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Educational and Cultural Exchange Programmes Boost Unity: Nagaland Governor

Educational and Cultural Exchange Programmes Boost Unity: Nagaland Governor
September 15
15:28 2016

PB Acharya, Governor of Nagaland, said that people-to-people contact through educational and cultural exchanges would develop a sense of unity and oneness among the people of Northeastern states and mainland India. Speaking at an interactive programme between the representatives of Nitte University, Mangalore and educational institutions of Nagaland at Raj Bhavan on Wednesday, the Governor called upon universities in the mainland to take up contact programmes in the Northeast region as part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR).

Acharya pointed out that even though Nitte University was a science and health institute, it has understood the responsibility and for which it has opened the NAMSATE centre for promoting tribal languages of the Northeast region. He said the NAMASTE Centre offers a certificate course in Mao, Khasi, Meitilon and Assamese languages. Governor said the course was introduced on August 12, 2015 with faculties appointed from the respective tribes.

Acharya stated that if a person accepted tribals as equal citizens, then there should be no feeling of superiority in the mind since it destroys the emotional integrity. He reiterated that students in the universities should not only focus on earning money, but should also think of national integration and make the society rich. Governor said “this concept was missing in the university education”.

Nitte University vice chancellor, Dr S Ramananda Shetty, said the university did not like to be tagged only with the health science tag and therefore added other subjects including language centre. He informed that NAMASTE centre was introduced with the initiative of the Nagaland Governor PB Acharya, and there were already 120 students (non-Northeast) undergoing six months certificate course.

Dr Shetty expressed the hope that once the people in the mainland learnt the languages of the Northeast, it would help in cultural integration and ultimately lead to national integration. The interaction programme was attended by representatives of Nitte University, Mangalore led by its vice chancellor Dr S Ramananda Shetty, vice chancellor of The Global Open University Nagaland (TGOUN) HN Dutta, pro-vice chancellor of ICFAI University, Prof Alexander and representatives from major colleges in the state besides Governor, PB Acharya, and minister of school education and SCERT, Yitachu.

After the interaction, both sides agreed to hold collaborative research on the rich culture of the region and also the different herbal plants available in the region. Nitte University, Mangalore and educational institutions in Nagaland also decided to conduct students and teachers exchange programmes.

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