Lokanayak Omeo Kumar Das College, popularly known as LOKD College is a premier institute of higher learning in Dhekiajuli, Dist. Sonitpur, Assam. It was established in 15th July, 1970 with the unwavering endeavour of some leading citizens and the public of greater Dhekiajuli. During its inception it was named as "Dhekiajuli College" but later on in the year 1975 it was renamed as "Lokanayak Omeo Kumar Das College" after late Omeo Kumad Das, an eminent social worker, leading Gandhian leader and the first Education Minister of Assam in Independent India.
With a small batch of 116 students in 1970 the college has traveled a long way and at present it imparts education to more than 3500 students with three faculties: Arts, Science and Commerce. The college is affiliated to Gauhati University which is an institute of higher repute in the country. Having contributed significantly to the academic and cultural life of Dhekiajuli the college has not only withstood the test of time but has also carved a niche for itself in the sphere of higher education in Assam.
The college is situated at the gateway of Dhekiajuli by the roadside of NH 15 in its own plot of land which covers an area of about 16 acres. The serene and eco-friendly campus is enhanced by a verdant Botanical garden where the students can gain first-hand knowledge of different plants. A fishery located inside the college adds to the beauty of its picturesque ambiance.
The motto of the college "tamasho ma jyotirgamai", (lead us from darkness to light) is its bedrock and the guiding force. The college has relentlessly tried to instill the spirit that one should strive towards attaining knowledge without being perturbed by any anxiety: mundane or spiritual and must be absorbed with one's goal in view. Remaining indifferent to obstacles and hurdles that may come along the way, one must pursue knowledge with concentration and perseverance. The college anthem composed by Sri Pramod Saikia, retired Library Assistant of this college also points to its philosophy of inclusiveness and peace which can be attained through knowledge in its right perspective. The college has remained true to this spirit and has provided an atmosphere where students from diverse ethnic and linguistic communities collectively pursue their goals to build a solid academic and cultural environment.
Originally the college offered education in Higher Secondary and Degree level only in Arts faculty. However in the later part of the eighties, the need for the Science faculty was strongly felt and in 1992 the college introduced the Science faculty with well-equipped laboratory facilities. To meet the growing demand opened by the corporate enterprises, the college started the B.Com Three Years Degree Course from 2010-2011 session. The college mostly maintains the Commerce faculty by generating its own resources.
National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) visited the college on 2004 and had accredited it with the prestigious rank of B+. The process of reaccreditation is going on now and the college is well prepared to welcome the next NAAC team. As a rural based college, it is immensely important for the authority, teaching and non-teaching staff to develop the quality of education and make it accessible to the rural populace. No doubt it is a daunting task but the college has accomplished it by producing many distinguished scholars and reputed citizens of this country. It is hoped that the college will be able to maintain its glory in near future with the unstinting help and support of all the sections of people.
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