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CENTRE FOR REGIONAL ECONOMIC STUDIES DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMICS BONGAIGAON COLLEGE
 
The Regional Economic Studies programme focuses on a broad range of economic issues in any specific region. The programme covers a variety of research and research-related activities from workshops, conferences, seminars, training programmes, to the publication of journals and articles and includes partnerships with other research institutions, universities and development organizations.
 
The faculties and students of Economics Department of Bongaigaon College felt the need of establishing a centre for studying various regional economic issues in an intensive manner and accordingly submitted a proposal to the Governing Body for establishing a centre in the name and style “Centre for Regional Economic Studies” in the College. Accordingly, Governing Body of the College, in its meeting held on 28.01.2004, under the president ship of Sri G. K. Kalita, then President, G.B. and D.C., Bongaigaon, accorded permission to open the Centre under the aegis of the Department of Economics of this College.
 
Objective of the Centre:
 
The Centre for Regional Economic Studies of the College has focused its operational areas and specifications as formulated in the following objectives of the Centre:
 
bullet To focus on in-depth studies in all regional socio-economic issues involving people of the region and to motivate the intellectuals in an active way.
bullet To identify various socio-economic problems of north eastern region.
bullet To promote coordinated efforts among the intellectuals working in different institutions of the districts for developing team-work in addressing socio-economic issues.
bullet To provide research guidance for various research projects of MRP, M. Phil, Ph. D. which are satisfying the prescribed norms of the UGC, NCERT, ICSSR or any other such organization which are dedicated towards improving and sustaining the quality education.
bullet To make the students of TDC level and onwards familiar with the research methodology and survey designing along with practical exposure of field work by organizing student-oriented survey in the neighbouring areas through extension activities and processing the information so collected.
bullet To conduct seminars of state, national or international level under various sponsorship on current socio-economic issues of regional, national or global nature for open participation of students, faculties and professionals.
bullet To organize awareness programmes on regional issues by involving GOs and NGOs working in the north east so as to influence the policy framing mechanism for their effectiveness.
 
Some more projects of research are under way relating to M. Phil, Ph. D. and dissertation papers for MRD programme of IGNOU. The Centre needs the support from the intellectual society and invites open membership from intellectual community for opening up a vista of knowledge and to create the Centre as a Centre of academic excellence.

Student centered seminar on various economic issues are regularly organized by the department of Economics under the banner of CRES. The basic issues addressed in the seminars are as follows:
   
bullet Annual Member:   Fee Rs. 500/- per year
bullet Life time Member:   Fee Rs. 5000/-
bullet Student Member    Fee Rs. 250/- per year.
 
Recent projects and activities:  
 
Centre for Regional Economic Studies (CRES) is comprised of a diverse group of highly skilled professionals which when blended together creates a team that adds breadth, depth and value to any project. The team, led by Dr. P. K. Dhar, is comprised of senior faculty members from Humanities and Commerce departments as well as several student interns. CRES has extensive experience working with various state agencies, non-profit organizations and private-sector firms. The projects completed so far under the supervision of the research guides from Bongaigaon College are as follows:
 
