Wednesday, 21 August 2013

History of Hojai,Assam

                                     HOJAI-LAND OF DIMASA KACHARI

Hojai  is a city and a municipal board in Nagaon district in the Indian state of Assam.Hojai is located at 26.0°N 92.87°E. It has an average elevation of 59 metres (193 feet).Hojai was a part of Dimasa Kachari Kingdom in medieval times. According to Ahom Buranjee, Dimasa Kachari Kingdom stretches from Dikhu river to Kallong river.The Dimasa Kacharies living in Hojai are known as "Hojai- Kacharies" to others. "Hojai" is one of the clans(Sengphongs) of Dimasa tribe, probably The city "Hojai" got its name from this clan.As of 2001 India census, Hojai had a population of 35,722. Males constitute 53% of the population and females 47%. Hojai has an average literacy rate of 78%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 83%, and female literacy is 74%. In Hojai, 11% of the population is under 6 years of age..There is also the largest rural hospital in its kind i.e. Haji Abdul Majid Memorial Hospital and Research Centre and a number of small scale industries,it is also known for its trade hub,there is also lots of big markets and with much of monopoly and competition and there is boom in all trades.Hojai is part of Nowgong (Lok Sabha constituency).

11th July, 1964 will go down as a landmark in the history of Hojai as it heralded the intellectual dawn in this small town, with only 126 students in PU. (Arts) Hojai College began its journey to the future and it is gingerly stepping in to the threshold of one of its proudest and happiest moment - its golden jubilee year in 2013-14. Since its inception this college has been guided by the concepts of excellence in academic and co-curricular aspects of students’ life under the able guidance of a host of dedicated teachers. The college enjoys the reputation of being a truly cosmopolitan institution of learning.
During the span of 48 years this institution has promoted the cause of higher collegiate education. It has to its credit a good number of meritorious students who have made a mark in academics and have proven their worth in different spheres of professional career, particularly in Central and Civil Services, The growth of an institution is a matter of gradualism, and it is through this process that the college has registered an impressive growth both in terms of infrastructure as well as student and faculty strength. Now a provincialised college, it was accredited with Grade B by NAAC in 2005.
The college now boasts of having about 2000 students in all the three faculties i.e. Arts. Science and Commerce. Moreover, to assist the on job personnel to enhance their academic achievement, the college has established IGNOU study centre in 2008 under the convergence scheme & a study centre of IDOL (Institute of Distance & Open Learning) under Guwahati University is going to be opened from the current academic session to afford opportunity for those students who can’t pursue regular courses to acquire a graduate degree. Hojai College has become the most favoured destination for students of the southern part of Nagaon District and adjoining tribal areas of Karbi Anglong for the quality of education imparted and for the altitude of “caring and sharing” demonstrated by the teachers as well as for the ambience of camaraderie and Catholicism that prevails among its students.
 Hojai is also famous for Hojai College.

 Delay in upgradation of Hojai to district status resented
 HOJAI, Jan 17 – Discontentment is brewing over the upgradation of Hojai civil subdivision to a district even after 25 years of creation of Hojai as an administrative subdivision in August 15, 1983 inspite of the fact that it has all the required components to be a fullfledged district. Since 1990, the ‘Zila Dabi Sangram Samity’ which is spearheading the movement submitted a memorandum to the state government many times urging it to declare Hojai as a district for greater administrative conveniences in view of the fast changing demographic structure to an unexpected level. The president of the district demand committee, who is also a freelance reporter, recently, published a district demand charter with facts and figures on the geographic, demographic, socio-economic-political-educational aspects of this subdivision and made a strong plea to declare Hojai as district which has the edge on districts like Morigaon, Dhemaji, Hailakandi, Udalguri, Chirang and Baska on all fronts.

As mentioned in the booklet, the copy of which has been sent to the State government, Talukdar mentioned that Hojai has a long and chearned history behind it evoking the image of a colourful past. Scholars have opined that a sovereign powerful Kachari kingdom ruled this land for a longtime early in the 8th century and the relics of that advanced enlightened era are found in the archaeological preservation sites of Jugijan-Rajabari, Kenduguri, Na-bhanga, Akashiganga etc. The famous Dobak and Kadoli kingdom (present days Doboka, Kandali) were situated in the close proximity to the Kachari kingdom till it was annexed by the famous Kamrupa kingdom which was earlier known as Durjyagarh in the Puranas.

The present Hojai has a distinguished reputation as being a cosmopolitan area where history has merged with present days hopes and aspirations. This track of fertile agricultural land lured thousands of immigrant people mostly from Cachar and Sylhet district among whom there were a reasonable number of Manipuri community and from the middle of last century waves after waves of immigrants settle here.

