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Tezpur Central University, Sonitpur, Assam


Tezpur Central University, Sonitpur, Assam
Sonitpur (District Tezpur)
Assam, India
Pin Code : 784028

Tezpur Central University, Sonitpur Assam is a University recognised by UGC. Status: Central University.
Tezpur Central University is situated in Sonitpur of Assam state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Fax # of Tezpur Central University, Sonitpur Assam is +91-3712-2670003, 267006, 267007-8-9.

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Website of Tezpur Central University, Sonitpur Assam is www.tezu.ernet.in.

Chancellor : Tel: 03712 267003(O) 255685(R).
Registrar : Tel: 03712 267004(O) 267106(R), Prof. Alak Kumar Buragohain (Mobile 9954115220).

Contact Details of Tezpur Central University, Sonitpur Assam are : Telephone: +91-3712-30409, 267003, 267115, 267004

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Profile of University

Tezpur University was established by an Act of Parliament in 1994. The objects of this Central University as envisaged in the statutes are that it shall strive to offer employment oriented and interdisciplinary courses to meet the regional to national aspirations and the development of the state of Assam and also offer courses and promote research in areas which are of special and direct relevance to the region and in the emerging areas in Science and Technology


I have a very definite vision for Tezpur University which I hope to implement with the total commitment of the teachers and non-teaching staff of the University. Let us never forget that our students are our raison d'etre. Our goal is to see that Tezpur University shines in all areas of academic excellence. Administrative efficiency is another very important goal. It is vital that we get our priorities right in order to make Tezpur University one of the best in the Northeast region, and, eventually, in the entire country



Tezpur University was established by an Act of Parliament (Act. No. 45, 1Foundation of Tezpur University993) in 1994. The objects of this Central University as envisaged in the statutes, are that it shall :

(a) strive to offer employment oriented and interdisciplinary course, mostly at post graduate level, to meet the local and regional aspirations and the development of the state of Assam;

(b) offer courses and promote research in areas which are of special and direct relevance to the region and in the emerging areas in Science and Technology;

(c) promote national integration and study of the rich cultural heritage of the region and in particular, the diverse ethnic, linguistic and cultural heritage of the state;

(d) utilise distance education technique and modern communication technologies to provide Access to higher education for large segment of the population, and in particular the disadvantaged group such as those living in remote and rural areas; to upgrade the professional knowledge and skill of in-service personnel, in particular schoolteachers, medical personnel and extension staff, and to provide opportunities for life long learning for adults; and

(e) provide an innovative system of university level education flexible in regard to methods and space of learning and encourage excellence in new fields of knowledge.

Tezpur University Anthem:
The goals and ideals of Tezpur University are artistically spelt out in the University Anthem, penned by Dr. Bhupen Hazarika, the doyen of Indian Music.

The University campus is at Napaam about 15 kms. East of Tezpur, the head quarter of Sonitpur District of Assam. Napaam is a rural area surrounded by peace loving people of diverse caste, relegion and language; yet it presents the unique feature of unity in diversity.

The Napaam campus of the University is in a plot of an area of 242 acres of land. The campus is bounded by pucca walls. Napaam is linked by a PWD road from the National Highway No. 37A at almost midpoint between Kalia-Bhomora bridge and Misson Chariali.

Tezpur is linked by road and rail with the rest of the state and the country. There is also a tri-weekly flight service between Kolkata and Tezpur.


Right to Information Act 2005 is enacted by Indian Parliament No.22 of 2005 [Section 4(1)(b)] for visualization of information of any organization. Tezpur University is publishing all basic information of the university in respect of different functions, duties, power of the officers and employees procedures followed in the decisions making process, rules, regulations, instructions, manuals, records, documents, budget allocations, remuneration of officers, statement of Boards, Councils, Committees and other information as may be prescribed and there after update these publications every year through this page for all categories of citizens of India


Tezpur University, located at Napam, about 15 kms. east of Tezpur, was established as a Central University in the year 1994, by an act of the Parliament (Act. No- 45, 1993). Sri P.V. Narsimha Rao, former Prime Minister of India, announced the opening of the university.

Tezpur is a scenic, historic as well as a tourist place with beautiful surroundings and the establishment of the university offers the student community, a privilege to visit the state of Assam and celebrate its beauty along with excellent higher education.

Tezpur University provides opportunities in the spheres of post- graduation and research. The university endeavours to provide employment oriented and interdisciplinary programmes apart from the other post-graduate courses. It also aims to impart research courses in the relevant areas which lead us to national integration and promote the entire student community to develop their abilities in field of science and technology.

Contact Details:
Tezpur University

Address : Napaam - 784028,Tezpur, Assam, India

Phone : +91-3712-267007-8-9

Fax : : +91-3712-267006

E-mail : pcdeka@tezu.ernet.in/ahom_m@tezu.ernet.in

Web : www.tezu.ernet.in

ViceChancellor : Tel: 03712 267003(O) 255685(R)

Fax: 267006

Registrar : Tel: 03712 267004(O) 267106(R)

Fax: 267005 267006 / 267005


Tezpur University was established with an act of Parliament. It was established as a central university in 1994. The university has been set up to full-fill the emerging trends in higher education and find appropriate paths for the development of the state and country as well.

Established in 1994, Tezpur University came into being by an Act of Parliament. The University campus is located at Napaam in East of Tezpur, the head quarter of Sonitpur District of Assam. The objective of this central university is to conduct employment oriented and interdisciplinary courses. Courses conducted by the university are of direct relevance to the region.

Educational Streams

Tezpur University conducts certificate, diploma, degree and post degree courses in several fields. The courses are based on semesters. The university also promotes research in areas which are of special and direct relevance to the region and in the emerging areas in Science and Technology.

