Gauhati University Institute of North East India Studies

About the GUINEIS, Gauhati University

Gauhati University Institute of North East India Studies is located in the Gauhati University campus, which is situated a few kilometers away from Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport, Barjyar, Guwahati; nearest Railway Stations are Kamakhya and Guwahati which is also well connected by road transport.

The Gauhati University Institute of North East India Studieswas established on 1st February, 2010 with the aim of studying language, culture, communication, society etc. with an interdisciplinary approach. Research studies and several professional studies are the goal of the GUINEIS; G.U. The diversity of the region is worth studying with serious academic approach. The states of the North East India are located in very strategic point which can create immense possibilities for the nation in different dimensions as like cultural, political, social, trade and commerce, tourism etc. Systematic study of the language, culture, communication, society etc. of the region is important to fulfill its purposes. Therefore, GUINEIS is established as the platform for interdisciplinary research and also to conduct some of the time demanding courses suitable for the North East India region in particular and the nation in general.

Gauhati University is the premier institution of higher education being the first ever university of the region and being situated at heart city of the region. Therefore Gauhati University is the suitable place for pragmatic study of the North East region. The facilities to reach the direct field of study are easier from here. Studying North East India with scientific approach can overcome the developmental retardation of the region and also to pave the path for solving the conflict situations and restoration of peace and development in the North East India.

With the emerging horizon of employability in the contemporary world, it is time bound need for creating various professional courses to suit the need and expectations of the students in North East India. Human resource development by promoting new generations to get engaged as skilled professionals in various fields can lead the north east India’s younger generations to get involved more actively in the nation building process. Better chances of vocational education are to be created so as to engage their mindset in a positive developmental outlook. GUINEIS aims at creating such an environment in the entire North East India.

Presently, 1year P.G.Diploma in Creative Writing and Translation Studies is offered by the institute. Several other courses as like P.G.Diploma in Media and Culture; P.G.Diploma in Bihu, Sattriya and Manipuri; P.G.Diploma in Theatre Studies etc. are to be initiated soon in the institute.

The institute also looks forward to widen the scope for researches, both inside the country and abroad. It further plans for launching digital archives, museum etc. for safe preservation of the cultural heritage of north east India. To succeed its aim the Gauhati University Institute of North East India Studies has started inter-disciplinary research from 2011, in different aspects of language, literature, culture, communication, economy, society, science and technology of the region.

The “Gauhati University Institute of North-East India Studies” is going to prove itself to be a leading institute for higher research in its field and ignite the minds of the scholars with true research zeal. It aims at providing its students; job oriented vocational and professional courses in excellence so that the outgoing students get satisfactory engagement in different professional fields in the ever expanding professional arenas.

Courses

The Gauhati University Institute of North East India Studies presently continues one PG Diploma course in Creative Writing and Translation Studies. Also, some of the professional courses are to be started in GUINEIS from the coming academic sessions which are as follows:

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Media and Culture
  • P G Diploma Course in Bihu, Satriya and Manipuri Dance
  • P G Diploma in Theatre Studies

PG Diploma course in ‘Creative Writing and Translation Studies’

(Two semesters):

P.G. Diploma in Creative Writing and Translation Studiesprovides professional knowledge on creative writing and translation. This is the one year Post Graduate Diploma Course which was started from September 2010. In August 2012, the third batch has taken admission. The placement of the first outgoing batch admitted in 2010 is 100 % who are engaged in Creative writing and translation related jobs in Tezpur Central University, Media houses and Advertising agencies.

Course contents:

The course contains different sectors of creative writings and translations. Writing and Translation of literary, non literary, fictional, non fictional, print electronic and internet media, writing for developmental programmes, advertising, public relations, social awareness creation, business related writings, tourism related writings etc. include in the contents of the course with emphasis on both practical and theory. Different professional fields need creative writers and translators some of which are as follows;

  • Print media including newspapers, magazines, literary journals, press and publications etc. in regional, national and international level.
  • Electronic media including DD, AIR, Private TV and Private FM channels at the local, regional, national and international level.
  • Government posts as translators in different departments.
  • Website content writers in different firms who create and maintain websites.
  • News Agencies
  • Government developmental activities as Grassroots Communication Content writers.
  • NGO sector for various creative and translation works.
  • Film and Documentary script writing.
  • Different private firms.
  • Job opportunities in reputed Book Firms.
  • Self employment generation in the publication sector.

VOICE FROM THE DIRECTOR, GUINEIS

North East India is the most linguistically and culturally diverse region of the country. It is the platform of the co-existence of different people, language and culture. All the eight states namely Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim that forms the North East region of India have their own languages, culture and tradition. The aborigine people of this region are presenting their socio-cultural identity through their life and living. There exists fine example of amalgamation of both tribal and non-tribal people. However, this region is predominantly a tribal land belonging to mainly Indo-Aryan, Sino-Asiatic, Sino-Tibetan and Austro-Asiatic family. There are several migrated groups of people who have come from different land in different time and became inseparable part of this land. All these groups and communities have unique culture of their own. However, dwelling together in the same region down the ages, these groups and communities have influence on each other, and hence, much of their individuality is lost in the process of assimilation. Sometimes, a distinct demarcation between and among the communities is not visible in many cases. Nevertheless, each group of people has their own rights and rituals, festivals, language and culture that draw immediate attention of the observers and the researchers. There is enough scope for making comprehensive study of the region relating to its socio-cultural aspects.

