DIBRUGARH, July 1 � The Dibrugarh University (DU) today stepped into its golden jubilee year with a ceremonial inaugural function held at the varsity�s Rangghar auditorium, where Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi was the chief guest.
The eastern-most State university of the country was established in 1965 under the provisions of the Dibrugarh University Act, 1965, enacted by the Assam Legislative Assembly. The varsity had its humble beginnings at the local DHSK College. Dr Lakshmi Prasad Dutta was the first Rector of the university. He was one of the prime crusaders for its establishment.
Gogoi, while declaring the golden jubilee celebrations open following the presentation of the DU anthem, said that he was pleased with the growth and achievements of the Dibrugarh University. �I know how this university had been conceived. In the initial days, the university faced difficulties and challenges, but today, it has managed to stand out,� he said.
While trying to draw comparison with other varsities, Gogoi said that the Dibrugarh University was very different from other universities in the State. �It is very different from the Gauhati University. The Dibrugarh University is actually far better than the Gauhati University in various aspects. Although our financial grants for the Gauhati University is much more than any other university in the State, the Dibrugarh University has nevertheless achieved a lot, be it in structures, discipline, area of studies, quality, expansion and in other allied infrastructure, despite difficulties,� the Chief Minister pointed out.
He said people learn the most only when accosted with difficulties and challenges. �Unless you face challenges, you cannot learn. No country or individual can grow without challenges. Students must be taught to face challenges and cope up with difficulties. This is actually a good learning process,� he said, adding that making students face challenges must be prioritised.
Earlier, Vice Chancellor Dr Buragohain unveiled a bust of Dr Lakshmi Prasad Dutta near the administrative building in the presence of the varsity community. The bust was designed by sculptor Biren Singha. Eight books published by the Dibrugarh University Publication Division were released by the invited guests at the inaugural session.