Tezpur University provides admission opportunities to the students in customary as well as professional courses in various domains. PhD programme is offered in all the departments except the Department of Sociology, Food Processing Technology and Mechanical Engineering. Selections to the B Tech Program are made on the basis of ranking in the All India Engineering, Architecture Entrance Examination (AIEEE) conducted by the CBSE. Admission to the PG Degree, Diploma and certificate programmes are made on the basis of performance in the Entrance Examination and interview.

The university has three men's hostels: Brahmaputra, Charaideo and Nilachal. Three women's hostels are Bordoichila, Dhansiri and Pragiyotika. A central library has more than 42,000 volumes of print collection and e-journals. Guest house, health center and playgrounds are also available. A Training & Placement cell helps students to get career opportunities.


School of Science and Technology
* Department of Physics
* Department of Chemical Sciences
* Department of Mathematical Sciences
* Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
* Department of Food Processing Technology

School of Engineering
* Department of Computer Science and Engineering
* Department of Electronics and Comm. Engineering
* Department of Mechanical Engineering

School of Humanities & Social Sciences
* Department of English and Foreign Languages
* Department of Cultural Studies
* Department of Mass Comm. and Journalism
* Department of Sociology

School of Energy, Environment & Natural Resources
* Department of Energy
* Department of Environmental Science
* School of Management Sciences
* Department of Business Administration


Regular Courses by Tezpur University
Departments in Tezpur University
* School Of Science And Technology
Department of Physics
Department of Chemical Sciences
Department of Mathematical Sciences
Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
Department of Food Processing Technology

* School Of Engineering
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Department of Electronics and Comm. Engineering
Department of Mechanical Engineering

* School Of Humanities & Social Sciences
Department of English and Foreign Languages
Department of Cultural Studies
Department of Mass Comm. and Journalism
Department of Sociology

* School Of Energy, Environment & Natural Resources
Department of Energy
Department of Environmental Science

* School Of Management Sciences
Department of Business Administration.

Courses Offered:
* Diploma in Repairing and Maintenance of Consumer Electronic Equipments
* BTech in Computer Science and Engineering
* BTech in Electronics and Communication Engineering
* BTech in Mechanical Engineering
* M.Sc. in Polymer Science
* M.Sc. in Molecular Biology & Biotechnology
* Master in Computer Applications
* M Tech in Electronics Design & Technology
* M. Tech in Bioelectronics
* M.Tech. in Information Technology
* M.Tech in Energy Technology
* M.Tech in Computational Seismology
* M.Sc. in Mathematics
* M.Sc.in Physics
* M.Sc.in Nanoscience & Technology
* M.Sc. in Food Processing Technology
* M.Sc in Environmental Science
* M.A.in Cultural Studies
* MA in English
* M.A.in Mass Communication and Journalism
* M.A.in Sociology
* MBA (Full Time)
* Post-Graduate Diploma in Tourism Management
* Certificate Course in Entrepreneurship Development

Department of Biotechnology
The Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology came into existence in 1997 with a view to imparting advanced knowledge in the areas of basic and applied science and to evaluate qualified manpower in the arena of Molecular Biotechnology.
The department offers two courses

1. MSc in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
2. Phd in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

The Department has close interaction with some of the reputed Institutes and Universities of the country. Major research areas of the Department are

1. Bioremediatioin and MEOR
2. Biochemical assessment of snake venome
3. Plant tissue culture
4. Isolatioin and characterization of active compounds of medicinal plants
5. Cell biology
6. Transgenic bacteria
7. Malaria parasite.

The department has good laboratory facilities, Computers, Internet and Library facilities. The Department provides a Research Centre for Petroleum Biotechnology.

Only 20 seats allotted in the department and the admission is being done through Combined Entrance Examination.

Department of Mass Communication and Journalism

The Department of Mass Communication and Journalism was established in the year 2001 to improve the quality of journalism and media education in the entire North-Eastern region.

The department offers courses in Television Journalism and Production, Visual Communication, New Media Technology, Film Studies, Advertising and Public Relations, Development Communication, Communication Research Methods and Applications etc.

The department offers a two-year (four semesters) Master's programme in Mass Communication & Journalism with an intake of 26 students.

The department provides facilities like exclusive computer laboratory, audio-video studio and well equipped library with almost 1000 books relating to the disciplines.

Department of Management Studies
The Department of Business Administration was founded in 1995. The department is approved by AICTE.

The department of Business Administration offers two courses as follows:
* M.B.A (Full time) programme
* M.B.A (Part time) programme.

Tourism Management
* Ph.D programme.

The department provides facilities like computer lab, internet, library, board room, seminar hall, cafeteria cum stationary, hostel accommodation etc.

Engineering Department
The engineering Department offers programmes in the following disciplines:

1. Department of Computer Science and Engineering.
Courses under this department:
* M.Tech(CSE)
* M.Tech(IT)
* Ph.D

2. Department of Electronics and Comm. Engineering.
Courses Under this department:
* B.Tech
* M.Tech
Electronics Design & Technology
* Ph.D Programme

3. Department of Food Processing Technology.
* M.Sc in Food Processing Technology.

4. Department of Mechanical Engineering.
* B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering

Tezpur varsity symposium on latest management trends

TEZPUR, Jan 27 – The Department of Business Administration under the auspices of the School of Management Sciences, Tezpur University, organised their annual symposium titled Sampark, (the Interface) at the conference hall of the department on Friday with a day-long programme on the theme Brand India.

A benchmark event of the department, Sampark is a conscious effort at establishing synergic relationship and providing an avenue where leading policy-makers, corporate luminaries, academicians, entrepreneurs and management thinkers with rich industry experience get together and deliberate on latest management trends and path-breaking innovations in the industry, thereby sharing their valuable insights with the students.

