About Rajiv Open Institute

Rajiv Open Institute popularly known as Rajiv (Gandhi) Open Institute an NGO, registered under the Registration of Societies Act, 1860, (Regn. No.1745 of 1994-95) is a non-profit, non-political and social service organisation. Brain child of Late Jashoda Ranjan Sikidar, an experienced social worker and a pioneer of Industrial movement in Assam, Rajiv Open Institute made its debut in September 1994 with the active patronage of Shri Sontosh Mohan Dev, M.P. Shri H.K. Gupta, a retired Civil Servant of administrative capability & high integrity with development and Institute-management background joined immediately as Director of the Institute. Initial focus was on unemployment and the target group being unemployed youths, the Institute started with employment & result oriented training on various trades. Shri Paramesh Dutta, then Director of Industries, Assam came as a messiah for the Institute but for whose financial assistance from the Deptt. of Industries, the series of training in 1994, 1995 could not have been possible. The Guwahati based Industrialist & social worker Shri Jadav Bhuiyan, a moral booster, inspired & advised the organisers in every step. The Institute would have died at birth, but for the motherly affection of a great lady Late Mrs. Bharati Devi, wife of Late Rajmohan Nath. Late Mrs. Bharati Devi gave her blessings and spared her big bungalow on rental basis for this good cause. She allowed the Institute to take up many development work on the land & building for the improvement of this society. To add to our joy, her ever vibrant son Tarun Kumar Nath extended his helping hand by taking keen interest in our programme.

The Institute derived its name for commemorating a historic pronouncement made by late Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi in a crowded Press Conference in USA in 1984. He visualized that for taking leap to the 21st Century, technological upgradation would be the sine-quanon in order to balance the disparities existing in India. The visionary leader had particularly stressed on the need to improve work culture, search for hidden talents, canalization of in-born skill among rural people, regeneration of village industries, handicrafts and so forth. The organisers felt that Rajiv Gandhi's vision needed to be implemented to achieve these dynamic and radical ideas. Hence the name of Rajiv Open Institute.

The Institute was grateful at the joining of Dr. M.K. Dhar, MBBS, MD (MA) after taking voluntary retirement from the Silchar Medical College, as Joint Director. He is the key person for our Health Sector who designed the Health Programme of the Institute. The result oriented Primary Health Workers training Scheme on the norms of World Health Organisation has been a grand success. He is now the Chairman of the Institute.

Gradually like-minded people started coming to help us. Present Director Sri Pinak Kanti Bhattacharjee with his wide experiences in banking and allied sectors and rural development and Joint Director Late Dr. Ranendra Kar, a Homoeopath with good industrial knowledge, Medical Officer Dr. B.R. Acharjee, a retired Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Mrinal Kanti Dutta Choudhury, a renowned physician, has subsequently joined this Institute.

This Institute is located in Silchar, the district head quarter of Cachar district of Assam (India). Cachar District is located in 90.40N latitude and 23.040E longitude and having a population of 14,42,141 (2001 census) with an area of 3786 sq.km. The literacy rate of the district is 57.96% (2001 census). Out of total population, 4,64,022 (32.18%) are workers and 9,78,119 (67.82%) are nonworker. Among workers, 1,03,985 (22.39%) are farmers, 55769 (3.35%) are agricultural labourer, 15,565 (3.35%) are industrial workers and rest 2,88,703 (62.21%) are daily wage earner majority of whom does not get sufficient work for their livelihood. The rate of unemployment is very high and at present there are about 1,25,000 unemployed youths in the district.

The net cultivable area of the district is 1,23,004 hacts. excluding tea which occupies 31915 hectares (191 tea gardens). Out of an area 1,23,004 hectares under agril crop (non tea), rice is the major crop of the district and its coverage in 95,000 hactre. The irrigated area of district is only 5613 hactre and therefore the productivity of agriculture crops are very poor especially that of rice which is 1.8 MT/hact. The area under horticultural crop is 29935 hectare. The production of tea is 54562 MT.

There are 123 registered small and medium factories in the district besides tea industries. Out of this 123 number of factories 63 numbers are related to food and beverage products, 12 are related to wood products and 17 numbers are related to nonmetalic mineral products. The total small scale industries registered in the district are 1784 nos.

There are only 8 hospitals, 92 primary health centres, 2 dispensaries and 275 medical subcentres in the district. The dispensaries and sub centres are not having any qualified doctors. There is one medical college in the district. One qualified doctor is available for approximately 13600 number of people.

In education sector there are 1713 number of Primary schools, 410 numbers of middle school, 147 numbers of high schools, 28 numbers of higher secondary schools, 15 numbers of general college, 1 number of junior college, 2 numbers of teachers training college, 1 law college, 1 Engineering college, 1 Medical College and one University. So far as secondary level is concerned there is one school for every 9810 people and in higher secondary level 1 college/HS school is available for 32775 people (2001-02). In the year 2002 AD 9036 number of students appeared in High School Leaving examinations and 4391 students came out successful (48.89%). Besides there are one polytechnic, one Industrial Institute, on village level agricultural workers training institute and one veterinary field workers training institute in the district.