TEZPUR: Padma Shri Dr Sheela Borthakur, a social worker, educator, litterateur and founder president of the Sadou Asom Lekhika Samaroh Samity (SALSS), passed away at the age of 84 on Sunday morning in Guwahati.
She was born in 1935 in Jorhat district but her early years were spent in Dhaka. She did her graduation from Jagannath Barooah College, Jorhat. After her marriage to Saranan Borthakur, she relocated to Tezpur and started her career as a teacher at Tezpur High School, but continued her studies to secure Master's degree and doctoral degree, her thesis being on social change in Assam. Later, she joined Darrang College as a lecturer of Philosophy. She was also the founder Principal of the first women's college in Tezpur, Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi Kanya Mahavidyalaya.
The Government of India honoured her with the Padma Shri in 2008 for her contribution to the society.
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal also expressed grief and gave his condolences for her demise.
Tezpur Xahitya Xabha, Sonitpur Press Club, Baan Theatre, cultural activists, social workers, members of various cultural groups and different organization paid floral tributes to her and condoled her death.