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JB College, Jorhat, Assam


JB College, Jorhat, Assam
Jorhat (District Jorhat)
Assam, India
Pin Code : 785001

JB College, Jorhat Assam is a recognised institute / college. JB College, Jorhat Assam is also known as Jagannath Barooah College, Jorhat. JB College, Jorhat Assam was established on / in 1930.

Principal of JB College, Jorhat Assam is Dr Bijoy Ch Sarma, M Com, Ph D, LLB.

JB College is situated in Jorhat of Assam state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Fax # of JB College, Jorhat Assam is +91-376-2300605.

Website of JB College, Jorhat Assam is www.jbcollege.org/.

Contact Details of JB College, Jorhat Assam are : Telephone: +91-376-2320060


JB College, Jorhat Assam runs course(s) in Degree, Computer Application stream(s).
B.A. (Arts), B.Sc (Science) and B.Com (Commerce) Post-graduate courses in Geography and Philosophy Post-graduate courses in Commerce, Economics, Political Science, History, Assamese, Mathematics and Sociology

Approval details: JB College is affiliated with Dibrugarh University, Dibrugarh

Profile of JB College

Jagannath Barooah College, briefly J.B.College, is a premier institute of higher education located in Jorhat, a city with rich cultural heritage and glorious historical background in the upper part of the Brahmaputra Valley of Assam. Since its inception in 1930, the college has already marched a long way and celebrated the Platinum Jubilee with a host of significant academic and non academic programmes. The institute has already been accredited by National Assessment and Accreditation Council(NAAC) in 2003 and awarded B+ grade on the basis of its performance in the field of higher education.

Media coverage of JB College, Jorhat Assam, Assam

NAAC report of Jagannath Barooah College

Named as upper Assam College when it was established in 1930, subsequently known also as Jorhat College and having the distinction of being the oldest Government aided College in Assam, the Jagannath Barooah College as it is known from 1938 onwards was affiliated originally to the Calcutta University. When the Gauhati University was established in 1948, the affiliation was switched over to it and from 1965 the College is affiliated to Dibrugarh University.

Having many firsts to its credit, like opening B.Com. degree in North East India in 1944, Evening courses in 1949, courses in Science in Upper Assam from 1948, this college has registered steady growth over the years and 2002-03, it had 125 faculty (105 permanent, 14 temporary and 6 part-time) members, 34 non-teaching staff, 2108 students (722 of them women) in the regular stream and 216 (135 of them women) enrolled in the Distance Education mode.

As a premier institution in Assam poised to celebrate its 75th year in 2005, the JB College came forward to be assessed and accredited in 2003. On submission of the Self Study Report by the College, the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) constituted a Peer Team with Prof. K. Aludiapillai, Former Vice-Chancellor, Madurai Kamaraj University as Chairman and Prof. A. S. Kukla, Former Principal, Acharya Narendra Dev College, Delhi and Dr. Debabrata Chaudhuri, Principal, Asutosh College, Kolkata as members to make an on site visit to the College to validate the Self Study Report. The Peer Team visited the College on the 8th and 9th Dec.2003 and went through the assessment exercise as per guidelines prescribed by the NAAC. Mr. Ganesh Hegde, Assistant Adviser, NAAC Coordinated the visit.

During its visit to the College, the Peer Team had extensive discussions with the Principal, members of the management, faculty, non-teaching staff, students, alumni and parents. They went round the four locations of the campus and saw for themselves the facilities provided. Based on the self-study report, documents furnished to support the statements in the report, discussions with stakeholders and personal observation, the team furnishes the following criterion wise report.

Providing quality higher education to students of upper Assam region was the simple goal of the institution when it was started in 1930. Knowledge oriented subjects were introduced in the early years. Intermediate in Commerce in 1938, B.Com. in 1944, Intermediate in Science in 1949, B.Sc. in 1952 and Evening Courses in 1949 were offered in the first two decades.

At the undergraduate level Arts, Science and Commerce Courses and at the Postgraduate level two courses viz., Geography and Philosophy are offered at present. Eighteen departments of the College offer various combinations of subjects in Arts, Science and Commerce. The medium of instruction is Assamese. However, the students have the option to answer the papers in Assamese or English.

The temporal plan of the College is the Annual System for all undergraduate Courses and M.A. in Philosophy. Master's Course in Geography comes under the Semester System.

