Monday, September 21, 2009

A tribute to Dr Lohit Chandra Goswami

Dr Lohit Chandra Goswami passed away on September 22, 1989, when he was just 54. Deuta is no more with us. But, to this day, even after 20 years, his family, friends and associates continue to feel his presence to their bones.

A person filled with magnanimity and modesty, Deuta could always be found in his table smoking, surrounded by students, family, friends. He was never alone. A loving father, a loving teacher and a loving husband, Deuta’s intellectual integrity, indomitable courage and simplicity were proverbial. In midst of corruption and degradation, people like Deuta inspired and humanised mankind.

Born on September 29, 1935, at Palla Satra near Sarthebari in Barpeta district, Deuta passed his matriculation in 1950 with flying colours with letter marks in English and Sanskrit from Sarukhetri High School. Thereafter, he did his ISC from St Edmunds College Shillong and BA with honours in Education from Cotton College Guwahati. He completed his Masters in Education from Gauhati University in 1956 and MA in English from Benaras Hindu University. Deuta’s professional life started at the Rangiya Basic Training Centre, though he was there for a short time. Soon he joined Darrang College as a lecturer in Education when late Bipin Pal Das was the Principal. After that he moved on to Jowai Government College in Meghalaya and there he completed his Ph D from Gauhati University in 1976.

He was very good teacher and well loved by students. Teaching remained his first love and the beaming faces of his students in his classes used to give him pleasure. He joined the Tezpur Teacher’s Training College (now known as College of Teacher Education, Tezpur) on January 1, 1980, and served there till July 9, 1989, as a principal.

During his short span of life, Deuta has had the credit of getting his few books published which are still used in degree courses like Current Problems of Indian Education, Essentials of Education, Guide to Elements of Education etc. Besides, writing books he also wrote numerous articles both in English and Asomiya. Apart from all these, Deuta was a staunch lover of music, movies and sports. He was a good singer and knew how to play a host of musical instruments like the guitar, mandolin, harmonium, banzo and the like. All in all he was a man of all seasons.

On August 21, 1989, he has joined as the Principal of DIET in Biswanath Charali and just a month later ie on September 22, 1989, he bid adieu to this world. But Deuta will be always with us. His memories are still with us. Writing a tribute to this multifaceted personality who is my ideal is not an easy task. I know where ever you are Deuta, you are always with us, blessing us. Don’t worry about Ma as she is with us well looked after. May your soul rest in peace.
Meenakshi Goswami

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