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Australia University honors Assam’s Lt. Annada Gohain, renamed theatre

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Proud moment: A theatre at Australia’s University of New South Wales has been named after an Assamese woman. This accolade is bestowed upon the late Annada Gohain. The Annada Gohain Theatre will replace Lecture Theatre G06 at the university’s CLB.

Cotton College awarded Annada Gohain a Chemistry Honours degree in 1948. She travelled to Australia in 1955 for a special two-year Food Technology programme offered by the University of New South Wales as part of the Colombo Plan.


She stayed on after successfully completing the course until 1959 to do research that resulted in the award of her M.Sc. degree. Annada Gohain was the daughter of renowned educator Mahendra Nath Gohain of Nizarapar in Guwahati. Jitendra Nath Gohain, her spouse, died.

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Annada Gohain, was a Kharghuli resident, died on September 19, 2011, at the age of 81, in a private hospital in Guwahati. In 2007, she retired from the Assam Government as Additional Director (Agriculture).

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It is to note that Distinguished Late Annada was the elder sister of critic and scholar Dr Hiren Gohain.

In the official website of University of New South Walesh it is written that “Celebrating UNSW Women aims to increase the visibility of women across UNSW’s public, physical and digital spaces. This collaborative University-wide project is focused on ensuring better representation of the remarkable and diverse UNSW community. As a leading Australian university, we need to be guiding the way in gender equality. Renamed spaces you will see on the tour of the Kensington campus include:

• Anita B. Lawrence Centre

• Annada Gohain Theatre

• Catherine Harris Courtyard

• Clara Patricia Alfonso Theatre

• Diane Kell Theatre

• Eleonora Kopalinsky Lawn and more”

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