Diphu

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Diphu
Town
Diphu is located in Assam
Diphu
Diphu
Diphu is located in India
Diphu
Diphu
Location in Assam, India
Coordinates: 25°50′N 93°26′E / 25.83°N 93.43°E / 25.83; 93.43Coordinates: 25°50′N 93°26′E / 25.83°N 93.43°E / 25.83; 93.43
Country India
State Assam
District East Karbi Anglong
Government
 • Body Diphu Town Committee
Elevation 186 m (610 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 61,797
Languages
 • Official Assamese, English
 • Regional Karbi, Assamese
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 782460, 782462
Telephone code 03671
ISO 3166 code IN-AS
Vehicle registration AS

Diphu (Pron:ˈdɪfu:) is the headquarter of East Karbi Anglong district in the state of Assam in India. This small town is a popular tourist hill station for people of nearby cities.

Etymology[edit]

Diphu is a Dimasa language for White Water. Di mean Water, Phu mean White. Historically it is said, the stream in diphu carry large amount of sediment during rainy season, giving it the colour of white, hence the name White Water.

Geography[edit]

View of Diphu hills

Diphu is located at 25°50′N 93°26′E / 25.83°N 93.43°E / 25.83; 93.43.[1] It has an average elevation of 186 metres (610 feet). It is about 270 km by road and 213 km by railways from Guwahati. The town is beautifully located on a hill.

Demographics[edit]

As of 2011 India census,[2] Diphu had a population of 63,654. Based on population, it is classified as a class-II city (between 50,000 and 99,999 inhabitants). Males constitute 52% of the population and females 48%. Diphu has an average literacy rate of 90%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 94% and, female literacy is 86%. In Diphu, 13% of the population is under 6 years of age. The major tribes living in Diphu are Karbi, Dimasa, Bodo, Garo, Rengma Naga and Adivasi.

Culture[edit]

The town is home to many indigenous communities and other communities from rest of the country, the Karbis, Dimasa, Boro, Garo being the major tribes of the district. The town truly exhibits the peaceful and harmonious coexistence among them. It houses temples, churches, mosques and a gurudwara. The town celebrates all the major festivals together with much fun-fare. Rongker, Bushu-Dima Wangala, Bihu, Christmas, Durga Puja, Diwali and other festivals are celebrated with fervour and joy.

Places of interest[edit]

Statue of Rongpharpi Rongbe
In the middle of the town there is a great statue of Rongpharpi Rongbe and her comrades- a grand sculpture enlivened in the hand of its sculptor. It has immortalised a glorified page of Karbi history. Rongpharpi Rongbe was the first woman who rebelled against exploitation and oppression.
Taralangso
It is in the heart of Diphu. The headquarters of "Karbi Cultural Society", which is an established democratic cultural organisation, is permanently set here. The Karbi Youth Festival is celebrated in Taralangso every year. During the festival the place becomes a cultural pilgrimage.
Botanical Garden
About 7 km away from Diphu along the Lumding road, there is a botanical garden of Forest west division. The garden is rich in many valuable trees, herbs and orchids.
Recreation Park
Situated on the Diphu-Manja road it is a very beautiful garden set up by the forest department. The park has much natural scenery, valuable trees and herbs which attracts many people. There is also boating facility in a lake.
Arboretum
District Museum
Umwang

Public parks and gardens[edit]

  • Recreation Park
  • Botanical Garden
  • Khorsing Ingti Children Park
  • Semsongsing Ingti Memorial Park
  • Gandhi Park

Media[edit]

Local Newspapers
  • Drongo Express (English daily)
  • Hill Observer (English daily)
  • Pherangke (Karbi daily)
  • The Arleng Daily (Karbi daily)
  • The Hills Emissary ( English daily)
  • The Hills Times (English daily)
  • Thekar (Karbi daily)
Radio
Diphu house an All India Radio station.
Television
Diphu house a relay centre for Doordarshan. There is also a CATV operating in the town. Currently, KAT is only local channel in the town.

Education institutions[edit]

Universities[edit]

Colleges[edit]

  • B.Ed. College
  • Commerce College
  • Diphu Girl's College
  • Diphu Government College
  • Diphu Law College
  • Renu Terangpi Memorial College

Technical and vocational institutes[edit]

  • Basic Training Centre
  • Hindi Teacher Training Centre
  • Industrial Training Institute (ITI)
  • Diphu polytechnic,diphu
  • Vocational Training and research Centre (VTRC)

Schools[edit]

  • Adarsh Binapani L.P. & M.E. School
  • Aturkimi Academy
  • Badan Memorial English High School
  • Calvary Home Academy
  • Covenent Higher Secondary School
  • Christian English High School
  • D.A.V Higher Secondary School
  • Diphu Government Boy's Higher Secondary School
  • Diphu Government Girl's High School
  • Diphu Town Primary School.
  • Don Bosco Higher Secondary School
  • Erudite Academy
  • Hilltop Christian School
  • Home for Destitute and Vagrant Children
  • Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya
  • Kendriya Vidyalaya
  • Kidzee
  • Lil'Kid
  • Mahatma Gandhi Memorial School
  • Modern English High School
  • Mt. Calvary School
  • North Point English High School
  • New Hope High School
  • Presbyterian Mission School
  • Ratan Kro High School
  • Rengbonghom Higher Secondary School
  • Springdale High School
  • St. Mary's High School
  • Tiny Tot
  • UC School

Institution with boarding facility[edit]

  • Aturkimi Academy.
  • Calvary Home Academy.
  • Covenent High School:
    • Hebron, Home for Orphan
    • Girl's Hostel
    • Boy's Hostel
  • D.A.V. Higher Secondary School.
  • Diphu Government College:
    • Rasinja Girl's Hostel
    • Serdihun Girl's Hostel
    • Waisong Boy's Hostel
  • Don Bosco HIgher Secondary School
  • Home for Destitute and Vagrant Children
  • Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (Diphu)

Projects under way[edit]

  • Assam Hills Medical College and Research Institute

Health infrastructure[edit]

Hospital[edit]

  • Diphu Civil Hospital
  • Vetenary Hospital (2 Nos.)

Transportation[edit]

Road

Diphu is well connected by Assam State Transport Corporation and private buses to all important towns of Assam. Auto rickshaw and Taxi is the main mode of local transport. On the north it is covered by NH-36.

Rail

The Diphu town is served by Diphu railway station of Northeast Frontier Railway zone which lies on Lumding–Dibrugarh section. Many crucial trains which connect the town like Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express, Brahmaputra Mail, Kamrup Express, Jan Shatabdi Express etc.

Sports[edit]

Football is the main sport of Karbi Anglong and mostly popular among the people. The multipurpose KASA (Karbi Anglong Sports Association) Stadium is home to Morning Star F.C., the premier football club of Karbi Anglong. They represent Karbi Anglong in the top division Assam State Premier League.

Politics[edit]

Diphu is part of Autonomous District (Lok Sabha constituency).[4]

Notable personalities[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Diphu
  2. ^ "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. 
  3. ^ "Assam University Diphu Campus"
  4. ^ "List of Parliamentary & Assembly Constituencies" (PDF). Assam. Election Commission of India. Retrieved 2008-10-05.