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Gauhati University, Guwahati (Gauhati), Assam
Address:Gopinath Bardoloi Nagar, Jalukbari
Guwahati (Gauhati)
Assam, India
Pin Code : 781014


Gauhati University, Guwahati (Gauhati) Assam is a University recognised by UGC. Gauhati University, Guwahati (Gauhati) Assam is also known as Guwahati University.


Gauhati University, Guwahati (Gauhati) Assam is situated in Guwahati (Gauhati) of Assam state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Fax # of Gauhati University, Guwahati (Gauhati) Assam is +91-361-2570133, 2570670, 2700311.

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Website of Gauhati University, Guwahati (Gauhati) Assam is www.gauhati.ac.in, www.guiip.org.

Additional Information about Gauhati University, Guwahati (Gauhati) Assam is : Kandarpa Kumar Sarma
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Phone- +91-94351-07019.

Chancellor : Shri Janaki Ballav Pattanaik, .
Vice Chancellor : Sh Okhil Kumar Medhi,Tel: +91-361 2570412(O) 2570408(R).

Registrar : Sh. Uttam Chandra Das, Tel: +91-361 2570415(O) 2674243(R).


Contact Details of Gauhati University, Guwahati (Gauhati) Assam are : Telephone: +91-361-2570415, 2700311




Courses

MBA, BBA

Other Departments of the University:
Department of Arabic,
Department of Assamese,
Department of Bengali,
Department of Biotechnology,
Department of Botany,
Department of Business Administration,
Department of Chemistry,
Department of Commerce,
Department of Communication and Journalism,
Department of Computer Science,
Department of Economics,
Department of Education,
Department of Electronics Science,
Department of English,
Department of English Language Teaching,
Department of Environmental Science,
Department of Foklore,
Department of Foreign Languages,
Department of Geography,
Department of Geological Science,
Department of Hindi,
Department of History,
Department of Instrumentation and USIC,
Department of Law,
Department of Library and Information Science,
Department of Linguistics,
Department of Mathematics,
Department of Modern Indian Languages,
Department of Persian,
Department of Philosophy,
Department of Physics,
Department of Political Science,
Department of Psychology,
Department of Sanskrit,
Department of Statistics,
Department of Zoology,
Faculty of Arts,
Faculty of Commerce,
Faculty of Law,
Faculty of Science


Gauhati University, Guwahati (Gauhati) Assam runs course(s) in Business Management stream(s).

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History of Gauhati University

It was indeed a dream come true for thousands of people of Assam who had relentlessly agitated for decades for an institute of higher education in the province when Gauhati University was established on 26 January, 1948.

For a long time, the only university in the entire eastern region was at Calcutta. This university catered to the needs not only of the students from Bengal but also of those from Bihar, Orissa and Assam. Naturally, therefore, seats for students from Assam were extremely limited and very often even meritorious students found themselves ousted in the fray. Over the years, this had caused resentment among the educated Assamese youth and the necessity of a separate university began to be acutely felt.

Soon after the capital shifted to Delhi in 1911, Bihar and Orissa acquired their own Universities and it was then that Assam, too, put forward her claim to the Government for a separate University. The first public demand was made at the annual session of the Assam Association held at Sivasagar in 1917 when Satyanath Bora made a fervent plea in his Presidential speech for a separate University. He forcefully stated that apart from other reasons, Assam deserved an independent University for the simple reason that the Senate and Syndicate of the Calcutta University had little link with the people of Assam and as such could never identify themselves with the hopes and aspirations of the Assamese people. Satyanath Bora�s powerful speech had a tremendous impact on the Assamese intelligentsia and it was followed up by a petition to the Calcutta University Commission headed by Michael Sadler. From then onwards till 1928, representation and petitions to the Government for a separate university were presented from time to time.

Serious agitation for a separate university, however, started only in 1928 when Daiba Chandra Talukdar moved a resolution to that effect in the general body meeting of the Assam Ekata Sabha held at the Curzon Hall of Cotton College. The media, too, played a very positive role in moulding public opinion. Papers like Awahan, Banhi, Batori, Times of Assam, among others, discussed and debated at length on the issue, and reported in detail all matters relating to it.

In 1932, at a meeting of eminent persons presided over by Qutubuddin Ahmad at Nagaon, a programme was chalked out to launch a sustained agitation. Meanwhile, the Assamese Students Welfare League had been formed at Calcutta. This League, comprising members like Birinchi Kumar Baruah, J.R.Phukan, Rohini Kumar Barua and Madhav Chandra Bezbarua among others, played a prominent role in Assam�s fight for a rightful place in the educational scenario of India.

The absence of much scope for higher education of Assamese youth was also highlighted by Moidul Islam Bora, a Ph.D. from London University, who made an ardent plea for a university in Assam through his forceful articles in the Awahan. He pointed out that the promotion of education and culture of a region was the primary objective of a university. If Assam had to depend on others for regional research and study, she could never hope to make any progress. He reiterated time and again that it was not possible for a people to give expression to the pride and glory of their history and culture in the absence of an institute of higher learning. But like the earlier pleas, Moidul Islam Bora�s ardent pleas also fell on deaf years. Time and again, the Government came out with the same excuses: there was no fund to sustain a university in Assam and the number of local students was too small to justify the establishment of a separate university.

These excuses however, did not deter the Assamese intelligentsia from continuing with their agitation. On 30 April, 1935, at an all party meet at the Curzon Hall, organized by the Assam Association and Sangrakhini Sabha and preseded over by Gopinath Bardoloi, it was resolved to form a University Committee. Gppinath Bardoloi was nominated as its secretary. This Committee, together with the Nagaon University Committee and the Students Welfare League of Calcutta, spearheaded the agitation for a University in Assam with renewed vigor. 22 May, 1935, was observed as University Day all over the province with mammoth meetings and huge processions.

All this had occurred in the backdrop of the growing nationalism in the country and the Government could no longer afford to remain a silent spectator. In 1936 therefore, it appointed J.R.Cunningham, a retired Director of Public Instruction, to report on the state of education in Assam and to specifically state whether a separate University for Assam was (i) essential and (ii) feasible. In his lengthy Report, Cunningham expressed his doubts as to the feasibility of a separate university. He wrote. �Primary education, of course, cannot be ignored and the claims of Secondary schools and the University must co-ordinate. But it should be realized that unless the university thrives, there will be no health or vitality in the educational system. He suggested that instead of separate university, a few M.A. courses could be started at Cotton College and Murarichand College with a special Examination Board at Shillong. Needless to say, Cunningham�s Report was received with a storm of protest in Assam.

As early as 1931 Roberts, who was then D.P.I. , had stated in his Annual Report, �It is said Assam cannot afford to have a University of its own, it cannot afford not to have one�. This feeling now reverberated throughout Assam. Most organizations criticized Cunningham�s Report in no uncertain terms and resolved to continue the agitation. 1938 was a year of high hopes and aspirations. The people were jubilant as the formation of a Congress ministry headed by Gopinath Bardoloi held out great promises. Bardoloi had been actively associated with the agitation for a university and it was believed that he would do his utmost for the cause. Bardoloi realized that Government funds would not be forthcoming, so he decided to create a special university fund by collecting one anna from every individual. He believed that this would serve a dual purpose. He would not only be able to raise money, but more importantly, also involve all the people of Assam. Unfortunately, the programme received a setback when Bardoloi�s ministry resigned in 1939 following the outbreak of World War II.

In the meantime, much debate had been going on regarding the site of the proposed university. Three names had been proposed during the course of the discussions, viz, Shillong, Guwahati and Sylhet, but nothing was finalized. In 1940 the Government appointed S.K.Bhuyan as Special Officer with the task of collecting relevant information on the selection of site and related matters. Interestingly, in the same year, the family of Siva Prasad Barua offered to donate Rupees 3 lakhs for a university in Assam, but they put forth two conditions viz., (i) the proposed university would have to be situated in Guwahati and (ii) it would have to be named Assam Siva Prasad University. The offer was not accepted.

In spite of the prevailing political situation, the agitation for a university continued . In October 1944, a huge Convention, presided over by Benudhar Rajkhowa, was held at the Kali Prasad Memorial Hall at Sivasagar. This Convention, attended by people from all over Assam, reiterated the demand for a university and decided to form a Trust Board comprising of seven eminent personalities of Assam. They were Gopinath Bardoloi, Sarat Chandra Goswami, Syed Md. Sadulla, Sayadur Rahman, K.K.Handqui , Heramba Prasad Barua and Sailendra Prasad Barua. Several sub committees were also formed. It was decided to form a publicity wing in Calcutta headed by Madhav Chandra Bezbaroa . Once this Trust Board was formed the fund collection drive was restarted with renewed vigor. This time, donation coupons ranging from Re 1 to Rs. 1 lakh were issued. The response of the public was enormous. As Suresh Chandra Rajkhowa, who was intimately connected with this fundraising drive, later commented, � the enthusiasm and spontaneity with which people from all over the state came forward with their contributions to the Trust fund in response to the appeal was simply amazing. The campaign for a university had turned into a people�s movement�. In fact, by the time the university was actually established, the money at its disposal was Rs. 22,39,605. This was a rare example of a university being established with donations, small and large, collected from the people of the region.

Gauhati University was incorporated by an Act of 1947. It started functioning on 26 January, 1948 as an affiliating, teaching and residential university in a few temporary buildings in Guwahati, with K.K.Handiqui as the first Vice-Chancellor. Phanidhar Dutta, Sailandhar Rajkhowa and Sarat Kumar Dutta were selected as the Registrar, Treasurer and Secretary of University Classes respectively. The emblem of the University, selected from among many submitted, was designed by T.Mukherjee, a textile designer of Ahmedabad. Two Sanskrit words inscribed on it � Vidyaya Sadhayeta (meaning achievement through learning) �indicate the motto of the University.

The objective of the University is to bring about social, economic, cultural, moral and spiritual upliftment of the people of Assam. As stated in the Objects and Reasons appended to the Gauhati University Bill, 1947, � Assam offers great opportunities of study in many fields- linguistic, historical ethnological, archaeological, geological, scientific and agricultural �..It will be the aim of the proposed University to intensify the study of the age long spirit of Assamese life and character, and to bring in them the necessary adjustments in relation to Indian civilization and to the different and new impulses of the West�. The desire of seeing the University � illumine the banks of the Luit� is reflected in the university anthem, Jilikaba Luitare Par, composed by Bhupen Hazarika.

Starting with 17 affiliated colleges and 8 Post Graduate Departments in 1948, Gauhati University, today, has 38 Post Graduate Departments and a satellite campus at Kokrajhar besides Post Graduate Correspondence School and a constituent Law College. It has 205 affiliated colleges offering undergraduate and post graduate courses in the faculties of Arts, Science, Commerce, Law, Engineering and Medicine. Gauhati University is a member of the Association of Indian Universities and the Association of Commonwealth Universities. The aspirations of the founders of the University have not gone in vain. The alumni of this university have been able to make their mark not only within the state but at the national level as well. Indeed many have been able to adorn the higher echelons of the nations scientific, socio-cultural, administrative and political life.

Gauhati University receives Annual Financial Grants from the Government of Assam and Development Grants from the University Grants Commission apart from different funding agencies like CSIR, DST DBT, NEC, ICAR, ICHR, MAKAIAS, among others, who sponsor various research projects.

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Bordoloi maintaining double standards: AASU

GUWAHATI, Oct 8 – All Assam Students Union (AASU) today alleged that Power Minister Pradyut Bordoloi has been maintaining double standards on the issue of the mega-dam hydel projects. The Power Minister is abiding by the diktats of the mega-dam lobby and the Delhites on the issue, alleged the students body.

In a statement here, the students body alleged that the Power Minister lacks the courage to take a stand that goes in favour of the State on the mega-dam hydel project issue. He is now trying to mislead the people by avoiding the real issues.

It reminded the Power Minister that the committee that went into the impacts of the Lower Subansiri Hydroelectric Power Project (LSHEP), comprised the experts of Gauhati University, IIT, Guwahati and Dibrugarh University. It was formed as per the decision of the tripartite meeting held by the representatives of the State Government, National Hydroelectric Power Corporation and the AASU. The meeting was presided over by the Power Minister, said the students body.

This committee recommended that no mega-dam hydel project should be set up in the seismically sensitive Himalayan foothill areas. The committee also called for steps to redesign the LSHEP by reducing the height of its dam etc.

But the Power Minister did not take any step to implement the above recommendations of the expert committee and is maintaining double standards instead, alleged the AASU, reiterating that it is not anti-development. However, it favours micro hydel projects to generate power, the students body said.

AASU black flag demo against Gogoi

GUWAHATI, Sept 17 – Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today faced black flag demonstration by the All Assam Students Union (AASU) immediately after his arrival at the Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi around 1 pm today after a 13-day foreign tour.
Hundreds of members of the AASU staged demonstration in front of the Gauhati University since morning protesting the Indo-Bangla land swap deal. The AASU members shouted slogans as the Chief Ministers cavalcade passed though the route.
PTI adds: As the Chief Ministers convoy passed the university area, the demonstrators waved black flags and shouted slogans accusing Gogoi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of gifting Assams land to Bangladesh by signing the land pact during their recent visit there.

Slogans against Tarun Gogoi and the Prime Minister, who represents Assam in the Rajya Sabha, rent the air as Gogois convoy drove past the area to his official residence at Koinadhara area here.Heavy security arrangements were made with police and paramilitary personnel lining up on both sides of the road to prevent demonstrators from blocking the road.
Riot vans were also kept ready as AASU members, students of the University and the law college there gathered to block the road.

AASU leaders said they would continue with their protest against the giving away of Assams land to Bangladesh and also against the construction of big dams in the State.Police had suggested that Gogoi use helicopter from the airport to his residence but he chose to travel by road.Gogoi was returning from Delhi after being away for his visits to Bangladesh, Spain and Belgium.

Gauhati University teachers body calls off strike

GUWAHATI: The three-day strike called by Gauhati University Teachers Association (Guta) in protest against financial irregularities in the varsity was temporarily called off following an appeal by the executive council of the varsity.
Members of Guta had alleged that the executive council of the university, which includes the office of the vice-chancellor and is considered the highest decision making body in the university, along with a few other members of the university administration, were indulging in unethical and corrupt practices.

Civil society for support on anti-big dam movement

After both the Assam and the Arunachal Pradesh Government have taken tough stand on setting up of the 2000 MW capacity Lower Subanshiri Hydro-electric project at Gerukamukh, located along the border of both the states, civil society of the region is organizing a two-day national conference to mobilize support for anti-big dam movement in Guwahati from Sunday.

In the two-day conference, and senior professor of JNU Rohan Disuza have also taken part.

Noted dam expert Himanshu Thakkar, in his address, alleged that the Centre has prepared the national water policy which lacks transparency.

It is seen that no public hearing has been arranged to formulate this policy. Same is the case during the setting up of the Lower Subanshiri project, he said.

The Assam Government is claiming that the 2000 MW Lower Subanshiri project will make up the required power of the state and will also reduce the perennial flood problem of the state. But Thakkar said that practically it is seen that due to wrongly constructed, wrong location and wrong technology used, unprecedented flood were seen in several parts of the country.

Citing examples, he pointed out that in August 2006, a devastating flood was caused by the Okai dam of Surat in southern Gujarat. Similarly, in 2008 Odisha and in 2009 Andhra Pradesh were badly affected due to existing dams there.

In the north-eastern region, there are as many as 1,009 hydro-electric projects. But each and every project is generating only 40-50 per cent of its optimum capacity. The government should make sure that the capacity of these projects should properly be utilized, the dam expert said.

He lamented that there is no dam safety act in India due to which the Mullaperiar dam issue has reached the Supreme Court.

JNU professor Rohan Disoza said that the Lower Subanshiri project issue is not a technical problem that it is a socio-political issue with a relation to the environment.

He said, By setting up of big dams, power and water are being tried to transfer at the cost of affecting bio-diversity hot-spots. Decision to transfer water could be taken by only the indigenous people of both the banks of rivers. So, it is a political issue and it could only be solved with the consent of the local people.

In the conference, where more than 25 organizations are participating, noted writer and retired dean of Gauhati University Dr Hiren Gohain said that Assam government has taken an anti-people stand in big-dam issue. Saying that Assam will get only 25 MW from the lower Subanshiri project out of a total capacity of 2000 MW, he surprised that how the government thinks to fulfill the paucity of power in the state with only 25 MW.

Guwahati film festival to begin

The Cine Art Society of Assam (CineASA) and Assam State Film (Finance and Development) Corporation are jointly organising the fourth edition of Guwahati International Film Festival that will start from February 5 to 11 at three different places in the state.

The film lovers of the state would get the taste of some of the best films of the world to be organized from February 5 to 11 in Guwahati, Dibrugarh and Lakhimpur simultaneously.

We have tried to bring in the films, which have been appreciated in the events like, Cannes, Venice and Berlin film festival, said festival director Bitopan Borbora said.

He further said, We have decided to screen Firingoti of Jahnu Boruah, the renowned film maker of the state, on completion of his 30 years in the field of film making.

The film festival will simultaneously commence at Rabindra Bhawan, IIT Guwahati and Guwahati University and the same package of films would be also screened at Dibrugarh University and Lakhimpur at Upper Assam.

The festival would be inaugurated with noted filmmaker Rituporno Ghoshs film Noukadubi, which is set in the 1920s and based on a novel by Rabindranath Tagore.


Noted actor from Assam, Biju Phukon would formally inaugurate the festival at the Rabindra Bhawan.
In the inaugural ceremony, renowned artist Sangeeta Barthakur would present a musical performance
dedicated to cultural icon Dr. Bhupen Hazarika.

Other than four shows at Rabindra Bhawan on each day, the films would also be screened at other selected venues.

According to festival director Borbora, the retrospective section of the festival would focus
on renowned Mexican film maker Alejendro Gonzalez Inarritu.

Films from countries like France, Canada, Norway, Germany, South Africa, Taiwan, Turkey and Iran would also be screened in the festival.

Meherjan based on the Bangladeshs freedom movement would be the concluding film of the Festival. Indian actors victor Banerjee and Jaya Bachan have acted in this film.

Discussions and workshops would be held from Feb 7 to 9 where film makers like Jodumoni Dutta,
Pradyut Kr. Deka, Gautam Bora, Sanjeeb Sabhapandit and film critic Altaf Mazid would take part.

Indias most unique villages

A small village near Guwahati is a stronghold of traditional magic finds out Dulal Misra from firsthand experience

Magic and Assam (or Pragjyotishpur as it was called in ancient times) have a strong connection. Scholars such as Mirza Nathan, Ibn-batuta and Sahabuddin have mentioned the tantra-mantra of Pragjyotishpur in their writings. According to Hindu mythology Lord Krishna fought a maya yudh (a war of illusions) with king Narakasura, father of Bhagadutta, empowered by spiritual powers. Shaktipith Kamakhya (in Assam) was the epicentre of tantrism in ancient times where Buddhist monks came to practice tantra. In time these monks scattered to various parts of Assam but were mainly concentrated in Hajo and Mayang.

Tantrism in Mayang can be traced back to the period of 8th to 9th century AD. Buddhist monks contributed to shaping it in the 12th century thus making the tantrism of Mayang a unique combination of Hindu and Buddhist gupta bidya (secret knowledge) of which black magic is the basis.

Modern day Mayang, despite being close to Guwahati is a world away.

Manthir Saikia, ex- principal of Mayang H S School and a scholar of tantrism says, Prince Maibong of Manipur set up the Kachari kingdom here. The name Mayang comes from the princes name. From ancient times tantrism was practiced in Mayang hence the Ahom rulers and later the British were afraid to challenge the Kachari kingdom. The tantrics used vashikaran mantra to dominate enemies.

Tilak Hazarika, a black magician in Mayang says the power of magic draws from the potency of words. Every word has its power. If somebody praises you, you will be pleased. If somebody curses you, you will be sad. Shabd (the spoken word) is Brahma. Hence since ancient times, mantras were in oral form. Practitioners (bez and kabiraz) were particular that the mantras not reach the common people. Hence, there was no interest in preserving these in written form. However the Kachari kings encouraged the magicians to write down the mantras. Today we have around 300 manuscripts of mantras written on Sanchipat and Tulipat (kinds of writing material) in the area.

There are various types of mantras practiced in Mayang. Among these are -- mohini ban, sarpabishnasakh, baatbish, tekeli ban, bagh bondha, bikh ban, jhor ban, jui nibarani, pash and kam ban mantra. Each comes with special powers. This while a human can fly in the air with the udan mantra, the luki mantra can make one vanish in thin air while bikh ban mantra can kill an enemy and the kam ban can enhance sexual potency. Why, there is also a mantra to transform leaves into fish!

Manthir Saikia, like other residents of Mayang, has memories of magic to share. Once when I was a child my father was boiling paddy to make a special type of rice. But even after steaming for three days, the paddy could not be boiled. My father suspected that someone had put a ban on the dish. He called on a kabiraz and told him about the incident. The kabiraz thought for a while and ordered my father to disrobe. My father did so and the paddy was cooked in no time, he says.

Pranab Bezbarua is a kabiraz believed to hold magical powers which he demonstrates for us. We are asked to put out our hands. Bezbarua takes a fistful of sand and whispers a mantra onto it. The sand is then thrown on our hands and a strange itching sensation begins. We are told that the baral ban has been put on us. Another fistful of sand with a different mantra is thrown on our hands and the sensation stops.

Tantrism in Mayang is however dying due to a lack of preservation and practice. Only a handful of practitioners remain.
Lokendra Nath Hazarika, a native of Mayang says, We are trying to preserve and rejuvenate this traditional art. Many manuscripts which were with individuals have been collected. We are in search of various archeological material that support this culture. In Roja Mayang, we have found a rock inscription, 3.8 metre long. But the text of this inscription has not been deciphered.

Utpal Nath from the village is doing his PhD on Mayangs traditional magic and medicines from Guwahati University. He is also the secretary of the Mayang village Museum and Research Centre set up in 2002, where a total of 47 manuscripts are housed. Nath has written to the director of the National Museum requesting him to send an expert team to visit the museum. A 15-day workshop on the preservation manuscripts is planned. The government of Assam has granted Rs 20 lakh for the museum.

The present day Kachari king Taranti Kanta Konwar says the art has been part of his family. My grandfather Mina Sing was a tantrik. He went to nearby jungle every Saturday and worshiped Lord Shiva and Ma Kali. My father wanted to learn tantrism from him, but my grandfather refused because tantrism cannot be transferred.

The king hopes that the coming generations will show an interest in Mayangs traditional tantrism and the culture will be analysed scientifically.

Govt to protect cremation site

GUWAHATI, Dec 20 – Parliamentary Affairs Minister of the State Nilamani Sen Deka today informed the State Assembly that the State Government would take steps to protect the cremation ground of Dr Bhupen Hazarika.

Congress legislator Sarat Barkotoky informed that the Executive Council (EC) of Gauhati University (GU) has decided to appoint some fourth grade staff to look after the security aspects of the cremation ground of the legendary musician.

Tributes paid to Dr Hazarika

GUWAHATI, Dec 5 – The All Assam Students Union (AASU) today observed completion of one month of music maestro Dr Bhupen Hazarikas demise by holding prayer meets and lighting lamps in the evening throughout the State.In Guwahati, the AASU organized an akhanda thiya naam in association with the Brihattar Doulutsav Udjapan Samiti as part of a ceremony to pay tributes to Dr Hazarika on the bank of the Dighalipukhuri.

People also came in large numbers to pay homage before the statue of the maestro at the site.
The AASU also mourned the death of author and historian Ambika Charan Choudhury, saying that the State had lost a luminary in his death.The students body will fly its flag at half-mast for three days as a mark of respect to the departed soul.The Assamese Department of Gauhati University also condoled the death of Choudhury. At a condolence meet held today, Dr Rabha Hakasam, Head of the Dept, termed his death as an irreparable loss to the Assamese society and conveyed thedepartments sympathy to the bereaved family members.Samadhi Sthal: Gauhati University (GU) has proposed to develop the Samadhi Sthal (cremation ground) of legendary musician Dr Bhupen Hazarika into a centre of learning as well as a tourist destination, with the financial assistance from the State Government, North Eastern Council (NEC) and the Ministry of Development of the Northeast Region (DoNER).

Disclosing this, highly placed sources in the University told this newspaper that a proposal with this aim in view has been prepared and it is being placed before the appropriate forum and after getting the proposal approved, steps would be taken to implement it within a short period.The proposal includes a centre for performing arts, a digital archive with audio and video facilities for art and culture of the NE region, a library on art and culture, a modern conference room and a modern auditorium in the Samadhi Sthal area.

The Samadhi Sthal will be under the administrative jurisdiction of the University and a committee has also been proposed to look after the implementation of the above proposal and to deal with the day-to-day activities on developing the site.
However, sources said the proposal is still in a very preliminary stage and expert opinions would be taken to detail out each of its components in the days to come.

GU Prof leads CTE goodwill mission to Nepal

GUWAHATI, Nov 30 – The Council for Teacher Education (CTE), a leading national professional organization of teachers, recently launched the second CTE international chapter in Nepal.

The two countries also signed an MoU and accordingly, from 2012 onwards scholars and teacher educators will visit Nepal as visiting professors.

Research scholars will now have the opportunity to stay in various universities and interact with students. The team had a meeting with the Indian Embassy which assured all assistance to both the countries to promote and develop education through various collaborative activities, said CTE national secretary general Prof Nilima Bhagabati of Gauhati University (GU), who led the goodwill mission to Nepal.

The Vice-Chancellors of Kathmandu, Tribhuvan universities along with a number of renowned academicians of Nepal were present at the CTE chapter launching function.

The goodwill team members of the mission visited schools, colleges and universities in Kathmandu and held a series of discussions to promote academic and professional activities between India and Nepal.

The first such CTE chapter was opened in Bangladesh in 2004. The CTE has 22 chapters operating in India.

Prof Nilima Bhagabati will lead the third and fourth goodwill missions to the UK and the USA by mid and end of 2012.

Started with a handful of educationist and teacher educators in 1985 under the guidance of the late Gulab Chaurasia who was an international teacher educator, CTE now has more than 10,000 active life members and more than 200 institutional members.

During the last 26 years the CTE has conducted educational and professional activities through conferences, seminars, workshops, interactive meets, short-term teacher orientation programmes, publication of national and State newsletters, books on teacher education, teacher exchange programmes, and visiting professors in various universities.

Goodwill missions not only build international and national integrity but also helps creating a wide network of teachers from primary to higher education level besides facilitating collaborative academic, professional and research activities amongst States and countries outside India, Prof Bhagabati said.

BARC award to Probal Chaudhury

GUWAHATI, Nov 28 – Probal Chaudhury, a scientist of Assam origin at the Bhaba Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Mumbai has been rewarded with the Scientific and Technical Excellence Award for the year 2010.

Chaudhury is now a Scientific Officer (G) in the Emergency Response Systems and Methods Section Radiation Safety Systems Division of BARC. He has been nominated for the award in recognition to his outstanding contributions in the area of Design and Development of Systems, Software and Methodologies for Quick Assessment of Radiological Impact following Nuclear and Radiological Emergencies.

The award consists of a citation, a medal and a cash amount of Rs 1 lakh. It was presented to Chaudhury on October 28 last. The date was celebrated as the founders day at BARC.

Chaudhury has been serving at BARC since 1994. He had conducted Source Search operation in the IAEA-sponsored Expert Mission named Radiological Emergency Assistance to Georgia between August 14 and 28, 2002, using the Aerial Gamma Spectrometry System developed in the BARC Radiation Safety Systems Division and it was well appreciated at the international level.

Chaudhury is the son of former VC of Gauhati University Prof NK Chaudhury.

UN resource centre for NE opened in city

GUWAHATI, Nov 27 – The United Nations Resource Centre for North-East was inaugurated by Rajiv Chandran, national information officer of United Nations Information Centre for India and Bhutan, on November 25 at Khanapara here, a press release stated.

