Assam down town University signed Memorandum of Understanding on 28th December, 2017 with National Research Development Corporation (NRDC), New Delhi and National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), Guwahati, Assam. Assam down town University is one of the most dynamic and research driven Universities in the region. It has been running a start up accelerator for the last 3 to 4 years and is working with many local entrepreneurs to develop their ideas. It is only the second institute in the region next to IIT G to be recognized. It is because of this, that prestigious institutes like NRDC and NIPER wants to associate with us. National Research Development Corporation (NRDC), DSIR, under Ministry of Science & Technology, Govt. of India, New Delhi and National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), Guwahati under Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers, Govt. of India signed an MOU with Assam down town University. The Memorandum of Agreement/ Understanding between NRDC, NIPER with Assam down town University signed by Dr. H Purushotham, Chairman & Managing Director, National Research Development Corporation, New Delhi, Dr. U.S.N. Murty, Director, National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), Guwahati and Dr. N.N. Dutta, Chancellor, Assam down town University respectively. The signing ceremony at Assam down town University was initiated with a warm welcome speech by Dr. N.N. Dutta (Chancellor) Assam down town University, who described the overall research and academic activities at Assam down town University, and said it will further foster strong collaboration in scientific research with NRDC, New Delhi and NIPER Guwahati.. Dr. B G Unni (Director Research) gave a brief appraisal about the overview of research activities undertaken by the University, future program and also spoke about the scope of MOU with NRDC and NIPER with Assam down town University and down town Hospital for the long days to come. Dr. B G Unni also mentioned that the purpose of the MOU between NIPER with down town Hospital is to create a framework with specific objectives in the areas of clinical posting of Pharmacy practices in various departments of Assam down town University Hospital for practical and clinical exposure, dissertations work for the students for 6 – 10 months duration under able guidance of Doctors/ Qualified Clinicians from Hospitals . Therefore, the MoU with these institutions will provide a great help in scientific achievement to both the institutions i.e. Assam down town University and down town Hospital respectively. Followed by, innovative ideas/ technologies developed by the faculties of Assam down town University from different departments were also presented at the meeting. The entrepreneurs from various groups such as private and NGO based were also attended the function and had excellent interaction with the officials of NRDC and NIPER at the interactive session. Dr. H. Purushotham in his appreciation remarks, discussed about the value of patent information, tools and strategies for locating patents etc. In fact, this is the first time that National Research Development Corporation (NRDC), DSIR, under Ministry of Science & Technology, Govt. of India, New Delhi is going to have first Memorandum of Agreement with a private University in the North East Region. He also talked about the role of NRDC at various stages for the commercialization of know-how/products/technologies developed at their laboratories. Apart from that, he also mentioned that the mutual agreement with NRDC will also provide expert services in the following areas such as IPR Management & Training, Techno – Commercial Evaluation of technology, linkage with research funding agencies for Assam down town University, linking to start up idea mission and incubation centre etc. Dr. U.S.N. Murty in his remarks mentioned about the importance of MOU with Assam down town University, and said that MOU with NIPER will provide a significant collaboration with down town Hospital in terms of short term projects, training programs, visit and clinical exposure at different departments of down town Hospital, joint supervision of Post Graduate of different disciplines of down town Hospital and for dissertation work etc under the guidance of doctors from the hospital. In addition to this, the MOU will also benefit and strengthen the collaboration with both the institutions. .Dr. Amarjyoti Choudhury, Vice Chancellor, Assam down town University in his concluding remarks thanked both the organizations for their keen interest to have MOU with Assam down town University, and also mentioned that such attempt enhance the individual growth of scientific capabilities of both the institutions such as Assam down town University and down town Hospital, thereby contributing a lot to the overall welfare of this region. Dr. H.K Das, Pro-Vice Chancellor attended the function and appreciated the keen interest shown by both NRDC and NIPER. According to Dr. B G Unni (Director Research, Assam down town University), the University has already got quite a number of MOU’s with reputed R&D institutions and Universities like CSIR- North East Institute of Science and Technology, Jorhat, Assam, Institute of Advanced Study in Science and Technology, Guwahati, Guwahati Biotech Park and Dr. B Borooah Cancer institute. The MOU with NRDC & NIPER, the University will be now able to help the young students and local entrepreneurs to develop and market their product nationally. We are sure that this step of Assam down town University will