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Cotton College Panbazar, Guwahati, Assam
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Guwahati (District Guwahati)
Assam, India
Pin Code : 781001

Cotton College Panbazar, Guwahati Assam is a recognised institute / college.
Cotton College Panbazar is situated in Guwahati of Assam state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Guwahati comes under Guwahati (Gauhati) Tehsil, Guwahati District.

Fax # of Cotton College Panbazar, Guwahati Assam is +91-361-2540715.

Contact Person(s) of the Cotton College Panbazar, Guwahati Assam is (are): Md. Anowar-Uz-Zaman, Head Assistant.

email ID(s) is Cotton College Panbazar Guwahati Assam

Website of Cotton College Panbazar, Guwahati Assam is http://www.cottoncollege.org.in/.

Contact Details of Cotton College Panbazar, Guwahati Assam are : Phone: +91-361-2540715 (Principal)
earlier website: http://www.cottoncollege.org/


Cotton College Panbazar, Guwahati Assam runs course(s) in Arts, Computer Applications, Science stream(s).
Two Year Higher Secondary Course In Science and Arts
Three Years Degree Course for Arts and Science
Two Year Post Graduate Courses In Arts and Science
Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Application (PGDCA)
Post Graduate Diploma in Bio-informatics
Geology Department also runs courses.

Approval details: Cotton College Panbazar is affiliated with Gauhati University, Guwahati (Gauhati)


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NAAC report of Cotton College

Section: I Introduction:
Cotton College, Guwahati, is one of the oldest colleges in the North-Eastern Region of the country. The college was established in 1901 by Sir John Henry Stedman Cotton, the then Chief Commissioner of Assam. The college has six distributed campuses spread across 15 acres in the prime location in the city of Guwahati, the capital of Assam. It conducts 39 programmes at Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Ph.D levels including one certificate course and one diploma course. It has also been conducting self-financing courses such as PGDCA, DCA, a certificate course on computers and Screen Printing course in Entrepreneurship Development Centre (EDC). The college has 241 permanent teachers and 12 temporary teachers. Interestingly the gender ratio among the teachers is higher for women teachers. About 50% teachers are with Ph.D./M. Phil degrees (most of them are Ph.D. holders). It has got 250 non-teaching staff (including 5 technical staff).

The college is funded by the government of Assam and is recognized by UGC under 2(f) and 12 (b) since 1956. It receives full financial assistance for the maintenance and for the development of the college from the Government of Assam, as well as development assistance from the UGC and North Eastern Council (NEC). Being the oldest college of the state it has established itself very well in the national higher education scenario. It has the facility of the canteen, library, computer center, health center, sports facility, hostel, guesthouse and Grievance Redressed cell. The alumni of the college are recipients of many national and international recognitions. A good number of students compete in all India and State Services. The college has been maintaining the academic schedule very well. It has been able to function more than 250 days in the last 3 years and teaching days are more than 200 days, which is more than the UGC prescribed norms.

The college carries the rich tradition of active research in most of the postgraduate departments. Therefore, it has been attracting large number of research projects from different national agencies. During the last 5 years more than 16 students have qualified in UGC/SCIR (NET examination). The library of the college has got 1,16,357 books and subscribes 44 national and 8 international journals. The college has got 80 computers. 37 teachers have attended international seminars/conferences including visiting professorship.

The unit cost of the students in the college is Rs. 27,543/- approx. The college has the offices of Cotton College Teachers Association, Cotton College Karmachari Sanstha, Forth Grade Employees Association, Cotton College Union Society, Cotton College Teachers Association Society, Retired teachers Association of Cotton College and Alumni Association etc.

The college has been organizing lectures by eminent academician and also promotes the social service activities in different areas.

The college has volunteered for assessment & accreditation by National Assessment & Accreditation Council(NAAC),Bangalore. It has prepared Self Study Report(SSR) and submitted to NAAC on 31,July,2003.NAAC has constituted a peer team to make on-site visit to the institution.The peer team consisted of Prof.S.K. Mukherje, Vice-Chancellor, Birla Institute of Technology(BIT), Ranchi as Chairperson and Dr.C.P.Sriviastava, former Secretary, UGC and Fr.Dr.Victor, Principal, St Joseph College, Darjeeling as Members. The peer team visited the institution on 8,9 and 10,January,2004.The peer team visit was coordinated by Dr.G.Srinivas, Deputy Adviser from NAAC. The peer team visited all the academic departments, infrastructural facilities and also interacted with the Management (Govt. of Assam, Department of Higher Education ),Principal, Faculty Students, Staff, Parents and Alumni.

The present report is based on the details given in the SSR and information collated during the course of on-site visit and interactions with various stakeholders of the college.

Section-II: Criterion-wise Analysis :
Criterion 1: Curricular Aspects;
Cotton College is affiliated to Guwahati University for the award of degree and academic control purposes. Therefore, it does not have academic autonomy. The curriculum is decided by the university. However, the college aims at equipping the students with the diverse knowledge and exposure to meet the global challenges, so that they can develop confidence to face the real life. Therefore, it has been regularly organizing seminars, workshops and exhibition, lectures on academic and socially relevant areas with the aim of broadening the outlook of both teachers and students. Group discussions are arranged for generating free and frank opinions. Field trips and extension programmes are organized as a part of curriculum activities.

The college has got Internal Quality Assurance cell (IQAC) which has initiated the process of academic audit.

Since the college is to abide by the syllabus prescribed by the Guwahati University, it does not have much academic freedom. However, it plays the major role in revising the course contents in indirect manner through its teachers, who are associated with revising the syllabus of the university. In general the syllabus does not provide scope for interdisciplinary teaching. However, the Cotton College arranges various programmes to overcome deficiencies. Special modules introduced in different subjects contain interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary topics and has become a normal process for faculty members to keep in touch with other departments.

In nutshell the college has been able to fulfil its mission and goals.

Criterion II: Teaching- learning Evaluation:-
The college admits the students on the basis of academic records. Distribution of teaching amongst the teachers is done through a process of consultation by the Head of the Department. Teachers take the responsibility of completing the full course of the students by taking additional workload or by taking classes on holidays. Such a situation arises quite often, especially when the vacant positions of the teachers are not filled. The college being a Government College does not have any freedom in appointing the teachers on vacant posts either as temporary or adhoc. The teachers are appointed by the Assam Government through the Assam Public Service Commission.

Teachers take remedial courses along with the regular teaching. Remedial programmes are in built in the regular teaching. The college encourages the meritorious students to participate in advanced learning. The college awards the prestigious 'College Diploma' (Certificate of Excellence) to students showing outstanding progress.

Regular teaching is supplemented by field studies, case studies, project works, seminars, popular lectures and group discussions. Some of the departments have got the audio-visual facilities, charts, models, maps etc and some teachers use it also.

The committee was quite impressed with the total working days in a year and specially with the total number of teaching days. It had total working days as 254 and total teaching days 214 in a year. One more healthy sign was noted that the ratio of the teaching and non-teaching staff was 1.4:1

The college encourages the teachers for enriching and refreshing their knowledge by attending Seminars/Conferences/Workshops at national and international level. In recent years many of the teachers have been invited as resource persons also. 102 teachers have participated in Conferences/Seminars/Workshops etc at national level while 42 teachers attended at International level. 18 teachers have been invited as resource persons at national level and 6 at international level.

The college has the provision of assessing students through terminal examinations. Apart from this, regular assessment is made by unit tests, seminars, tutorial assignments, oral tests, group discussions etc. Monitoring and mid-course corrections are designed to achieve the objective of the syllabi, which need to be completed as per the schedule of the annual/semester examination as well as the academic calendar. Internal assessment and sessional examinations are also part of the exercise to complete time from units of the syllabus.

The college being a Government College, the self-appraisal of the teachers is a mandatory condition. They have to fill up the prescribed self-appraisal form. In addition to this self-appraisal method, teacher's performance appraisal by out going students is also carried out. This feedback is used for taking corrective measures. In cases with negative appraisal, the teachers are asked to take necessary remedial measures by the authorities.

Research, Consultancy and Extension:-
The college has long tradition of research work in various fields of studies. A Research Council has been formed to promote research activities in the college. Research works have been published in the form of articles/research papers. Despite financial constraints, the institute has been publishing a research journal, which provide a forum for writing of research articles in different disciplines covering sciences, humanities and literature.

The college has got a good culture of research. It has got 87 faculty members with Ph.D. Degree. It has also got 12.5% teachers as Ph.D. guides and 55% teachers have been publishing regularly. It has got 21 full time research scholars and 43 as part time. During the last five years 28 Ph.D degrees have been awarded.
As a result of this culture of research and continued efforts of the teachers, it has been able to attract financial support from various research organizations. The college has got 38 ongoing Research Projects of total outlay of Rs. 1,24,13,278.00, which is commendable.

The college encourages the teachers for attending seminars/conferences etc. PG students are required to undertake project works. Teacher's interest can visibly be seen by their interaction and visits abroad. 10 teachers have visited different countries either for presenting the papers, or using their facilities or as visiting faculty.

Some of the faculty members have publications of their books by reputed publishers of Assam or of India and abroad like National Book Trust of India, Oxford University Press, TATA Mc. Graw Hill, S. Chand, Assam Sahitya Sabha, Kalyani Publishers etc.

There is not much culture of consultancy. However, some of their teachers are associated in honorary capacity as experts. Some of them have done field/survey studies. The college is extensively involved in extension activities like community development, health and hygiene awareness, adult education and literacy, AIDS awareness, social work, medical camps, blood donation camps, environment awareness etc. Some of the activities undertaken are mentioned below:-

Soil and Water testing kit was devised to be used in All India Vigyan Jatha Programme to promote Science Awareness in the year 2003-2004.

On the event of National Science Day, about 70 students and 20 teachers of the college participated in a day long programme.

Lecture/seminars are arranged from time to time to create awareness in health and hygiene amongst the public in general.

NSS activists takes part in the programmes like celebrating the International Literacy Day on 15.2.2003.

The Reanger Team of the college has completed several programmes during the year.
The college has a Health Committee, which regularly conducts Hepatitis-B vaccination in camps in the college hospital. Some of the departments along with a team of students and 10 doctors visited Assam Sishu Kalyan Sadan on 9.3.2003 to render services to its inmates through the following activities:

Free health check-up
Distribution of medicines
Donation of clothes.

NSS volunteers participated in a panel; discussion on environment and attended a film show on 'The Role of Media for Environmental Conservation' on 4.10.2002. The Eco Club of the college also observed World Environment day by tree plantation on 5.6.2003.
Exhibitions are also held regularly.

Workshops on recitation, drama and song, film projection are held regularly.

Infrastructure and learning Resources:-
The college is one hundred year old college and therefore, it has built up all necessary infrastructure in terms of library, laboratories, Museums, classrooms, sports facilities (Indoor and Outdoor), Computer center, dispensary, auditorium, hostels, audio-video library etc. More details are given below:

(a) The college has a Central Library, which has got 1,16,357 books and subscribes, 52 journals. It remains open from 10 A.M. to 8 P.M. and six days in a week. The library functions like lending of books, lending of audio-video materials, cataloging, book bank etc. are yet to be computerized fully. It has got the reprography and computer facilities. It has the internet facility. Besides the central library, many Arts and Science Departments have their own departmental libraries.

(b ) Departments have got laboratories and classrooms sufficient to meet the academic requirements .

(c) 13 teaching departments have 41 computers. The computer centre has 30 computers. Besides these departments Entrepreneurship Development Cell , Administrative office and Internal Quality Assessment Cell have got 3,4 & 2 computers respectively.

(d) The college does not have computer aided learning packages, which is proposed to be taken up in coming years.

(e) The college has one Indoor Stadium with two Badminton Courts, two tables for Table tennis. The college has the facilities for outdoor games. Besides, these facilities each hostel has got the facilities for Volleyball, Badminton and Table Tennis.

(f) Outstanding sports persons are given 10% relaxation in credit point for admission against quota allowed for sports.

(g) The college has got 7 hostels for boys and 3 hostels for girls. It accommodates about 20% students in hostels. One more PG hostel for boys is under construction.
The college has got a 4-bed hospital with one Doctor and one Pharmacist.
The college has got a Guest House and a auditorium of 800 seating capacity.

(j) The college maintains its infrastructure from the funds received from Assam Government and UGC . It also generates its own resources by renting the auditorium, hostels and classrooms during vacations and self funding computer courses.

(k) The college allows use of its academic facilities by other institutions. For instance the science laboratories and the service of the teaching staff were utilized by IIT, Guwahati, in the initial stage of setting up of the institute. Guwahati University also initially functioned from Cotton College. Many of the training courses (IAS and other competitive examinations) are organized by Administrative Staff College.

The maintenance of the campus is the responsibility of the PWD department of the State Government. Day-to-day work is carried out by the college, which has a number of gardeners and 'safai' workers.

(5) Student support and Progression:-
The college admits the students on the basis of their performance in the qualifying examination. Drop out rate of students is about 10%. The college publishes its prospectus every year, which clearly indicates the names of the courses, admission procedure, rules of maintenance of disciplines, attendance rules, hostel facilities, fee structure, name of faculty members etc.

The college has pride in producing luminaries and eminent personalities. The college boasts of producing two Governors, seven Chief Ministers and several ministers of North eastern region. Bharat Ratna, the late Gopinath Bordoloi was the first Chief Minister of undivided Assam. It has also produced 2 Olympians, 1 Arjuna Award Winner and a host of International level player. A list of prominent alumni also includes two Gopinath Award Winners, a Dada Saheb Phalke Awardees, several Sahitya Akademi Award , Sangeet Natak Akademi Award and National Film Award Winner and President of Sahitya Akademy and Sangeet Natak Akademy.

A number of alumni from science departments have also won prestigious awards like the Bhatnagar Award. A number of prominent civil servants are the products of the college.

Good teaching in science is evident by a good number of students qualifying in UGC-SCIR (NET) and UGC-SLET and GATE. During the last five years, 16 students have qualified UGC-CSIR, 5 in UGC-NET (in 2003) and 15 in GATE.

The college also has a placement cell helping the students in placement and career counseling.

The college has an Alumni Association and publishes a directory of the alumni.

(6) Organisation and Management:-
The college being a Govt. College is strictly controlled as per Assam Govt. rules in terms of financial and administrative matters. The teachers have to submit their appraisal report, which is being monitored by the Principal. In case found necessary, then teachers are advised for corrective measures.

In general the college adopts the policy of participation and transparency. There exits a good coordination between academic and administrative planning. The college has an in built mechanism of controlling the activities of non-teaching staff with the help of Administrative Officer who is from ACS cadre and a Finance& Accounts Officer who is from Assam Finance Cadre. Head of the Departments monitor the functioning of the laboratories and other fourth grade employees attached with the Departments. Hostel Superintendents monitor the functioning of the staff attached to it.

The college has a Grievance Redressal cell. It is functioning quite satisfactorily.

The college staff can avail the facility of housing and other loans as per rules of the Assam Government.

The college has a purchase committee, which is constituted for purchase of various items. The departments also have departmental purchase committee.

(7) Healthy Practices:-
The college carries on its legacy and maintains its traditions and heritage. It has got several healthy practices based on the principles of participation and transparency. Some of the healthy practices of the college are given below:-

The college has Internal Quality Assurance Cell(IQAC), which has the potential to monitor and the quality enhancement activities.

The college is sensitized to latest managerial concepts such as strategic planning, teamwork, decision-making and computerization.

The college strengthens the academic programmes through other complementary systems like self-financing courses and certificate courses in Computers.

The college has a Cotton College Moral Society (CCMS) which works for inculcating moral and ethical values among the students.

The college has Cotton College Women Forum (CCEF) which tries to inculcate civic sense among the students of the college.

Towards the all-round personality development of the learners, the departments of the college has different activities like seminar, group discussion, talks etc.

Various programmes are undertaken by different departments of the college to bring in Community Orientation in its activities.

The students of the college are required to present seminar papers in the departments and also to explain certain topics in the classroom in an effort to increase their confidence and communication skills.

Overall Analysis:
Started as a second grade college under Calcutta University in 1901 for imparting higher education to the people of north eastern region and with the vision of making higher education affordable to the common man, the college has come a long way in making all round remarkable efforts towards achieving this goal and vision. In fact the college has become a first grade institution offering various undergraduate and post-graduate courses in different disciplines of Arts and Science.

The Peer Team puts on record its appreciation for the sustained efforts made by the college for the maintenance of its standard of education and academic growth. The Peer Team intends to record the following commendations and suggestions.

The college enjoys an overwhelming heritage and admiration not only in Assam but also in the whole of North East. It has turned out men and women who have excelled in various walks of life, holding prominent positions.

Quality research and publications by the faculty members are extensive. Many departments bring out research journals regularly. Several teachers have international exposure and linkages. Ongoing research projects are 38 at an estimated cost of Rs 1,24,13,278/-. Some departments have registered societies for their teaching and research activities.

It is remarkable that some teachers are involved in highly relevant projects like Remote Sensing and Soil-Water Analysis programmes.

Many students are encouraged to take part in various extension programmes like science awareness, aids and drug awareness, environmental awareness, entrepreneurship awareness, social work, etc.

The college holds the unique distinction of having the only Entrepreneurship Development Cell in the country in a non-technical institution, Faraday Bicentenary Science Park, Research Council, Botany Hobby Centre, several museums, hospital facility, games and adequate hostel facilities for boys and girls, staff quarters and 29 different associations and societies within its different campuses.

The college has made all efforts to tap the funds from the State Govt. , including MLALAD's fund, and several Central Govt. agencies like UGC, DST, FIST, MPLAD's Fund, besides contributions from the alumni.

Four self-financed courses have been started recently related to Computer Science and Screen Printing.

The alumni have expressed their willingness to contribute in various ways for the betterment of the college. They have already started some programmes like preparing the games and sports facilities.

The college has initiated the process of having its own website www.cottoncollege.org while, the Entrepreneurship Development Cell has its website www.edccottoncollege.org . it publishes a research journal 'Journey Ahead'.

