BISWANATH CHARIALI, Sept 3 - State Education Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma inaugurated Deendayal College at Ginjia, Behali in Biswanath district on Friday.
Dr Sarma expressed the hope that the college would manage to be at par with Nalanda and Taxila universities of ancient India. He announced that a nursing college would be established very soon in Gohpur subdivision of the district, while eight girls� colleges would also be set up in the State in memory of freedom fighter Kanaklata Baruah and Mukunda Kakati.
The Minister also informed that an engineering college would be established at Behali in memory of Chabilal Upadhaya. He also highlighted the developmental schemes in the education sector being undertaken by the State Government and added that around 14 lakh students were provided free education this year and free admission would be provided to poor students up to the post-graduate level from next year onwards.
Criticising a section of intellectuals and organisations of the State for their opposition in naming the colleges after Deendayal Upadhyaya, he commented that a good relationship prevails between Assam and the rest of the country since the days of Ramayana and Mahabharata, besides Kumar Bhaskar Barman. We would have to create a greater Assam following this tradition, he justified.
Minister for Irrigation, Handloom-Textiles and Sericulture, Ranjit Dutta, Minister for Labour and Employment, Tea Tribes� Welfare and Power, Pallab Lochan Das, Biswanath Deputy Commissioner Asitaksha Chakravarty, MLA of Gohpur Utpal Borah, MLA of Biswanath Promod Borthakur, Principal Dr Debajit Baruah, among others, were present at the meeting.
However, a number of student bodies, including AASU, AJYCP, AGSU, KSU etc., protested against the Minister�s programme and shouted slogans against the Government decision.