Jyoti Prasad Agarwala, the cultural icon of Assam, was a playwright, poet, songwriter, writer, and filmmaker. In his popular song,
“Ture Mure alukore jatra
Ami palu jibonor artha abhinav
Swagat swagat xateertha”
he sums up the beautiful journey of a student. This journey towards enlightenment is unfailing and would add meaning to our otherwise meaningless life. We all are comrades in this journey and the poet takes the opportunity to welcome everyone to embark on this life-changing journey.
The commemorative main gate of Dibrugarh University is named JYOTI BATSORA (named after Jyoti Prasad Agarwala) which bears this meaningful song engraved on one side of the gate. This adds substance to the true spirit of Dibrugarh University.
Every student who enters through this gate is driven by an indomitable spirit. The long road which leads us from the gate, with trees on either side seems to be symbolic of the road which lay ahead of us in life. We can definitely take rest under the shade of the trees when we are tired, but can never give up.
Memories of my University days are quite vivid in my mind even today, though it has been over a decade now. The best thing I realized about University life is something called ‘department sentiment ‘. We were seen as a department first, then as an individual. So wherever we go, we actually represent our department…be it the varsity week, any cultural event, or seminar or even a casual visit to the canteen.
This sentiment brought out the best in us. We became more passionate about whatever we did in order to maintain the pride and dignity of our department. We passionately participated in almost every event during the Varsity Week, because like I said earlier, even though the road is tough we can never give up.
When it came to studies we got boosted by the newly introduced semester system. Securing first class in a literature subject was a little tough until then. But the semester system gave us hope of securing a better percentage if not a first-class.
Dibrugarh University is a State University set up in 1965 and leading research and innovation-driven university. Spread over an area of 500 acres, the University has a Central Administrative building, a State of the art Library, an auditorium, Indoor Stadium, a recreational park, Health center, DU haat, Students Day Activity center, VC bungalow, Guest House, separate Boys and Girls Hostel, Professors quarters, Canteen and various Departmental buildings.
It has research programs like Ph.D., M.Phil, D.Sc and D.Litt. Postgraduate degree, Undergraduate degree, Postgraduate Diploma, Certificate courses, Advanced Postgraduate diploma are also available in the university.
Dibrugarh University has affiliations to University Grants Commission (UGC), National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), and Association of Indian Universities (AIU). The University was accredited ‘A’ grade in 2017 by NAAC which remains valid for a period of 5 years.
Dibrugarh University also accepts Foreign/NRI students to Post- Graduate, Undergraduate and Diploma programs in different fields. 15% seats on the supernumerary basis are reserved for admission for Foreign/NRI students.
The University, however, doesn’t have any provision for scholarships for Foreign/NRI students. The detailed guidelines for admission of Foreign/NRI students are available in the Dibrugarh University official website.
Hopefully, the Global linkage opens up new avenues for the students of Dibrugarh University in terms of further education, projects, and scholarships.
Dibrugarh University has brought about many positive changes in the last few years. These include the introduction of new courses at different levels. Dibrugarh University Institute of Engineering and Technology (DUIET), Centre for Performing Arts are worth mentioning (in my opinion). Apart from these PGD in Tea Technology and Plantation, Masters in Travel and Tourism Management, PGD in Journalism and Mass Communication and a lot more other new courses are drawing the attention of students and parents as well.
This is the indomitable spirit I was referring to…. the desire to keep growing undaunted by any kind of obstacles, both internal and external. Students of Dibrugarh University are driven by the passion to achieve their desired goals and the University is driven by the urge to impart quality education.
Dr. Karabi Deka Hazarika, an accomplished educationist, ex- Professor of the Dept. Of Assamese, and currently, the Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences, Dibrugarh University has given the lyrics of the University anthem. In the anthem titled “Niyatang kuru karma “, she aptly refers to the University as the Sun. Like the rising sun which spreads sunshine, the University has spread its light of knowledge far and wide, dispelling the darkness of ignorance.
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