AASU Lakhimpur general conference: Stress laid on resolution to burning issues of education sector
To take a pledge to continue the revolution with the united strength of the students of the State to secure the existence of the Assamese community
LAKHIMPUR: To take a pledge to continue the revolution with the united strength of the students of the State to secure the existence of the Assamese community as well as the greater interest of the indigenous people, the Lakhimpur general conference of the All Assam Students' Union (AASU) got under way with a three-day long programme since Saturday in an enthusiastic environment. The extravaganza has been organized at the Padmanath Gohain Baruah Kshetra set up at the North Lakhimpur Boys' Government HS School playground until November 21 under the auspices of the Lakhimpur district unit of the organization in association with the North Lakhimpur regional unit and people of the district.
The second-day agenda of the event on Sunday kick-started with the unfurling of organizational flag by AASU president Dipanko Kumar Nath. While speaking on the occasion, the AASU president commemorated the glorious history of Lakhimpur. He also commemorated the enlightened and noble figures of the district, including Mahapurush Madhavdev, who had contributed tremendously to the State through various fields from ancient times to the present and paid homage to them. He laid emphasis on the realization of the ideology of literary icon Padmanath Gohain Baruah, who also spearheaded the students' movement in Assam as the leader of Asom Chatra Sanmilan that endeavoured to promote Assamese literature and political awareness among the Assamese people.
AASU general secretary Sankarjyoti Baruah administered the smriti tarpan. In his lecture, he lauded the Lakhimpur district AASU and people of the district for organizing the extravaganza with dedicated effort within a short span of time. He expected the grand success of the event. On the same day, a colourful cultural procession was taken out in North Lakhimpur in connection with the event. It was flagged off and inaugurated by AASU chief adviser Dr. Samujjal Kumar Bhattacharya. The cultural groups from almost all communities of the Assam along with the students delegates across the State took part in the around two-kilometer long procession wherein the colourful culture of Assam was showcased. Various tableaux of the procession, representing the mythological, historical and current events, managed to enthrall the public
While interacting with the media persons, Dr Bhattacharya said that the Lakhimpur general conference of AASU would be a decisive one. "Academic issues will get priority in this conference. There are lots of problem in the education sector of Assam-- from primary to postgraduate level, including the technical education. In this conference, these problems will be discussed in details and resolutions will be adopted. Then we will demand the Government of Assam and the Centre to resolve them a the earliest. Moreover, in the delegates' session, discussions will be held over, threats to the medium of instructions in the academic institutions of the State, demerits of NEP-2022, present status of the implementation of the High-level Committee recommendations regarding the Sixth Schedule, constitutional safeguard to the indigenous communities, mega river dam problem, NRC update, agitation against Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) flood and erosion problem, inter-state border dispute etc. Taking resolutions on this burning problem of Assam, AASU will chalk out it's future agenda in this conference,"Dr Bhattacharya added.
In connection with the event, a State-level inter college, university debate competition was also organized on a topic 'Political empowerment of the indigenous communities will accelerate the socio-economic development of Assam'. In the competition, Manoj Kumar Baruah of Darrang College grabbed the first prize while Tridib Bhagawati of Cotton University secured the second prize. Anjuman Bharadwaz of IMCMS, Guwahati managed to achieve the third prize.
On the other hand, the first delegates' session of the event commenced under the chairmanship of president Dipsnko Kumar Nath. The programme was inaugurated by reception committee president Dr. Prabal Kumar Saikia, the Chief Scientist of Regional Agricultural Research Station, North Lakhimpur.
On the concluding day of the event on Monday, the second delegates' session will commence from 10.00 am. The public meeting-cum-open session will held from 2.00 pm under the chairmanship of president Dipanko Kumar Nath. General secretary Sankarjyoti Baruah will explain the objective and view of the meeting. Vice-Chancellor of Dibrugarh University, Dr Jiten Hazarika will present as chief guest while Dr. Samujjal Kumar Bhattacharya will deliver lecture as appointed speaker. All Arunachal Pradesh Students' Union general secretary Ritum Tali, All Boro Students' Union president Dwipen Boro, Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chatra Parishad general secretary Polash Changmai, dignitaries of various community students' organizations, a galaxy of academicians, intellectual figures of the State will take part in the programme. At night, a cultural function will be held with the participation of several renowned artistes of the State.