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Ex-students to hold convention

Amiya Kumar Sharma addresses the news conference at Guwahati Press Club on Wednesday. Picture by Manash Das

Guwahati: The Delhi Alumni Association of Assam (DAAA) will organise Imagining Axom, its first convention in the city, comprising cultural programmes, a textile show and a plenary session at Vivanta by Taj on Saturday.

The convention will be inaugurated by governor Jagdish Mukhi who will address the association's members from across the country and abroad.

The association is a non-profit organisation set up by former Assamese students of Delhi-based colleges and universities besides other educational institutions with the primary objective of socio-economic progress and preserving Assam's rich heritage.

The association has more than 100 members comprising academics, civil servants, lawyers, policy makers, bankers, journalists, civil society activists, entrepreneurs and other professionals.

Its president Amiya Kumar Sharma said: "We are a privileged group of people; we have been contributing in our individual capacities to take the state forward. We have formed this organisation to work as a group. Apart from cultural programmes and a textile show by our members, we will organise talks on themes such as 'Imagining Axom' and 'Red River' which is a series of talks on the Brahmaputra. This will be our first convention and more such meets will be held in future."

Singer Mayukh Hazarika will perform after folk dances and there will be textile show by designers Vikram Rai Medhi and Alakananda Das. They all are members of the association.

The highlight of the event will be an audio-visual presentation in the memory of Jnanpith Award winner Indira Goswami who was considered to be the guardian of every student from Assam during her stint in Delhi University as a professor.

Rajesh Das, another alumnus, who is president of the Industries and Trade Fair Association of Assam (ITFAA) said that the talks will dwell on industries, development activities and connectivity in the state.

The DAAA was formally launched in January last year.

Even before formation of the association, the group had held a discussion on "Solving Assam's trilemma - create jobs, enhance skills and promote entrepreneurship" in New Delhi in November 2016.

The association, with support of Bordoisila Foundation of New Delhi, an NGO, had organised free medical camps in Morigaon and Kaliabor. Doctors from Artemis Hospital of Gurgaon came here to offer medical services to flood-affected people in these places.

Free medicines were distributed besides consultations on disease prevention.

A series of talks on floods caused by the Brahmaputra were held with participation of national and international experts.

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