DIBRUGARH, Aug 21 - Two girl students of Dikom tea estate, who have made it to the prestigious Asian University for Women, Bangladesh for five years of study, were accorded a solemn send off by the management and the workers� body at a special function held in the tea garden.
The selected students, Sonali Kerketta and Bandana Pator, whose parents are ordinary workers of the tea garden will be accompanied by their guardians while leaving for Bangladesh on August 22. The students will be admitted into the international university with 100% tuition fee waiver as well as food and lodge free of cost for all five years. The cost of the entire study programme for full five years comes to around $75000 (approximately Rs 52 lakh) for each student.
On the eve of their departure, the students were felicitated and extended financial support by scores of people from different walks of life, particularly from within the tea industry. Among those who attended the programme included officials from the Assam Branch of Indian Tea Association (ABITA), Assam Chah Mazdoor Sangha (ACMS), Management of Dikom TE, Executive ladies of Dikom TE, Assam Chah Karmachari Sangha (ACKS), Mother�s Club, Adolescent Girl�s Club, High School students of Dikom and parents of Sonali Kerketta and Bandana Pator.
Financial aids were extended from ABITA Zone 1, ACMS of Dibrugarh branch, Dikom TE, ACMS of Dikom TE unit and ACKS of Dikom TE unit. The executive ladies of the garden presented some handmade gifts to the selected students as token of appreciation and encouragement.
The special dignitaries in the programme included Samar Jyoti Chaliha, Superintendent Manager, Madhurjya Boruah, Secretary, ABITA Zone 1 and Nabin Keot, Vice President, ACMS. Superintendent Manager Samar Jyoti Chaliha who presided over the function said that the event was aimed at invoking blessings upon the students for their higher studies. �It was also to encourage and motivate them to become role models and source of inspiration for their community members,� he said.