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Shri Ramesh Chandra Saharia

Ramesh Chandra Saharia was born on the 1st of December, 1930 in a family of high tradition. He received blessings of a great man when he was a baby. Mahatma Gandhi had come to Assam to collect donations for Harijan welfare and went to Tangla, then, a tiny railway station twenty miles away from the sub-divisional headquarters of Mangaldai. Ramesh Chandra Saharia’s father, Shri Lambodar Saharia, went to meet Gandhiji with baby Ramesh in his arms. Gandhiji look baby Ramesh in his lap gave him a sweet, a kiss and a rupee coin from the small collection he had and blessed him. True to the blessings of the Mahatma, Ramesh grew up to be an extremely polite boy and later into a thorough gentleman. Shri Saharia was known to his friends, colleagues and his co-workers as being a pleasing personality, kind hearted, amiable, always respectful towards his elders all with a rare sense of understanding.

With a uniformly good academic career since his school days, Sri Saharia took his Bachelor’s degree from Cotton College, Guwahati and did his M.A. in Economics and LLB from the Banaras Hindu University. Shri Saharia was a voracious and avid reader, his first hobby being reading and collecting books, journals and magazines. He has left behind a valuable library enriched with books and journals on various subjects (Which is now part of the College Library).

Even though of his high educational qualifications, Shri Saharia chose to be a teacher in the Tangla Aided Government High School with prime objective to serve the people for the place he belonged. He served the Tangla High School as its Headmaster for fourteen long years till his entry into the State Legislative Assembly as an MLA; from Panery constituency, in 1972. During this period, he devoted much of his time for developing educational institutes and provided social service in the backward tribal areas of Tangla, in the northern part of Mangaldai, sub-division, now, in Udalguri District. He established the Tangla Girls High School, was a leading founder of the Tangla College, and was the President of the Managing Committee and Governing body. Shri Saharia was re-elected as an MLA for the second term in 1978, during which he further contributed to the development, planning of socio-economic programmes, including revenue and land reforms. Shri Saharia became a Minister in the Ministry headed by Shri Jogendra Nath Hazarika, on 17th of September, 1979 and was holding the portfolio of the Departments of Forest, Sericulture and Weaving and Khadi& Village Industries. He served for a second term as Minister for Home, Jail, Civil Défense and Political Suffrage in the Ministry, which took oath on the 6th of December, 1980. Shri Saharia was sworn in as Minister, Revenue on the 22nd of January, 1982.

Shri Saharia breathed his last in harness, with a deep sense of devotion and duty, on the 8th of February, 1982. Shri Ramesh Chandra Saharia dedicated his life for the development of the state. The State Government in its tribute to him said “Shri Saharia will always be remembered for his amiable disposition, his devotion to duty, his deep sense of responsibility and love and affection for the people. His death has deprived his colleagues of his valuable counsel and the State an able administrator.”

RAMESH CHANDRA SAHARIA EDUCATIONAL TRUST, THE SPONSORING BODY

Ramesh Chandra Saharia Educational Trust is registered at Guwahati vide Trust Deed No. 6952/04. The trust is a non-profit making, non–government organization, with the prime objective of promotion of academic activities. The Trust also carries out various socio-economic development projects and other activities such as

  1. Human Resource Development
  2. Rural Development
  3. Social Welfare
  4. Charitable Activities

The Ramesh Chandra Saharia Educational Trust is the sponsoring, governing and managing authority of the Ramesh Chandra Saharia Teachers Training College, Tangla