| Babul Bora, general secretary of Srimanta Sankaradev Sangha in Guwahati on Friday. Picture by UB Photos |
Guwahati, Aug. 23: The Srimanta Sankaradev Sangha today appealed to the people for financial help to establish the Mahapurusha Srimanta Sankaradeva Viswavidyalaya at Bordua in Nagaon district.
The university will be set up under the Mahapurusha Srimanta Sankaradeva Viswavidyalaya Bill, which was passed by the Assam Legislative Assembly in July.
The private university will impart post-graduate courses in various disciplines as well as propagate the teachings of Srimanta Xankardeva.
“We are glad that the demand for Mahapurusha Srimanta Sankaradeva Viswa-vidyalaya has been fulfilled. It will be formed according to the Assam Private University Act, 2007. We have prepared a masterplan for the university. It will be set up at an estimated cost of Rs 335 crore. A few politicians have donated a month’s salary to help establish the university but we also appeal to the people to help us,” Babul Bora, general secretary of the Srimanta Sankaradev Sangha, said.
The Sangha has also approached international funding agencies for assistance. The state government has provided 20 acres of land at Bordua, the birthplace of the Vaishnavite saint, as a site for the university. Till the university building is set up, the Sangha plans to hold classes at a building in Nagaon from next year.
“We have tried to combine modern education and knowledge on the teachings of Xankardeva in the curriculum. The university will thrive to make higher education available to students belonging to the lower middle class and marginalised sections,” Rajanikanta Dutta, president of the Sangha, said.
“But irrespective of whatever course a student may pursue, he or she will have to take a compulsory paper on the life and teachings of Xankardeva. This will help them to know more about the rich Vaishnavite culture and tradition,” Dutta said. The university will conduct post-graduate courses in herbal science, bio-technology, agricultural engineering technology, business management, disaster management and tourism management. It also has plans to introduce post-graduate courses in social science and humanities.
Apart from this, there will be under-graduate courses in various disciplines of technical education.