Jorhat, Oct. 9: A 130-year-old school here which had a three-time chief minister and a five-time MP as students, is set to get an alumni association at last.
A few former students of Jorhat Govt Boys Higher Secondary School, then known as Govt Boys, have got together to bring onto one platform a galaxy of luminaries and others who had passed out from the school since it was established in 1883.
Hemanta Kalita, a former student, joint secretary of the association and also one-time MLA of Titabar, said the association would be formally launched on October 27 at the school and a two-day meeting would be held on December 28 and 29.
“Chief minister Tarun Gogoi, a former student, is the president of our association and Jorhat MP B.K. Handique who was also a student of the school is one of the 15 patrons. Patrons include other students like K. Bora, former Dibrugarh University vice-chancellor, scientist Dhirendra Nath Borthakur and non-students like Jorhat MLA Rana Goswami and state health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma,” he said at a meeting held today this afternoon,
Reading out from a list of names, Kalita said the school had produced Ranji trophy players, state-level football players, 11 vice-chancellors, 14 Asam Sahitya Sabha presidents besides economists, administrators, scientists and political leaders.
He rued that the school had now lost its former glory and said one of the objectives of the association after its formation would be to find out ways to regain glory.
“We will hold a state-level seminar and chalk out a programme so that the school again emerges as one of the best in the region,” Kalita said.
Other programmes will be felicitations of all former teachers and students who had attained 80 years and above.
R.P. Das, another former student and also joint secretary of the association said till December a campaign would be conducted for registration of alumni by setting up booths in different areas of Jorhat.
A Dibrugarh branch and a Guwahati branch will also be set up for registration and other works.
“It is going to be a mammoth task but it is not impossible as almost 20 alumni associations of different batches already exist. We have to find out those who are not in any of these batches,” Das said.