BARPETA Nov 9 � In this age of liberalisation, privatisation and globalisation, where individual wellbeing is the motto of almost all the individuals, yet there are some persons and organisations who care for value and think about development of others in the true sense of the term.
A felicitation programme held at the Bapujee College at Sarukshetri in Barpeta district yesterday not only proved the benevolence of an educated family, but also sowed the seeds of new thinking in the locality.
Bapujee College of Sarukshetri organised a special programme to felicitate those students of the college who had secured 6.5 CGPA or above in the three-year Degree course conducted by Gauhati University in 2014. A meeting on the occasion was chaired by Dr Umesh Chandra Deka, president of the governing body of the College. The meeting would have been a normal felicitation programme had not the Prabhat Chandra Srutikar Trust assisted in the effort. Notably, several trustees were present.
Suman Barman, who secured the highest CGPA (9.3) in the Education Department in the first-ever semester system examination under Gauhati University this year was presented the Prabhat Chandra Srutikar Award by the Prabhat Chandra Srutikar Trust. The award comprises of an attractive trophy and a citation inscribed on traditational paat textile.
The trustees informed that they will provide an amount of Rs 25,000 to Suman. All the students of the college securing 6.5 and above considered as first class were felicitated by the college authority. The authority provided a cash amount of Rs 10,000 to Suman Barman.
Welcoming the guests, Principal Dr Nakul Chandra Deka informed that as many as 42 students of the college were able to secure 6.5 CGPA in the TDC Examination of 2014. Besides Suman Barman, another student of the college topped the list of successful candidates with Education as a Major subject. He informed that though several students of the college had been able to secure significant positions in PU and HSSLC examinations, it could not make much headway in the Degree level. But the Degree results have shown significant improvement since 2010, with two first class that year and more in subsequent years. Terming it as a great achievement, he congratulated the students on their performance and lauded the role of the teachers, employees, governing body and the well wishers.
Dr Nilima Bhagabati of the Education Department of Gauhati University and one of the trustees of the Prabhat Chandra Srutikar Trust expressed her satisfaction over the performance of the college. She was elated to know that a student of such a college with a relatively poor infrastructure and located in a backward area had topped the university examination in her department. She was optimistic of better performance in the future as the present result with limited resource showed that there was tremendous potential in this area. She also urged upon the students to follow Suman as a role model.
Referring to the present-day situation, the scholar of Education with specialisation in Psychology said that there was vast scope for study and assistance in the contemporary world. But most of us are ignorant about these avenues due to lack of exposure. �What harm liberalisation, globalisation and privatisation has done to the society is irrelevant to me. But it must be acknowledged that it has opened and also created tremendous opportunities for those who want to study,� she said. She added that knowledge is the most valuable property that man can aquire and the human mind is the most irrestible force. We should utilise both for the wellbeing of our fellow beings.
As regards the award introduced in memory of her father late Prabhat Chandra Srutikar, who was an ardent follower of Mahatma Gandhi and a true educationist, she informed that she has been awarding the topper of her department in the Degree examination since the last few years. It has been given a formal shape this year with the establishment of the trust and the Educational Support Society. So, this is the maiden award that has been presented to Suman, she said.
She disclosed that the trust will extend all possible help and cooperation to the needy, meritorious students of the State. She also announced that a special prize will be awarded to the HSLC examination topper girls from 2015 onwards.
Arun Kumar Srutikar, one of the trustees and retired principal of Raha Basic Training School, presented before the gathering the eventful life of Late Prabhat Chandra Srutikar and the ideals which inspired them to help the students and education lovers of the State.
An visibly emotional Suman, replying to the felicitation, said that study with devotion and struggle with dedication can make a student successful. He duly acknowledged the help and cooperation of the teachers and staff of the college and said that a cordial relation between the students and the teachers is a precondition for a congenial academic environment.
Several members of the governing body, leading citizens of the locality, retired teachers and employees of the college were present in the meeting. All of them seemed to bow to the enthusiasm and benevolence of the Srutikar family under the umbrella of the trust instituted to make the Gandhian educationist an eternal figure.
Amulya Srutikar, Sandhya Srutikar, Nandini Sarma Srutikar and several other members of the trust were also present on the august occasion.