ITANAGAR, Jul 8: Uday Chandra Deka, a former government school teacher who worked in Arunachal Pradesh for 38 years passed away recently.

A resident of Kamarpara village in Sarthebari, Assam, passed away at the age of 77 on July 5. Born on 1 August 1946 to Gajendra Nath Deka and Sabitri Deka, Deka's life was marked by a deep commitment to education and community service.

Deka began his education at Amrikhowa and later attended Bajali College. His career as an educator commenced on 16 April 1968, when he joined as an assistant teacher at Government Primary School in Geching, West Siang district. At that time, reaching Geching required an arduous 11-day foot march from Kaying.

Throughout his 38-year career, Deka served in various schools across the undivided West Siang district, including Payum, Richi Rite, Paksing, Boje Damda, and Rilu. He retired on 31 August 2006, from Pading Primary School in Daring circle. His tenure was distinguished by dedication and a steadfast commitment to educating generations in the remote interiors of the state.

Post-retirement, Deka returned to Sarthebari, where he remained actively engaged in village welfare as a respected elder. His passing has left a profound sense of loss in the community, with many residents braving inclement weather to attend his last rites on July 5.

Deka's legacy endures through his impactful teaching and continued community service. He is survived by his wife, a son, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, and other family members, including four brothers and two sisters.

Deka's brother Dulal, who also served as a teacher in Arunachal Pradesh, retired in 2018.