The Assam University was constituted in 1989 as the result of the prolonged battle of the people of Barak Valley
. This major university in north-east India is situated in the lap of a lush green hill-range in Silchar
, where eleven youths had been martyred in 1961 when they agitated against the government, demanding a university. This growing center of higher learning has eight departments and three Centers, with five districts in its jurisdiction—Cachar
, North Cachar Hills
and Karbi Anglong
. The University offers several postgraduate courses and five-year degree courses. The library is well-equipped, with over 60,000 books.