Meeting the long-pending demand of the people of Assam, Tezpur Central University is all set to get a full-fledged Assamese department.
The University Grants Commission (UGC) has approved new teaching positions for four new departments – Department of Assamese, Department of Pharmacy, Department of Design and Department of Foreign Languages – as proposed by the Tezpur University.
The establishment of the Tezpur University is considered to be one of the outcomes of the Assam Accord, along with the establishment of Assam University and Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati.
The UGC considered and approved the recommendations of the committee constituted for this purpose. It has given approval for creation of 26 teaching positions in the varsity.
It may be mentioned that in the last Assam Assembly session, State Education Minister Siddhartha Bhattacharya received flak from AGP MLA Pabindra Deka. The MLA pointed out that the Tezpur Central University and the Assam University, which were the “outcomes of the signing of the Assam Accord”, do not have the Departments of Assamese.
Bhattacharya had then assured that the State Government will take up the matter with the authorities concerned to ensure that the Assamese department is opened in both the varsities.
The Tezpur University, established in 1994, has a study centre on the Assamese language besides a chair in the name of Mahapurush Srimanta Sankardeva. The varsity also kept the Assamese language in their distance education mode.
The university campus is at Napaam about 15 km east of Tezpur, the headquarters of the Sonitpur district of Assam.