Popularly known as Mareng, Padma Shri Indira Miri was an educationist to contributed to teacher education in Assam. She was associated with Jorhat B. T College, which is now known as Institute of Advanced Studies in Education (IASE, Jorhat). It is now a Post-graduate training college.
Born in 1910, Indira Miri completed her schooling and college in Kolkata.
In the year 1947, on Indira’s return to India after her Masters’ from University of Edinburg and training at Oxford, she was appointed the Chief Education Officer of NEFA (North East Frontier Agency).
With her base in Sadiya, she worked with the tribals for a decade before joining as head of Jorhat BT College. He served the college till her retirement.
Indira got advanced level training from Maria Montessori in Ahmedabad and completed her Master’s degree from the University of Edinburgh and short duration training from Oxford.
For her work in the field of Education, she was awarded Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award by the Government of India.
Mereng, a fictionalised biography by Anuradha Sharma Pujari captures her life and Bisishta sikshabida Indira Miri by Hiranmayi Dewi is her biography.
A leading blog Online Blog by Runa Neog Borah states, “Mereng, a novel based on a life of Assamese woman who lead a successful career despite many ups and downs in life. Mereng is in fact the life of Indira Miri, one of the torch bearer of education in the North Eastern states during British era. It is about that time when education was something far away from the the lives of people who lived in the remote areas of Assam and North East. There were no trace of roads to connect those people. Indira Miri led the team of a teacher who sacrificed the comfortable life at Assam and tried to spread education and awareness among those people. Indira Miri was educated at Scotish Church College of Kolkata and Edinburgh University of Scotland. With that qualification she could have led a comfortable life by taking up well paid job in Shillong or Guwahati, but she chose to serve the masses, she took up a path that required unique courage and willpower.”