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Nagaland University, Kohima, Nagaland
Nagaland University, Kohima, Nagaland
Address:Lumami (Opp. Congress Bhavan)
Old Sectt. Complex
P.O. Kohima, Nagaland
Kohima (District Zunheboto)
Nagaland, IndiaPin Code : 798627
Nagaland University, Kohima Nagaland is a University recognised by UGC. Status: Central University, Estd by Act of Parliament no. 35 of 1989.
Nagaland University is situated in Kohima of Nagaland state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Fax # of Nagaland University, Kohima Nagaland is 03866-21331.
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Website of Nagaland University, Kohima Nagaland is www.nagauniv.org.in.
Vice Chancellor : Prof Bolin Singh Konwar.
Registrar : Shri T Vihienuo, Tel:0370 2290331(O), +91-370-2290246, T. Lanusosang.
Contact Details of Nagaland University, Kohima Nagaland are : Telephone: +91-3886-21676 / 21331
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CoursesDifferent courses being run by following departments:
Department of Agril Economics and Statistics, Kohima, Nagaland
Department of Agril Engineering, Kohima, Nagaland
Department of Agril Extension, Kohima, Nagaland
Department of Agronomy, Kohima, Nagaland
Department of Animal Production and Management, Kohima
Department of Biotechnology, Kohima, Nagaland
Department of Botany, Kohima, Nagaland
Department of Botany, Kohima are : Vice Chancellor Telephone: +91-370-2290488(Telephone: +91-370-2290808(O)
Department of Chemistry, Kohima, Nagaland
Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Kohima
Department of Economics, Kohima, Nagaland
Department of Engineering and Technology and Management, Kohima, Nagaland
Department of Entomology, Kohima, Nagaland
Department of Genetic and Plant Breeding, Kohima
Department of Geography and Resource Management, Kohima
Department of Geology, Kohima, Nagaland
Department of History and Archaeology, Kohima, Nagaland
Department of Horticulture, Kohima
Department of Information Technology, Kohima
Department of Plant Pathology, Kohima, Nagaland
Department of Political Science, Kohima
Department of Rural Dev and Planning, Kohima, Nagaland
Department of Sociology, Kohima, Nagaland
Department of Soil Conservation, Kohima
Department of Tenyidie, Kohima, Nagaland
Department of Zoology, Kohima, Nagaland
SASRD (Medziphema), Kohima, Nagaland
School of Agricultural Sciences and Rural Development, Kohima, Nagaland
School of Humanities and Education, Kohima, Nagaland
School of Management Studies, Kohima, Nagaland
School of Sciences, Kohima, Nagaland
School of Social Sciences, Kohima, Nagaland
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IntroductionSECTION - I: INTRODUCTION
The Nagaland University came into existence as a Central University on 6th September, 1994 with its Headquarters at Kohima and the proposed Headquarters at Lumami. The Nagaland University inherited from the North Eastern Hill University 5 Post Graduate departments at Kohima and 12 departments of B.Sc.(Agri) including 4 Post Graduate departments at School of Agricultural Sciences & Rural Development (SASARD), at Medziphema. During the IXth Plan period the University has created 1 PG department at Kohima, upgraded 5 UG departments to PG level at SASARD, at Medziphema Campus and created 7 new PG departments at its proposed Head Quarters at Lumami. Since the academic session 1997-98 Lumami campus started functioning and has been growing up to become the Headquarters of the University. The University has jurisdiction over the entire state with 40 affiliated colleges located in different parts of the state with 15000 students. The Medziphema Campus has 250 acres of land and the Lumami Campus has 801.96 acres of land.
The Peer Team comprising Prof. K.L. Kamal, Former Vice-Chancellor, Rajasthan University as Chairperson, Prof. A.K. Pattanayak, Professor of History, Beharampur University, Prof. S. Suryaprakash, Professor of Agricultural Economics, University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, Prof. G. Palanithurai, Professor of Political Science and Development Administration, Gandhigram Rural Institute, Gandhigram and Dr. K.K. Deka, Registrar, Diburgarh University, Assam as members and Shri. B. S. Madhukar, Deputy Adviser, NAAC as the Coordinator. The team visited the University from 5th to 8th December 2002 in order to validate the Self Study Report submitted by the University for the purpose of Assessment and Accreditation.
