|Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi visit JB College in Jorhat on Saraswati Puja. Picture by UB Photos
Jorhat, Feb. 4: Jagannath Barooah College today had an unusual visitor on Saraswati Puja when chief minister Tarun Gogoi dropped by at his alma mater here.
The chief minister was accompanied by his wife Dolly besides Jorhat and Mariani MLAs Rana Goswami and Rupjyoti Kurmi . Both the legislators are also alumni of the college.
Gogoi made the unscheduled visit around 11am en route to the airport to fly to Guwahati. He rushed here yesterday to attend the last rites of his younger brother Tapan, an advocate, who passed away on Sunday night at Jorhat Medical College and Hospital.
Gogoi’s visit to one of the premier colleges of the state, which had illustrious personalities as its alumni and teachers, took the students and teachers by surprise.
“The visit of the chief minister with his wife and the legislators was a very pleasant surprise for us. We were informed about the visit only about half an hour back and so no special arrangement could be made to greet them,” JB College principal Bimal Barah told this correspondent.
Gogoi was felicitated with two pator seleng sadors — one by the college authorities and another by the teachers along with a gamosa by the students’ union of the college — all hurriedly arranged.
Barah said as news of Gogoi’s arrival spread, students thronged the college in large numbers to catch a glimpse of the high-profile visitor.
He said the chief minister became nostalgic after entering the college campus. He waved at the students and staff as he went to the place where the deity was kept. He offered his obeisance along with his wife and the two MLAs when puja was being performed by a priest.
The principal said Gogoi sat near the puja pandal and had a cup of tea with the college staff and students and had an informal interaction with them. He went down memory lane and recollected his days as a student from 1953 to 1957.
Barah said the chief minister talked about changing times and organising Saraswati Puja in the college when he was a student.
The principal said Gogoi, during his interaction with the college authorities and students, said the government is committed to upgrade the education system and asked for making new proposals and submit those to his office. Secretary of the college students’ union Mitu Sonowal said the sudden visit of the chief minister, who is a former student, was an honour for the college. “It was indeed a lovely experience to visit the college on a festival day after a long time with a senior alumni and interact with teachers and students,” Goswami said.
In Guwahati today, people woke up to devotional songs being played at different Saraswati Puja pandals. Since morning people of all age groups were seen going to pandals to offer anjali to the goddess of learning.
Students of all educational institutions eagerly wait for this day every year. In fact, they have no time as they get busy decorating pandals of their schools colleges and hostels. And with the Best Saraswati Puja Pandal and Best Idol being announced every year, their jobs get all the tougher.