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Tihu (Pron:ˈtɪhuː) (Assamese: টিহু) is a town and a town area committee established in 1951 in Nalbari district in the Indian state of Assam.
The ancient name of Tihu was 'Dihu'. According to Kalaguru Bishnu Prasad Rabha, 'DI' means 'water' and 'HU' means 'flow'. 'Dihu' is actully a word of Bodo language. The ancient name of the town came from the name of the river 'Dihu', which flows through the heart of Tihu Town. According to Assamese scholar, Banikanta Kakati, the name of the river transformed to 'Tihu' as time passed by. So the name of the town too changed to 'Tihu'.
The peopling and settlement in the area indicates replacement of early inhabited people in town and many parts of its adjacent areas to present scenery. At present, Tihu revenue circles consisits of 39 village (out of which 11 villages are under Bodoland Territorial Council area) and an urban centre, Tihu town itself covers 132.0779 km2.
The Tihu River originates from a lake in Bhutan, as 'Singra River' (called in olden days, now it's known as Tihu River). The Tihu used to play a vital role of communication for trade and commerce in the area before connected by roads.
A famous mill was located in Tihu which was known as 'Tihu Daga Rice Mill'. The mill was mainly used to extract rice from paddy and mustard oil from mustard seeds. Due to extremist activities, the mill had to be shut down immediately in the mid 1990s.
Some of the educational institutions of Tihu Town are: Tihu High School, Tihu Girl's High School, Vivekananda Vidya Niketan, Jatiya Vidyalaya, Shankardev Sishu Niketan, Angel Academy, Dronson Academy, Sarbeshwar Das Junior College and Tihu College.
As of 2001[update] India census, Tihu had a population of 4301. Males constitute 53% of the population and females 47%. Tihu has an average literacy rate of 79%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 82%, and female literacy is 75%. In Tihu, 10% of the population is under 6 years of age.
How to Reach
Tihu is well connected to the outer world through rail and road. It is 100 km from Guwahati, the capital of Assam and 25 km from Nalbari, the District Headquarters. The East West Corridor (NH 31) of India is just 3 km from main town. The rail station is situated towards south of the town. Daily four passenger trains and Kamrup Express provide connectivity to Guwahati, Bongaigoan and Kolkata. Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport which connects to all major cities of India and South East Asia is just 90 km from Tihu
Industries in Tihu
Tihu is a small Industrial Township since British Reign. It had many Big Mills including Sintex and Daga Mill. Various business people from all over India came to the town for Trade. But Mismanagement and insurgency problem in the region made these Industries to close down and Tihu lost the title of Industrial Hub. Instead of these problems Tihu is in verge of getting a new makeover in Industrial Arena again. The North East Mega Food park is the upcoming mega projects in Tihu (Nathkuchi).
North East Mega Food park
The upcoming Mega Food Park is going to change the GDP of Tihu to greater height. The park will host Food Processing units with investment in the range of 100 Cr. The Mega Food Park Project will have a Central Processing Centre (CPC) at Nathkuchi, Tihu covering 50 acres of land supported by a network of six Primary Processing Centres (PPC) and 19 Collection Centres(CC) spread across the entire NE Region.
The Daily market is situated at the heart of the Town. All types of amenities from vegetables to electronics are readily available in the market. There are many famous shops where people from all over the region come for trading in mobile & mobile accessories: Nokia,Samsung,Micromax & Hitech are available in Twostar Mobile house, Computer world,Hot spot,Mobile solution,hd mobile house etc.
Tihu college, established in 1963, is one of the premier institute of higher education. The college is affiliated to Gauhati University and offers courses on HS and TDC in both Arts and Science stream.
S. D. P. College of Teacher Education,Tihu was established in 1994 with a view to imparting training to young graduates and teachers educators to derive the best use of the concerned persons for performing teaching-learning activities in a useful manner in secondary level of education. The authority of the institution, had the ingenuity to see at the distant horizon a beautiful and transparent educational activities in this area, so that the pass-outs get them selves equipped to meet the challenges of the time. Hence, our motto is "Quality is Our Motto,Success is Our Target."is another college which was established in 1994.
The only private college in the town is Aryabhatta college for H.S in Arts & Commerce. K.K.Handiqui State Open University Study Centre, IYDE,Tihu for BA, BPP, CCA There are many government and private schools mainly:
- Tihu Boy's High School
- Tihu Girl's High School
- Tihu Lower Primary School
- Jatiya Vidyalaya
- Vivekananda Vidya Niketan
- Angel Academy
- Sankardev Sishu Niketan
The Haladhibari kali mandir haladhibari is located on the Tihu in Assam, India.
Jain Mandir, Tihu
- "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01.