In his inaugural speech, Chandran said that the UN Resource Centre will host UN-related books, journals and its agencies like UNESCO, UNICEF, WHO, World Bank, etc., and of publications, pamphlets, and audio-visual resources which will be very useful in providing persons, especially the youth, with information on international issues and themes which the UN promotes. With related conference and seminar facilities, thiscentre will become a hub of intellectual exchange in the North-East. The UN Resource Centre will serve as the focal point for public information on the activities of the UN and its agencies and also main public resource facility for disseminating information about the UN system.

Meanwhile, a UN reading library was inaugurated at KK Handique library of Gauhati University on November 25 by Rajiv Chandran and Dr OK Medhi, vice-chancellor of Gauhati University jointly.Earlier, Rajiv Chandran inaugurated a mock UN general assembly at the auditorium of bio-technology of Gauhati University where around 100 students of various departments of Gauhati University played the roles of representatives of different countries. The mock UN general assembly was organised to enhance the students an opportunity to learn how the general assembly of the UN works, the release added.

Rare butterfly sighted in State

GUWAHATI, Nov 26 – Branded Yeoman butterfly, known as Algia fasciata (earlier Paduca fasciata) to the scientists, which is not known to have been found in the North Eastern part of India before, was sighted at Kaliabor in Nagaon district by a Gauhati University (GU) research scholar Prarthana Mudai recently.

This development has proved the authenticity of the statement made by Isaac Kehimkar, the General Manager of the Bombay Natural History Society that the NE region is the ultimate Mecca for a butterfly enthusiast, Prarthana said.

On the significance of her discovery, Prarthana, who is now also working as a project assistant in the Numaligarh Refinery Ltds Butterfly Valley, described it to be a path-breaking finding. This has underlined the need of serious work in the area of butterfly diversity of the NE region, recognised to be one of the biodiversity hotspots of the world, she said.

She said that the butterfly she had sighted was confirmed to be the Branded Yeoman by Nikhil Bhopale, Programme Officer of the Bombay Natural History Society recently. Prarthana had sighted the butterfly on April 13 last.

Referring to The Identification of Indian Butterflies (1932) in which WH Evans, one of the most distinguished entomologists, she said the presence of this butterfly was reported from Karens-South Burma, Andaman and Nicobar Island. The distribution of this species of butterfly is reported by various sources to be spread in South Burma (Myanmar), Thailand, Indonesia, Taliabu Island and The Philippines. Its habitat is hill forests, Prarthana said.

Memorial should reflect Bhupendas humanism

GUWAHATI, Nov 25 – The All Assam Students Union today described late Dr Bhupen Hazarika as Soul of Assam, and emphasized that the memorial to be created in the Gauhati University campus should reflect his spirit, ideals, and creations. It should be aesthetically appealing and dignified and reveal the humanism Dr Hazarikas work exhibit.

Significantly, the AASU also urged the State government to arrange for a time capsule that would help protect his creations over a long period of time. The specialized container would preserve his creations so that future generations would be able to become acquainted with his life as well as his creations.

The location in which the time capsule is placed should be properly developed and its permanency ensured, a press note signed by AASU president Sankar Prasad Ray, general secretary Tapan Kumar Gogoi, and adviser Dr Samujjal Bhattacharya mentioned. They demanded adequate information about Dr Hazarika in school and college curriculum. Apart from having a textbook on the artiste for Class IX students, his works should find a place in college curriculum.

The need to have Chairs in the name of Dr Bhupen Hazarika was also underlined by the students body. According to AASU, the State Government should try to create Chairs in all the universities of Assam.

Intl Day to End Impunity observed

GUWAHATI, Nov 23 – The Journalists Union of Assam (JUA) and the Association of Small and Medium Newspapers of India, Assam State Committee, today observed the International Day to End Impunity and insisted that the government ensure the security and welfare of the journalists who have of late been facing more threats while discharging their responsibilities.

This programme was held in response to the call of the International Federation of Journalists to commemorate the killing 32 journalists in Philippines on November 23, 2009 and to voice concern at the exemption from punishment for the perpetrators of crimes including murder of journalists in several countries.

Addressing the function, Chandan Goswami, a faculty of Gauhati University, pointed out that attacks against journalists in Assam have been increasing and said that this alarming development would affect the freedom of the press.

The job of a journalist is not an easy one. Journalists have to extend their services to the society and nation, said Goswami, adding that in view of the unrest prevailing here since decades, it has become paramount for journalists to undergo safety training so that they can do conflict reporting without jeopardizing their lives.

On the other hand, Gitartha Pathak, president of JUA, while explaining the significance of the day also stressed for a safety code for the journalists. He pointed out that of the 47 journalists killed in the country since 1992 up to now, 22 belonged to Assam.

This figure paints the reality of journalism in Assam. Journalists in the State have faced intimidation and many have paid with their lives, said Pathak asserting that insurance cover for the journalists was a must.

It needs to be mentioned here that the JUA and several other associations of journalists have been raising this issue of insurance cover for the journalists in the backdrop of escalating violence against the scribes.

Pathak said that the government must seriously consider insurance cover for the journalists who have completed a certain period in their field.

General secretary of JUA Bedabrata Lahkar said that murder of a journalist was the ultimate form of censorship and called upon the government to do the needful to secure the life of the journalists.

The JUA on the occasion reiterated its demand to know the status of the inquiry into journalists killed in the State.

The function was presided over by veteran journalist B Goswami.

Governor inaugurates World Heritage Week

SIVASAGAR, Nov 20 – The World Heritage Week was inaugurated here by Governor Janaki Ballav Patnaik on Saturday at the Talatal Ghar compound. Patnaik remembered the proud history and culture of Assam. He spoke about the historical significance of Sivasagar known for its douls, tanks, palaces and maidams of the Ahom kingdom.

He was happy over the inclusion of Kaziranga and Manas national parks among the five natural World Heritage Sites in India.

He pleaded for inclusion of Majuli as a World Heritage Site.

Noted historian and scholar, professor emeritus of Gauhati University, Dr Jogen Phukon expressed his resentment over the destruction and encroachment on Charaideo Maidam and the historical monuments at Gargaon and Rangpur (Sivasagar). He called for their protection and preservation and advised for light and sound commentary at Talatal Ghar. RD Choudhury, former Director of National Museum, New Delhi, called for action against encroachers in the State Satras.

Earlier, SS Gupta, Superintendent of Archaeological Survey of India, welcomed the guests and promised to protect and preserve the historical monuments of Ahom and Koch eras. He informed that by 2012 there would be light and sound commentary at Talatal Ghar.

Among others, Iftikar Hussain, Commissioner, Upper Assam, Sivasagar Deputy Commissioner Jatindra Lahkar, SP AK Singh and the First Lady Jayanti Patnaik were the prominent persons present in the meeting.

Family performs rituals at Nizarapar residence

GUWAHATI, Nov 15 – The adyashraddha of legendry artiste Dr Bhupen Hazarika was performed at his Nizarapar residence as per Vedic rituals.The adyashraddha rituals began in the morning and continued till afternoon, after which the family members of Dr Hazarika left for the Veterinary College play ground, Khanapara, where an all-faith prayer meeting was organised by the State Government. A group of seven priests solemnized the adyashraddha rituals from around 8 in the morning with all the family members of Dr Hazarika including his son Tej and grandson Sage taking part in the rituals. Filmmaker and long-time companion of Dr Hazarika Kalpana Lajmi was also present on the occasion.

The music maestro breathed his last on November 5 at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in Mumbai.People in large numbers mourned and thronged the entire stretch of the road from the Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport to the heart of the city when his body was being brought on November 7.As the message spread, people turned up in huge numbers at the Judges Field to pay homage to the departed soul where his body was kept for the public to pay their last respect on November 7 and 8. Similar scene were repeated the next day when his body was taken to the Gauhati University premises for cremation.

Today too, people from all walks of life, young and old alike, turned up in good numbers since morning at Dr Hazarikas Nizarapar residence to take part in the adyashraddha ceremony.Among those include Assam Pradesh Congress Committee president Bhubaneswar Kalita, Asom Gana Parishad president Chandra Mohan Patowary, Revenue Minister Prithibi Majhi, MLA Rumi Nath, and singer Amit Paul, The district administration made arrangements to facilitate public visit to Dr Hazarikas residence today on the day of his adyashraddha. Vehicular traffic movement was also regulated in view of both adyashraddha and the all-faith paryer ceremony at the Veterinary College playground, Khanapara.

Activity-oriented centre at GU stressed

GUWAHATI, Nov 14 – Gauhati University (GU) should have an activity-oriented Bhupen Hazarika Institute for Art and Culture and the Government should do something grand to commemorate Dr Bhupen Hazarika, said former GU Vice-Chancellor Prof Nirmal Kumar Choudhury while talking to. He was asked to comment on the steps required to be taken to keep alive the memory of Dr Hazarika and preserve his creations.

The Bhupen Hazarika Museum at the Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra should be enlarged and there should be an archive to preserve the songs and movies of Dr Hazarika, he said.

The Asam Sahitya Sabha should have a Bhupen Hazarika centre for literary studies. Similarly, other plans may also be thought of for setting up such institutes or centres etc at places other than Guwahati so that the people of the entire State can pursue his creations.

Moreover, there should be studies on the literary qualities and philosophical thoughts hidden in his lyrics and other writings. The aspects of his political activities should also be given importance while commemorating the legendary artiste, said Prof Choudhury.

He also laid stress on widespread discussion on these matters.

Former president of the Asam Sahitya Sabha Prof Birendranath Datta said that public organisations like the Asam Sahitya Sabha, Asam Natya Sanmilan and the Sangeet Natak Akademi should be consulted in finalizing the measures for preserving the creations and memories of Dr Hazarika.

Prof Datta, who is also a folklorist and musician of repute, further maintained that the other organisations working in other areas of activities in which Dr Hazarika was involved and the universities located in the NE region, including the Central ones, should also be consulted for the purpose.

The Government may also go for forming a body of experts to look into the suggestions coming from all these bodies and to make final recommendations on these matters, said Prof Datta.

Noted musician Ramen Barua emphasised on holding discussions with select personalities on the issue. He also maintained that his musical compositionsshould be preserved in an archive, while the rest of the items, like his writings, should be collected through a meticulous campaign.

Dr Hazarika a man of masses: Governor

GUWAHATI, Nov 9 – State Governor JB Patnaik, himself a man of letters, was moved by the scenes he witnessed during the cremation of Dr Bhupen Hazarika. He headed the list of dignitaries who sat close to the funeral pyre, and was visibly touched when the flames enveloped it around 10.30 this morning.

In an exclusive phone talk with this correspondent, he expressed his grief over the passing away of the legendary artiste after attending thefuneral at the Gauhati University campus.

The Governor, in a measured tone, described the iconic artiste as an extraordinary individual in touch with the masses, and who loved Assam very dearly.

It was a sea of humanity which poured out sentiments of love and affection on the great son of Assam, he remarked.

According to Patnaik, Dr Hazarika was an outstanding lyricist, singer and poet who immortalised himself by singing the songs of suffering, grief and joy of the common person, the poor and the deprived of the society.

He loved Assam deeply and through his songs and the films he made, he revealed the glory and greatness of his homeland… He was Assams identification to the rest of India and the world, the Governor noted.

Patnaik, a connoisseur of art and literature, pointed out that Dr Hazarikas music was filled with natural elements and scenes of the North East. A lover of the mighty Brahmaputra, the outpourings of love and affection for him flowed like a river from one part of Assam to the other, he added.

Dr. Bhupen Hazarika

GUWAHATI, Nov 9 – After four days of mourning since November 5, the mortal remains of Dr Bhupen Hazarika, the towering maestro of Assamese music, were consigned to flames at the cremation ground prepared for him on the Jalukbari campus of Gauhati University (GU). The last rites of the great artiste were performed with full state honour. His fans bade him adieu with tears and slogans.

Tej Hazarika, son of the great artiste, lit the funeral pyre in traditional attire around 10.27 am amid hymns chanted by the priests and the slogan Bhupen Hazarika Amor Haok (Long Live Bhupen Hazarika) from thousands of his fans renting the air. After lighting the pyre, Tej Hazarika offered pranipat in reverence to the crowd.

The several thousand-strong crowd, assembled on the occasion on the about ten bighas of GU land just near the Jalukbari square, which has been turned into the cremation ground of the master artiste, stood up to pay their last respects to the genius with many of them in tears when the pyre was lit. Before the pyre was lit, jawans of the Assam Police offered a 21-gun salute to Dr Hazarika around 10.17 am.

Dignitaries including Governor JB Patnaik, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj, Union Minister of State (Independent) for Development of the North East Region (DoNER) Pawan Singh Ghatowar, States Ministers Himanta Biswa Sarma, Pradyut Bordoloi and Rockybul Hussain, Chief Secretary Nava Kumar Das, GU Vice Chancellor OK Medhi, faculty members of the University, Director General of Police Sankar Barua and secretary of the All India Congress Committee Jaydev Jena were present on the occasion. Ghatowar represented the Prime Minister, while Jena represented UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi on the occasion.

Assam Pradesh Congress Committee president Bhubaneswar Kalita, its other office-bearers, Opposition leaders Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, Thaneswar Boro, Chandra Mohan Patowary, Brindaban Goswami and Hemen Das and the family members of the
famous bard were also present at the cremation ground.

The Governor and the Chief Minister, along with the other dignitaries, paid floral tributes at the mortal remains of Dr Hazarika.AASU adviser Samujjal Bhattacharjya, singer Zubeen Garg, ULFA chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa and his wife Kaberi Kachari, Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti general secretary Akhil Gogoi were also present on the occasion.The family members of the artiste were allowed to pay their last respects to him before the pyre was lit. His sister Sudakshina Sarma, brother Samar Hazarika, sister-in-law Manisha Hazarika, nephews Mayukh Hazarika and Rishiraj Sarma, among others, paid their tearful homage to the artiste.

Many of the fans of the artistes were seen eager to shower flowers on the burning pyre and many also came with costly cameras to take snaps of the event. The eagerness of the fans to see the last rites of their beloved artiste was such that some of them even precariously climbed the roofs of the nearby University quarters, the trees available on and around the ground and the mobile water container stationed inside the ground.

Delay in performing the last rites made most of the fans hysterical and it resulted in awkward jostling. A near stampede situation occurred due to this in the press gallery, though none of the media persons who were dislodged from their chairs sustained any major injuries. The rituals started about three-and-a-half hours behind the schedule as the authorities could not start the Jalukbari-bound move of the cortege, at 6 am– the time fixed forthe last journey of the body.

The delay occurred due to the rush of the fans on the road to have a last glimpse of their beloved artiste and many of these fans followed the cortege on foot to the cremation ground.

Fans of the artiste also rushed to the cremation ground in thousands through the main entrance, overrunning the police barricade immediately after the cortege of the artiste entered the ground.The love of the fans towards the legendary artiste was such that they brought innumerable earthen pots to carry home the ashes from the pyre of the maestro. There was a heavy rush for collecting the ashes.

A few youths of Bakulpath, Jalukbari led by Shiddhartha Borua offered hundreds of mineral water bottles to the people present at the cremation ground.

GU ground ready for cremation today

GUWAHATI, Nov 8 – The Gauhati University (GU) plot of land being used as the cremation ground of legendary musician Dr Bhupen Hazarika tomorrow morning has been spruced up and on one corner of it, an altar has been put up to place the pyre of the celebrated artiste.

Meanwhile, arrangements are also complete to prepare the pyre of the great artiste with sweet-smelling sandal wood.
The plot of land, which is about ten bighas in size, will have space for a Rajghat type memorial of the celebrated bard, who rose to the prominence of a legend during his lifetime with his lyrics, music, cinema and journalistic and other literary works.

Besides, there would also be the space for setting up an auditorium, a museum and a digital archive for documentation of art, cultural and music of the State. The GU authorities have expressed their readiness to hand over more land from the Universitys adjacent plot of land to develop the cremation ground of the artiste as a centre of cultural activities for keeping the legacy of the great artiste alive.

Elaborate arrangements have by this time been made to consign the mortal remains of the beloved artiste of the people into flames. State funeral is being offered to this great artiste by the Government.The GU authorities too have arranged for about 60 to 70 kgs of sandal wood to prepare the pyre of the great artiste in keeping with his stature. The woodhas been collected from the University Botanical Garden, said GU Vice Chancellor Prof Okhil Kumar Medhi.

Dr Ranjit Singh, Superintendent of the Dr HK Baruah Regional Botanical Resource Centre, which was initially known as the GU Botanical Garden, told this newspaper that the above quantity of sandal wood has been extracted from an about 30-year-old sandal tree. The sandal tree was uprooted by a storm a few months back in the Botanical Garden. The sandal wood has now been readied for the purpose of cremation of Dr Hazarika, he said.

Dr Hazarika to be cremated on GU plot

GUWAHATI, Nov 7 – The controversy over the cremation ground of Dr Bhupen Hazarika, the legendary musician, has come to an end with the decision of the State Government to perform the last rites of the celebrated bard on the plot of land offered by the Gauhati University (GU) authorities near the Jalukbari square. The piece of land is located opposite the Jalukbari Police Outpost.

GU Vice-Chancellor Prof Okhil Kumar Medhi told this evening that the State Government has conveyed its above decision to the university authorities after its senior officials inspected the site.Government spokesman and Agriculture Minister Nilamani Sen Deka confirmed the Government decision to cremate Dr Hazarika at the GU land, stating that Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi had announced this decision of the Government at a function held at the Rajiv Bhawan here this evening.
The reasons for selecting the GU plot of land cited by the Government is that it is spacious and located by the National Highway just near the Jalukbari square. A cultural centre can be developed on this land in the near future.

Moreover, the cremation of the maestro at the GU plot of land has the potential to inspire the young generations of the States people and the area has a good atmosphere, said the Minister.The Government had yesterday decided to cremate Dr Hazarika at the Bharalumukh Sankardev Uddyan. But this decision was resented by various sections of the people since it was made public last evening. Today, when the news of the offer made by the GU family on the plot of land for cremation of the bards mortal remains appeared in The AssamTribune, the number of opponents to yesterdays Government decision on the issue swelled. This made the Government send several senior officials, led by the Chief Secretary, to visit the GU plot of land.

The GU Vice-Chancellor said the family members of Dr Hazarika have verbally conveyed to the GU authorities their approval to thisdecision. This piece of land, measuring around 10 bighas, is now being spruced up by the State Public Works Department (PWD) under the supervision of the GU authorities.The university is ready to hand over another 30 to 40 bighas of land adjacent to the plot if the situation so demands, said the Vice-Chancellor.


Dr Hazarikas mortal remains arriving today

GUWAHATI, Nov 6 – The mortal remains of the legendary Dr Bhupen Hazarika are expected to reach the Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport around 11-40 am tomorrow.

Dr Hazarikas body would be brought to Guwahati in a Jet Airways flight which is scheduled to take off from Mumbai around 6-45 am.

Following brief stops of two minutes at Dharapur and then followed by Gauhati University, Maligaon, Sonaram High School Field near the Santipur-Bharalumukh intersection and Dighalipukhuri, his last remains will be taken to his Nizarapar residence, Ashutosh Agnihotri, Deputy Commissioner (Metro) told.

The body would be kept at his Nizarapar residence for a couple of hours for the family members to pay tributes after which it will be brought to the Judges Field for his fans to pay their last respect to the icon, who breathed his last on Saturday. The bodywould be kept at the Judges Field till Tuesday afternoon.

Meanwhile, preparations are on in the capital city to receive Dr Hazarikas body and the State Government has started construction work of a large auditorium at the Judges Field to accommodate a large number of people, who are expected to turn up from across the country to pay their tributes.

District administration sources confirmed that there would be only one entry point near the Gauhati Town Club end while the exit point will be through the gate near the Gauhati High Court so that the movement of mourners does not hinder the proceedings.

Special medical units will be in placed at the venue while the entire artificially constructed auditorium will be air-conditioned.

Police administration has also chalked out a detailed plan to avert any kind of untoward incident. Additional manpower is being deployed for the purpose.

With just two days left for the cremation, the administration, since Sunday morning, is scouting for suitable locations where the legend can be laid to rest.

Earlier today in Mumbai, Dr Hazarikas body was brought out from the morgue of the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambai Hospital around 4 pm for an hour for the people to pay their lasttributes.

Hundreds of people including actress and wife of Anil Ambani, Tina Ambani, filmmaker Jahnu Barua, Assam Minister Pranati Phukan, filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar and singer Ila Arun, turned up and paid their homage.

The Maharashtra Government also accorded State honour to the Dada Saheb Phalke Award winner.

Family sources informed that Dr Hazarikas son Tej Hazarika would reach Guwahati tomorrow. Dr Hazarikas wife Priyambada Patel, however, would not be able to make it for the funeral as she recently had knee replacement.

GU offer on cremation site

GUWAHATI, Nov 6 – The Gauhati University (GU) family has offered a sizeable plot of land near the Jalukbari square, which is close also to the Brahmaputra, for the cremation of legendary musician Dr Bhupen Hazarika.Stating this here today, GU Vice Chancellor Prof Okhil Kumar Medhi told that the piece of land has been selected for its proximity to the Brahmaputra, which was close to the heart of the famous bard. Moreover, it would be a place of which the people would also be able to have a glimpse all the time.

The GU family requests the people and the Government of the State to avail this offer as a mark of respect to the maestro of modern Assamese music, who had composed the GU anthem Jilikabo Luitore Paar in 1956.
It has also requested the Government to construct an auditorium along with a museum and a digital archive centre on this plot of land for documentation of all the aspects of art, culture and music of the State since the ancient period till date.

The GU family has also decided to name the under construction building of the university near the GU Market as Dr Bhupen Hazarika Bhawan. This building, which is going to house most of the arts departments of the university, is the largest of the buildings on the GU campus. Construction of the building is expected to be completed within a few months, said Prof Medhi.

Massive preparations in Assam for Bhupen Hazarikas final journey

GUWAHATI, Nov 6 : Massive arrangements are being made in Assams main city of Guwahati for the funeral rites of music maestro Bhupen Hazarika who passed away in a Mumbai hospital Saturday.

According to plans, a scheduled Jet Airways flight carrying Hazarikas coffin will arrive at the Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi Airport in Guwahati around 11.30 a.m. Monday.

The funeral is planned for Tuesday.

From the airport, the body of the music legend would be first brought to his ancestral home at Nizarapara in Guwahati and then taken to the Judges Field (a public playground) for his fans and well-wishers to pay their tributes and respect, Assam Inspector General of Police G.P. Singh told IANS.

On way from the airport to his ancestral home, the cortege would stop briefly at the entrance of the Gauhati University, besides at two central points - Bharalumukh and Dighalipukhuri.

We plan to keep the body at his Nizarapara house for about two hours and then by sundown expect to bring it to the Judges Field. The body would be placed inside an air-conditioned cubicle until Tuesday morning, Singh said.

Fans and well wishers would be allowed to pay their respects throughout Monday night.

After consultations with family members we would take out the funeral procession around Tuesday afternoon. The time and venue is yet to be finalized, the police official said.

Family members said the funeral would be performed at Cachal in Guwahati, a plot of land housing the Bhupen Hazarika Trust, built during his lifetime under his personal supervision.

Elaborate security and traffic arrangements are being made with officials expecting more than a million people during the next two days.

We are making all arrangements to ensure a smooth funeral, Singh said.

Meanwhile, emotional scenes were being witnessed across the state with people holding prayer meetings.

Buku Hom Hom Kore, Bistirno Paarore, Manuhe Manuhor Babe, We are in the same boat brothers, Sagar Hongomot, Moi Eti Jajabor, were some of his best compositions.

Fans and well wishers across Assam have come out in the streets singing his popular songs and holding street corner prayer meetings by lighting earthen lamps.

Assam U-19 girls team accorded warm reception

GUWAHATI, Nov 1 – The Assam U-19 women team, which emerged champions in the All India One-day Cricket tournament, was given a warm reception by Assam Cricket Association in a function held at the Nehru Stadium here today.

The team arrived here this afternoon and was received at the airport by ACA secretary Bikash Baruah and other officials. The team then reached Gauhati University where they were felicitated.

Sports Minister Ajit Singh was the chief guest in the function. ACA secretary Bikash Baruah, vice-president Gafur Zaman, joint secretaries Umananda Bora, Bishnuram Nunisa, treasurer Ghanashyam Baruah, Sports Director Sanjib Gohain Baruah along with other ACA officials and cricketing buffs were also present on the occasion.

ACA handed over a purse of Rs 35,000 to all the members of the team for their achievement. Bikash Baruah also announced that all the team members will be presented with a blazer each.

Speaking on the occasion, team captain Monikha Das said it was a team effort and all the players performed well due to which it was possible to win the national title. She said apart from the match against Uttar Pradesh, they beat all the teams quite convincingly.

Monikha, who desires to play for the senior Indian women team, said all the players performed far better than expectations.

The Sports Minister, while encouraging the players said it should be a lesson for the boys teams so that they can excel in the BCCI tournaments.

He urged all the players to work hard so that in the near future they can represent the country in international the arena.

Kunjabala, Pabindra awards presented

GUWAHATI, Oct 29 – The Kunjabala Devi Memorial Award for investigative reporting on women issues and the Pabindra Nath Sarma Memorial Award for investigative reporting on human rights for 2010 were conferred on Rani Pathak Das of Guwahati and Babul Kumar Baruah of Amguri (Sivasagar) respectively at a function at the Bishnu-Nirmala auditorium this evening.

Prof Niru Hazarika, political scientist and former Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Gauhati University, formally presented the awards to the duo in the presence of a distinguished gathering.

Hazarika, in her address as chief guest, bemoaned what she said was an ethical crisis gripping society with human values fast disappearing. She said that degeneration of human values had posed a challenge before mankind which could not be addressed by the tremendous advancement made in the spheres of science and technology.

TG Baruah, chairman of group of newspapers, who was the guest of honour said that true liberty could not coexist with violation of human rights or in a situation wherewomen were reduced to commodities.

We fought the British successfully with Gandhian ideals but are gradually drifting from the path shown by him since. The time has come to rediscover the values of love, compassion and fellow-feelings amidst todays suffocating atmosphere of violence and hatred, Baruah said.

Veteran journalist and editor of Dainik Asam Radhika Mohan Bhagawati who chaired the proceedings termed the eroding credibility of the media as its biggest challenge, and said that it was entirely for the media to restore its fading image.

Bhagawati said that lack of investigative journalism was a matter of concern, and that the young journalists needed to be correctly initiated into investigative journalism.

The two awardees, in their speeches, gave an account of how they had gone about their coverage on their respective issues.

Woman trafficking is a deep-rooted social malaise, with Assam being a major affected State. I had met some unfortunate victims and wanted to get into the roots of the trafficking so that the scourge can be eradicated, Rani Pathak Das who is a city-based freelance journalist, said.

Babul Kumar Baruah, the Halowating (Amguri) correspondent of Dainik Janambhumi, said that he attempted to portray an unbiased picture of the languishing tea garden workers on the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border. I wanted to focus on these marginalized communities, With little access to education and healthcare and without even some basic amenities like drinking water, he said.

Earlier, PJ Baruah, executive editor of, gave the welcome address.

Dr Bijoya Goswani spoke on behalf of the family of Kunjabala Devi and Pabindra Nath Sarma. The awards carry Rs 15,000 each and citations.

Elders trip down memory lane!

GUWAHATI, Oct 16 – Age is just a number and not a factor to determine life-proving that retiring from job does not mean retiring from life, around 90 senior citizens who passed matric in 1960 under Gauhati University got together here on Sunday and rekindled old ties.

These senior citizens accompanied by their spouses participated in a day-long programme organised by the 1960 Gauhati University Matriculates Association to celebrate completion of 50 years of passing of the examination. The other significant factor of this 1960 batch is that this was the last batch under the Gauhati University.

Amongst the 1960 examinees present at the programme was noted actor Nipon Goswami. Goswami said that this was an important moment in his life as he has met many friends after fifty years. Thisprogramme provided an opportunity to me to take a trip down memory lane. I cannot express my happiness in words, said Goswami. It needs to be mentioned here that the programme started with smriti tarpan followed by release of a souvenir titled Smritir Papori, and cultural performance by members.

