The Mizoram University as the Highest Institute of learning within the State, with over a thousand students, research scholars, 1 Constituent College and 27 Affiliated Colleges, envisioned a befitting Public Relations Cell by establishing its Public Relations Cell on 21st Dec, 2011 with the appointment of the Public Relations Officer.
The main goal of this PR Cell is to provide a robust interface for the University and its various functions and programs with all stakeholders, and the disseminating of information to the media / public as and when required. The PR Cell helps coordinate various University events, and attends to visiting delegates.
Activities of the Cell:
Works pertaining to documentation for University records, as well as publicity and press handouts disseminated to print and visual media for the following events were covered by the Cell under year of report:
Republic Day Celebration on 26th January, 2012:
Mizoram University celebrated Republic Day on 26th Jan, 2012, at the University premises at 8 am. The program commenced with the hoisting of the National Flag by Prof. R. Lalthantluanga, Hon’ble Vice- Chancellor, which was followed by singing of the National Anthem and a brief address from the Vice- Chancellor to the University fraternity.
Inauguration of the new School of Physical Sciences Building of Mizoram University on 28th Feb, 2012:
The new School of Physical Sciences building completed at the cost of Rs. 15. 46 crore, was inaugurated by His Excellency, the Governor of Mizoram, Shri. Vakkom Purushothaman.
The Building stands on 4,852 square metres of land. It is a three-storey building which accommodates the departments of Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. It is a barrier-free building for physically-challenged persons, and is equipped with 200 KVA DG set, Fire Safety devices and rain water harvesting system.
Voluntary Blood Donation Camp organized by Red Ribbon Club, Mizoram University, 1st March, 2012:
The Red Ribbon Club (RRC) under the State Aids Control Society (MSACS), Government of Mizoram was constituted in Mizoram University on 24th June, 2011. The Red Ribbon Club (RRC) is a comprehensive promotional and preventive intervention to enhance voluntary blood donation as well as mainstream HIV/AIDS prevention, care & support and treatment impact, mitigation, stigma reduction, among youth in Educational Institutions.
The Nodal officer Dr. Zoengpari of Mizoram University has identified and appointed 10 link faculties from various departments of the University, for implementing the various activities of the RRC-56 students (2 from each department) of the University have been identified and appointed as Peer Educators.
7th Convocation of Mizoram University: The 7th Convocation of Mizoram University took place on 17th March, 2012. Professor Goverdhan Mehta was the Chief Guest and Mizoram Education Minister Lalsawta was the guest of Honour. As many as 2482 people were awarded degrees in graduate, post-graduate, M Phil and Ph.D courses. There were 33 gold Medalists and 16 winners of Book Prize.
Interactive Session with Prof. Mrinal Miri:
An interactive session was held with Prof. Mrinal Miri ,former Vice-Chancellor of Northeastern Hill University. He addressed the Faculty of MZU on ‘Philosophy and Science”; Life and Ethics’ on 2th April, 2012.
On 10th April, 2012, on request of the ‘Career Guidance Cell’ of Govt. Aizawl College, Sikulpuikawn, a PowerPoint presentation on ‘Mizoram University’ was given by the PR Cell, along with IIMC – highlighting the history, facilities, schools and departments, admission procedure and other information to the students.
Higher Level of the Official Language Implementation Committee of UGCwas held on 16th April, 2012, regarding the use of Hindi in Office works. This meeting has been organized by the UGC, as directed by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. 6 representatives selected by the UGC attended this meeting along with the Vice Chancellor, Registrar, Head of departments, Officers/Staffs of the Official Language Cell and all Professors of the Hindi Department.
Constitution of India-New Zealand Education Council (INZEC) is expected to bring together Government, academia, business and industry of both the countries to further bilateral collaboration in the Education Sector. In response to this, the Executive Committee from the Indian side has been constituted comprising of 21 members, among which Prof. R. Lalthantluanga, Vice Chancellor, Mizoram University has been nominated.
