Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal conferred Krishna Kanta Handiqui National award to Professor Emeritus Dr. Amaresh Datta at a function in India Club on December 11, 2018. The award includes a cash amount of Rs 5 lakh citation and a specially designed memento.
Speaking at the Programme, CM Sonowal said that they are proud to present the award to Amaresh Datta who is an inspirational figure for the upcoming generation. “I know Amaresh Datta sir very well because I have learned many things from him and he is an inspiration for us. When I am studying at Dibrugarh University with some students we sometimes went to his home to learned English literature,” CM Sonowal said.
Chief Minister said the moral education will help the young generation for becoming a good human being. “Nowadays moral education has been diminishing among the students. They become educated by taking a degree from university but in a real sense, they cannot become a good human being. Moral education plays an important role in shaping the minds of the students to become a good human being,” Sonowal said.
Amaresh Datta after receiving the award thanked the organizing committee for conferring him the award. “Without moral values the real essence of education is incomplete. Now education has changed into Human resource development. The University education has failed to provide the real education to the students because getting a certificate from a university is not a complete education. The teacher should help the students to become a good human being by providing good moral lessons to them,”.
Citing an example when he was a teacher at Dibrugarh University, Amaresh Datta said for two days he observed the students that after classes they didn’t switch off the fan. He said in his another English literature class he teaches the students to switch off the fan after the class was over.
Dr Amaresh Dutta is a well-known Shakespeare scholar and his book Shakespeare’s Tragic Vision(1963) received the highest accolade from eminent scholars and critics like Professor G. Wilson Knight, Dr. E.M.W. Tillyard, Professor A.G.Stock and others. Wilson Knight hailing this Indian contribution to Shakespeare studies in his book Shakespeare and Religion(1967). His collection of poems Captive Moments(1952) bagged a prestigious award from the international Association of poetry in Rome.
Professor Datta visited Soviet Union in 1987 as a member of the cultural delegation sponsored by the government of India.
Prior to Amaresh Datt, K.K. Handiqui National award was given to eminent space scientist Jitendra Nath Goswami, noted educationist and philosopher Mrinal Miri and former Chief Election Commissioner Hari Sankar Brahma.
Vice Chancellor of K.K. Handiqui state open university Dr Hitesh Deka, former Asom Sahitya Sabha president Dr Nagen Saikia, Dibrugarh MLA Prasanta Phukan, Jorhat MP Kamakhya Prasad Tasa and Lahowal MLA Rituparna Baruah were present at the programme.