We are very happy that our batch mates have come to this programme from all over Assam, said Rana Pratap Bezboruah, treasurer of the association adding that this occasion has given the 1960 batch to re-live their youth and forget the problems of the present.Though many of our batch mates have passed away from this world, others are going fine and in good health, said Bezboruah informing that everyone was keen to meet annually and use the occasion for getting rejuvenated.

A participant Rajiv Lochan Hazarika sharing his feelings said he was on cloud nine to meet old friends. I feel younger and all the events of the past are coming back to me now and I know this day will continue to inspire me to go on with my life, he said mentioning that he was equally happy to get introduced to new people.RD Sarmah, Ratneswar Nath and others said that todays programme has acted as energy booster and that they feel strong enough to face every challenge in life.

It was re-union time for Mufija Ali of Jorhat and Prof (retd) Lohori Das of Guwahati. These friends met each other again after 50 years. When the batch mates said goodbye to each other and promised to meet again, they knew some might not be able to keep the promise, but they never showed their apprehension as camaraderie strengthened their determination to enjoy life to the fullest.

Kamal Kumari awards declared

GUWAHATI, Oct 15 – The Kamal Kumari Foundation today announced the names of the recipients of the awards instituted by it in the fields of arts and culture, science and technology and journalism for the year 2010.

According to a release of the foundation, Amaresh Dutta, former head of the English Department of Gauhati University would get the Kamal Kumari National award for arts and culture, while, Prof Ramesh Chandra Deka, Director of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences , New Delhi, would get the award for Science and Technology. Senior journalist Subir Bhowmik will get the Siva Prasad Barooah National award for journalism.

Each of the awardees will get Rs 2 lakh, a citation and a trophy. The awards will be presented in a function to be held at the Rabindra Bhawan here on January 8, 2012.

Sculptors bid to popularise traditional motifs

GUWAHATI, Oct 12 – At a time when designs, images and symbols, most of them imported from neighbouring China, are becoming quite familiar to our eyes and flooding the markets, a young sculptor of the State based in Guwahati is trying his best to popularise the traditional motifs of Assam that stand out because of their distinctiveness, yet few are aware about their existence.

This young man Jadumoni Gogoi, a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Gauhati University has over the years introduced the eye-catching motifs of different communities in the State through his terracotta works that have been exhibited at festivals and fairs. He has travelled across the length and breadth of the State, interacted with the ethnic communities, has presented theirtraditional motifs before the public winning appreciation as well as arousing curiosity.

People here go for teddy bear or Laughing Buddha. We have a reservoir of motifs which if marketed in the right way will ensure popularity and revenue for the State, said Gogoi.

Gogoi has popularised the Ahom religious symbols like Rulai, Kaiseng, Zingkhap etc, about which the young generation in the community knew very little. He has used these symbols in flower vases, pen stand etc.

People express their curiosity when they see such symbols. When I tell them that these are from their own State, they immediately purchase such a piece, added Gogoi mentioning that manuscripts and heritage sites also provide enough themes.

He has collected the motifs of communities like Mising, Bodo, Karbi, and others and believes that if these motifs are presented with a two-pronged approach – to meet the utility and beautification aspects, it will catch the fancy of the buyers.

We have our own traditional Durga from the 14th century. Instead of teddy bear, we can present this traditional Durga as a gift item. That will ensure that our past has been preserved, said Gogoi adding that the past is waiting to be explored and exploited for the right cause.

The journey has not been easy for Gogoi. But love for the heritage and tradition of the State has been inspiring this young man to go on – to collect the unique designs that are hidden in every step.

NSE, Chemistry olympiad being organised

GUWAHATI, Sept 16 – The National Standard Examination (NSE) is the first step towards the International Chemistry Olympiad. The NSE is organised by the Indian Association of Physics Teachers and this year it will be held on November 27 (Sunday).

The NSE will be held under different categories – NSE-Physics, NSE-Chemistry and NSE-Biology for students of Class XII or below and born on or after July 1, 1992; NSE-Astronomy for students of Class XII or lower and born on or after January 1, 1993; NSE-Junior Science for students of Class X or lower and born on or after January 1, 1997. The questions will be based on the CBSE syllabus.

The top 10 per cent of the centre will receive certificates, the top 1 per cent of the State and country will receive merit certificates. The top 300 in each category will qualify for the Indian National Olympiads to be organised by the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai.

Meanwhile, the State-level Chemistry Olympiad organised each year by the Society for Chemical Education, Assam (SCEA) will be held on October 23 (Sunday) from 11 am to 1pm in about 35 centres all over Assam.The Olympiad will be held in four categories – Junior 1 (Class IX), Junior 2 (Class X), Senior 1 (Class XI) and Senior 2 (Class XII). The questions will be based on both the SEBA and CBSE syllabus and the medium is Assamese and English. The top three in each categories will receive cash awards of Rs 5,000, Rs 3,000 and Rs 2,000. Medals to be awarded to the toppers and other awards are there for the top-ten in each category. Certificates of merit will be awarded to all those who can score 60 per cent or above marks.

The fee for the Olympiad is Rs 100 and the last date for enrolment is October 15. For enrolment, interested students may contact Dr DK Das, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Gauhati University, another press release said.

Assam CM Tarun Gogoi shown black flag in Guwahati

Assam CM Tarun Gogo was accused by the influential AASU of giving away lands to Bangladesh in a landmark treaty - Agencies

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, who returned here after a 13-day foreign tour, was on Saturday greeted with black flags by members of the influential AASU who accused him of surrendering the states land to Bangladesh.

Hundreds of All Assam Students Union (AASU) members and supporters gathered on the road passing through Gauhati University to block the thoroughfare as Gogoi travelled from the airport on arrival.

As the chief ministers convoy passed the University area, the demonstrators waved black flags and shouted slogans accusing Gogoi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of gifting Assams land to Bangladesh by signing the land pact during their recent visit there.

Slogans against Tarun Gogoi and the Prime Minister who represents Assam in the Rajya Sabha rent the air as Gogois convoy drove past the area to his official residence at Koinadhara area here.

Heavy security arrangements were made with police and paramilitary personnel lining up on both sides of the road to prevent demonstrators from blocking the road.

Riot vans were also kept ready as AASU members, students of the University and the law college there gathered to block the road.

AASU leaders said they would continue with their protest against the giving away of Assams land to Bangladesh and also against the construction of big dams in the state.

Police had suggested that Gogoi use helicopter from the airport to his residence, but he chose to travel by road. Gogoi was returning from Delhi after being away for his visits to Bangladesh, Spain and Belgium.

Bhupendas contributions recalled

GUWAHATI, Nov 15 – The entire community of Gauhati University, comprising teachers, officers, employees and students, at a condolence meeting, held under the chairmanship of the Vice Chancellor recently, expressed shock and utmost grief at the sad demise of the great national legend Asam Ratna Dr Bhupen Hazarika, who breathed his last on November 5 in Mumbais Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital.

According to a press release, the University community recalled his invaluable contributions and achievements as one of the former teachers of Gauhati University, noted film-maker, music maestro, great singer and lyricist, former president of Asam Sahitya Sabha, former chairman of Sangeet Natak Akademi of India, Dada Saheb Phalke awardee, Padma Bhushan awardee and above all as one who had composed theUniversity Song Jilikaba Luitore Paar.

The whole University community expressed deep condolences and conveyed heartfelt sympathy to the family members and prayed to Almighty for the eternal peace of his departed soul and observed one minutes silence.Pragati Samaj: The Pragati Samaj Namghar of Lachit Nagar also held a meeting on Sunday, condoling the death of Dr Bhupen Hazarika and prayed to God for his eternal peace, stated another press release.

Textile Institute: The teachers, staff and students of Assam Textile Institute, at Ambari, here organised a shraddhanjali programme and also prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul of Dr Bhupen Hazarila. The meeting observed one-minute silence and appealed for according Bharat Ratna to the legendary musician, a press release stated.Anusandhana Samiti: An executive meeting of the Kamarupa Anusandhana Samiti on Sunday, expressed deep grief and sorrow at the death of Dr Bhupen Hazarika, stateda press release.

The Samity also observed one-minute silence and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul.

Stress on detailed discussion first

GUWAHATI, Nov 13 – Voices are emerging about the design and spirit that would go into shaping the final resting place of Dr Bhupen Hazarika, with many agreeing that the public, the Gauhati University community, and the State Government must join hands to create a memorial that would stand the test of time.

A senior civil servant, who wished not to be named, said that left alone to the Government, the proposed memorial might not be a true honour to an iconic figure like Dr Hazarika. It is important that some serious brainstorming takes place before the design of the commemorative structure and the adjoining area is accepted, he remarked.

Students and teachers of Gauhati University, when contacted said that it should be unique, a place that will commemorate the remarkably versatile artiste, and inspire visitors to realize his peerless contributions. He was an Assamese, but he was also a citizen of the world…the memorial should embody this, said Kandarpa Sarma, an alumnus of GauhatiUniversity.
A collaboration of qualified people would be necessary to create a place that would reflect Dr Bhupan Hazarikas life and work, believes, Prof J Tamuli, an academic of theuniversity. He was an extraordinary individual, whose range was immense. The plans for his final resting place should take this fact into account, he mentioned.

Many public spaces in Assam are still not accessible to the physically challenged. In this context, Arman Ali, executive director of Shishu Sarothi, an NGO working in the disability sector said, The day Bhupenda was cremated it was impossible for a wheelchair user to have a glimpse…I hope the memorial in his honour becomes accessible to all. His life and message was all about inclusivity, his samadhi should not be an exception, Ali opined.

Amit Saini, a resident of New Delhi, and a connoisseur of Dr Hazarikas songs, said that the memorial structure should mirror the natural facets typical of Assam. It should not be just marble and granite. Materials used should represent Assam and her material culture in a way that visitors get a feel of things which are there in Bhupendas songs. There should be ample greenery in and around the structures, instead of only steel and concrete, he added.

Protests against corruption continue

GUWAHATI, Aug 17 – Voices of anger against the rampant corruption in the country and a government seen as indifferent towards the demand of the common man for an end to the prevailing situation was loud on Wednesday in the capital city that witnessed many protest programmes.

India Against Corruption, Assam Branch staged a relay hunger strike at the NCP office ground opposite Shanti Udyan, Dighalipukhuri. A human chain and candle light vigil also marked the protest programme.

The disappointment of the public with the Lokpal Bill prepared by the government has been deep and it was evident from the sharp criticism of the Bill by cross section of the population as well as the Opposition.

The Congress government has prepared a Lokpal Bill that has greater penalties for a complainant who is unable to prove his complaint against apublic servant than the public servant indulging in corruption, said Niranjan Lahkar, a law student.

It needs to be mentioned here that the Bill has been slammed by the civil society and the Opposition as it is so designed that it gives greater protection to the corrupt and leaves out from its purview more than 98 per cent of the public servants in the country.

Public funds that could have completely eradicated poverty and infrastructure problems in India are regularly stolen and lost every year due to corrupt government administrators and politicians who thrive in a system that has ineffective anti-corruption institutions and laws, said another citizen.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Assam Pradesh pointed out that the bill contains several clauses to protect the corrupt rather than punish them. The party while describing the response of the UPA government towards the movement against corruption as shameful said that it will continue to raise its voice against corruption.

The party held sit-in-demonstrations in all the districts including Guwahati. A protest procession was taken out in the capital city by the BJP.

On the other hand, the Communist Party of India (Marxist), Kamrup (Metropolitan) District Committee took to the streets demanding a strong Jan Lok Pal Bill to eliminate corruption in the country. The committee also submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister through the Deputy Commissioner.

The young generation registered its irritation with the government by participating in large numbers in the protest programmes. At the Institute of Higher Education, Gauhati University, students, teachers and employees put black masks and demanded a strong anti-graft legislation to check corruption. This organized initiative was taken by the AASU unit of the university.

The North East Students Organization and the AASU while slamming the UPA government have demanded a strong Jan Lok Pal Bill. The AASU took out a torchlight procession across the State protestingagainst the repressive policies of the government that has failed to honour the sentiment of the masses.

The AGP sources said that the party will stage a sit-in demonstration tomorrow in front of the party headquarters.

RTI activists call Itanagar bandh

ITANAGAR, July 27 – The Arunachal RTI Activists Forum (ARTIAF) has called a 24-hour Itanagar bandh on July 29 demanding resignation of Health Minister Atum Welly and Chief Information Commissioner Y D Thongchi.The Health Minister recently landed in a controversy after his son and daughter allegedly submitted fake educational certificates for government jobs while his three aides were arrested on the charge of plotting to murder an RTI activist who brought the matter to light.
The forum had called a 12-hour bandh on July 14 demanding resignation of Welly and Thongchi.

His son Akung and daughter Anung allegedly produced fake documents to secure the posts of Inspector (Tax and Excise) and Social and Cultural Organiser respectively in the State Government.The duo had submitted certificates that they had passed from colleges under Gauhati University. But Payi Gyadi of the NGO, Sango Lamte Foundation, filed an RTI with the Gauhati University which said they did not pass out from those colleges.On June 6, the police arrested three supporters of Welly for planting a bomb in Gyadis car.

Meanwhile, Itanagar SP Chuku Apa, who probed the bomb planting case, was shifted to Delhi. Apa, however, said his transfer was routine.The ARTIAF also demanded resignation of Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin on moral grounds charging him of shielding Welly and Thongchi, who were relatives. Besides, it has also demanded that Wellys son anddaughter be arrested. – PTI

Patnaiks appeal to protect environment

Assam Governor Janaki Ballav Patnaik on Monday appealed to the people to protect forest and environment at any cost.

Conferring the first Green Assam award to noted environmentalist Dr Dulal Chandra Goswami, the Governor said global warming was a threat to human civilisation and urged the authorities concerned and people to together protect environment and forest.

The Anti global warming society, an NGO has introduced the award for the first time.

Speaking on the occasion, Goswami, a retired professor of environment science of Gauhati university, urged the people to adopt unconvention energy including solar energy in an effort to check pollution.

Three-year MSc course in Radiological Physics soon

GUWAHATI, June 8 – The Dr B Borooah Cancer Institute (BBCI), Guwahati, in collaboration with the Department of Physics, Gauhati University, will introduce a three-year MSc course in Radiological Physics. The initiative is in response to shortage of trained personnel in the region.

There is currently a shortfall of about 500 medical physicists across the country. Currently, the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai, conducts one-year post-MSc Diploma course in Radiological Physics.

The incidence of cancer, as per Population Based Cancer Registry of Indian Council of Medical Research, is highest in the North-Eastern region.

Many cancer centres are coming up in the region, which will create job avenues for the students of the North-East.

Radiological physicists or medical physicists are concerned with clinical service and consultation, research and development and teaching in consultation with the primary care physicians.

Besides, they are involved in planning of radiation treatment using either external beam or internal radioactive sources as well as measuring radiation output from radiation sources employed incancer therapy.

An official release issued here stated that the academic session of the new course will start from July 16.

Further information can be accessed from the websites www.bbcionline.org and www.gauhati.ac.in.

Guwahatians participate in discourse on Jan Lokpal Bill

GUWAHATI, Aug 25 – Anna Hazare continued to inspire the Guwahatians on Thursday, who expressed their solidarity with the noted Gandhian by taking part in a discourse on the Jan Lokpal Bill at Lakhidhar Bora Kshetra here.

The Lakhidhar Bora Kshetra, which has been teeming with citizens from all walks of life determined to weed out corruption from the country for more than a week now, witnessed enthusiastic participation of the citizens in the discourse on the Jan Lokpal Bill.

The India Against Corruption, Assam branch, which has brought all the citizens together, said that the people were well aware about the Jan Lokpal Bill.

The general secretary of the India Against Corruption, Assam branch, Pranjal Bordoloi said that the Anna euphoria has enlightened the people on the Jan Lokpal Bill. It is really very surprising that so many people know the Jan Lokpal Bill as well as the Lokpal Bill drafted by the government, said Bordoloi.

It needs to be mentioned here that India Against Corruption, Assam branch also organised discussions on the Jan Lokpal Bill at different educational institutions in the city including Gauhati University.

India Against Corruption, Assam branch, has appealed to the people of Guwahati to take part in a protest procession scheduled on August 26 at 11 am. A torchlight procession will be taken out in the evening.

Meanwhile, the Consumers Legal Protection Forum has sent letters to the 800 MPs of both the Houses of Parliament, appealing to them to join and support ongoing movement against corruption.

A letter has also been dispatched to the Prime Minister.

A person has to pay money to the policemen to get back the dead body of his father or mother after postmortem. People have to pay extra money to goverrnment doctors for treatment in government hospitals. People have to face corruption in each and every step, said advocate Ajoy Hazarika, chief coordinator of the forum.

The forum said that ensuring a corruption-free environment for the voters was the prime duty of every MP and that is why they should support the Jan Lokpal Bill.

Observing that corruption in the country has crossed all the barriers of tolerance, the forum added that all MPs cutting across party ideology should support the Jan Lokpal Bill.

Prof Nagen Saikia presented Pandit KKH Award

GUWAHATI, July 20 – Renowned orientalist Pandit Krishna Kanta Handique intensely knew the Indian perspective and he studied the different aspects of this outlook extensively. His works are replete with his knowledge of this perception. Because of his familiarity with this view, he could attain the best of the scholarly statures. His works would remain the testimonies of excellence in scholarly pursuits.

This was the observation made by noted writer and former president of the Asam Sahitya Sabha Prof Nagen Saikia in his speech after accepting the Pandit Krishna Kanta Handique Award of the Asam Sahitya Sabhas Krishna Kanta Handique Sahitya Bata Nyas here this afternoon.

The award has been instituted by the Sabha with the help of a fund donated by the family of the Late Pandit Handique, who was also the founder Vice-Chancellor of Gauhati University, besides being a scholar of repute, particularly in matters of study of literature.

Prof Saikia also observed that the tendency of laying stress on parts, rather than the whole, is at the root of the problems the Assamese society is facing at present. This tendency is giving rise to the feeling of alienation among the ethnic groups.

Therefore, he said, it is necessary to study the languages against the backdrop of a total perspective, not otherwise. This will give the idea of the inalienable relations among the peoples of the State on the one hand, and the amount of direct and indirect impacts of the Aryan languages of the country on the regional languages, on the other, he said.

Prof Ranjit Kumar Dev Goswami, who is the president of the Krishna Kanta Handique Sahitya Bata Nyas, described Pandit Krishna Kanta Handique as the best of the 20th century Indian Sanskrit scholars. He was the product of the centuries-old tradition of Sanskrit study in Assam, Prof Dev Goswami said.

Pandit Handique also had in-depth knowledge of several foreign languages, Prof Dev Goswami said.

Dr Ashok Kumar Goswami, while speaking on Prof Saikia, described him as a true patriot who raised his voice whenever the situation demanded to protect the interest of Assam and its people.

Trust secretary Aholya Gogoi spoke on the trust and the award.

The award was presented to Prof Saikia by Sahitya Sabha president Rongbong Terang who also presided over the function. The award consists of a cash amount of Rs 25,000, a trophy, a citation, a silk cheleng, a bouquet of flower and a packet of the recently published books of the Sahitya Sabha.

Science has social responsibility: Dr Duarah

UDALGURI, May 3 – Science has social responsibility and the scientists involved in scientific activities should always bear in mind that their creations must be used for the welfare of mankind. This was stated by Dr Hiralal Duarah, the former Vice Chancellor of Gauhati University while addressing a well-organised congregation of child scientists coming from various schools of Udalguri district here at the science exhibition organised by the office of the Inspector of Schools of Udalguri district here recently at the Harimu Bhawan at Udalguri town under the Inspire Awards scheme sponsored by the Ministry of Science and Technology of Government of India to inspire the school children to popularise innovative science among them.

Dr Duarah, who was the head of the department of Physics at the Gauhati University also lauded the innovative efforts of the school children with their science models on various themes from everyday life and said that they should continue working hard to contribute to the world community to make the globe a comfortable living place for the future generations. The former vice chancellor also interacted with the selected students from the various schools who were awarded Rs 5000 each under theInspire award scheme for 2010-11.

Earlier, addressing the students, teachers and guardians, Thaneswar Malakar, Deputy Commissioner of Udalguri district said that the government has a good number of schemes to explore the talents of the students and the concerned schools. Guardians must take interest and initiative to avail all such schemes to involve their wards in scientific activities.

Significantly, the Deputy Commissioner said that even though the Constitution of India has provided facilities for the welfare of the students belonging to the minority communities in the country, but due to the ignorance or lack of knowledge, only the Muslim minority community has been availing the facilities meant for the welfare of the minority. Such facilities are also meant for other minority communities like the Buddhists, Sikhs, Christians etc., living in this country who have also been categorised as the minority communities like the Muslims. Therefore, he appealed to such communities to avail all these facilities like the Muslims in the region.

In the day-long session, five child scientists were selected by the judges for the State-level science exhibition likely to be held within this year. The selected child scientists are Pradumna Baruah of Khagara High School, Dupardipta Das of JNV, Udalguri, Rishi Das of Rowta Station High School, Himashri Choudhury of Orang HS School and Atlanta Das of Arunodoy Akademy, Tangla. Among them, Pradyumna Baruah of Khagara High School, Himashri Choudhury of Orang HS school and Atalanta Das were selected and awarded on State and national level science exhibitions during the 2009-10 sessions with the same models they presented here and got selected again for the State level. Sources informed that as per the guidelines of the concerned authority, the models presented by the child scientists must be fresh one every year on such occasions of selections.

Meanwhile, it has come to light that out of 68 selected students from the district, the first five selected students as per the serial numbers have not been able to receive theInspire award worth Rs 5000 each which is regarded as an irresponsible act of the Education department of the State government. Out of remaining 63 selected students, 54 were present inthe science exhibition.

The whole session of science exhibition was conducted by M Banu, Inspector of Schools of Udalguri district while Ganesh Mochahary, secretary of the Udalguri District Academic Council inaugurated the exhibition. The guardians and teachers present on the occasion laudedthe government initiative to inspire their wards and held that the schools from village areas should be given preference for there are many hidden talents in the village schools who have not been able to get scope to show their creativity in science.

American Center Spelling Bee contest held

GUWAHATI, May 2 – The American Center Spelling Bee, 2011 contest, organised by the Darwin School of Business and managed by Career CliniQ, was held today at the Vivekananda Hall here.

Deputy Director of American Center in Kolkata, Scott Hartmann conducted the contest for the school students of the city. Prof OK Medhi, the Vice Chancellor of Gauhati University, was present as the chief guest.

Inaugurating the event, Prof Medhi told the young participants how Indian kids have been winning the coveted final rounds of internationally acclaimed AmericanSpelling Bee contest held in America every year.

On the lighter side, he amused the crowd when he said that he once wrongly wrote the word pillar with a single L and his English teacher corrected him by saying that if he used two Ls instead of one, then his pillar would get stronger.

Scott highlighted the desire of the American Government to better the Indo-US relations through more people to people contact. Organising the Spelling Bee contest is just one of the many such activities aimed to arrive at that end. Navmita Bhattacharyya of Career CliniQ, who managed the event, ensured that each and every student got their fair chance to participate and win in the event.

According to a statement, the event saw schools participating from all quarters of the region. Approximately, 300 students from different schools competed with each other. The written round was closely contested and finally 23 candidates were shortlisted for the final round. After a long final session, Raktim Dutta of Little Flower School won the coveted first prize. Abhishek Bose of Marias Public School and Wasim Raza of Maharshi Vidya Mandir were the 1st and 2nd runners-up respectively.

In the year 2007, the American Library, Kolkata introduced the Spelling Bee for the first time in Kolkata. In 2011, Guwahati has been added to the list with the support of the Darwin School of Business.

30,000 NE manuscripts digitised, micro-filmed

GUWAHATI, April 28 – In all, 30,000 manuscripts from the NE region have been digitised and micro-filmed by the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts (IGNCA). The IGNCA has also digitally photo-documented both the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) protected and non-protected monuments in the NE States of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Tripura, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Nagaland.

This was disclosed by Dr Ramesh C Gaur, Librarian and Head of the Kalanidhi Division of the IGNCA. He was speaking to this newspaper on the sidelines of a three-day seminar on status of digitisation, digital preservation and access to libraries and archives in the NE India that got under way here today.

Dr Gaur said that most of the manuscripts digitised in the NE region belong to the States of Manipur and Assam. About 82 of them also belong to the Kamarupa Anusandhana Samiti (KAS). The IGNCA has also digitised the materials available with the Assam Directorate of Historical and Antiquarian Studies.

The IGNCA has also received the personal library of eminent Sankardeva scholar Prof Maheswar Neog. It has been donated by Prof Neogs son Pranabswarup Neog. The IGNCA will be happy to receive such personal libraries of the renowned scholars of the region and these will be preserved under the names of the scholars concerned or the donors concerned, Dr Gaur said.

Both public and private libraries and archives can avail the help of the IGNCA in digitization and digitally preserving their collections on condition that one digitized copy of each of thematerials should be made available to IGNCA Kalanidhi reference library for access by the scholars world over.

The IGNCA is also making microfilm copies of the rare manuscripts, books, etc., considering the fact that microfilm is the best media for long-term preservation of suchmaterials.

Earlier, inaugurating the seminar, jointly organized by the IGNCA and the voluntary organization Anwesha at the Indian Institute of Bank Management (IIBM) here, retired IAS officer Jatin Hazarika pleaded for covering the sanchipat manuscripts and the district gazetteers under the initiative undertaken for digital preservation of the rare manuscripts, etc.

He also suggested that the institutions like the Tai Museum should also be involved in the process.

Speaking on the occasion as the guest of honour, former Vice-Chancellor of Gauhati University (GU) Prof N K Choudhury suggested that the personal libraries of the regions eminent scholars and well-off people should also be covered under the initiative.

The function which was presided over by noted anthropologist and former Vice-Chancellor of the Rajiv Gandhi University, Arunachal Pradesh Prof AC Bhagabati, was also addressed by former director of the CSL, New Delhi Dr Kalpana Dasgupta, Dr Gaur, Paresh Malakar and Dudulmoni Sarma of Anwesha.

In all, 50 library experts from all over the NE region are taking part in the three-day deliberations on digitization and digital preservation of the regions important records.

Dust pollution posing serious health hazard

GUWAHATI, April 11 – Dust pollution continues to pose a serious health hazard in the city, not to mention the inconveniences it causes to the citizens. The busy city roads in particular are the worst affected where dust particles – together with vehicular emissions – form a toxic haze that puts a veil on the atmosphere for a long time.

The situation vis-a-vis dust pollution has deteriorated in recent years with the spurt in construction activities. Periodical monitoring of the citys ambient air quality by the Pollution Control Board of Assam (PCBA) reveals both respirable particulate matter (RPM) and suspended particulate matter (SPM) in the air to be on the higher side, often crossing the permissible limits.

The permissible limit for SPM and RPM is 200 micrograms per metre cubic and 100 micrograms per metre cubic respectively.

A major factor behind the dust pollution has been the degradation of the city hills causing accumulation of loose soil on the roads following rain. The perennial problem of water-logging leaves a thick layer of slush on roads and by-lanes once the water level recedes – something that finally gets transformed into finer dust particles.

Another offender happens to be the trucks carrying earth and sand on and around the city roads which are often driven at break-neck speed and which never put a cover on the materials carried. This has been adding to the growing magnitude of dust pollution. Growingconstruction activities following the boom in real estate is further aggravating the situation. They too are often found to be violating the relevant norms for checking dust pollution.

This apart, the failure of the authorities concerned, especially the district administration, to enforce the norms meant for checking dust pollution, including those aimed at checking growing vehicular pollution, is having a worsening impact on the citys dust pollution.

A PCBA official said that the phenomenon of dust pollution was a matter of concern, particularly because it was an increasing trend. The citys air quality is monitored by six monitoring stations located at Bamunimaidam, Santipur, Gopinath Nagar, Khanapara, Gauhati University campus, and Boragaon.

The official attributed the dust pollution to several factors including the citys topography surrounded by hills, and said that dust pollution normally showed a rising trend during the winter as there is less rainfall to clean the atmosphere. He said that the trend tended to increase during the period from November to March, showing higher presence of SPM and RPM in the air.

