Assam is a land where one can see unseen beauty of nature.Red rivers and blue hills can make you spell bound.Breathtaking scenes, hospitable people, various rare species of animals and birds compel you to fall in love and stay here longer and longer...
Many a times we leave just by saying..poor roads, no school, no awareness hence, no education for children. It indeed takes considerable and deliberate effort to educate a child, more so when he is from one of the most backward villages. Hattigarh is one such village in Udalguri district of Assam and as the name suggests Hatigarh was a place were elephants were trapped for hunting. Even today the village is as primitive as before, closeness of jungle, wildlife and underdevelopment has left all with less opportunities including quality education. Nevertheless of its wilderness, Hattigarh has one of the leading Tea Gardens which have a good produce and number of labourers are employed in the tea gardens neighbouring the region. And it is these labourers’ children who were being left out of schooling, basically due to lack of any facility in the near vicinity. 38 years back some kind hearted officers in olive green identified this problem and there was a humble beginning of the concept of a small school for children belonging to poor and backward sections of the society.That was the beginning of the “Vikas Vidyalaya” at Hattigarh in Udalguri district of Assam with merely 120 students in five rooms converted into classrooms. “When you educate a boy child you educate a person but when you educate a girl child, you educate a family” said the Commanding Officer of Army and this was exactly the Vikas Vidyalaya is doing. The school at its inception could only aim to impart education to primary classes by managing teachers from within the forces deployed here and locals of the area.Vikas Vidyalaya grew from strength to strength and added students, teachers and infrastructure and today it stands tall with 567 students studying from Nursery to Class VII from the age groups of three to fourteen years. The school runs with self generating resources but provides quality education and is strictly following the syllabi slated by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). The school is imparting quality education to children from the nearby Tea Gardens and poor people of the nearby villages. The school is also creating an employment opportunity for the locals and have involved them in this noble cause. According to Principal of the school kind hearted officers used to adopt children by voluntarily offering to pay tuition fees since the school was established in 1976. The principal also said that the school has been organising summer camps for teachers for better education.He further said that the school has also been organising vacation classes for slow learning students during puja vacation.The school in the last 38 years has produced number of students who has excelled in their careers and on them the school is proud off. To include, some of the ex students of Vikas Vidyalaya, are Tea Estate Manager, Software Engineers, Businessman, teachers at reputed schools and five of the school teachers are its ex student.
Speaking to us Mrs Eva, a teacher who has spent 15 years in this school mentioned how the school nurtured her and today she is committed to teach young children of the region who are deprived of quality education. Mrs Hanufa another teacher of the school teaching in Vikas Vidyalaya for last 20 years mentioned how our friends of the Nation in Olive Green laid, its foundation and is still committed to this noble cause. He also mentioned in the past one year, the school has made considerable improvement of the infrastructure and modern amenities like computer lab, DTH for recreation of students, Aqua Guard and Water Cooler for safe drinking water and by her experience she is confident that this will further attract common man of the region and in sending their wards to the school, who otherwise are not able to afford quality education for his children. Master Asique Ali a LKG student fights with his parent to come to school even when he is unwell, as he gets to meet his friends, gets to play and learn only at the school. No one dare not advice him to be absent from the school even a single day.Ranjita Ghosh, a teacher of the school told correspondents that she was proud to be a teacher of the school.She has been teaching in the school since 2012. It needs mention that she too had been a student of this school. More than 1700 students have passed out in the last 38 years and are now aspiring to broaden their scope by adding higher classes.
This python 10.5 feet long and weighing 10 KG was rescued by five villagers near Kalaigaon on December 4. According to information five inhabitants of Gohaichowk village (Outala) near Kalaigaon noticed a python lying in a dry drain in a paddy field at 8.am on December 4. The youths namely immediately reported the matter to the DFO,Dhansiri Forest Division, Udalguri. The youths also took care of the reptile till the arrival of the forest personnel. Forest officials rescued the python in sound condition. It was later released in the Khalingduar Reserve Forest in the evening. Nature loving people appreciated the good work of the five villagers for the timely rescue of the python.
The wild tusker which had been battling for life since the previous night in Paneri tea garden in Udalguri district in Assam (India) on August 29,2013.It had been electrocuted due to negligence of Paneri tea garden. International elephant expert Dr.Kushal Sarma, HOD,Surgery,College of Veterinary Science, Guwahati,Assam had successfully treated it in time. Photo shows the tusker stood on its legs just after treatment given by Dr. Kushal K Sarma on August 30,2013.(High doses of calcium and glucose administered in time). It was a touching sight to watch the dying tusker on its legs just before joining its herd.A rare scene indeed. Thank you Dr.KK Sarma other veterinary doctors and forest personnel for saving the animal
One Dayal Kerkata (28) has been killed and Girish Kerkata (55) has been seriously injured by of wild elephants last night at Bormukali near Nonoi Forest Range Office. According to information the incident occurred when they had been trying to chase away wild elephants to protect their crops.So far 20 people and 11 wild elephants have been killed in Udalguri district during 2013. It needs mention that the area had once been part of Khalingduar Reserve Forest,but 1365 Hec lands have been encroached during 1980-90 period causing “Man elephant conflict” in the district.
