GUWAHATI, June 13 - Tributes were paid to Dr Jogeswar Sarma, one of the founders of the library department of Gauhati University, who also worked towards growth of the library as one of the most outstanding disciplines in the universities in north-eastern India.
The occasion was Dr Sarma�s third death anniversary, which was observed at the Vivekananda Kendra on Sunday.
The function held under the auspices of Guwahati Sabita Sabha, was presided over by its president Dr Banikanta Sarma. The speakers described Dr Sarma as a pioneer in the development of the library movement in the NE.
Inaugurating the function, veteram journalist DN Chakravartty said following the noble ideals set by the great gurus in ancient India, Dr Sarma, during his four decades of teaching career, built up a few generations of accomplished librarians who are now manning different departments of educational institutions in the NE.
Dr Sarma introduced the Assamese people to the basic teachings of the Upanishads and portrayed objectively the illustrious career of poet Kalidasa and brought to the Assamese people the message of life and the beauty of Sanskrit literature through a detailed representation of Kalidasa�s genius and the grandeur of his works.
Prof Annada Charan Bhagawati, who was the chief guest, narrated the literary contributions of Dr Sarma and described him as a noble teacher and ideal human being.
Prof Ranjit Kumar Deva Goswami of Tezpur University, while releasing a volume on the life, achievements and works of Dr Sarma, said that following the noble example set by the ancient teachers, Dr Sarma, throughout his life rendered great service to the cause of development of intellectual pursuits and also for acquainting the Assamese people with the fragrance of Sanskrit literature in general and the works of Kalidasa in particular.
Prof Bhaba Krishna Mishra, while releasing a book Kathopanishad by Dr Sarma published posthumously, said that Dr Sarma, a silent votary of wisdom and a strong protagonist of human values, was among the brightest specimens of Assamese intellectualism who inspired succeeding generations of students to lead a life of dignity and intellectual inquiry.
Dr Naren Sarma, retired principal and Prof Mahendra Bora, retired chief librarian of Tezpur University, recalled with gratitude the lessons of life they had learnt from Dr Sarma as students of earlier batches.