There was a time when there scope for higher education in Assam and elsewhere in Northeast was almost negligible. This compelled the students to go outside the region for their higher studies. However, over the years, the scenario and mindset in the region has changed. The region is becoming more self-sufficient than before. The positive effect of that can be seen in the education sector as well. Over the last few years, many quality private universities have been set up. Assam Downtown University is one of the most notable among such institution.
Assam Downtown University was established with the objective of bringing quality higher education to the North Eastern Region of India and its neighboring countries. In a short span of time it has risen to become one of the top most universities in Assam attracting students not only from North East Region but also from Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Africa. Assam downtown University was established in the year 2010 offering multi-disciplinary programs at the Graduate, Post Graduate and Doctorate level apart from offering several skill oriented certificate and diploma programs.
AdtU being one of the largest educational group based in Assam, has on its rolls more than 4000 students and more than 300 faculty members. The State-of-the-art campus in Guwahati is located on 80 acres of land. Details about Assam Down Town University which is recognized by UGC, AICTE and Govt of India can be found at www.adtu.in .
Some of the characteristics of the University which give it an edge over similar institutions are
The university is running programmes in four major domains of learning- Engineering and Technology (B. Tech & M. Tech courses), Business Management Studies (BBA, MBA), Allied Health Sciences (B.Sc, MBA-healthcare) including Pharmacy (D.Pharm/B.Pharm/M.Pharm), and Humanity Studies. Assam downtown University offers many unique programs which are not widely available in India like Trauma & Disaster Management, Radiography Technology, and Dialysis Technology in addition to skill oriented programs in Hotel Management, Nursing, Nutrition and Diet Sciences, Biotechnology, Microbiology, Biochemistry and Social Work, etc. Today Assam downtown University has one of the top Pharmacy College in Assam, unique programs in Management and a highly ranked Engineering College in Assam.
There is also emphasis on designing special courses on new age topics like cyber security, big data, cloud technology, animation and special effects, and also specific content for the banking and financial services industries. These courses will help provide students with infinite opportunities in the near future.
Conducive environment for research
The university encourages its faculty to undertake research projects and sponsors for paper presentations at the National and International forums. There is an independent Department of Research headed by a dedicated Director to focus in this area. Sponsored Research Projects of DBT & ICMR are being conducted here; and it is one of the few private Universities in the country to have been selected for such prestigious research projects.
The academic model is uniquely designed to match international standards. The curriculum offered is continuously upgraded to keep pace with the overall development of industry and in-line with the best practices followed in international Universities. It has tied up with Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand where students are offered a two week international exposure through participation in a few of their programs annually. It has tied up with Liverpool University to source certain modules that can be taught with existing courses. This leads to Liverpool University certification as well. International research scholars from across the world come for a semester on a teaching exchange program. This helps expose students as well as faculties to best teaching practices from across the world.
Faculty development programme
Regular development programs are organized for the faculty too. Every week there are compulsory paper presentations by the faculty across disciplines in front of a committee. Guest lectures are organized every month delivered by a person from a top institution in India and the NE Region. This allows healthy discussion and deliberation amongst the AdTU fraternity.
To make life for students on the campus easier, ADTU has developed state-of-art infrastructure. Covering a 1.5 million sqft area and 1500 capacity hostels, there are varied facilities for sporting activities-basketball, football, swimming pool(under construction),indoor sports halls. Gym facility is also available for the students on campus. A new amphitheatre is coming up shortly. A well stocked library, canteens, medical facilities give the Institute an added edge.
The Placement Programme ensures that successful students are absorbed in large corporate houses annually. AdtU organizes on campus placement drives that are definitely the largest in the region. Over 50 companies were present for on campus placements on a single day in 2017. More than 500 offers were made during the course of the day. Companies recruiting included Axis Bank, Indusind Bank, Oberoi Group, Cipla, Sun Pharmaceuticals, Taj Group, Accor Hotels, Lemon Tree Hotels, Indigo, Spice Jet, Patanjali, Genpact, NH Hospitals, Asian Heart Institute, HCL to name a few.
AdtU believes in equality for all sections of the society. Following this principle AdtU offers the largest scholarship program in the region. Every year 100 students from the region are selected for this programme. Where required, hostel facilities and any other additional financial support is borne by the University to enable students to pursue higher education. Scholarships are issued on the basis of merit depending on marks obtained during entrance examinations and also for meritorious students who top University examinations.
Down town Charity trust
The university is looked after by the down town charity trust. The down town Charity Trust was formed, by the down town hospital ltd., under a Deed of Trust, executed on 29th December, 1997, The urge to do something for the poor and deprived section of the society led to the formation of down town Charity Trust. Apart from doctors, the members of the Trust include Engineers, Educationists and other professionals from various walks of life.
The down town Charity Trust is promoted by down town hospital ltd., the first corporate multi speciality hospital in North Eastern India. It has a distinguished name in the healthcare industry, serving the people of Assam and the North Eastern Region with its expertise for the last 25 years. It is the first institution in NORTH EAST to be NABH accredited in the Region.
Organizing seminars and fests
The university regularly organizes seminars so that the students can remain updated. They organized a seminar titled ‘Technology, Youth & Career: A Paradigm Shift’ on March 24. Dr. N. N. Dutta, Chancellor, Assam down town University and Chief Guest of the event inaugurated the seminar which was then followed by a speech by Guest of Honour Prof. Shikhar Kr. Sarma, Registrar, Cotton College State University. Considering the current scenario of advancements in the field of education the main objective of such seminars are to provide a platform to share views among researchers, teachers and practitioners in technological advancement and to critically discuss on.
Assam Down Town University also organized its first ever Mega Fest ‘Attitude’17 – Empowering Aspirations” from 22nd to 26th February, 2017, in its campus situated at Panikhaiti, Guwahati.
Attitude’17 is a flagship event with an objective to reflect the spirit of friendship, team work, culture, peace and development. Making its mark for the first time, this five days long mega event has come alive with incredible culture, resonating with the sound of awe-inspiring music and infotainment.
Budding Rock bands, Djs and Dancers from across Northeast took part in this mega event to showcase their talent. This was an opportunity for young women of Northeast to walk the Miss India 2017 Ramp has also been facilitated in association with Miss India Organisation and Times of India.
Unlike other events, ATTITUDE’17 concluded with a TWO DAYS JOB FAIR to boost the recruitment culture in the region. This is what makes ATTITUDE’17 a one-of-a-kind fest in the entire North East Region.
Northeast is now striving to reach a position where it can challenge the more privileged and developed parts of the country. Institutions like Assam Down Town University can play a pivotal part in that journey as they will churn out young minds who will shape the future of the region. It is heartening to see the university striving for excellence in every field. It has already carved a niche for itself and it is being hoped that the university will be the best not only in Assam nut the entire country.