FROM A Correspondent
Silchar, May 2: The semir organized on the occasion by the district administration of Cachar saw presentation of well thought of views on the wide spectrum of subjects by thinkers and scholars of this town. Sanjib Deb Laskar, speaking on the theme of Cachar district: An overview since 1832 traced out the advent of British administration to the days of independence with various significant events and happenings with their socio-economic impact. Prof Niranjan Roy, department of Economics, Assam University, submitted his views on the economy of Cachar and its prospect. He said the strategic location of Cachar holds immense potential for economic resurgence.
Prof Niranjan Roy spoke of the development of this region as a economic hub with the coming up of Trans Asian highways and railways which will connect Myanmar, Chi, Bangladesh as well as all other neighbouring countries. Dipankar Chanda, former principal, Government Boys’ Higher Secondary School gave an overview of the education and its impact on making the region fully literate to have the benefits of all round development. Imad Uddin Bulbul, advocate, District Bar Association, said that it is during the period of British in India that the judicial system of the country underwent a sea change. Though they came and ruled us, their contributions cannot be undermined in any way.
Speaking as the chairperson of the first session of the semir, Prof Dilip Chandra th, Vice-Chancellor of Assam University, said, “There is no denying that Silchar is in an urgent need of a museum. The prestigious history of this valley should not end up lost in the anls of history. I would like to add here that we have failed to provide education to all. Till date, a large number of children are without education,” said the Vice-Chancellor. He also put emphasis on the need of sustaible development. “In my opinion, there are only two indexes of development,” he added to say.
“The day women will be able to roam and move on the streets without any fear of being groped, humiliated and raped, it will be ushering in a new dawn of development. Women are free and feel fully safe and secured in the states of Gujarat and Sikkim. Secondly, the absence of police and army personnel in a state indicates that residents are living in peace and harmony. There are few police personnel in Cada and many European countries,” Prof Dilip Chandra th added to say. Prof Alok Sen, department of Economics, Assam University, presented an informative paper on Cachar district in regard to tea industry and agriculture.
Speaking as the chairperson on the second and concluding technical session of the semir, Dr Tadophir Bhattacharjee, poet and litterateur and former Vice-Chancellor of Assam University, Silchar said that it was indeed an enlightening session and appreciated S Viswathan, IAS, Deputy Commissioner of Cachar for taking this initiative and wished that he remains DC of this district for the next 10 years or so. S Viswathan said, “I feel that I have learnt a lot from these two sessions. I hope that students who have attended the semir have been benefited to a large extent.
Among others present during the iugural session of the semir included, Dr Subir Kar, former head, department of Bengali, Assam University, and B C th, ACS, additiol deputy commissioner of Cachar. An exhibition chronicling the prestigious history of Cachar district has also been organized at the premises of Banga Bhawan.