Project to carry on legacy

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By PULLOCK DUTTA
  • Published 1.07.11
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Jorhat, June 30: The Sanjoy Ghose Memorial Trust Society will launch an audio-video project on school documentation in Majuli on Ghose’s 15th memorial day on July 4, in a bid to carry on the social worker’s legacy.

CCTV cameras will be installed at educational institutions in the island and subsequently data would be collected which, the Society feels, will help to improve the education scenario in the island.

“We are getting support from the satradhikars and social workers in Majuli to carry on with the project. We are also in touch with the government,” the secretary of the Society, Kishori Mohan Paul, told this correspondent today.

Paul said the data would include the methods of teaching by teachers, the student-teacher relationship and the discipline maintained in institutions.

There are nearly 800 education institutions in Majuli, of which seven are colleges.

Paul said the blueprint of a website on Ghose’s contribution to Majuli would also be released at the July 4 function at the Society’s Kamalabari office to mark the memorial day of the social worker.

“We are working on the website, which will be ready for launching soon,” he said.

The Kamalabari-based office of the Society will also be connected with the Internet on July 4.

Ghose, the general secretary of the Association of Voluntary Agencies for Rural Development (AVARD-NE), was kidnapped from Bongaon in the island and subsequently killed by Ulfa on July 4, 1997. He and his colleagues were working on several projects for the development of the islanders. However, Ulfa accused him of being a RAW agent.

The Ulfa had publicly apologised for the killing recently. Chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa had said in a public meeting held at Bongaon last month that Ghose’s killing was a mistake.

The Sanjoy Ghose Memorial Society was formed in 2000, three years after the social worker was killed, and has been holding memorial services every year on July 4.

“Although we have been holding memorial services every year since 1998, the society was formed only in 2000 and subsequently an office was set up at Kamalabari,” Paul said.

At present, the society has over 200 members.

Paul said, with the launching of the website, the society expected to garner support from all over the country and abroad. This would help to undertake other development projects in Majuli, he added.

He said the society planned to install a statue of Ghose at Kamalabari. “But first we have to undertake some development projects and only then we will think of installing a bust of Ghose,” he said.

He said Ghose’s contribution to the island was immense and the island could not forget him. “He brought the idea of being self-dependent among many islanders through various self-employment schemes,” he added.