He was only 33 when Suromani Boro, a resident of Jonai village in Dhemaji district of Assam, lost his life in a road accident. He was posted in Balrampur district of Chhattisgarh as a Prime Minister’s Rural Development Fellow (PMRDF) at the time. Today, all his colleagues and those who were associated with him and his work, remember him for his incredible service and the remarkable impact he made while working with the education department in the district.
Suromani’s Contribution to the Education Sector
‘Suromani dedicated his fellowship tenure of 20 months to streamlining the education sector under my mentorship. We set out on an ambitious journey in this border district known for its demotivated staff and officers, along with notoriety for teacher absenteeism and school dropouts. Suromani, though from a law background, could instantly grasp the needs of the education sector in the district and stood firm with the team in finding solutions for the problems plaguing us,’ Alex Paul Menon, the District Collector of Balrampur wrote in a letter to the Joint Secretary in Charge of PMRDF Scheme.
Suromani was working under his guidance and was often called the Collector’s blue eyed boy, famous for his inspiring passion and determination to give his 100% to every task he took up. He joined as a Fellow in July 2014 and was put in charge of the COSMOS project – Chhattisgarh Online School Monitoring System – which is an IT-based solution designed to check teacher absenteeism and school dropout rates in the district.
The project involved installation of biometric devices in every school in the district to keep track of teacher attendance – an issue that was very close to Suromani’s heart. He believed that if teachers start spending their time in classrooms, half of the education-related problems will be automatically solved. While the project was initiated by the District Collector, its complete responsibility was on Suromani’s shoulders and he ensured that all the devices were properly installed and the attendance of every teacher was recorded twice a day. His efforts led to an 80% increase in teacher attendance in the schools of that district.
Suromani is survived by his parents, a younger brother, sister-in-law and a 5-year-old nephew. He has also left behind his dream of revamping the education system in Balrampur, and his colleagues have taken up that challenge now. They have started by establishing the Boro scholarship for the best performing students in the district.