Guwahati: Prof. Amaresh Datta is honoured with the prestigious Krishna Kanta Handiqui National Award, 2018 instituted by Krishna Kanta Handiqui State Open University. An eminent scholar and a legendary teacher of English, Datta is a resident of Dibrugarh. He is to be honoured with this award by the Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on 11 December, 2018 at Dibrugarh in a grand event. Hrishikesh Goswami, Media Advisor to CM will also attend the occasion as the Special Guest. This award includes a cash amount of Rs. 5 lakh, citation and a specially designed memento.
Datta started his career in the 50’s of the last century in Madhya Pradesh and later on moved to Gauhati University from where he took retirement in the 80’s. In recognition of his scholarship and teaching achievements, he was honoured by Gauhati University as Professor Emeritus. His magnum opus is Shakespeare’s Tragic Vision and Art. In addition to this, he served as the Chief Editor of the highly acclaimed Encyclopaedia of Indian Literature.
Prior to Amaresh Datta, K. K. Handiqui State Open University honoured eminent space scientist Jitendra Nath Goswami, noted educationist and philosopher Mrinal Miri and former Chief Election Commissioner Hari Sankar Brahma with this prestigious Krishna Kanta Handiqui National Award. In order to nominate the awardees for 2018, the University constituted a three member search committee chaired by Tabu Taid. The other members were former Vice Chancellor Pradyut Kumar Goswami and eminent journalist and editor of Amar Asom Prasanta Rajguru.