The Peer Team wishes to suggest the following for the better and concerted growth of the college:

Suggestions for Further Improvement:
The college may evolve a comprehensive overall plan in accordance with its vision.
While planning for the new courses and research activities, an inter-disciplinary approach, keeping in pace with the modern trends will greatly enhance the desired results.

The college may explore the possibilities of twinning, staff-student exchange programmes, Memorandum of Understanding and linkages with other research institutes and universities (in India and abroad).

Starting a Centre for North East Studies and introduction of new relevant and career-oriented courses like biotechnology, microbiology, environmental science, creative writing, public speaking, etc.

Resource mobilization may be increased very much through centralized publications, research/consultancy, use of facilities, etc.

A proper mechanism may be evolved for academic audit, IQAC and remedial classes.

The library may be computerized using proper software and hostel facilities may be improved.

The Peer Team is convinced that the college has the potential to become an autonomous institution.

The Peer Team would like to place on record its appreciation to this prestigious college for the excellent cooperation and support provided during the visit. The team thanks the Principal, Co-ordinator-NAAC Steering Committe, Parents, Alumni, Teaching and Non-Teaching Staff and the Students of the Cotton College for providing the required information for the successful completion of this exercise. The peer team wishes to place on record its immense satisfaction over the academic achievements of the college and wishes that it continues to sustain its reputation through quality enhancement strategies.

(S. K. Mukherjee) Chairman

(C.P. Srivastava) Member

(P.J. Victor ) Member

(Udayaditya Bharali)
Cotton College
Place: Guwahati, Assam.

Date: 10.01.2004

Surya Kumar Bhuyan – a great historian

— Sudeshna Purkayastha
Was Assam projected in the mainstream Indian historical discourse? The reply to this query reaffirms Assams marginalised position in Indian historiography. The historians showed no interest to include the story of the Assamese past in their writings. Even in the 19th century in the neighbouring provinces like Bengal had peculiar notion about Assam and the Assamese people. This was largely due to Assams peripheral geographical location as well as her closed economy during the pre- colonial era. Haliram Dhekial Phukan, the father of modern Assamese historians, realized this fact and wrote his Assam Buranji in Bengali language. Interestingly enough, that book was distributed among the elites of Bengal free of cost to circulate true facts about Assam and her people. More than half a century later, this fact was realised by a versatile Assamese scholar whose major contribution to knowledge rested on restructuring the Assamese past. Despite his renounce as a historian, that scholar laid his remarkable imprint in the field of literature, too. Once he wrote:

Kabitar parajay hol- Sansarar tumul ranat-; Herualon sonar shikali- Alochana buranji banat-.

Who other than Surya Kumar Bhuyan could express such a feeling that reflect a conglomeration of two opposing talents (fact-imagination) in such a tiny verse?

Surya Kumar Bhuyan was born on January 27, 1894 in Nagaon district of Assam. His father was Rabilal Bhuyan and mother Bhubaneshwari.

The aptitude of Bhuyans history writing needs no introduction. Prof Bhuyans multicornered historio-graphical aptitude includes the creation of interest in Assamese history among the masses, proper climate for historical research in Assam and circulation of the Assamese past beyond the geographical confinement of Assam. The vow he had taken in sending the message of the Assamese past to all classes of Assam as well as beyond Assam requires special attention. Assam as a geographical unit with a distinct linguistic and cultural heritage within India was first projected and portrayed far and wide in India and abroad by Surya Kumar Bhuyan. He observes, The most curious thing about Assam is the conspicuous ignorance about it on the part of my countrymen in India and my fellow mortals in other parts of the world. His love for Assam has been reflected time and again in his mission to make Assam and the Assamese people familiar beyond Assam.

Surya Kumar Bhuyan was a proud Assamese, but he was the first Assamese intellectual who had a wider vision of history and who tried to link up Assamese past with the greater domain of history. He realised that the only way to make world familiar with Assam was to create a bridge with the rest of the country and the world. He was a person who could prove his expertise in other languages like Bengali, English and Sanskrit. Interestingly enough, in 1911, Surya Kumar Bhuyan had won the first position in a competition of Bengali Sonnet composition in Eden Hostel, Kolkata while he was studying in the Presidency College. That function was presided over by Sir Gurudas Banerjee, the then Vice Chancellor of Calcutta University.Sir Gurudas Banerjee was overwhelmed while listening to the sonnet and honored the budding poet bestowing on Bhuyan the garland that was hanging around his neck. Surya Kumar Bhuyan also contributed to different Bengali journals and periodicals on thehistory and culture of Assam. This was the starting point of Bhuyans mighty mission of bringing out Assam from oblivion. His idea of cultural give and take started to be crystallized from that time onwards. His early task of rescuing Assam from erasure expressed itself in the publication of Ahomar Din, written in very young age as well as his untiring efforts to collect materials on the life and work of Anandaram Barua and Gunabhiram Barua. In that young age he did not hesitate to make contact with the veteran Vice Chancellor of Calcutta University Sir Gurudas Banerjee to fulfil this agenda.

Surya Kumar Bhuyan completed his Masters from Calcutta University in 1916. Two years later, in 1918, he joined Cotton College as a lecturer. That year was a landmark as Prof Bhuyan met Rabindranath Tagore in 1918 at Jorasanko. In course of their conversation Tagore expressed his desire to visit Assam. Bhuyan enlightened Tagore with Assamesehistory and culture and presented him his Nirmali, a collection of Assamese poems. Going through Nirmali Tagore wrote to Surya Kumar Bhuyan in which he appreciated highly the literary flavour of that work. In 1919, Rabindranath came to Assam and during that time Bhuyan came closer to Tagore. In 1920, Surya Kumar Bhuyan published a biography of Rabindranath Tagore.

Through his untiring efforts he was able to collect a large number of old manuscripts of the buranjis , written around five hundred years back. It is due to his devotion that todays historians of Assam are able to continue their research in institutions like Department of Historical and Antiquarian Studies. It is needless to state that Prof Surya Kumar Bhuyan was appointed as the first honorary Director of DHAS.

The year 1936 was a hallmark of the historians career. In that year Bhuyan went to England to do his PhD from the London School of Oriental and African Studies that gave him golden opportunities to get acquainted with a galaxy of intellectuals and scholars of the world and he shared his experience with them. C.K.Phillips was his close associate at SOAS and he had regular correspondence with Prof Phillips regarding the study of history in later years. Prof Bhuyan published innumerable works on the history of Assam and sent copies to the leading figures of Indian history like Sir Jadunath Sarkar, Nihar Ray, Neelkanta Sastri, Pratul Gupta, Surendranath Sen and many others who highly appreciated his achievements. All these were done to bring Assam from oblivion. His noted work Studies in the Literature of Assam was sent to Dr. Rajendra Prasad, Pandit Jwaharlal Nehru, Dr.Radha Krishnan, Dr. Abul Kalam Azad and many others only to locate Assam in national forum with a status that Assam actually deserves through herhistory and culture.

In 1937, Surya Kumar Bhuyan was invited to Rome by Prof Giuseppe Tucci to deliver lecture at Oriental Institute. In that lecture Prof Bhuyan projected the ancient, medieval and modern Assamese politicalhistory , Assamese social life, Assamese literature, music, paintings, sculpture and architecture of Assam. This was reported in the Italian daily Popolo D Italia. Prof Bhuyan was also invited to deliver a lecture in the Indian Civil Service Club at London to focus on thehistory and civilisation of Assam.

As it is impossible to count the waves of an ocean, so it is impossible to narrate all the achievements of a personality like Surya Kumar Bhuyan in this brief discussion. Surya Kumar Bhuyans mega mission of projecting Assam beyond Assam was successful during his lifetime. Assam came out of her marginalised position and her past started to penetrate into the study of non-Assamese intellectuals of India and abroad. The mission ofcultural give and take inaugurated by Prof Surya Kumar Bhuyan laid the foundation of a new Assam which is a concoction of national, regional and global perspective. In todays global society Surya Kumar Bhuyans ideology remains as the real pathfinder for a balanced social structure with a proper national, local and global network.
(Published on the occasion of SK Bhuyans death anniversary)

Globalisation – a boon or bane?

B Rahman Borooah
The process of economic liberalisation or for the that matter, globalisation adds a new dimension to our economic system. Some people would like to call it, as, Manomahonomics, while some people may term it as, Raonomics, and still another group would like to prefer it as, Raomonomohanics, although some political thinkers may like to term it as Populonomics.

The connotation of the term has generated a good deal of confusion and as such, a clear cut meaning, concept and implications of economic liberalisation are the crying need of the hour in the Indian context. Economic loberalisation basically means and includes: The edifice of industrial licensing system built over four decades ago in the country should be dismamtled, Abolition of physical restriction on imports and together with import dutues. Reduction of foreign exchange controls in both current and capital accounts should be immediately given effect to financial reforms, personal and corporate tax reduction, imposition of restriction on Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and portfolio investment should be dispensed with, areas hiterto earmarked for public sector basic industries, power transport, banking etc will be opened up, partial privatisation of public enterprises (with or without passing on majority control to private shareholding), change in approach to industrial sickness, relaxation of monopolistic restrictions on trade practices (MRTP) regulations and, to land a greater degree of competitiveness to various sector of Indian economy on global basis in order to enable them to produce quality goods in cost-effective manner.

Liberation means removal of controls and not regulations which further need to be streamlined and stringent as mentioned below since free market does not imply free regulations: (a) SEBI regulations, (b) banking and financial sector regulation, stricter restriction on unfairtrade practices and, (d) seeking replacement of liberalisation policy in respect of physical controls by financial controls to some extent.

Liberalisation is not any secret deal in any name or garb. It clearly displays all the elements of transparency or accountability in the functioning and procedures relating to various sectors of the economy.

Liberalisation should not be construed as an invitation to a good number of foreign companies and multinational corporations irrespective of reasonableness or otherwise, irrespective of objectives and sectors they may opt for. But, liberalisation suggests that the full opening of the economy must aim at building up our strength. Therefore, welcoming of foreigncompanies, MNCs etc should be recognised as means and not end in itself.

Liberalisation offers an opportunity to the growth process. Hence ground should be prepared to allay the misapprehensions in the public minds and the propriety of the above U turn, flexibility to new ideas and work culture required of revolution and subsequent adaptability of the system is a sine qua non of new reform.

Foreign investments get various incentives and concessions to the exclusion of Indian industries on various occasions to jeopardise the Indian entrepreneurs. It is observed that some foreign investors are interested only in those areas which yield higher returns sacrificing our national priorities and environmental considerations at the altar of our balanced regional development and welfare programmes.

The very tendency to dump our country with obsolete or outdated technology is the biggest hurdle of reform. However, continuous innovative effort for sophisticated technology made independently in a country may offset evil effects of reform. The IMF induced reform has almost compelled our economy to take a U-turn from our most cherished economic motto of Socialistic Pattern of Society, as enshrined in our Constitution without, however, convincing fully the nation as a whole of its indispensibility. Besides, our economy is bereft of flexibility and adaptability to absorb new ideas within a very short period.

Although some positive symptoms of reforms are noticeable after implementing reform programmes in the shape of high GDP growth rate to the tune of 6-3 per cent in 1994-95 as against 0.8 per cent of the crisis year of 1991-92 accompanied by a decline of inflation rate below 5 per cent. The growth of 29 per cent of imports vis-a-vis the growth of 25 per cent of exports has widened the trade deficit and if this trend persists. The country shall encounter another major balance of payments disaster. The decline in inflation rate to less than 5 per cent is accounted for pegging operation of administered prices of coal, petroleum products and food grains, credit squeeze and high interest rates needed to impose crunch on severe liquidity flow deprivingindustries of investible funds. But the situation took a reverse turn after the parliamentary polls in 1994. As the liquidity crunch was relaxed the inflation rate short up and assumed the form of hyperinflation at 12 per cent or more at present. Hence, the fall in inflation at the initial stage is quite deceptive. But, the most negative feature of fiscal deficit amounting to nearly Rs 70,000 crore is alarming and has posed a threat to the economy.

Some of the protagonists of privatisation of PSUs (public sector undertakings) see partial privatisation with jaundiced eyes to reap the benefits of reforms. In absence of this total privatisation policy the alternative modus openandi is conceived to be decenttralisation of greater financial and operational autonomy, technology upgradation etc. But, autonomy without accountability does not bear fruit. Public sectorindustries to yield positive results without privatisation is required to instil a commercial spirit with a host of honest, motivated, hardworking force and managerial expertise.

The so called process of globalisation has opened up unlimited and unrestricted vistas of business for the foreign MNCs. Many of them have infiltrated into the Indian markets and even those industrial units which have already built up capabilities to produce domestic products and low prices. Most of the Indian herbal and aromatic plants, medicinal products, etc have been patented by the foreign investors and through outsourcing process, produced final products at exorbitantly high rates in Indian markets. Food products like corn flakes, potato chips etc which could be produced in viable manner at cheaper rate being taken over by the MNCs to crush the Indian small scale producers. Kellogs Corn Flake, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Mc Donald Burger and such other food products of the MNCs have flooded the Indian food markets.

These products very easily lure our younger generation owing to colourful advertisement, professing superior quality luxury products. Along with the change of food habit of the local people; luxurious products of the MNCs bizarre culture at the cost of our national values, aesthetic ferour have been embraced by our younger generation. If this model of globalisation is accepted without reservation our socio-economic and cultural edifice will very soon move towards doom. Hence, globalisation is not a boon, but a bane in the present context of its style and mode of functioning.

A proper perspective of local socio-economic environment, cultural milieu, age old tradition, lifestyle and pattern of livelihood etc may be generated to evolve a pragmatic reforms programme which may fit in to our Indian tradition and culture.
(The weiter is a former Professor of Economics, Cotton College, Guwahati)

Cotton College: hopes and reality

— Amal Kumar Das
Cottonians rule Assam - so the dictum goes. Anywhere and everywhere, be it administration, education, medical, engineering, law, journalism, communication and certainly in politics, the presence of the Cottonians has been in the commanding height. Till the establishment of University of Gauhati, higher education in Assam meant college education and college education began with Cotton College in 1901. The glamour of Cotton College bewitched the youths in their teens who dreamt of becoming a part of the college; tradition and heritage built by successive generations leaving their footprints in the campus of the college

The name and fame of Cotton College spread far and wide. Even when the college was within the jurisdiction of the University of Calcutta, Cotton College shone like a star and stood by the side of famous Presidency College. But now when Cotton College has crossed centenary celebrations, a bizarre scenario has unfolded when light is dim. We can take a nostalgic view and reminisce on the light of other days, but the college, which was our destination, and before us of several generations, has fallen from grace, Cotton College does not shine among the top 50 colleges of India not to speak of among the best 10. What is more, the college that once enjoyed a position by the side of Presidency College; there stand St Xaviers, Lady Brabourne, Ashutosh College, Bethune College, Scotish Church College, Maulana Azad College within the top 50colleges of India. St. Xaviers and Presidency College have the position within the best 10.

Best 10 Arts Colleges Science Colleges
1. Loyola College, Chennai Loyola College, Chennai
2. Lady Shri Ram College for Woman, Delhi St. Stephens College, Delhi
3. St. Stephens College, Delhi St. Xaviers College, Kolkata
4. St. Xaviers College, Mumbai St. Xaviers College, Mumbai
5. St. Xaviers College, Kolkata Presidency College, Kolkata
6. Christ College, Bangalore Presidency College, Chennai
7. Presidency College, Kolkata Madras Christian College, Chennai
8. Madras Christian College, Chennai Fergusson College, Pune
9. Stella Maris College, Chennai St. Xaviers College, Ahmedabad
10. Fergusson College, Pune St. Xaviers College, Bangalore

The above picture is presented by a survey by two National Journals India Today and the Outlook. However for convenience, the facts and figures are reproduced from India Today of June 22 Issue (2009).

Placewise distribution of the top 50 colleges is as follows — Chennai (A) 10 (S) 8, Delhi (A) 10(S) 8, Mumbai (A) 8 (S) 11, Kolkata (A) 5 (S) 6, Hyderabad (A) 4 (S) 6, Bangalore (A) 4 (S) 5, Ahmedabad (A) 3 (B) 2, Kochi (A) 3 (S) 2, Chandigarh (A) 1, Pune (S) 1, Jaipur (S) 1.

The above presents a picture that Indias best Arts and Science Colleges are concentrated in Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bangalore, closely followed by Ahmedabad and Kochi that also shows the emergence of Chandigarh, Pune and Jaipur. What is conspicuous the graph is dominant in the south with three centres of Chennai, Hyderabad and Kochi; Mumbai shines in the west with Ahmedabad and Pune; Delhi with premier position receives additional premium from Chandigarh and Jaipur in the north. In the east, it is onlyKolkata and nothing but Kolkata that steals the show with expansion of base within the city. The graph ends there and does not move eastward when once famous Cotton College pales into insignificance.

Several yardsticks are applied in ranking the colleges. Cotton College was not downsized without reason. The century old college has certainly gathered some muscles with expansion of physical structure with the coming up of new buildings and yet the college lacks the basic infrastructural facilities. Although difficult to believe, the century old college does not have a playground. When the Newfield was taken over by the Sports Authority of India, the college authority meekly gave in. The hostels are dilapidated. At a time when some efforts of reconstructing hostels bore some fruits, the proposal was shelved for protest in the name of preservation of heritage buildings. It is true, hostel dwellers of the past might have some emotional attachment with the hostels they once lived in, but the fact remains, it concerns a specific group. To the general Cottonians, the overpowering Administrative Building that stood as a Heritage Building for hundred years was more important. But when that Administrative Building was demolished, all were shy of raising voice against the action. Emotion is a part in life, but emotion is not to be allowed to fly so high that it embarrasses developmental initiatives. However there is always a meeting ground where perceptions of varying degrees can be reconciled.