further help the local entrepreneurship culture in the region. We hope that we will help in supporting a few ideas in the next few years and see that local idea become a commercial success. The MOU with IASST (Dated - 7th May 2016) : Assam down town University (AdtU) signed an Memorandum of Understanding with Institute of Advanced Study in Science & Technology (IASST) on 7th May, 2016 for Research & Development collaboration. MOU signed between Assam down town University & Institute of Advanced Study in Science and Technology (IASST) autonomous R&D institute ,Ministry of Science and Technology, Govt of India Assam down town University signed an Memorandum of Understanding on 7th May, 2016 in an auspicious function held at the Auditorium of Institute of Advanced Study in Science & Technology, an autonomous institute under Department of Science & Technology, Govt. of India at Vigyan Path, Paschim Boragaon, Garchuk, Guwahati – 781035. The MoU was signed by Dr. N.N. Dutta (Chancellor) from AdtU side and Dr. N.C. Talukdar (Director) from IASST, Guwahati. The MoU signing ceremony was started with a warm welcome address by Dr. N.C. Talukdar (Director, IASST) who also presented an overview of the research activities undertaken at IASST. At the same function along with Assam down town University, MoU were also signed with Drug Discovery Research Center, New Delhi, Cotton College State University and Revelations Biotech Private Limited, Hyderabad. The Heads of the respective institutions/ Universities gave a brief speech about the activities at their respective institutes. Dr. B.G. Unni (Director Research, AdtU) gave away brief appraisal about the overview of the research activities undertaken by the University, future programmes and also spoke about the scope of MoU with the Institute of Advanced Study in Science & Technology with Assam down town University for the days to come. Apart from Dr. N.N. Dutta (Chancellor), Dr. R.C. Deka (Vice Chancellor), Prof. Bandana Dutta (Dean of studies) from Assam down town University were present in the event. The main purpose of this MoU is to create a framework for such a platform of collaborations with specific objectives such as to establish close linkage and functional coordination between AdtU & IASST for facilitating joint collaborative research work between students and faculties , registration of research scholar of IASST in AdtU as per the University’s rules and regulation, to consider the qualified IASST Professionals/ Scientists as accredited instructors/ guides for teaching, research programmes and vice versa and to facilitate creation/ development of new experimental and research/ training facilities through mutual cooperation and exchange of experts between IASST and AdtU.. The time period of the MoU shall be effective for a period of 5 years commencing from the date of signing of this MoU and its continuance will be subject to review of expiry of agreed period of 5 years. This collaboration will also enhance the individual growth of scientific capabilities of these two institutes contributing a lot to the overall growth of this region. MOU with R&D Organizations : To strengthen the research activities further, the University has already got a significant breakthrough by having MOU with some of the pioneer institutions : North-East Institute of Science & Technology-(NEIST) CSIR (Department of Science & Technology Govt of India) Jorhat, Assam Gauhati Biotech Park, (Incubation Center (GBPIC) in the temporary premises of the park at IIT Guwahati campus through a joint initiative of the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Govt. of India, the Government of Assam, and the IIT Guwahati ) IIT Campus ,Gauhati Assam Dr. Bhubaneswar Borooah Cancer Institute (an Autonomous Body funded by the Department of Atomic Energy, Govt. of India, the North Eastern Council, Govt. of India and the Govt. of Assam) , Gauhati. Assam Tribuvan University, Nepal Council for Technical Education & Vocartional Training ( CTEVT) Nepal Institute of Advanced Study in Science & Technology, Assam (under Department of Science & Technology, Govt of India) Deputation to CSIR-NEIST, Jorhat: - Students from Department of MLT were deputed to CSIR-NEIST, Jorhat under Summer Training Program from May – July 2016. The students need not pay fees during the training period and will be working under Senior Scientists. They have to prepare a detail project report after the training Meeting organized at Dr.B Baruah cancer institute to formulate a network projects on cancer biology : Invited to attend a pre – brainstorming meeting on Cancer research was held on 25th May on Dr. Bhubaneswar Borooah Cancer Institute to discuss the organization of brainstorming on Cancer Biology with the leading clinicians and basic scientists of North East region for a joint collaborative project proposal. Doctoral Advisory committee meeting as a part of the Ph.D programme at CSIR NEIST-Jorhat Invited to attend the Doctoral Advisory Committee meeting to assess the Ph.D work of the following students namely Ms. Sebrin Jahen Islam and Ms. Kabita Gogoi on 6th October, 2016 at CSIR-NEIST, Jorhat. Gust lecture for the MD/MS students at a National workshop at Dr.BBCI Invited by Director, Dr. B Borooah Cancer Institute to deliver a guest lecture on research methodology for their post graduate fellowship programme – 2 years for Medical professionalsheld on 27th September, 2016. Ph.D Guidance Mr.Dibya Jyoti Ozah from CSIR-NEIST, Jorhat received Ph.D Degree from University of Science and Technology, Meghalaya under the guidance of Dr. B G Unni.