The event commenced with an invocation of Saraswati Vandana, followed by a welcome address from Dr Chandana Goswami, the HoD of Business Administration, TezpurUniversity. The inaugural and lighting of the ceremonial lamp was performed by Professor MK Chowdhuri, vice chancellor of Tezpur University. The occasion was graced by MS Agarwala of the Agarwala Group, Arwin Sushil, CEO Baptist Christian Hospital, Ravi Kumar, Regional head, NE Zone, SHCIL, Ritesh Kumar and Santosh Kumar, ERO, Guwahati Refinery.

The speakers touched upon various facets of the theme Brand India and enlightened the gathering with their speech and presentation during the inaugural and technical session. A souvenir was released by Arwin Sushil. The exhibition arranged by India Tourism was inaugurated by the Vice-Chancellor of theUniversity. Heera Barpujary, senior lecturer, Department of Business Administration, offered the vote of thanks. There was also a presentation put forward by Roop Singh and Lalita Medhi, final year MBA students of the university.

The event culminated in a corporate quiz conducted by TR Sarma, senior lecturer, of the MBA department.

Sankardev Award presented to Borgohain

GUWAHATI, Nov 21 – Author and journalist Homen Borgohain was honoured with the Srimanta Sankardev Award for the year 2007 at a function at the Ravindra Bhavan this evening.

Borgohain was chosen for the award for his contribution in the field of journalism, literature and public life.

Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi formally presented Borgohain with the award that carries Rs 3 lakh, a citation, a xarai, a seleng sador, an anga bastra, and a gold medal.

Borgohain, while expressing his happiness on being chosen for the honour, felt that the people of Assam had perhaps forfeited the right to utter the great 15th-century saint Sankardevs name, given the widespread inequality, corruption, chaos and moral bankruptcy plaguing the society.

A growing consumerist society is not just widening the rift between the rich and the poor, it is also leading to an all-pervasive perverse culture where human values have no place. Together with materialistic progress, we also need qualitative improvement of the society, Borgohain said.

Regretting the low level of awareness on Sankardev outside the State, Borgohain made an appeal to the Chief Minister to start a Sankardev study centre in the Department of Cultural Studies of Tezpur Central University.

We should have a Sankardev study centre which, apart from facilitating study on the great saint, will also be involved in study and research on the States rich heritage comprising culture, history, literature, language, art, philosophy, sociology, etc. The global scholastic society is gradually shifting its focus to the State and we ought to expedite our knowledge on our heritage, he said.

Borgohain said that while it was Sankardev who introduced Assam to the best of Indian spirituality and philosophy, it was doubtful how much India knew about the multi-faceted genius that Sankardev was.

Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, in his speech, said that the State Government would seriously consider Borgohains proposal of setting up a Sankardev study centre, as it was committed to spreading Sankardevs ideology far and wide.

There is definitely a need to propagate Sankardevs teachings and we will seriously consider Borgohains proposal, Gogoi said, adding that the Government had already announced a cultural university in the State.

Admitting that the economic divide in the country was widening, Gogoi said that rising per capita income and GDP growth alone would not be enough to address the inequality. Per capita income and GDP growth must benefit all the people so that we can achieve the cherished goal of inclusive growth, he said.

The Chief Minister, while lauding Borgohain as a powerful and fearless journalist whose views impacted government decisions, said that dwindling values were having an adverse effect on every profession – be it politics, bureaucracy, judiciary or journalism. Professional ethics is taking a backseat everywhere. This is a serious situation and we all should strive to revive moral and human values, he added.

Cultural Affairs Minister Bharat Chandra Narah also addressed the function which was attended by several dignitaries.

Dr Birendra Nath Datta conferred literary award

GUWAHATI, Feb 20 – The 12th Jagaddhatri-Harmohan Das Literary Award was given to renowned litterateur Dr. Birendra Nath Datta in a function organized at Tirthanath Sarma conference hall today.

Dr Datta, a scholar of repute and also a Padmashree award recipient, received the award for his book Sankar Madhavar Manisha Aru Asomar Sanaskritic Uttaradhikar, a collection of write-ups on Vaishnavism in Assam, Srimanta Sankardev and Madhavdev.

The biennial award, instituted in the name of educationist Harmohan Das and his wife Jagaddhatri Das, carries a citation, a memento and also a cash amount.

Receiving the award from the chief guest of the function HN Das, Dr Datta expressed his gratitude to the people who accepted his work and chose him for the award.

Srimanta Sankardev and Madhavdev enriched the culture and literature of Assam with their timeless creations. The people of Assam are fortunate that both the incomparable scholars were born on this land. My articles are merely an attempt to showcase what theirliterary treasure trove holds for the Assamese society, said Datta.

HN Das, while speaking on the occasion shared his experience about the late Harmohan Das. As a librarian of the then Curzon Hall Library (the present Nabin Chandra Bordoloi Library), he managed the affairs very smoothly and in a disciplined manner. His contributions as a teacher of the Don Bosco School, Guwahati, in the initial days of the institution, were also remarkable, he mentioned.

Educationist Dr Nilaya Kumar Das also spoke about his personal experience with Haramohan Das and his wife. As an efficient teacher, he knew how to get the best out of his students, he mentioned.

The meeting was presided over by president of the Jagaddhatri-Harmohan Das Trust Kamaleswar Bora, while the welcome address was given by Manjumala Das, secretary of the Trust.

The award, instituted in the year 1985, has completed its 25 years. During the period, a number of noted personalities, contributing in the field of religion, philosophy, literature, art and culture have been honoured with this award, she mentioned.

Pradip Jyoti Mahanta of the Tezpur Central University spoke elaborately on the prize-winning book and the author.

Awards for Ramen Baruah, Tilmizur Rahman

GUWAHATI, Dec 4 – The Jeewan Ram Mungi Devi Goenka Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Culture was today conferred on singer Ramen Baruah and actor Tilmizur Rahman at a function organized at the ITA Cultural Complex at Machkhowa here.