But the issue that concerns the Cottonians enormously is the downward trend of the functioning of the institution. All are anxious now to bring back the lost glory. There are allegations of administrative lapse, negligence of duty on the part of some members of the teaching staff and HODS submissiveness too. Opinion varies on the role of the government. While it is alleged that there is interference of the government leading to facilitating backdoor entry of teachers below the mark that has adversely affected the standard, there is also an opinion that the government is indifferent to the needs of the college. To get rid of the hurdles, there is a suggestion to upgrade the college into a DeemedUniversity . The status will provide autonomy to the college and keep it free from unwanted government pressure. The approach appears to be simplistic and falls short of positing a roadmap. Have the conditions of sustaining Cotton College as the government college become invalid or is converting the college into a DeemedUniversity – the only panacea to save this glorious institution from all ills? We need suggestions from the able and the experienced.

The college must have a vision. We are of the opinion that a committee of high standing educationists, administrators, noted intellectuals should be constituted to go through the entire gamut of the problems to suggest the steps and the roadmap to regain the glories of the past. The committee will study the problems of the college and also the way of functioning of some of the topcolleges mentioned and spell out where the Cotton College lacks in. If needed the committee can also include reputed educationists from some of the aforesaidcolleges for guidance. The committee will make observation on the status quo i.e. Cotton College as a government college to be maintained or the college needs upgradation into a DeemedUniversity status and if so, autonomy upto what extent, the system of fiscal discipline, existing loophols of recruitment if any, creation of infrastructural facilities. What we want – the confusion must be put to rest and the college must receive a direction to arrive at a position when Cotton College can stand among the great – The topcolleges of India.
(The writer is ex-Manager (PR) BRPL)

Cotton student commits suicide in college campus

GUWAHATI, March 29 – Close on the heels of a suicide incident in Gauhati University last week, a girl student of Cotton College ended her life by allegedly hanging herself inside the college campus this morning.
The incident shocked the college fraternity and cast a pall of gloom in the institution, where degree examinations have been going on.
The body of Shahnaj Rosul Rehman Ahmed (21), a final year B.Sc. (Zoology) student, was discovered hanging by her dupatta in the conference hall of the department around 10-30 am. It is suspected that she took her life about an hour before, as she was seen entering the college campus around 9 am.
Giving an account of the incident, Cotton College Union Society (CCUS) general secretary Gaurav Gogoi said that Shahnaj reportedly came to the college to appear in the examination but instead of going to the examination room apparently entered the conference hall of the Zoology Department and ended her life.
We are shocked and perplexed by the incident, as Shahnaj was a brilliant student and had already appeared in two papers on March 24 and 26. Her friends also did not report any abnormality in her behaviour, Gogoi said.
According to another source in the college, the incident could have something to do with examination-related stress. Shahnaj, incidentally, had skipped last years examination.
Police said that it was informed about the incident around 11 am. The body has been sent for postmortem and an inquest done by the magistrate. A case of unnatural death has been registered, Addl SP (City) Longnit Teron said, adding that no suicide note was recovered and that study-related stress could be a factor behind the suicide.
Teron said that Shahnaj came to appear in the examination and the invigilator started looking for her as she had not reported in the examination hall. After some time an employee of the college noticed her body hanging in the conference hall of the building.
Shahnaj was the daughter of Habibur Rehman of TR Phukan Road, Machkhowa.

Remembering Prof VD Thawani

— Dr Anil Kumar Goswami
A quintessential academic at the first impression, an outstanding teacher of mathematics and statistics and an excellent human being who maintained a cordial relation with his students, colleagues and friends as well till his demise at the age of 80, was born on October 4 in the year 1909 in Sind, then under the colonial rule of Britain. Many of us have fond memories of Professor VD Thawani who was the founder Head of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics of the Gauhati University, and also the founder President of the Gauhati Science Society, later transformed into the Assam Science Society. In the later part of his active career, he served the United Nations in the FAO for several years with great distinction. I had close association with Professor Thawani beginning as one of his students in the B.Sc. Statistics pass course along with Physics Honours andMathematics and Statistics as subsidiaries during 1951-53 in Cotton College. The Gauhati University which was established in January 1948, introduced for the first time in the State, undergraduate courses in several subjects like, Statistics, Geology and Geography in the Pass and Honours along with Cotton College. Some of us were fascinated with Statistics, and one reason was definitely the fact that Professor Thawani whose reputation as ateacher was already spread far and wide, happened to be also a senior wrangler of Mathematical Tripos of the prestigious Cambridge University.

Before joining Gauhati University as Professor and Head of the Department of Mathematics, Thawani was Agricultural Statistician under Government of India in the Agriculture Department. Among peers in his fields of studies, great personalities of the stature of P.V. Sukhatme (Statistics) and V.V. Narlikar (Mathematics) were among his well meaning friends. One of our great oriental scholars of international fame, Krishna Kanta Handique was the founder Vice Chancellor of the GauhatiUniversity, who held the position for three terms from 1948-1957. Handique accepted the challenge of building the new and the first university of our State with all seriousness. As a student of the premier university of the country, the Calcutta University, he was surely inspired by the legacy of brilliant teachers like, Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, Chandrasekhar Venkata Raman, and the great visionary, Sir Asutosh Mukherjee, the then Vice Chancellor of CalcuttaUniversity who picked such luminaries to adorn the faculty of his University . The Bengal Renaissance, which was the Indian Renaissance of culture and education, had its far reaching impact on Sir Asutosh, who wanted to bring CalcuttaUniversity to similar stature as a world class university by choosing scholars of eminence from across the country to man the various Departments of his University including those of the newly established University College of Science. Handique had a similar vision, who picked such talents like, Professor Thawani, Professor P.C. Tomas, Professor Sarangapani, Professor Baji, and others as faculty in several Departments of the newUniversity.

Professor Thawanis teaching of Mathematics and Statistics was a talking point among students and intellectuals in the society. His command over different areas of these two subjects, conceptual clarity and exposition in a homely environment with his students and his inimitable linguistics skills were truly the hallmarks of his method of teaching. The radiating expression of his face and the cool organized wisdom to enable steer through any circumstance whether in affairs related to the functioning of the newuniversity or in other situation were always unmistakably impressive.

Professor Thawani, not only enjoyed teaching, he maintained a very affectionate regard for his students, past and present and also he endeared himself with equal cordiality with his colleagues and friends at the family level. His wife, Ratane, predeceased him a few years ago. Sir would ask me to stay in his house even after his wifes death, when I visited Jaipur where he settled after retirement. I remember, he would not hesitate to prepare the morning cup of tea himself in such occasion.

While glancing through old volumes of Phil. Mag, Proc. Royal Society, Phys. Review, etc, in the library of the Physics Department of Cotton College, I came across a few papers written by Sir in the Proc. Royal Society, all communicated by Fellows of Royal Society. I could perceive that the work reported in these communications were mostly applications of high level theories of Mathematics and Statistics. I would imagine that this was noticed, especially by PV Sukhatme who served for years as a senior statistician with the FAO,United Nations . It was perhaps due to Sukhatmes persuasion that Prof Thawani became inclined to serve the UNO as a statistician of FAO in several stints. He first joined the FAO in 1962, in Kathmandu, Nepal, and then left for Africa for a short period. As he was not very happy health wise while in Africa, he asked for relocation, and was then placed in Bangkok from 1963 till around 1974 with a brief interim posting for a few months in Rome. He worked in Baghdad from 1974 to 1977. After Bagdad he came home, and stayed with his son, Ghanshyams family at Calcutta. He in fact wanted to take retirement forthwith. However he was given one more assignment in Jakarta in 1979 and stayed there for about nine months. He finally relinquished his UN assignments, and was entitled to good amount of tax free pension till he called it a day on 19th of August, 1988.

Two things appeared to be in his daily routine: first, to write letters to his numerous friends, relatives and past students and colleagues, and secondly to dole out donations to institutions, mainly for educational and social concerns.

A perfect blend of an academic with a humane face and a theosophist at heart, Professor Thawanis cherished memory is a source of inspiration to all who had been fortunate to come in contact with him in one way or the other. With Assam Science Society, Sir had his abiding faith in its effectiveness and in the pursuit of its primary goals and objectives. He donated funds for the creation of two endowments for a Fellowship, the V.D. Thawani Fellowship to recognise outstanding achievements in the Physical Science Group, and a research award to provide incentive for pursuing research by younger talents. The last occasion he visited Assam was in March 1978, when he attended the Silver Jubilee Annual Conference of Assam Science Society at Goalpara College as the Chief Guest.
(Published on the occasion of birth centenary of VD Thawani)

Hard work: key to success

GUWAHATI, May 26 – HS toppers have attributed their success to hard work, parental support and conducive atmosphere in their respective educational institutions that contributed in shaping their dreams.

On a day that made Gunjan Jyoti Bhuyan, Spandan Jyoti Das, Namrata Das, Nibedita Baruah and the other toppers of Cotton College Science stream feel on cloud nine, principal of the college Dr IK Bhattacharya said it all in a simple line –hard work brings the expected results.

Gunjan, who apart from studies is interested in quiz and cricket and is aiming to become an engineer, said that there is no alternative tohard work to achieve success in life.

Spandan, who had studied eight to nine hours daily, is also aiming to be an engineer. His parents have always been a source of inspiration to him and he is grateful to his college as well as his friends. An avid fan of meaningful films, Spandan said that from hisparents he has learned to work with dedication and would shape his life on the teachings of his parents.

Another topper of Cotton College Namrata had put in 16 to 17 hours of study before the final exams. To bring good results, it is very important that students get good academic atmosphere and my college gave me the right kind of ambience to concentrate on my studies, said Namrata acknowledging the contribution of herparents who have always been behind her, but not imposing their wishes on her. Namrata said joining the medical profession is her dream.

Nibedita had put in eight to 11 hours of study and said parents and the college are the big factors in her success. Harbouring a dream to become an aeronautical engineer, she thinks the young people should not waste their time and devote themselves in pursuing their dreams.

In another college here, at the Gauhati Commerce College, a jubilant atmosphere was prevailing. Principal of the college Dr Ghanashyam Nath said that the results were satisfactory andhard work has paid. The toppers of this college, Najuk Agarwala, Rajat Jajodia, Manashi Saikia, Ranjita Jhabak, Ankit Jain and the others said that they were grateful to their teachers and the college. Najuk said he would like to do B.Com and Chartered Accountancy, and reiterated that only hard work pays.

Only two educational institutions in the city could secure top ranks in the Arts stream. Students of Cotton College, Tapashi Bordoloi secured the 7th position and Tamasa Das secured the 8th position.

Indrani Talukdar of Shrimanta Shankar Academy, Guwahati secured the 8th position. Indrani, who had put in 7 to 8 hrs study, said thatparents had been very supportive and that she would in future contribute towards the society by becoming a teacher.

Private institutions in the district proved better in education than the government educational institutes this year too. Like previous years, Salt Brook Academy here, kept its prestige by securing at least four positions in the list of toppers in the higher secondary examination.

Himanish Goswami and Parashar Talukdar of the Academy secured 5th and 10th rank respectively in Science stream. In Commerce stream, Himadree Gogoi and Tanvi Verma of the Academy grabbed the 5th rank.

Himanish garnered a total of 448 marks while Parashar secured an aggregate of 441 marks. The total marks of Himadree as well as Tanvi is 417.

Moreover, four students of the Academy have reportedly qualified for IIT, school authorities informed.

Moreover, Jonti Gogoi from Salt Brook Academy and Nibedita Roy of Oil India Higher Secondary School, Duliajan, scored highest in Computer Science and Application. Parima Gogoi, another student from Duliajan appearing as Institutional Private, garnered 90% in Home Science, the highest in the State Chiranjit Nag of nearby Lahoal Junior College scored highest 82% in Entrepreneurship.

Two girls of Commerce stream brought laurels to renowned JB College by securing 4th and 5th positions respectively while another girl from Arts stream of the same college secured the highest mark in English in the State.

Ankita Bhilwaria with 83.6 per cent and letter marks in five subjects did the college proud by securing the 4th position in Commerce stream. She securied letter marks in General English,Accountancy, Business Studies, CAES (Commercial Arithmetic and Elements of Statistics) and Economics.

Ambika Agarwala secured the 5th position by securing 83.4 per cent marks in Commerce stream. She secured letter marks in English,Accountancy, Business Studies and CAES. Her total mark in the examination is 417.

Another student of the same college, Shehnaz Sultana Hye from Arts stream securied the highest mark in English subject (93). She secured letter marks in English (93), Economics (80), Geography (82) and Logic and Philosophy (83).

Sukanya Dutta from Arts stream and Dipankar Gogoi from Science stream secured 6th and 10th position respectively. Sukanya secured aggregate 439 marks with letter marks in English, Alternative English, Economics, Logic and Philosophy and Political Science.

The lone boy, carrying glory to the district received 441 marks in Science stream.

He secured letter marks in English, Alternative English, Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics.

Bagging seventh position in HS final exam, Ankita Karmakar has brought pride to BRPL Vidyalaya of Dhaligaon in Chirang district. Her total percentage of marks is 87.8. Ankita has fixed her goal to become an IAS officer.

Prabir Ranjan Sarma of Tezpur Govt HS School has brought glory to Tezpur by securing 1st position in (Commerce) final.

Prabir secured 83 marks in Assamese, 81 in English, 98 in Business Studies, 85 in Accountancy 93 in Mathematics and 92 in Economics with a total of 430.

Prabir, an inhabitant of Tezpur Hazarapar and son of Monuranjan Sarma, a postal employee and Dr Lili Devi, said that without perseverance and belief in God nobody can secceed. I am awfully influenced by reading Mission India by APJ Abdul Kalam and always followed him as a role model, Prabir said.

Securing 9th position in the HS (Arts) Mayuri Kalita, a student of Puthimari College once again illuminated the area. She secured 2nd position in her HSLCexamination from Puthimari HS School in 2008. The feat of the student has created a festive atmosphere in the college campus with students cheering and dancing to her success.

Mayuri secured letter marks in Assamese, English, Economics, Logic and Philosophy and Education obtaining a per centage of 87.2. Mayuri daughter of Jyotish Kalita and a resident of village Palara under Kamalpur revenue circle in Kamrup (rural) districts, wants to become a lecturer of Economics.

The general public along with several organisation of Silapathar – congratulated Palash Jyoti Borah for securing the 10th rank in science.

His father Anil Kr Borah and mother Baby Rekha Borah are school teachers of Khanamukh High School and Silapathar Don Bosco High School respectively and are inhabitants of Silapathar Bamgaon.

He also secured 89th rank as ST in the IIT Entrance Exam, which has brought happiness in the family and other members.

Palash had got 3rd rank in HSLC examination, 2008 from Silapathar Don Bosco High School.

Hirakjyoti Saloi of Nalbari Shankardev Academy got 5th position while Nibedita Chaudhury of MNC Balika Mahavidyalaya secured 10th position.

Son of Dhiren Saloi and Leela Barman Saloi of Japarkuchi village, Hirakjyoti expressed his willingness to become an administrative officer.

Nibedita wants to be a teacher.

Our Mirz adds: Tulika Thakuria of Dakshin Kamrup College, Mirza has secured 9th position in Science stream. Daughter of Dharmeshwar Thakuria and Alpana Thakuria of village Uparhali, Tulika obtained 88.4 per cent marks.

Cotton EDC to set up video, photography, editing facilities

City Reporter
GUWAHATI, Feb 6 – Keeping pace with the world of electronic media, the Entrepreneurship Development Cell (EDC) of Cotton College is getting decked up for providing a holistic media package to students, making it more hands-on.

Marking a notable success with its digital audio studio, the cell is now ready to develop a video, photography and editing set-up, as an add-on course under a University Grant Commission (UGC) project.

The new set-up is about to come up within two months.

The video studio would initially provide one-year certificate course to the undergraduate students of the Cotton College. The infrastructure, at par with any commercial video studio, would help the students to learn the basics of video-editing, a lucrative profession these days.

We are trying to develop EDC as a one-stop destination for the students of audio-visual media, journalism and mass communication so that our pass-outs are a ready to induct package for any media organization. We of course, have specialized courses for the interested students, after which the prospects are even better, said Dr Satyendra Kumar Choudhury, chief co-ordinator of the EDC.

The glamour of the electronic media is also attracting students towards the specialized courses, but due to lack of proper infrastructure in many media institutions, they end up wasting their money in a theory-based course, not enough to find a good or desired placement.

Through the digital audio studio, started in July 2008, we are imparting training to the mass communication students, which is helping them with the voice-over, sound part of documentaries and many other fields. A one-year diploma course in audio programme production of IGNOU is also being run by Cotton College through this studio, said Pranab Jyoti Bora, in charge of the studio.

The studio, set up by surplus funds of different projects of EDC, and from the course fees of the students, is also doing commercial projects for self sustenance, which includes the recording of quite a number of albums like Hepahar Akash, Voice of Apatani, Fagunar Rang, Tumi Mor Sapon, Kholokholo and Anni Aang Logo, among others.

Sound mixing and voice testing for self assessment are among the other facilities provided in the studio at a nominal cost, added Bora.

The self-financed video course would install Final Cut Pro, the most popular software for video editing. The project cost for this would be around Rs 5 lakh. Our existing courses are open to everyone and though the add-on UGC video course would be available to Cotton Collage undergraduates, we are thinking to make it more extensive to reach out to other students as well, said Choudhury.

Noted journalist Naresh Rajkhowa dead

GUWAHATI, Nov 23 – Eminent journalist Naresh Rajkhowa, who had a distinguished career in The Assam Tribune, breathed his last this morning at his Nabagiri Road residence. The scribe, credited with several major newsbreaks from this part of the world, passed away due to old age ailments. He was 87.

His death has been widely mourned in the journalist fraternity in which he was recognised as a pioneer, who by grit and determination was able to come up with path breaking reports and analysis on a range of national and international developments.