Sambar deer killed near Coramore: In another incident a male Sambar deer ( Rusa_ Unicolar) aged 10 years have been killed by miscreants near Coramore today morning. The deer was found in serious condition when forest personnel rescued it . The deer was brought to Paneri forest office where it succumbed to its injury. According to attending veterinarian Dr.Kailash Chamua the deer bore sharp injured marks near its chest.
National Press Day was observed at Mangaldai town on November 16 with day long programme.“With the changing face of media, the role of a journalist becomes more crucial and demands more ethical obligation towards the society and as well as self regulation while disseminating news,” stressed noted writer and Journalist of Arunachal Pradesh ‘Padmashri’ Mamang Dai while delivering the keynote address in the State Level observation of National Press Day held today at District Library Auditorium at Mangaldai in Darrang district.While speaking on this year’s theme “Role of Media towards serving public interest” ‘Padmashri’ Mamang Dai presented an overview of the latest trends in today’s media and called upon the media persons to more factual, objective and accountable towards society and people. “News and facts should be disseminated with utmost accuracy. Biasness and petty self-interests should completely be avoided as people’s intelligence should never be underestimated,” reiterated Padmashri Dai. She also added that the ever increasing and unhealthy trend of presenting news with colouring of views and analysis creates confusion amongst the readers and spectators , and the journalist fraternity should do away with these kinds of trends.
Delivering the inaugural address in the function to mark the foundation day of Press Council of India, Assam Minister of State (Independent) for Information and Public Relations stated that the practice of disseminating news has been in vogue from the ages of Mahabharata. “Today’s media scenario has become more challenging and hence requires utmost caution and self regulation. The duty and responsibility towards society and people should be given priority by media. Media plays vital role in building a healthy and prosperous nation,” he added.
The programme was also addressed by Secretary of Information and Public Relations Department Dr. Anupam Roy, Deputy Commissioner of Darrang Sohrab Ali and media Person Hemanta Kumar Baruah. Earlier, Director of Information and Public Relations, Assam Ranjit Gogoi delivered the welcome address while District Information & Public Relation Officer Pranjit Hazarika offered the vote of thanks in the function anchored by senior media person Bhargab Kumar Das.
Later, Minister Basanta Das and ‘Padmashri’ Mamang Dai released the reprint version of six issues of Jagriti -the first monthly magazine published from Darrang district published way back in 1949 jointly edited by Gobinda Ram Deka and his sister Lakheswari Hazarika. The reprint version has been published by ‘Mangaldai Unnayan Parishad’ – premier non government voluntary organization of the district.
It may be noted that the State Level programme of National Press Day was organized jointly by the Department of Public Relations, Assam, Krishna Kanta Handiqui State Open University and Darrang District Administration in association with Mangaldai Media Circle.
The programme was followed by a cultural evening dedicated in memory of eminent freedom fighter Pani Ram Das- the first journalist of undivided Darrang.
A day long district level orientation programme for all the forest personnel working under Dhansiri Forest Division held at Bornagaon forest camp on November 16.Programme was organised by Dhansiri Forest Division in association with WWF Northbank Landscape Programme. The programme titled “ Strengthening Protection in Trans-boundary Manas Conservation Area” (Tra MCA) was inaugurated by Girindra Adhikari, DFO, Dhansiri Forest Division, at 11 am. On the occasion DFO directed forest personnel to cope up with latest developments of involvement of international illegal trading of flora and fauna and poaching of rhino and elephants in the tans-boundary areas bordering Bhutan and Arunachal Pradesh.
Forest personnel from all the forests namely Bornadi Wildlife Sanctuary; Khalingduar Reserve Forest and Mazbat Reserve Forest attended the orientation programme. WWF officials namely -Hiten Baishya, David Smith, Soumen Dey and Dr.Pranabjyoti Bora briefed forest personnel on illegal trading, poaching and unabated tree felling with multi media presentation.Jayanta Das,Hony. Wildlife Warden of Assam also attended the orientation programme. On the occasion WWF distributed new sets of jackets and sweaters to forest personnel working deep inside WLS and reserve forests of the district.