On the occasion, educationist and Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the Tezpur University Amarjyoti Choudhury delivered the memorial lecture on Film, literature and the river in between.

Drawing a comparison between both the mediums, he said that like literature, a film too analyses experiences for meaning. Both films and literature carry similar genes but there are significant differences. One analyses through written words while the other does this through images.

He further said that whereas films can give out the desired message through many tools like words, images, costumes, expressions, etc., literature is slow and steady and due to the mismatch between both the media, many hit literary works lose their shine when converted into films. He emphasized the need to be more creative while making a film on literary masterpieces.

Assamese films enjoy bonhomie with formal literature. It too began with adaptation of a play Joymoti by Lakshminath Bezbarua. Similarly, Siraj and Nimila Anka were also based on plays. Dr Bhupen Hazarikas Miri Jiyori is another brilliant example of synergy between film and literature, he added.

Though great traditions have been built by Assamese films, yet a novel like Jibanor Batot , so rich in imagery and content, is yet to be filmed. We look forward to films providingmeaning of life like good literature, he added.

Receiving the award, Ramen Barua said that public recognition of ones work always encourages to do better in life. A significant name in Assamese music, Barua began his career as a playback singer in the film Smritir Parash in 1956. He has also rendered his voice in the films Maak Aru Morom, Lachit Borphukan, Lakhimi,Amar Ghar, among others. Acultural activist, he has also been involved with IPTA movement.

The awards were presented by A Sreekar Prasad, who has edited more than 60 Assamese films. Prasad, who has the repute of editing more than 300 films of different languages of different States, was the chief guest of the occasion. So far he has won eight National Awards for best film editing.

Tilmizur Rahman, after receiving the award thanked the JRMDG Trust for honouring the artistes. Rahman made his debut as a film actor in 1958 in Ronga Pulis, which won Presidents Medal. He has acted in more than 15 feature films, which include Lolita, Chameli Memsaab, Bonjui, among others. Theatre is his another passion and he has acted in more than 50 stage plays.

The trust also felicitated a number of noted personalities from various fields for their contributions to the society. In the beginning of the programme, tributes were paid to Dr Bhupen Hazarika, Mamoni Raisom Goswami and Dev Anand. The vote of thanks was offered by SL Goenka, managing trustee of the trust.

Compilation of Dr Hazarikas songs released

GUWAHATI, Oct 18 – Dr Bhupen Hazarika: Ek Kimbandanti, a compilation of the English versions and summary of around 200 songs and poems of the legendary musician, was released at a solemn function by the Pro Vice Chancellor of Tezpur University Prof Amarjyoti Choudhury in the Noonmati premises of the Assam Jatiya Bidyalay here yesterday. The book also contains select texts of Dr Hazarikas writings in prose.

According to a press release here, the compilation has been edited by a board of editors comprising Basanta Deka, Nirendra Nath Thakuria, Kiran Deka, Chandana Mahanta and Saurabh Deka. Releasing the book, published by the city-based nascent publishing firm Orchid Prakashan, Prof Choudhury described it as a great contribution to the nation. The entire nation would remain obliged to the publishers of this book, he asserted.

He lauded the effort of the publishers to project Dr Hazarikas creations in the world assembly of the humanity.

About 150 select songs of Dr Hazarika have been translated into English by Dhirendra Nath Bezboruah, Upendranath Sarma, Arup Kumar Dutta, Pradip Acharya, Nirendranath Thakuria, Krishna Dulal Barua, Dibyaranjan Khataniar, Suranjana Barua and Kiran Deka. Bhupati Kumar Das rendered about 20 poems of Dr Hazarika into English and the English summary of about 20 long songs of Dr Hazarika has been written by Gita Barua.

Rong Bong Terang, Prof Amarjyoti Choudhury, Bhupati Kumar Das, Nripen Dutta Barua, Surya Goswami and Kamal Kataki have presented some events of Dr Hazarikas life in the form of articles.

TOEFL centre soon at Tezpur varsity

NEW DELHI, Jan 7 – In an encouraging development, students from the North-east now need not travel outside the region to appear for crucial English proficiency test, as Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) centre is likely to start functioning at Tezpur University, shortly.

This was disclosed by prominent Assamese non-resident Indian (NRI). Wahid Saleh, who took the initiative to set up a TOEFL centre in the North-east.Currently, technical evaluation is on and if all goes well, the institute should get the certificate next week, Saleh, who is settled in Netherland, said addressing a seminar held on the occasion of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) that got under way here today.

The whole of North-east did not have s single TOEFL examination centre. Why nobody has taken the initiative to set up a TOEFL centre in the region, he wondered.Saleh said he took up the issue with the authorities in US and was directed to the concerned authority in India. Assam is very soon going to have a TOEFLexamination centre at Tezpur University, he declared. The TOEFL test measures ability to use and understand English at the university level.

Each year, nearly a million individuals of all ages take the TOEFL test. Students planning to study at higher education institutions abroad, scholarship and certification candidates, among others take the test.

Sampark 2011 at Tezpur varsity

GUWAHATI, Jan 30 – Sampark...the interface, an annual event of the students of the School of Management Sciences, Tezpur University, is scheduled to be held from 9.30 am on February 4, a press release said. The event will comprise an inaugural session, technical sessions, panel discussion, corporate quiz, trade exhibition and cultural show.

A host of dignitaries like the CMD of OIL, MD of BCPL, CMD of NEDFi and representatives from the ITC, Vodafone, IOCL, Bisleri, Airtel, ttsl, Lifecom, Reliance Energy, DLF Pramericalife, etc., are likely to participate in various sessions. Besides, a significant number of poeple from the industry are also likely to attend the various events.