Apart from this, Mr. R. Lalthantluanga, Vice Chancellor, Mizoram University has also been nominated by UGC as a member of the Executive Committee of NAAC (National Assessment and Accreditation Council, an organization that assesses and accredits institutions of higher education in India).
Candle light Vigil for Richard Liotam (19 year old Manipuri student who was killed at Bangalore Acharya NVR College of Architecture by his Hostel mates) was organized by the Mizoram University Students Union, at the University Campus on 5th May, 2012.
On 20th April 2012, Mizoram University Students Discussion Forum organized a Special Lecture on “The Political Economy of Mizoram”. Mr. Lalkhama, IAS (Rtd) Vice-Chairman, Mizoram State Planning Board, gave a special lecture on the above mentioned topic.
On 24th April, 2012 Shri. HE U Zin Yaw, Myanmar-Ambassador to India visited Mizoram University; he was accompanied by Shri U YE Minn Thein Myanmar- First Secretary to Ambassador and other officers.
The Highest Institution of Learning in Mizoram – ‘Mizoram University’ celebrated its 12th foundation day on 25th April, 2012. On this day, University Campus Tour was organized for the public and various selected schools.
On 2th May, 2012, the National Academy of Sciences, India along with Mizoram University and Science Teachers Association, Mizoram, together organized the “Science Awareness Programme” on behalf of their Platinum Jubilee. Students from different High School attended this Programme. An interactive session was organized where science students and researchers of MZU campus interacted with members of the NASI (National Academy of Sciences, India), NER Chapter.
Consul General, Dean R Thompson visits Mizoram University:
Mr. Dean R. Thompson, the U.S Consul General, Kolkata on his first trip to Mizoram, visited the Mizoram University on 13th June, 2012 as part of the strategic drive to improve U.S -India Bi Lateral Relations and also highlighted Higher education opportunities in the U.S. An interactive session with undergraduate and post graduate students was held at the University’s New Administrative Conference Hall.
A Council of Vice Chancellor’s of Central Universities was constituted by the Ministry of Human Resource Development to evolve a comprehensive policy on Autonomy of Central Educational Institutions including Central Universities under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble Minister of Human Resource Development. The Vice Chancellor of Mizoram University, Prof. R. Lalthantluanga has been selected as a member of this Council. The Council will coordinate activities on issues of common interest amongst Central Universities and shall deliberate on a vision for the Central Universities, in delivery of quality education and research.
On 15th August, 2012 at 7am, Independence Day was celebrated at Mizoram University Campus, outside the Administrative Building.
On 5th Oct, 2012, the first volume of the ‘Quarterly Refereed Journal’ called ‘Mizo Studies’ prepared by the department of Mizo, was released by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. R. Lalthantluanga. This journal has both English and Mizo Section; a collection of literature in English and Mizo contributed by faculty’s and research scholars.
Department of Horticulture, Aromatic and Medicinal Plants (HAMP) conducted a National Seminar on ‘Horticulture for Livelihood Security, Economic Prosperity and Sustainable development’ during September 24-26, 2012 at Mizoram University. Mr. H. Liansailova, Hon’ble Minister, Horticulture, Govt. of Mizoram was the Chief Guest. About 120 scientists, researchers, academicians from different parts of the country attended the seminar and presented their valuable research works.
5th Interactive Meeting of North East Bio-informatics Centers:On 11th Oct, 2012, a meeting of Bio-informatics professionals of North Eastern region to review the progress and evaluate the performance of the bio-informatics centers was held at Tourist Lodge, Aizawl. It was organized by the Department of Bio-technology, Mizoram University under the North Eastern Bio-informatics Network (NEBInet).
2nd Science Camp: Mizoram University organized the Second Science Camp under INSPIRE (Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research) program of the department of Science & Technology, Govt. of India during 13th – 17th February, 2012. About 90 – 95 students who secured 79% marks in aggregate in class – X Board examination from the State of Mizoram attended this camp.