In 1994, vocational courses in Functional English and Advertising and Sales Promotion were started. In 2002-03, self-financing certificate courses of three months duration were started in Computer Education, Communication Skills and Film Studies. An one month Certificate course in Sanskrit speaking sponsored by the UGC was started in 2002.

The starting of the above courses indicates the responsiveness of the College to the societal needs. In the initiation of new courses formal and informal feedback is obtained from academic peers and prominent members of the society. The Governing Body of the College has initiated action to review all the existing programmes in the College.

The prospectus of the College clearly indicates the admission procedure. For selection of Assamese and English as main subjects, a special entrance test is held. For others, the academic record is the basis of admission, following the rules prescribed by the authorities. Special quota is available for admission of sports persons.

There is no provision for bridge or remedial courses. The College might wish to consider the feasibility of conducting such courses for the educationally backward students wherever possible availing of the assistance provided by the UGC/State Governments.

Only the PG course in Geography has a unitized syllabus and semesterised teaching and evaluation with 25% for internal assessment and 75% for external examinations. There is need for unitization of syllabus of other courses.

Assisted and guided by the Head of each Department, teachers prepare and implement an annual teaching plan ensuring timely completion of the syllabus.

Apart from lecturers in the class room, the students are exposed to field work, seminars, group discussions and project work. Periodic class tests are conducted to assess the progress of students. Teachers are recruited for regular vacancies as per guidelines of the UGC and Government of Assam. For the new courses temporary/part-time teachers are recruited by the governing body through walk in interview. These teachers are paid from the funds of the College.

More than 40 faculty members have attended Seminars/Conferences over the past two years. The College has conducted refresher courses, seminars, conferences and workshops in subjects like History, Geography, Philosophy, Political Science, Zoology and Botony. Fourteen members of staff took advantage of computer courses conducted by the College. Faculty have also availed of the Laboratory facilities available at the Regional Research Laboratory, Jorhat.

Of the 105 permanent teachers in the College, 41 (28 Ph.D and 13 M.Phil.) have research qualifications. A number of teachers have published text books and reference books. Articles have been published by them in journals and magazines at various levels. Many of them have a research component.

The College has six on-going research projects with an outlay of Rs.2.63 lakhs. One of the faculty members in guiding a Ph.D. student. For the conservation of nature / wildlife and preservation of the Ecosystem, the Biological Science Forum has been conducting a number of camps in rural areas. Many other activities leading to community development are taken up in co-operation with various non-government Organisations.

Though the College does not have planned extension activities, scope for such activities may be explored in consultation with various functionaries and the students may be sensitized to social issues, problems and needs.

Being an institution with an academic orientation dating from 1930, it is quite possible that some senior faculty have close and intimate knowledge of the life of the people of upper Assam and this expertise available may be made known to the organizations/institutions which can utilize them for preparation of monographs, research papers, etc.

The College has a library with 44,260 books. An advisory committee assists in planning the activities relating to the library. Limited use of computer is made in the library. Repographic facility is available. Linkage with other libraries will be worthwhile in the context of introduction of PG Courses and research activities undertaken by faculty.

The campus is in four locations. The main campus of 4.96 acres has the administrative buildings, class rooms, laboratories, common room for teachers, common room for girls, Library, cycle stand and garden. The second campus of 4.96 acres accommodates the Commerce Dept. and boy's hostel which has 22 inmates. There is separate hostel for Girls accommodating 48 girls with all amenities. The third campus has an extent of 0.70 acres accommodating the girls Hostel with 50 inmates and staff quarters. A new site of 0.39 acres, a kilometer away from the College, donated by a well-wisher is expected to provide some more facilities like staff quarters. There is need to augment the facilities in the hostels.

Since the Government of Assam has required the College to conduct Higher Secondary Courses and the College has been made a centre for Distance Education of Dibrugarh University, the infrastructure is fully utilized. In fact, it needs further augmentation in the light of the expanding needs due to the opening of PG courses, self-financing courses, etc. The Self-study Report has indicated that the buildings of the boys' hostel constructed in 1960 and in 1965 need renovation and the local Member of Parliament is providing financial assistance for the purpose.

To ensure that students of this 73-year-old institution are able to effectively compete with students from the other parts of the country augmentation of infrastructure facilities, keeping in view the growing strength of the College, may be considered.