Witnessing the necessity of accepting its greater role in society by organisations worldwide, the theme for Sampark 2011...the interface has been chosen as CSR – a step towards better corporate citizenship.

The symposium is aimed to facilitate an assimilation of people from industry, academia and young talents. The focus is on building up a synergistic relationship amongst them.

A current and relevant topic is chosen as the theme for the symposium every year and people from the corporate sector and the academia join in the deliberations, the release added.

State mourns the legends death

GUWAHATI, Nov 5 – The death of legendary musician Dr Bhupen Hazarika has been mourned all over the State.The news of the demise of music maestro Dr Bhupen Hazarika has grieved all sections of people here. Dr Hazarika was the last representative who worked with the three great cultural icons of Assam – Rupkonwar Jyoti Prasad Agarwala, Kalaguru Bishnu Rabha and Natasuryya Phani Sarma. At the age of 12, when he was a student of the Tezpur Govt Higher Secondary School, Dr Hazarika had performed Jyoti Sangeet in front of the trio.

In 2001, Dr Hazarika was honoured with a Doctorate in Literature from the Tezpur University. Dr Madan Sarma, head of the English department, Tezpur University, said that Dr Hazarika was thus honoured for his outstanding contribution to art and culture. The University was privileged to be able to record its deep regard for his multi-faceted genius. His contribution to the cause of Indian music, cinema and cultural life has already received due recognition.Noted photographer Nalini Baruah, who was a close associate of Dr Bhupen Hazarika, expressed grief at the maestros death. Ban Theatre and Bengali Theatre have also expressed condolences at his death. Singer Pankaj Bordoloi said the he had sung many songs with Bhupenda who was his guru.

Nripen Hazarika, younger brother of Dr Hazarika, who resides at Polo Field here, said that his demise was not only an irreparable loss for thecultural world but also for the family. The foundation has collapsed, he added. Dibrugarh: The news of the demise of cultural doyen Dr Bhupen Hazarika was received with shock in the city. Immediately on hearing the news, the organisers of the ongoing 7th Dibrugarh Book Fair brought down the fair flag to half mast and an impromptu condolence meeting took place a little later. Those who spoke on the occasion included Jyoti Shankar Chaliha, a great fan of the late singer.

Elsewhere in the city, several artistes who were fortunate to sing or play a musical instrument with Dr Bhupen Hazarika broke down on hearing the news of his demise. Noted guitarist Ratan Choudhury, radio artistes Syed Saadullah, Hiren Gohain, Rajen Gohain and several others expressed their deep shock at the news of Dr Hazarikas death. As the country mourns the demise of a great son, Dibrugarh, too, is in deep bereavement. Udalguri: The All Assam Gorkha Students Union (AAGSU) and Assam Nepali Sahitya Sabha (ANSS), a leading Nepali literary organisation of the State, expressed their deep condolence at the sad demise of iconic national singer and litterateur Dr Bhupen Hazarika on Saturday at the Mumbai-based Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital.

An AAGSU press release, issued by Jagadish Khanal, president of the students organisation of the Gorkha community, recalled the intimate relationships of the iconic artiste with the Nepali-speaking community since his youth till date. His contributions to the greater Assamese society cannot be filled up and his universal brotherhood which he reflected through Paul Robsons song, We are in the same boat brother would always be remembered by the people in thecultural arena, Khanal said in the press note.

In another press communiqué, Madan Thapa, general secretary of the Assam Nepali Sahitya Sabha (ANSS), also deeply condoled the death of Dr Hazarika and prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul. He observed that not only Assam, but the whole nation has lost a valuable jewel like Dr Hazarika who gave the message of unity, peace and harmony through his epoch-making songs. The Nepali-speaking community of the State will never forget this legendary artiste who showed his sense of belonging to this community by wearing a black Nepali hat (topi) till his last breath. He will remain immortal among us with his valuable creations. We pray to God for his eternal peace, Thapa added.

Meanwhile, members of the Udalguri Subdivisional Students Union and the Regional Students Union prayed for the eternal peace of iconic Assamese singer Dr Bhupen Hazarika and lit earthen lamps at the Swahid Vedi in the heart of Udalguri town on Saturday evening and observed one minutes silence in memory of the legendary singer. The AASU members also appealed to the inhabitants of the town to light an earthen lamp in front of their residences as a mark of respect to the great singer of the millennium.

North Lakhimpur: The news of the death of Dr Bhupen Hazarika, the music maestro and cultural soul of modern Assam, has been received with shock here. Dr Hazarika had a unique bond with North Lakhimpur in his long and illustrious career as a musician, singer, filmmaker,cultural activist and politician who attained some outstanding feats in this small town.
Dr Hazarika performed at many cultural programmes here including the IPTA event in 1971 and made two films. Cultural artiste and writer Manjula Hazarika, who hails from North Lakhimpur, was an actor in Dr Hazarikas superhit movie Chikmik Bijulee. He also composed music for the film, Palasore Rang by Jeeban Borah of North Lakhimpur where he sang the title song with Usha Mangeskar. Similarly, another cultural activist from North Lakhimpur, late Haadi Hussain Borah (Sweet) was his closest friend who acted in some of his films.

Similarly, the exponent of Mising culture, late Ganesh Pegu from Gogamukh of undivided Lakhimpur district, sang one Oinitom (Mising folk song) in Dr Hazarikas another masterpiece, Erabator Soor. He used to regularly visit the family of late Firdaus Ali Hazarika (Mukut), another close friend of his from North Lakhimpur, though he had died long back in 1980.

