A step towards e-Famous-NorthEast..

The Anundoram Borooah Award forwarded by the Planning and Development Department of the
Government of Assam is really praiseworthy. Under the scheme every first rank holder in the HSLC and
Madraasa exams conducted by SEBA and AHM are awarded with a PC set. But recently these PC sets has
converted into disturbing elements in most households for parents with the children stuck to the nuisance-
creating computer games.
For the above reason the department providing the award cannot be blamed. The system of computer
education in the primary and secondary schools are to be looked into. Though the Government had almost
succeeded in introducing computer courses in a major part of the schools of the state, the complete
implementation of such courses remain a failure.
At the time when the student receives his award he must have enough knowledge in operating the PC
basically. He must also have a basic knowledge and command over the Internet. These are to be taught to the
student at school; only then the student will be able to make use of the PC set wisely.
It is notable that the use of Indian languages in the internet are also gaining momentum gradually. At
such a stage it has also become essential for the students to take an active part in contributing for the
upliftment of their mother tongue on the web.
On 9
th
September, 2010 the editorial board of the Tinsukia College quarterly journal, Pragyan and its
Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) held an interactive session with Mr. Bikram Mozinder Baruah, a
petroleum engineer based at Abu Dhabi. BMB described before a group of students and teachers of various
colleges on how to use the regional languages on the internet. BMB has a great place in publicizing the
North-Eastern languages on the internet. He is the producer of an online dictionary for the North-Eastern
languages by the alias of Xobdo.org . At Xobdo one may easily find the meaning of any word in all the North-
Eastern languages coupled with their equivalent in the other languages including English.
It is a time when the use of the indigenous regional words are replaced by their equivalents in English
and a step like Xobdo comes like a blessing. One may just go to the Xobdo website at http://xobdo.org and
search for any word there.
A point that is worth mentioning is that this dictionary is developed by contributions from general
public. Any body can become a member of Xobdo and start contributing words. It is not necessary that one
must go on thinking for words hard and deep; one may just include the uncommon and unfamiliar words
that he/she comes across in his daily life, be it in English or any language spoken in the NE like Assamese,
Dimaasa, Karbi, Meeteilon, Tai, Bodo, Mising, Hmar, Khaasi, Kok-Borok, Bishnupuria, Bengali, Garo,
Nagamese, Mizo, Deori, Chakhma, Apatani, Ao, Rabha, Tiwa, Monpa, Kaubru (Reang), Sumi Naga, Nepali
etc.
BMB, during the talk also praised the active movement taken by e-Jonaki-Jug (?-¯¯¯¯¯¯/ ¯ ´). Honoring
the great contributions towards µJonaki¶, a magazine which succeeded in making Assamese literature take a
great leap towards advancement, by literates like Chandrakanta Agarwala, Laxminath Bezbarua; e-Jonaki-
Jug is preparing Assam for another such leap. In this Internet Age of today, projects like e-Jonaki-Jug should
be the most welcomed.
In the same session of interaction, Mr. Sushanta Kar taught the audience the use of Unicode and typing
tools that ease the use of Indian languages including the NE ones in PCs. He said that most of the Assamese
newspapers from Asom which has their online versions publish news in an image format. In such a case it
becomes impossible for news-readers to find out such news by the topics. He described before the students
how easy it is to download regional font-unicodes and use them. He also suggested students to write blogs.
Free blogs can be very easily created from www.blogger.com and www.blog.com .
After the Interactive Session everybody bore a feel of ardent zeal. Having welcomed by Mr. Bhuban
Gogoi, the principal of the college, and after recieving the felicitation of µFulaam Gamosa¶ and a gifted CD
from Mr. Rajeev Mohan by Mrs. Manashi Rajkhowa; BMB seemed satisfied by the show of enthusiasm from
the audience. Mr. Sushanta Kar, who took the initiative in arranging the interaction also had a sense of
content on his face. Mr. Surya Chutiya, member of the editorial board of 'Pragyan' ended the session with an
excellent vote of thanks. The group of girls from Womens¶ College along with the students of Tinsukia College
and other institutions who took part in the interaction also walked out proudly praising the introductory step
of fame for their lovely languages.

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