Tilottama Barooah - Eminent educationist, former Director of Secondary Education of Assam, India
Born in Shillong, Tilottama Barooah stood out to be an exceptionally talented and bright child who proved herself in many fields like music, dance, sports and other social activities. She was a Indian Classical dancer, sports person who went on to be a dedicated National Cadet Corps India officer and state commissioner Girls’ Guides.
Career and Work Experience
After completing Masters in Education from Gauhati University, Tilottama moved to Mumbai with her sister Monurama to join Tata Institute of Social Sciences and obtain her 2nd Masters degree in Social Science. She excelled in academics, achieved distinction, honors and earned scholarship all through out as a student. She began her professional career as a teacher in Shillong, held several government positions, including Inspector of Schools of undivided Kamrup district, Secretary of Assam Higher Secondary Education Council, Director of Adult and Non-Formal Education and Additional Director of Elementary Education, retiring in 1996 as Director of Secondary Education, Assam. She also served in various other capacities, notably as Educational Consultant for Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan in NE region, Member of Assam branch of Indian Red Cross Society, Member of Guwahati Management Association and Member of Rotary Club of South Guwahati. Here are some associations and involvements listed below
- Teacher in Pinemount Govt. Girls’ School(Senior Cambridge Standard) Shillong (now in Meghalaya).
- Inspector of Schools of un-divided Kamrup District (Assam).
- Secretary of Assam Higher Secondary Education Council.
- Director of Adult and Non-Formal Education.
- Additional Director of Elementary Education.
- Retired as Director of Secondary Education, Assam.
- Member, Indian Red Cross Society, Assam Branch, Guwahati.
- Active member of Rotary Club of Guwahati South.
- Member, Guwahati Management Association.
- Member, State Govt. Pensioners Association, Assam, Guwahati.
- Academic Advisor of International Pre-School “Eurokid” Global Educational Foundation.
- “Pre-School Education”, a four months short couse in the University of Leeds (U.K.), Sponsored by the British Council on Scholarship.
- “Development and Evaluation of Schools and Teachers” a four months course in the International Training Institute, Sydney, Australia. Sponsored and got a Scholarship from Govt. of Australia.
- Attended and represented INDIA at the Sub-Regional Workshop of “Planning Strategies for Literacy and Non-formal Education” in Asia and the Pacific at Innotech Quezon City, Philippines, organised by UNICEF.
- Completed a Project report on ‘School Drop outs’ under UNICEF project.
- Submitted papers on v‘’Reforming School Education’’. ‘’Vocational Education”, “Literary programme”, “Education for all”, “Globalisation - it’s impact on Education and Human Development”, in Conference / Workshop / Seminars organised by National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration and National Council of Educational Research and Training , New Delhi.
- Educational Consultant for Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan, N. E. Region
- Nominated as a Member of (a) the Committee constituted to carry out Inspection of Institutions for Grant of Accreditation under the National Institute of Open Schooling, (b) TOC Commitee, (c) Selection Committee for selection of executive assistance etc. of NIOS.
Honors, Awards and Recognitions
Recipient of several awards and honors, she represented her country with distinction in several educational programs abroad. She was the recipient of“ Great Achiever of India Award” in 1999 & “Bharat Jyoti Award” in 2000 from India International Friendship Society Delhi. Recipient of “Lifetime Excellence Award” in 2001 from 21st Century Development Council, New Delhi. Honored by American Biographical Institute, U.S.A. in its 9th Edition of International Who’s Who of Professional and Business Women for 2001.
Tilottama (Bulu) was the 3rd youngest child of Sailendra Kumar Dutta and Kunjalata Dutta. She was raised in Laban, Shillong, Meghalaya and was very closely associated with Assam Club. She was married to a surgeon for a brief period. This relationship did not last long. Tilottama was dedicated to her career, work and social services. She published articles regularly on Education in News papers and various Magazines, broadcast-ed talks in Radio & interviews telecast in T.V. on general education, adult education and Non-Formal education. Many at times she attended National Workshop of Educational Broadcasting organised by the Ministry of Education and Culture, Govt. of India and acted as resource person in the educational Workshops / Seminars. She travelled extensively all throughout India, visited United Kingdom, Holland, Belgium, France, Australia including Tasmania, Manila (Philippines) and Canada. Tilottama was a well connected and respected personality in the society. On 29 June, 2017 Tilottama Barooah passed away at her Silpukhuri, Guwahati residence due to a massive cardiac arrest.
- Koto Je Kotha (Assamese, 2004)
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