TEZPUR: Tezpur University on Thursday organized a programme on 'The Role of Tribal Leaders in India's Freedom Struggle', under the aegis of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, at the Council Hall of the University.
The programme was flagged off with the welcome note by Dr Rajeev Kumar Doley, administrative convenor of the programme. Dr Doley welcomed the distinguished guests to the stimulating event, which included Prof. Dhruba Kumar Bhattacharyya, Vice-Chancellor of Tezpur University, SP Meena, Deputy Director, National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) and Nitya Ranjan Doley from Kalyan Ashram, Assam among others. Dr. Biren Das, Registrar of the University, also graced the event with his presence.
The programme was formally inaugurated with the lamp lighting ceremony followed by a speech by SP Meena, where he introduced the NCST to the audience present at the Hall. He spoke in detail about the Rashtriya Janajati Ayog and the role of NCST in upgrading the lives of the SC/ST community. Prof. Bhattacharyya highlighted the importance of tribal leaders in the Indian freedom struggle. He mentioned the names of north-eastern freedom fighters from the SC/ST community such as Tirot Sing, Tagan Sangma and Thangal General in his speech.
Special speaker of the event, Prof Kedilezo Kikhi, Chair Professor, Dr. Ambedkar Chair, Tezpur University, enlightened the audience with his insightful speech on the SC/ST communities of India. He described in detail how the mainstream society marginalized the tribal community and looked at the 'Advasis' as an exotic community. Nitya Ranjan Doley and Montu Koharam from the Kalyan Ashram, Assam also spoke at the event.
The event came to an end with an effusive and ceremonial vote of thanks by Dr. Debojit Boro, educational convenor of the programme, where he thanked the distinguished guests, University administration and the audience for making the event a grand success.
An informative video on the NCST and the role of tribal leaders in the Indian freedom struggle was also showcased during the programme. A photo exhibition was also organized outside the Council Hall where students, faculty and staff of the University learnt about the lesser known tribal freedom fighters of India.