From a Correspondent
Tezpur, Nov 24: “It is difficult to educate an educated person. When it comes to preserving indigenous knowledge system, I find educating the educated more difficult,” said Taku Chatung, an eminent environmentalist and social worker from Ziro Valley (located 167 km from Itagar) who was invited to deliver the 13th Prof. Madhab Chandra Bora (MCB) Memorial Oration organized by the Department of Business Administration, Tezpur University on Wednesday.
Late Prof. Madhab Chandra Bora was the founder Dean of School of Magement Sciences, Tezpur University. Chatung and his association, the Apatani Youth Association (AYA), is also trying to place Ziro Valley, the headquarters of Lower Subansiri district, and inhabitants of Apatani tribes on the UNESCO World Heritage (tentative list) Site.
Speaking on the occasion, Chatung applauded Tezpur for being a clean city and heaped lot of praise on the works of Kalaguru Bishnu Prasad Rabha. He added that people identify Tezpur as a cultural city. Later, he described the life style of the Apatanis, one of the major ethnic groups of eastern Himalayas and their distinct civilization with unique systematic land use practices and cultivation methods. He said that modernity was actually a danger to Apatani culture, which bore exceptiol testimony to the cultural traditions of the Apatani tribe that was responsible for maintaining the landscape more or less in the same State for centuries together.
Earlier, speaking on the occasion, Prof. MM Sarma, Vice-Chancellor of the university, said that Prof. Bora was a pioneer in bringing computer science education in Assam and dreamt of making Tezpur University a world class university and worked tirelessly for achieving the same. His untimely death was a great loss to the university as well as to the State, he added. Earlier, Prof. SS Sarkar, Head of the Department of Commerce, gave a life sketch of late Prof. Madav Chandra Borah, whom Prof. Sarkar described as a man of diverse qualities and an exceptiol orator.