BARPETA, Jan 28 - Veteran academician and Vice Chancellor of Krishna Kanta Handiqui State Open University Dr Hitesh Deka emphasised on the need of transforming institutions of higher education into social organisations and requested the teachers to play a pivotal role in this regard.
Addressing an open meet held on the occasion of the inaugural function of the golden jubilee celebration of BH College near Howli in Barpeta district, Deka said that colleges and universities should not confine themselves to academic activities alone. They should be transformed into social institutions with significant social responsibilities.
Stating that highly educated people are in fact products of the society, Deka exhorted them to dedicate themselves to the social uplift of the masses. The seasoned academician rued that teaching has today become a time-bound activity limited to a few hours of the day.
Addressing the open meeting, Dr Balendra Kumar Das, president of Assam College Principals� Council, said that education in India was originally designed by the erstwhile British rulers and the national government has modified the basics alone since 1949. He requested the students to ponder over this fact and do something innovative so that the society can benefit by their work.
Baksa SP Majibar Rahman, in his speech, appealed to the students and young generation to be responsive to their parents and the society. He appealed to them to work hard so that even the impossible can be made possible.
Ranjit Kumar Das, MLA of Sarbhog constituency, also addressed the meeting, which was presided over by Paramananda Das, president of the golden jubilee celebration committee.
The golden jubilee programme started with the hoisting of the college flag by Dr Bhushan Pathak, principal of the college.
The golden jubilee insignia was hoisted by Paramananda Das, which was followed by the paying of homage to deceased persons by Dr Arun Kumar Das, retired principal in-charge of the college.
A meet of the alumni and present students of the college was inaugurated by Dr Ramendra Kumar Das, retired principal of the college.
As part of the golden jubilee celebration itinerary, Bidyananda Choudhury, former president of the Barpeta Road Municipal Board, inaugurated a floral garden maintained by the students� union of the college.