About Kokrajhar

Kokrajhar town, located in the so called chicken’s neck in the eastern part of the map of India (Elevation=34 metres, 260 24/ 18.3// N latitude and 900 16/ 33.3// E longitude), is the district headquarters of Kokrajhar district and Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC). The bustling Kokrajhar town of today happened to be a sleepy and insignificant place in the past. The early inhabitants of this place recount how the place has grown rapidly from a Sub-divisional headquarter of Goalpara district to the headquarter of a district after its bifurcation from Goalpara district in 1983. Later in 1993 it became headquarter of the erstwhile Bodoland Autonomous Council. Thereafter, with the creation of Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) in 2003, Kokrajhar was made headquarter of this new Territorial Council.

After the creation of Bodoland Territorial Council, its importance has grown rapidly. It is an emerging place in lower Assam with many higher educational institutions coming up in and around the town. It is now host to a number of higher educational institutions such as Bodoland University, Central Institute of Technology, BB Engineering College, Girls’ College, Science College, Commerce College and Kokrajhar Govt. College. Besides, a Medical College is soon coming up.

Although Kokrajhar town has a humble beginning, the rustic people living in and around the town have always played a unique role of leadership in the lower Assam, especially among the Bodo people. There has been some sort of inborn desire in the mind of the educated people of this area to lead the people towards development in the field of education and also in other spheres of life. The strategic location of the place, perhaps, has been a key factor for the growth of this characteristic trait. The place may be called a confluence of Assamese and Bengali cultures with the Bodos in between them; the Bodos had the advantage to learn from their immediate neighbours and then in turn to apply the experience internalized for the welfare of their community. For example, the name of Kalicharan Gurudev, who brought the Brahma religious movement from West Bengal, on one hand, and the renowned and influential Bodo leader Rupnath Brahma, whose position as a Cabinet Minister in the State Government of that time is a case in point—clearly speak of the astuteness of the educated people of this area. Bodofa Upendra Nath Brahma, the architect of new Bodo generation, is another example of this trait.