Saturday, 26 October 2013

Raise carrot before tutors

Posted By: Kame Daima, Admin BODOLAND
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              Few years ago, as I was strolling one evening off the Marina Beach of Chennai, I was stunned to meet a couple from Golaghat district for their “extraordinariness”. They were newly married, and in reply they told me that they are on their honeymoon. I repeat extraordinary because they not only talked in broken Bodo, but the lady was in her dokhona. It made me ashamed because I was with my sister who was one of the active members of the central AABWF. But I never talked to her about it later.
         It tinged me for a long time and I had a divided opinion on why some of us so adverse to our own culture and upbringing. It took not so longer to get the root causes behind when I made one of my friends who defined it in this way:
   “I start talking in Bodo whenever I meet people from other community, and if that man is a bit comfortable, I finish with my tongue.”
      It is what he had a love for his own upbringing. I have no idea how many non-Bodos use our language, but to be frank, in many parts of our Baksa district they communicate in the language that we use. Some of them are now using Bodo as their means of communication at their home. They even have got a full assimilation to the very fabrics of our community, and these are not by threat or condition but by and cultural exchange inter-marriages to some extent. This is what they love doing it.
     Recently, reliable reports tell about some youths from parts of Udalguri districts using scissors and blades to discipline the astray girls and boys for using offensive dresses. Though we can not estimate the wrath and reaction it brings on the victim and fans, examples are there to adhere to their own choices and never to marry a Bodo!!!
     Time has come to decide and take a constructive decision to reassess the reality, and it should be not to harness a donkey in dry fields. Parents and student bodies should play a pivotal role for the upkeep and upbringing of children’s culture and tradition. Religious institutions’ role would make it more enhancing. Even implementing Bodo code of dress and assembly session in our language in schools and colleges will bring about a satisfying result.
     We have to re-organize the Bodo Cultural Afad on sound footing and with the sole aim of uplifting our culture and tradition. Contradictions if any should be avoided. The Bodos from the heartland of Bodoland should shoulder this role and show a model example. Will and heart should be put together for that.
     I wonder of that marginalized Bodo couple from Golaghat who put me on shame. They convey a message to love our culture and tradition. We owe a great to them with reverence. 

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Raise carrot before tutors

Guwahati, Oct. 25: The Assam government will start the much-awaited process of promotion of college teachers from November ostensibly with an eye on next year’s general elections,
Education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma informed the members of the Assam College Teachers’ Association (ACTA) about the government’s decision during the latter’s 60th annual conference at Chhaygaon College in Kamrup district yesterday.
“We were told that the personnel department was expected to clear the file on promotion of college teachers on November 1. The finance department has already cleared it. Once the minister receives the file from the personnel department, he would immediately issue necessary instruction to the department of higher education to start the process of promotion of college teachers,” ACTA general secretary Biswajit Bhuyan told The Telegraph today.
Though the association has expressed happiness and welcomed Sarma’s decision, sources said the decision in this regard has been taken keeping in mind the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
“Promotion of college teachers is long overdue. Since 2011 many college teachers’ promotion has been put on hold by the education department without citing any reason. Such development has caused resentment among the teachers. The association has been lodging strong protests against Dispur’s inordinate delay in promoting college faculties and set 2013 as the deadline to do the job. Now in view of next year’s polls, the ruling Congress government wants to keep teachers in good humour and promote them. Considering their huge number, college teachers play a decisive role in elections,” the source said.
The government’s move is expected to help career advancement of more than a thousand teachers
Sarma while speaking at the conference said the state government has done whatever was possible to concede to the demands (including promotion) of college teachers.
“Now it is time for college faculties to play their part by dedicating themselves towards teaching and producing brilliant youngsters for the future,” the minister said.
While teachers who have completed six years in service are put in senior scale category, the selection grade applies to those who have completed 11 years of service.
The UGC had set new guidelines for the promotion of college teachers in 2010.
The guidelines said besides the number of years they spend in their service, teachers would be assessed on the basis of self-assessment reports on their contribution to teaching, professional development and co-curricular contribution, besides publications and research contribution. Sources said the promotion process is likely to be completed before the 2014 polls.
The conference today discussed various issues, including how to make students behave and working condition of teachers.
The three-day conference will conclude tomorrow.

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Result of the last week:
Are Bodos in need of a new student organization? Your opinion?
A. Yes
  1 (9%)

B. No
  8 (72%)

C. Never now
  3 (27%)

D. It may bring another clash amongst Bodos
  2 (18%)

E. It is a must for development of Bodos
  0 (0%)

F. ABSU has failed to meet its commitment
  0 (0%)

G. Can not say
  0 (0%)

H. It is only for benefit of tainted leaders
  3 (27%)

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