bullet Sri Phatik Ch. Kalita, Department of Management, Bongaigaon College: Need and Importance of Introducing Entrepreneurship Education in the Formal Education System to solve the Unemployment Problem of Assam (for M. Phil) - 2006.
bullet Sri Premanand Sarkar, Department of Economics, Birjhora Kanya Mahavidyalaya: Environmental Degradation in Lower Assam as a Result of Industrial Growth (for M. Phil) - 2006.
bullet Manisha Bhattacharjee Economy of Sericulture in Goalpara District, (for M. Phil), 2006.
bullet Luthur Rehman Socio-economic conditions of Char area in Goalpara District, (for M. Phil), 2006.
bullet Bhabananda Debnath, The Micro Finance Policies of Assam Gramin Vikash Bank, (for M. Phil), 2007.
bullet Rosy Arora, Problems and prospects of informal sectors in Bongaigaon District of Assam, (for M. Phil),  2007
bullet Mr.Tarun Kumar Das Economy of Handloom industry in Kokrajhar district of Assam, (for M. Phil), 2007.
bullet Hemanta Saud A study on the role of PMRY Scheme in Small Scale industrial Development in Bongaigaon District of Assam, (for M. Phil), 2007.
bullet Manoranjan Roy Victims of Poverty: A case study of the Scheduled Castes people of Bilasipara Sub-division, (for M. Phil), 2008.
bullet Abdul Kadir Akand, “The Problems and prospect of irrigation in Kokrajhar district (B.T.C) Assam”, (for M. Phil), 2007-08.
bullet Sri Mimani kalita A study of irrigation Development and its impact on food grain Production in Dekadong sub-division irrigation, Thamna, Bagsa district, Assam, (for M. Phil), 2007-08.
bullet Miss Pinki Basumatary, The Performance of Financial Institutions with special relation to agricultural and Industrial development in Kokrajhar District, B.T.C. (Assam), (for M. Phil), 2008-09.
bullet Mr. Sankhang Basumatary Socio-economics condition of L. P. School teachers of Baksa District: A case study under Jalah Development Block (Assam) (for M. Phil), 2009
bullet Mrs. .Mousumi Gogoi, Impact of Welfare Schemes of BRPL for community Development- A study in Chirang District, (for M. Phil), 2009
bullet Ranjit Dutta, An analytical study of the Micro lending Policy of Regional Rural Banks of Assam with special reference to Bongaigaon District, (for M. Phil), 2008-09
bullet Arati Kumari, Rural Unemployment in Bongaigaon District: Problems and Policy measures, (for M. Phil), 2009.
bullet Malay Kumar Chanda, People’s participation in rural Development: A study of rural administrative setup in Assam, with reference to Bongaigaon, (for M. Phil), 2009.
bullet Animesh Barman, An analytical study of NREGA rural development of Bongaigaon District in Assam, (for M. Phil), 2009.
bullet Sandhya Rani Brahma, Problems and Prospects of small scale industries in Kokrajhar district of Assam, (for M. Phil), 2008-09.
bullet Md. Samad Ali, Socio economic transformation of Kokrajhar District of Assam since the Formation of B.T.C, (for M. Phil), 2008-09.
bullet Maitrayee Sinha Sarkar, Economic aspects of Tourism Industry in BTAD area (A source of revenue collection), (for M. Phil), 2009.
bullet Om Prakash Sah, Relevance of behavioral accounting in Bongaigaon District of Assam, (for M. Phil), 2009.
bullet Md. Iqbal, “River transport in Dhubri District”, for M. Phil, 2007.
 
 
Some more projects of research are under way relating to M. Phil, Ph. D. and dissertation papers for MRD programme of IGNOU. The Centre needs the support from the intellectual society and invites open membership from intellectual community for opening up a vista of knowledge and to create the Centre as a Centre of academic excellence.
Student centered seminar on various economic issues are regularly organized by the department of Economics under the banner of CRES. The basic issues addressed in the seminars are as follows:
 
Seminar/ workshop topic Date No. of participants
Globalization & its impact on Indian Economy with focus on global recession. 13-9-08 65
Current recession and inclusive growth agenda – a great challenge for Indian Economy. 70
Changing priorities of 12th five year plan 27-04-11 55
 
The CRES has also organize UGC sponsored National level seminar-cum-workshop on “Urbanization and its impact on environmental degradation” in collaboration with the Centre for Urban Economic Studies, Calcutta University, Kolkata, on 18th and 19th May 2011.
 
UGC-sponsored National Seminar-cum-Workshop:
 
 
The Centre for Regional Economic Studies organized a series of students – centred discussion on the issues relating to urban amenities and chaos. The growing problems of slum-dwellers, rural-urban migration, and environmental degradation due to urbanization invited attention of the policy makers as well as the other stake-holders to make a vigorous analysis of the related issues so that a comprehensive urban plan could be structured. The UGC-sponsored national seminar-cum-workshop was proposed with following expectations:
 
bullet New vision of urban planning in the state as well as for the nation as a whole.
bullet New direction for the local urban bodies, corporate bodies and industries and local nursing homes/hospitals particularly in rationalizing urban amenities, waste management and pollution control.
bullet General awareness of the common people towards urban amenities and urban chaos.
 
The effort of organizing National Seminar on Urbanization and its related issues happens to be the outcome of collaborative effort extended by the Centre for Urban Economic Studies (CUES), Calcutta University, Kolkata. Their concern with urban issues and their constant endeavour to make the people aware about the urban planning for protecting the community from environmental degradation gathered momentum. The step to organize workshop was a trial to sort out the vulnerable issues to be addressed for a full proof urban planning for pollution–free society. The CRES has published the seminar volume
 
The papers presented in the seminar-cum-workshop are as follows:
 
