It is rightly said that birth and death are controlled by Almighty. But even then, the premature death of a person always shocks us. And it becomes difficult to tolerate when the person is a closely associated with someone. I am talking about the death of Satish Das, popularly known as Satishda, whose sudden and untimely demise left the Gauhati University authorities as well as the employees and his friends and well-wishers left with an emptiness. When we got news that Satish Das, an employee of the Meeting Branch of Gauhati University, passed away at GMCH due to brief illness on August 2, we could not restrain our hearts being filled with grief and sorrow and our eyes with tears. Born to a very poor family at interior Garamsing village near Palepara of Rangia sub-division in Kamrup district, Satishda since childhood had to strive very hard to complete his school education and in 1974 he had to wind up his further studies following fincial hardships of his family. He had to work as a daily wage worker in his village and also did tuition to earn his living. Later, he got an opportunity to join the University and had served in various branches like Examitions, Tabulation etc; and filly at the crucial Meeting Branch till his death. He could be considered as ‘driving force’ of the said branch as anyone would me ‘Satish’ for consultation for any sort of assignment with the branch. He was closely associated with the affairs of Executive Council meeting, Annual Court Meeting etc; of the University for the past several years and he tried to maintain a thorough record of the same. Satish da due to his gathered experience was well acquainted with many of GU statutory rules & principles. Besides, Satish Das was also an Assamese gara am pathak and led a gaara am team. He leaves behind his wife, two sons, and a host of relatives and well wishers. May his soul rest in eterl peace.
Anjan Jyoti Patowary
rendra th Kalita