From a Correspondent
JORHAT, January 1: A movement that started on January 1, 2000 to bring a revolution in the educatiol sector by imparting knowledge through the use of Assamese language, filly took shape in the form of a chain of schools now popularly known as Jatiya Vidyalaya in Jorhat district, completed 15 glorious years on Thursday, the first day of the new year. On this occasion, a colourful programme was organized by in the Jorhat District Library.
Noted writer and first Assam Sahitya Akademi award winner for children literature Gagan Chandra Adhikary, school general secretary Devabrata Sarma, Principal Santa Sarma, parents and students were present at the function.
In his iugural speech, general secretary Devabrata Sarma said, “Today the school has stepped into the 16th year, having left behind 15 glorious years and it has seen both sweet and bitter experiences. But despite all odds the school has turned into one of the biggest institutions of Upper Assam competing with other big and fincially sound private schools. The Jorhat Jatiya Vidyalaya under the Jatiya Vidyalaya movement is neither a government nor a private school but a people’s school pioneering a tiolistic movement, especially when young children are caught in between a world of hatred and bloodbath. Through our school we aim to create responsible citizens who will work for the upliftment of the Assamese people without any selfish interest.”
Sarma further said, “It is a matter of great pride for our school that eminent persolity and noted writer Gagan Chandra Adhikary graced the occasion on the first day of the new year. When most writers and litterateurs contribute their writing only for a fix set of readers and the intellectual class, people like Gagan Adhikary have been writing mostly for children for the last 64 years. Also known for his famous Assamese riddles, the writer was in the fourth standard when he wrote his first riddle Haavit Kanhe Ulai ahe, Amar Pitai Dhek Dhekia Haahe, the answer to which was an axe (kuthar).”
Principal Santa Sarma in her speech said, “Our school children are not in any race orr in any competition for numbers asis happening in other private schools, thus overloading a young child with additiol burden besides studies. Here they learn to be responsible citizens and we have been so far successful in removing the misconception about Assamese people being lazy. We at Jatiya Vidyalaya are not lazy at all. But that does not mean we are lagging behind in any sense as I feel proud to announce that our school is one among seven other schools to have been selected by the New Delhi based ONGC Central office for allotment of one of the most hi–tech and modern science laboratory. Construction of this laboratory and the other remaining part of the school will commence this year as per the master site plan.”
Addressing the young children and their parents, writer Gagan Adhikary in his brief note said, “Apart from the children’s effort, every teacher has a responsibility to open the gates of knowledge to every child as teachers possess godly virtues as defined in Sanskrit. Acharyja Devo Bhaba in Sanskrit means teacher is god. Even James Whitcomb Riley, noted American writer, poet and best–selling author, was an aggressive and adamant child beyond the control of most teachers but one teacher transformed his life when he first unveiled James Whitcomb’s artistic qualities.”