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Assam Women’s University
Assam Women’s University the first of its kind in the entire North-East India, was established in Jorhat with a view to promoting higher education of Women in the region.
But I am sorry to have to state that the State Government has contemplated to downgrade AWU and to merge the same with some other institute. The people of Assam desire that AWU should be upgraded into an affiliating university, bringing all women’s colleges under its ambit in view of the growing thrust on women’s higher education.
To proceed ahead in the matter, suitable infrastructure necessary for a full-fledged university should be created on a priority basis. As regards academic infrastructure, the efficient and highly experienced faculty members and regular Vice-Chancellor, Registrar and other non-teaching staff should be recruited on permanent and functional basis. It should be in the interest of the State and its people that AWU continues to function effectively and it should be turned in to a strong, vibrant and viable entity from all aspects.
We also desire that AWU should improve academic, physical, mental and intellectual growth of the students right from the initial stage. It should attach particular importance on imparting moral and social education to the students and to improve integration among teachers, students and guardians in a homely environment and serene atmosphere so that it could be elevated to an ideal and vibrant academic institution not only in the State of Assam but also in the entire North-east India in no time in order to safeguard women’s education in this region.
SK Barkataky,
West Jorhat,
Jorhat – 785006.

Need to Stop Costly Weddings

It has become a fashion and trend of people from upper-middle and higher income groups to spend heavily on fancy wedding-invitation cards made of wood and cardboard worth several thousands of rupees each which are practically of no use. Rather those getting such invitation-cards pull out necessary portion of programme-details and start pressurising their minds about utility of such apparently costly but useless remnants. Also costly platters with imported items where Indian substitutes are better and cheaper and cash-envelopes from brides’ parents have become a necessity in marriage celebrations for show of status. Interestingly, misusers of such trends in their elite gatherings themselves criticise such trend, but want some others to take initiative to stop such a practice.
Organisations like Rotary International, Lions Club International etc. can impose some code to stop the practice in India because their members, mostly coming from the elite society, are misusers (and victims also) of such a trend. These organisations can launch campaign for simplicity in marriage celebrations.
Madhu Agrawal,
Dariba, Chandni Chowk,
Delhi-110006.

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