After his death, the people of Silchar will really feel the vacuum. Now when Modi wave is spreading far and wide including Silchar and Barak Valley, the real challenge before the congress party in Silchar and Barak Valley will be to keep up the spirit of work that Santosh Mohan devji spearheaded.
Barak Valley has a rich tradition of culture which needs to be conserved and handed over to the coming generation. A museum which will house antiques and artifacts relating to the history of this region should be instituted and managed professionally.
May the government and other stake holders think of this and take steps in setting up a museum. Let our NGOs and cultural organisations show pro-activeness regarding this and materialize the concept.
The non resident Barak Valleyians may help in this regard in mobilising funds and resources to set up such a museum.
It is high time to review where Barak Valley stands at the national level in terms of Human Resource Development . Every year a large number of youth of this region are getting degrees and diplomas in different disciplines and professional courses from our colleges and university. But the question arises how many of our youths have been able to crack competitive exams like Bank PO, Civil Services ( IAS etc), NDA, NET JRF, IIT, NIFT, CAT for IIMS and Medical entrance at the national level . The number is insignificant and in certain competitive exams it is nil. In this context, we need to review the standard and quality of our educational institutions starting from schools to the University. May we have an independent agency constituted to review the matter and suggest ways and means to help our youth in their mission for excellence.
We have to understand where lies the fault— outdated curriculum designed by our academies or lack of proper training of the faculty or some other factors. The independent agency may induct experts from different fields to study the situation and come up with positive suggestions. Our media should suo moto take up the matter and play a proactive role in plugging the loopholes immediately. May our political leaders intervene and keep the matter in their developmental agenda.
History is full of evidence regarding the role of universities in facilitating social change and transformation. Our Assam University can also play a positive role in facilitating socio-economic change. Entrepreneurship development in North East is one of the thrust areas where all the sections of the society needs to be the stakeholders. We all know that Assam University authorities felicitated our great cricket hero Saurav Ganguly with a honorary doctorate and appointed Gulzar sahab as the chancellor of the University. Why not the University think of felicitating deserving entrepreneurs from Barak Valley in particular and North east India with such degrees to boost and enhance their social prestige . Such a move will encourage our University graduates and post graduates to take up entrepreneurship as a career. In today’s knowledge society where knowledge plays a key role, the university may play a very proactive role in entrepreneurship development by providing research inputs and encouragement to the entrepreneurs thereby providing an example of university-society bonding.
The authorities of Assam University may kindly empathise the hardship and trouble that the students of karimganj and Hailakandi districts in Barak Valley region experience for pursuing higher studies from Assam university. Most of them have to stay in rented houses near the university in Silchar thereby causing tremendous trouble to them. The landlords are charging exorbitant rents from the students who find it very difficult to stay in these rented houses. Many students form temporary mess to carry on their studies from the University. Moreover, the location of the university in Silchar is making the students from Silchar more privileged. It needs to be noted that youth from Karimganj and Hailakandi districts equally participated in their demand for a central university in this region. As Assam university has a full-fledged campus in Diphu in Karbi Anglong district, with a full time Pro-vice chancellor, why not the university authorities take up this issue and set up another campus in Karimganj District in this region, catering to the students of the two districts? This will really mitigate the hardship of the students coming from these two districts of Barak Valley.
The deteriorating conditions of roads , lack of sufficient trains for connecting different places in Barak Valley needs to be urgently addressed by revitalising our internal water transport system. Mechanised boats and steamers should be floated in the Barak valley river system to carry passengers and goods from different places.
Will our Honourable MLAs moot the point with the government and chalk out a strategy to implement the same? Such a system can employ a large number of youth in this sector and will provide an eco- friendly and economic alternative transport system to the passengers for travelling in the Barak Valley region.
Currently the Inland Water Transport Department of the Government of Assam is operating some ferries only to connect short distances. It is high time the department should come forward with plans to operate long to medium distance steamers and mechanised boats for the benefit of the people of this region.It is said that there is a tradition of such inland water transport system operating in the region during the British days. Why not the system be revitalised and reintroduced?