Besides monitoring, the PCBA recommends measures to the offenders for reducing air pollution. We ask the Guwahati Refinery to maintain fuel quality and also arrange free pollution check-ups for vehicles. For checking vehicular pollution and enforcing the related laws and norms, the administration and the Transport Department should display greater commitment, the official said, adding that the PCBA had a 21-point action plan for reducing vehicular pollution in the city.

This apart, the haphazard urbanisation process that cares little about maintaining even the basic norms of checking dust pollution during construction is another factor aggravating the situation. The public had to endure a harrowing time during the construction of all the flyovers in the city in the past few years with serious dust pollution affecting the construction sites as well as the nearby areas. Dumping of construction materials including sand, stones, cement, in the open without adequate cover is typical of any construction activity in the city. The ongoing boom in real estate in the city has pushed the dust pollution to alarming levels.

Centre forms expert panel on big dams

NEW DELHI, March 13 – The Planning Commission has appointed a two-member Technical Experts Committee after Government of Assam flagged the structural safety of the big dams constructed in Arunachal Pradesh.

Based on the concerns raised by Government of Assam regarding structural safety of the dams, Planning Commission has recently appointed a two-memberTechnical Experts Committee., said Minister of State for Power, KC Venugopal in reply to a Lok Sabha question by Joseph Toppo.

The Government of Assam has been requested to indicate the names of their nominees for the steering group to be constructed by National Hydro Power Corporation (NHPC) to address the issues relating to downstream impact, the Minister added.

The State Government has recently nominated Secretary, Water Resources Department, as their nominee, Venugopal informed.

On the request of the Assam Government, NHPC constituted an expert group consisting of experts from IIT, Guwahati, Gauhati University and Dibrugarh University to study the downstream impact of the 2000 MW Lower Subansiri Project.

The Minister further added that as of today, three hydro electric projects of above 25 MW including Lower Subansiri, 600 MW Kameng and 110 MW Pare are under construction in Arunachal Pradesh-Assam.

The Minister further admitted that Government of Assam has expressed concern over the adverse impact of the Lower Subansiri.

In a separate reply, Venugopal said that construction of hydro-electric project is taken up only after it achieves financial closure and has tied-up inputs, clearance and linkages. Before according concurrence to the Detailed Project Report of the Project, Central Electicity Authority (CEA) examines all the technical aspects. Similarly, Ministry of Environment and Forest accords environment and forest clearances based on environment impact assessment study and Environment Management Plan.

However, some of the issues like geological surprises, local agitation and other law and order related problem cannot be foreseen in advance, leading to delay in commissioning of the some of the affected projects, the Minister said.

Mixed response to Budget among NE trade bodies

GUWAHATI, Feb 28 – The Union Budget 2011-12 speech of Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee failed to evoke much excitement among a cross section of people here, with some agreeing that it was on expected lines. For others, there was nothing specific spelled out for the Northeast region in the speech, except the announcement of the Rs 8,000 crore special assistance fund.

In a post Budget speech assessment, the Federation of Industry and Commerce of North East Region (FINER) stated that the Budget speech reflected an improvement in the economic situation of the country, and could be appreciated because it did not incorporate populist measures while retaining a new regime of tax reforms.

Speaking on behalf of FINER, its chairman. RS Joshi mentioned doubling of special allocation fund to Rs 8,000 crore was a positive step, and good allocation of funds for the social sector would help a region like the Northeast.

He however regretted that the Minimum Alternative Tax would continue to be a detriment for commerce and industry of the Northeast, and reiterated that it should be completely abolished in the region that has remained backward for long.

In this context, Joshi demanded a five-year-long comprehensive plan for the economic uplift of the NE region in the line of the countrys Five-Year Plan. As the challenges of the region cannot be fulfilled by a year-long intervention, it is better that a Five-Year Plan is in place to address the specific needs of the NE States, he remarked.

Former Chief Secretary of Assam, HN Das, said that for him the Budget was on expected lines, where net loss from direct taxes can be balanced by gains from indirect taxes. The investment in the social sector is good, and reforms envisaged will improve the delivery systems across the country, he mentioned.

The former bureaucrat, however, expressed concern over high food inflation, and said it would be interesting to see how it would be tackled.

Madhurjya Bezbaruah of Gauhati University found elements in the Budget speech that revealed an attempt to bring in much required reforms. he also appreciated the intent to rely on IT in various government initiatives. He mentioned the absence of financial support to any major institution of Assam or rest of the Northeast, unlike the case with some other States which were assured large infusion of funds.

The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) appreciated the Union Budget 2011-12 stating that special assistance of Rs 8,000 crore to Northeast and special category States will give a boost in meeting the development needs of the NE region.

CII also approved of the Rs 5,000 crore fund assistance to SIDBI and Rs 3,000 crore to NABARD.

Abhijit Barooah, past president of CII Assam State Council and chairman for policy advocacy said this will open up opportunities in the MSME sector, which plays a vital role in the economy of the region.

He also observed that Rs 500 crore for Women SHG Development Fund coupled with India Mincrofinance Equity Fund will usher in developments in the handloom and handicrafts, and agriculture and food processing sector.

Over 400 single teacher schools in city

GUWAHATI, Feb 22 – If they could speak out, they would have shamed those in the helm of affairs. Small children in Government run elementary schools continue to suffer excruciatingly in the absence of positive interventions. From dearth of teaching staff to lack of infrastructure, young students – many from poor families – are enduring a hopeless learning experience.

According to Ratul Goswami, general secretary of Guwahati Subdivision Primary Teachers Association there are more than 400 single teacher schools in and around Guwahati in which several classes have to be taught by only one teacher.

If that is not enough of a challenge, the inclusion of the fifth standard in such schools has created an unprecedented situation. There are schools like Datalpara LP School in Guwahati in which more than hundred students of Class V have been enrolled this year without adequate teaching staff orinfrastructure, he added.

Prof Gayatri Goswami of Gauhati Universitys Department of Education, when contacted said, there are a number on maladies affecting elementary education such as inadequate teaching staff and untrained teachers. Favouring induction of more teachers in primary schools, she further underlined the need for better training of teachers.

We speak of Right to Education, but that can only be feasible when well-trained teachers are present to make learning a joyful process for children. Trained teachers will know not just what to teach, but how best to impart education, Prof Goswami noted.

At present, many primary schools, already understaffed, are handicapped by teachers being assigned duties for carrying out the ongoing population census. In the heart of the city, around 50 students from six different classes are being taught by a single teacher in Harijan Buniyadi Vidyalay since the day two teachers were called in for census duties. Aftab Hussain, the headmaster in charge of the school described it as a serious situation.

Worryingly, many schools in Guwahati as well as in other parts of Assam have reported that some textbooks provided under the Sarva Siksha Mission Abhijan are yet to reach students.

Dozens of schools in Guwahati and surrounding areas also continue to function without a secure source of drinking water. In many schools, tube wells have stopped working, and there is no water available for drinking or sanitation.

According to a teacher of a government – run school in Paltan Bazar, There are not more than ten schools where tube wells can provide water fit for consumption…many have stopped working because the water level has dropped since those were installed.

Now plans are afoot to build modern toilet facilities for schoolchildren, designed to benefit girl students in particular. However, teachers are worried how the new facilities would function in the absence of running water.

Forget other things like hand washing that has been promoted by UNICEF in many parts of the country, there are dozens of schools in greater Guwahati where there is no source of safe drinking water inside the campus, said a ladyteacher.

This apart, the dismal state of elementary education in Assam has been clearly revealed by the provisional Annual Status of Education Report (Rural), which found that only 60 to 70 per cent of students of Class I to IV in Assam are enrolled in schools. Among other significant findings, which should be a matter of concern – less than 40 to 50 per cent of students in Class III can study textbooks specified for Class I.

4 rare bird species recorded in Karbi Anglong

GUWAHATI, Feb 21 – In an exciting discovery that testifies to the States rich avifauna, distribution of four birds – species one of them probably occurring for the first time in the State – has been recorded from the forests of Karbi Anglong district.

The avian species are the Asian glossy starling (Aplonis panayensis), laced woodpecker (Picus vittatus), mountain hawk-eagle (Nisaetus nipalensis) and grey peacock-pheasant (Polyplectron bicalcaratum).

The birds were recorded in the Dhansiri reserve forest of Karbi Anglong by a team of field biologists led by Bhrigu Prasad Saikia of Gauhati University this month.

This probably marks the first time that the Asian glossy starling has been recorded in Assam. It was a big flock of 17 birds and we were able to take photographic evidence. Along with this species, new distribution ranges of three more birds – the laced woodpecker, mountain hawk-eagleand grey peacock-pheasant – were also documented, Saikia told.

The habitat where the birds were located forms a contiguous belt with the Intanki Elephant Reserve of the neighbouring State of Nagaland.

Saikia said that the laced woodpecker, mountain hawk-eagle and grey peacock-pheasant were not previously recorded in Karbi Anglong.

Unfortunately, the entire avian community in Karbi Anglong – which falls in the Indo-Burma biodiversity hotspot — is under severe threat from hunting.

Large-scale killing of birds using both traditional and modern methods is a big threat to their existence. Conservation of these birds needs urgent attention from all concerned, Saikia said, adding that generating awareness among the local populace on the need for conservation would be critical to saving the birds which have a significant role in maintaining the ecosystem.

The study was done under the guidance of Abhijit Rabha, Chief Conservator of Forest, Karbi Anglong.

The Asian glossy starling is a species of starling in the Sturnidae family. It is found in Bangladesh, Brunei, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical mangrove forests.

The laced woodpecker falls under the Picidae family. It is found in Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and perhaps Bangladesh. Its natural habitat includes subtropical or tropical dry forests, subtropical or tropical moistlowland forests, subtropical or tropical mangrove forests, and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.

The mountain hawk-eagle of the family Accipitridae breeds in southern Asia from Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka to China, Taiwan and Japan.

The common grey peacock-pheasant (Polyplectron bicalcaratum) – also known as the Burmese peacock — is a large South East Asian member of the order Galliformes. The grey peacock-pheasant is distributed in lowland and hill forests of mainland South East Asia, but excluding most of Indo-China as well as the entire Malayan peninsula. Widespread throughout its large range, the grey peacock-pheasant is evaluated as a species of least concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. It is listed on CITES-Appendix II, restricting trade in wild-caught birds to preserve its stocks.

Stats reveal married men more prone to suicide

Jaipur: More married people than the unmarried ones are committing suicide in Jaipur and the number of married men committing suicide is twice the women. This revelation has been made in the latest data of the National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB).The NCRB data for 2009 shows that of the 264 people who committed suicide in Jaipur, two-thirds were married in comparison to 33 per cent who were unmarried. And the number of men who took their lives was double the number of women committing suicide.

In comparison to 58 women, including 50 housewives, 117 men committed suicide in the city.
What exactly was going on in their minds is difficult to ascertain as 71 per cent of suicides have been attributed to unknown causes.

However, the responsibility of providing for the family could well be a major factor as a high number of men were either working in private sector or were self-employed.

It clearly indicates problems that come with adolescence. Young generation is very ambitious but highly unpredictable and immature. They find it difficult to adjust to married life if their ideas do not match with those of their partners, Dr Man Singh Khayal, former head of psychology department of Guwahati University, said.

This point of view is also supported by the fact that in more than half (53.8 per cent) cases, the suicides were committed by people below 30 years of age.

If suicides committed by people in the age group of 30-44 are included, the cumulative figure is a staggering 219 deaths or 84 per cent of the total 264 suicides.

Although only 16 deaths were attributed to family problems, the experts say that since majority of people (94 per cent) were not even graduates, the pressure of family requirements might have weighed heavily on their minds.

Urban lifestyle is highly demanding, which the young people find unable to cope with. Their dreams are big but when they encounter harsh realities of life, the insecurity and pressure in private jobs and financial stress, for them ending life appears to be an easy escape from all their problems, Singh said.

Significantly, the NCRB data shows that almost 30 per cent who committed suicide were self-employed while 19 per cent were in private jobs.

The pressure of a better future also appears to be a major factor as number of students who committed suicide was 34, which is 13 per cent.

Status of Sankardev centre in UK discussed

GUWAHATI, Jan 17 – A three-hour long meeting was held at the Littleton Lodge, Uxbridge, West London recently to discuss the present status of the proposed Srimanta Sankardev International Cultural Centre of UK.

It discussed in a threadbare manner the possible strategies and viable sources for raising a substantial amount of funds to the tune of 1 million pounds to make it a success.

Disclosing this, a statement received here via e-mail from the UK-based physician Dr Karuna Sagar Das, stated that after a long discussion, the meeting resolved to make a strong drive for raising funds throughout the United Kingdom and also to motivate the young people from Assam coming to the UK of late for the purpose.

While acknowledging the financial support, help and cooperation rendered by some people of Assam, the meeting further decided to launch a fund-raising drive in the State as well as in other parts of the globe for this noble cause.

Kamal Hazarika told the meeting about the overwhelming support displayed by various sections of the people of Assam when they had held a press conference at the Guwahati Press Club in February, 2009. Dr Karuna Sagar Das toldthe meeting about the goodwill displayed by Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and Governor of the State JB Patnaik as well. The Governor had assured all sorts of help and cooperation to the organizers in this regard when they had met in September last, said Dr Das.

Anjan Pathak gave an account of the present fund position of the organizers and the meeting decided further to approach more and more people for active participation.

The meeting was coordinated by Dr Karuna Sagar Das and was attended by Dhira Hazarika, Dr Khageswar Lahon, Suravi Gohain Lahon, Topon Sarma, Arundhati Das and Dr Jogen Chandra Kalita, besides Kamal Hazarika and Anjan Pathak. Dr Karuna Sagar Das briefed the members about the genesis of the move to set up a community centre in the UK. He also narrated the present developments in this connection.

The meeting further decided to co-opt Dr Jogen Chandra Kalita of the Gauhati University, presently working as a Commonwealth Fellow at Brunel University London, who is a founder member of the Asam Sahitya Sabha, UK, as a member in the organising committee, said the statement.

CineASA to hold international film fest

GUWAHATI, Jan 12 – Cine Art Society, Asom (CineASA) is gearing up to hold the 3rd CineASA Guwahati International Film Festival, 2011 from January 30 to February 5 at Rabindra Bhavan here as well as in Gauhati University, IIT Guwahati and Dibrugarh, a press release stated.

The festival will showcase about 30 acclaimed feature films along with a number of short films from across the globe. Works of celebrated Chinese filmmaker Zhang Zhimou, controversial Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi and renowned Thai filmmaker Apitchangpong Weerrasethakul will be the highlights of the festival that also has a good package of Indian films.

CineASA is also organising a competition of short films from the Northeast and the shortlisted films from the entries will be screened in the North-East Shorts section in the film festival. Prior tothe festival , CineASA will hold a two-day workshop on short filmmaking on January 20 and 21 with faculty members Apurba Sarma, Altaf Mazid, Manju Bora, Prabhat Goswami, Dipak Dutta, Kaju and Suman Duarah.

For details, aspiring producers and filmmakers can contact CineASA at its office at 2, Shanti Path, RG Baruah Road, Guwahati-781024 or by e-mail at cineasa@gmail.com.

Fun-filled programme for old age home inmates

GUWAHATI, Jan 12 – Life in the twilight years seems a monotonous journey complete with a wall of isolation. Many in this phase of life are often ignored by their own people adding to the misery of existing in a world where days and nights are all the same. A few even have to land up in old age homes for the remaining days of their lives where they wait with eagerness for a few friendly words from the outside world.

For the inmates of the Ambikagiri Rai Choudhury Memorial old age home at Patharquarry here, Wednesday turned out to be a memorable day as the outside world came calling at their door step.

A day-long programme that included indoor games competition, recitation, singing and public meeting was organised here at this old age home in the presence of a large number of senior citizens including 25 inmates of the home.

The function which was organised on the occasion of the 4th death anniversary of Punnamayi Devi, an educationist of Karbi Anglong began with a walking race and over 100senior citizens participated in it.

Later a meeting was held and it was presided over by veteran journalist DN Chakravartty. Welcoming the guests on behalf of the organising committee, Nirmali Chakravorty, eldest daughter of late Punnamayi Devi said that her mother had dedicated her entire life for the educational advancement of the hill tribes and other backward communities of the State.

Dr Kunja Medhi, retired faculty of Gauhati University said that service to the cause of the poor and the down trodden was indeed the index of human civilisation.

Girija Mohan Saikia, Guluk Chandra Dutta, Dr Chandra Prava Bhuyan, Prativa Bhuyan, Taru Barua and Kusum Ujir while paying tributes to the memory of the departed educationist stressed the need for building up a band of dedicated teachers to rid the society from the current gloomy and chaotic situation.

Prizes were awarded to the inmates as well as invitees for best performance in the indoor games. Jugabrata Dutta, renowned radio artiste presented a song while Ruma Rajkhowa, Usharani Deka and Nirmali Chakravorty presented an impromptu play castigating the hypocrisy of the modern society. Lilaprava Das also spoke on the occasion.

Chakravartty in his presidential address said that holding of such fun filled programmes will enthuse and entertain the inmates of the old age home who generally suffer from loneliness.

Govts indecision may have led to clashes

GUWAHATI, Jan 8 – The delay of the State Government to go for a conclusive and amicable decision on the Sixth Schedule tangle is believed to have resulted in the present fratricidal clashes between the Rabhas and the Garos in the Assam-Meghalaya areas.

It needs mention here that the All Rabha Students Union (ARSU) has been demanding Sixth Schedule status to the Rabha Hasong Autonomous Council and elections to the council, while the non-Rabhas living in the Rabha Hasong areas have been demanding exclusion of some villages from the council area.

The ARSU has been resorting to repeated bandhs and economic blockades for the past about four years for the fulfillment of its Sixth Schedule demand. Thishas been resented by the non-Rabha groups, particularly by the Garos. All such developments resulted in growing acrimony and local level skirmishes between the two groups in some areas of Assam.

The Assam Government has set up a Cabinet Sub-Committee to study the Sixth Schedule demand of the Rabhas, Tiwas and the Misings. The Cabinet Sub-Committee in its report sometime back, suggested granting of Sixth Schedule status to the Rabha, Tiwa and Mising Autonomous Councils. But the State Cabinet is yet to endorse the Sub-Committee recommendation on the issue.

Leading personalities belonging to the Rabha as well as the non-Rabha communities living in the Rabha Hasong areas have pleaded for an early and amicable solution to the issue to bring an end to the mutual tension among the peoples living in the Rabha Hasong Autonomous Council areas. But in doing so, all major communities living in the Rabha Hasong areas should be taken into confidence, they opined.

The former Chief Executive Member (CEM) of the Rabha Hasong Autonomous Council, Dr Sarat Rabha said that at this moment it is more important to restore the mutual belief between the Rabhas and the Garos, besides instilling a sense of security among the people of the two groups living in Assam and Meghalaya areas.

The Assam Government should prevail upon the Meghalaya Government as well as the Central Government to initiate steps for ensuring the safety and security of the life and property of the Rabhas living in the Meghalaya areas. At the same time, it is also essential to take all sorts of measures for ensuring safety and security to the life and property of the Garos living in Assam areas, said Dr Rabha.

These appeals were made to the State Governments delegation led by Revenue Minister Dr Bhumidhar Barman, which on Thursday visited the affected people at the camps set up in Assam areas for sheltering them. The delegation comprised ministers Pramila Rani Brahma and Nurjamal Sarkar, besides Dr Barman. It was accompanied by Dr Rabha and a joint delegation of the Garo and Rabha leaders.

The delegation visited the Kukurkata, Noapara and Bheltarghat camps. The joint delegation of the Garo and Rabha leaders accompanied the Government delegation to the shelter camps in a bid to restore mutual belief and instill a sense of security among the affected people, said Dr Rabha.

He expressed the apprehension that if immediate measures are not taken to contain the violent incidents in Meghalaya, the Garos living in the Rabha Hasong areas may also face retaliatory attacks. Already reports of such attacks on some Garo-dominated pockets have started pouring in, said Dr Rabha.

Meanwhile, the Tura-based Association for Democracy and Development has made an appeal to both the ethnic groups to resolve their contentious issues through dialogue. The Gauhati University unit of the ARSU has also demanded immediate steps to ensure safety and security to the life and property of the Assam people.

A group of leading citizens here have appealled to the Governors and Chief Ministers of Assam and Meghalaya to take immediate steps for the rehabilitation of the affected people.

Expert group unaware of Subansiri project meet

GUWAHATI, Jan 7 – The eight-member expert group of the State which studied the impacts of the Lower Subansiri Hydroelectric Power Project (LSHEP) has no information as to whether the proposed meeting of the select group of experts scheduled for today on the power project was held or not.

The Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) of the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) constituted a sub-committee to study the geo-technical aspects of the LSHEP on which the Assam expert group has expressed serious reservations in its report. The sub-committee comprised VC Thakur of Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, Prof SK Deb of IIT, Guwahati, Prof ML Sarma of IIT Roorkee, Dr Manish Shrikhande of IIT Roorkee, Prof Chandan Mahanta of IIT, Guwahati, Dr BP Duarah of Gauhati University, Prof J N Sarma of Dibrugarh University and NHPCs AK Jain, NK Mathur, PK Gupta and SL Katil.
The sub-committee was formed at the EAC meeting held on December 11 last. It was decided that the sub-committee would meet at New Delhi on January 7, 2011. But the Assam expert group in a letter mailed to EAC chairman Rakesh Nath on December 11, pleaded for holding the meeting at Gerukamukh and presence of all its members in the proposed meeting.
The argument of the Assam expert group in this respect was that the ground condition at the LSHEP site could be verified if the meeting was held at the Gerukamukh project site.

But, later on, no communication was made with the expert group either by the EAC or the NHPC, Prof Kalita said.
Dr BP Duarah, who was named as one of the members of the sub-committee, also told that he too was not aware as to whetherthe meeting of the sub-committee was held or not.

Good response to Badhte Kadam mission

GUWAHATI, Nov 28 – Badhte Kadam, the innovative outreach programme of National Trust, met with encouraging response from people in seven districts of Assam, enabling the spread of awareness on disability issues.
In the concluding function of the campaign held here, it was revealed that more than 1,500 people were duly informed about crucial aspects related to the disabled, and also about the rights and privileges available to them. Seeking to convey the message, the Badhte Kadam team held rallies, enacted street plays and held meetings in dozens of places in thedistricts, which elicited a very good response from the public.

The team of campaigners from various parts of Assam led by Biplab Parashar Khound of Sishu Sarothi, in the concluding function, revealed that there was yet much to be done to enlighten the public about the challenges faced by the disabled and the response that could be generated.

Khound was of the view that although the campaign has come to a close, the work to empower the disabled would have to gain momentum in the days ahead. He appealed to all stakeholders to join hands so that the cause of the disabled could gather the required support.

Speaking on the occasion, academic Kishori Mohan Bhattacharya from Gauhati University, mentioned that treatment, socialisation and rehabilitation were all important components in the effort to empower the disabled. He underlined the role or technology in coming to the aid of people with disabilities.

The function also witnessed felicitation of Rinku Kalita, who overcoming his physical constraints, had done Assam proud in a national level cycling competition in Jamshedpur, last year.

A highlight of the concluding function was the performance of the Badhte Kadam theme song by a group of students and trainees of Sishu Sarothi. The Assamese song, translated from Hindi by Dr Arup Kumar Sarma of IIT Guwahati, had become popular during the campaign.

KK Handique award presented

Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi presenting a sarai to the winner of Krishna Kanta Handique Memorial Award 2010, Dr Jogendra Narayan Bhuyan at the Rabindra Bhawan in Guwahati on Saturday. – AT Photo
GUWAHATI, Nov 13 – Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today presented the Krishna Kanta Handique Memorial award, 2010 to noted researcher and writer Dr Jogendra Narayan Bhuyan in a function held at the Rabindra Bhawan here.

The award carries with it Rs two lakh, a sarai, a shawl and a citation.

Presenting the award, the Chief Minister described KK Handique as the pride of India. A scholar like him is a rarity, he said. His three works on Shri Harshas Naishadha Charita

Somdevs Yashastilaka and Prabara Senas Setubandha will keep his memory alive through ages, said the Chief Minister. He also remembered the contributions of late Handique towards the states higher education and to Gauhati University as its founder Vice Chancellor.

Accepting the award, Dr Bhuyan said that late Handique is a great mystery for Assams social life. He along with Anundoram Borooah introduced Assams talents to the world Assembly of scholars.

Addressing the function, Ahalya Gogoi, daughter of late Handique, said that for her father, judiciousness was more important than the pursuit of knowledge.

Cultural Affairs Minister Bharat Chandra Narah announced in the function two awards in the names of Lakhit Borphukan and Bhimbar Deuri.

Guwahati to have world-class university

GUWAHATI, Oct 6 – The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has finally included Guwahati as one of the locations for the proposed 14 world-class universities to be set up across the country.
This was confirmed by a letter issued by the Ministry to Dr Samujjal Bhattacharya, adviser of the All Assam Students Union (AASU).
The students body, it may be mentioned, had expressed strong resentment after the Bill prepared during a MHRD meeting on September 28 in regard to establishment of 14 new world-class innovation universities did not include Guwahati, as was assured by Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh.
The Prime Minister had assured that one of the 14 universities would be set up in Guwahati but surprisingly the same did not materialize during the MHRD meeting. We opposed the discriminatory attitude and finally after putting a lot of pressure on the Centre, Guwahati was allotted the university, said Dr Samujjal Bhattacharya while talking to mediapersons here today.
The AASU has further urged the State Government to initiate necessary steps to facilitate the process.
Dr Bhattacharya further informed that the students body is pressing hard before the Centre to include the State as one of locations for setting up of 12 new proposed Indian Institute of Science and Educational Research (IISER).
Besides, we are continuously insisting on setting up of an Indian Institute of Management (IIM) and an Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) in the State, Dr Bhattacharya pointed out.
Shekhar Sarma, head of the department, Information Technology department, Gauhati University, however stated that the IIIT should be a fully Government funded one and not in the public: private partnership module as has been proposed for the 20 new IIITs.
The AASU also demanded the State Government to provide an aid of Rs 100 crore each to the Gauhati University, Dibrugarh University and the Agricultural University at the earliest.

Govt apathy complicating scenario

GUWAHATI, Sept15 – Peace activists, militant leaders, academics and journalists today observed that the Governments delay in taking the peace process forward with insurgent groups who are on a ceasefire, as well as not addressing the core issues raised by major groups like the ULFA, has complicated the conflict scenario in Assam and made the problems multi-dimensional.

At a round table titled Policy on Peace Talks organized by the Guwahati-based Centre for Development and Peace Studies, the speakers noted that the Government needed to keep its doors open for negotiations with all major insurgent groups but must take care to ensure that dialogue was pursued with groups who enjoyed a certain amount of legitimacy. The round table was moderated by Prashanta Rajguru, executive editor of Amar Asom and a governing body member of CDPS.

On whether the Government should call a moratorium on peace talks with splinter groups of major rebel outfits or newer militant groups, pro-talk ULFA leader Mrinal Hazarika said, We must first see whether a splinter (rebel) group has been created by the State or whether it has emerged because of internal squabble within that outfit.

Hazarika said that unless the Government came forward to address key issues raised by the ULFA, militant leaders like Paresh Barua (ULFAs military chief) would continue to call the shots and emerge stronger.

The ULFA has certainly committed errors but the question is whether anyone can actually reject the issues raised by it, Hazarika noted. The Government, he said, must create a situation that can help guarantee the fact that talks would be held if leaders like Paresh Barua come forward to join the rest of the ULFA leaders who are ready to join the peace process.

DHD leader Dilip Nunisa said that the Government must analyse if it was correct to give more importance to those factions of a rebel group who have killed more people or who had been able to demonstrate its military might.

If the Government comes to encourage splinter groups, the problems will get more complicated, Nunisa observed.

Initiating the discussion at the round table, Dr Udayan Misra, National Fellow of the Indian Council of Social Science Research, said that the Governments failure to have an inclusive approach at peace-making was leading to the emergence of splinter groups of rebels on the scene.

