Tezpur: As part of the Unnat Bharat Abhiyan, an initiative undertaken by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India, Tezpur University on Sunday held a gaon sabha (village meeting) at Gandhi Memorial LP School in Amolapam Gaon (near Tezpur University). The university previously organized a similar meeting on February 16 at Harigaon village in Tezpur in a bid to create awareness about the program.
The meeting commenced with an introductory speech by Dr. Shikha Bhuyan, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, who welcomed the villagers to the meeting. This was followed by Dr. Debendra Chandra Baruah, Professor, and Head, Department of Energy and Coordinator, UBA, who provided the villagers an insight on Unnat Bharat Abhiyan, which is aimed at bringing about rural transformation by engaging the knowledge, skill, and expertise of higher educational institutions across the country. He further elaborated on what the government wanted to do to help with this flagship scheme and how Tezpur University could act as a pivotal point in the implementation of the same.
This was followed by an interactive session with the villagers. A senior teacher and a resident of the area, Abdul Razzaq pointed out the necessity of a common platform for the students to showcase their latent potentialities; proper allocation of teachers in the locality and the supply of clean drinking water for the students. He also emphasized the proper upbringing of children from their formative years which was achievable in collaboration with the university students. The development of school infrastructure in the locality was also highlighted. Another resident, Azgar Ali emphasized the requirement of streetlights by the road connecting Tezpur University to Napaam. He also focused on the necessity of private tutorial classes for the assistance of students appearing for the HSLC examination. Another teacher, Manbahadur Subba emphasized the necessity of productive collaboration of the villagers with the university for the success of the initiative. The rest of the queries raised by the villagers were duly noted down and submitted by Kishore Upadhyay, Headmaster of Gandhi Memorial LP School.
Finally, as a token of assurance of continued support, four footballs were distributed among the youth. Additionally, a group of coordinators has vested the responsibility to conduct an immediate survey encompassing the 450 households of the village.