The 3rd Science camp was conducted from 6th to 10th Nov, 2012. This event was organized by the Department of Science & Technology, GOI under ‘INSPIRE’. 197 students from different H.S/H.S.S within Mizoram participated in the Science Camp.
Mizoram University 8th Convocation was conducted on 21st Nov, 2012 at the Multipurpose Hall.
On 24th Jan, 2013 Mizoram University agreed to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the University of Minnesota. The Last Phase of the meeting before the signing of the MoU was held at the University Administrative Conference hall. Dr. Karlyn Eckman, Dr. Dean Current and Dr. Michelle Shermann were the representatives from the University of Minnesota. Details regarding students Exchange programmes and Research Collaborations between the two Universities were discussed.
On February 1st, 2013 the Vice-Chancellor of Mizoram University, Prof. R. Lalthantluanga inaugurated the ‘Permanent Geodetic GPS Station’ at the University campus. The new permanent Geodetic GPS Station would be able to monitor ground movement within Mizoram and also extending to the Indo-burmese Arc.
On 29th Jan, 2013, MZU (Students) left to attend the IITG, ‘Alcheringa Fest -2013’. 30 Students (8 Female, 22 Male), participated in more than 10 events.
Mizoram University participated in the ALL India Inter University Sports held at Chandigarh from 21st -24th February, 2013. Lalthangliana Sailo, of Govt. Lunglei College won the Bronze Medal in Taekwondo. The MZU Women’s Hockey team was Winner’s of the East Zone Inter University Hockey (Women) Tournament, 2012-13.
On 26th January, 2013 Republic Day was celebrated at the University Administrative Block.
On 26th February, 2013, a workshop on ‘Microsoft Appfest’ was organized in 54 Institutions all over India, the department of IT, Mizoram University being one of the chosen hub center for this event, organized this workshop which took place at the Administrative Conference Hall. 92 IT students from different Institutions attended this workshop.
On 15th March, 2013, Prof. R. Lalthantluanga, Vice-Chancellor, Mizoram University inaugurated the “Mizoram University Techno Club”.
On 25th March, 2013 “Workshop on Community College” was organized at Mizoram University New Administrative Conference Hall. Dr. Zochungnunga, Director, Higher & Technical Education, Government of Mizoram, leaders from various churches within Mizoram, NGO’s, representatives from various colleges, etc attended the workshop. This workshop was organized by Mizoram University and Indian Centre for Research and Development and Community Education, Chennai.
The PR Cell also covered the following events (Video/Photography):
- Fresher’s Social organized by MZUSU at the Multipurpose Hall on 31st August, 2012.
- MZU Sports:Mizoram University Festival (Varsity Week) – 10th April to 13th April, 2012.Parting Social, 2012 – organized by MZUSU at Multipurpose Hall on 18th May, 2012.
- Ist Phase – at Lunglei (Football) from 24th – 28th July, 2012
- IInd Phase – at Aizawl (different sports) from 17th – 21st Sept, 2012.
- Hindi Fortnight – 14th Sept to 28th Sept, 2012 at New Administrative Conference Hall.
- One Week ‘Workshop on Research Methodology’ at School of Social Science Conference Hall from 3rd – 7th Sept, 2012.
- 1 Day Orientation Workshop on “NAAC – Assessment and Accreditation Council”. Resource person: Dr. Ganesh A. Hedge, Asst. Adviser, NAAC, Bangalore. Organized by IQAC, MZU, Aizawl on 11th August, 2012 (Saturday) at MZU Guest House, Conference Hall.
- On 25th March, 2013, DRS –SAP 2nd Advisory Committee at the University Guest House Conference Hall (organized by IQAC).
- On 26th March, 2013, National Seminar on ‘Writers from Here and Beyond’ organized by the Department of English, MZU, held at MZU Conference Hall, Guest House.