On the occasion of the birth anniversary of social reformer and educationist Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, his contributions towards female education and women empowerment were remembered at the 12th Pandit Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar Endowment lecture held at the Women’s College Shillong. 

Sugata Bose – Gardiner Professor of Oceanic History and Affairs, Harvard University virtually attended the event virtually. 

He also delivered a lecture by the title – “A few Pearls from an Ocean of Learning”. 

Bose also virtually inaugurated a bronze bust of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, sculpted by Amiya Nimai Dhara, at the college premises. 

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“Incidentally the large bust of the great educationist and social reformer Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar is the first-of-its-kind in North East India,” a statement said. 

In his speech, Sugata Bose said that even noble laureate Rabindranath Tagore had recognised Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar’s efforts in bringing about a new age in education for India in general and Bengal in particular. 

“Vidyasagar believed in the blending of eastern and western concepts of education and he, in that manner, was rightfully a reformist who broke the rigid code of Bengali society by inculcating the essential elements of western learning. Vidyasagar eventually opened his own college for women, and its doors not only for classical Indian learning but also for the progressive western learning,” the statement further read. 

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