Lot of the conflict we are faced with today will ease out if the Government is able to provide distributive justice and ensure the rule of law, Dr Misra said. Peace accords and peace process are two different things. Peace accords are ad-hoc arrangements while peace process is something that cannot be limited to negotiations, he added.

Giving a different perspective, former Assam police chief, GM Srivastava, currently security adviser to the state Government, said, There is need for alternative voices in society. But today, dissent appears to be just a search for political space by few individuals. Dialogue is, of course, the best way to resolve conflicts in a region like the North-east.

While academics like Dr Noni Gopal Mahanta of Gauhati University said the Government cannot close its doors to negotiations with any militant group, others like Col. Manoranjan Goswami, a former Army officer, said the Government cannot keep on holding peace talks with each and every splinter group or new rebel groups that would emerge on the scene. The Government must identify the main (insurgent) groups and hold peace talks with only such groups, he said.

Earlier, Dr Monirul Hussain, Head of the Department of Political Science and Sociology, Gauhati University, released the book Peace Tools and Conflict Nuances in Indias Northeast edited by CDPS director Wasbir Hussain and published by Wordweaves India, a Guwahati-based publishing house. The book is a collection of essays that includes commentaries on whether Political Science as a discipline can be used to understand and resolve conflicts in a conflict-ridden area like the North-east.

CDPS president Arun Sarma, a noted playwright, welcomed the participants and stressed on the need for the Government to formulate a comprehensive policy on peace talks. Among those who participated at the round table include columnist and former ULFA leader Sunil Nath, Kanak Sen Deka, editor, Dainik Agradoot, writer Nitya Bora, peace activist Dilip Patgiri, Gandhian Natwar Thakkar, actor and activist Akashitora Dutta, and IIT Guwahati professor Abu Nasser Ahmed.

Opp meets PM on NC Hills scam, NRC update issue

NEW DELHI, July 30 – A joint delegation of the Opposition parties met the Prime Minister today seeking his intervention to resolve the three contentious issues of the State including the financial scam in HC Hills District, updating of National Register of Indian Citizens and halt to mega dam projects up stream in Brahmaputra River.
The delegation that comprised AGP president, Chandra Mohan Patowary, Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, Biren Baishya, Kumar Deepak Das Phani, Bhusan Choudhury, Sarbananda Sonowal, Bijoya Chakravarty, Ramen Deka and Dhrupad Borgohain among others met the Prime Minister at his Parliament House Office.
Later, briefing newsmen the AGP leaders said that they brought to the notice of the Prime Minister the fact that the State Government has given partial charge to the CBI to probe the financial scam that is estimated at around Rs 1000 crore.

The representatives of the five political parties also drew the attention of the Prime Minister to the nexus between the militants, government officials and politicians. They reportedly told Dr Singh that the Central funds allocated for development works in the Hilldistrict was siphoned off and the militants were also given a share.
On the issue of updating of the NRC, the delegation urged that the stalled process be resumed immediately in Barpeta district. They held the State Government responsible for creation of the problem and the process that was started after long delay was suddenly stopped.

Updating of the NRC should start immediately, the delegation, which also submitted a memorandum, demanded.
On the mega dam issue, Patowary and Sonowal said they complained before the Prime Minister that the hydro power projects were under taken without any proper study on the impact downstream. Even the Environment Impact Study was not carried out, they alleged.They also referred to the technical survey carried by the expert panel and said the Central Government should review the mega dam policy.

The AGP leaders said the Prime Minister said he would look matter regarding the financial scam and would take up the issue of the mega dam project with the concerned authorities.
Meanwhile, in a Rajya Sabha reply, the Minister of State for Power Bharatsinh Solanki said a number of representations have been received related to downstream impact study of Subansiri Lower Hydroelectric Project and halt of the main dam works.
In his written reply to Biren Baishya, the Minister clarified that before start of the Project, all statutory clearance including environment clearance has been obtained by NHPC. As part of the environment clearance, a comprehensive Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) study has been carried out, the Minister claimed.
Based on the EIA and Environment Management Plan (EMP) report the Ministry of Environment and Forest accorded the environment clearance. Further, Disaster Management Plan (DMP) is a part of the EMP of Subansiri Lower Hydroelectric Project, he added.

However, keeping in view the concerns of the people, a comprehensive study has been awarded to an expert group from University of Gauhati, University of Dibrugarh and IIT, Guwahati to assess the impact downstream due to the Subansiri Lower Hydro Project.
The draft report of the expert group has been received by NHPC recently. As a when the final report of the expert group is received, action would be taken by NHPC. The implementation of these recommendations would ensure security of the people and environment in the downstream of the Project.

GU breaks new ground with distance education

GUWAHATI, June 25 – Gauhati Universitys Institute of Distance and Open Learning (IDOL) has broken new grounds in expanding quality education in Assam and other parts of NE India. By offering well-received programmes at affordable costs it has answered to the needs of over 9,000 students so far.

Manjulika Srivastava, Director of Distance Education Council, who was in Guwahati, told this newspaper that IDOLs emergence is significant not just in its reach, but in the way quality study materials have been developed.

She appreciated the way in which the institute was making use of technology in its operations. It is indeed commendable that IDOL has made use of new technologies to make distance and open education an exciting prospect, she remarked.

From humble roots, IDOL at present offers 25 programmes, which include those on Assamese, English, Boro, Political Science, and Information Technology, to name a few. A total of 304 study materials have been developed by a pool of academics, and more are being added this year.

The institute takes in students from various backgrounds, except for the Computer Science programmes, for which science graduates are preferred. But before getting admissions, it is ensured that students go in for a counselling sessions so what is on offer matches their expectations.

Speaking to The Assam Tribune, Director of IDOL, Dr Kandarpa Das mentioned that the success of IDOL can be attributed to careful planning and use of time and resources in a manner that benefits the students. We have put great emphasis on developing high qualitystudy materials by bringing in academics who know the concept of open learning, as a result the textbooks are interesting and motivational to students who are away from the classroom, he noted.

He revealed that imaginative use of low cost technology has also come to make operations more efficient. The institute relies on computers to maintain a database of all its students, and uses bulk sms to keep its students informed. Learners have ample opportunities to interact with faculty and the director himself responds to queries whenever necessary.

Significantly, among those who have benefited from IDOL are people living away from Guwahati who can take tests in one of its 18 centres, and women who have found it especially convenient. At present nearly 80 per cent of students on IDOLs rolls are women, many of whom are married.

Das said that many young women, even though academically inclined, cannot complete higher education due to marriage or other reasons. However, with IDOL offering a range of programmes, a large number of them have a chance to receive a degree. A degree builds capacity, and it also creates confidence among women, he observed.

Here, it may be mentioned that IDOLs portal Bodhidroom has started attracting more hits in recent years. www.bodhidroom.idolgu.org the site has received acclaim for its content and user-friendly format.

PMs green signal for ULFA talks

NEW DELHI, June 21 – In a positive development, Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh today agreed to facilitate talks with the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) for restoration of permanent peace in the State. The Prime Minister conveyed the same to a six-member delegation of the steering committee of the Sanmilita Jatiya Abhibartan, which called on him this evening.

Talking to newsmen after the meeting with the Prime Minister, spokesman of the committee Dr Hiren Gohain said that Dr Singh gave a patient hearing to the issues raised by the delegation during the 45-minute discussion and we have come out convinced thatthe Prime Minister means business. Dr Gohain said that during the meeting, the delegation raised the issue of release of the jailed ULFA leaders to facilitate talks. It was also conveyed to the Prime Minister that the leaders of the ULFA were not rigid on the issue of sovereignty, he added.

The Prime Minister sought the help of the members of the steering committee to ensure restoration of permanent peace in the State and suggested that they should also discuss the issue with the Union Home Minister. Earlier, making a strong case for release of the jailed outlawed ULFA leaders, convener of Sanmilita Jatiya Abhibartan (SJA), Dr Hiren Gohain hinting at the possibility of the militant outfit dropping its demand for sovereignty, said military chief of the outfit Paresh Barua might be marginalised, if he does not participate in the negotiation process.

A six-member delegation of the civil society group that arrived in the national capital on Saturday, had to pass through some anxious moments on Monday morning, whenthe Prime Minister s Office postponed the scheduled meeting at the last hour. Dr Manmohan Singh reportedly had to undergo some medical check-ups and his morning engagements were rescheduled. The team was later given an appointment at 6.45 pm at the Prime Ministers 7 Race Course Road Residence.
The delegation is scheduled to meet Union Home Minister P Chidambaram, leaders of all political parties including Opposition Leader Sushma Swaraj, among others. Other members of the delegation included former Vice-Chancellor, Gauhati University, Dr Nirmal Kumar Chaudhuri, Dr Rohini Barua, Hiranya Bhattacharya, Indibar Deuri and Prof. Khorshed Alam, among others.

Meanwhile, addressing newsmen at the Press Club of India, Dr Gohain replying to questions on relevance of the proposed dialogue without the presence of Paresh Barua, opined that he may be marginalised, if he does not come for the talks. He is a member of the ULFA central committee and has to work as a member.If the central committee manages to resolve the vexed problems then Barua would be marginalised, even if he does not come for talks, he added.

Dr Gohain said that though ULFA has not formally dropped the demand for sovereignty, a tricky issue that has stalled the peace process, they are certainly willing to tone down their demand.We met jailed ULFA leaders and they are getting prepared to abandon their armed struggle and we are also trying to persuade them to drop the demand for sovereignty, Dr Gohain said.On the fate of Anup Chetia, Dr Gohain said that he has been given to understand that efforts are on to get him to India but there is a human rights case pending in Bangladesh. He is apparently willing to come and in favour of talks, he added.On the issue of illegal migration from Bangladesh, Dr Gohain said that though they do believe in secularism but many of the districts of the State all of a sudden have become Muslim majority. Illegal infiltration is a major problem, which the government has to solve, he added.

Replying to questions about grant of work permit, he opined that it may be considered, if the illegal migrants are not allowed to settle down in Assam.

Regional meet on combating climate change held

GUWAHATI, July 8 – A regional consultation on Combating climate change in the North Eastern and lower Himalayan regions of India was organized recently by Centre for Legislative Research and Advocacy (CLRA) and Oxfam India, in collaboration with Gauhati University and the North East Members of Parliaments Forum.

The consultation brought together all the important stakeholders in a dialogue on the impact of climate change on public health, agriculture, displacement, water availability, and forest rights. The consultation also discussed the States responsibilities in this regard and the legitimate role of legislators, policy makers and citizens.

The consultation started with an inaugural session that was attended by Tarun Gogoi, the Chief Minister of Assam, Dr. R. K. Pachauri, Chairperson, Intergovernmental Panel onClimate Change, Nisha Agrawal, CEO, Oxfam India among others, a press statement mentioned.

Nisha Agrawal recommended that such consultation was an important step towards taking debates around climate change to the state level and said that the salient action points that emerge from the consultation need to be taken up at the national level so that the State governments and the Union government can established an alliance to address the issue ofclimate change.

Pachauri criticised the current state of Indian research on climate change and argued that there is a need to learn from China, and constantly update the knowledge on Indias glaciers. Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi underlined the importance of addressingclimate change by arguing that swift action needs to be taken to reduce energy consumption by 20 per cent and by pursuing a policy of development that works in tandem with a dedicated environment related policy that can maintain an ecological balance.

Speaking during a session that was devoted to the impact of climate change on livelihood security, Dr. Anamika Barua from IIT, Guwahati, shared with the audience the preliminary results of a study that she is carrying out in Sikkim and said that climate change is becoming unpredictable and it is affecting the water retention of the land, adding to the vulnerability of the people.

Another speaker Madhu Sarin while speaking on the issue of forest rights said that Sikkim and Tripura were the only two states of India that have implemented the Recognition of Forest Rights Act. She added that most of the land inthe North East has either not been surveyed or has been misclassified, which has compounded the issue of non-implementation and non-compliance of the Act.

Bamang Tago, chairperson of the Arunachal Pradesh Citizens Rights, also criticized the Forest Rights Act and said that the non-involvement of gram panchayats implies that access to forest land is restricted, because people in general are not aware of their rights.

The regional consultation ended with a session dedicated solely to the role that the legislators and parliamentarians can play in combatingclimate change. The session was attended by several Members of Parliament and Members of Legislative Assemblies of the North Eastern States.

PGSU blocks NH-37 after trekker kills student

GUWAHATI, July 1 – Students of Gauhati University blocked the NH 37 after Banashree Bordoloi, a Law final year student died in a road mishap this morning. Banashree was allegedly hit by a trekker around 8 am. The girl hails from Gohpur.
The Post Graduate Students Union (PGSU) blocked the road demanding immediate action for over an hour which led to traffic congestion in the area.
Representatives of the district administration and police department rushed to the spot after which the students body submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner demanding setting up a traffic booth in the area.
It also demanded that strict vigil should be maintained in the area to ensure that the speed limit of the vehicles plying through the road is limited to 30 kilometres per hour.
There is already an order limiting the speed of vehicles to 30 kmph but merely on paper. Road mishaps are a regular phenomenon in front of the GU. We have been demanding measures to regulate traffic but to no avail. The unruly trekkers have further aggravated the problem, Montu Kumar Borah, vice president,Post Graduate Students Union said.
He also informed that the trekker drivers do not follow any rules and regulation and have even set up an unauthorised stand in the area.
The district administration and the police too have been turning blind eye to the problem, he alleged, adding that bus service catering to the needs of the GU students must be regularised.
The frequency of bus services reduce after 6 pm and that is when the trekkers take advantage of the situation. Overloading and rash driving is giving the commuters a harrowing time, Borah stated.
The PSGU also demanded that the bus fare for the students (on production of identity cards) should remain the same and the fresh hike in fares should not be made applicable for any student.
The district administration is said to have assured steps to address the grievances highlighted during the meeting.
Members of the law college also took part in the meeting

Dust pollution worsens in city

GUWAHATI, May 11 – Dust pollution continues to deteriorate in the city, posing a grave health hazard threat to the citizens. The road dust, together with vehicular emissions, forms a toxic haze that hangs over the atmosphere for a prolonged period.

Monitoring of the citys ambient air quality by the Pollution Control Board of Assam (PCBA) has revealed that both respirable particulate matter (RPM) and suspended particulate matter (SPM) in the air have been found to be high, often crossing the permissible limits.

The permissible limits for SPM and RPM are 200 micrograms per metre cubic and 100 micrograms per metre cubic respectively.

Degradation of the city hills leading to accumulation of loose soil on the roads following rain, the boom in construction activities and the failure to maintain the norms aimed at checking dust pollution, growing vehicular movement and emission, have combined to worsen the dust pollution in Guwahati.

The trend of dust pollution is certainly worrying as it reveals an increasing trend. We have at present four ambient air quality monitoring stations, with another two scheduled to come up shortly, a PCBA official said.

The official, while attributing the dust pollution to several factors including the citys topography surrounded by hills, said that dust pollution normally showed a rising trend during the winter as there is less rainfall to clean the atmosphere. From our ambientair quality checks, the period from November to March shows higher presence of SPM and RPM in the air, he said.

Besides monitoring, the PCBA recommends measures to the offenders for reducing air pollution. We ask the Guwahati Refinery to maintain fuel quality and also arrange free pollution check-ups for vehicles. For checking vehicular pollution, however, the administration and the Transport Department should display greater commitment, the official said.

The PCBA recently moved the Central Government to set up a continuous air quality monitoring station. At present it has four ambient air quality monitoring stations at Bamunimaidam, Santipur, Gopinath Nagar and Khanapara while the two new ones are to come up at the Gauhati University campus and at Boragaon.

We had also recommended a 21-point action plan for reducing vehicular pollution in the city, he said.

It may be recalled that the Union Minister for Environment and Forests, Jairam Ramesh during his recent visit to the city expressed dissatisfaction at the growing dust pollution.

Deforestation and earth-cutting in the city hills invariably results in erosion of loose earth from the hills. Rains then wash down the topsoil and deposit it on the roads besides clogging the drains.

The MRD Road near Chandmari best illustrates this recurring phenomenon. A single burst of shower is enough to inundate the road and once the waterlogging subsides, it leaves a deep layer of slush which ultimately turns into dust after a day or two and then spread everywhere by vehicular movement.

This apart, the haphazard urbanization process that cares little about maintaining even the basic norms of checking dust pollution during construction is another factor aggravating the situation. The public had to endure a harrowing time during the construction of all the flyovers inthe city in the past few years with serious dust pollution affecting the construction sites as well as the nearby areas. Dumping of construction materials including sand, stones, cement, in the open without adequate cover is typical of any construction activity inthe city. The ongoing boom in real estate in the city has pushed the dust pollution to alarming levels.

Assam mobile theatre very active, says Thiyam

Ajit Patowary
GUWAHATI, May 9 – Assams mobile theatre has set a trend. Assam has one of the most active theatre movements in the country. Both mobile and amateur theatres of Assam are very active.
This is the observation made by noted theatre personality Ratan Thiyam. He was speaking to The Assam Tribune on the sidelines of the 23 rd convocation of Gauhati University (GU) on the university campus here on Saturday.
He also called for steps to set up State repertory companies, which can take experimentations in theatre to a higher level and provide space to the theatre personalities for professional activities.
Thiyam, who is also a recipient of the Padmashree Award and a pioneer in contemporary dramatic form and expression, was presented the Honorary D Litt degree by GU Chancellor, Governor Janaki Ballav Patnaik at theconvocation.
Speaking about the role played by Assams mobile theatre, Thiyam said, I appreciate their (mobile theatre companies) roles. They are big commercial companies. Moreover, they are reflecting the contemporary developments in and around the society concerned.

Theatre economy in the country is not good. Under such a situation, mobile theatre groups have come up and flourished, he maintained.

When pointed out to the criticism from certain quarters that mobile theatre groups have been doing more damage than emboldening the entire theatre movement in the State, he said that what they are doing is a good job. We must appreciate the jobs done by the mobile theatre groups. They are feeding many families.

Theatre production requires a lot of money. Sustaining it is also very difficult. Those who run the theatre groups only know how difficult the task is. It is a big thing that these groups are rendering their services to sustain some people, keeping alive the theatre movement, he said.

Speaking about the performance of the theatre groups elsewhere, he said that such groups are doing many experiments. But, unfortunately, India does not have professional groups. Most of our directors and actors would like to excel. But production cost of theatre is high. Theatre is the most expensive art form and it is gradually becoming more expensive.
However, production wise, this country is marvellous. We have thousands of traditions, which help us in making great contemporary theatre, he said.

He argued that the country should have State repertory companies. My question is to provide a little space to actors, directors, designers, among others, of theatre. We should also set up professional repertorycompanies.
Besides, he said, the country needs regional schools of theatre which go with the Indian tradition. Other countries are having such centres.

On his present venture, he said that he is in a production based on Rabindranath Tagores Raja (English version – The King of Dark Chamber). The production will be in Manipuri. This is scheduled to be staged in August next. It needs mention here that this year marks the 150th birth anniversary of KabiguruRabindranath Tagore.

State medicinal plants facing serious threat

GUWAHATI, April 11 – Inadequate Government initiative coupled to low public awareness could result in the disappearance of an invaluable asset of Assam. Experts now assert that unless immediate and effective steps are taken, the State stands to lose its treasure trove of medicinal plants.
A senior academic with Gauhati University, who preferred anonymity, pointed out that the Botanical Survey of India has recently revealed that some medicinal plants in Assam face very serious threats. The Government should realise the sheer value of medicinal plants, and have a comprehensive policy that ensures their survival, propagation, and sustainable economic use before it is too late, he remarked.
Till today a comprehensive database of all the medicinal plants of Assam is not available in the public domain. But what exists, have very great economic implications for the region, particularly for those engaged in their cultivation. Theacademic emphasised that surveys must be carried out to know the full inventory of medicinal plants which grow in the States plain and hill areas.
It is imperative that the State becomes aware of her medicinal plant diversity, and only then a plan of action can be executed, he noted. The wide array of species due to the agro-climatic conditions of the state could be the next big revenue earner after tea as themedicinal plants are in demand in Indias burgeoning pharmaceutical and biotech sectors.
Plant taxonomist and emeritus scientist with NEDFI, Dr Padmeshwar Gogoi regretted that there was an absence of political will to protect and promotemedicinal plants in Assam , as a result of which the fate of many rare and valuable varieties was uncertain. He said that close to 500 types of medicinal and aromatic plants have been identified so far, some of which are endemic to the region.
Gogoi who has specialised in medicinal plants for more than two decades believes that habitat destruction and over exploitation are the two major threats which need to be countered through strategic interventions.
A positive intervention, according to him, could be extraction of slow-growing medicinal plants, their ex situ conservation, and their tissue culture. Later, the saplings can be relocated in their original habitat. However, the real challenge would be in finding habitats which remain intact.
Gogoi and other experts believe that many medicinal plants are smuggled out of Assam to the India-Myanmar border, which are then sent to China. This illegal enterprise has put additional pressure on select medicinal plants which are being extracted in an unsustainable way.
Incidentally, while the government response has been lethargic, some tea growers and companies have started scientific cultivation of medicinal plants after a period of successful experimentation and made substantial profits.

Death day stalks Gauhati University

Call it coincidental or supernatural. The ghost of 24th is haunting the 62-year-old Guwahati University (GU). Many on the campus are undertaking an exorcising exercise following the third consecutive unnatural death on the same day, in as many months. GUs death day syndrome began on January 24 with Birlang Narzary, a reader in the department of Bodo language, murdering his student Jharna Wary, 25. Narzary owned up to the crime, but not before trying to kill himself by consuming poison.

Anu Kalitas fall on February 24 from the roof of the RCC 3 Girls Hostel wasnt deemed as sensational as Warys murder. The 24-year-old second semester philosophy student died of injuries on March 3, and the police couldnt ascertain if her death was an accident or a case of attempted murder or suicide.It wasnt until the third death – suicide by 20-year-old Debajit Talukdar, son of a GU employee – on Wednesday (March 24) that the ominous development struck the varsity teachers, employees and students.

We have organized yagnas (fire sacrifice) and naam kirtan (Vaishnav ritual) to ensure GU is rid of an evil spell, said university employee B Das. There is something ghostly about these deaths, otherwise why should they happen on the same day of each month?Vice-Chancellor Okhil Kumar Medhi termed the deaths coincidental. Some things defy logic and science such as the date of these incidents on the campus. Some people did organize some rituals, but these are held every year before the mid-April Bihu festival, he told.

The students, though, are caught between superstition and coincidence. You cannot just brush aside the possibilities. Whatever is the reason, we want better security on the campus, said a girl student declining to be quoted.
We have taken care of security, often fragile owing to the NH37 that bisects the campus, said Medhi. The National Highways Authority of India has undertaken a project to divert this highway.

State scholars, writers dash off protest letter to Sahitya Akademi

GUWAHATI, Feb 24 – Several leading scholars and writers of the State have resented Sahitya Akademi Kolkata-based Regional Offices irrational act of humiliating eminent scholar and critic Dr Hiren Gohain.

In a protest letter to the Sahitya Akademi, these leading writers and scholars, who include Dr Amalendu Guha, Prof AC Bhagawati, Indira Goswami, Nalinidhar Bhattacharyya and Harekrishna Deka, utterly condemned the irrational and unethical behaviour of the Sahitya Akademi Regional Office. They also demanded prompt and appropriate corrective steps to undo the injustice done to Dr Gohain.

It needs mention here that Dr Gohain was assigned the task of editing the English version of some selected Assamese stories. List of the stories was furnished to Dr Gohain by Dr Ramkumar Mukhopadhyay, Regional Secretary of the Sahitya Akademi. In his June 19, 2006letter to Dr Gohain, Dr Mukhopadhyay said that the stories were taken from the Nirbachita Asomiya Galpa compiled by GP Sarma, Sailen Bharali and H Gogoi for the Akademi.

Dr Gohain was asked to intimate the Regional Office indicating the names of the translators of each of the stories. He
was not asked to work under anyone, nor was it mentioned that his work would be linked with the above compilation. The impression given to him was that the work assigned to him would be treated as an independent one.

But when the translated works were published in a book form with the title Splendour in the Grass in January last, Dr Gohain was taken aback by the fact that his name has been printed on the front cover of the book and on the title page as Translation Editor while the names of the above persons were printed as the editors.

Interestingly, on the back cover of the book the Akademi has declared: This collection of 20 Assamese stories was translated into English in a four-day translation workshop in Guwahati under the aegis of the Sahitya Akademi and the direction of acclaimed writer and scholar Dr Hiren Gohain (former Dean, Arts Faculty, Gauhati University and recipient of the Sahitya Akademi award for literary criticism in Assamese in 1989) in December, 2006.

… A thoughtful and analytical introduction on the background, themes and trends, has been contributed by Dr Hiren Gohain as the editor of this volume.

Dr Gohain said in the preface of the book that he had to devote more than couple of months to introducing nuances and correcting excesses or sometimes even downright errors of understanding in the light of the originals.

Hazards of mega dams in North East

After all, the site where the projects have been proposed is a highly sensitive seismic zone, and, what they worry about is the hazards the dams may pose for the flood-prone States like Assam.

We know that a sustainable economic growth even in a remotest part of a country is possible if it does abound with natural resources like gas, crude oil, uranium, coal or even water. Most of the northeastern region of the country, if not the whole of it, can well be a prime destination for industrial growth in the country, simply because it is full of these resources. Indeed, for hydro-electric power projects, the State of Arunachal Pradesh is by far the best place as it is the richest of all the States in thecountry in water resource. A report based on a survey conducted by the Department of North Eastern Region (DoNER) a couple of years ago, also confirms it having been so rich when it says that the State has, by virtue of it, the potential of generating energy to the extent of a staggering 50,328 MW. Interestingly, even thesurvey report carried out by the Central Electricity Authority (CEA), a foremost governmental agency, vis-a-vis Arunachals capability in terms of energy-generation, has also been identical.

But what we are primarily concerned about is the North East as a whole, not Arunachal Pradesh alone. Though resource-rich, it is under constant threat of earthquake as the region has fallen in the very seismically sensitivezone -V. Under these circumstances, before deciding or proposing any venturous jobs in the form of mega hydro-electric projects on the upper reaches of the river Brahmaputra in Arunachal Pradesh, all we ought to first do is undertaking a comprehensive and in-depth study on likely impacts of the proposed hydro-electric projects in the downstream areas, and then, making the assessment report public. Doing all these things is all the more important not only to avoid being unnecessarily implicated into a controvery but also to draw a definite conclusion if it is at all feasible for it to set up the proposed mega power plants in the upper reaches of the Brahmaputra in Arunachal Pradesh that are known to be located in the highly seismic zone.

But the Centre does not seem to be committed to assiduously and meticulously conducting scientific and thorough studies and survey on the downstream impact of the dams. It, instead, prefers carrying out the spadework in a haste and piecemeal, irrespective of a possible popular outcry, with a view to somehow pushing ahead all the dams it has proposed in Arunachal Pradesh, Amd, that is exactly what it has done recently.

Actually, what has taken one by utter surprise is how could it chalk out such a massive plan of generating 55,000 MW power by setting up around 100 projects in the State without taking into confidence the local populance, some of whom could give it some food for thought, and grant permission hurriedly to the projects to come up? Did not it understand that any frenetic bit to meddle with the river system in place from time immemorial, through these projects, in the highly sensitive region could inflict irreparable damage on forest cover, induce floods, displace people and even lead to earthquake. If the damage is serious the benefits sought to be reaped through power generation will seldom outweigh it.

What is the consequence of a massive hydro-power project, if built in an earthquake-prone zone, it is possibly China in the world that can only tell because the country has had a painful experience about it. China set up a 511-feet high mega dam in a geological fault-line of its Sichuan province, least caring for a proper planning accompanied by scientific studies. The net result was a greatearth quake measuring 7.9 magnitude on the richtes scale that is believed to be the outcome of the weight of its water affecting the thick layers of rocks beneath the surface that had hit the whole province in May 2008, killing many people.