Dr Hazarika was also in North Lakhimpur during the 1970s to make his Hindi movie, Mera Dharam Meri Maa shot in neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh. Dr Hazarika also contested the Assembly polls from the Nowboicha LAC from the Lakhimpur district and represented it as an elected MLA. He last visited North Lakhimpur in 2003 along with Dr Mamoni Raisom Goswami to inaugurate the North Lakhimpur edition of the Asomiya Pratidin, a vernacular daily.

His death was widely mourned by the cultural fraternity and the common public in North Lakhimpur. Noted cultural worker, filmmaker and president of the State unit of IPTA, Jeeban Borah condoled the death of Dr Bhupen Hazarika as the end of an age of modern Assamese culture.

Similarly, noted playwright Ghana Hazarika, academician Hemen Gogoi, secretary of Asom Natya Samaroh Sayed Nazim Ahmed, senior scribe Harnul Rashid, prominent citizen Rohinee Goswami, actor Nanda Kishore Maheswari, amateur theatre groups Nabik, Nata Sainik, Manchayaan, etc., expressed their sorrow at the demise of the towering figure of the Assamesecultural world.

TU women pledge to use cloth, jute bags

GUWAHATI, June 7 – Charity begins at home. And the women of Tezpur University have come together to take a pledge to use cloth or jute bags instead of polythene bags when they go shopping. Pragati Womens Association, a socio-cultural organization of TezpurUniversity, while celebrating World Environment Day at the campus on Sunday, took this small but significant step towards securing a better environment through their united resolve.

Jaya Chaudhury, president of the association said, It would be a good idea to go eco-friendly while shopping. And it does not take even a minute to tag along a shopping bag instead of stockpiling polythene bags which are harmful for the environment. We can set an example for others by doing something like this. This years theme for the day is Forests: Nature at Your Service which underscores the intrinsic link between quality of life and the health of forests. The association also organised a talk on the significance of the day and the importance of protecting the environment. The talk was delivered by Sumi Handique, a faculty of the Department of Environmental Sciences.

In her audio-visual presentation, Handique pointed out how women could contribute their bit to conserving the environment by doing little things like using a jute or cloth bag for shopping instead of a polythene bag and carrying water from home instead of buying another bottle. She also explained the importance of forests and how there were sacred groves all over India. Sacred groves are the traditionally preserved forests through religious beliefs over the ages. These untouched sacred groves have now become biological hotspots.

She also explained the importance of conserving the environment through cartoons and popular sayings to the children present on the occasion.The children also put up their thoughts on the environment through paintings and sketches which was appreciated by everyone.

Pragati Womens Association now plans to take this awareness campaign beyond the university campus. We do not want to be confined to the campus. We want to educate the women in the villages in the neighbourhood. We would specially want to create awareness about the hazards of the smoke emitted by the indigenous chullahs (stoves) and its repercussions on the health of the women, added Jaya Chaudhury.

School boys take part in US varsity programme

GUWAHATI, Nov 26 – Following the format of NASA, the North Dakota State University organised a world-wide series of projects. Representing India, a group of students of Assam Jatiya Bidyalay, Guwahati participated in one of these programmes and made their presentation through video conference. The NIC, Guwahati facilitated them with the video conference. This was stated in a press release. In the project they made an elaborate study so as to know how to recycle used water in Moon, Mars or elsewhere in space. The group of students comprised Romanjan Das, Kalyan Khaund, Shasanka Talukdar, Pragyan Sabhapandit, Abinash Sharma and Mridudeep Pathak. The mentor of their project was Pankaj Dutta, teacher of the school. Through their project they tried to remove ammonium from urine and get water to use it again. Apart from the AJB group teams from USA, Uganda, Bangladesh and Tezpur University participated in the programme, the release added.

Brajamohan Sarma memorial lecture

GUWAHATI, Sept 17 – The Brajamohan Sarma Memorial Annual Lecture will be delivered by Dr Amarjyoti Choudhury, Pro Vice Chancellor of Tezpur University and former Vice Chancellor of Gauhati University, at Vivekananda Kendra Institute of Culture, Uzan Bazar, tomorrow at 11 am. He will speak on Hunger: A scientific construct of reality.

Dr Udayan Misra, National Fellow, Indian Council of Social Science Research, will inaugurate the lecture and Justice Dhiresh Narayan Choudhury, former Judge of Gauhati High Court, will preside over the function.The annual lecture is the seventh in a series of lectures organized by the Brajamohan Sarma Memorial Trust, a philanthropic body dedicated towards empowering the downtrodden and building awareness among the masses on contemporary issues.

The trust also extends legal help to the poor and needy, besides giving away an annual award to the student of Bajali Higher Secondary School, Pathsala, who secures highest marks in the High School Leaving Certificate Examination every year. The award for this year will also be given away to Abinash Medhi, who had secured the 16th position in the HSLC Examination 2010 from Bajali Higher Secondary School, at the same function.

12th edition of Luit To Thames released

TEZPUR, Feb 1 – In this age of globalisation, to compete abroad, one must begin with the competition at home. We need to win with better quality, skills, innovation and reliability. Not to talk about the industrial sector, even involvement of NRIs in a few sensitive sectors like education of children and women and health-related issues can bring about a noticeable change in a short span of time. This was stated by Dr Karuna Sagar Das, an NRI Assamese from the UK on Friday while realeasing the 12th edition of the Luit to Thames at the Kalaguru Bishnu Rabha auditorium at the Tezpur University.
The Luit To Thames is a unique creation of the efforts made by Dr Das in 1999. The planning for his literary magazine started at a time when the Assamese people living around the globe were reaffirming their commitment to develop and offer their services to their motherland. It was really a transitional period when the NRI Assamese community in the UK wanted to establish the Asam Sahitya Sabha, Great Britain branch in 1998, Dr Das said while giving his welcome address before the release of the bilingual annual magazine, adding that the Luit To Thames is not simply a book or a general magazine but is a compilation of noble efforts by dedicated NRI Assamese settled in the UK to bridge the gap between the Assamese people of Assam and those living abroad.

