From Our Correspondent
Silchar, January 1: The former Vice Chancellor of Assam University Tapodhir Bhattacharjee has been granted Emeritus Fellowship by the University Grants Commission (UGC) for his outstanding contribution in the field of Bengali literature. He is the only Professor from the Bengali faculty in the country who has been nomited for the fellowship this year. With the conferment of this award, Prof Bhattacharjee becomes the first from Barak Valley to be awarded with this prestigious fellowship.
Prof Bhattacharjee started his teaching career from rsing Higher Secondary School and then he taught in Cachar College for a short period. He subsequently worked in Gauhati University and North Bengal University as a teaching faculty member. He has been associated with the Assam University since its inception. While being the professor in the Bengali department of the varsity, he left AU on lien to join Delhi University as Tagore Professor. Prof Bhattacharjee joined back in AU as Vice Chancellor on March 27, 2007. He continued to serve the varsity as VC till 2012.
He penned numerous books and guided a host of doctoral students hailing from India and other countries. For his outstanding contribution in the field of Bengali literature, he was awarded with many laurels, medals and recognitions. During his tenure as the Vice Chancellor, Assam University thrived towards excellence.
With the conferment of the Fellowship, Prof Bhattacharjee has entered the elite list of educationists like Satyendrath Basu, Sunit Kumar Chattopadhaya, Kanika Bandophadaya, among others, who were granted Emeritus Fellowship by the UGC.
It can be said here that his tenure as the professor has ended on last Wednesday, but with the conferment of Emeritus Fellowship now he can teach in Assam University along with other universities of the country for the next two years. His friends, relatives and students congratulated him for being awarded the prestigious Fellowship.