Jorhat, Sept. 13: A book chronicling the history of 177 high and higher secondary schools of Jorhat district written by headmasters and principals of the respective schools will be brought out by the inspector of schools here.
“Most of the schools are named after prominent persons and the institutions have a rich history behind their establishment, which should be known by the young generation,” said Kamal Jyoti Gogoi, Jorhat inspector of schools, the man behind the initiative.
He said Jorhat is among those districts, which has a large number of schools and most of them are named after renowned personalities, as they have got plots of land from families of the well-known persons.
The inspector of schools said there is a story of effort and dedication of the group of people who set up each school.
“Jorhat was the first district in Assam to attain 100 per cent literacy two decades ago and the seeds of such achievement were sowed over a century ago. Hence, the efforts of our forefathers who had thought of a bright future should not fade into oblivion,” Kamal Jyoti Gogoi said.
He said headmasters of 151 high schools and principals of the 26 higher secondary schools were asked to write about the background of their institutions by taking help of old official records relating to establishment of the institutes. Basic information like the name of the person or a group of people who took the initiative to set up the school, who donated the plot and if the school is named after any personality then his importance in the society, will be part of the write-up.
Kamal Jyoti Gogoi said the names of the first head of the institutions, number of teachers at their time of opening, teachers and ex-students who have earned a name in society were also being included in the book.
He said highlights of the school including its academic performance since its establishment, with the present number of teachers and students will also be part of the chronicle.
The inspector of schools said the book numbering over 400 pages with the present photograph of each school and earlier ones (if available) has already been sent for publication.
Several copies of the book will be soon distributed to each school so that teachers and students could read it by taking from their school libraries, he added.
Kamal Jyoti Gogoi said a sample copy of the book was presented to education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma during his visit to attend Teachers’ Day function on September 5.
He said plans to bring out a book on the education scenario of Upper Assam since the time of the British are also on the anvil as during that period, the office of inspector of schools (Jorhat) had jurisdiction over entire Upper Assam and two districts on the northern bank of the Brahmaputra.
“My office has a lot of old official documents, which are valuable historical records and could provide lot of information about the early education system of the region,” Kamal Jyoti Gogoi said.