A five-member team of Bodo students from the neighbouring country of Bangladesh landed in Kokrajhar district on August 22nd, 2019. The students from Bangladesh who are here to complete their college degrees were accorded a warm welcome at the Science College here on August 23rd, 2019.
In a welcome gesture, a cultural evening was organized at the community hall of the Science College in presence of Rajya Sabha MP from Assam, Biswajit Daimary, members of the Bodo Sahitya Sabha and other organizations. The students were felicitated with Aronai – a sign of Bodo tradition.
The Bodo Samaj in Kokrajhar has conceptualised a free overseas education programme for the fellow Bodos of the neighbouring country. This year, the Bodo Samaj has sponsored the education of five Bodo students from Bangladesh. This move is aimed at enhancing the Indo-Bangla ties.
Speaking on the occasion, Daimary said, “India shares a strong-friendly relationship with Bangladesh and it is going to boost the economy of both the countries.”
“There is a Development Council in Bangladesh. Around 2 lakh Bodos, Assamese, Garos and people belonging to other ethnic communities of Assam are living in Bangladesh and they are supervised by this Development Council. There is a unity among the Bodos living in Bangladesh,” added Daimary.
The five students from Bangladesh who are accompanied by two guardians expressed happiness on being part of the programme. “We are happy to be in Assam. We are staying at the college hostel and everyone is extremely friendly,” said a student.
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