Guwahati, Feb. 20: Former Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi has written to chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal expressing his concern for not allocating funds in the budget for three education institutions in Upper Assam.
The three universities are Assam Women’s University in Jorhat, Assam Rajiv Gandhi University of Co-operative Management in Sivasagar and College of Sericulture University at Titabar in Jorhat district.
“The Assam Women’s University is the only women’s university not only in the Northeast but in eastern India. While the NDA government talks about giving emphasis to girls’ education under the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao campaign but non-allocation of funds for Assam Women’s University goes against it,” said Gogoi in his letter to Sonowal on Friday.
“Your government is giving a lot of importance to sericulture. In Assam, most women are involved in the silk industry and Assamese weavers produce most valuable fabric. They are earning their livelihood from the handloom industry. In view of this, sericulture at Titabar deserves special consideration for allocation of funds to promote the college,” Gogoi said.
“Assam Rajiv Gandhi University of Co-operative Management at Sivasagar is the only university in the country in the co-operative sector and whole syllabus of the institute was prepared by National Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, which is one of the most prestigious institutes in the country,” Gogoi said.
The Congress leader said he would be grateful if Sonowal took an interest to provide adequate funds for these institutions.
He told Sonowal that even foreigners from Roehampton University in the UK came to the co-operative institute to study about its uniqueness.
“Cooperative movement is very important for all-round development of the state and it will create large number of employment in such a case this co-operative university deserves special consideration from the government,” he said.