About Debendra Nath Acharya

Birth : March 3, 1937, Gorokhiadole, Jorhat, Assam, India.
Demise: September 29, 1981.

Sri Debendra Nath Acharya, was an eminent engineer; great scholar with a dynamic personality. Despite acquiring in-depth technical knowledge, he was gifted with scholarly aptitude towards Assamese literature; even, a master in Sanskrit. Gifted with a photographic memory, his brilliance shone from a very young age.
Sri Acharya has many published works to his credit which won several awards and is widely acclaimed. He used his spare time for writing. Initially he started penning satirical articles for newspapers under the pseudonym- ‘Dronacharya’. Literary works include various essays, short stories, poems, children’s literature and a few significant novels.
His novel 'Jangam' in 1984, posthumously received the Sahitya Akademi Award (conferred by India's National Academy Of Letters). Another famous novel ‘Kalpurush’ in 1978 received the Assam Prakashan Parisad Award. Went on to receive the Premadhar Dutta Memorial Award in 1975 for ‘Children’s literature’ from the Assam Sahitya Sabha, Mangaldai Adhibason. His novel ‘Anya Jug Anya Purush’ enjoyed huge popularity.
Entire literary repertoire of his published as well as unpublished works were complied in 2011 under the title ‘RACHANA SAMAGRAH’ (complete works-publishers: Jyoti Prakashan, Panbazaar, Guwahati). This volume was collated by the tireless determined efforts of his wife- Mrs. Mahashweta Acharya (Retd. Head of Assamese Department - Handique Girls’ College, Guwahati).
During his brief lifetime, Sri Acharya was instrumental in laying the solid foundation of ‘Assam Gas Company’. Since then, it has forged ahead, becoming the best Public Sector Undertaking of the Government of Assam. Being its Managing Director till his demise, pays tribute to his extraordinary efforts; and uncompromising dedication to the service of the nation, and fellow countrymen.
Sri Acharya was also involved in various social-welfare organizations till his premature end in the year 1981 (an illustrious 44 years). He lived many a lifetimes in his brief sojourn with exemplary excellence as well as being a doting father and husband.

Academic, Technical & Professional Achievements:
  • 1959 B.Tech (Hons.), I.I.T., Kharagpur
  • 1959-61 Lecturer- Civil Engineering, Assam Engineering College, Guwahati
  • 1962 Diploma In Civil Engineering- Concrete Structures And Technology, Imperial Collage Of Science & Technology, London
  • 1963-64 Senior Research Engineer- Cement Concrete Association, London
  • 1964 M.Sc. (Engg.)- Specialization In Structural & Foundation Engineering, Imperial Collage Of Science & Technology, University Of London
  • 1965-67 Asstt. Professor- Jorhat Engineering College (Department Of Civil Engineering), Assam
  • 1967 ‘Wason Medal’ For Materials Research; Awarded By American Concrete Institute, U.S.A.
  • 1967 Member: American Concrete Institute, U.S.A.
  • 1968 Associate Member: Institute Of Engineers (India)
  • 1968-69 Deputy Director- Technical Education Board, Department Of Education, Government Of Assam
  • 1969 Associate Member: American Society Of Civil Engineers
  • 1969-71 Field Manager, Assam Gas Company (Govt. Of India Enterprise)
  • 1972-79 General Manager, Assam Gas Company (Govt. Of India Enterprise)
  • 1976 Fellowship: Institute Of Engineers (India)
  • 1980 Registered ‘Chartered Engineer’: Institute Of Engineers (India)
  • 1979-81 Managing Director, Assam Gas Company (Govt. Of India Enterprise)
For Research:
  • 1967 ‘Wason Medal’ For Materials Research; Awarded By American Concrete Institute, U.S.A.
For Literature:
  • 1975 Premadhar Dutta Memorial Award; Assam Sahitya Sabha, Mangaldai Adhibason; Selected For ‘Children’s Literature’
  • 1978 Assam Prakashan Parisad Award; Selected Novel- ‘Kalpurush’
  • 1984 Sahitya Akademi Award (Posthumously); A National Award Conferred By India's National Academy Of Letters;Selected Novel- ‘Jangam’