Hojai subdivision consists of 1684 sq km area, three revenue circles, 8 mouzas and 374 revenue villages. Though the population figure of 2001 is not available, as per 1991 census it was 5,89,194 which would be more than double with density of population 900 plus per sq km. The revenue collection from the eight mouzas is Rs 40,94,097. Besides, Hojai subdivision has 7 police stations with Hojai and Lumding PS as class I, NF Rly Divisional HQ, 2nd Assam Police Task Force head office, 3 block, 67 GP, FCI godown with huge storage facility, State Warehousing Corporation godown No 3, four cement industry, 1 mini cotton mill, 1 cold storage, 1 bidi factory, 1 steel factory (proposed), Treasury office, Banks, educational institutions, community and public health centres, 300 bed modern private hospital, divisional offices of Forest, PHE, Irrigation 3 branches of Judiciary, 3 Legislative Assembly Constituencies with 4,91,075 total voters among others.

The entire subdivision is agriculturally rich with rice, sugarcane, vegetables as surplus products and wealthy with valuable forest resources. This tract can better be called the Jamuna-Kopilee valley and several tributories crisscrossed the land. Hojai is famous for chira, muri, gur and also internationally known for higher value yielding agar industry. Famous Manipuri shawls, Laching Phee handloom products are another thriving cottage industry besides a large number of fish seeds firms with modern eco-hatchery system producing and supplying fish seeds stretching a long 15 km from Nilbagan to Podumoni.

Hojai, therefore is no less important than that of districts as mentioned from land area, population, revenue earnings and other factors. Further Hojai, Lanka, Lumding, Doboka township serve as gateway of Manipur, Nagaland and Tripura to that of the Brahmaputra Valley. The upgradation to a district would further strengthen the better relationship not only with the two hill districts of Assam but also with the three neighbouring states.

The president of the district demand committee, hopes that during the tenure of the present Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi consider the just and legitimate demand of the people of Hojai by upgrading Hojai to a district as people here feel that Hojai subdivision was created by the then Congress government and the district too, be announced by the Congress led State government in power.


1)  Hojai College, Hojai , Nagaon(ASSAM)
    College Office:-03674-252163
    Principal's Residence:-9134453482

Hojai,Nagaon, Nagaon, Nagaon - 782435

3 ) Hojai Police Station
Shiva Temple Road, Hojai Naya Bazaar,
Near Shiva Temple,Hojai- 252125
Phone:(3674) 252125

4) Hojai Fire Station,

5)  Mr. M. Chamua (Inspector).   
Officer-in-Charge Hojai Police Station,

6) Sri Jyoti Ranjan Nath, APS    
Sub-Divisional Police Officer,

7) Ranuj Barkakati, ACS    
SDO(Civil), Hojai,Nagaon,Assam
Ph:03674-284455(O), 284466( R), 284032(F)

8) Ananta Kr Gogoi , ACS
Election Officer, Hojai,Nagoan,Assam    
Ph: 03674-284450
Mobile:94354- 82009

9) P. Hazarika    
I/c Deputy Inspector of Schools,

10) Pradeep Ghose    
Chairman, Hojai Municipal Board,

11) Deshbandhu Girls Vidyapith High School
   1, Shanti Ban Road, Near Shanti Ban,Hojai- 782447
      Phone:  (03674) 252443

12) Deshabandhu Boy's Vidyapith High School    
      Station Road,Near Shanti Ban,Hojai- 782447

13)  Dakshin Hojai High School,
       Gita Mandir Road, Hojai, Assam


15) Kumrakata School
Near Kumrakata Post Office, Naya Bazaar Road Kumrakata,
Hojai, Nagaon - 782435
Ph: (03674) 260005

16) Rashtrabhasa Me School
New Market, Hojai, Nagaon - 782435
Ph: (03674) 250425

17)Swagat Hotel
44, Hojai Main Road,Near State Bank Of India - ATM,
Hojai- 782435,Nagaon.
Phone:(03674) 254560

18) Hotel Ashok
1, Roy Bahadur Lane,Near Sharada Guest House,
Hojai- 782435,Nagaon.
Phone:(03674) 253755

19) Hotel Metro
33, Hojai Main Road,Near Lucky Cinema Hall,
Hojai- 782435,Nagaon
Phone:(03674) 250956

20)  Hotel Madhumilan
Hojai Main Road, Hojai Bazaar,Near Lucky Cinema
Hojai- 782435,Nagaon
Phone:(03674) 252544

21 ) Taj Mahal Hotel
87, Hojai Main Road, Near Selection Sarees,
Hojai- 782435,Nagaon
Phone:(03674) 250470

22) Hotel MDS
65, Hojai Main Road,
Near State Bank Of India,
Hojai- 782447,Nagaon
Phone:  (03674) 253369

23) Railway Information Office
Hojai- 782435,Nagaon

PH: 03674-252193, 253016

25)Axis Bank
J. K. Kedia Road, Opposite To SBI,
26) HDFC Bank Ltd.
J. K Kedia Raod, Hojai-782435,

27)  United Bank Of India
Hojai- 782435,Nagaon,Assam
Ph:(03483) 264236 

28) Icici Bank Ltd.
Jk Kedia Road,Hojai- 782435, Nagaon, Assam
Ph: 9706045077

29) Hamm Hospital & Research Centre
19,Pachim Dhaniram Pather,Main Road, Hojai- 782435 , Nagaon
Ph:(03674) 252130

-This Blog is created by Mridul Nandy

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