It is a matter for satisfaction that beautification of the campus with flower gardens in different locations, has been given special attention. It is a relatively pollution free environment that the College is endowed with. With special drive for planting trees and organizing a botanical garden representing the flora of upper Assam, the campus can become more enchanting.

A computer centre with forty terminals is functioning in the College. The department of geography has a computer. The computers are maintained with the funds generated by the self-financing courses. In the absence of a health centre, the students are taken care of by a part-time doctor.

Students have no facility for sports and physical education. Construction of an indoor stadium-cum-gymnasium has to be speeded up. At the inter-collegiate level in 2002, the College had winners in Athletics & running. Quite a few of the old buildings are under renovation. A phased programme of bringing them for beneficial use thro' assistance from various quarters is underway.

The Annual Reports of the College indicate that the overall percentage of passes at the UG in 2001-02 was around 60. More than 200 students are enrolled in the N.C.C. The college has both Boys and Girls in the NCC Units. One girl cadet was chosen to participate in the Republic Day Parade at New Delhi. The cadets have participated in various camps and acquitted themselves creditably. Four students of this College cleared the UGC-CSIR (NET) examination. Three have joined Central Services in 1999 & 2000. The college regularly publishes the annual prospectus. Information on the courses available, fee structure, rules of discipline, etc. are incorporated in this.

Scholarships of various types provided by the Central and State Government are awarded to eligible students. During 2002-2003, 133 students received financial assistance amounting to nearly Rs. 2/- laks. In addition, cash prizes are awarded to meritorious student from various endowments established by donors.

A career counseling centre is functioning in the College with some faculty members manning it. Entrepreneurship awareness programmes are also being arranged. An alumni association is functioning in the institution. Very distinguished litterateurs and political leaders have been old students.

The Principal of the College is assisted by one administrative and three academic Vice-Principals. Nine Committees constituted by the Governing Body of the College with faculty members and other staff, take care of specific activities connected with the College. The functions of the Committees are clearly spelt out.

The budget of the College was around Rs.364 lakhs in 2001-02. The unit cost was Rs.11,514/-. The Peer Team notes with interest the efforts made by the College to secure donations and generate resources ranging from funds under the Local Area Development Fund provided by Members of Parliament to revenues from self-financing courses.

As the College receives grants-in-aid from Government, there is an audit mechanism in place. As a measure of staff welfare loans are available to the employees through the Employees' Co-operative Thrift Society. Recently a Student Grievance Committee has been established. There is need for an organized grievance redressall mechanism for employees.

Scientific budgeting has been introduced from the year 2003-04.

Preparing a master plan extending over a 15 year period 2002-2017.

Mobilizing resources for capital expenditure through participation of the area
Member of Parliament of the area and other donors.

Commencing self-financing certificate courses leading to skill development.

Placing at the disposal of the University, Society and Government, the infrastructure facilities to ensure their optimal utilization.

The College has Wall Magazines such as, 'Spandana' for All students, 'Kishalay' in girls hostel, 'Kachali' in Assamee to exhibit their talents.

Many departments have brought out journals in area of their specialization. This has enabled the staff and students of departments concerned to get updated in their subjects.

The College has given ample opportunities to the students to develop their creative talents and participate in a wide range of cultural activities.

The Peer Team is of the definite view that, functioning under constraints of space and finance, the College has boldly taken-up new initiatives. The need for strengthening the infrastructure has already been addressed to by the authorities.

The items of work in progress indicate the priorities identified by the governing body and the needs of staff and students. Based on the on-site visit and discussions, the team wishes the authorities to consider the following suggestions:
Consolidate the existing courses and facilities needed for them before going in for new PG courses.

Get N.S.S.Units sanctioned for the College to offer opportunities for systematic extension work.

Establish book bank facility availing of assistance of UGC/State Govt. for the benefit of economically backward students.

The college has career guidance and personal counseling centre, which may be further strengthened and a placement cell may be arranged.

Strengthen linkages with local research, industrial and academic institutions for sharing and exchanging information, audio-video material, publications, etc.

The college may consider the possibility of setting up an Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) to help the institution to have internal quality checks all through the year.

The college has Research Committee to coordinate and monitor research activities of the institution. To get more research projects agencies like ICSSR, ICHR, CSIR,
DST etc may be approached.

