GUWAHATI, July 25: Prominent educationist and former professor of Political Science in Gauhati University, Niru Hazarika passed away due to post Covid complications in Gauhati Medical College & Hospital (GMCH) at 3:45 am on Sunday.
She was 73. Hazarika has been suffering from illness for the last several months.
In December last year, she had a stroke and was admitted to the Down Town Hospital in the city.
After recovery, she again suffered from back pain in July this year after a fall.
“Deeply saddened by the passing away of one of my revered teachers Dr Niru Hazarika. A prominent academician and the first lady from NE to have been awarded D.Litt. She authored several books and contributed to Political Science immensely. My condolences to the bereaved family,” Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma Sarma tweeted.
“Deeply mourn the demise of distinguished academician Dr. Niru Hazarika, who provided guidance to me from my University days to social & political life. Paid floral tributes to her mortal remains today. My condolences to the bereaved family. May her soul rest in peace,” health minister Keshab Mahanta, who paid the last tribute to Hazarika at the cremation ground, tweeted.
Niru Hazarika gradually recovered after a successful operation at Down Town Hospital. But after returning home, she tested positive for Covid-19.
She was admitted to GMCH on July 21 and succumbed to Covid-19 infection in the wee hours of Sunday.
Hazarika, who also served as the dean of faculty of arts at Gauhati University, was also a member of ICSSR, New Delhi.
Hazarika did her MA from Gauhati University. She was the first woman from Northeast to receive D.Litt.
More than 70 people did PhD under her guidance.
Hazarika was able to establish herself as a specialist in the public administration of the Northeast, government, politics and human rights.
She penned a number of books. Her important books include “Public Service Commission of India”, “Ethnic Autonomy in Northeast India: A Search for an Answer”, “Insurgency and Beyond” and “A Century of Civil Service in Northeast India”.
Hazarika participated in a number of educational conferences of international level in the USA, England, France, the Netherlands and Spain.
A number of her research papers have been published in various national and international journals.
Hazarika was also involved in the political field of Assam during the time of former chief ministers, Sarat Ch. Sinha and Hiteswar Saikia.
During the tenure of Hiteswar Saikia, Niru Hazarika was appointed as the political adviser of the state government and was given cabinet status.
The demise of Hazarika has been mourned by leaders, her students and well-wishers.