| Alumni members being felicitated in Jorhat on Saturday. Picture by UB Photos |
Jorhat, Oct. 19: Alumni of JB College, comprising nearly 50 octogenarians, were felicitated by the college here today in recognition of their services to society.
The programme was also part of an initiative in accordance with UGC-designed healthy practices to ensure that educational institutes will connect with former students.
Explaining the concept, Surajit Sharma, a professor of the college, said the concept of education had changed and it was no longer just disbursing degrees successfully.
It was also about keeping tabs on the students after he or she graduated, to find out how that person had fared. The college could subsequently use students who did well as “resourcepersons”.
“If he or she acquired a high position in society the college takes credit and if the student did not get a job, then likewise, that would be considered its failure. These octogenarians are all a credit to our college,” he said.
JB College, established in 1930, is the oldest college in Upper Assam, after Cotton College.
Chief minister Tarun Gogoi, who is also an alumni of the college, stated through a letter that it was here that he learnt the basics of social service, teamwork and politics.
“I used to participate in many sports and also take along all the others to play. It was here that in a first mock parliament, I enacted the role of a chief minister. I regret that I cannot be part of today’s ceremony because of prior engagements,” the letter, which was read out by the secretary of the organising committee, Hemanta Kalita, former general secretary of the college, said.
The chief guest, Robin Deb Choudhury, former director- general of Indian National Museum, New Delhi, said institutes of learning should be like Nalanda University of yore where students used to flock from all over India and even abroad. He also emphasised that Assamese should be fostered in the education system.