When we have seen that our neighbouring country suffers of serious setback with the collapse of the dam, triggering the great earthquake, it was considered that the Centre would make a thorough downstream possible impact assessment of the projects, taking time and the grant permission for small dams instead of massive ones, only after it is satisfied with its reports. But, it, without making its findings public, gave the nod to large dams in Arunachal Pradesh, that has created apprehension among the people of Assam. After all, the site where the projects have been proposed is a highly sensitive seismiczone , and, what they worry about is the hazards the dams may pose for the flood-prone States like Assam. But, the Centre did not deem it necessary to give them any information about its study report pertaining to the plants. If really there is a likelihood of a major calamity like floods or earthquake befalling to them in coming days in the event of large dams being built in the upper reaches of the Brahmaputra, the move to initiate construction activities ought to have been preceded by its efforts at a broad consensus with the leading environmentalists, the would-be-affected villagers and the students bodies. This action could have measurably removed doubts from the minds of the people about the Centres sincerity.

The crucial question is that if the rationale behind its opposition to the reported move of China to set up a massive hydropower project in the Tsangpo known as the Brahmaputra in Assam is that such a high-powered dam could prejudice our interests, why has it planned 100-odd mega dams in the same region? Why has not it planned for small ones? Is it because these projects alone cannot afford to cater to the growing energy needs in the rest of thecountry?

Whatever it may be, the people in the North East, especially those of Assam, have not approved of what they term its Machiavellian manner and aired their stiff opposition to its reported move. Environmentalists, academia, intelligentsia and leading civil society groups have also in unison voiced similar reservations about the importance of such a move. The noted environmentalist Sunderlal Bahuguna and the NAPM supremo Medha Patkar warned of disastrous consequences it could cause. In its recent New Delhi meeting, the NAPM urged that the plans should only be chalked out for small dams in the NE region that should be constructed after full consultation with the people of the upstream and downstream areas. The disgruntled All Assam Students Union (AASU) and several other local organisation including the Takam Mishing Porin Kebang (TMPK), have demanded the construction activities of the dams, especially the 2000-MW Lower Subansiri Hydropower, the main dam, near Garukamukh of Dhemaji district close to the border of Arunachal Pradesh be put on a shelf, till the final report of the expert committee is out. The AASU has also accused the authorities of the National Hydro-electric Power Corporation (NHPC) who have already initiated constructing six mega projects including the LSHP, on the river Subansiri and the river Dehing, of reneging on the suggestions of the expert committee.

The committee which was formed with experts from Gauhati University, Dibrugarh University and the IIT as per an agreement arrived at a tripartite meeting between the Assam Government and representatives of the NHPC and the AASU, to study the feasibility of the projects and submit its findings, has in its February 10, 2009 report recommendeded that the construction of the main dam, the LSHP, be put on hold until its final report is out. It means its site needs to be studied profoundly because it is adjacent to Gerukamukh of Dhemajidistrict and Lakhimpur district that are chronic-flood-prone regions.

Floods in these two districts are a prime concern which occur not essentially because of rainfall in the catchment areas of the State but because of huge amount of stored water released from big dams of Arunachal Pradesh and Bhutan during rainy season. When it is released vast areas of the twodistricts are inundated and many people rendered homeless. This artificial and sudden flood could be due to the defective constructions of the dams, or their failure that could again lead to a quake in future as Sichuan Provinces dam did. Last years high floods were the outcome of the sudden release of excess water from Arunachals Ranganadi Hydro-power project. One wonders how the NHPC, inspiteof all there unpleasant developments, continued with construction of the LSHP, ignoring the recommendations of the panel.

GU to host 85th Indian Philosophical Congress

GUWAHATI, Jan 12 – The 85th session of the Indian Philosophical Congress will be hosted by the University of Gauhati with a four-day programme from October 26 to 29.

Around 500 teachers, research scholars and students from different corners of the country will assemble to deliberate on philosophical issues at the conference, a press release stated.

A general meeting of the philosophical community of greater Guwahati presided over by Professor Girish Sharma, Head, Department of Philosophy, Gauhati University, was held on January 5, 2010 in the department to form an organizing committee for the purpose.

At the outset Dr Sauravpran Goswami, on behalf of the organizers, explained the purpose of the meeting throwing light upon various aspects of the proposed convention. Professor S Shyamkishore Singh, Professor Sibnath Sarma, Dr Neelima Goswami, Dr Bhas-kar Bhattacharyya, Dr Jagadish Patgiri, Bonti Borah, Professor Manisha Barua, Dr Anjana Neog, Dr Pranita Devi, Banajit Baishya, Anuj Kalita and others have actively participated in the discussion and offered various suggestions in this regard.

An advisory committee headed by Professor OK Medhi, Vice Chancellor, GU, as the chairman and Professor Sibnath Sarma as the vice-chairman was formed.

A separate organising committee was also formed with Prof Girish Sharma as working president, Dr Sauravpran Goswami as local organising secretary, Prof Manisha Barua as treasurer.

Threat to Assamese

Sir, – Assamese language is vanishing day by day. People in our society have been addicted to modernisation which is causing a serious threat to our language. Basically our youths have developed a standard way of living and speaking other languages without knowing that they are the future of our society. People now-a-days neglect their mother tongue by admitting their children in English medium schools. As a result, language pattern has changed as the youths are not aware of their mother tongue.

I hope that the people of Assam and the youths will think about the matter seriously and take certain steps to improve our language. Otherwise our language will lose its identity. –Yours etc., Jyotimala Goswami, Gauhati University.

Technical session of Assam Science Society

GUWAHATI, Dec 3 – The 55th annual technical session of the Assam Science Society will be held this time at Gauhati University premises sometime in the later part of January, 2010, a press release stated.

The researchers working in different fields of science are requested to send their abstracts of papers within 200 words so as to reach Assam Science Society, Khanapara, Guwahati-22 on or before January 15, 2010.


Jorhat honours Bor Baideu

JORHAT, Oct 28 – The 85th birthday of Abala Gohain, popularly known among the students as Bor Baideu, the forerunner of Montessori education in Assam, the founder Principal of Balya Bhavan, Jorhat and a noted educationist here was celebrated on Monday with pomp and grandeur at a function organised by the ex-students of Balya Bhavan School at Jorhat Theatre Hall.

Thousands of admirers offered their heartfelt gratitude as well as well wishes to the aged teacher. More than 50 organisations honoured her at the function.

In the meeting, chaired by another noted educationist of Jorhat, Binita Dutta, Abala Gohain said that she conceived the idea of an educational institution for the children when she was in Madras (now Chennai) taking Montessori training. After completion of Montessori training in 1950, she brought some learning tools for the children to start a school. She recalled with satisfaction that the equipment carried from Madras are still preserved in Balya Bhavan. She also hoped that she would receive the same affection from the public in the forthcoming days.

Earlier, Bor Baideu was welcomed by cultural groups of various communities at the Theatre Hall. The felicitation function was moderated by Malini Goswami, Professor, Department of Assamese, Gauhati University. The welcome addressed was delivered by Aditi Bezboruah.

The souvenir Garima was released by noted educationist Gopinath Boruah. Malini Goswami, Sumanta Chaliha and Samujawal Bhattacharyya edited the book. Hemanta Kalita, headmaster of Balya Bhavan High school, Madhab Goswami, headmaster of the Lower Primary and Gopinath Boruah were also felicitated at the meeting.

Abala Gohain was born in Sivasagar in 1925. Having completed her secondary education from Phuleswari High School, she graduated from Gauhati University in the first batch. In 1950 she began Balya Bhavan and remained there as founder principal for long 35 years.

The letter of felicitation was read out by Samujjwal Bhattacharyya, Adviser, AASU and an ex-student of Balya Bhavan on behalf of the former students. Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi also sent a felicitation letter where he termed the contribution of Abala Gohain as incomparable in production of quality human resource in the State.

The former students got an opportunity to touch the feet of their favourite teacher as a sign of honour at the function. Among the organisations who honoured the noted educationist are Jorhat Zila Sahitya Sabha, Jorhat Zila Lekhika Samaroh, High School Sikshak Santha, Prathamik Sikshak Sanmillani, Press Club, Jorhat, Jorhat Photo Journalists Union, Lawers Association, Jorhat Swimming Society, Jorhat district AASU, Karmachari Parishad, Mukti Jujaru Sanmillani, Nepathya, and Jorhat Lekhika Samiti.

Pallavi new GS of GU student body

GUWAHATI, Oct 16 – Following a tense daylong standoff between the supporters of rival candidates, Pallavi Saikia was declared the new general secretary of Post Graduate Students Union, Gauhati University. With her win she has become the first woman to lead the student body of the oldest university of Northeast India.

Speaking to The Assam Tribune, Pallavi said that she was elated to be chosen to head the PGSU, and even though her tenure would be only for about twelve months, she would certainly try her best to bring in some positive changes during the period.

Her win has been greeted with cheers from a large number of students, among which are female students who believe that she would be able to give voice to their aspirations.

As the number of girls in the campus has increased, so has the need for their representation in the PGSU. I hope Pallavi would able to raise issues like the expansion for boarding facilities for female students, said Usha, a final year student.

However, the election and its immediate aftermath had its share of controversy. Yesterday, after the results were first declared, it was Abhijit Baruah who had emerged victorious. But Pallavi and her supporters pressed for a recount in which she managed to secure more votes.

Today, Baruah and his supporters carried out a protest action against the election commission and blocked the main entrance to the Administrative Building for a few hours highlighting anomalies and demanding a recount.

In the evening, following a meeting of the GU authorities concerned, the returning officer finally declared Pallavi the winner.

A section of students have expressed relief that untoward incidents did not take place even though the atmosphere following the election was tense. Armed police and a riot control vehicle were stationed in theuniversity to avoid unruly incidents.

Sir, – I would like to point out to an important aspect of the reservation policy

We know that massive protests against the implementation of the Mandal Commission recommendations for OBC-MOBC reservation policy in the early 1990s have prompted the government to revise the policy by introducing the clause of Creamy-Non-Creamy Layer. Those belonging to these classes but coming from a specific annual income level of the family would be termed as creamy layer people and therefore not entitled toreservation. And as far as I believe even for those people belonging to Non Creamy Layer status, once they join a government job on the strength of this reservation he or she is not entitled for further promotion or any specific concession based on this aspect.

However, by a big contrast the persons belonging to SC-ST communities (both plains and hills) never have to face a situation like this. But, during the last 60 years of our Independence there definitely must have emerged a section among these communities who are far better off than others. In other words a Creamy Layer group of people must have emerged because of the benefits of reservations. Now why dont the government or society insist on a Creamy Layer-like clause.

People enjoying the benefits of SC-ST reservations enjoy a far more privileged treatment in case of promotion to higher posts after joining any government service than the OBC-MOBC people.

If it has to be continued at all – primarily in the interests of the politicians rather than the interests of the people belonging to these communities – why not try to have at least a basic minimum equal-treatment. – Yours etc., DR. ABHIJIT BORA, Lecturer, Communication and Journalism Dept., Gauhati University.

675 plant species make Manas a hotspot

MANAS, Sept 20 – Tourists might complain of poor sighting of wildlife inside Manas National Park, but now an ambitious endeavour is bringing to life new facets of the park, which are far easily discernible. A project sponsored by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India, has identified close to seven hundred species of plants, which firmly establishes the national park as a hotspot of floral diversity.

Among those exist a variety of orchids, which number more than 55. Some of those are endemic to the park, while some others are also rare. Bigger trees, and grasslands contribute to create an environment that has few parallels in the world.

After several years of work our team has been able to identify 675 species, and the number would definitely rise when the survey is complete, said Dr Gajen C Sarma of Gauhati University, who is currently the principal investigator of the project.

Ongoing work has discovered important facets about the plant life of the national park, including the identification of several species of medicinal plants. Amid large tracts of the parks moist mixed deciduous forest, the survey located a number of fungus and mosses.

Significantly, the natural landscape has emerged as a refuge for certain plants, which have the potential for commercial use. Not just orchids and exotic plants, a number of medicinal plants found in the park could find commercial applications, Dr Sarma noted.

Because of its peculiar location close to the lower Himalayan range, the forest types vary inside the park. Primarily containing moist mixed deciduous forest, it contains extensive tracts of grassland of at least four types – Ulu (Imperata cylindrica), Kahi (Saccharum spontaneum), Barenga (Narenga porphyrocoma) and Ekara (Erianthus ravanae).

The grasslands of the park are home to a number of wildlife, and once were home to a healthy rhino population. Today, they play host to the highly endangered pygmy hog, Bengal florican and a range of herpetofauna, among others.

Trees of the park support a wide variety of wildlife, and the parks rich bird life is attributed to the rich floristic diversity. Similarly, species such as the golden langur are inseparable from the trees that comprise their habitat.

Highly protected animals like the Bengal tiger and elephants share close ties with certain trees of the park. The tiger of Manas would choose the trunk of Urium tree (Bischofia javanica) to sharpen its claws, whileelephants depend on delinia pentagyna and delinia indica to a great extent, experts stated.

It is worth mentioning that the project, which would result in a comprehensive documentation of flora of Manas National Park has spin-offs for local people. Those involved in the project have been providing inputs about bee keeping and sericulture to some nearby communities.

Causes of environmental degradation highlighted

GUWAHATI, Sept 7 – Environment Research and Evaluation Centre (EREC) celebrated its fourth foundation day on September 7 in a befitting manner.

A general meeting held on the occasion in the office premises of the organisation was presided over by Dr DD Mali retired Director, IIE. Dr AK Bhagabati, professor of Geography, Gauhati University acted as the chief guest of the function while Anupam Deka, entrepreneur and industrialist of Assam attended the function as the guest of honour.

After felicitation of the guests, Deka inaugurated the function by lighting the ceremonial lamp and Er. M Pathak, coordinator, EREC, presented his welcome address. JN Deka, Director, EREC, appraised the audience of the activities performed so far and the future programmes undertaken by EREC.

Chief guest Dr Bhagabati, delivering a talk on Status of human-environment relation in Assam, highlighted different causes of environmental degradation and urged the common people to be conscious about this degradation. He said that Assam ranks top in the world in case of biodiversity and natural diversity. People of different localities of Assam are very much accustomed with this diverse environment for leading their lives and earning livelihood. If, for the sake of development, we try to destroy the environment, it will be contrary to real development of the society and it may be termed as a suicidal step for our society. So, he appealed to all to contribute as far as possible to the environmental promotion for our survival and all round development in this planet.

Guest of honour Deka, in his speech, explained the scope of various entrepreneurship in Assam and asked the youths to be sincere entrepreneurs. He said that environmental protection and promotion should be the prime concern of an industry. He appealed to all to be environmentally conscious and to create environmental awareness among other members of the society.

There was a general discussion in the meeting on Assam 100 Genius, a novel project launched by EREC. Initiating the discussion, Dr GC Baruah, Director (HRD), EREC, said that the theme of the project is to publish a book on the life-sketch, achievements and social contributions of 100 notable persons of Assam who entered and excelled in different fields during 2000-2009 so that our new generation may be encouraged and inspired to select the convenient right path to shape their lives in the present social set-up.

Many from among the audience took part in the discussion actively and put forward valuable suggestions regarding selection of persons, collection of data, compilation and publication of the book. Esteemed guests Dr. Bhagabati and Deka opined that this project is indeed an important but challenging venture of theorganisation . They asked the organisers to be very careful in selecting the persons and suggested to include persons mainly from backward areas who deserve honour but remain neglected due to lack of publicity.

President Dr Mali, in his remarks, thanked all the audience for their kind presence and appealed to all to extend help and cooperation in all the programmes undertaken by EREC for environmental promotion.

At the end, Dr. GC Baruah offered the vote of thanks to all present for their valued cooperation in making the function a success. This was stated in a press release.

Expert allays fears of major earthquake

GUWAHATI, Aug 31– An earthquake of moderate intensity, measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale, rocked the city around 12-58 am today. According to the Central Seismological Observatory (CSO) sources, the epicentre of the earthquake was at Latitude 25.4 degree North and Longitude 94.8 degree East on the Myanmar-India (Manipur-Nagaland) border region.

It needs mention here that this was the fourth earthquake that has been recorded in the region since August 11. The first of these earthquakes occurred on August 11, the second occurred on August 12 and the third occurred on August 19. While the epicentre of the first one is found to be in the Andaman areas (Latitude 14.1 degree North and Longitude 93.0 degree East) and had the magnitude of 7.8 on the Richter scale, the second one occurred on the Indo-Myanmar (Manipur) border region. It measured 5.6 on the Richter scale.

The third of these earthquakes occurred near Sonitpur district of the State (Latitude 26.6 degree North and Longitude 92.5 degree East) and it recorded a magnitude of 4.9 on the Richter scale.

It is gathered that the depth of the earthquake was 85 km below the surface. The depth of the August 11 earthquake in the Andaman Island was 17 km below the surface, while the depth of the August 12 earthquake was 22 km below the surface. The August 19 earthquake had occurred from a depth of 20 km.

It may be recalled here that noted seismologist Prof S K Sarma, a former Head of the Department of Environmental Science, Gauhati University (GU) had predicted a great earthquake,measuring 8 or more on the Richter scale, in the NE region by 2010.

But contrary to the prediction of Prof Sarma, geologist DK Barman of the State Directorate of Geology and Mining claimed that no major tremor is anticipated in this region. However, mild tremors would continue to occur in this region. This is because of the movement of the Indian Plate towards the NE region.

Barman, who is now working on the geo-environmental condition of the NE region of India, told this newspaper today that the subduction zone along the Indo-Myanmar border continued up to the volcanic zone of South-East Asia, where the Barren Island is located in the Andaman Sea. The volcano came alive on March 29, 1991. Its eruption repeated in 1993 and 1995 and till now there is some sort of eruption going on in the Island.

The magma of the magma chamber produced below the Assam-Meghalaya Plateau, escapes through the Barren Island volcano. This is reducing the pressure created by the movement of the Indian Plate in the Indo-Myanmar seduction area and the post-Eurasian Plate-Indian Plate collisional adjustment along the Himalayas. It is thus creating the tremors in the region, said Barman.

The Barren Island volcano is a type of subduction-related volcano. In case the volcano remains inactive for a longer period of time, this may result in a major earthquake event similar to that of the 1897, in the region.

The 1897 earthquake was an intra-plate one. Such earthquakes are very dangerous and they lead to major geological upheavals. Moreover, the focus of this type of earthquake is very shallow. The existence of volcanic rocks in Shilbheta in Karbi Anglong, Syhlet trap in Dawki area of Meghalaya-Bangladesh border, Lakhipur in Goalpara and other parts of Karbi Anglong and NC Hills districts of the State, provide evidences of volcanic eruption due to neo-tectonic activities. These suggest the shallow foci of all such intra-plate earthquakes experienced by this region in the past, said Barman.

The present earthquakes rocking the region are located on the plate boundary and hence there is not much to be worried. Our earthquakes at present are located in the convergent blocks, unlike those of the Jammu and Kashmir and the oceanic crust, which are occurring in the divergent blocks and hence are dangerous, he said.

Chandrakanta Abhidhan now available on Net

GUWAHATI, Aug 30 – The Assamese language has achieved another significant milestone with one of its singular works now being available online. Anyone with Internet access may type http:--dsal.uchicago.edu-dictionaries-candrakanta- and use the second edition of the Chandrakanta Abhidhan, the copyright of which resides with authorities in Assam.

Initial response to the online dictionary has been enthusiastic. JP Tamuli of the Department of Linguistics, Gauhati University said it appears to be a good solution. It is searchable and different context of occurrence of words are also on offer, which is nice. He, however, pointed out that there were some errors in spelling.

The errors in spelling are not infrequent. And in its present form would confuse its users, especially those who cannot cross check spellings.

Buljit, a student based in Guwahati, was pleasantly surprised by the development which would allow scores of other netizens easy access to the redoubtable work containing thousands of Assamese words.

It would undoubtedly be a big boon to all those who find it difficult to carry around the print edition, and also serve the interest of the huge non-resident Assamese population who love their language, another young researcher stated.

On the web page it has been mentioned, Candrakanta Abhidhan includes Assamese and Roman alphabets. A Unicode font must be installed to display characters properly. Information and instructions are available on the font help page. Once the font is installed, any user could locate words faster than it is possible in the print edition.

The new online Candrakanta reflects a joint effort involving three institutions based in the US. The South Asia Language and Area Center atUniversity of Chicago, Columbia University, and the Triangle South Asia Consortium in North Carolina are creating and disseminating electronic dictionaries, it has been stated.

The International Research and Studies programmes within the International Education and Graduate Programs of the US Department of Education funded the project.

According to those behind the project, For each of the twenty-six modern literary languages of South Asia, a panel of language experts identified key dictionaries currently in print and selected at least one multilingualdictionary for each language. For the more frequently taught languages, a monolingual dictionary also has been chosen. After identifying the best available resources, the chosen dictionaries have been converted to digital formats.

Like any other online version the dictionary opts for ease of operation. For instance words can be searched through four options - the exact word, part of a word, first part of a word and last part of a word. Additionally there are font help and word help available to the user.

M Com syllabus

Sir, – Through the columns of your esteemed daily, we would like to draw the attention of the Gauhati University authority regarding a serious mistake in M Com syllabus. From the current academic session a new subject viz. Financial Market has been added in the MCom first semester class. Financial market is one of the four components of a financial system others being financial institutions, financial instruments and financial services. It is surprising to note that thesubject has not included even a single chapter on financial market. All the chapters included in the subject are either on financial institutions (RBI, commercial banks, NBFC, mutual funds or financial instruments (derivatives). Such syllabus will downgrade the image and reputation of the university. We request the GU authority either to change the contents of the subject or to rename the subject in a befitting manner. – Yours etc., MANAS DAS, ARINDAM CHOUDHURY, NEHU, Shillong.

Study on plants with mosquito repellent properties nearing completion

GUWAHATI, Aug 12 – A study undertaken by the Department of Biotechnology, Gauhati University on the plants in the North East that have properties to act as mosquito repellent is nearing completion, with the study team stumbling across many indigenous plants that have showed high potency to control the mosquito menace.

Supported by the National Medicinal Plants Board, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Department of AYUSH, the project entitled Formulation of Mosquito Repellent and Larvicidal Bio-Pesticides from certain Ethno Medicinal Plants of NE India with Prof MC Kalita as the principal investigator is involved mainly in preparation of mosquito coil, lotion and cream as mosquito repellent and some larvicidal tablets against mosquito larva with plant ingredient.

So far we have screened more than 40 plants of NE India, said senior research fellow Rituparna Borah.

Borah said that as diseases caused by mosquitoes spread globally and cause high levels of human mortality and also act as impediment to the economic development of most of the developing countries across the world, the current research was focused on development of environmental friendly and easily biodegradable natural insecticides.

Since botanicals are less harmful to the environment, a large number of plants have already been screened for mosquitocidal activity around Assam and a number of them are found promising, said Borah, naming a few plants like Ram Tulasi, Chitranella, Dighalati, Makhiyati, Korash, Boss that have the potential to fight themosquito menace.

It needs to be mentioned that environmentalists have already pointed out the ecological problems created by chemical insect control methods and their harmful effect on human health.

Synthetic pesticides are more of a threat to man than the insects. As each generation of insects becomes more immune to the pesticides, stronger and more potent insecticides are released, said Borah, adding that basic research for more than 40 years in biological science has made it possible to envisage not only how new pesticides may be synthesized but also a completely new approach for the protection against pest using secondary plant products which may be toxic to specific target organism and yet harmless to man.

There has been renewed interest in botanical pesticides because of several distinct advantages like biopesticides being inherently less harmful than the conventionally used synthetic pesticides, biopesticides generally affect only the target pest and closely related organisms, said Borah.

Giving an instance of the potential of local plants, Borah said that Pongamia pinnata (assamese name: korash) which is very common in Assam has bio-diesel potential in its seed oil, also having high activity as mosquitocidal potency.

ASOS authorised to issue HS-level certificate

GUWAHATI, Aug 11 – The Assam Higher Secondary Education Council (AHSEC) has vested the authority with Assam State Open Schooling (ASOS) to enroll-to conduct public examination and provide HS-level certificate which is equivalent to the certificate issued by any other National-State-level boards.

A statement from the AHSEC said that learners could join any college and professional institution after completing their studies from the ASOS course if they kept in mind the requirement(s) of the universities they wished to join. The Gauhati University vide its Notification No. GU-AC-Equ.Com-20.11-844-848 dated 22.7.2011 has accorded equivalent status to the students who passed from Assam State Open Schooling with the students who passed +2 stage from the Assam HigherSecondary Education Council or any other Board recognized by the university, it said.

The process of opening of the ASOS was started by the Council in 2007 with permission from the National Institute of Open Schooling, an autonomous organization of the Government of India, Ministry of Human Resource Development, and following a decision of the Council.

Enrolment of learners into the course started with effect from September 2009 at the accredited study centres. The mission of the ASOS is to provide higher secondary-level education to all with special concern for girls and women, rural youth, working men and women and other disadvantaged persons who because of one or other reasons could not continue their education in +2 level with the formal system of education, it said.The ASOS operates through a network of a number of accredited study centres.

City waterlogging: Experts report gathering dust

GUWAHATI, Aug 8 – Waterlogging after a brief spell of rain is still a common feature in Guwahati city, but unfortunately, more than five years have passed since former Gauhati University Vice-Chancellor Dr NK Choudhury offered a series of suggestions to the Government to deal with the problem and most of those are yet to be implemented. The Government formed a one-member committee headed by Dr Choudhury to examine the problem and to suggest measures to deal with it and he submitted a report with his suggestions to deal with it in November, 2003. However, most of the recommendations are yet to be implemented by the Government to reduce the miseries of the people of the city.

Dr Choudhury stressed the need for preserving the water bodies but very little has been done in this regard. One of the suggestions was that the Solabeel should be cleared of encroachments and de-silted to recover its water retention capacity. He said that the Deepar Beel also should be cleared and de-silted immediately to recover its water retention capacity.

In fact, Dr Choudhury made a series of recommendations after a thorough study of the problem but most of those remained on paper while only some of the channels leading to Silshako have been cleared.

According to Government records, nearly 30 percent of the citizens of Guwahati live on the hills surrounding the city and so far the Government has not been able to clear the hills of encroachments. Because of encroachment of the hills, landslide and clogging of the drains have become a major problem. In his report, Dr Choudhury stressed the need for de-silting of the entire drainage network on a regular basis, but that has not been done. He also said that the Government should try to construct silt traps, which would have to be cleared regularly, but no such attempt has been made by the Government.

The former Gauhati University Vice-Chancellor called for soil conservation measures to prevent silting of the drains and landslides and said that the Soil Conservation department should be engaged to carry out the job.

Meanwhile, talking to The Assam Tribune, Dr Choudhury said that plantation of vetiver plants in the areas vulnerable to landslides can play a major role in preventing soil erosion. He said that the roots of the plants go deep into the soil to hold the soil and act as natural protection. He revealed that vetiver plants were used to prevent soil erosion successfully in many parts of the world including in South East Asian countries and the newly formed NE chapter of the Vetiver Network of India has done some plantations on experimental basis. The Government can start plantation on experimental basis to prevent soil erosion, which will prevent clogging of the drains, he added.

Encroachment of the Bharalu river all throughout its course reduced the water-carrying capacity of the river, which is one of the main drainage channels ofthe city , thus aggravating the waterlogging problem. Dr Choudhury is of the view that the river should be cleared of encroachments immediately and it should be widened to increase its water carrying capacity to reduce the problem of waterlogging. He pointed out that the waterway of the Bharalu at the point where it crosses the RG Baruah road is too narrow and efforts should be made to increase the waterway at that point. He also stressed the need for construction of additional pumping stations on the Bharalu river and said the water from Basistha should be diverted directly to Deepar Beel and water from Hengrabari, Bonda, and Khanapara should be diverted to Silshako.

Meanwhile, official sources admitted that as prevention of waterlogging is turning out to be a Herculean task, efforts are on to reduce the sufferingsof the people by ensuring quick discharge of water. Sources said that the Government is not in a position to take a drastic step like going for a massive eviction drive on the hills around the city and efforts are on to increase the water-carrying capacity of Bharalu river by digging up its bed, while channels leading to Silshako are being cleared. Sources said that a new drain is constructed in the Nabin Nagar area, which is considered to be one of the most affected area ofthe city.

