MORIGAON, Nov 21: The 18th session of the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU), the largest student organisation in the country, began on Tuesday at Lakshminath Bezbarua Khetra in Morigaon. The event is set to conclude on November 23 and has attracted over ten thousand delegates from across the state.
The vibrant atmosphere at Lakshminath Bezbarua Khetra was evident from the morning, with the main meeting hall dedicated to the martyrs of the 1974 food movement, Gagen Ingti, and Putul Saikia. The main entrance gate, modelled after the Patekibori Satra, added to the symbolic significance of the venue.
The inaugural day saw the participation of thousands of student representatives from various parts of Assam and the Northeast. The session’s opening was marked by the inauguration by Jurshing Bordoloi, president of the historic Tiwa Rajdarbar. The main stage, dedicated to the martyrs Gajen Ingti and Putul Saikia, was inaugurated by Dr Lilakanta Barthakur, principal of Morigaon College.
Several events were inaugurated during the day, including the guest house by prominent educationist Punaram Nath, the late Professor Pradip Kumar Saikia Memorial Book Fair by Dr Kamal Chandra Nath, the late educationist Debendranath Hazarika Memorial Trade Fair by Dibyajyoti Tamuli, and the food fair by Naveen Chandra Konwar. Additionally, the quiz and debate competitions were inaugurated by Dr Bishnu Prasad Upadhyay and Dr Bhaben Chandra Neog, principals of Morigaon Ghankanta Barua College and Jagiroad College, respectively.
The afternoon session involved the registration of delegates, and the delegates’ camp was inaugurated by the chief advisor of the reception committee and former MLA Harendra Bora. The event will feature the opening ceremony by veteran artist Ashok Deka on Wednesday. The present executive committee of AASU will hold its last central executive meeting at night. Representatives from six districts of the state arrived in Morigaon on Tuesday for the session.