FROM SAFIKUL AHMED
DUDHNOI, March 25: The 16th convention of All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) has turned Dudhnoi into a place of unity and brotherhood among all the ethnic groups of the Northeast. Presence of representatives from the seven sister States, 27 districts, distinguished academicians and more than 50,000 people on the third day open session made the convention a big success.
The day third open session began with a beautiful iugural song composed by noted radio artiste Jiten Deka and sung by a group of 130 female artists representing 26 ethnic groups.
The open session was presided over by AASU president Shankar Prasad Rai. The purpose of the convention was explained by Tapan Kumar Gogoi, secretary and welcome speech was given by Dr Moli Devi Rabha, president of the reception committee.
Attending the open session as distinguished guest, Dr Mridul Hazarika, Vice-chancellor of Gauhati University, emphasized on progress of the Assamese society through education. He also urged the people to give sufficient importance to the base and not to forget it.
Another distinguished guest, Dr Kamal Malla Buzarbaruah, Vice Chancellor of Assam Agriculture University, Jorhat also spoke on the occasion and said that Assam was truly a State of gold but due to indifference, it had lost its true value.
Persolities like Dr Ranoj Pegu of MAC, Tankeswar Rabha of RHAC, Promod Boro of ABSU and many other leaders from Koch Rajbongshi, Ahom, Goria-Moria, tea tribes, Gorkha, Garo, Karbi, Deuri and Hajong communities were present on the occasion.
The convention will end on Thursday by completing the formalities of formation of next AASU body. Dipanka th from Goalpara district and Lorin Jyoti Gogoi of Tinsukia are expected to become the next president and general secretary of this influential students' organization.