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ABSU organises seminar on role of indigenous knowledge-technology in sustainable economic development
All Bodo Students Union (ABSU) being one of the most responsive students union in the region, wishes to be part of the discourse and debate on the theme of promoting indigenous knowledge. ABSU being the voice of indigenous communities is focusing on issues related to indigenous knowledge and technologies that can become critical in promoting sustainable development.

As a part of economic awareness year, ABSU organised a daylong seminar on "the role of indigenous knowledge-technology in sustainable economic development & policy of central, state and autonomous councils" at the conference hall of Sankardev Kalakhetra on 14th May in Guwahati. This seminar was organised to deepen the understanding on indigenous knowledge-technologies and its various challenges for ensuring sustainable development and to find way forward for revitalization, promotion and documentation of critical indigenous knowledge-technologies as means for sustainable development through consultative process.

The keynote speech was delivered by Pramod Bodo, President of ABSU. In his keynote address, he mentioned about importance of sustainable development. "Indigenous knowledge and skills available in the society must also be tapped for economic and social up-liftmen. The focus must not confine to only on skills for machines, digital and industry based technology. Businesses and industries must also give priority to rural and indigenous products. Financial institutions should not run only after successful technology entrepreneurs but give equal preference, if not more, to rural and indigenous entrepreneurs and enterprises. Governments must create a level playing field through policy intervention to make rural and Indigenous enterprises successful", said Pramod Bodo.

Inaugurating the seminar Debojit Khound, Economic Adviser of North Eastern Council, said that conventional economic model has not been able to bring change and hence a bottom up approach is needed in the region. He shared some activities of NEC and the way they have been effective in some part of the region related to economic development. 

Adip Phukan, a senior journalist, mentioned that economic development is not taking place as policies are implemented from top . He was also mentioning about the areas which are linked with indigenous knowledge and said that new perspectives is needed for development.

Achinta Kr Baruah, faculty from Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship said that there is problem with attitude in comparison with other parts of the country. He mentioned that we need to do analysis and move ahead for entrepreneurship growth.

Amiya Sarma, Director of Rashtriya Grameen Vikash Nidhi, said that paradigm shift is needed to bring development to the region. There must be good governance and rule of law for the change and there must be vibrant public institutions for brining economic development.

Mrinal Gohain, Regional Manager of Action Aid said that many places in the states have lost natural resources like forest cover. He was raising question amongst participants and asked them to think why there has been loss of natural resources. 

Jennifer Liang, Managing Trustee of Action Northeast Trust, shared the experiences of social business 'Agor'. She said that there should be short-term courses to manage local business and there must be more indigenous entrepreneurs for brining economic development.

Dr P S Harikrishnaraj, Assistant General Manager of NABARD, shared the activities of the bank and their activities related to the state. He shared that exposure programme and capacity building are organised for entrepreneurs.

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