Our Staff Correspondent
Dibrugarh, May 28: Noted litterateur and former president of Axam Xahitya Xabha, Dr Nagen Saikia, recently formally inaugurated a museum christened in memory of the proprietor of Rajabheta Tea Estate, Malbhog Baruah at Dibrugarh University. The building, constructed by the family of Malbhog Baruah in 1989, was acquired by Dibrugarh University in 1966 as a part for setting up Dibrugarh University (DU). The massive building was initially used as the official residence of the Vice-Chancellor of DU, and later it was transformed as office of the Registrar, the Inspector of College and the office of the Distance Education Centre of the University at various points of time. The building remained abandoned and was in a dilapidated condition over the years. The DU authority, however, in a wise step, had transformed the entire building as museum after thorough renovation and christened it as Late Malbhog Baruah Museum of DU. The offshoot of Late Malbhog Baruah had taken the task of entire renovation from personal residential building to museum under the supervision of DU authority headed by Vice-Chancellor Dr Alak Kumar Buragohain.
Dr Nagen Saikia while inaugurating the museum of DU at a function held at the DU campus on Saturday, applauded the initiative of the University for preserving the heritage building of the University in a befitting manner. Vice Chancellor Dr.Buragohain, who graced the occasion as a guest of honour, in his speech, paid rich tribute to Malbog Barua and mentioned the importance of museum as a powerful tool of education. Jinti Aggarwal Baruah, a member of the illustrious Baruah family, addressed the gathering with reminiscences of her great grandfather and thanked the initiative of the University. A number of members of the civil society of Dibrugarh, members of the family of Malbhog Baruah, teachers and officers of Dibrugarh University graced the inaugural function.