Attending the 8th edition of the Achiever Awards under the patronage of the Sadin-Pratidin Group, Former President of India, Ram Nath Kovind identified all the winners of the award show as ‘nation makers’ and said that each of them have worked for a national cause.
Addressing the gathering at the University of Science and Technology, Meghalaya (USTM) auditorium on Monday, Ram Nath Kovind said, “There is a cause, a purpose behind the Achiever Awards. All people who have received the awards have worked and are still working for a national cause. I respect all the people who work for a national cause and hence recognize them as nation makers.”
“I want to congratulate each awardee of today’s program. Your achievements and milestones will inspire people for generations to come,” he further said.
Speaking about being part of the award show, Kovind said, “I have a special bond with Assam. It is my second home. Therefore, I am honoured to have been invited at the Achiever Awards 2022, an occasion that is treasured for its efforts to recognize the remarkable achievements of the people of Assam and the Northeast as a whole.”
He further hailed the efforts of Founder and Chairman of Sadin-Pratidin Group, Mr Jayanta Baruah for organizing the programme.
“I would like to give my best wishes to Founder and Chairman of Sadin-Pratidin Group, Mr Jayanta Baruah for organizing the Achiever Awards to recognize the talents in Assam and the entire Northeast. Mr Jayanta Baruah has done a commendable job and this will go a long way in motivating the achievers.”
Ram Nath Kovind further praised the people of Assam and the Northeast as a whole for excellence in all fields including art and culture, business, journalism, civil administration, social activism, sports and the likes.
Kovind mentioned about great personalities of Assam including Dr Bhupen Hazarika, Srimanta Sankardev, Jyoti Prasad Agarwala, Bishnu Prasad Rabha, Lachit Borphukana and Gopinath Bordoloi.
On the other hand, the former President also congratulated Mr. Jayanta Baruah for the publication of Braille version of the ‘Hemkosh'.
He said, “I also want to talk about the contributions of ‘Hemkosh’, the Braille version of the first etymological dictionary of the Assamese language. Compiled by Late Hemchandra Baruah in the 19th century, the dictionary is no less than a lifeline for the visually impaired. The publication of the dictionary is nothing short of a celebration for the people who have gained their vision back through Braille!”
“Mr Jayanta Baruah, who is the grandson of Late Hemchandra Baruah, has diligently continued the legacy by conceptualizing and publishing the Braille edition of ‘Hemkosh’ which comprises of approximately 10,000 pages with more than 15 volumes,” Kovind further said.