Steadily expand computer facilities in the College so that on nominal payment all students can be provided with opportunity for acquiring computer literacy.

A women's study center for empowerment of women may be established and funding agencies may be approached.

Speedy computerization of all operations in the library and the college office.

Evolve a system of performance appraisal of faculty and other staff.

Take early steps to provide reasonable facilities for sports, games,etc.

Apply for Autonomous Status for introduction of innovative curriculum and evaluation methods.

The Peer Team wishes to thank the Principal, members of the governing body, faculty, students, parents, alumni and members of the non-teaching staff for sparing their time for discussions and extending all assistance and cooperation.

The Team thanks Mr. Ganesh Hegde, Assistant Adviser, NAAC for his effective coordination. May this institution of higher education catering primarily to the students of this upper region of Assam to grow from strength to strength in its pursuit of excellence.

Name of the Chairperson : Prof. K. Aludiapillai

Name of the Member : Prof. A. S. Kukla

Name of the Member : Dr. Debabrata Chaudhuri

Dr. N. G. Goswami

Date : 9th November 2003

Place : Jorhat, Assam

SP Singhania

BOKAKHAT, Jan 7 – Noted tea planter Som Prakash Singhania, who had been the Managing Director of the Rangajan Tea Estate and the Director of Naharjan Tea Estate besides holding important positions in the Tea Association of India (TAI), North East Tea Association (NETA) and New Delhi based Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industries died at a hospital in Kolkata at 6 am on Saturday. He was 64. Singhania was born on July 24, 1944 in Jammu and did his schooling at Golaghat. He studied at JB College, Jorhat but completed his graduation from St Edmunds College, Shillong, in 1964. Singhania leaves behind his mother, wife, two sons and a daughter.

Seminar on higher education at JB College

JORHAT, Aug 24 – A State-level students seminar titled Students Views on Higher Education is going to be held at the JB College of Jorhat under the auspices of Department of Political Science of the college on November 23. The organisers have invited seminar papers from intending students of various colleges and universities of Assam on this topic or some given sub topics.

Among the sub-topics are the merits and demerits of the present educational system, possible measures for removing the demerits; Teaching-learning system and the number of total teaching days in higher educational institutions; Measures for Improvement, Availability of student-support services like library, canteen, hostel, commonroom, Internet facility, etc., inhigher educational institutions; Internal assessment, Credits and Flaws, Semester system: its merits and demerits; its applicability in the Colleges of Assam, and Examination system, Evaluation and Re-evaluation of the Answer Scripts and Role of Invigilators in the Examination Hall are remarkable.

The organisers have requested intending students to send their draft seminar papers to them before September 23. The seminar papers may be written in either English or Assamese language under the guidance of a teacher.

Debate contest: The 28th Krishna Chandra Kakoti Memorial Debate competition is going to be held at the same college on August 31.

The topic of the debate is Introduction of Semester System at the Undergraduate level will be a boon for the Present Education Scenario in Assam. Organisers have invited the higher secondary, undergraduate and postgraduate-level students to take part in the competition. Two students may join in a team to compete. The winning team will receive the KC Kakoti memorial running trophy and a cash prize of Rs 3000.

On the other hand the best debater will receive the Abani Prasad Bhattacharya memorial running trophy and cash amount Rs 3,000. The second and third best debater will be awarded with Rs 2,500 and 2,000 respectively.

Intending students and their institutions are requested by the organisers to contact Pranab Barua, Lecturer, Department of Statistics, JB College, who is in charge of the debate or Debumoni Bora, debating secretary, JB College.

Workshop on higher education held

TEOK, Feb 22 – A two-day UGC-sponsored national workshop on higher education in affiliated colleges of Assam: challenges and opportunities was organised by Internal Quality Assurance Cell of Jagannath Barooah College recently. The inaugural session began with the rendition of the college song, followed by the ceremonial lighting of the traditional lamp by Dr Mridul Hazarika, director, Tea Research Association, Tocklai. Dr Hazarika in his inaugural speech stressed upon the need of job oriented courses in the colleges. Other dignitaries present in the inaugural session were Dr Md. Taher, Professor Emeritus, Gauhati University; Dinesh Chandra Boroowa, former register, GU; Dr Bijoy Chandra Sarma and Dina Ram Saikia, principal and vice-principal, JB College respectively.

