435 Kms North East of Guwahati, Dibrugarh is a major town of upper Assam and important commercial centre of the state. It’s often referred to as the ‘Tea City of India. Oil and Timber are the other two big industries in and around Dibrugarh. Situated on the bank of Brahmaputra River, the town is also an important education centre in upper Assam. Assam Medical College was formally established on November 3, 1947 at Dibrugarh.
It was, however, earlier known as Berry-White School of Medicine, which was founded in 1900. It has the distinction of being the first medical college in the entire North-eastern region of India. Dibrugarh has had a fluctuating relationship with the River Brahmaputra. Back in 1950, the river changed its course because of the Medog Earthquake, resulting in widespread destruction in the town. The earthquake and the resulting flood destroyed almost 75% of the town of Dibrugarh.
The town has recovered from the aftermath since then, and people have come to accept the mercurial nature of the river while staying in its shadow. Dibrugarh, apart from being one of the largest producers of tea in the country, is also known for its oil and natural gas reserves Dibrugrah is well connected by air, road, and rail.