He was the first to report on the Dalai Lamas arrival on Indian soil, on Chinese incursions in erstwhile NEFA, and the 1971 war leading to creation of Bangladesh. Subsequently, he covered the fall of Mujibur Rahman, the founding father of Bangladesh. Besides, his reports chronicled a series of major events and incidents shaping the recent history of Assam and the rest of the Northeast.

The late Rajkhowa was born in Phukan Nagar, Sivasagar in 1922. After completing his schooling he did his intermediate studies in Cotton College, and completed his higher education from St Xaviers College, Kolkata. During his stay, he represented the Calcutta University in volleyball tournaments.

In 1946, he joined The Assam Tribune as a sub-editor, and in 1951 he started working in the newspapers Shillong office as a Special Representative. In 1973 he was deputed to work in New Delhi, the tenure during which he further consolidated his position as a journalist of repute.

A widely travelled man who befriended many well-known public figures such as former President Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed, Rajkhowa was known in international circles for his reporting from several areas in South Asia. He retired from TheAssam Tribune in 1983. For some time he was a columnist for a Japanese newspaper, and wrote for The Hindu as well.

The writer of two books, Rajkhowa was a member of the Press Council of India for two terms, and a senior member of the Guwahati Press Club. A keen tennis and badminton player, he was the president of the Assam Badminton Association.

During and after his eventful life the veteran scribe was honoured with several awards and honours by different organisations of Assam.

He leaves behind his wife Aparajita Rajkhowa, three daughters and a son.

His cremation will take place at Nabagraha crematoriun tomorrow morning at 9 am.

Rajkhowas death has been widely mourned and since morning people have visited his place to offer their condolences. Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi in his condolence message recalled the late Rajkhowas contribution to journalism, and described his demise as an irreparable loss. Others who extended sympathies to the bereaved family include the Guwahati Press Club, the AASU, theAssam Tribune Employees Union, and Kasturba Gandhi National Memorial Trust.

Annual general meet of Botanical Society

GUWAHATI, June 22 – The annual general meeting of the Botanical Society of Assam was held in AC Dutta Bhawan of the Botany Department of Cotton College on June 20.

Hiranya Choudhury, retired Principal Chief Conservator of Forests spoke on potential forest resources for paper and pulp in NE Inida. He dealt very widely with the varied species of bamboo and conifers and spoke about their exploration and exploitation, a press release stated.

More than 50 members of the society from different parts of the State attended the meeting. Dr Bharati Sharma, head of the Department of Botany welcomed the guests. Dr IK Bhattacharyya, principal, Cotton College addressed the gathering as chief guest. The volume of Journal of Advanced Plant Sciences of the society was released by the chief editor Dr CM Sarma, retired professor of Botany of Gauhati University.

A new 32-member executive committee was constituted with Professor SK Sarma as president and Dr Manju Rani Devi as general secretary.

Cotton lecturer murdered in city

Mourners near the residence of Bibha Devi (inset), whose strangulated body was recovered from her Professors Colony quarter near Dighali Pukhuri in Guwahati on Sunday. – UB Photos
GUWAHATI, April 18 – Sensation prevailed in Ambari area after Bibha Devi (45), a lecturer of Zoology department of the prestigious Cotton College was found murdered in her official residence located on the Md Tayabullah Road.

The deceased was last seen near the Professors Colony on Saturday where she had been residing since the last five years. Though a permanent residence of Gandhibasti area, Devi – a spinster — had been staying alone at her official accommodation.

Investigators after taking stock of the crime scene suspected the gruesome murder to have taken place on Saturday even-ing.

Police said that the victims mouth was gagged with a piece of curtain cloth and the body was spotted by one of her neighbours this morning after which they were informed.

Additional SP (City), Longnit Terang, when contacted, said, One of the deceaseds relatives called her last evening asking her to accompany him to a meeting in thedepartment but she skipped the meeting stating that she had got some repair work to do at home for which she had asked a carpenter to come. We are looking for the carpenter.

Investigation is on and we are probing all angles, and the exact reason behind the murder cannot be ascertained at this point of time, he added.

Scratch marks are evident on the entire body, including the face, which indicates that the victim tried to resist the attempt for quite some time, a senior Assam Police official stated.

A forensic team of the CID rushed to the spot and the body was sent for post-mortem. Neighbours informed that the door of the deceaseds residence had been open since last evening. A section of other people had also seen a suspected person coming out from her residence around 4 pm.

In another mysterious incident, family members of Olokamoni Gogoi (28), a newly-married woman, had lodged an FIR after her body wasfound hanging from the ceiling of her house in Noonmatis Salbari area this morning.

The FIR alleged that Olokamonis in-laws had been demanding dowry ever since she was married to Dhirajmoni Gogoi about 11 months back. Dhirajmoni has been detained.

EDITORIAL Gopinath Bardoloi : architect of modern Assam

— Dr S D Goswami
Lokapriya Gopinath Bardoloi , a doyen among the makers of modern Assam, was born in Guwahati on June 6, 1890. His father, Buddheswar Bardoloi, was a doctor by profession. At the age of eighteen Bardoloi passed his Matriculation examination, securing a first division. Two years later he passed his Intermediate examination, also in the first division, from Cotton College, Guwahati. He then proceeded to Kolkata for higher studies and joined the Scottish Church College. He passed his BA in 1911 with a second class Honours in History. In 1914, he passed his MA examination in History, securing the first position in the second class .Returning to Assam he was persuaded by Deshabhakta Tarunram Phookun to assume the charge of the Head Master of the Sonaram High School. In 1917, after obtaining his law degree, he left Sonaram School to join the Bar.

With the launching of the non-violent non-cooperation movement in 1920 Bardolois life took a new turn. A great admirer and follower of Gandhiji, Bardoloi was profoundly influenced by the Gandhian method of non-violent struggle. In 1921, as per the Congress decision to boycott the court, Bardoloi left the bar to join the freedom movement. This gave him an opportunity to work with such stalwarts like Karmabir Nabin Chandra Bardoloi, Deshapran Chandranath Sarma and Deshapremik Kuladhar Chaliha. In his own humble way Bardoloi worked for the success of the noncooperation movement, always taking active part in organising boycott of foreign commodities and popularising hand-spinning and khadi. In those days he was often seen carrying a bag containing his clothes etc. on his back and walking barefooted in the remote areas of south Kamrup and Goalpara, propagating Gandhijis ideals among the mass people. For his participation in the non-cooperation movement Bardoloi was sentenced to imprisonment for one year. During the 41st session of the Indian National Congress held at Pandu in 1926 he took a leading part as an organiser and earned appreciation from all delegates. In 1932 he was elected Chairman of the Gauhati Municipal Board.

The Government of India Act 1935, introduced a new era of Indian freedom struggle .The Congress leadership, though not fully satisfied with the Act, decided to give it a fair trial. In Assam, in the elections held in 1937 as per provisions of the Act of 1935, the Congress won thirty three seats in a house of 108, forming thereby the largest single group in it. Bardoloi was elected the leader of the Congress Legislature Party. This was undoubtedly a great honour for him. However, non-acceptance of ministry being then the Congress policy, it preferred to act as an opposition group in the legislature, often showing its progressive and democratic views on matters of national and regional importance. Under his able leadership the Congress so successfully exposed the sectarian policies of the Government that Sir Syed Mohammad Saadulla, the Premier (a term used in those days) had no other option but to resign. No wonder, Bardolois keen interest to solve the burning problems of the region earned him respect from all sections of the people. Thereupon the Congress took up the challenge and asked him to form a coalition ministry which he did on September 19, 1938 with support of a few independents and Muslim members. The Congress coalition ministry, began its work in right earnest by performing a number of commendable acts such as reduction of the rates of land revenue, prohibition of opium consumption and restriction of immigration into the province from neighbouring East Bengal (now Bangladesh) with a view to safeguard the interest of the indigenous people. Another important measure which he took was the introduction of a tax called agricultural income tax which aimed at protecting the local interest by heavily taxing the planters, the majority of whom were Europeans. But the life of the Bardoloi ministry was cut short when the All India Congress Committee, in protest against the British Governments unilateraldecision to involve India in the Second World War and its inability to accept the Congress demand of self rule after the War, asked the Congress ministries to resign forthwith. In Assam, the Congress coalition ministry of Bardoloi resigned in November, 1939. As desired by Gandhiji a mass satyagraha was then organised throughout the country. In Assam, Gopinath Bardoloi was selected the first satyagrahi . He observed satyagraha in front of the court building at Guwahati on December 10, 1939.

In August 1942, Bardoloi attended the Bombay session of the All India Congress Committee where the famous Quit India resolution was passed. On his way back to Assam he, along with Siddhinath Sarnia, was arrested at Dhubri. After his release from jail he again whole-heartedly engaged himself in organisational work of the Assam Congress. After the War when elections were held the Congress won 50 seats in a house of 108. With the support of a few other members the Congress formed a new ministry on 10 February, 1946 with Gopinath Bardoloi, the leader of the Congress Legislature Party, as Premier. But soon his ministry had to face a serious political crisis caused by the Cabinet Missions dangerous grouping plan of grouping Assam with Bengal for creating, what historian K N Dutt believes, a predominantly Muslim Zone in Eastern India. Luckily, at this critical juncture ofhistory Bardoloi rose to the occasion and not only opposed the plan but also reaffirmed Assams right to frame its own constitution. At last, Bardoloi, the master craftsman, succeeded in convincing the national leaders about the justness of Assams cause and in getting this part of the Cabinet Missions plan scrapped. Almost simultaneously, he had to deal with the formidable task of evicting thousands of immigrants who had encroached the grazing and forest reserves of Assam. With great political sagacity and dexterity he successfully combated this evil,

In the post-independence period, Gopinath Bardoloi took a leading part in rebuilding Assam on modem lines. Although comparatively young he had enough gift of leadership to have his way at every critical stage, and with popular support. This was so because he could always strike a balance between national and narrowly Assamese interests... says Amalendu Guha, in his book Planter Raj to Swaraj. Unfortunately, this great son of Assam did not live long to guide the destiny of the people through strain and tussle. He died of heart attack at Guwahati on the night of August 5, 1950.

Though basically a politician Lokapriya Bardoloi was not blind to the various problems of Assam. He had so thoroughly identified himself with the interests of the State that no problem, big or small, could escape his attention. His genuine concern for Assam and the Assamese people made him immensely popular among all, and earned him the epithet Lokapriya. He was a pioneer of modern education in Assam. It is largely because of him that within years on independence Assam was blessed with its first University, first Medical, Engineering and Agricultural colleges, its High Court and several other technical and non-technical institutions. He was a great patron of games and sports and took active part in some of them. It is in commemoration of his memory that a major soccer championship of our time, the Lokapriya Bardoloi Trophy Tournament is now held every year in Guwahati. He was a very good stage actor in his school and college days and earned great fame for his role of Alexander in the play Chandragupta, Othelo in Othelo and Antoni in Julius Caeser. He had great love for music, especially Hindustani classical music and Borgeet.

During his short tenure of life, Lokapriya Bardoloi, both as a Congressman and head of the provincial administration demonstrated his vision and idealism in laying the foundation of a strong and progressive Assam. In reality, it was he who can rightly be called a maker of modern Assam and perhaps it is in the fitness of things that he has been honoured with a Bharat Ratna posthumously. Paying rich tribute to him Sardar Patel, the Ironman of India and independent Indias first Home Minister, wrote about him soon after his death : It is difficult to think of Assam without Gopinath Bardoloi. He had identified himself with the interest of his state, and for years the political life had so much intermingled with his great personality that we had come to think of those two entities being always synonymous.
(The writer is former Professor of History, Dibrugarh University)

Remembering Devakanta Barua

With his infamous remark India is Indira, Indira is India, Devakanta Barua became the most controversial person in Indian politics. Many political analysts are still trying to find out the reason that evoke a person like Devakanta to compare the country with his political mentor Indira Gandhi. Though he was known as an ardent loyalist of Indira Gandhi, he joined the anti Indira camp when the Congress party was divided into two factions. after ending of the Emergency in 1977. Many political pundits attribute it as the main cause of his debacle in political career.

Devakanta Barua was the only Assamese person who by virtue of rare personality, statesmanship, wisdom and knowledge reached the pinnacle of honour as the president of Indian National Congress, the biggest political party of the country. At a most critical period when the country was under the shadow of the Emergency, he led the party with courage, conviction and determination.

Before adorning the top post of the Congress in 1974, Devakanta Barua served the country as well as his home State Assam in various capacities. He was the speaker of Assam Legislative Assembly from 1957 to 1959. From 1962 to 1966 he was the Education Minister of Assam. In 1973 he migrated to the national politics and became the Minister of Petroleum, Chemical and Fertilizer in the Union Cabinet led byIndira Gandhi . From 1971 to 1973 he was the Governor of Bihar He also acted as the Chairman of the public sector oil company, Oil India Limited from 1968 to 1970.

But Devakanta Barua did not reach the top rank of the Congress within a night. Starting his political career from grassroots level he occupied the top post of the party. He joined politics at an early age of 16. Passing the Matriculation Examination in 1930, he jumped into the freedom movement of the country. He was arrested and thrown into the jail for six months. He took active part in the Quit India movement of 1942. The British government arrested him and again confined him in the jail for another six months. The authorities of Cotton College at Guwahati and Presidency College at Kolkata denied him admission into their respective colleges due his involvement in the freedom movement of the country. Therefore, he got himself admitted into Benaras Hindu University and obtained the degrees in arts and law. Returning home he again joined the freedom movement of the country following the call of Mahatma Gandhi.

Among the Assamese people Devakanta Barua was more popular as a poet than a politician. Writing only 35 poems which were included in his only poetical anthology Sagar Dekhisa, he carved a niche for himself in the world of Assamese poetry. Shifting its trend from romanticism, Devakanta Barua open the door of modernism in Assamese poetry. Therefore he is regarded as a poet of transition time. Incorporating dramatical monologue in the style of English poet Robert Browning, he exhibits a dexterity in the art of blending the sensuous and the romantic in his poetry. He was one who had the capacity to give graceful and revealing the expressions to love, beauty, passion and humanity.

The history of journalism movement in Assam is incomplete without mentioning the name of Devakanta Barua. He was a pioneer in journalism movement in Assam. He was editor of Dainik Asomiya, an Assamese daily published from New Press at Guwahati. Under his stewardship Dainik Asomiya became very popular in every nook and corner of the State. With his prolific pen Barua brought to light many burning problems of the State. But due to political pressure he left Dainik Asomiya in 1948 and joined Natun Dainik as its editor. With his holistic vision, broad outlook and view Natun Dainik became a-household name across the State.

Devakanta Barua showed his extraordinary brilliance both in the domain of politics and literature. But the politician Devakanta was quite different from the poet Devakanta. Both were like two poles of a same magnet with opposite nature, one always directing towards the north and other toward the south. -As a politician Devakanta was very strict, disciplined punctual and reserved person. But as a poet, he was very simple, amiable and soft-spoken person vocal to the down=trodden masses of the society.

Devakanta was not popular as a politician or a poet among his friends and followers. But he was popular for knowledge, wisdom and wit. His wide range of study made him a treasure trove of knowledge. Citing quotation, notation and references he could speak at a stretch for hours on any subject. My knowledge on Islam history is unchallengeable once he admitted to a friend. For him, study of history was more interesti than story. Admiring his encyclopedic knowledge, renowned Indian English writer, novelist, columnist and intellectual Khushawant Sing in an essay called the Laughing Buddha - D K Barua writes He reminds you of the porcelain figure of the Chinese laughing Buddha... He is remarkably well read. His conversation ranges over a wide variety of topics-, :history, literature, art, architecture, religion, politics comes last.

(Published on the occasion of D K Baruas death anniversary)

Ambari excavation site reveals age of Guwahati

GUWAHATI, May 10 – The bricks found at the Ambari archaeological site recently, which have firmly determined the age of Guwahati city, were handmade, differed in size and were not well-fired.

Stating this, Superintending Archaeologist of the Guwahati Circle of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) Dr SK Manjul said at a function here on Friday that those components of the brick-built tank unearthed there, have helped determine the age of the oldest human habitation-activities at Ambari site. The age of the human habitation-activities at the site has been determined to be that of the Sunga-Kushana period, that is 2nd century BC – 1st century BC to 3rd century AD.

Moreover, a terracotta plaque found at the site also suggests the presence of human activities at the site during the above period, said Dr Manjul. Explaining, he said, the plaque was a moulded one, which is the unique hall mark of the Kushana period.

Dr Manjul was delivering a talk on the recent findings at the Ambari archaeological site with the help of LCD presentation. It was organised by the Directorate of State Museum.

He also expressed the opinion that the Cotton College site had archaeological potential. This has been proved by the findings during an excavation conducted following the digging for the construction of the indoor stadium of the College led to the discovery of a number of archaeological objects.

Moreover, archaeologically important objects have also been found in Panbazar and Uzanbazar areas, which are located in the vicinity of the Ambari site. There are indications also of the extension of the Ambari site towards the Guwahati Railway Station, campus and towards the Khadi-Gramodyog campus, he said.

State Archaeology Director Dr HN Dutta, in his presentation said that Ambari had opened a door for the scholars to peep into the glorious past of the States civilisation.

Dr Dutta gave an account of the excavations conducted at the site since 1969 and claimed that the recent findings at the site had revealed the cultural connection of the State with mainland India since the Sunga-Kushana period. The recent excavation that started at the site on January 31 last, ended on April 30 last.

The ASI and the State Directorate of Archaeology jointly conducted the excavation at the site this time. Excavation at the site was initiated by the Anthropology Department of Gauhati University.

The function was presided over by Dr TC Sarma, who also led excavation at the site for a long period. Prof Promode Bhattacharyya was also present on the occasion, besides a number of scholars. Dr Sahraruddin Ahmed, Director (in-charge) of the State Museum also spoke on the occasion.

KMSS to move SC to reopen Himanta cases

GUWAHATI, July 10 – Voluntary organisation Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) today announced that it would move the Supreme Court of India seeking its intervention in re-opening the TADA cases against Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.

