas Patil, in his address, said that the university has shown consistent growth with quality and quantity. He pointed out that the university has added three new departments of languages- Lepcha, Bhutia and Limboo. He also asked all to prepare to become a better persons which will lead to growth in all.

He further said that many works of the students and researchers have been published in many leading houses including some in Oxford. About the problem regarding the still-awaited campus, he said that the accommodation can be a problem in the beginning.

Sikkim University Teachers Association President, Durga Chettri, appreciated the state government’s initiative has given the state a university.

While addressing the gathering Pradeep Tamang, President, Sikkim University Non Teaching Staff Association, held that mutual respect for teaching and non teaching staff should be maintained. He also shared the hardships caused due to a scattered campus. He appealed that the process of setting up a permanent campus be expedited.

"It took 30 years for Sikkim to get a central university," said SUSA president, Patrush Lepcha, underlining how special this institution was. He recalled the achievements of the student body.

He said that there is an increase in scholarships for students and added that 5 hostel messes have been opened for eight hostels. He also sought for the library timings to be increased. Adding that leadership development was key to education, he informed that the first democratic elections for the student body along with department representatives have now been held.

"Time will come when we will have our own campus with own area for fests and activities," he said.

While delivering the Foundation Day Lecture, Professor Chandrakala Padia, spoke on, "Role of women in conflict resolution”

She pointed out that everything used to be written from the lens of men and remarked that credit goes to feminist scholars for breaking the notion of patriarchy. In conflict-struck areas, she said that only the army and male heroes get their due with women struggling with their families ignored completely.

She added that in the field of international relations women are neglected with women protests against wars and nuclear proliferation being ignored. In this regard, she said that the even in India, there have been many great women but there was lack of awareness on "our own contributions".