Gauhati University has taken the initiative to promote a systematic study of the North East India by forming the “Gauhati University Institute of North East India Studies”. Being the premier institution of higher education, situated in Guwahati, the gate-way city of the North East India, Gauhati University is the aptly suitable place for pragmatic study of the region.

The “Gauhati University Institute of North East India Studies” (GUINEIS) has been established on 1st February 2010 under the keen initiative of the present Vice-chancellor Dr. O.K. Medhi. The basic aim of the institute is to give impetus on the study of language, literature, culture, society etc. of the North Eastern region. The institute also looks forward to widen the scope for researchers, both country and abroad. It further plans for launching digital archives, museum etc. for safe preservation of the cultural heritage of North East India.

To succeed its aim the Institute of North East Studies has recently started inter-disciplinary research in different aspects of language, literature, culture, communication, economy, society, science and technology of the region. Presently GUINEIS has offered the academic courses like PG Diploma in Creative Writing and Translation Studies and Ph.D. research. Again the Institute is planning to start the PG Diploma in Media and Culture, PG Diploma in Theatre Studies, PG Diploma in Tribal Studies, in coming academic session.

With its completion of a year of establishment, the Institute of North East India Studies has hosted the Fourth Annual Conference of Tribal Literary Forum of India with a National Seminar on the theme “North East India as Diverse Tribal Language Belt” on 2nd, 3rd & 4th February, 2011. Another National Seminar on “Dr. Bhupen Hazarika : His Contribution to the Nation” is organized on 24th, 25th and 26th May, 2012, to commemorate the life and works of Dr. Bhupen Hazarika towards Assam, North East India and the nation in particular and to the greater humanity in general. Some of the workshops are also organized including one month Performance Oriented Drama Workshop, Workshop on Sattriya Nritya, Bihu Workshop, National Workshop on ‘Documentation and Preservation of North East India’s Culture’ etc. Cooperation from all sections is solicited for its grand success.

I hope Gauhati University Institute of North East India Studies will prove to be a leading institute for higher research and value higher education in its field and ignite the minds of the generations.

Prof. Umesh Deka
Director
GUINEIS, Gauhati University

Research

Interdisciplinary research has been started in GUINEIS from 2011 session. GUINEIS provides the scope of research in language, culture, communication, society, economy etc. of the North East India. Interdisciplinary approach of research is conducted by GUINEIS. The research scholars admitted in GUINEIS are engaged in research in different domains related to North East India. The aim of such research is to solve various problems of North East India and also to promote the language, culture, communication, economy etc. of the region by revealing its unique features.

Already three batches have been admitted to the Ph.D. course in 2011, 2012 and 2013 respectively. The Course Work of the 2011 and 2012 batches are already over and the results have been declared. Final Registration was done by the 2011 batch Research Scholars.

To be announced

Publication

The selected research papers of the National seminar on “North East India as Diverse Tribal language Belt” have been published as a book “A Glimpse of Language and Culture of North East India”. The book was edited by Prof. Umesh Deka.

The selected research papers of the national seminar on “Dr. Bhupen Hazarika: His Contribution to the Nation” are planned to be published as two books, one in Assamese and other in English (Bhupen Hazarika-a voice a mystery). Both of the books are edited by Prof. Umesh Deka. The book, “Bhupen Hazarika-a voice a mystery” has already been published.

GUINEIS JOURNAL

GUINEIS JOURNAL, ISSN 2347-2669, An Interdisciplinary Journal of the Gauhati University Institute of North East India Studies is annually published. The 1st year 1st issue for the year 2013 is already published.

Digital Archive and Museum

The process of establishing a Digital Archive and Museum is going on in the Gauhati University Institute of North East India Studies. The Digital archive and the museum aim to work for documentation and preservation of North East India’s culture so that it can become a digital hub of north east India’s language and cultural variety. Interested scholars and students of the nation and abroad can get adequate data regarding the region’s language and cultural resource from the Digital archive and Museum.

                       
Gauhati University Institute of North East India Studies
Gauhati University
Gopinath Bordoloi Nagar
Jalukbari, Guwahati-781014, Assam
Contact No: 9706543286
guineis@gauhati.ac.in

Human Resource:
1.Prof. Umesh Deka :  Director, GUINEIS, Gauhati University
Rabindranath Tagore Professor &
Dean Faculty of Fine Arts
2.Dr. Rumi Choudhury : Research Officer
3.Debasis Bezbaruah : Guest Faculty
4.Tikendrajit Baishya : Clerk
5.Utpal Sarmah :Peon

 
                       
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