Addressing a crowded press conference here, KMSS secretary Akhil Gogoi today said that his organisation was now in possession of the original case diaries of the above cases, which went missing from the Panbazar (Case No. 15-1991) and Chandmari (Case No. 77-1991) police stations. The Gauhati High Court had acquitted Sarma as the reconstructed casediaries failed to substantiate the charges against him.
The KMSS was also in possession of all the documents related to the murder of noted Congress leader Manabendra Sarma, the seizure lists, the confessions made by each and every person who were Himanta Biswa Sarmas accomplices in the above cases, Sarmas own interrogation-confessional statements, investigating officers reports and some letters with explosive information, among others, Gogoi said.

The disappearance of all these documents led to the acquittal of Himanta Biswa Sarma in all the above cases. Since the documents in their original forms were now available it was expected that the cases could be re-opened, he said.
He also supplied the newspersons some excerpts and parts of the photo copies of the above documents. In one of the excerpts, Sarma confessed his links with ULFA and having helped the militants of the outfit in their extortion bids.
One of the accomplices of Sarma also made a confessional statement that he was hiding in Room No. 2 of the RKB Hostel of Cotton College to avoid arrest and was operating from there. He confessed keeping some ULFAdocuments , ULFA receipts, one pistol and 25 rounds of ammunition buried behind the kitchen of the Sitanath Brahmachoudhury Hostel of Cotton College. Accordingly, the investigating police officer seized the above materials in presence of the witnesses, said one of the excerpts.

On the strength of these case diaries and documents, the KMSS is going to file a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) petition in the Supreme Court with the plea that the above cases should be directed to be reopened, Gogoi said.
He explained that in order to resist the fascist tendencies that have been gripping the political life of the State with rapid strides and also to free the States politics and society from corruption, the KMSS has undertaken a mission to expose the powerful coterie of politicians, bureaucrats, contractors and criminals.

This coterie has been extending help to the exploiters working under the garb of neo-liberalisation of the countrys economy. Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has been using Himanta Biswa Sarma to facilitate such exploitation and Sarma has been working as the kingpin in this political exercise. This coterie is bent on imposing an undeclared emergency in Assam.

As part of the anti-democratic conspiracy of this coterie, Himanta Biswa Sarma is trying to tear down the struggle of the KMSS. To frustrate all such designs and attempts, the KMSS has undertaken the above bid to initiate a proper judicial procedure against Sarma, Gogoi said.
NC Hills scam: Alleging that the Rs 1000-crore NC Hills Autonomous Council scam was much bigger than what it appeared to be, Akhil Gogoi also demanded steps to bring the financial irregularities in Karbi Anglong District Autonomous Council also within the ambit of the CBI probe.
He claimed that the size of the money involved in the NC Hills scam might be five times more than the presently projected one. He demanded that the CBI enquiry should cover the entire episode since 2001.
Asking for a more comprehensive enquiry into the NC Hills scam, the KMSS secretary demanded that former Assam Governor Ajai Singh and Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi should also be questioned by the CBI, along with other politicians and bureaucrats, in this connection.

He further alleged that the office-bearers of his organisation, which had unearthed many cases of corruption and fund anomalies through the RTI, had taken a great risk by raising the issue of NC Hills Autonomous Council scam and going against the minister.
We all know that we might be killed or imprisoned on fake grounds for speaking the truth. Through various sources we have come to know that traps are being laid for the KMSS leaders, alleged Gogoi.

AHSEC decision on CBSE syllabus decried

GUWAHATI, April 2 – Participants at a recent discussion on common curriculum here expressed their dismay over the decision of the Assam Higher Secondary Education Council (AHSEC) to introduce the CBSE syllabus and textbooks from 2010 without the common curriculum.

They observed that the decision of the AHSEC to introduce National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) books at elementary level and translate them into local languages without any modification to include local environment, culture, value system and ethos, is despicable. This decision is fraught with the danger of affecting the knowledge-base of the States children on their own environment, culture etc.
The participants at the session, organised by the Retired Teachers Forum of Cotton College, discussed in detail the decision of the Assam Government to adopt the syllabus and textbooks of the NCERT and Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) from class I to XII.

The participants, who included around 50 educationists, observed that the above decision of the AHSEC was without justification since the proposed common curriculum is sought to be made effective from 2011 for the entire country. After the introduction of the common curriculum, the AHSEC will have to revise the syllabus, observed the participants.
They also observed that there is a difference between adopting syllabus and the books. The translation of books involves certain restrictions, which does not permit any single modification. Literal translation of any book often keeps many gaps in understanding and therefore, is not an appropriate option. The decision of the AHSEC to go for exact translation, therefore, has no merit, they observed.

The children of the State would not learn anything about their own state, its environment and the culture of its people from such an exercise. From their childhood, they will be introduced to certain tradition, certain names and certain cultures which are alien to them. This move is hence fraught with the danger of unipolarisation in a country which boasts of multi-culture and multi-ethnicity as the source of the strength of its democracy.

The decision of the State Government to switch over to NCERT courses and textbooks has probably been taken without much thinking and without considering their future consequences, the educationists observed. Moreover, they pointed to the fact that the modifications like incorporating the information on the local flora and fauna, the leading personalities of the State, local lifestyles etc, are not allowed by the NCERT.

The overall view of the participants was that there is a tendency to centralize the education system gradually and to reduce the power of the states in matters of education. The State Government therefore, needs serious introspection in this matter and try to initiate serious dialogue with academics, civil society and other stakeholders.

Such efforts should lead to a consensus in keeping with the need of upgradation of curriculum in one hand and the necessity of providing the children at least the elementary level of flavour of the localenvironment, culture, lifestyle, value system etc with which they are associated from their birth on the other, the participants observed.
Many educationists of repute like Prof Dulal Gowami, Prof Tabu Taid, Prof Tarakeswar Choudhury, Prof Buddha Chetia, Prof Dilip Barua, Dr Nandita Bhattacharjee, Dr Sopon Duorah, Dr Sunil Pawan Baruah, among others, took part in the discussion. Prof Hiren Gohain and Prof Md Taher sent their views in writing and these were read out by the organisers in the function. The discussion was initiated by Prof Ranjit Bhattacharjee.

UN Resource Centre in city soon

GUWAHATI, Nov 8 – The United Nations is soon going to open a UN Resource Centre in Guwahati that would enable the students, scholars, teachers, legislators and media persons, among others, to have access to the latest information related to the UN. The centre would also facilitate interactions on international issues having regional significance.
Rajiv Chandran, Officer-in-charge, UN Information for India and Bhutan, New Delhi, announced this at the inaugural function of UN Exhibition on Lessons from Rwanda at the Sudmersen Hall of Cotton College. It is the third such exhibition by UN in the country after New Delhi and Mumbai, on the gruesome Rwanda genocide in 1994, killing an estimated 8,00,000 people in the ethnic strife.

Talking to The Assam Tribune, Chandran said that the United Nations Association, Assam had been working in close collaboration with Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi for establishing a UN resource centre in Guwahati that would work as a gateway to UN- related information. The Chief Minister has already sanctioned the project and we are in the process of finalizing the land for the centre, Chandran said.

Addressing the gathering, he said that the exhibition focuses on learning the lessons of the Rwanda genocide in order to help prevent similar happenings in the future, as well as raising awareness of the lasting impact of genocide on the survivors and the challenges that they still face today.

The trend of intolerance has gripped the world today. In a world where the culture of hate is being propagated through the Internet and other electronic media, we need to promote values of equality and fraternity. For a better future, we need to promote a healthy and balanced society that operates on the principals of tolerance, he mentioned.
More and more people should see this exhibition because the issues it addresses are still present in our societies, in every country and every region, Chandran added. The exhibition would be open till the first half of tomorrow.
Highlighting the role of the UN in promoting peace in the world, CK Das, Advisor to the Chief Minister of Assam, said that the international body had been working relentlessly to promote harmony and improve the living conditions of the people, particularly those of poor and backward countries of the world.

Earlier, Dr Aswini Sarma, secretary general, United Nations Association (UNA), Assam, gave the introductory speech. DN Saikia, Member of Assam Police Accountability Commission and Dr Sudarshan Barua, Vice Principal of Cotton College also spoke on the occasion.

Kamal Kumari awards presented

GUWAHATI, June 28 – The Kamal Kumari and Siva Prasad Barooah National Awards for 2006, 2007 and 2008 were presented at a function organised at the Pragjyoti ITA Cultural Centre here. Nine achievers in the fields of science and technology, art culture and literature, and journalism were given away the honours by eminent artist Shuvaprasanna, who was also the chief guest at the programme. Each of the awards consists of a citation, a trophy, a chadar and a cash component of two lakh rupees.

In the opening address, noted entrepreneur and tea planter HP Barooah of the Kamal Kumari Foundation briefly spoke about the work the foundation has carried out as part of its philanthropic character. Since its inception, the foundation has restored namghars, and Satriya cultural centres, supported students and institutions, offered medical aid to the needy, and assisted publication of Assamese literary work.

For the year 2006, the Kamal Kumari National Award for Art, Culture and Literature was presented to artist Hemanta Misra, a son of Assam, whose contributions helped put the state in the art map of the country. Because of his ill health, the award was accepted by a family member who appreciated the honour bestowed on the artist.

That years award for Science and Technology was given to Prof Dhirendra Nath Buragohain, the first director of IIT Guwahati, and an expert in the field of computer analysis and finite element stress analysis. In his acceptance speech, Prof Buragohain recalled with fondness his association with IIT Guwahati, IIT Powai and Cotton College. He graciously acknowledged his wifes support, saying she made him appreciate good work performed by others, and the value of human relationships.

The winner of the Siva Prasad Barooah National Award for Journalism 2006, veteran scribe Profulla Chandra Borua, while accepting the honour, mentioned the role of visionaries like the late SP Barooah, whose contributions helped establish the roots of journalism in Assam. He announced that the cash component of the award would be used in publishing his magazine Uddipan, meant for senior citizens.

Reflecting on the present media environment he underlined the need to be responsible in the use of language, and to consider adopting a code of conduct for journalists.

For the year 2007, the Kamal Kumari National Award for Art, Culture and Literature was won by eminent filmmaker Aribam Syam Sharma. The maker of several award winning feature and non-feature films, Sarma thanked the Kamal KumariFoundation and also Guwahati Cine Club for supporting him.

Prof Maqsood Siddiqui, a distinguished researcher in science who has made significant findings in cancer research, receiving the 2007 award for Scienceand Technology said that gaps existing between scientific research and application have to be bridged in India. He said that it was due to such gaps that many scientific discoveries were not credited to Indian scientists.

Winner of the Siva Prasad Barooah National Award for Journalism in 2007, Patricia Mary Mukhim, spoke briefly on journalism and the responsibilities for its practitioners. She said that journalism was not just a profession but a sacred trust and responsibility of articulating the needs of the underdog.

The Kamal Kumari National Award for Art Culture and Literature 2008 was presented to Oriya poet Ramakanta Rath, who read out a stanza from his poem Sri Radha, an Assamese translation of which was subsequently read out.

Prof BN Goswami, an alumnus of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was given the Science and Technology award for the year 2008. He remembered his past teachers and family from Patbausi who made it possible for him to embark on a long quest in atmospheric and ocean studies. A member of the Joint Scientific Committee of the World Climate Research Programme, he disclosed that he was in favour of an approach to meteorological studies based on more quantification.

Arnab Goswami of Times Now was awarded the Siva Prasad Barooah National Award for Journalism 2008. Accepting the award, he said that he was honoured to receive the award and would do everything in his capacity to make the voice of the Northeast heard in appropriate circles.

Speaking as the chief guest, distinguished artist Shuvaprasanna spoke about dreams, creations, art and society, providing glimpses into the creative process and its links to humanity. He hoped that the awardees would carry on with their good work, which although in different fields, contributed to well-being of all.

ributes paid to martyrs of Bhasa Andolan

GUWAHATI, July 4 – Tributes were paid to the martyrs of the Bhasa Andolan, which included remembrance of Ranjit Barpujari of Cotton College, who was killed in police firing on July 4, 1960 at a sombre function held on the bank of Dighali Pukhuri today.

Organised by All Kamrup District Students Union along with All Guwahati Students Union and others, several eminent personalities including litterateur Bisheswar Hazarika attended the programme. He described the details of the mass movement that had taken place to promote the use of local language in Assam. In his speech, AASU adviser Dr Samujjal Bhattacharya said that leaders of all political parties in Assam should apologise for their failure to implement the State Language Act and mentioned that more cooperation was required for the growth and development of indigenous languages of the region.

116 facilitators for Science, Maths appointed

GUWAHATI, Sept 19 – State Science and Technology Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma today handed over engagement letters to 116 numbers of Science and Maths facilitators as part of a three-year scheme under Assam Science Technology and Environment Council.

These facilitators have been engaged with an aim to develop interest for subject amongst the school children.

We have identified 116 schools located in as many constituencies where the facilitators would be engaged, said Sarma during the ceremonial distribution of engagement letters.

The Minister while stating that the idea is to attract more and more students towards Science and Maths, said: It is a disturbed equilibrium where 90 per cent of the students are opting for Arts or Commerce. We need to change the ratio by generating interest and encourage use of practical science among school children.

Asserting that the facilitators would not intervene in the day-to-day activity of the school, he pointed out that each school would also have a Science and Maths Club in their premises as part of the programme.

Besides, a sum of Rs 15,000 would be given to each facilitator per annum to organise Maths Olympiad and buy equipment, he stated.

He went on to inform that around 500 students would be taken to different scientific institutes in places like Durgapur.

The Minister also informed that plans are afoot to set up planetarium in all the district headquarters, besides the department has also decided to give solar lamp to students securing first in the class VIII and IX school examination.

The ceremony was also attended by Commissioner Secretary, department of Science and Technology Niraj Verma, Dr IK Bhattacharya, principal, Cotton College and director ASTEC Dr SK Choudhury and chairman, SEBA, B Konwar, among others.

Babi Barua passes away

GUWAHATI, June 9 – Noted academician and theatre director Porjanya (Babi) Barua died here today following a brief illness.

He was 51 and he is survived by his journalist wife Enaxi Saikia Barua of PTI, a daughter and parents.

Barua had been suffering from diabetes for the past one month and died following a cardiac arrest at his residence here this afternoon.

Barua was a senior lecturer of English at the premier Cotton College here and was actively associated with the English theatre scenario of the region.

Founder of the Shakespearean Society, Barua directed several plays like Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Merchant of Venice, Ibsens Doll House, Death of a Salesman among others.

He was also the founder member of Spic-Macay, the national organisation devoted to the promotion of classical music and dance.

He is the son of Assams eminent litterateur and Sahitya Akademi awardee Ajit Mallah Baruah and his wife is the manager of PTIs Guwahati bureau. – PTI

Sonaram Chutia feted on his 94th birthday

JORHAT, June 11 – Noted scholar of Sankari culture Sonaram Chutia has completed 94 years of his life. On his birthday, he was honoured at his residence at Malow Ali here in a programme presided over by Rudra Bora, president of Sankar Sangha, Jorhat.

Amidst hundreds of his admirers the aged scholar became nostalgic while recalling some past experiences. Rana Goswami, MLA of Jorhat constituency, honoured him in the programme.

Chutia was born in 1915 at Kakojan Bam Kukurachowa Gaon. He was a brilliant student and passed his matriculation with letter marks in five subjects. Then he obtained his graduation from Cotton College and started his career as a teacher.

During the freedom movement of India, he followed the path of non-violence directed by Gandhiji and was imprisoned by the British government.

Toppers savour success

GUWAHATI, May 29 – Jyotirmoy Rajbongshi, the second State topper in the HSLC examination-2009, could not recall any other day in his life when he was so adored, admired and sought after, and this affirmed his belief that hard work pays! A student of Axam Jatiya Vidyalaya, Noonmati — the Assamese medium school which clinched six ranks this time — Jyotirmoy is the son of Promod Rajbongshi, Research Assistant in Department of WPTandBC and Jyotsna Rajbongshi, Field Assistant in Department of Economics and Statistics.

Securing a total of 567 marks, he fell short of one mark to tally the State topper Priyanuj Bhuyan of Christ Jyoti School, Nagaon.

It would have been wonderful to get that one mark or more, but I am happy that the result is as per my expectations, an upbeat Jyotirmoy told The Assam Tribune.

Aiming to pursue research work in physics and teach the same subject in the future, he is willing to study at Cotton College.

Quality education is possible in Assamese medium – the guiding spirit of Axam Jatiya Vidyalaya once again illuminated the way to success for all its Matriculation candidates, with numbered per cent results for the school with six ranks, 19 distinctions, 30 stars, 96 first divisions, 11 second divisions and 330 letter marks. What makes the result more special is the absence of third division, compartmental and failed candidates.

The relentless efforts of our teachers and dedication of students have paid off. More heartening is the fact that a gradual process of growth is apparent in our school, which is reflected in every field, said Rector of Axom Jatiya Vidyalaya Ranjit Narayan Deka.

The school clinched four top ranks in 2007 and 2008. Asked whether the school works out a future strategy after the HSLC results are declared, he replied that it concentrates more on identifying and addressing the drawbacks.

Some unique features of our school like counselling of a group of students under a teacher, students home visits by teachers at regular intervals, have been of great help to both teachers and students in understanding each other and developing a stronger bonding, he added.

Axam Jatiya Vidyalaya apart, another 12 students of the city – including six of St Marys High School, Guwahati – emerged in the top-20 list.

Another AJV student Prajna Parmita, who secured the 6th position (with 562 marks), aspires to be an IIT techie. Daughter of Bobby and Ashwini Kumar Dhing, Prajna used to study 6 to 7 hours a day. Mahendra Mohan Das, the 11th rank holder (with 555 marks), opined that only textbook knowledge is not enough to acquire knowledge, referring to a good number authors he likes to read. Son of Radhika and Surendra Mohan Das, Mahendra Mohan wants to be an IAS officer and feels proud and privileged that he obtained his basic knowledge in his mother tongue. He has also secured cent per cent marks in General Mathematics and Advanced Mathematics.