On the failure of the government to clean the drains, sources said that it is a continuous process and even when the drains are cleared those are filled up again with silt after only an hour of heavy rain.

Central pay scales for State Govt employees

GUWAHATI, June 29 – The State Government has decided to adopt the Central Government pay scales for its employees. This was announced by Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi in his Budget speech today. The Chief Minister said that this would put to rest, once for all, a long pending grievance of the state Government employees. Pending finalization of the other details, which will be finalized after receipt of the State Pay commission report, the State Government has provided for an amount of Rs 3382 crore in the Budget to meet the current years liabilities on account of pay and pension revisions.

It needs mention here that the term of the state pay commission has been extended up to August 31 next.

The State Government is also considering introduction of a new pension scheme in line with the guidelines of the Central Pension Regulatory Authority and applicable to the state Government employees, who joined on or after February 1, 2005 Information in respect of new employees is being compiled for issue of pension account numbers. The pension farm managers, namely SBI, UTI and LICI have placed their investment and fund management policies before the pension reform committee. Further details in this regard are being worked out, said the Chief Minister.

The budget has also proposed devolution of Rs 679 crore and Rs 254 crore for the Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) and Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) respectively as per recommendation of the Third Assam Finance Commission (TASFC). In addition to this, the budget has also proposed Rs 376 crore for PRIs and Rs 39 crore for ULBs as Twelfth Finance Commission grants.

The budget has proposed release of Plan funds to the line departments on quarterly basis for expeditious implementation of the plans, programmes and schemes. It has also proposed creation of venture capital fund under the Assam Financial Corporation (AFC), with an initial capital of Rs 5 crore.

Another scheme named Chief Ministers Micro Finance Scheme with an initial corpus of Rs 10 crore has also been proposed in the budget under the AFC, to reduce the interest burden of the self-help groups.

It has also proposed a knowledge commission, an advisory council on climate change, childrens rights protection commission, women development council, creation of an Assam Infrastructure Financing Authority and creation of guarantee redemption fund.

The budget has proposed a number of other measures for the uplift of the people. These measures proposed by the budget for the purpose, include creation of women entrepreneurship development council, child development council, youth development council, commissions for elementary and secondary education, minority development council, commission for minority education.

Creation of a water resources commission, urban and rural development councils, commission to suggest changes in land laws and land policy, development council for Sarania Kacharis and Amri Karbis have also been proposed in the budget.

Besides, the budget has proposed three per cent interest subsidies on crop loans to farmers and five per cent working capital loans to weavers, rearers, dealers, spinners and village artisans, two per cent interest subsidy on rural housing loans.

It has proposed separate welfare funds each worth Rs 1 crore for artisans, sports persons and journalists, scheme for welfare of widows and single unemployed women and a financial incentive of Rs 10,000 to girls belonging to BPL families who marry after attaining the age of 20 years.

The proposals include also allowance to persons-families with disabled children, scheme for welfare of orphans, scheme for promotion of girls education, establishment of a university exclusively for women, housing scheme for unorganized workers in each of the districts and scheme for the benefit of existing self-employed small and tiny enterprises under employment guarantee mission.

There is another proposal for setting up rural growth centre for small and tiny industries under employment guarantee mission.

A special scheme for small and marginal farmers, a scheme to prevent erosion and to study reclamation of eroded land at the cost of Rs 10 lakh, an annual recurring grant of Rs 5 lakh to Assam Kasturba Gandhi Memorial Trust have been proposed in the budget.

It has also proposed a one-time grant of Rs 2 crore for upgradation and renovation of Birinchi Kumar Barua Auditorium of GauhatiUniversity , 50 new hospitals in interior areas, extension of safe drinking water coverage to 10,000 new habitations and creation of additional irrigation potential of 21, 66,263 hectares under the Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Programme (AIBP) have also been proposed in the budget. The Chief Minister also said in his budget speech that a Bill named the Assam Public Health Bill would be introduced soon to ensure Indian Public Health standards for the hospitals of the state.

GU to study downstream impact of Subansiri project

NEW DELHI, July 20 – Under pressure of the environmentalist groups, Gauhati University has been commissioned to study the downstream impact of the 2000 MW Subansiri (Lower) Hydroelectric Project. The move came even as the National Hydro Power Corporation (NHPC) completed an Environment Impact Assessment for a seven Km area, downstream of the dams site with respect to land use, flora and fauna, revealed Union Minister of State for Power, Bharatsinh Solanki in reply to a Rajya Sabha question by Biren Baishya.

The Minister also detailed the number of projects being undertaken in neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh along with the current status.

A raging controversy surrounds the projects being proposed up stream in Arunachal Pradesh, with Government of Assam opposing run of the river projects. The State Government has insisted on a flood control component in these projects, which the neighbouring State claim would inundate huge tracts of land.

Meanwhile, the Minister today disclosed that at least seven new hydel projects, all in Arunachal Pradesh are in the pipeline. They include 3000 MW Dibang, 110 MW Pare, 1630 MW Demwe Lower, 2400 MW Siang Lower, 700 MW Tato II, 900 MW Nyamjang Chhu and 120 MW Dibbin hydro power.

A total 5750 MW of hydropower project is proposed to be generated by the private sector players.

Interestingly, barring the first two Projects, (Dibang is being executed by NHPC and Pare by NEEPCO), the rest of the five have been handed over to the private sector. And curiously, enough theEnvironment Impact Assessment (EIA) studies have been completed only in case of the two public sector projects.

The EIA studies in respect of the private sector projects are under various stages of progress, the ministers replied.

Referring to 600 MW Kameng Hydroelectric Project being executed by NEEPCO, a comprehensive environment studies was carried out according to guidelines of the Ministry of Environment and Forest, where in environment impact assessment of downstream was not specifically included, Solanki admitted.

Dos and donts for viewing solar eclipse on July 22

GUWAHATI, July 19 – This centruys longest solar eclipse is just around the corner which will be visible from Assam and other north-eastern parts of India, the path of the totality of this solar eclipse will go through north of Guwahati and will cover most of the places of Assam in the north bank of Brahmaputra and almost all parts of Arunachal Pradesh, a press release said.

It will miss Guwahati by only few kilometers and the totality in Guwahati will be about 99.8%.

The solar eclipse, in Guwahati will begin at 5.30 am, about half an hour after the sunrise and will end at 7.36 am with maximum eclipse occuring at 6.30 am. In Assam, the duration of the totality of the eclipse will be maximum in Dibrugarh which is about 3 minutes 34 seconds.

The Gauhati University Observatory, popularly known as the GUO is the only astronomical observatory in this part of India and is operated by the Physics Department of GauhatiUniversity.

Safe public viewing of the solar eclipse is being organised at the GUO through a projection screen inside its observation dome and small telescopes will also be deployed for projecting the eclipse onto screens.

It should be noted that directly looking at the sun either with naked eye or through any optical instruments, without taking proper precautions is extremely dangereous and can damage the eyes instantly. One of the safest method is to project the image of the sun on a screen either through an optical instrument such as a small telescope or a binocular or use a specially prepared solar filter (one variety is known as mylar sheet) to look directly at the sun.

Safe solar filters will be available at the GUO on the day of the eclpise for the public. The GUO, in association with the Assam Science Society has also prepared a leaflet, both in Assamese and English, which is available for downloading at http:--www.gauhati.ac.in-physics-events. Interested persons can contact by phone at 2574165 or e-mail at physics@gauhati.ac.in. The GUO will open at about 5.00 am July 22, the release added.

Awareness camp on orchid plantation

GUWAHATI, April 26 – An awareness camp on orchid plantation was organised on recently at Hahara, Sonapur under Dimoria Development Block by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, New Delhi, under the Women Scientist Programme and Department of Bio-Technology of Gauhati University in association with Emergent Development Society, an NGO.

The programme began with a short introduction on the subject by the CEO of Emergent Development Society. Dr Giasuddin Ahmed, head of the Department of Bio-Technology, Gauhati University presided over the meeting. Dr Padmeswar Gogoi, emeritus scientist of NEDFi RandD Centre at Khetri was the chief speaker on the occasion. This was stated in a press release.

Dr Padmeswar Gogoi spoke on the different variants of orchids found in Assam and the scope of its plantation and market potential. Dr Gogoiacquainted the participants with different orchids found around the State like Kapauphul, Bhatauphul, Saliki-Thutiaphul, Blue Venda, etc. He also enlightened the participants on how to plant orchids and its post-plantation care for proper growth and flowering. The different varieties of orchids found in this region are sold in the market for a price starting from Rs 50 to Rs 2000 per stick of flower depending on its vase life.

Dr Giasuddin Ahmed gave an extensive presentation on the methods of orchid propagation and plantation. Dr Ahmed pointed out the requirements for orchid plantation and the economic or financial investments associated with it. He urged the people to come forward and take up orchid plantation as it has huge demand in the local as well as international market and Assams climatic condition is congenial for its growth.

The participants of the camp were also given an initial training on how to go about an orchid plantation. They were shown how orchids are propagated by tissue culture in laboratories. Dr Kalpana Kalita, research fellow associated withorchid studies under Bio-Technology Department of Gauhati University , was also present in the meeting. The participants in the meeting were mostly women as one of the subsidiary objective of the organisation is to empower women by utilising their skills and available resources to make them self-reliant.

Dr Malinee Goswami gets Akademi award

GUWAHATI, March 27 – Noted critic and essayist Dr Malinee Goswami has been conferred with the prestigious Sahitya Akademi award (Translation) for the year 2008. Dr Goswami has been chosen for the award for translating Banabhattas Harshacharita (2005) from Sanskrit to Assamese.

Banabhattas Harshacharita is a romance in critical prose style based on the life of the emperor Harshavardhana of the 7th century, which also incorporates lots of information about the political and cultural history of Pragjyotishpur during the reign of king Bhaskaravarman.

The book was published by the Publication Board, Assam, a press release stated.

Dr Goswami, who is presently serving as Professor and Head of the Department of Assamese in Gauhati University, has many translation works to her credit, which include Bhagavadgita with Sridharswamis commentary Subodhini, Sastikadasas Cittamodakavya to English, Call of Millenium, The Best Yoga and Thirukkural (in press).

Her other works include Complete Works of Anundoram Borooah (Edited) with a critical discourse, Shruti Mrichchakatikamimamsa, Raghurapi Kavyam, Path Samiksha, Asamat Sanskrit Charchar Itihas, among a few other research papers.

Hydro-electric power projects in NE

Our present lifestyle is, in many ways, electricity- dependent. Electricity is generated by humans using god-gifted natural resources like water, oil, gas or coal. The progress and development of any region directly depends on the availability of electrical energy.

Hydro-electric power projects, which use energy of water derived from rivers flowing at high velocity down mountain gradients, have been the most viable and economical method of producing electricity all over the world.

In such projects, a massive structure called the dam is required to be constructed at a suitable location on the path of a hilly river carrying sufficient natural water. After construction of the dam, a huge water body – also called the reservoir – is created to reserve the water in the upstream side of the dam. The water from the reservoir is allowed to pass at a certain gradient through the power generation units to produce electricity. The electrical energy generated by this process is transmitted to different places through high-voltage transmission lines. This, in a nutshell, is the standard process of power generation in hydro-electric power projects.

We, the people living in the seven States of Northeast, are blessed with ample natural resources. We are rich with plenty of minerals, oils, green forests and abundant natural water in the form of flowing rivers.

Still we are unfortunate to be living in the Northeast, because of the threat of earthquakes. We are aware that the entire the Northeastern region of our country is included in the very high seismic sensitive zone-V.

So, any kind of major developmental projects initiated in a high seismic sensitive region like the Northeast India needs careful planning backed by proper geological investigations and scientific studies.

We are proud of our neighboring State Arunachal Pradesh which is the richest State in the country in terms of natural water resources for producing electricity through hydro-electric projects. National Hydro-electric Power Corporation (NHPC) has already initiated activities to construct six mega dam projects on river Subansiri in three stages with a total installed capacity of 6,500 megawatt and on river Dehing in three stages with a total installed capacity of 14,500 megawatt.

In the past few years, we have been observing heavy protests from the local people of Assam, from the All Assam Students Union (AASU) and other local organisations opposing the construction of a large concrete dam by NHPC for the 2000-mw Lower Subansiri Hydro-electric Project near Garukamukh of Dhemaji district adjacent to the Arunachal border.

All the organisations have decided to resist the construction activities of the proposed mega dam due to the fear of probable adverse effects on the lives and properties in the vast human habitations downstream of the dam.

This agitation on a very sensitive technical issue has great importance from the point of view of disasters, as the experts from the Gauhati University, Guwahati IIT and Dibrugarh University, in their first report submitted on February 10, 2009, have already advised the NHPC not to continue with the construction activities of the mega dam.

Recently we had experienced unexpected floods, caused by sudden release of excess water from the Ranganadi Hydro-electric Project located in Arunachal Pradesh, wreaking havoc by submerging vast areas within seconds in North Lakhimpur and Dhemaji districts along with Majuli in eastern Assam.

There might have been two reasons for the unexpected, sudden and high-speed flood and soil erosion on the downstream side of the dam site: (a) The water body created in the upstream side of the dam might have been overloaded due to unprecedented heavy rain or melting of snow in the mountain-hills due to global warming. In such abnormal situations, excess water from the reservoir might have to be released to save the dam from collapsing, which could cause heavy damage in the plains-valleys in the form of sudden flood, erosion, etc; (b) Another cause could be the collapse of the dam itself, mainly because of poor investigation of the site, or poor design, or poor workmanship.

Still, we have to generate electricity for our day-to-day life and for the greater interest of rapid development of the entire Northeast. The critical question, however, is that in a very high seismic sensitive region, is it safe to construct massive hydro-electric power projects?

The recent international studies indicate that the construction of a massive dam and creation of a huge water body in severe seismic sensitive regions on the Earth is not advisable, considering the complex geological aspects.

The reports says that the 7.9 magnitude quake that had struck the entire Sichuan Province of China in May 2008, killing more than 80,000 people and leaving more than five million homeless, was due to the failure of the 511-ft Zipingpu Dam, which holds 315 million tonnes of water and lies near a geological fault-fine and only three miles away from the earthquakes epicenter.

The scientists of China and the United States believe that the weight of water and the effects of water penetrating into the rocks could have affected the pressure on the fault-fine underneath, possibly unleashing a chain of ruptures that might have led to the earthquake.

The China Earthquake administration said that the Sichuan Province is in an earthquake-prone region and the Zipingpu Dam Reservoir clearly affected the local seismicity. This China earthquake has been termed as man-made by the scientists.

Geographically, we are living in a place of complex geological characteristics with seismically active faults spreading all over the region. The Mega Dam Hydro-electric Projects initiated by NHPC could be the cause of widespread loss of life and property in the entire Northeast.

We should keep in mind that the recent earthquake in Sichuan Province of China is the best example of a human-triggered great quake. We should also be aware that hydro-power is clean but not always green, because large dam projects can destroy our natural habitat and displace people.
(The author is a Consultant Engineer)

Prof Dipankar Moral memorial lecture held

GUWAHATI, March 1 – The first Professor Dipankar Moral memorial lecture was organised on Saturday at Gauhati University by the Department of Assamese to mark the first death anniversary of Dr Moral, Professor of Assamese Linguistics of the department, a press release said.

The memorial lecture on Language and Identity was delivered by well known academic Professor Kailash C Baral, Director of English and Foreign Languages University, Shillong campus. The event which was largely attended by academics from different disciplines, friends and wellwishers of late Dipankar Moral was supported by his family.

The memorial meeting began with an invocation by a student of the department followed by the lighting of the lamp by the Vice Chancellor, Gauhati University, Professor Okhil Kumar Medhi who inaugurated the lecture.

Prof Medhi remarked in is opening address about the rich and significant contribution made by Dr Dipankar Moral in the field of Modern linguistic studies and computational linguistics and suggested that scholars and researchers carry on the pioneering work done by him on northeast linguistics.

Incidentally, Professor Moral had steered a very important project with IIT, Guwahati on regional languages of the north east the results of which are now available as a database on the website.

Professor Malini Goswami, HoD, Assamese, presided over the function. Dr Lilabati Saikia Bora, faculty of the department, reminisced about the many personal and professional associations with late Professor Moral. Dr Pradip Jyoti Mahanta, faculty of the department, introduced the speaker, Professor KC Baral to the audience.

In his lecture, Professor Baral highlighted the politics of language and identity and the conflicts they generated in South Asia with particular reference to northeast India. He pointed out that languages like the cultures in this part of the country were based on an interactive ethos and that in a multicultural, multiethnic society like ours the politics of linguistic identity underwrites most autonomy movements and help create their metaphoric articulation.

Professor Baral drew the attention, thus, of researchers to the growing need for a renewed interest in sociolinguistics to be able to get to the bottom of many of the key issues of the problematic domains of language and identity. The Dipankar Moral Memorial Lecture, the release stated, is envisaged to be an annual event of theDepartment of Assamese, Gauhati University.

Ambari excavation may reveal citys past

GUWAHATI, Feb 25 – Ambari archaeological site has the potential to provide the evidence of a civilisation belonging to the early Christian era, said Dr S K Manjul, Superintending Archaeologist of the Archaeological Survey of Indias (ASI) Guwahati Circle. Dr Manjul said that the site has the potential to provide the history of the growth of Guwahati for a period of about 2,000 years in chronological order.

In this connection, he referred to the observations made by renowned archaeologists MK Dhawalikar and Prof Sankalia in the 1980s. Both Dhawalikar and Prof Sankalia observed that some indications of pottery, like the rouletted wares, suggest that the site has evidence of early settlement.

Speaking on the ongoing excavations at the Ambari site, the ASI archaeologist said that efforts would be made to expose the evidences of the first settlement in the area layer wise. The first phase of the excavation conducted between 1969 and 2004, could not touch that level due to the high level of the ground water table at the site. The virgin soil at the site remained unexposed during that phase, said Dr Manjul.

The present phase of excavation at the site is going on since February 3 under the joint supervision of Dr Manjul and State Archaeology Director Dr HN Dutta. Three research scholars from Gauhati University are also engaged in the excavation as part of their capacity building exercise.

Manjul said that several archaeological evidences are scattered in most parts of the city, like Panbazar, Uzanbazar, Cotton College campus opposite to Nehru Park, Umananda and Urvashi islands, Janardan Bishnu Devalaya, Sukreswar Shiva temple and the Ghat (river station) there and the Ugratara temple, among others, in close proximity of Ambari.

The relics of Uzanbazar are dated back to 9 th -10 th century AD. Same is the period of the archaeological evidences found in the Urvashi Island and the Ugratara temple. The Ghat at Sukreswar is one of the ancient river Ghats of Assam.

A careful observation may also lead to unearthing of some archaeological evidences in the Rail Station area adjacent to the site, even though such evidences are hard to be found on the surface there, said the ASI expert.

At present, digging work at the site has exposed the layer of the 16 th -17 th century AD deposits. Modern, 40-year-old constructions have also been found during the present excavation. Evidences of habitations belonging to the British period over the 16 th-17 th century AD brick structures have also been found at the site (Trench Number AMB 1A-). The structures in the Trench have showed the continuity of the structures excavated during the first phase, he said.

The layer of the British period recorded several hearths and iron objects, mixed pottery, some copper objects, iron slabs etc, said the ASI expert.

Schemes on anvil to tackle city floods

GUWAHATI, Feb 20 – The Guwahati East Division of the Water Resources Department (WRD) has proposed diversion of the Guwahati Refinery channel and partial diversion of Bamunimaidam flash flood through the Bondajan Sluice Gate at an estimated cost of Rs 293.67 lakh, including the PWD part and excluding the railway part. Civil administration of Kamrup (Metro) district has moved the railway authorities to undertake construction in their area below the railroad near the refinery.

The WRD division has also proposed construction of a drain to relieve Dwaraka Nagar and Mathura Nagar area from water logging problem at an estimated cost of Rs 112.68 lakh and the improvement of the drainage of Greater Guwahati for augmentation of flash flood along the Silsako basin and its adjoining channels at an estimated cost of Rs 386 lakh, said the Executive Engineer of the WRD Guwahati East Division Ranjit Chandra Barman.

So far, 40 per cent progress has been made in executing the RCC drain projects to tackle the waterlogging problem of a portion of Guwahati University campus. The project has a provision of pumping facilities. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 921 lakh, he said.

Fifty per cent progress has been made so far in executing the phase-II drain project prepared to ease out the waterlogging problem of Pandu area. The project has component of an RCC covered drain with an estimated cost of Rs 721 lakh.

Thirty per cent progress has been made so far in executing the drain project for tackling the Pandu-Boripara waterlogging problem. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 400 lakh, said Barman. The projects have been funded by the Guwahati DevelopmentDepartment, he said.

Meanwhile, the Guwahati Mechanical Division of the WRD has undertaken a project to widen the Bharalu between the Ramakrishna Mission Bridge point in Ulubari and Chabipool near Satribari. It has also undertaken a move to remove garbage and silt from parts of the river to ensure unhindered flow of water in the Bharalu channel. The entire project is estimated to cost around Rs 39 lakh.

According to sources in the Mechanical Division, around 15,000 cubic metres of earth would be removed from the bank and bed of the river in this reach for the purpose. The channel of the river between Chabipool and Bharalumukh Sluice Gate will also be cleaned of garbage and silt. This part of the river, however, will not be widened, sources said.

The division will also clean the river of garbage and silt in its parts between RG Baruah Road and Ramakrishna Mission Bridge point.

The WRD division has been removing the earth excavated from the riverbanks at the time of constructing the guard walls in the RG Baruah Jonali Path – Bhangagarh GS Road stretch. This is however, not a part of the divisions above project.

Moreover, the Mechanical Division has prepared a project to clean the Mora Bharalu river of garbage and also to remove the silt from its bed. An estimate of Rs 38 lakh for the purpose has been submitted to the State Government and work on the project has been started in the Barshapara Cricket Stadium area, said the sources.

It is also informed by the sources that the dead line set for completion of both the schemes meant to enhance the water carrying capacity of the Bharalu and Mora Bharalu channels, is April 30, 2009.

Geothermal energy

Sir, – This has reference to the article on Geothermal Energy by D K Barman. As a matter of fact being a power consultant two things are haunting my mind i.e. geothermal and solar energy during the last 3-4 years. I have also advised my friends working in the Geology Department of Gauhati University to take up some pioneering research projects in the field of geothermal energy. So far as solar energy is concerned, if we advance the working hours in India by two hours, it will be equivalent to production of electricity of 5000 MW for 2 hours and so much of power can be diverted for industrial production. – Yours etc., T C DAS, AT Road, Guwahati.

Lakshyadhar Choudhury memorial auditorium inaugurated

NORTH GUWAHATI, Oct 13 – At a mammoth gathering of people, the auditorium built to perpetuate the memory of the legendary artiste and literary celebrity of the State, late Lakshyadhar Choudhury, who was born and brought up here at Rongmahal, was inaugurated by Dr Himanta Biswa Sarmah, State Health Minister, at whose initiative the project was completed at a cost of Rs 66 lakh.

The foundation stone of the auditorium was laid by the Minister in the month of April last year. Earlier, Utpal Chamua compared the meeting and Ramesh Chandra Jain, deputy commissioner (Rural) explained the purpose of the meeting. In his speech, Jain mentioned about various developmental programmes initiated and executed during the past few years.

Dr Anjonjyoti Choudhury, second son of late Choudhury also spoke a few words befitting the occasion. The auditorium was constructed with the latest design and technique. A childrens park too would be developed beside the auditorium, it was known.

Lecture session: The Yuva Vikas Kendra, a project of students experience in inter-State living and based at Amingaon near here has been organising lectures on selected topics every month since the past few years.

On September 29, a lively talk on Disciplined life through spiritualism was arranged for the benefit of young people hailing from neighbouring educational institutions, including the Gauhati University. The speaker was Swami Keshabananda Maharaj, president of International Vedanta Society. In the course of his erudite speech, the religious teacher dwelt at length on the meaning and significance of spiritualism in shaping the destiny of ones life. According to him, mental stability can help one to lead a disciplined life which is very vital for arriving at the desired goal of ones life.

Earlier, the project executive Phanindra Buzarbaruah explained the purpose of the talk. About 100 youths, both boys and girls attended the lecture session.

Amarjyoti Choudhury resigns as VC

GUWAHATI, May 10 – Gauhati University (GU) Vice-Chancellor (VC) Prof Amarjyoti Choudhury today resigned from his post again, and, this time, he said that his decision to resign is irrevocable. Explaining the reason for his relinquishing the post, Prof Choudhury, said that he had serious differences of opinion with the Government on running theUniversity. The resignation letter of Prof Choudhury has been sent to the Chancellor.

It needs mention here that under a similar situation, Prof Choudhury had tendered his resignation from the post of the VC on September 26 last year. After that, he told newsmen on September 27, 2007 that his tenure as the GU VC had been a torture for him. But following pressure from theUniversity community and the people of the State, he later withdrew his resignation. Prof Choudhury had assumed the responsibility of the GU VC in November, 2006.

On his resignation this time, Prof Choudhury told The Assam Tribune today that he could not compromise on the issue of raising the tuition fees of the students to run this State University as desired by the Government. I cannot allow rise in the tuition fees beyond a certain limit. Besides, I dont want the University to suffer for me, he said.

Elaborating, he said, A significant potion of the students of this University is from lower middle class background. Therefore, we requested the Government to bear 100 per cent of the salary component of theUniversity, which stands to be Rs 42 crore annually. But the Government is providing an annual grant-in-aid of Rs 26 crore to the University and has asked us to raise the fees of the students to make it a self-financing institution, said Prof Choudhury.

Justifying the request of the University to the Government to bear cent per cent of the salary component, Prof Choudhury said that the Central Government used to bear the entire salary expenditure of the Central Universities.

On the amount of Rs 25 crore paid by the State Government to the University recently, he said that the amount was meant for infrastructure development and specific plans were on for its utilisation.

In reply to a question on his future plans, he said that he was a Tezpur University teacher and he would be going back to that Central University as a teacher. I think it is far more honourable to work as a teacher, Prof Choudhury said.

In a press release here, Prof Choudhury said that non-release of the ten per cent UGC arrears to teachers and employees of the University, failure of the State Government to respond to the request to give concurrence to raise the retirement age in the University and for contribution to the corpus fund for pensioners made things difficult for the University.

Moreover, the Government has also failed to respond to the request to spell out its stand on such issues in writing, he said.

Non-release of legitimate dues forced the University teachers to take to the path of agitation. This is bound to adversely affect the holy trinity of teaching, research and outreach programmes, Prof Choudhury said.

…if a Vice-Chancellor finds that the academic environment of the university is likely to degenerate for circumstances beyond his control, I believe, he should not continue. I also firmly assert that Vice-Chancellorship is definitely an enormous honour. But if I am asked to choose between Vice-Chancellorship and siding with the just causes for maintaining a healthyacademic environment and thus achieving excellence, I shall definitely choose the latter, he said.

He also said that if the State Government did not shoulder the burden of salary as was done by the Central Government in the cases of the Central University, equality of opportunity would be denied to the University (GU). Consequently, the university of our dream will always be beyond us, he said.

Moreover, he also resented the recent remarks of the Education Minister. These remarks do not reveal the truth concerning the efforts made during the past about one and half a year to revive the University and the results of such efforts, said Prof Choudhury.

I strongly believe that the Vice-Chancellor should not hold on to power, if he realises that he cannot translate his dreams into reality for financial compulsions beyond his control, said Prof Choudhury.

Changing demographic structure of Assam

— Dr Bimal K Kar
With a diverse population in respect of ethnicity, religion and language having varied socio-cultural practices, Assam is characterised by a very high rate of population growth which has been even higher than the countrys average almost throughout the last century. The States population was 3.29 million in 1901 and it increased to 26.65 million in 2001 by experiencing an average annual exponential growth rate of 2.11 per cent during 1901-2001 as againstthe countrys 1.47 per cent. As a consequence, the share of the States population to the countrys total increased from 1.38 per cent in 1901 to 2.59 per cent in 2001. Such a high growth rate has a number of far reaching demographic implications, including changes in the ethno-linguistic and religious composition of population in the State.

