Monjita Baruah
Cachar deputy commissioner Laya Maddhuri felicitating Monjita Baruah, an NIT Silchar student on Sunday, who became British Deputy High Commissioner for a day to mark the International day of the Girl Child. Image credit - Northeast Now

The 2nd year student of Electronics and Telecommunications at NIT Silchar, Monjita Baruah who has brought laurels to Assam by becoming the British Deputy High Commissioner for a day at Kolkata was felicitated on Sunday.

At NIT Silchar, Monjita welcomed Cachar deputy commissioner Laya Madduri on the occasion of the All India Inter NIT tourney for Yoga and Table Tennis.

She was in return felicitated by the DC for her exemplary achievement for a noble cause.

Monjita Baruah, aged 20 years, is a resident of Shilpukhuri in Guwahati, the capital city of Assam.

She won a contest to get selected to be the British Deputy High Commissioner for a day at Kolkata on October 10 last, the International day of the Girl Child.

After winning the contest, she left a mark not just speaking on the need of the hour for gender equality but also how important it is to address this key issue in our country.

Speaking to Northeast Now on the sidelines of All India Inter NIT tourney for Table Tennis and Yoga, in her institution, Baruah, said, “I came to know about the contest through the social media, information about which was also forwarded to me by my mother.”

“I had to speak for a minute on gender equality and send a video. It was a bit surprise for me when I learnt about my selection among many aspirants from eastern India as well as Northeastern states,” said Monjita.

She added, “In British Deputy High Commission in Kolkata, I was asked to speak a lot on gender equality and make a video on it, what this means to me, why is it necessary. I hope, I can take this opportunity to take the message forward to more and more girls.”

“Gender equality is and has always been the need of the hour. Empowerment of the girl child is important and if every man and woman contributes towards the cause of the girl child, it would aggregate into something big,” informed Monjita.

She added, “In Kolkata, I had the opportunity to learn a lot about diplomatic missions, led departmental meetings, met important stakeholders, even met the press, apart from understanding the areas of work of British High Commission.”

Aniruddha Laskar

Aniruddha Laskar is the Chief of Bureau, South Assam &and Mizoram. He can be reached at -

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