Kakoli Priyam Goswami (16th rank) is the daughter of Gitanjali and Dharanidhar Goswami and wants to be a doctor.

Chiranjib Baruah (18th rank), son of Anupama and Gautam Baruah voiced that to be confident on the days of examination and content on the day of result, one should toil hard everyday, not leaving anything for tomorrow. According to him, study backlog should be strictly avoided. Adnan Akhtar (19th) of the same school is the son of Sultana Mehzabin and AK Akhtar, and attributed his success to his school,teachers and parents. Getting the rank is a pleasant surprise, still I was expecting better marks in Math, Advanced Math and Science, he said.

The other 12 students of the city securing ranks are Karishma Killa (5th) of Little Flower School, Hatigaon, Swapnalika Bhuyan (7th) of St Marys, Amlan Baishya (12th) of Happy Child High School, Rupalim Sarma (12th) of St Marys, Aditya Surana (15th) of Happy Child, Namrata Kakati (15th) of St Marys, Ajanta Baishya (16th) of Little Flower, Richa Goswami (16th) of St Marys, Sanjay Kadel (17th) of Glacier School, Prachuryya Kaushik (18th) of Sankardev Vidya Niketan, Payal Phukan (20th) of St Marys, and Ranjita Das (20th) of St Marys.

Nagaon: Priyanuj Bhuyan of Christ Jyoti School, Nagaon who stood first is the only son Tirtha Kanta Bhuyan, a businessman and Bulu Hazarika, a primary schoolteacher.

Priyanuj told reporters that one should get interested in a subject if he-she wants to excel in it. His interest is in cricket and Sachin Tendulkar in his favourite player. Kayakalpa by Lakshmi Nanda Bora is his favourite book. His aim in life is to be an engineer.

Nalbari: With76.28 pass percentage, Nalbari district today secured top position in the state in the HSLC examination. Besides, four students from the district found their names among the top 20. They are Ashique Mostafa (11th position) of Ananda Vidya Niketan, Himangshu Chaudhury (12th) of Chamata HS School, Rupjyoti Sarma (17th of Bangaon HS School and Sandasmita Deka (20th) of MNC Balika Vidyapith.

Talking to The Assa0m Tribune, Ashique who had not taken help from private tutors, expressed his desire to become a physician in future. Himangshu and Rupjyoti have decided to become engineers. Interestingly, Sandasmita, the lone girl rank holder from thedistrict, aims to become an IAS officer.

Patacharkuchi: The entire Bajali subdivision went ecstatic over the excellent performance of the HSLC examinees. As many as three students including a pair of twin sisters secured position among the top 20 position holders of the State.

Barnali Das of Sariha Chakla village of Patacharkuchi secured 4th position. She appeared from Patacharkuchi Sankar Dev Sishu Bidya Niketan. She secured 94 per cent marks.

Twin sisters – Pranami Basyach and Purashree Basyach – created second by securing 14th and 20th position respectively. They had appeared from Sikhapith Adarsha High School, a private school of Pathsala town.

Moran: A festive atmosphere prevailed among the people of Moran as Kunjakanan Nath of Bronson and Brown English Academy and Jangam Pratim of Moran Jatiya Vidyalaya secured sixth and 10th position respectively in the HSLCExamination.

Kunjakanan said that he was confident of getting above 90 per cent marks but was not sure of holding sixth position. Attributing his success to his parents andteachers, Kunjakanan said, I would pursue my HS in Salt Brook Academy, Dibrugarh and in future I want to do research in Mathematics.

Badarpur: Karimganj district including the Barak Valley, railway headquarter town of Badarpur today erupted in joy as Kishan Sen Laskar of Karimganj Rowlands Memorial School got 8th rank in the HSLCExamination.

Tezpur: Angana Nath of Tezpur St Josephs Convent and Digjum Sharma of Rangapar St Paul School have brought glory to Tezpur and Rangapara.

Angana got 16th position while Digjum secured 8th position.

Teok: Ankita Kashyap from Jyoti Vidyapith, Teok secured fifth position in the HSLC Examination this year securing 93.83 per cent with letter marks in all the six subjects.

Jorhat: Rituraj Saikia from Balya Bhavan and Sudipta Saikia from Jonaki Sangha Bidyalaya, Jorhat have secured 13th and 16th position with respectively.

The most remarkable aspect of the results in the district is that the Assamese medium schools have shown better result than the English medium schools. Rituraj is the son of Atul Saikia and Bonti Saikia.

Sudipta Saikia who secured the 16th position is the daughter of Thaneswar Saikia and Putali Saikia.

Namrup: The results of the HSLC Examination which were declared today, brought glory to Namrup, with the brilliant result of Shymoli Hazarika, student of APL High School, Namrup , who passed the saidexamination ranking 16th position among the toppers with total marks of 547.

She is the youngest daughter of Puspa Hazarika and Hiranya Hazarika of APL.

Dibrugarh: While Dibrugarh district managed to secure six positions in the list of top 20 rank holders in the High School Leaving Certificate (HSLC) Examination, Tanaya Sarma and Sudeshna Bora of Little Flower School, here obtained highest marks in English and General Science respectively.

Tanaya Sarma who secured 18th rank scored highest in English. She secured 95 marks in English. Sudeshna Bora is the highest mark scorer in General Science, obtaining 100 marks.

The other rank holders from the district are Jangam Pradip (10th) of Moran Jatiya Vidyalaya, Moran; Anchit Sureka (13th) of Salt Brook Academy, Dibrugarh; Nirman Jyoti Bhuyan (19th) of Salt Brook Academy, Dibrugarh; Shyamoli Hazarika (19th) of Assam Petro Chemicals Ltd High School, Namrup; Shreyoshi Borah (20th) of St Xaviers School, Dibrugarh; Prayasee Baruah (20th) of St Xaviers School, Duliajan and Jyoti Prasad Doley (20th) of Khowang High School, Khowang ghat.

Merit list of top 20 positions

1st Priyanuj Bhuyan, Christ Jyoti School, Nagaon (As En GS GM SS AM) 568, 2nd Jyotirmoy Rajbongshi, Axam Jatiya Vidyalaya, Noonmati, Guwahati (As En GS GM SS AM) 567, 3rd Shruti Chakravartty, Central Girls High School, Goalpara (As En GS GM SS AM) 566, 4th Barnali Das, Sankardev Sishu Niketan, Pattacharkuchi, Barpeta (As En GS GM SS AM) 564, 5th Karishma Killa, Little Flower School, Hatigaon, Guwahati (Hn En GS GM SS AM) 563, 5th Ankita Kashyap, Jyoti Vidyapith Teok, Jorhat (As En GS GM SS AM) 563, 6th Prajna Parmita, Axam Jatiya Vidyalaya, Noonmati, Guwahati (As En GS GM SS AM) 562, 6th Kunjakanan Nath, Bronson and Brown English Academy, Moranhat, Sibsagar (As En GS GM SS AM) 562, 7th Anupam Borthakur, Gohpur High School, Gohpur, Sonitpur (As En GS GM SS AM) 560, 7th Swapnalika Bhuyan, St Marys English High School, Guwahati (As En GS GM SS AM) 560, 8th Tonmoy Gogoi, Dhakuakhana Higher Secondary, Dhakuakhana, Lakhimpur (As En GS GM SS AM) 559, 8th Kishan Sen Laskar, Rowlands Memorial High School, Karimganj (Bn En Gs Gm Ss Am) 559, 8th Digjam Sarma, St Pauls English School, Rangapara, Sonitpur (As En Gs Gm Ss Am) 559, 8th Rubaina Yasmin, PR Govt HS and MP School, Goalpara (As En Gs Gm Ss Am) 559, 8th Nipjyoti Deka, Sankardev Jatiya Vidyalaya, Bezera, Kamrup (As En gs gm ss am) 559, 8th Ijaj Ahmed, Rainbow English Academy, Hatsingimari, Dhubri (As En gs gm ss am) 559, 9th Md Jamanur Islam, Ismail Hussain High School, Rangapani, Mahatoli, Kamrup (As En gs gm ss am) 558, 10th Mallika Priyadarshini Shivam, Sacred Heart High School, Golaghat (As En Gs Gm Ss Am) 556, 10th Subrata Barman, Chapar Academy, Chapar, Dhubri (As En Gs Gm Ss Am) 556, 10th Jangam Pradip, Moran Jatiya Vidyalaya, Moran, Dibrugarh (As En Gs Gm Ss Am) 556, 11th Anamika Baishya, Mangaldai Don Bosco High School, Mangaldai (As En Gs Gm Ss Am) 555, 11th Mahendra Mohan Das, Axam Jatiya Vidyalaya, Noonmati, Guwahati (As En Gs Gm Ss Am) 555, 11th Ashique Ee Mostafa, Ananda Vidya Niketon, Gopal Bazar, Nalbari (As En Gs Gm Ss Am) 555, 12th Himangshu Choudhury, Chamata Higher Secondary School, Chamata, Nalbari (As En Gs Gm Ss Am) 554, 12th Amlan Baishya, Happy Child High School, Guwahati (Hn En Gs Gm Ss Am) 554, 12th Rupalim Sarma, St Marys English High School, Guwahati-3 (As En Gs Gm Ss Am) 554, 12th Mrinal Kumar Barman, Little Star School, Biswanath Chariali, Sonitpur (As En Gs Gm Ss Am) 554, 13th Shashankar Das, Mangaldai Don Bosco HS, Mangaldai (As En Gs Gm Ss Am) 553, 13th Anchit Sureka, Salt Brook School, Dibrugarh (Hn En Gs Gm Ss Am) 553, 13th Shah Ekramul Alom, SP English Medium High School, Dhubri (As En Gs Gm Ss Am) 553, 13th Rituraj Saikia, Balya Bhavan High School, Jorhat (As En Gs Gm Ss Am) 553, 14th Priyanka Kalita, Sankardev Vidya Niketan, Ramdia, Kamrup (As En Gs Gm Ss Am) 552, 14th Pranami Basyach, Pathsala Sikshapith Adarsha High School, Barpeta (As En Gs Gm Ss Am) 552, 15th Dipankar Chetia, Gorehaga Bahpati HS School, Azad, Lakhimpur (As En Gs Gm Ss Am) 551, 15th Namrata Kakoti, St Marys English High School, Guwahati (As En Gs Gm Ss Am) 551, 15th Aditya Surana, Happy Child High School, Guwahati (Hn En Gs Gm Ss Am) 551, 16th Ajanta Baishya, Little Flower School, Hatigaon, Guwahati (As En Gs Gm Ss Am) 550, 16th Richa Goswami, St Marys English High School, Guwahati-3 (As En Gs Gm Ss Am) 550, 16th Kakali Priyam Goswami, Axam Jatiya Vidyalaya, Noonmati, Guwahati (As En Gs Gm Ss Am) 550, 16thSudipta Saikia, Jonaki Sangha Vidyalay Jorhat, (As En Gs Gm Ss Am) 550, 16th Angana Nath, St Josephs Convent School, Tezpur (As En Gs Gm Ss Am) 550, 17th Barnali Nath, Bapuji High School, Abhayapur (As En Gs Gm Ss Am) 549, 17th Sanjay Kadel, Glacier School, Noonmati, Guwahati (As En Gs Gm Ss Am) 549, 17th Rup Jyoti Sarma Bongaon Higher Secondary School, Bonagram, Nalbari (As En Gs Gm Ss Am) 549, 18th Manabjyoti Sarmah, Charaibahi Higher Secondary School, Charaibahi, Morigaon (As En Gs Gm Ss Am) 548, 18th Prachuryya Kaushik, Sankardev Vidya Niketan, Zoo Road, Guwahati (As En Gs Gm Ss Am) 548, 18th Chiranjiv Baruah, Axam Jatiya Vidyalaya, Noonmati, Guwahati (As En Gs Gm Ss Am) 548, 18th Tanaya Sarma, Little Flower School, Dibrugarh (As En Gs Gm Ss Am) 548, 19th Nirman Jyoti Bhuyan, Salt Brook School, Dibrugarh, ( As En Gs Gm Ss Am) 547, 19th Shyamoli Hazarika, Assam Petro Chemicals Ltd High School, Dibrugarh (As En Gs Gm Ss AM) 547, 19th Md Idul Azharul Hoque, Dumunichowki English School, Naruachowki, Darrang (As En Gs Gm Ss Am) 547, 19th Adnan Akhtar, Axam Jatiya Vidyalaya, Noonmati, Guwahati (As En Gs Gm Ss Am) 547, 19th Chimi Rekha Gogoi, Ghilamara Higher Secondary School, Ghilamara, Lakhimpur (As En Gs Gm Ss Am) 547, 19th Rishov Hazarika, Raha Higher Secondary School, Raha, Nagaon (As En Gs Gm Ss Am) 547, 20th Manash Jyoti Bora, Sankar Dev Bidya Niketon, Morigaon (As En Gs Gm Ss Am) 546, 20th Pori Kalita, Batadrava Sri Sri Sankardeva HS School, Nagaon (As En Gs Gm Ss Am) 546, 20th Chandasmita Deka, M N C Balika Bidyapith, Nalbari (As En Gs Gm Ss Am) 546, 20th Payal Phukan St Marys English High School, Guwahati-3 (As En Gs Gm Ss Am) 546, 20th Ranjita Das, St Marys English High School, Guwahati-3 (As En Gs Gm Ss Am) 546, 20th Shreyoshi Borah, St Xaviers School, Mancotta, Dibrugarh (As En Gs Gm Ss Am) 546, 20th Prayasee Baruah, St Xaviers School, Duliajan, Dibrugarh (As En Gs Gm Ss Am) 546, 20th Jyoti Prasad Doley, Khowang HS School, Khowanghat, Dibrugarh (As En Gs Gm Ss Am) 546, 20th Purashri Basyach, Pathsala Sikshapith Adarsha High School, Barpeta (As En Gs Gm Ss Am) 546.

Citizens celebrate 62nd Republic Day

GUWAHATI, Jan 27 – Signifying an encouraging development in the States society, majority of the Guwahatians this time defied the diktats of the militant outfits and celebrated the Republic Day with much fervor.

People of many localities organised community functions to hoist the National Tricolour on the occasion. Participation of the children in these functions was heartening. A significantly large number of people hoisted the National Flag atop their houses and carried the Tricolour on their vehicles too.

Various political and social organisations also hoisted the National Flag ceremonially on the occasion.

A group of journalists and leading citizens organised a function, as usual, on the Guwahati Press Club campus on the occasion. Editor of the childrens magazine Safura Rupam Barua unfurled the National Flag on the occasion.

Barua reminded the gathering at the function of the sacrifices made by the freedom fighters and the significance of the Republic Day for the people of the country. Senior journalist Ranen Kumar Goswami also spoke there.

The members of the gathering took out a procession thereafter and paraded through some of the main thoroughfares of the city exhorting the people to honour the sacrifices made by thefighters and the martyrs of the freedom struggle and to uphold the dignity of the National Flag.

At Kumarpara Pachali, Jatiya Divas Udjapan Mancha, a joint platform of 10 socio-cultural organisations of Greater Kumarpara area organised a function to celebrate the occasion. Noted academician and former principal of Cotton College Prof Ashraf Ali hoisted the National Flag on the occasion in presence of hundreds of people.

On the occasion, the students of Angels English School, Okland English School, and Haripriya Vidayapeeth, among others, sang nationalistic songs and performed dances based on patriotic themes.

Earlier, the Mancha organised a colourful Republic Day run. Hundreds of school children took part in it waving the National Flag.

At the Athgaon Sati Joymati Road-AT Road juncture, people of the Sati Joymati-AT Road localities hoisted the National Flag ceremonially, while members of Athgaon Pukhuripar Youth Club and Athgaon Binapani Samiti also hoisted the National Flag ceremonially on their own campuses.

On the South Sarania campus of the Kasturba Ashram, Damayanti Devi ceremonially hoisted the National Tricolour in presence of the inmates and employees of the Ashram.

Residents of the Khanapara Santigram Housing Complex, Lal Ganesh and Jyotikuchi areas also celebrated the occasion by hoisting the National Flag ceremonially.

Along with the rest of the country, members of the Indian Oil family at Guwahati from Guwahati Refinery, North East Integrated State Office and Guwahati-Siliguri Pipelines Office, CISF personnel, Home Guards, school children as well as members of the general public celebrated the 62nd Republic Day at Sector III grounds of Guwahati Refinery township, a press release said.

G Bhanumurthy, Executive Director hoisted the Tricolor and inspected the parade of CISF, Home Guards and Boy Scouts platoons.

Students of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Noonmati and Refinery High School as well as Guwahati Refinery employees presented patriotic songs and dance performances on the theme of nationalism and patriotism. A spectacular show was presented by the dog squad of the CISF which threw an insight into the role that these highly trained dogs played on surveillance and bomb detection. The parade platoons and dog squad team were awarded by executive director for their performance on the occasion of Republic Day.

A team of ladies of Guwahati refinery township distributed fruits and sweets on the occasion to the patients at Refinery Hospital and inmates of the orphanage, Shishu Mangal Kendra at Noonmati,a press release added.

On the occasion of Republic Day, the members of the Rotaract Club also celebrated Republic Day with students of Guwahati Blind High School, Basistha, another press release stated.

The project for the celebration was chaired by Dhritiman Sharma. The students of the school shared their views and knowledge about Republic Day.

HC order to ensure regular supply of LPG

GUWAHATI, April 28 – The Gauhati High Court, in a recent order, has directed the State Government and the authorities concerned to ensure regular supply of LPG cylinders to the possible extent, to the consumers.

In a recent judgement, the court of Justice MB Lokur, Chief Justice and Justice AC Upadhyay of the Gauhati High Court, said that the State Government should adhere to the statement it had made in its affidavit before the court and the Indian Oil Corporation should also make an effort to ensure that consumers are not caused discomfort due to non-availability of LPG cylinders.

The High Court order came in response to a public interest litigation filed by Dr KD Krori, a former Principal of Cotton College and two others.