In the post-Independence period, the decennial growth of population in the State both during 1951-61 and 1961-71 was as high as 35 per cent as againstthe country s average growth of 24.8 per cent. This contributed to a net increase of 18.6 million people during 1951-2001. The sharp fall of death rates along with a very slow decline of birth rates and migration contributed immensely to such rates of populatiom growth. A host of inter-related socio-economic factors such as universalisation of marriage, marriage at a lower age, illiteracy, poverty, high infant mortality, etc might be responsible for keeping the birth rate still considerably high here as elsewhere in the country. Besides, large volume of migration from both outside and within the country played a major role in the alarmingly high growth of population from 1951-1991 in the State. Immigration and migration of population having varied socio-economic levels have to a great extent influenced the very demographic scenario in the State. For instance, high total fertility rate and child-woman ratio as prevalent particularly among the Muslims of non-indigeous origin have been responsible for high rate of population among them in the State. In contrast, it is important to note that as compared to the volume of immigration, the size of exodus from this State is still very insignificant because of relative absence of mobility of the indigenous people until the recent past. In the case of scheduled castes and scheduled tribes in the State, the average annual growth rates for the period 1971-1991 were as high as 3.03 per cent and 2.95 per cent respectively as against the general population (non-scheduled) growth rate of only 1.95 per cent. But it is quite interesting and surprising to note that the annual growth rate during 1991-2001 declined in such a way that it has become significantly lower among both Scheduled Castes (0.96 per cent) and Scheduled Tribes (1.42 per cent) than that of the general population (1.87 per cent). Moreover, the annual growth rate of Scheduled Tribe population during 1991-2001 has become even negative in the Boro-dominated tribal districts of Kokrajhar (-0.77 per cent) and Bongaigaon (-2.43 per cent). Except for internal redistribution of tribal population across the State resulting in considerable decline and rise of tribal people in somedistricts, there is no valid reason to explain such a low rate of population growth among the Scheduled Tribes in Assam.

However, in the case of major religious groups like the Hindus, Muslims and Christians in the State, although there has been significant decline in the average annual growth rate of population among all of them since 1971, it is found to be still remarkably higher among the Muslims (2.60 per cent) andChristians (2.86 per cent) than that of the Hindus (1.40 per cent) during 1991-2001. Again, in the same period, the annual growth rates are found to vary between 0.35 per cent (Bongaigaon district) and 2.13 per cent (Kamrup district) among the Hindus, while between 1.31 per cent (Dibrugarh district) and 4.00 per cent (Dhemaji district) among the Muslims in Assam. Although the occurrence of high growth rate in recent time mainly among the Muslims is largely associated with poverty and illiteracy, the contribution of migration, religious influence and religious conversion can never be ruled out.

Due to the prevalence of considerably high fertility rate, the age composition of population in Assam still remains almost similar to that of many less developed countries of the world with higher burden of children population. Although the proportion of children population (0-14 age group) in the State has witnessed a decline from 47.0 per cent to 37.4 per cent during 1971-2001, it is still far from satisfactory. The proportion of children of age group 0-6 in the State has witnessed a very negligible fall from 19.73 per cent to 16.9 per cent during 1991-2001. But what is more important here is prevailing variation in the proportion of children in age group 0-6 among different population groups in the State. Being influenced by considerably lowpopulation growth rates with slight variation among the SC, ST and General in the State, the proportion of children in age group 0-6 (as per 2001 census) is found to vary from 16.00 per cent (SC) to 17.0 per cent (General) through 16.7 per cent (ST). There is, however, spatial variation in thisrespect , with 14.3 per cent (NC Hills) to 20.0 per cent (Dhemaji) among the SC; 12.5 per cent (Dibrugarh) to 19.5 per cent (Karbi Anglong) among the ST; and 12.9 per cent (Jorhat) to 21.1 per cent (Dhubri) among the General category.

The contribution of varied and changing population growth rates among the SC and ST is clearly observed in the changing proportions of population among them in Assam during 1971-2001. It is found that due to higher growth among SC during 1971-1991 (81.84 per cent), the proportion of SC people in Assamincreased from 6.24 per cent in 1971 to 7.40 per cent in 1991, and subsequently lowering down of growth during 1991-2001 (10.03 per cent), the proportion among them again decreased to 6.9 per cent in 2001. This is also true in the case of ST, which witnessed a rise in the proportion from 10.38 per cent in 1971 to 12.82 per cent in 1991, and again decreased to 12.40 per cent due to lowering growth during 1991-2001 (15.10 per cent). This phenomenon is clearly observed among the SC in thedistricts of Goalpara, Nalbari, Kamrup, Dhemaji and Cachar, and among the ST in the districts of Kokrajhar, Bongaigaon, Dhemaji, Morigaon, Nagaon, Golaghat, Karbi Anglong and NC Hills. However, a few districts like Jorhat and Tinsukia in the case of SC, and Sonitpur, Jorhat and Tinsukia in the case of ST have been witnessing gradually rising trend of proportions among them.

The impact of varied population growth rates among the major religious groups in Assam has been clearly observed in the changing proportions of population among them and also the overall growth rates of populations that with considerably low and declining growth rate of population among the Hindus during 1971-2001, the proportion among them has decreased from 72.51 per cent in 1971 to 64.89 per cent in 2001 in the State as a whole. Although all thedistricts in Assam have witnessed the same phenomenon, it is found to be striking (more than 10 per cent decline) in Dhubri, Bongaigaon, Goalpara, Barpeta, Darrang and Nagaondistricts . On the other side, with considerably high and rising growth rate of population, the Muslims witnessed a significant increase in their proportion of population from 24.56 per cent in 1971 to as high as 30.92 per cent in 2001. In fact, the areas where therehas been decline in the proportion of Hindus during 1971-2001 have experienced increase in the proportion of Muslims, and in the process the number of Muslim-dominateddistricts in the State has increased from two (Dhubri and Hailakandi) in 1971 to as many as six (Dhubri, Hailakandi, Goalpara, Barpeta, Nagaon and Karimganj) in 2001, and another one (Morigaon) is going to be added during the 2011 census. Hence, it is clear that the prevailing varying pattern ofpopulation growth among different groups in Assam is likely to bring about even more change in the demographic structure in near future with far-reaching socio-economic and political implications.

In view of such a situation, every effort needs to be initiated to check the population growth rates among all the groups in the State through equitable socio-economic development among the masses.
(The writer serves as Reader in the Department of Geography, Gauhati University)

Introduction And Administration

Gauhati University was established by an act of the State Legislature, namely, the Gauhati University Act 1947 (Assam Act, XVI of 1947), of the Government of Assam in the year 1948. The University is funded by the University Grants Commission and the Government of Assam. Besides, various agencies of the Cetntral and State Government provide various grants and assistance for Research and other Academic activities. The University is in its 58th year existance, and is the oldest, largest, and the most premier seat of higher education in the entire North Eastern Region of India.

The first Court meeting of the University was held on 26-1-48 at the old Sudmerson Hall of Cotton College, Guwahati. Accordingly the date '26 January' is observed as the Foundation Day of Gauhati University. Thanks to the relentless and untiring efforts of a band of dedicated workers like Gopinath Bordoloi (the first Chief Minister of Assam. He was awarded 'Bharat Ratna' posthumously), Madhab Bezbarua, Bhubaneswar Barua, Sarat Chandra Goswami, Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed (former President of India), and many others, and the help and co-operation of the people of Assam, the University could be eatablished in 1948.

The University which started functioning from the city centre was shifted to the present campus in 1955-56.

The University has been awarded a 4-star (****) status by the National Assessment and Accrediation Council (NAAC) of UGC.

Our objective is to revitalize its educational leadership and transform the University from an institution of higher education to an institution of higher development of the intellect, the will, and the moral; through continuous self-development, collaboration and sharing of knowledge with institutions of excellence.

History of Gauhati University

It was indeed a dream come true for thousands of people of Assam who had relentlessly agitated for decades for an institute of higher education in the province when Gauhati University was established on 26 January, 1948.

For a long time, the only university in the entire eastern region was at Calcutta. This university catered to the needs not only of the students from Bengal but also of those from Bihar, Orissa and Assam. Naturally, therefore, seats for students from Assam were extremely limited and very often even meritorious students found themselves ousted in the fray. Over the years, this had caused resentment among the educated Assamese youth and the necessity of a separate university began to be acutely felt.

Soon after the capital shifted to Delhi in 1911, Bihar and Orissa acquired their own Universities and it was then that Assam, too, put forward her claim to the Government for a separate University. The first public demand was made at the annual session of the Assam Association held at Sivasagar in 1917 when Satyanath Bora made a fervent plea in his Presidential speech for a separate University. He forcefully stated that apart from other reasons, Assam deserved an independent University for the simple reason that the Senate and Syndicate of the Calcutta University had little link with the people of Assam and as such could never identify themselves with the hopes and aspirations of the Assamese people. Satyanath Bora's powerful speech had a tremendous impact on the Assamese intelligentsia and it was followed up by a petition to the Calcutta University Commission headed by Michael Sadler. From then onwards till 1928, representation and petitions to the Government for a separate university were presented from time to time.

Serious agitation for a separate university, however, started only in 1928 when Daiba Chandra Talukdar moved a resolution to that effect in the general body meeting of the Assam Ekata Sabha held at the Curzon Hall of Cotton College. The media, too, played a very positive role in moulding public opinion. Papers like Awahan, Banhi, Batori, Times of Assam, among others, discussed and debated at length on the issue, and reported in detail all matters relating to it.

In 1932, at a meeting of eminent persons presided over by Qutubuddin Ahmad at Nagaon, a programme was chalked out to launch a sustained agitation. Meanwhile, the Assamese Students Welfare League had been formed at Calcutta. This League, comprising members like Birinchi Kumar Baruah, J.R.Phukan, Rohini Kumar Barua and Madhav Chandra Bezbarua among others, played a prominent role in Assam's fight for a rightful place in the educational scenario of India.

The absence of much scope for higher education of Assamese youth was also highlighted by Moidul Islam Bora, a Ph.D. from London University, who made an ardent plea for a university in Assam through his forceful articles in the Awahan. He pointed out that the promotion of education and culture of a region was the primary objective of a university. If Assam had to depend on others for regional research and study, she could never hope to make any progress. He reiterated time and again that it was not possible for a people to give expression to the pride and glory of their history and culture in the absence of an institute of higher learning. But like the earlier pleas, Moidul Islam Bora's ardent pleas also fell on deaf years. Time and again, the Government came out with the same excuses: there was no fund to sustain a university in Assam and the number of local students was too small to justify the establishment of a separate university.

These excuses however, did not deter the Assamese intelligentsia from continuing with their agitation. On 30 April, 1935, at an all party meet at the Curzon Hall, organized by the Assam Association and Sangrakhini Sabha and preseded over by Gopinath Bardoloi, it was resolved to form a University Committee. Gppinath Bardoloi was nominated as its secretary. This Committee, together with the Nagaon University Committee and the Students Welfare League of Calcutta, spearheaded the agitation for a University in Assam with renewed vigor. 22 May, 1935, was observed as University Day all over the province with mammoth meetings and huge processions.

All this had occurred in the backdrop of the growing nationalism in the country and the Government could no longer afford to remain a silent spectator. In 1936 therefore, it appointed J.R.Cunningham, a retired Director of Public Instruction, to report on the state of education in Assam and to specifically state whether a separate University for Assam was (i) essential and (ii) feasible. In his lengthy Report, Cunningham expressed his doubts as to the feasibility of a separate university. He wrote. 'Primary education, of course, cannot be ignored and the claims of Secondary schools and the University must co-ordinate. But it should be realized that unless the university thrives, there will be no health or vitality in the educational system. He suggested that instead of separate university, a few M.A. courses could be started at Cotton College and Murarichand College with a special Examination Board at Shillong. Needless to say, Cunningham's Report was received with a storm of protest in Assam.

As early as 1931 Roberts, who was then D.P.I. , had stated in his Annual Report, 'It is said Assam cannot afford to have a University of its own, it cannot afford not to have one'. This feeling now reverberated throughout Assam. Most organizations criticized Cunningham's Report in no uncertain terms and resolved to continue the agitation. 1938 was a year of high hopes and aspirations. The people were jubilant as the formation of a Congress ministry headed by Gopinath Bardoloi held out great promises. Bardoloi had been actively associated with the agitation for a university and it was believed that he would do his utmost for the cause. Bardoloi realized that Government funds would not be forthcoming, so he decided to create a special university fund by collecting one anna from every individual. He believed that this would serve a dual purpose. He would not only be able to raise money, but more importantly, also involve all the people of Assam. Unfortunately, the programme received a setback when Bardoloi's ministry resigned in 1939 following the outbreak of World War II.

In the meantime, much debate had been going on regarding the site of the proposed university. Three names had been proposed during the course of the discussions, viz, Shillong, Guwahati and Sylhet, but nothing was finalized. In 1940 the Government appointed S.K.Bhuyan as Special Officer with the task of collecting relevant information on the selection of site and related matters. Interestingly, in the same year, the family of Siva Prasad Barua offered to donate Rupees 3 lakhs for a university in Assam, but they put forth two conditions viz., (i) the proposed university would have to be situated in Guwahati and (ii) it would have to be named Assam Siva Prasad University. The offer was not accepted.

In spite of the prevailing political situation, the agitation for a university continued . In October 1944, a huge Convention, presided over by Benudhar Rajkhowa, was held at the Kali Prasad Memorial Hall at Sivasagar. This Convention, attended by people from all over Assam, reiterated the demand for a university and decided to form a Trust Board comprising of seven eminent personalities of Assam. They were Gopinath Bardoloi, Sarat Chandra Goswami, Syed Md. Sadulla, Sayadur Rahman, K.K.Handqui , Heramba Prasad Barua and Sailendra Prasad Barua. Several sub committees were also formed. It was decided to form a publicity wing in Calcutta headed by Madhav Chandra Bezbaroa . Once this Trust Board was formed the fund collection drive was restarted with renewed vigor. This time, donation coupons ranging from Re 1 to Rs. 1 lakh were issued. The response of the public was enormous. As Suresh Chandra Rajkhowa, who was intimately connected with this fundraising drive, later commented, ' the enthusiasm and spontaneity with which people from all over the state came forward with their contributions to the Trust fund in response to the appeal was simply amazing. The campaign for a university had turned into a people's movement'. In fact, by the time the university was actually established, the money at its disposal was Rs. 22,39,605. This was a rare example of a university being established with donations, small and large, collected from the people of the region.

Gauhati University was incorporated by an Act of 1947. It started functioning on 26 January, 1948 as an affiliating, teaching and residential university in a few temporary buildings in Guwahati, with K.K.Handiqui as the first Vice-Chancellor. Phanidhar Dutta, Sailandhar Rajkhowa and Sarat Kumar Dutta were selected as the Registrar, Treasurer and Secretary of University Classes respectively. The emblem of the University, selected from among many submitted, was designed by T.Mukherjee, a textile designer of Ahmedabad. Two Sanskrit words inscribed on it - Vidyaya Sadhayeta (meaning achievement through learning) -indicate the motto of the University.

The objective of the University is to bring about social, economic, cultural, moral and spiritual upliftment of the people of Assam. As stated in the Objects and Reasons appended to the Gauhati University Bill, 1947, ' Assam offers great opportunities of study in many fields- linguistic, historical ethnological, archaeological, geological, scientific and agricultural …..It will be the aim of the proposed University to intensify the study of the age long spirit of Assamese life and character, and to bring in them the necessary adjustments in relation to Indian civilization and to the different and new impulses of the West'. The desire of seeing the University ' illumine the banks of the Luit' is reflected in the university anthem, Jilikaba Luitare Par, composed by Bhupen Hazarika.

Starting with 17 affiliated colleges and 8 Post Graduate Departments in 1948, Gauhati University, today, has 38 Post Graduate Departments and a satellite campus at Kokrajhar besides Post Graduate Correspondence School and a constituent Law College. It has 205 affiliated colleges offering undergraduate and post graduate courses in the faculties of Arts, Science, Commerce, Law, Engineering and Medicine. Gauhati University is a member of the Association of Indian Universities and the Association of Commonwealth Universities. The aspirations of the founders of the University have not gone in vain. The alumni of this university have been able to make their mark not only within the state but at the national level as well. Indeed many have been able to adorn the higher echelons of the nations scientific, socio-cultural, administrative and political life.

Gauhati University receives Annual Financial Grants from the Government of Assam and Development Grants from the University Grants Commission apart from different funding agencies like CSIR, DST DBT, NEC, ICAR, ICHR, MAKAIAS, among others, who sponsor various research projects.

Profile

Established in 1948 under the Gauhati University Act, 1947 (Assam Act, XVI of 1947), Gauhati University is the first University in North East India. Over the years, it has evolved into an institute of repute offering under-graduate and post-graduate courses in Humanities and Social Science, Science, Engineering, Management, Commerce and Medicine in its campus and in the affiliated colleges spread all over the state. The university is also engaged in path breaking research in nearly all emerging areas despite its infrastructure constrains.

Placement Services for the students of the university in a collective and organized way have started recently but have earned success. In case of certain departments, Placement Services have always existed resulting in over cent percent employments. The University is now gearing up to extend Placement Services to all the students and departments in the campus and affiliated colleges.

The Placement Cell extends warm invitation to everyone concerned to carry out Recruitment Drive in the Campus for the PG students of the University. If required special arrangements can be made to make available under-graduate students from affiliated colleges as well.

Any comments and suggestions maybe mailed to placementgu@gmail.com or placementgu@gauhati.ac.in

About University

University of Guwahati was established on 26 January, 1948. For a long time, there was no other university in the entire eastern region apart from Calcutta. This university catered to the needs of all the students from Bengal, Bihar, Orissa and Assam. Thus in order to fulfill the requirement of growing number of students the Guwahati University was incorporated by an Act of 1947. In the beginning it started as an affiliating, teaching and residential university in a few temporary buildings in Guwahati. Initially the University had 17 affiliated colleges and 8 Post Graduate Departments which has now grown to a significant number besides a satellite campus at Kokrajhar, Post Graduate Correspondence School and a constituent Law College.

Started in 1948 under the Guwahati University Act 1947, Guwahati University is the first university of North East India. The University has been accredited with a 4 star rating by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) of UGC. It is funded by the University Grants Commission and the Government of Assam for research and other academic activities.



Introduction

Gauhati University, a premier institution of Post-Graduation and research, was established under the Gauhati University Act (Assam Act XVI of 1947) in 1948.

The university is in its 60th year of existence, and is the oldest and largest university in the entire North Eastern Region. It is situated in the western part of Guwahati, in the Jalukbari area. The university has been accredited with four stars by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC).

Gauhati University aspires to invigorate its educational leadership and is planning to transform into an institution of intellectual as well as moral development from an institution of higher education. The university also aims to carry out research works on the frontier areas of knowledge.

The university, through various teaching departments in its campus and the affiliated colleges spread over the lower Assam area, is imparting higher education in various branches of learning. At present it has 136 affiliated colleges offering under-graduate and post-graduate courses in Arts, Commerce, Law, Engineering and Medicine. There are 38 departments within 4 faculties with 312 full-time and 83 part-time teachers in the university. The university has fully equipped laboratory facilities in all the science departments. The Central Library boasts of over 4 lakh books, periodicals, journals and offers a healthy reading atmosphere to its students.

The university also embraces the Institute of Distance and Open Learning and Department of Business Administration besides various research centers such as Women's Study, NE Historical Studies, Aqua Culture, Population Research, Folklore Research. It produces a good number of research scholars every year, thus occupying a well-built place in the research pasture of the country.

At present, the university has about 5000 students including 2000 students residing in the 22 residential hostels both for boys and girls. The university also provides residential quarters to its teachers and employees.

Gauhati University
Address : Gopinath Bardoloi Nagar Guwahati - 781 014 Assam

E-mail : gntalukdar@yahoo.commcsarma@rediffmail.com

Web : www.gauhati.ac.in

Vice Chancellor : Tel: 0361 2570412(O) 2570408(R)

Registrar : Tel: 0361 2570415(O) 2674243(R)

Fax: 2700311

Educational Streams

Guwahati University offers under-graduate and post-graduate courses in Humanities and Social Science, Science, Engineering, Management, Commerce and Medicine in its campus and in the affiliated colleges spread all over the state. The university has also been involved in path breaking research in nearly all emerging areas despite its infrastructure constrains.

Facilities
The University has a student's welfare wing that takes care of all the needs and basic facilities being provided to the students. The welfare scheme takes care of a Guest House located at the East end of the University Campus, Auditorium, Health Centre, Lecture Halls, University Press, core branch of State Bank of India with 24 hours ATM and a Post Office branch located with in the periphery of the campus. Provisions for Basketball Court, Children Park, Football Ground and Outdoor Stadium have also been laid inside the campus to encourage leisure activities. The University has a Placement Cell that extends warm invitation to everyone concerned to carry out Recruitment Drive in the Campus for the PG students of the University.

History
University of Guwahati was established on 26 January, 1948. For a long time, there was no other university in the entire eastern region apart from Calcutta. This university catered to the needs of all the students from Bengal, Bihar, Orissa and Assam. Thus in order to fulfill the requirement of growing number of students the Guwahati University was incorporated by an Act of 1947. In the beginning it started as an affiliating, teaching and residential university in a few temporary buildings in Guwahati. Initially the University had 17 affiliated colleges and 8 Post Graduate Departments which has now grown to a significant number besides a satellite campus at Kokrajhar, Post Graduate Correspondence School and a constituent Law College.

Faculties

* Faculty of Arts
* Faculty of Science
* Faculty of Commerce
* Faculty of Law


KMSS stages stir against turbines

GUWAHATI, May 5 – Peasant organisation Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) today organised a squatting programme for an indefinite period at the Pandughat here in protest against the anchoring of the three barges carrying the nine turbines meant for the Lower Subansiri Hydroelectric Power Project (LSHEP) there. Members of several organisations including the Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba-Chattra Parishad (AJYCP) and the Mising Mimag Kebang (MMK) and a number of Guwahatians are taking part in the agitationprogramme.

The barges anchored there around 7.45 am today as a sequel to the failure of the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC), which is executing the LSHEP, to unload the turbines at Bishwanathghat in Sonitpur district on May 2 in the face of resistance from the people.

The KMSS, through an application to the Deputy Commissioner of Kamrup (Metro), demanded of the State Government expulsion of the three barges with the nine turbines from the State. It also warned of agitationalprogramme until the barges are driven out of the States boundary.

The gathering of the agitating people was addressed by AJYCP general secretary Manoj Barua, president of Mising Mimag Kebang Dr Ranoj Pegu, Dr Akhil Ranjan Dutta of the Gauhati University Political Science department and KMSS president Raju Bora, working president Pabitrabrata Daimary and adviser Madhuram Gogoi, besides KMSS general secretary Akhil Gogoi.

The speakers called for a resolute fight to prevent movement of all materials meant for the execution of the LSHEP through the State.

KMSS general secretary Akhil Gogoi said that from tomorrow onwards the NHPC and the transport company ABC would also be targeted and if the authorities fail to expel the barges from the State byFriday, the resistance programme would be spread to the other areas of the State.

The speakers also made an appeal to the people of the State to join the agitation in the greater interest of the State. Or else, they warned, flood and erosion would become irrevocable for the State.

Colleges affiliated with this University

Total number of colleges affiliated with this University = 96
1 Abhayapuri College, Abhayapuri
2 Anandaram Dhekial Phookan College, Nagaon
3 Bagadhar Barahma Kishan College, Barpeta
4 Bajali College, Barpeta
5 Baosi Banikanta Kakati College, Nagaon
6 Barbhag College, Kalag
7 Barkhetri College, Mukalmua
8 Barnagar College, Sorbhog
9 Basugaon College, Basugaon
10 Beltola College, Beltola
11 Bengtol College, Bengtol
12 BH College, Howly
13 Bhabanipur Anchalik College, Bhabanipur
14 Bhawanipur Hastinapur Bijni College (BHB), Sarupeta
15 Bijni College, Bongaigaon
16 Bikali College, Dhupdhara
17 Bilasipara College, Bilasipara
18 Birjhora Mahavidyalaya, Bongaigaon
19 Biswanath College, Sonitpur
20 BN College alias Birat Nagar College, Dhubri
21 Bodofa UN Brahma College, Kokrajhar
22 BP Chaliha College, Nagarbera
23 Chandra Kamal Bezbaruah Commerce College, Jorhat
24 Chariduar College, Gahpur
25 Chatia College, Sootea
26 Chilarai College, Golakganj
27 CKB College, Teok
28 Commerce College, Kokrajhar
29 Dakha Devi Rasiwasia College (DDR), Chabua
30 Dakshin Kamrup College, Kamrup
31 Dakshin Kamrup Girls College, Mirza
32 Darrang College, Tezpur
33 Dhamdhama Anchalik College, Nalbari
34 Dhing College, Dhing
35 Dhubri Girls College, Dhubri
36 Dimoria College, Khetri
37 Dispur College, Guwahati (Gauhati)
38 Dr BKB College, Nagaon
39 Dudhnoi College, Goalpara
40 Epitome College, Guwahati (Gauhati)
41 Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Guwahati
42 Girls College, Kokrajhar
43 Goalpara College, Goalpara
44 Goreswar College, Goreswar
45 Gossaigaon College, Gossaigaon
46 Govt Ayurvedic College Jalukbari, Guwahati
47 Haflong Government College, Haflong
48 Hailakandi Womens College, Hailakandi
49 Haji Anfar Ali College, Daboka
50 Hojai College, Nagaon
51 Jagiroad College, Jagiroad
52 Jawaharlal Nehru College, Boko
53 Kalabari College, Kalabari
54 Kalaguru Bishnu Rabha Degree College, Udalguri
55 Kaliabor College, Nagaon
56 Kampur College, Kampur
57 KC Das Commerce College, Guwahati (Gauhati)
58 Kharupetia College, Darrang
59 Lokanayak Omeo Kumar Das College, Sonitpur
60 Lumding College, Nagaon
61 Mahendra Narayan Choudhury Balika Mahavidyalaya, Nalbari
62 Mangaldai College, Mangaldai
63 Manohari Devi Kanoi Girls College, Dibrugarh
64 Mazbat College, Mazbat
65 MC College, Barpeta
66 MC Das College, Sonai
67 Moirabari College, Morigaon
68 Moridhal College, Moridhal
69 Nabajyoti College, Barpeta
70 Nabin Chandra College, Karimganj
71 Nagaon GNDG Commerce College, Panigaon
72 Nalbari College, Nalbari
73 Nirmal Haloi College, Patacharkuchi
74 North Lakhimpur College, North Lakhimpur
75 North Lakhimpur Law Colleg, North Lakhimpur
76 Nowgong College, Nagaon
77 Paschim Guwahati Mahavidyalaya, Dharapur
78 Pramathesh Barua College, Dhubri
79 Pub-Kamrup College, Kamrup
80 Rangia College, Kamrup
81 Ratnapith College, Chapar
82 Salbari College Baksa, Salbari
83 Sapatgram College, Sapatgram
84 SB Deorah College, Ulubari
85 Srikishan Sarda College, Hailakandi
86 Sualkuchi Budram Madhab Satradhikar College, Sualkuchi
87 Suren Das College, Hajo
88 Swahid Smriti Mahavidyalaya, Belsor
89 TEACHERS TRAINING COLLEGE, Silchar
90 Teachers Training College, Kamrup
91 Tezpur College, Tezpur
92 Tihu College, Tihu
93 Tinsukia College, Tinsukia
94 Tyagbir Hem Baruah College, Jamugurihat
95 Udalguri College, Udalguri
96 Womens College, Tinsukia


Some other Colleges in Assam
Bajali College, Barpeta
Pathsala
Barpeta (District )
Assam
Ratnapith College, Chapar
Dhubri
Chapar (District Dhubri)
Assam
Charai Bahi College, Charai Bahi
Morigaon
Charai Bahi (District )
Assam
Nilam Bazar College, Maibang

Maibang (District )
Assam
Digboi Mohila Mahavidyalaya, Digboi

Digboi (District Tinsukia)
Assam


Bhai Gurdas Group, Sangrur

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