Jatindra Nath Konwar was born at Jorhat Mission Hospital on November 1, 1939 to Lt. Debeswar Konwar and Lt. Mahitabala Konwar as their eldest son. Jatin’s education started at Jorhat and ended at Guwahati. He was a good sportsman during his younger days and had been the sports secretary of J B Collage, Jorhat and Guwahati University. He was extremely social and illustrious all through his life, which also made him popular in the community.
His forward thinking and outgoing nature led him to interview with Indian Oil Corporation in Calcutta in 1963. The company had just started 3 ½ years back and was comparable to the existing foreign companies of the time in the country. He joined immediately thereafter at Calcutta without even being assigned either a position or a location. He was the first Assamese to join Indian Oil Corporation. A couple of months later Lt. M.M.Chopra Divisional Manager picked Jatin and Lt. Vijay Kumar Sethi an ex-Stephenian for Assam. Jatin was placed at Silchar area which also included Tripura & Mizoram and Vijay at Guwahati. He was also the first Assamese to become the Divisional Manager of Marketing Division, North East. He finally went on to head the North East State Office of Marketing Division. Working in sales, Jatin made many friends from government and business communities.
After retirement, Jatin wore different hats to contribute both professionally as well as socially. He worked for a few more years as a consultant to Reliance Petroleum and a few other Petroleum Consulting firms. He was instrumental in founding the Center for Officers of Petroleum Sector (COPS), a club for retired officers of Oil Industries of the region.
Jatin touched lives through his caring and helpful nature. He was always forthcoming to helping others both in the family and in the community. People looked up to him for guidance. He could pre-empt consequences of actions quite accurately.
Jatin left for his heavenly abode on March 23, 2020. He leaves behind Minati (wife), Pranjal and Deepanjal (sons) with their wives and a granddaughter each.
n Minati Konwar and family