The first technical session was addressed by Professor Md Taher with his comprehensive and detailed analysis of the different stages and thrusts ofhigher education and affiliation system in State of Assam as well as the national scenario. Addressing the second technical session, Dinesh Chandra Baroowa emphasised for the need for autonomous status of colleges. He further said that it is high time for higher education to break free from the shackles of the affiliating system and also advised to design suitable career and job oriented courses in the colleges.

The third session was a panel discussion and the participants were Dr BC Sarmah, principal, JB College; Dr K Bhuyan, principal, Nagaon College; Dr Jogeswar Bora, principal, CKB College, Teok and Dr Prakash Kotoky, principal, Sivasagar College. The conclusion arrived at the panel discussion was that autonomy is the need of the hour together with introduction of new career and job oriented courses with massive change in the curriculum.

Dr Rajib Handique, deputy registrar (academic), Dibrugarh University, attending the fourth session as resource person in the workshop, spoke on the functioning pattern of affiliating system, its problems, prospects and alternatives. In the fifth and final session of the workshop, Dr Biren Das, deputy registrar, Tezpur University resented a comparative analysis of examination system in affiliating and non affiliating universities. The two-day workshop ended with a valedictory session wherein the workshop coordinators Dr Gautam Kalita and Dr Manoj Kumar Bhowal presented the vote of thanks.

New Assamese dictionary set to come out on Jan 1

KHUMTAI, Dec 29 – Last-minute preparations are on for a new Assamese dictionary which hopes to break new ground in terms of comprehensivityly, exclusiveness, encyclopedic character, size and shape in comparison to its predecessors. In the Akhora Griha at Malou Ali, Jorhat, preparations are on in a full-swing where at least 35 people are working day in and day out to meet the target of January 1, 2010, the date that has been fixed for publishing Asomiya Jatiya Abhidhan.

The plan and programme for the comprehensive dictionary was conceived in mid - 1998 and it was publicly announced for the first time in January 1, 2000. A seminar was held in this regard on July 7, 2002 at JB College, Jorhat. In the editorial board are Dr Madan Sarmah, HoD, Department of English and Foreign Languages, Tezpur University is the president and Dr Debabrat Sarmah, HoD, English Department, Jorhat College the chief editor. Some other personalities behind this pioneering effort are Dr Dinesh Ch Goswami, Dr Kobin Phukon, Dr Phanindra Narayan Duttabaruah, Dr Dilip Kr Dutta (USA), Rajen Borua (USA), Dr Kulendu Pathak, Dr Bhimkanta Boruah, Taburam Taid, Jibeswar Mohan, Dr Upen Rabha Hakasam, Kasema Khatum, Jogananda Bora, Dr Jamadagni Upadhya, Dr Prabitra Pran Goswami etc. USA-based IT Engineer duo Indrakanta Dutta and Rajib Datta, after their one and a half year rigorous labour, developed a software for this dictionary and website www.assamesedictionary.org.

The history of the Assamese dictionary is neither too rich nor too unsatisfactory. According to an Asom Jatiya Prakash source, the publication committee of the present Asomiya Jatiya Abhidhan the foremost Assamese lexicon was Bor Amla aru Lati Amla, an Assamese-Taidictionary compiled by Tengai Mahan Pandit and Romai Baruah in the year 1795. A Sanskrit-Assamese Abhidhan was compiled and published by Rusinath Kamrupi (Burhagoain) in 1810. (Both those lexicons would be re-published on January 1, 2010 by the Asom Jatiya Prakash. Jaduram Dekabaruah published Asomiya-Bongala Abhidhain in 1839. Gramatical Notices of the Assamese Language was compiled and published in 1848 by Rev. Nathan Brown (1807-86) in the dark days of Assamese language and literature. Brief Vocabulary in English and Assamese with Rudimentary Exercises, Engrajee aru Asomiya bakyowali by Mrs SR ward and published by the American Baptist Mission Press in 1864. This was a revision work of Mrs. Harriet BL Cutter in 1841 who engaged herself in propagating Christianism in Assam. This work with great linguistic as well as historical value was also published by Ashom Jatiya Prakash in 2008. An attempt had been made by Anandaram Dhekial Phukon (1829-59) to compile two dictionaries namely Engraji-Asomiya and Asomiya Engrajee Abhidhhan as informed from a writing in Orunodai by AH Denforth in 1852. But the result of this enterprise is not known. Another Christian missionary Rev Miles Bronson (1812-83) published Asomiya Abhidhan (Adictionary in Assamese and English) in 1867 containing 14000 words based on the language commonly uses by rustics with their colloqunial pronunciation. This piece was regarded as the lone authoritative Anglo-Assamesedictionary from 1867 to 1900.

