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�Pratnatattwa Pran� title for archaeologist

By The Assam Tribune

GUWAHATI, Jan 5 - The Jorhat Jatiya Vidyalaya, which was established on January 1, 2000, recently celebrated its 17th foundation day, an email received here stated.

A meeting on the occasion was organized at its Garamur premises in which Dr Hemendra Nath Dutta, Vice Chancellor of Global Open University of Nagaland attended as the chief guest. Dr Dutta, it may be mentioned, was the former Director of Archaeology, Assam, and is credited with conducting research on Doyang Dhansiri Valley.

He delivered a speech on the history of ancient Assam and also screened one of his documentary film on archaeology. The MD of the Jorhat Jatiya Vidyalaya managing committee, Prof Jogananda Bora presided over the meeting which was formally inaugurated after lighting the ceremonial lamp by Pratap Goswami and Kamal Bori.

Secretary Dr Debabrata Sharma explained about the level of progress achieved by the school during the last 16 years. Principal Santana Sharma presented the annual report and spoke about the future educational plan.

As a part of the itinerary, Dr Hemendra Nath Dutta was felicitated and bestowed the title of �Pratnatattwa Pran� in recognition of his archaeological service in exploring the past history and culture of Assam. Dr Dutta, who had collected numerous archaeological objects of the pre- Ahom era and subsequent period, with which the Jorhat District Museum was established, and of which he was the first officer in-charge, discovered a lot of new archaeological sites in Doyang Dhansiri Valley.

He appealed to the students to be aware about their history and culture. He urged each of them to prepare a report on their respective villages.

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