GUWAHATI, Dec 14 - The second Zamira Begum Rahman Memorial Lecture was delivered by Professor Smriti Kumar Sinha at a rural school in Tezpur recently.
Zamira Begum Rahman was the Headmistress of Sumer High English School in Meghalaya and retired from CTPS High School at Chandrapur. Sinha, who is a Professor at Tezpur University and a prolific writer in the Bishnupriya Manipuri language, spoke on the topic ‘Create your own stories.’
Dr Smriti Kumar Sinha stands for minor and endangered languages and has been working in this direction since the last three decades. He is considered as a leading and dedicated short-story writer in the Bishnupriya Manipuri language. His collection of 14 short stories, translated into English by Ramlal Sinha and titled Seducing the Rain God was published in 2015.
In his motivating lecture, Dr Sinha urged the students to build a strong foundation for themselves in terms of growth of their career, language and culture.
“The Late Zamira Begum Rahman was a teacher who must have built the foundation of many students. Our struggles in life should not deter us and in fact inspire us to surge ahead. If there is no struggle in life, then there is no joy in winning,” he said.
Sinha urged the students to try to be worthy citizens who can bring about positive change in society.
Nayama Ahmed, Assistant Jailor of Tezpur Central Jail said that it was refreshing to come and participate in the lecture at a rural school. Dr Nirmali Gogoi, Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences under Tezpur University said that the thought behind the memorial lecture was very important, as “it teaches us to respect and remember our school teachers who are instrumental in laying the foundation of our lives.”
The Headmaster of the school, T Khan thanked the guests for their inspiring words.
Also present on the occasion were Dr Nirmali Goswami, Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology, Tezpur University, Dr Mukesh Saikia, Librarian of Tezpur University, Dr Pratibha Deka, Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences, and Mahendra Nath of Tezpur University.