Henchandra Borua compiled Hemkosh, collecting 8000 words on his own and a total of 22,346 words that was published in 1900, which has been occupying an exclusive seat in the Assamese literature for more than a century. However, Borua, unlike Bronson, emphasised on Sangskritised (Tatsom) words. With a donation of Radhakanta Handique, Asam Sahitya Sabha compiled, edited and published Chandrakanta Abhidhan in 1933 including 36,819 words. Later, Chandrakanta was enlarged in 1962 and 1988 respectively. Adhurik Ashomiya Sabdakosh by Sumanta Chaliha was first published in 1991 based on current uses of Assamese words. Some another Assamese lexicons are Asomiya Abhidhan by Giridhar Sarmah, Byabaharik Asomiya Sabdakosh by Dr Satyendranath Sarmah and Narendra Nath Sarmah, Adhunik Asomiya Abhidhan by Assam Publication-Board, Asomiya Byaganik Paribhasa and Asomiya Akhorjotani published by Gauhati University.

However, the above mentioned Assamese dictionaries have neither fully covered all categories of Assamese words, nor showed due respect to the co-linguistic branches of Assamese vocabulary. The Asomiya Jatiya Abhidhan waiting for publication in the first day of the year 2010, includes about 30,000 Kamrupi, 15,000 Goalporia, thousands of Darangi words, Tribal words which have come into Assamese, like Mising, Bodo, Deuri, Naga, Sonowal and Thengal Kachari, Rajbongsi, Nepali etc., words belong to the dialects prevalent in char areas, the tea tribe community, Naga and Arunachali terms used in novels have been included words available in ancient literature like Puranas, Bhagawalas, Ramayana and Mahabharata; Arabi, Persian and Urdu words uses in Assamese, words found in folksongs, borgeets, Zikirs, Tautramartras, Bhaona and Oja palis also included in the presentdictionary . Therefore, unlike formerly published Assamese dictionaries in whose pages we have frequently to come across Sanskritised words, Jatiya Abhidhan lays emphasise on non-Aryan origin and tribal vocabulary.

Asom Jatiya Abhidhan is fully-loaded with about 2 lakh words and is divided into 4 volumes. The first volume of this Abhidhan will start from Assamese vowel Ao and end at Assamese consonant Ka. Other volumes would be published shortly.

Jorhat girl qualifies for beauty contest

JORHAT, Jan 29 – Sangita Phukan (22) of Jorhat has been selected to participate in the prior contest of Pantaloon Femina Miss India 2010 for the Eastern Zone, which is going to be held at Kolkata on January 31.

Earlier, Sangita had won titles such as Miss JB College in 2005, Miss Jorhat in 2006, Miss Assam Best Model of the Year in 2007 and Mega Miss North East in 2009. She has also authored two books in Assamese entitled Mukha Pindha Manuh and Ardhangini.

Her new book, Mandakinir Pora Alakanandaloi, nearing completion. She is working as a model under the guidance of her mentor Pranjit Chetia. She is the daughter of Anil Phukan and Jyoti Phukan of Cinnamara here.

PM hopeful of ULFA talks outcome

GUWAHATI, Feb 18 – Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh today formally presented the Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed Memorial Award for National Integration for 2008 and 2009 to noted journalist MJ Akbar and Gandhian social worker Hema Bharali respectively at a function at the Pragjyoti-ITA cultural complex here this afternoon.

The Prime Minister also unveiled the foundation plaque of the Rs 1,600-crore Guwahati Water Supply Project.

Addressing the gathering, Dr Singh stressed the need for nurturing and strengthening the nations liberal outlook that defined its multi-religious and multi-cultural society.

Our society and country have a glorious tradition of tolerance and secularism. India has ever been ready to accommodate newer ways of thinking and living… I believe that it is an obligation for all of us to work in this direction, he said.

