LAKHIMPUR: Noted academician, intellectual figure of Lakhimpur, litterateur, cultural activist, popular teacher and former Principal of North Lakhimpur College (autonomous at present), is no more. Leaving behind an irreparable void in the district, the multi-faceted genius breathed his last at 6.05 am on Sunday in Guwahati.
He had been under medical treatment in a private hospital in Guwahati since a couple of days for cardiac issues. A cardiac surgery was conducted some days ago in that hospital. He was released from the hospital on Saturday. Then he was taken to the residence of his brother where he breathed his last. He was apermanent resident of DK Road, Ward No. 7 of North Lakhimpur town. His demise cast a pall of profound grief in the district. He was 81. He is survived by his wife, two daughters and a host of relatives.
Born to Kulanath Gogoi, who was the headmaster of Dhakuakhana Government MV School, and Lakhyaprabha Gogoi at Konwar Goan under Dhakuakhana subdivision on March 11 in 1940, Hemendra Kumar Gogoi started his academic life at his father’s school. He bagged the primary scholarship securing the first position in North Lakhimpur subdivision in 1945. He passed the high school leaving certificate exam from then North Lakhimpur Government High School in 1952 in first division with letter marks in Mathematics and Geography subjects. Then he got admitted in Cotton College for higher education and passed BSc in first class with honours in Chemistry from that college in 1962. Then he came back to Dhakuakhana and served as a teacher in Dhakuakhana High School. In 1964 he took admission in Gauhati University and passed MSc with honour in Physics in 1965. In the same year, he joined Digboi College as a founder professor of Physics. In 1966, Hemendra Kumar Gogoi joined North Lakhimpur College and served as Head of the Department of Physics till 1989. In that year he shouldered the responsibility of the Principal of the college and contributed immensely to spearhead an academic movement in Lakhimpur district. He retired in February 28, 2001.
In addition to the praiseworthy contribution to the academic arena of Lakhimpur, Hemendra Kumar Gogoi extended tremendous contribution to the social cultural life of the district. He was involved in acting since his student days. He contributed much to the theatrical revolution, not only of Lakhimpur district but also of the State.
As a literary personality, the first short story of Hemendra Kumar Gogoi was published in the Asom Bani in 1955 while he was studying in class VIII. As a creative writer his literary contributions are: Abeli (short story collection), Uribor Babe (novel), Natak Samporkiyo Tothya aru Lekha, Cotton Collegot Natak (books on theatre and theatrical activities), plays Nepathya Sanglap, Chor and Thikana and a good number of articles written on literary, academic, subjects and noted personalities which were published in various newspapers and journals of the State. He also authored a book on Physics, named as Tap Bigyan for the students of the three-year degree course under Dibrugarh University which was published by the same university. His service to the society along with the academic upgradation of various schools and colleges of the district will be remembered.
His demise was deeply condoled in Lakhimpur. Various institutions and organizations of Lakhimpur like North Lakhimpur College (Autonomous), North Lakhimpur Press Club, Lakhimpur Girls’ College, OPD College, LTK College, Commerce College, Lakhimpur district units of AASU, AJYCP, Manab Adhikar Sangram Samiti, All Assam Unemployed Association, Anusuchita Jati Yuva Chatra Santha, Uttar Lakhimpur Xahitya Xabha, Lakhimpur District Xahitya Xabha along with many individuals expressed condolence at his demise.
Lakhimpur AASU will organize a public shradhanjali programme on Monday.