The Joint Secretary, Food and Civil Supplies of the State Government stated in his affidavit before the court that LPG cylinders would not be delivered due to non-availability of empty cylinders with the consumers. It has now been decided to have a minimum time for booking that is 15 days and supplies be made within 7 days so that a continuous supply can be maintained.

The counsel for the petitioners expressed satisfaction over the response from the State Government. The petitioners were represented in the court by advocates BR Dey, KK Dey, J Paul and M Chiring.

Young Engineer award

GUWAHATI, Feb 18 – Senior Engineers Forum of Greater Guwahati, an organisation of senior engineers, with a view to promote pursuit of excellence in the field of engineering and technology instituted an award for young engineers below the age of 35 years on December 31, 2010, who have shown exemplary brilliance in their field of work.

The forum after evaluation of the work of the young engineers nominated by an expert group consisting of HN Das, ex-Chief Secretary, Assam, Dr Anil Goswami, scientist and ex-principal, Cotton College, Dr Pawan Bharali, ex-Director OIL, Digendra Nath Baruah, ex-CMD, AIDC and president, Guwahati Management Association, Nilmani Barua, ex-chairperson, AERC, Ramani Mohan Das, has selected Dipankar Neog of NEIST, Jorhat, Pankaj Kumar Roy of NRL, Numaligarh and Chandan Kr Das, OIL, Duliajan as the Best Young Engineer 2010. The award will be conferred at a function at Pragjyoti ITA Centre, Guwahati on February 20, a press release said.

Scholars differ on renaming Cotton College

GUWAHATI, July 4 – Scholars here differ much on the issue of naming the university being established by upgrading Cotton College. A section of them suggests that the new university should be named after one of the illustrious children of the State, the other section is for naming the new university after Sir Henry Stedman Cotton. However, all of them unequivocally welcome the government decision to upgrade both Cotton College and JB College into affiliating universities.

Initiating the debate on the issue, Prof Ranjit Kumar Dev Goswami of Gauhati University (GU) said that Sir Henry Cotton, though got the first college of the then province of Assam named after him, was, however, not respectful to the people of the province. To him, they belonged to the races of wholly uncivilized and savage people. At least his Indian and Home Memories (London, 1910, p. 248) gives one this impression, said Prof Goswami.
The long-held notion of Henry Cotton having founded the college at Guwahati is what seems to me to have swept a major component of the 19th century history under the rug, he said.
The university should either be named after the greatest Indian classical scholar of the 19th century Anundoram Borooah, or after the name of the great social activist and visionary Manik Chandra Barua, whose relentless efforts at prevailing upon the colonial rulers to establish a college at Guwahati yielded the desired result in 1901, he said. Further, he said, Henry Stedman Cotton taking all credit for establishing the college is what needs to be questioned now.

On the whole, the views of Prof Dev Goswami have been supported by historians Prof Jogendra Nath Phukan and Prof Rajen Saikia, and litterateur Prof Nagen Saikia, while former Vice Chancellors (VCs) Prof Nirmal Kumar Choudhury, Prof Kishori Mohan Pathak and Prof Amarjyoti Choudhury have insisted that the name of the newuniversity should be after Sir Henry Cotton.

Former GU VC Prof NK Choudhury said that Cotton College has completed 100 years with this name. The sentiments of many generations of NE Indian people are connected with this name. The college is known all over the world through its products, he said. He also expressed the apprehension that with the removal of the name of Sir Henry Cotton from theuniversity , the name Cotton College will also be pushed into oblivion. We should go for establishing new universities in the name of illustrious children of Assam like Anundoram Borooah and Manik Chandra Barua. It would not be proper to honour them by replacing the name of Sir Henry Cotton, Prof Choudhury said.
Former Tezpur University VC Prof KM Pathak said that the name of Sir Henry Cotton is associated with the college for quite a long time and it should be allowed to be continued. The newuniversity should as well be named after Sir Henry Cotton.

Another former GU VC Prof A Choudhury said, We all are in awe of the heritage of scholarship that has thrived on the historic decision of the composite society of Assam to set up a college called Cotton College in 1901. Indeed, we all revere that decision and the consequent heritage of scholarship. Irrespective of the new facts, what matters more is the heritage of scholarship. Hence, in all humility, I am for continuity of the name, he said.
Professor JN Phukan said that the name Cotton College was okay considering the colonial-day situation. We are an independent nation now and there is no reason as such to name theuniversity , built on the edifice of Cotton College, after Sir Henry Cotton. It should be named after any of the illustrious children of the soil.
Former Asam Sahitya Sabha president Prof Nagen Saikia said, It would have been the most befitting thing if the university could be named after Manik Chandra Barua for his pioneering role in setting up the institutions of higher learning in the region.

Prof Rajen Saikia said, Though the name of Sir Henry Cotton should not be removed from the college, the university deserves a different name. To me, the university shall be a new institution, and, therefore, it deserves a different name and it makes no disrespect to Sir Henry Cotton.

Scholars question Govt move on Cotton College

GUWAHATI, July 23 – The State Governments move to upgrade the historic Cotton College into an affiliated State university has raised questions among the scholars of the State, said the Association of Past and Present Office-bearers of Cotton College Union Society (APPOCCUS) in a statement here today.

Quoting former Vice-Chancellor of Gauhati University (GU) Prof Nirmal Kumar Choudhury, former Vice-Chancellor of Tezpur University Prof Kishori Mohan Pathak and noted economist Dr Jayanta Madhab, the APPOCCUS said in its statement that the Chief Ministers announcement toupgrade the college into a unitary university had created much enthusiasm. But when the Education Minister tabled the Bill in the State Assembly on the matter, proposing theuniversity as an affiliating one, the conscious section of the people became confused.

The APPOCCUS is of the opinion that the Government, with the above decision to turn Cotton College into an affiliating university, has lost a golden opportunity to develop the historic college into an institution of international standard.
With the above decision, the status of Cotton College has been demoted to an ordinary affiliated college, which will run undergraduate courses only. But, the rights over the entire property of the college have been vested on the university. This may lead to conflicts between the college and the university in the days to come, said the APPOCCUS.

It has also described the arguments put forward by the Education Minister in favour of keeping the Chief Minister as the Chancellor of theuniversity as unsound. The speed at which the Bill was passed also seemed to be quite queer. The Government should have waited for the opinion of the learned people of the State on the issue, the APPOCCUS said.
It has sought the intervention of the Chief Minister in the matter and pleaded for a new legislation in this connection. Or else, the present legislation should be suitably amended, said the APPOCCUS.

Meanwhile, the Cotton College Retired Teachers Forum has convened a meeting at 4 pm of July 25 at the Sudmersen Hall of Cotton College to discuss the issues concerning the college and the Cotton College State University Act, 2011.

Govt move to upgrade Cotton College hailed

GUWAHATI, July 17 – The Association of Past and Present Office-Bearers of Cotton College Union Society (APPOCCUS) has welcomed the announcement made by the Chief Minister for upgrading the historic Cotton College into a unitary university as a step towards fulfilling a long-standing demand of the Cotton College fraternity.

In a statement here, APPOCCUS adviser and former Vice-Chancellor of Gauhati University Dr Nirmal Kumar Choudhury, while welcoming the special initiative taken by the Education Minister and the goodwill gesture demonstrated by the Chief Minister said that this step to grant administrative autonomy to the college would help it face the challenges thrown up by globalization.

Besides, Dr Choudhury said, this is certainly going to help the college in improving its academic qualities through introduction of new courses and expanding its areas of research activities.

Dr Choudhury said that on July 6, 2011, the APPOCCUS had submitted a memorandum to Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma with an appeal to develop the college into a centre of excellence with the ultimate aim of developing it into auniversity of international standard. The APPOCCUS has been holding a series of discussions with the Government, including the Chief Minister, on the issue since 2006. APPOCCUS president Prof Gangapada Choudhury, its other advisers Dr Jayanta Madhab, Prof Kishori Mohan Pathak, Kamaleswar Bora, Prof Mahesh Chandra Bhuyan, Dr Kamalesh Choudhury, vice- president Dr Satyendra Kumar Choudhury, member Dilip Bora and general secretary Jagadish Dutta have conveyed in a separate statement the gratitude expressed by the members of the APPOCCUS and its well-wishers tothe Government for the above step.

They have expressed the hope that the Government would move a resolution for adequate allocation to the university during the current session of the Assembly and the initial activities for transforming the college into a university would start soon.

Pensioners body questions Cotton upgradation

GUWAHATI, Sept 13 – A delegation of the All India Services Pensioners Forum (AISPF) called on the Governor recently at Raj Bhawan to submit a memorandum objecting to the Cotton College being made a constituent part of the proposed affiliating Cotton College State University, with the Chief Minister of Assam as its Chancellor.

The delegation pointed out that the Cotton College, instead of being upgraded as a unitary university, has been made only a constituent part of an affiliating university to be at par with any other affiliated colleges under the university.

This was contrary to what the people of Assam including the academia had demanded and the Chief Minister had declared in the Assembly, a press release stated.The delegation pointed out that the proposed change, far from upgrading Cotton College, would in fact reduce it to a constituent or subordinate part of the new university with the inevitable result that it would not only lose its independent identity, postgraduate teaching status, but would also end in its unique qualities of value education, heritage and past glory diluted.

The delegation therefore urged the Governor to make the proposed Cotton College University a non-affiliating or unitary university of excellence with high quality research facilities in professional and technical disciplines with a network of associate institutes of high national and international fame.The delegation also pointed out that while the State was burning with a legion of deep-rooted problems like terrorism, separatist movements, economic backwardness and unchecked infiltration, it is unwise to encumber a serving Chief Minister with a huge additional burden of doing the extremely onerous job of chancellorship which itself is a more than a full-time job.

The move to make a serving Chief Minister the chancellor of a university is without any parallels anywhere in the country or elsewhere, the release pointed out.The delegation therefore urged the Governor to amend the legislation so as to make the Cotton College State University a non-affiliating university and the Governor of Assam the chancellor, as is the case in respect of all other universities.Again, the proposed legislation, instead of making the chancellor an ornamental authority, arms him with overwhelming powers to make him the omnipotent chief executive of theuniversity, the delegation asserted.

The delegation had further pointed out the proposed measures shall harm the interests of both education and administration of affairs of the State and therefore be modified to preserve the sanctity and quality of higher education and serve the overall interest of the State.The release motioned that the Governor gave a patient hearing and assured that the points represented shall be taken up with the appropriate authorities and necessary steps taken.
The delegation included NN Changkakoti, president of the AISPF, Dinesh Barman, secretary, KK Baruah, adviser and Dr Rohini Kr Baruah, member of the executive committee.

Assembly passes Bill on Cotton varsity

GUWAHATI, July 20 – The State Assembly today passed the Cotton College State University Bill-2011, and the Assam Venture Educational Institutions (Provincialization of Services) Bill-2011, incorporating some amendments. Participating in the debate on the Bill, Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that the historic Cotton College would now become auniversity with power to affiliate colleges under it. He said that this would result in healthy competition among the States three universities as colleges would seek the best universities for affiliation.

Let there be healthy competitions among the universities which would create a better academic environment in the State...the passing of the Bill is a historic occasion as the changes occurring in the 110-year-old institution would embrace all other institutions and trigger a educational renaissance in the State, he said.On the controversy over retaining the university in the same name and not naming it after an illustrious son of the State such as Anandaram Baruah or Manik Chandra Baruah as suggested by intellectual circles, the minister reasoned that effecting such as change in name would negate the 110-year-old brand value and heritage of the august institution, and therefore not in the best interests of the State.

We want to capitalize and build on the brand value of Cotton College and feel that changing the universitys name would go against that, he said. He, however, said that the government was open-minded and if the Cotton family wanted such a change, that would be done through a consensus, in the future. Effecting a change today would result in an uncalled-for controversy but if a greater consensus is there in the future, we are open to that, he added.Sarma also said that all the upcoming universities in the State would be named after its illustrious personalities as had been done in the case of the few varsities that came up recently.

Sarma also revealed that the State government had in principle proposed to upgrade JB College, Jorhat to a university.
The minister further said that the property of the Cotton College except its liquid assets would henceforth be handled by the Cotton College StateUniversity. On the controversy over the provision that makes the Chief Minister the Chancellor of the university, Sarma said that it was necessary at least for the initial years for facilitating government patronization and flow of funds to the university.

Programme on new, renewable energy

GUWAHATI, April 24 – A six-week-long techno-entrepreneurship development programme on Utilization of new and renewable energy was conducted by the Entrepreneurship Development Cell (EDC), Cotton College from March 14 to April 23, a press release stated.

The programme was conducted in technical association with the Assam Energy Development Agency (AEDA), a Govt of Assam undertaking, Guwahati and was sponsored by the National Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board (NSTEDB), Department of Science and Technology (DST), Govt of India under DST-NIMAT Project, 2010-11, which is being implemented by the Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDI), Ahmedabad.

The programme was coordinated by Dr Abhijit Bardoloi, coordinator (administration), EDC, Cotton College as the programme coordinator and Jitmoni Gogoi as its assistant coordinator.Thirteen youths from different parts of the State participated in the programme.

On April 23, the valedictory function of the programme was held in which Dr Satyendra Kumar Choudhury, Director, Assam Science, Technology and Environment Council (ASTEC) and AEDA, Guwahati was the chief guest. Dr Choudhury in his speech, praised EDC, CottonCollege for organising such programmes that create avenues of self employment to the educated unemployed. He hoped that EDC and AEDA will jointly undertake such endeavours in future also.

Dr IK Bhattacharyya, principal, Cotton College presided over the function. Dr Abhijit Bardoloi, programme coordinator in his welcome address, gave an account on different programmes organised by the EDC. Dr Sudarsan Barua, vice-principal, CottonCollege also spoke on the occasion.

Himalayan avian diversity among richest in world

GUWAHATI, May 5 – It has been speculated for long but now experts have confirmed it with substantive evidence. The diversity of birdlife in the Himalayan region is among the richest in the world. Prof Trevor Price, one the most respected scientists studying evolution of birds, has stated: Taxonomic diversity of Himalayan avifauna stands at second position, just after the Andes.

Prof Price of the Department of Ecology and Evolution, University of Chicago, said this while delivering a lecture on Himalayan Birds: Why There are so Many Species in North-east? The lecture at Cotton College was organised by oologyDepartment of the college, NGO Aaranyak, and the Zoological Society of Assam. During his talk, he spoke about the origin of the Himalayas and discussed the fifth mass extinction. He acknowledged that the Himalayas, especially in the north-eastern region of India, have mostly remained unexplored, and needs more scientific scrutiny. Prof Price and his team believe that after the recent glaciation event, some of the bird species of eastern Himalayas could never re-colonise in the west, thus creating the current pattern of the difference in number of breeding bird species in the region.

They are also seeking to learn why there is as many as twice the number of breeding birds in eastern Himalayas than the western Himalayas. For this, hehas been undertaking field work in areas of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal and Uttarakhand in the west and Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh in the east. The senior scientist is using molecular genetic tools in reconstructing the evolutionary patterns of more than 400 breeding birds in the Himalayas.

Aaranyak, a society for bio-diversity conservation, is partnering the work and Udayan Borthakur of the NGO has contributed to the molecular genetic analysis of museum samples of birds in USA.

Training programme for minorities ends

GUWAHATI, Feb 11 – A programme titled Minorities Initiative for Learning and Partnership (MILAP) organised by PFI Foundation, an NGO, concluded in the city today. Sponsored by the British High Commission, New Delhi, the event saw the involvement of a large number of students, teachers and resource persons. Topics for training included inter-cultural issues, interfaith understanding, legal rights of minorities, and concept of knowledge in Islam, among others. A press release stated that 75 Madrassa teachers, students and imams of Masjids from various parts of the State attended the training.

The programme inaugurated on February 2, by Mustaq Birader, Deputy Head of Mission, British Deputy High Commission, Kolkata, witnessed teachers getting acquainted with teaching methods and new communication methods. Speaking on the aim of the training programme, Asad Mirza, Press Adviser to British High Commission, New Delhi, who was present as a special guest, said that it was an endeavour to help the participants assume the roles of community leaders within wider civil society to usher in positive and tangible changes in local communities. Dr Zahid Ali Khan of Aligarh Muslim University, who was present as the chief resource person said that the training will enable imams to take proactive roles in introducing contemporary issues concerning the Muslim community in the wider civil society perspective through their sermons. Imams will also be able to lead inter-faith dialogues and meetings in their areas and assert their role as community leaders.

The programme was coordinated by Fazlur Rahman of Cotton College, who said that this was the first time that such a training programme was organised in the North East. The response from the participants was encouraging, and they expressed the need for more such events to expand their learning and growth opportunities.

Life of a genius

GUWAHATI, Nov 5 – Born to Nilakanta Hazarika, a high school teacher, and Shantipriya Hazarika on September 8, 1926 at Sadiya, Bhupen Hazarika, the legendary musician, gave Assamese music a new dimension with his songs, most of which were penned and set to tune by himself. He also provided the sagging Assamese film industry a new momentum.

Besides, Bhupen Hazarika was the pioneer in turning music and cinema making into whole-time occupations in the State. In the process, he emerged as the biggest crowd puller in the public functions of the State.Also a popular writer, journalist and editor, he was elected president of the Asam Sahitya Sabha, the apex body of the Assamese litterateurs, in 1993. This honour was conferred on him in recognition to his role as a leading author and poet. He has to his credit nearly one thousand lyrics and over 15 major prose titles.

He was the recipient of the 2001 Padma Bhusan honour of the Government of India, the 2008 Asam Ratna Award of the Assam Government. So far, he is the lone winner of the Dada Saheb Phalke Award (1992) – the highest honour in the countrys field of cinema – along with the Sangeet Ratna honour of the Sangeet Natak Akademi (2009) from Assam. These two honours were conferred on him for his lifetime contributions to the Indian cinema and music respectively.

