JORHAT, Dec 19 - Several litterateurs, readers, students and local citizens here today remembered the first secretary of Asam Sahitya Sabha Sarat Chandra Goswami who contributed immensely to the development of Assamese language and literature besides making the indigenous communities conscious of their culture and heritage of the State.
Jorhat Zila Sahitya Sabha organised the programme in collaboration with the Asam Sahitya Sabha at the open stage of the Chandrakanta Handique Bhawan where dignitaries like Dr Paramananda Rajbongshi, Dr Parag Kumar Thakur, Indrajit Kumar Baruah, Dr Amal Rajkhowa, Mitra Gogoi, Samiran Bordoloi and many others participated.
Recounting the contributions of Sarat Chandra Goswami to the realm of language, literature and culture of the State, the present secretary of Asam Sahitya Sabha Dr Paramananda Rajbongshi said that only mother-tongue can sensitise people about their culture, heritage, unity and brotherhood.
�If a person is well versed in his mother-tongue he can learn other languages very well. We will leave no stone unturned to compel the universities and other academic institutions of the State to restore Assamese language as the medium of education. We feel sad that the Dibrugarh and Gauhati University adopted only English medium as the medium of educating the students of the State,� said Dr Rajbongshi.
He said that the universities of the State have a major responsibility to promote the vernacular language of the State which was �granted as the State language by the government during the period of Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru�.
Besides the office bearers of Sahitya Sabha, three students of Jorhat College, Jorhat Government High School and Sarvodaya College delivered lectures on the invaluable literary and linguistic contributions of Sarat Chandra Goswami to the language and literature and the realm of education.
Pratakhya Sarma of Jorhat Government Girl High School delivered her lecture on educationist Sarat Chandra Goswami while Jinku Darabdhora of Sarvodaya College and Ritu Bharali of Jorhat College beautifully narrated the literary achievements of the stalwart respectively.