A Dictionary in Assamese and English

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American Baptist mission Press, 1867 - Assamese language - 609 pages
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In September 1901 Curzon summoned the highest educational officers of the Government. Throughout India and representatives of Universities at a round table conference at Simla.
The conference opened
with a speech by the viceroy in which he surveyed the whole field of education in India. “We have not here he said, “to devise a brand new plan of educational reforms which is to spring fully armed from the head of the Home department and to be imposed Nolens Volens upon the Indian public.”
Later developments were to prove the hypocrisy behind this assertion. The conference adopted 150 resolutions which touched almost every conceivable branch of education.
This was followed by the appointment of a commission under the presidency of Sir Thomas Raleigh on 27 January 1902 to enquire into the condition and prospects of Universities in India and to recommend proposals for improving their constitution and working.
Evidently, the commission was precluded from reporting on primary or secondary education as result of the report of the recommendations of the commission the Indian Universities Act was passed in 1904. The main changes proposed were as-
1. The Universities were desired to make provision for promotion of study and research, to appoint University professors and lecturers, set up University laboratories and libraries and undertake direct instruction of students.
2. The act lay down that the number of fellows of a University shall not be less than fifty or more than a hundred a fellow should normally hold office for a period of six years instead of for life.
3. Most of the fellows of a University were to be nominated by the Government. The elective element of Universities of Calcutta, Madras and Bombay was to be twenty each and in case of other Universities fifteen only.
4. The Government control over the Universities was further increased by vesting the Government with powers to veto the regulations passed by the senate of a University. The Government could also make conditions or alterations in the regulations formed by the Senate and even frame regulating itself over and above the head of the Senate.
5. The Act increased University control over private colleges by laying down stricter conditions of affiliation and periodical inspection by the syndicate. The private colleges were required to keep a proper standard of efficiency. The Government approval was necessary for grant of affiliation or dis-affiliation of colleges.
6. The Governor-General in council was empowered to define the territorial limits of a University or decide the affiliation of colleges to Universities.
The Universities Act of 1904 met with severe condemnation at the hands of Indian leaders. According to Chirol “As was to be expected under a viceroy who was a great autocrat with an even whelming faith in the efficiency of the Government machinery, the chief purpose of the Act of 1904 was to tighten the hold of the Government on the University, and in the first place on their senates, which were still retained as the ruling bodies. It has alleged that Curzon sought to reduce the Universities to the position of departments of states and sabotage development of private enterprise in the field of education.
According to Frozer “The greatest controversy of Lord Curzon”, viceroyalty which produced bitterness among the leaders of Indian opinion and which was responsible for making the viceroy the most unpopular with the educated calls in India was the Act of 1904. The Sadler Commission of 1917 also observed that the Act of 1904 made “the Indian Universities among the most completely governmental Universities in the world.”
 

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very good assamese dictionary

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Page iii - There is hardly a language which in one sense may not be called a mixed language. No nation or tribe was ever so completely isolated as not to admit the importation 'of a certain number of foreign words. In some instances these imported words have changed the whole native aspect of the language, and have even acquired a majority over the native element.
Page iv - In the fourteen thousand words here collected, will be found many in daily use by the people, that no Bengali scholar will understand. Many of tliese words have been 'written as they dropped from the lips of the people.
Page iii - ASSAMESE a the language usually spoken by the entire population of the Brahmaputra Valley, and in most cases it is the only medium of intercourse with the bordering Hill Tribes. There is nothing to show that the Assamese race and their . language have not existed in this Valley from time immemorial; and it is surprising that, during the change of rulers, the oppression and misrule to which they have been subjected, there are so few traces of any material change in their language.
Page 63 - The statues represent male figures draped with a shawl-like cloth worn on the left shoulder and under the right arm so as to leave the right arm free which recalls the upaveta mode peculiar to India discovered during the later vedic age.
Page v - I am aware that this first edition, like all other first attempts of the kind, must be left more or less imperfect. No word however has been allowed to pass without, careful examination; and when doubts have existed, the oldest and best informed of the people have been consulted.
Page iii - Assamese is the language usually spoken by the entire population of the Brahmaputra Valley, and in most cases it is the only medium of intercourse with the bordering Hill Tribes. There is nothing to show that the Assamese race and their language have not existed in this Valley from time immemorial; and it is surprising that, during the change of rulers, the oppression and misrule to which they have been subjected, there are so few traces of any material change in their language. The Ahoms, a branch...
Page 321 - A'ZIMUTH, a corrupted Arabic word, which when properly written is ca-\amt, the as being the article al, assimilated to the initial letter of the word to which it is prefixed samt means ' a way, a road, a path ;' also ' a part, tract country or quarter...
Page iv - ... words here collected, will be found many in daily use by the people, that no Bengali scholar will understand. Many of these words have been written as they dropped from the lips of the people. While I have thus endeavoured to give the spoken language, I have also inserted the more common Sanskrit words that are used in the Puthis, and therefore known to the people. These words are also used in our school books, and scripture translations.
Page 234 - Spawn, the spawn is crumbled into small particles and as much as can be taken up between the thumb and two fingers used instead of a nut-sized piece of manure spawn.
Page iii - there is hardly a language that in some sense may not be called a mixed language. No nation or Tribe was ever so completely isolated as not to admit a certain number of foreign words.

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