Process of Urbanization and its challenges and quality of urbanization in India (with special reference to North Eastern & Eastern Regions)    Dr. P. K. Dhar, Director, CRES
Urbanization and Environmental Degradation: The challenges of sustainability    Dr. Mahalaya Chatterjee, Director, CUES, CU.
Bio-medical wastes and its management for sound urban environment Dr. Z. Changsan, CPCB, GOI, Shillong
Urban growth & the percentage of scheduled tribes in urban population of Tripura from 1961 to 2001 Dr. Mallabika Das Gupta, CUES, CU
A few aspects of public passenger transportation in Kolkata Metropolitan area Dr. S. Gupta &    K. Bhattacharjee, CUES
The Evolution of the Indian Urban landscape: a study of historical geography Dr. Aditi Chatterjee, CUES, CU
Better urbanization through municipal SWM by bio-organic application with special reference to Kokrajhar District Anamika Kalita
Issues of Environmental degradation in the context of urbanization and development of Guwahati Dalim K. Gogoi, GMDA, Guwahati
Urbanization and employment opportunity under informal sector with special reference to food industry in North Eastern Region Gunajit Sarma & Samiran Das
Globalization and urban Indian women – some observations on employment and education Dr.  S. Gupta, CUES, CU
Urbanization and population growth: its socio economic impact in the city of Guwahati Trisha Dowerah Baruah, KKHSOP, Guwahati
Water security issues of urban poor: a study in Guwahati City Surashree Pathak
Growing population and environmental pollution Purabi Talukdar & Srikant Karmakar
Environmental pollution due to growing industrialization and necessary measures to overcome it: A special report from Assam Anup Deka & Rumi Deka
Unplanned urbanization and rising water scarcity problem: A case study of Guwahati City. Queen Sarma
Dynamics of slum formation in Nalbari town and its impact in Urban environment Dr. Anand Das
Financing urban unorganized enterprises: An empirical analysis Prasenjit Buzar Baruah & partners
Growing urbanization and environmental pollution Dipti Kalita & Hannan Ali Ahmed
Growing industries and environmental pollution Prabodh Kalita
Urbanization in Asansol region – A historical perspective Dr. Mousumi Ghosh, CUES, CU
Urbanization: its effect on environment R. Das Baruah
Urbanization and economic development in North East India Kuldip Mazumder & Karabi Choudhury
Unorganized labour market and the struggle for existence (A case study of Kolkata) N. Basak & S. Jana, CUES, Calcutta University
Urbanization and challenges on environmental degradation Arati Bayan
Urban Development, Right to the city and rehabilitation: learning from experience Anis Mukhopadhyay, CUES, Calcutta University
 
Technological/ academic and other benefit generated by conducting this seminar:
 
A: The Institution:
 
The Centre for Regional Economic Studies (CRES) of Bongaigaon College has been benefited by organizing the National Seminar-cum-Workshop in following respects:
bullet The CRES gained popularity not only in Assam but also in other parts of the country for its academic and research works.
bullet The CRES, through the collaboration with the Centre for Urban Economic Studies (CUES), Department of Economics, Calcutta University, Kolkata, has developed inter-institutional linkage for promoting research work on regional economic issues
bullet The College gained strength of organizing international seminar/ workshop in course of time.
   
B: The Faculty:
 
bullet The faculty of the college in general and the faculty of Economics Department in particular of Bongaigaon College and the neighbouring academic institutions have developed the mindset of undertaking collaborative effort for research and survey work.
bullet The issues related to urbanization have opened up new area of research and the faculty members have started thinking for research projects on such issues.
 
C: Students:
 
bullet The student community in general and the students of Economics in particular have gained confidence of interacting with the dignitaries and experts.
bullet They have also developed the skill of substantiating their views with systematic presentation.
bullet Their volunteering for different responsibilities relating to hospitality and management have also added to their management skill and organizational ability.
 
D: Industry/ Society
bullet Experts, Resource Persons and paper presenters from IOCL-BGR, Dhaligaon (Corporate Sector), hospitals and nursing homes of Bongaigaon, Bongaigaon Municipality and other local urban bodies, Assam Pollution Control Board and Central Pollution Control Board, with their respective expertise, have benefited the society by launching upon an integrated discussion with empirical evidences in the direction of urban waste disposal system, urban planning and policies relating to pollution control.
bullet The Seminar-cum-Workshop could benefit society by making people and the hospital authorities aware about the need of segregating different types of solid wastes and also the need of developing scientific disposal technique by the municipal authority.
bullet The local municipal authority could realize the need for preparing waste disposal plan as per the prescribed norms of pollution control and decided to draft a concrete proposal for approval and implementation in Bongaigaon in particular and North Eastern Region in general.
 
Publications:
 
The Centre for Regional Economic Studies has published the following books and newsletters.
bullet National Seminar Volume entitled “Urbanization and its impact on environmental degradation”ISBN no. 978-93-80261-98-0 Edited by Dr. Pranab Kumar Dhar in the year 2013, co-publisher – EBH Publishers India, Guwahati.
bullet The student-centered seminar volume entitled “Impetus”, Volume I in the year 2010, edited by Dr. Pranab Kumar Dhar.
bullet The Departmental Journal of Economics Department entitled “Impetus” Volume II in the year 2012, vide ISSN no. 2319-5290, edited by Dr. Tarun Kumar Bahadur.
bullet Two issues of Departmental “News Letter” of Economics Department in the year 2004 and 2010.