The Second Zamira Begum Rahman Memorial lecture was delivered by Dr. Smriti Kumar Sinha at a rural school named Kabilabad H E School in Tezpur, Assam recently. Dr Sinha is Professor of Computer Science and Engineering in Tezpur University (TU) and a well-known writer.
The lecture has been initiated in memory of late Zamira Begum Rahman, who was a school teacher. After completing her BA (Hons) from St. Mary’s College, Shillong in 1965, she did her BT and worked at Laitumukhurah Shishu Vidyalaya from 1965 to 1970. She worked as a teacher in Loreto Convent, Shillong from March 1970 to December 1972. Later she joined Sumer H E School, Meghalaya as the headmistress and retired from CTPS High School, Chandrapur, Assam.
The speaker Dr Sinha is also a prolific writer in the Bishnupriya Manipuri language and he spoke on the topic “Create your own stories.” Bishnupriya Manipuri language is enlisted by the UNESCO as an endangered language. Dr. Sinha stands for minor and endangered languages and has been working in this direction for the last three decades. He is considered as a leading and dedicated short story writer in Bishnupriya Manipuri. His collection of 14 short stories, translated into English by Ramlal Sinha, 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 the growth of their career, language and culture. Sinha said, “Late Zamira Begum Rahman was a teacher and she 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, then there is no joy in winning.” Sinha urged the students to try to be worthy citizens who can bring about a positive change in society. Through examples from his own life, he tried to emphasise on the role of parents and teachers in moulding the character of a child. Dr Sinha, who is also the Director of Digital Learning Centre at TU urged the students to upgrade their skills with changes in technology.
Nayama Ahmed, Assistant jailor, Tezpur Central Jail said that it is refreshing to come and participate in this lecture at a rural school. She urged the students to imbibe their best from this lecture. Dr Nirmali Gogoi, Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences, TU said, “The thought behind this memorial lecture is very important. It teaches us to respect and remember our school teachers who are instrumental in laying the foundation of our lives.”
Dr Nirmali Goswami, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, TU spoke about the roleof a good school in developing a child’s life. Dr Mukesh Saikia, Librarian, TU urged the students to learn from the lives of great people like Albert Einstein.
The headmaster ofthe school, T Khan thanked the guests for their inspiring words and kind presence. Also present on the occasion were Dr Pratibha Deka, Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences, TU and writer Mahendra Nath.