Releasing the magazine, vice chancellor Dr Mihir Kanti Choudhury appreciated the whole team of the editorial board including chief editor Dr Karuna Sagar Das, Dr Srutimala Duara and Amlandeep Das among others for paving the way to maintain a relationship between the Assamese people living in Assam and those living abroad through the Luit To Thames over the last 12 years.

The function was attended by Registrar Alak Buragohain, professors of all the departments of the university and its student community and MLA Captain Robin Bordoloi among others. It was followed by a cultural function.

Flood-induced erosion wreaks havoc in Panchmile

TEZPUR, July 25 – After inundation of a large area in greater Panchmile area by flash floods followingt incessant rains during the last one week, both flood and erosion have posed a serious problem to the residents of the greater area.

People of the area have expressed their strong resentment over the governments apathy towards the problem, creating a serious threat to more than 25 villages under Sootea, Rangapara and Tezpur LACs including Salonibari Air Force Station, one of Indias most important SSB training centres, Tezpur University and many public properties including schools, madrassas, bridges and so on.

It may be mentioned that the greater area has been facing the serious problem of flood-induced erosion created by Jiabharali river since 1988 and same year the Garshinga Bihiagaon and Tengabasti falling under the greater area were completely washed away by the floodwater of Jiabharali River. In 2000, the same problem was witnessed at Panchmile channel (Panchmile Khuti) where heavy erosion was occurred and many public properties like, Panchmile Higher Secondary School, Panchmile High and ME Madrassas, Panchmile Mahila Samittee hall, Panchmile rest house and a temple had been eroded.

In the same way, the devastating flood and erosion caused by Jiabharali river has been on in Rajgarh, Singitoli, Jothaimari, Borghat, Rajbhoral, Dikoraijan, Kurukani, Samdhora, Tengabasti, Koroini, Saloibeel, Bihiagaon, Garshinga-Bihiagaon area and in a part of Bhumuraguri Hillock where the Koliabhumura bridge exists.

Meanwhile, as a temporary measure to prevent the problem, the then local MLA and Opposition leader Brindaban Goswami constructed an embankment (Janasakti baandh) in the area, but it too was breached in 2001 at Garshinga Bihiagaon. The remaining portion too was again breached in 2002 at Bihiagaon and in 2004 at Kurukani area. Afterwards, as an outcome of repeated demands of the local people and different organisations, the then MP of Tezpur Lok Sabaha constituency Monikumar Subba sanctioned an allocation of Rs. 7 lakh for the construction of the breached embankment.

At the same time people of the area alleged that the project remained incomplete following rampant corruption and serious anomalies in utilising the fund by the unscrupulous people involved for which water flowing from different streams of Jiabharali river concentrated at the area and washed away most part of Panchmile area.

Likewise, to save the greater area from the fury of river Jiabharali, in 2005 again an allocation was released from the government for construction of cofferdam in the area, which remained incomplete due to alleged misappropriation of the sanctioned funds by unscrupulous contractors and officials of the concerned department.

Meanwhile, talking to this reporter, a veteran Congress leader and a prominent teacher of the area, Seikh Sahabuddin disclosed that to eradicate the perennial sufferings of the people of the greater area in 2008-9 and 2009-10 people of the greater area demanded a guide bundh at Manshiri area to divert the river to its original channel. However, the demand came to naught.

On the other hand, for protecting the people of the area under DRDA an embankment was constructed in the area, but it too is in a poor condition and there is no certainty at which moment it would be washed away by the river. He further maintained that in 2007 under the guidance of VC TezpurUniversity, a special team from IIT (Roorkee) in cooperation with IIT Guwahati, Water Resource Department and with the help of NERIWALM visited the area and decided to take necessary steps for removing the existing boulder stoke nearby the Panchmile Bailey bridge and put porcupine and deflector in the eroded areas. In addition to it, as part of this big-budget project, a boulder spur at Manshiri for diverting the water of Jiabharali river to Brahmaputra had been included. For this project, an estimate of Rs. 18 crore had been sent to UGC, DoNER Minister, Government of India and Assam government as well.

However, till date nothing has been executed in the area for solving the vexed problem. Most of the victim families of the area who once lived a comfortable life by cultivating in their lands now a days live in relief camps. People living in this precarious state while interacting with this reporter said that protection like construction of embankment, putting of boulder spur, porcupine etc. are meaningless as a permanent solution of the long pending problem is necessary, like diverting the original channel to the Brahmaputra.

Rongali Bihu celebrated in Lucknow

GUWAHATI, May 12 – The Assam Association, Lucknow, celebrated the Rongali Bihu at Dilkusha Garden in Lucknow Cantt recently.

Every year the Assamese community in Lucknow celebrates Rongali Bihu with traditional gaiety and fervour and this year also about 300 people of the community comprising Defence and civil personnel got together in the open garden under a huge banyan tree on a warm Sunday.

The cultural function commenced at 11.30 am with the opening song, Shreemoi Asameer sital bukut uthe, usabar madhu aloran led by Dr Jayanti Kalita, Bipa Saikia, Bipin Rabha, Biju Bhagawati and others. Other artistes who enthralled the audience with Bihu songs were Sunita Rabha, Tridipjyoti Goswami, Nabajit Dutta and Khanjani Barouh. Diganta Saikia regaled the audience with his flute recital. Afterwards, the audience left their seats and danced in the open to the rhythm of the dhol, taal and pepa. The entire garden reverberated with Bihu songs and dance.

A grand community feast was organised in the afternoon with delicious fish dishes.

At the end, the association secretary, JL Boro thanked all the people for their active participation and acknowledged the support of Col RD Talukdar for making the function successful.

