GUWAHATI, Sept 9 � The Manik Chandra Baruah ME (MCME) School is celebrating its centenary with detailed programmes, which started on September 7.
It was the first school established under the Gauhati Municipality during the British rule in 1914 and it is still run by the Guwahati Municipal Corporation. The school was converted to a High School in the 1980s.
Retired IAS officer and patron of the centenary celebration committee, JP Saikia, said that as part of the centenary celebrations, a prizemoney quiz competition would be held in October, while a seminar on the education system would also be organised. He said that a meet of ex-students would be held in January.
Saikia revealed that at one point of time, the cream of society in Guwahati used to send their wards to the MCME school and the alumni of the school include illustrious persons of Assam like Dr Hiren Gohain, Atul Chandra Hazarika, Devakanta Baruah, Bipin Pal Das, Dr Amarjyoti Choudhury, and many others. There was a time when studying in MCME school was a matter of pride, and now, there is a need for restoring the past glory of the school, he said.
Meanwhile, the centenary celebration committee, in a release, said that noted expert of folk culture and former president of Asam Sahitya Sabha, Prof Birendranath Datta inaugurated the opening ceremony that was held on September 7 at the auditorium of the Bishnu-Nirmala Trust. Noted scholar and chairperson of MCME School centenary celebrations committee, Dr Hiren Gohain, presided over the meeting while Prof Mahesh Chandra Bhuyan and Justice (Retd) PC Phukan were the guests of honour.
Mayor Abir Patra, former Editor of Dainik Asom JP Saikia, former headmaster of the school Bhupen Baruah, Commissioner and Additional Commissioner of Guwahati Municipal Corporation, S Vishwanathan and DR Rajbonshi respectively, were the distinguished guests at the function who addressed the meeting.