A recipient of the prestigious Srimanta Sankardev Award of the Assam Government in 1988, Dr Hazarika was the architect of the movement that culminated in the establishment of the Jyoti Chitraban Film Studio at Kahilipara in Guwahati. This is the first full-fledged film studio of the State.Practically, it was also for his single-handed efforts that the national recognition to the Sattriya dance came in 2001. It thus acquired the status of a major Indian dance form of the country. The people of the State had been agitating for that recognition to Sattriya dance for about 50 years. Bhupen Hazarika was then the chairman of the Sangeet Natak Akademi. He served the Akademi in that capacity between 1999 and 2004.

The people of the State have been demanding for quite a long time the Bharat Ratna to Dr Hazarika but to no avail.
Bhupen Hazarika had his schooling in various schools at Dhubri, Guwahati and Tezpur. He did his matriculation from Tezpur High School in 1940, Intermediate in Arts (IA), appearing in the final examination from Cotton College, in 1942 and then joined the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) to do his BA (1944) and MA in political science (1946).

He then left for America to do his Ph D research in Mass Communication in the Columbia University. In New York, he fell in love with Priyambada M Patel, daughter of a Gujarati family settled in Uganda. They got married in 1950 in New York and their son Tez was born in 1952.But the couple could not stay together for a longer period. Economic hardship caused by the injustice meted out to Dr Hazarika, which forced him to resign from histeachers job in Gauhati University was at the root of his separation with Priyambada.

He started composing lyrics (Agnijugar Firingoti Moi) and music (Agnijugar… and Moina Ketiya Ahili Toi) for cinema (Indramaloti, 1939), songs when he was only 13- year-old. Prior to that, he composed the lyrics of Kusumbor Putra Srisankar Gurue Dharichil Namare Taan and set it to tune when he was only 11-year-old.His singing abilities meanwhile started earning accolades for him from the people and it was none other than the doyen of modern Assam literature Sahityarathi Lakshminath Bezbarua, who blessed him with kisses after hearing him singing at a function of the Cotton Collegiate High School. The maestro was only five-year-old then. He sang for the first time for a gramophone record when he was only about 11 year-old. Kalaguru Bishnu Prasad Rava composed the two songs -- Kashate kalashi loi jai oi rachaki bai and Ulahate nachi-bagi holi biyakul -- for which the young Bhupen Hazarika rendered his voice in the gramophone record.

It needs mention here that Bhupen Hazarika was greatly influenced by Rupkonwar Jyotiprasad Agarwalla and Kalaguru Bishnu Prasad Rava, the two towering figures of Assamese music and culture, when he was a young boy.Besides taking Assamese music to the world arena, Bhupen Hazarika also played a vital role in taking Assamese cinema to the international level.

He made several films that included Era Bator Sur (1956), Mahut Bandhure (1958), Shakuntala (1961), Pratidhvani (1964), Loti Ghoti (1966), Chik Mik Bijuli (1969), Siraj (1988) and a telefilm Miri Jiori (1990), documentaries like For Whom the Sun Shines (1974), Amuthi Chaulor Kahini (1974), Rupkonwar Jyotiprasad aru Joymoti (1976), Through Melody and Rhythm (1977), Along the River Brahmaputra (1981), Satras and Namghars of Assam, Glimpses of the Misty East (1996) and The Brahmaputra: An Endless Journey (2006).

The maestro rendered his services as music director of as many as 36 Assamese films, eight Bengali films and five Hindi films.Dr Hazarika was awarded with the Swarna Kamal as the best music director of the country for his music in Chameli Memsaab at the 23rd National Film Festival of India in 1976.

He was presented the Gold Disc by the Gramophone Company of India in 1978 and he is the lone musician from this part of India having a long-playing record of the Japanese version of ones own songs.On top of his contributions to the field of music with his creations- lyrics and musical compositions, the maestro leaves behind 15 compilations of his prose works. He has also a published work for the children -- Bhupen Mamar Geete-Mate, A, Aa, Ka, Kha and a transcript autobiography -- Moi eti jajabor. The book that derived its title from one of his highly popular songs that starts with the same words dwelling upon his nomadic lifestyle.This song was perhaps responsible for his being described as the roving minstrel. Noted writer, columnist Arup Dutta has a popular book on Bhupen Hazarika with this title.
It needs mention here that Bhupen Hazarika travelled widely as a delegate to conferences on mass communication, music, poetry, performing art and cinema.

He edited the 149th-50th edition of the New India, which is the annual journal of Columbia University. He was also the editor of the four editions of the art journal Gati in 1965, eight editions of the mini magazine Bindu in 1970, monthly Amar Pratinidhi between 1965 and 1980 and quarterly magazine Pratidhvani between 1983 and 90.
The Asam Sahitya Sabha conferred him the Sahityacharyya title on February 8, 2008. The Assam Government also presented him with a lifetime achievement award at a function held at the Ravindra Bhawan in the city in the evening that day.

Traffic arrangement plan for Republic Day

GUWAHATI, Jan 24 – All types of heavy vehicles including city buses coming from Bharalumukh side towards Judges Field via MG Road on January 26 will be diverted at Cotton Collegiate school point towards Central Telecom Office Point, HB Road and will proceed upto the Commissioners point, a press release issued by the SP (Traffic), Guwahati city stated.

The vehicles will then take right turn towards the Oasis Point on GNB Road. The Chandmari bound vehicles will take left turn at Don Bosco Point via Cotton College Hostel Road, RBI point and Paltan Bazar bound vehicles will take right turn and proceed towards Panbazar over bridge north point, via Oasis point.

All types of light vehicles coming from Bharalumukh side for proceeding towards Chandmari-Paltan Bazar will take right turn at DC Court point. Chandmari boundvehicles will take left turn at Commissioners point and proceed to GNB Road via Hemlet point, RBI point and Paltan Bazar bound vehicles will proceed to Oasis point on GNB Road and take right turn towards Panbazar over bridge north point.

All the vehicles coming from TC point side (bound for Panbazar and Bharalumukh side) will proceed via GNB road, Panbazar over bridge north point, Panbazar police point and then take left turn at water supply point on MG Road.

The public coming by vehicles without vehicle pass to attend the function from Chandmari, Ulubari, Uzanbazar, Dispur side will be allowed to bring vehicles to LNB Road, BH road via GNB Road, RBI point and park vehicles at the earmarked parking places.

The public coming by vehicles without vehicles pass coming from Bharalumukh, Panbazar, Paltan Bazar, Jalukbari side will be allowed to bring vehicles upto Hemlet point on HB Road and park vehicles on HB road.

City buses coming from Gorpandu side towards Chandmari will be diverted at Cotton Collegiate School point on MG Road towards Central Telecom Office point on HB Road. From there the buses will proceed via Commissioners point, Cotton CollegeHostel Road, RBI, District Library point, TC point to Chandmari. Paltan Bazar bound buses will proceed via Oasis point on GNB Road and Panbazarover bridge north point.

Similarly, city buses coming from Chandmari for Adabari will proceed via Guwahati Club point, GNB Road, Panbazar over bridge north point, Panbazar police point, water supply point on MG Road to Bharalumukh. Uzanbazar bound buses will not be allowed to take right turn at Guwahati Club point. City buses and all other heavyvehicles proceeding from Paltan Bazar towards Bharalumukh side will run through AT Road.

Vehicles of spectators having yellow passes will be allowed to park their vehicles on one side of MG Road (from Chief Justice gate to DC Office point). The public without vehicles pass will be allowed to park vehicles on HB Road (from NB hall to Commissioners point), LNB Road (from Helmet point to RBI point).

Vehicles carrying cultural and other participants, coming from Bharalumukh side will be allowed to come upto Nehru Park via DCs Court point, Commissioners point and shall be allowed to park on HB Road in front of Nehru Park. Thevehicles carrying the cultural troupes and participants from TC point side will take right turn at RBI point and will be allowed to park on LNB Road, the release said.

Governor hopes for change in education scenario

PANDU, Sept 7 – Teachers Day was celebrated in various parts of Assam on September 5, coinciding with the birth anniversary of Dr S Radhakrishnan, the greatest teacher of the modern age. Among the celebrations, the most colourful was perhaps the one observed under the aegis of Jadav Chandra Bhuyan Memorial Childrens Library, Pandu at Karmashree Hiteswar Saikia Auditorium, Boripara, Pandu which was adorned by the presence of Governor JB Patnaik, Education and Health Minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma, noted litterateur Homen Borgohain and educationist, Dr Dinesh Baishya.

The Governor, in his address, hoped that under the leadership of Himanta Biswa Sarma, the education scenario of the State would soon see a total transformation and things would certainly be better in the coming days. The Education Minister also pointed out that things are indeed gloomy on the educational front and asserted that he would try his best to remove the existing anomalies. He sought the cooperation of teachers in this respect. Homen Borgohain and Dr Dinesh Baishya also lamented the decay of values in the present-day society and hoped that things would change for the better in the not-too-distant future under the guidance of the present Education Minister.

Earlier, Subrata Dutta, secretary, Jadav Chandra Bhuyan Memorial Childrens Library, welcomed the gathering. A book titled Utsamookh written by Dr Prasanta Chakrabarty of Cotton College was also released on the occasion by the Governor and Borgohain.

Dr Nilmohan Roy, vice-chairman of JCBMC Library proposed the vote of thanks.

HSLC toppers determined to continue hard work

GUWAHATI, May 27 – All the HSLC position holders from different schools in the capital city are determined to continue their hard work and realize their dreams of making it big in their chosen careers.

Twins Mriganka Nath and Madhurjya Nath who secured the 2nd and 15th rank respectively bringing a lot of joy for everyone in their almamater St Vivekananda English Academy, Pandu have already decided their career path. They want to be engineers, but first of all they want to be better citizens. Acknowledging their gratefulness towards their parents Dr Bipul Kumar Nath and Geetali Nath, they said that school teachers and friends had also been encouraging them.

I studied five to six hours regularly and after the test, I studied 10 to 12 hours daily. There is no alternative to hard work and I am very happy that my concentration and dedication paid off, said Mriganka.

His twin brother Madhurjya also expressed his joy and said that he was happy for his school as he could return its love and care by scoring the 15th position. I concentrated in my studies and did not take any tension, he said. Both brothers share everything – right to studying together.

The other toppers seemed inspired by the success of the students of Assam who have made it to the IAS. Sixth position holder Ankita Gogoi of Holy Child H.S School, Guwahati has decided to pursue Arts in Cotton College and compete for the civil services. I studied for five to six hours daily and I am thankful to my parents, school and friends for their support and most of all to my grandfather, said Ankita adding that she also has a liking for the teaching job.

Ankitas classmate and friend Dishna Phukan who got the ninth position has also made up her mind to make it to the IAS. She will study in the Science stream. I have been dreaming of becoming an administrative officer since class VIII, said Drishna admitting that the success of Assam boys and girls in the IAS has motivated her.

Another ninth position holder Debarshi Nath of Disneyland High School, Khanapara said that the key to success is concentration without any expectation and without taking any stress. I used to study 4 to 5 hours daily and before the exams, I increased my study hours. I want to be an engineer and compete for the civil services, he said.

Another topper Padmaja Talukdar, of St Marys HS School, Guwahati who secured the 8th position will study Science in Cotton College and compete for the civil services. I studied for 4 to 5 hours and after test I studied for 8 to 10 hours, she said emphasizing thathard work always brings good result.

On the other hand, Deboraj Borah, of Axam Jatiya Vidyalaya, Noonmati, who got the tenth position, is determined to realize his dream of becoming an aeronautical engineer. I had studied for 8 hours before the exams, he said.

Fiscal aid to kin of terror victims

KOKRAJHAR, May 5 – A total amount of Rs 13,41,750 was distributed through cheques of Rs 750 per month among 148 number of children of terror victims under Project Ashwas of Assam Police at the SP Office in Kokrajhar on Tuesday.

According to official sources, the beneficiency children belong to the families whose guardians were killed in extremist attacks or communal violence in Kokrajhar district in the recent part.

It is also revealed that this financial assistance has been given for helping the children pursue their studies by National Foundation for Communal Harmoney (NFCH), New Delhi.

The cheque distribution ceremony was conducted by Bijit Basumatary, coordinator of the Kokrajhar chapter of Project Ashwas, and was attended by senior police officials of Kokrajhar district along withthe families of the victim children.

It may be mentioned here that Nareswar Basumatary, 17 years old, of Kokrajhar Sunderpuri area is presently pursuing Higher Secondary second year course at Cotton College in Guwahati. His father was killed in 1995 by extremists. On receiving financial assistance he expressed satisfaction saying that the amount will help him continue his studies.

Cotton College to improve education, infrastructure

GUWAHATI: Cotton College is emphasizing on improving the quality of education and research and solve the hostel accommodation problem so that college can be at par with national and international educational institutions, principal of Cotton College, Nirada Devi said.

The purpose is to present the northeastern region as an educational hub. The college is soon to be given the status of a university and once that is done, we will collaborate with national and foreign universities and organize exchange programmes for the academic development of teachers and students, said Devi.

Devi stated that the college has been witnessing a healthy competition from other private educational institutions and to maintain its status as a centre of excellence, the college will put more emphasis on its academic pursuits. We not only want to be the best in the northeast, but at par with national and foreign educational institutions as well, she added.
The 112-year educational institute, which is considered one of the best educational centres in the northeast, is known for its outstanding results in different examinations at various levels. The college authorities is gearing up for the college to be upgraded to a university; the infrastructure of the college will also be developed to include better hostel facilities, smart digital classrooms and research cells.

Since there is no hostel for female students, Devi said that hostel facility for women is their top priority. Due to the limitation of seats, the female students have to opt for private hostels. However, parents of girls are mostly hesitant in putting their wards in private hostels because of the high rates and security problem. I have already sent some proposals to the government. Some of the boys hostels are in a dilapidated condition and we plan to improve the boys hostels too. Though funds were sanctioned to improve the hostel conditions, the issue of preservation of heritage buildings came up. A good environment will foster a positive outlook amongst students, she added.

Scuffle on first day of Cotton form distribution

GUWAHATI: The first day of distribution of admission forms at Cotton College for degree-level courses was marked by a scuffle between the college authorities and applicants-guardians. The quarrel was triggered when the aspirants broke queues to get ahead of each other to procure admission forms.

The scuffle occurred at around 10.30 am on the college premises on Friday and the incident disrupted the form distribution process for almost half-an-hour.

Though no one was injured seriously, the incident forced the college authorities to shift the distribution cell from the lobby of Kalaguru Bishnu Prasad Rabha (KBR) hall to inside the hall.

Many students hailing from outside the city and their guardians tried to break the queues to get the forms. This made many angry and a scuffle broke out. With the help of police, we managed to bring the situation under control. But we had to shift our distribution centre from the verandah to the KBR auditorium, said Rinku Deka, secretary of the Cotton College Students Union magazine.

According to the college officials, this is a common occurrence every year during admissions. Such things happen every year. For higher secondary admissions, the crowd will be even bigger. We will distribute the forms till June 25, said a college official. On Friday, the college authorities, with the help of the college students union, distributed some 1,000 forms for the arts stream and around 900 forms for the science stream.

Guwahati: Cotton university gets new vice-chancellor

GUWAHATI: Eminent astrophysicist Dhruba Jyoti Saikia assumed charge as the first vice-chancellor of the Cotton College State University (CCSU) on Friday.

After the state assembly in July last year passed a bill to upgrade Cotton College to a state university, there was much speculation over the vice-chancellors appointment.

Govt to ensure full autonomy for Cotton College

GUWAHATI, May 27 – Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma today said that State government would ensure that the Cotton College gets full autonomy to function as a university and does not have to lag behind due to fund crunch, but expected the institution to achieve new heights of excellence and bring about an educational renaissance in the State.

Speaking at the 112th foundation day of the historic institution, Sarma said that Cotton College has always been the pilgrimage of higher education in the State and it has achieved a very high position in the hearts of the people of Assam. But at the same time, considering the growing competition in the field of education, Cotton College has a long way to go to get its desired position.

The College, which got its name in the name of Chief Commissioner of Assam Province from 1896 to 1902, Sir Henry John Stedman Cotton, has presently been upgraded into Cotton CollegeState University with effect from November 1, 2011.

Dr Amarjyoti Choudhury, Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Tezpur University while delivering the foundation day lecture said that the institution needs to promote new and innovative thinking and experiments in various fields to become a pathfinder institute for others.

Cotton College does have a revered place in the hearts of people, but at the same time, it has to preserve its legacy in the future also. With the modern educational tools and new thinking process, the students should be guided to explore new horizons, he added.

As in a beautiful piece of music, higher education too can be viewed as a synthesis of points and counterpoints. Indeed its excellence stems from how successfully it mixes aloofness of scholarly studies with the urge to reach out to the society, he added.

Earlier, principal of Cotton College Dr Nirada Devi, delivered the welcome address. Commissioner and Secretary to the Government of Assam, Department ofHigher Education, HK Sarma and educationist SN Choudhury were also present on the

Cotton College authorities happy with results

GUWAHATI: The prestigious Cotton College notched only four ranks - three in the arts section and one in the science stream - in the higher secondary exam results that were declared on Monday. But the college authorities seem happy as the overall performance of the college was good. This despite the fact that other small colleges and higher secondary schools showed better performance in terms of ranks.

Surajit Kalita from Cottons science stream bagged a place in the top ten list - he was placed fourth with a total of 463 out of 500. Other than that, there were three toppers from the arts stream who were placed in the fourth, eighth and tenth positions.

The colleges performance was better last year - there were six rank-holders, three from science and three from arts - compared to this time. Principal Niraja Devi said, We cant judge the results only on the basis of the number of rank-holders as many students missed securing positions in the top ten by marginal numbers in both arts and science. As far as the overall result is concerned, our students have performed very well. This time around, 453 students appeared from the science stream from Cotton College, of which 445 got first division and 309 students got star marks. In arts, 158 students from the college appeared for the exam; 133 of them were placed in the first division and 63 got star marks.

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