GUWAHATI, Jan 28 – Eminent intellectual, academic and former Vice-Chancellor of Gauhati University, Debo Prasad Barooah, passed away today in a city hospital. He was 82.
Barooah, highly regarded for his knowledge of political science and history of the region, was admitted to International Hospital where he was recuperating from pneumonia, but later went into a cardiac arrest. The end came around 4 pm today, according to family members.
Born on October 1, 1930 in Guwahati, he had a brilliant academic record beginning with his graduation in 1954. In his postgraduation he topped his class. He did his D Phil on the thesis Indo-British Relations 1950-60.
He started his teaching career as a lecturer in History in 1957, and later served as a reader in Political Science.
Barooah was Professor and Head of Political Science from 1978 till his appointment as Gauhati University Vice-Chancellor in 1986. He served his five-year term with great distinction and contributed to the growth of the institution.
As an academic he mentored many students and researchers and acted as guide to 23 scholars. He was involved in several post-retirement assignments, including his association with the University Grants Commission. He was UGC Emeritus Fellow for two years. He was also Senior Associate of National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore.
Barooah, till after his retirement, produced a large number of research papers, which are highly regarded in intellectual circles. Some of those have been published in national and international journals.
Some of his published works include : World History, Indo-British Relations 1950-60, World War I and II and Other Essays, Aspects of History of Assam, Karagaror Diary, among others.
Peopled thronged his Kharghuli residence after his death, and mourners included a cross-section of people. Gauhati University VC OK Medhi said that his passing away was not just a loss for the University but for entire Assam.