GUWAHATI, Jan 17 � A three-hour long meeting was held at the Littleton Lodge, Uxbridge, West London recently to discuss the present status of the proposed Srimanta Sankardev International Cultural Centre of UK.
It discussed in a threadbare manner the possible strategies and viable sources for raising a substantial amount of funds to the tune of 1 million pounds to make it a success.
Disclosing this, a statement received here via e-mail from the UK-based physician Dr Karuna Sagar Das, stated that after a long discussion, the meeting resolved to make a strong drive for raising funds throughout the United Kingdom and also to motivate the young people from Assam coming to the UK of late for the purpose.
While acknowledging the financial support, help and cooperation rendered by some people of Assam, the meeting further decided to launch a fund-raising drive in the State as well as in other parts of the globe for this noble cause.
Kamal Hazarika told the meeting about the overwhelming support displayed by various sections of the people of Assam when they had held a press conference at the Guwahati Press Club in February, 2009. Dr Karuna Sagar Das told the meeting about the goodwill displayed by Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and Governor of the State JB Patnaik as well. The Governor had assured all sorts of help and cooperation to the organizers in this regard when they had met in September last, said Dr Das.
Anjan Pathak gave an account of the present fund position of the organizers and the meeting decided further to approach more and more people for active participation.
The meeting was coordinated by Dr Karuna Sagar Das and was attended by Dhira Hazarika, Dr Khageswar Lahon, Suravi Gohain Lahon, Topon Sarma, Arundhati Das and Dr Jogen Chandra Kalita, besides Kamal Hazarika and Anjan Pathak. Dr Karuna Sagar Das briefed the members about the genesis of the move to set up a community centre in the UK. He also narrated the present developments in this connection.
The meeting further decided to co-opt Dr Jogen Chandra Kalita of the Gauhati University, presently working as a Commonwealth Fellow at Brunel University London, who is a founder member of the Asam Sahitya Sabha, UK, as a member in the organising committee, said the statement.