Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma took part in the 75th foundation day of the Gauhati University on January 26 and urged the university to lead a start-up and innovation movement in the state. Sarma assured to extend all necessary support if appropriate proposal in this direction is submitted to the government.
The chief minister attended the inaugural function of the platinum jubilee celebrations held at BKB auditorium of the university on January 26.
Highlighting the contributions of the university, chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said: “Gauhati University is a sacred temple of higher learning. This university was born out of the committed endeavours of Assamese people in the pursuit of higher education. Even though many new institutions of higher learning have come up in the state, this university still stands tall.”
Chief minister Sarma said that Gauhati University is the heart of educational renaissance in the Northeast India. Unlike other institutions of higher learning, this university has many unique features. This university came into existence as a result of the endless sacrifices and long movement of a large number of dedicated personalities. He said that the university has a remarkable history of creating rich human resources.
Sarma said that the movement for the establishment of a university in Assam was started in the year 1917. This university came into existence due to sacrifices and untiring efforts of personalities like Satyanath Bora, Ghanashyam Baruah, Nabin Chandra Bordoloi, Gopinath Bordoloi, Raghunath Chaudhury, Tarun Ram Phookan, Krishna Kanta Handique, Sarat Chandra Goswami etc., contributions of the people and co-operation of the state government.
The university was established by the Gauhati University Act of 1947 enacted by the government headed by Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi, the first chief minister of Assam. Referring to the university court meeting held for the first time on January 26, 1948 at Sudmerson Hall of Cotton College, the chief minister said that this day marked the beginning of a new era in the educational history of the region by becoming the first university in Northeast India.
“It is a matter of pride for all of us that Gauhati University is entering its platinum jubilee year in this 75th year of celebrating the Amrit Mahotsav of country’s independence,” the chief minister said.
Stating that this is the right time for the university to lead a start-up and innovation movement in the state, he said that there is never a shortage of capital in the state exchequer for innovation and innovative works. The chief minister informed that the state government would extend all necessary support if appropriate proposal in this direction is submitted to the Government.
Commenting on the significance of the new education policy adopted by the country today, he said that its main objective would be achieved only if the underlying significance of the national education policy could be put into practice. The chief minister also said that Gauhati University should take the lead in implementing this education policy in the state.
While Hemanta Kumar Nath, registrar of the University, delivered the welcome address at the event, adviser of the education department, Government of Assam, Nani Gopal Mahanta; vice chancellor Pratapjyoti Handique and executive president of the Platinum Jubilee celebration committee Dilip Kumar Kalita also spoke on the occasion.