Hajo is situated thirty two kilometers away from Guwahati in the northern part of the river Brahmaputra. It is an ancient place of socio-religious-cultural and historical importance. It is the meeting place of three religions namely Hinduism, Islam and Buddhism that symbolizing the communal harmony and religious tolerance. People belonging to each of these religious orders consider Hajo as a sacred complex.
Many opinions have been put forwarded by the scholars and linguists regarding the origin of the name ‘Hajo’. According to a section of scholars, the word Hajo is derived from haj, the most sought- after pilgrimage of the Muslim community. Again according to linguistic interpretation ‘Hajo’ is a Bodo origin- Ha and Gojou. Ha means land and Gojou means high, so high land.
This sacred place was known by different names in different periods of history:
Manikut- Markandeya Purana
Vishnupuskara and Manikut Rabi Kshetra -Yogini-Tantra
Manikut Grama -Darrang Raj Vangshawali
Sujabad -During the Mughal Rule in India
Tsum- cho-Dum-According to Buddhists
Koch Hajo-During the reign of the Ahoms and the Koch
In this context it is worth noted that ample use of the name ‘Hajo’ is traced in the early Assamese literature from the 15th century onwards.
The opening of the Department of History in a historically important place like Hajo is farsightedness of the founder of this premier institution. Suren Das College is located at an ideal site in front of the famous Dhoparguri Satra, a satra founded by Madhav Deva, other greatest Vaishnavite saints of Assam after Srimanta Sankardeva.
1. Mission of the History Department:
A) To promote self-understanding.
B) To give proper conception for time, space and society.
C) To enable the students to assess the values and achievements of the past.
D) To teach tolerance and imbibed national feelings.
Vision of the Department:
Our vision is to create a section of citizen who has both moral and material value and can lead the society for
better living condition.