Crediting the people of Assam for successfully combating fissiparous forces during turbulent times in the recent past, Dr Singh termed peace and harmony as a prerequisite for meaningful development and referred to the various initiatives taken by the Central and State governments towards that end and stressed their transparent implementation.

The establishment of territorial-hill councils has provided a forum to address genuine needs. However, we must help these councils to build capacities to ensure that they are able to fulfil their responsibilities in a manner which is responsive, transparent and accountable, he said.

On the ULFA peace talks, the Prime Minister expressed confidence that the process of dialogue was the only method for fostering greater understanding and resolving vexed problems. The discussions were good and gave me hope for the future, he said.

Underscoring the need for addressing the multi-pronged challenges of urban governance with a long-term perspective as well as sensitivity – especially where the underprivileged sections of society were concerned – Dr Singh said that in the next two decades nearly half the countrys population would be living in urban areas, and therefore, strengthening the urban infrastructure swiftly was an urgent need.

We also need to pursue the agenda of reforms in the urban sector with the overall objective of ensuring greater public good, he said, and mentioned the flow of substantial funds to the metropolitan cities, including Guwahati, under the JnNURM in this regard.

MJ Akbar, in his acceptance speech, said that notwithstanding rapid strides made by the country in a number of spheres, it still had a long way to go towards securing the goal of economic equity.

A modern nation has to be judged on four parameters – democracy, secularism, gender equality and economic equity, and we are still way behind on the last, he said.

Terming the economic reforms of 1991 as a landmark in the countrys history, the eminent journalist and author said that communal clashes in the country apparently nosedived in the post-liberalization period, as it offered a new horizon to the Indian youth.

The nonagenarian Gandhian, Hema Bharali, in her speech, underlined the need for effecting changes for accomplishing the all-important goal of economic and social liberty.

However, governments or ministers and MLAs alone cannot ensure a progressive society. Charity begins at home, and we all need to contribute towards that end discarding our selfish interests, she said, adding that Assams problems were getting complicated and the people must put up a concerted effort to resolve them.

Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi recalled the contributions of Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed, the great leader from Assam and former President of the country, describing his role in the freedom movement as invaluable.

The award instituted in 2005 carries a citation, a sarai, an eri sador and Rs 2 lakh in cash.

Earlier, the Prime Minister visited the Arya Vidyapeeth HS School where he formally inaugurated the auditorium constructed from his MPLAD Fund. He also exchanged pleasantries with students, teachers and staff of the school.

Earlier, on his arrival at the LGB International Airport this afternoon, the Prime Minister was received by Governor JB Patnaik, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, Revenue Minister Dr Bhumidhar Barman, Social Welfare Minister Akan Bora, Chief Secretary Naba Kumar Das and other senior officials.

Our Correspondents add:

Dergaon: Security has been tightened for the Prime Ministers visit to Jorhat on Saturday. For the first time, the PM will address the public on the outskirts of Jorhat town instead of the Court Field. The venue has been shifted due to the ongoing examinations at JB College. The PM will address the public at ITI field, Rajabari.

Dr Singh will lay the foundation stone of the Indias second National Institute of Design at Tocklai near Chinamara at 11 am on Saturday.

Due to his visit the Jorhat police has restricted traffic movements and routes have been changed for the time being.The vehicles from the Mariani side will have to go through Sadar Tinali, Lichubari Don Bosco and then Na-ali. The vehicles from Jorhat town will be routed through BOC point-Sadar Thana and then Na-ali. The other vehicles from Rajabari, Mission Compound and Rajabari road will be routed through Sadar Gate to Na-ali.

Sivasagar: The Prime Minister will arrive at Sivasagar tomorrow to lay the foundation stone of a Rs 350-crore Rajiv Gandhi Petroleum TechnologyInstitute at Palasani on the outskirts of the town.

The PM will be accompanied by Petroleum Minister S Jaipal Reddy, DoNER Minister BK Handique, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, Minister of State for Petroleum RPN Singh, Assam Industry Minister Pradyut Bordoloi, CMD (in-charge) of ONGC Ajit Hazarika, Ravi Kapoor, IAS, and a number of VIPs.

The Sivasagar district administration has completed the necessary groundwork for Dr Singhs visit and has built a helipad close to the site where the Prime Minister will attend a public meeting.

CPI leader Promod Gogoi, at a recent a press meet had demanded re-naming of the institute after an important personality of Assam.

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