It was a memorable get-together of the Assamese community which enabled them to relive the spirit of Bihu living far away from their homes and renew the bond of the community in Lucknow. This was stated in a press release.

Prof MK Chaudhuri, vice chancellor of Tezpur University, delivering the inaugural address at the National Science Academies lecture workshop on non-linear dynamics

Discourse on Assamese scripts held at Jorhat

JORHAT, Dec 29 – Friends of Assam and Seven Sisters (FASS) International, an international NGO organised a discourse on the topic, The uniqueness of the Assamese scripts – its historical background, at the Chandrakanta Handique Bhavan, here recently.

The main theme of the discourse was presented by two appointed speakers Rajen Barua from USA and Azizul Haque from Guwahati. The discourse was well attended with participation from representatives from Dibrugarh and Tezpur University respectively besides the local office bearers of the Asam Sahitya Sabha, Jorhat branch. The discourse was conducted by Dr Basanta Goswami, former general secretary of Asam Sahitya Sabha.

Rajen Barua who is an engineer from USA gave a lucid analysis of the historical background of the Assamese and the Bengali scripts.

The discourse also unanimously adopted a few decisions like the root Assamese-Bengali-Oriya-Maitheli scripts should not be called Bengali script but should be called Kamrupi script based onhistorical ground. This script should not be called Purbi or Pub-Nagari script as proposed by some quarters as these have no basis. Secondly, the name of the present Assamese script should be retained as Assamese and in no case it should be renamed with any other names.

Thirdly, unicode should establish a separate table for the Assamese scripts since there are too many dissimilarities between Assamese and Bengali in phonetics, spellings, alphabets, transliteration and others even though both the languages are using the same script. This was stated in a press release issued by Rajen Barua, FASS International, station Jorhat.

Tourism brand summit on Sept 27

GUWAHATI, Sept 24 – Assam Tourism will be holding a brand summit on tourism coinciding with World Tourism Day at Hotel Brahmaputra Ashok on September 27.

A host of dignitaries who are to address the daylong seminar on the occasion include Gev Patel, vice president, Taj Hotels, Rupam Borah, CEO, Virus, New Delhi, Sudhir John Horo, co-founder, The Idea Creative, Dr Mrinmoy Sarma, Dean of Management Sciences, Tezpur University, and HS Das, Principal Secretary, Tourism, Assam, among others.

The seminar will be followed by a brainstorming session amongst the key speakers, opinion makers, bureaucrats, stakeholders, intellectuals, journalists and professionals.

The summit, said to be the first ever of its kind in the State, is primarily aimed at arriving at a strategic roadmap that Assam Tourism could adopt towards making the State a sough-after destination over a period of time, an official statement said.

The speakers are expected to delve deep into the various tenets of branding, branding activities, multiplier effects of tourism brands on other sectors of an economy, etc.

The department is also holding a quiz competition for school students in association with the Tour Operators Association of Assam. It would be conducted at the Vivekananda Kendra, Uzanbazar on September 26. The prizes will be distributed at the summit venue the next day.

Choudhury dedicates CD of poems to Bhupenda

GUWAHATI, Nov 20 – He kept his promise he made to the singing legend, Dr Bhupen Hazarika, way back in 1977. Today was a day of great relief for Prof Amarjyoti Choudhury, after he recited his poem in front of the statue of Dr Hazarika at Dighalipukhuripar.

Amid the gathering of many noted personalities, fans, family members and friends of the balladeer, Prof Amarjyoti Choudhury, Pro-Vice Chancellor of Tezpur University, dedicated the audio CD Mrityu Jinar Gaan containing his two poems on Dr Bhupen Hazarika, which was accepted by the family members of the music maestro.

When Jayanta Hazarika, Bhupendas brother, died in 1977, I paid a poetic tribute to him at a programme. I remember, Dr Bhupen Hazarika came to me and asked me to do the same for him, after his death. Maybe, he didnt say this very seriously, but Bhupendas wish was a command for me, said Dr Choudhury, while talking to The Assam Tribune.

I am feeling a great relief now as I could repay this huge debt. I also feel contented by dedicating two of my poems to the great soul, he mentioned.

His first poem Eti gaan xekh hol, has already gained popularity among the masses through various media channels. I wrote this poem on November 6, just a day after Dr Hazarikas death, around 10 am and got it recorded at 2 pm on the same day, he said. The second poem Protijon manuhei gaan is also equally captivating.

Tej Hazarika, son of Dr Bhupen Hazarika, while speaking on the occasion, said that the CD contained very contemporary music, which would be well received by the world audience. He also said that he would take away some copies of the CD along with him to distribute it among the Assamese people living abroad. His wife and son were also present on the occasion.

The All Assam Students Union (AASU) extended its support in organizing the programme. It may also be mentioned here that the life-size statue of Dr Hazarika was erected at Dighalipukhuripar by the AASU, which was unveiled by the bard himself.

The CD would be available at Panbazaar from tomorrow. Dr Choudhury also said that efforts were being made to make the CD available in other parts of the State. Initially, 1,000 copies of the audio CD would be brought out.

Srimanta Sankardev chair in Tezpur Central University

Tezpur (Assam), May 14 The University Grants Commission has accorded permission to Tezpur Central University to set up the Mahapurush Srimanta Sankardev chair from this year. University Pro-Vice Chancellor Prof Amarjyoti Choudhury told today that the UGC had recently given the no-objection certificate to set up the chair in honour of Assams great Vaishanav saint, reformer and cultural icon. The university will introduce study and research work on Sankardeva with immediate effect and set up a committee to select a scholar for the chair soon. We will follow the norms adopted in the case of Rajiv Gandhi chair already introduced in the University by the UGC, he added. The Tezpur Central University was set up in 1994 under the provisions of Assam Accord. PTI cor DG

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