GUWAHATI, Nov 18 � Dr B Borooah Cancer Institute, Guwahati, celebrated its 41st foundation day with a day-long programme today. Floral tributes were paid to Lokabandhu Dr Bhubaneswar Borooah, Dr Kanak Chandra Borooah and Debendra Nath Sarma along with distribution of sweets to the patients.
The Director of BBCI, Dr Amal Chandra Kataki, unfurled the foundation day flag and recollected the contribution of founder members, and past and present employees of the Institute. He appealed to the employees to imbibe human values for the benefit of society. Prizes were distributed to winners of the various academic and sport events. The 8th issue of the wall magazine Sristi was released on the occasion. A cleanliness drive by 11 teams of volunteers was also organized inside the Institute premises as part of the �Swachch Bharat� and �Nirmal Asom� missions.
Dr Mridul Hazarika, Vice Chancellor, Gauhati University, attended the function as the chief guest. Dr Hazarika stated that it is very difficult to develop an institution for which a lot of sacrifice and hard work is necessary. He laid stress on inculcating human values right from childhood. Dhirendra Nath Baruah, president, Save Guwahati Build Guwahati, and one of the founder members of the Dr B Borooah Cancer Institute, gave a brief history of the establishment of the Institute and recollected the contributions made by Dr Bhubaneswar Borooah, Radha Govinda Baruah, Ananda Ram Baruah, Debendra Nath Sarma, Bimala Prasad Chaliha, Mahendra Mohan Choudhury and Dr Bhupen Hazarika for the development of the Assamese society. He regretted that the people of Assam do not recognize the contributions of great personalities during their lifetime. He appealed to the employees to work for nation building and work for the well-being of Dr B Borooah Cancer Institute. He appreciated that Dr B Borooah Cancer Institute has developed significantly in recent times.
In response to an appeal by the BBCI Director, a large number of employees of the Institute voluntarily decided to contribute a nominal amount of money regularly from their monthly salaries for the treatment of needy patients. This move was appreciated by everybody present in the function. A seven-member committee was constituted by the Director of the Institute to oversee the implementation of the scheme. Though there are various schemes like RSBY, RAN, HMCPF and Jeevan Jyoti for treatment of poor cancer patients, this initiative will certainly have an impact in the society, said Dr Kataki.
A cultural programme was organized in the evening where Rishiraj Sarma, Dr Indrajit Kalita, Mitali Dey, Dr Anupam Sarma, besides several employees and their children participated.