The Peer Team formed into two groups, visited all the departments in the three campuses, held intensive discussions with the teaching and non-teaching staff, representatives of students, Principals of affiliated colleges, Alumni and the Members of the Executive Council as part of its effort to validate the Self Study Report. Mr. Alemtemshi Jamir, Principal Secretary-cum-Development Commissioner, Govt. of Nagaland called on the peer team and expressed his concern for the sustenance of academic culture and values and the promotion of standards in the Universities and colleges and also emphasized on the need for assessment and accreditation for the Universities and the colleges.
Based on the above, and within the framework of the criteria determined by the NAAC, the team made a comprehensive assessment of the university and all its activities, under the seven criteria laid down by the NAAC. The important features of the university as also the matters of concern, are brought out in this report.
SECTION - 2 : CRITERION-WISE ANALYSIS
CRITERION - I : Curricular Aspects
The Nagaland University offers B. Sc. (Agri), M. Sc. (Agri), M. A., M. Sc. programmes in the 25 University Departments. Scholars are pursuing research leading to Ph.D degree in ten departments. Undergraduate degrees are being offered through the affiliated colleges. The University is offering career oriented degrees both at undergraduate and postgraduate level in Arts, Science, Commerce, Agriculture, Education and Law. The curricular contents are reviewed and updated through regular board of studies and Expert Committees by consulting National Curricular Sources including UGC.
The University follows semester pattern in the University Departmental programmes and annual pattern in affiliated colleges. IT input is lacking in the curricular aspects. Regular extension activity and field visits have to be made inbuilt in the curricula itself in order to enable the students to understand fully theory and practice of the subjects which they learn. Interface programme with the community would enhance the capability of the students.
The University offers a variety of courses with emphasis on Agriculture oriented courses. The University has set up 4 Schools as School of Agricultural Sciences & Rural Development, School of Humanities & Education, School of Sciences and School of Social Sciences. The University lays emphasis on Agriculture, Local area culture and community oriented/job oriented courses. The University follows Semester system of examination at Postgraduate level with 25% internal assessment comprising assignments, study tours/field works (wherever necessary) and Seminars. At PG level all the examiners of the semester examinations are external. The University publishes annual Academic Calendar for the conduct of various examinations, which is normally followed and results are declared within a reasonable time. Courses of studies in 18 out of 25 departments have been revised as per the guidelines circulated by the UGC/ICAR. Feedback of the stakeholders and employees could be utilized effectively to make the programme vibrant and to attract students for the programmes offered in the university.
CRITERION - II : Teaching - Learning and Evaluation
The University has 272 working days out of which 211 are teaching days. The University depends on the part-time faculty for 50% of its classes. The curriculum in 18 out of 25 departments have been restructured as per UGC/ICAR guidelines. Semester pattern is being followed. The examinations are held twice in a year in semester pattern in University Departments and annually in affiliating colleges. Students have three levels of learning experiences in this University namely classroom teaching, assignment works and presenting seminars on the theme assigned to the individuals. Evaluation is done both internally and externally at the ratio of 25:75 respectively. For agricultural and Rural Development programmes, separate norms are being followed for internal assessment following the pattern of ICAR. Only 53% of the faculty members have one step higher qualification than mandatory minimum level. There are enough scope for establishing vibrant linkages with centers of excellence through web based programme. The departments of Geology, Botany, Chemistry and Animal Production & Management are doing commendable academic activities. The department of Education is also doing good work in the research as well as extension activities. Many of the departments are understaffed, which affects teaching though the same is being managed by visiting faculty. Though by and large instruction has been by means of face-to-face interactions efforts should be made to adopt innovative teaching methods in classrooms with help of latest teaching aids. It has to be impressed upon the teaching staff that with the UGC's latest emphasis on the conventional and the open systems being streamed together, teacher should offer more flexible pattern of courses and also incorporate multimedia packages and teaching aids for their classroom instructions.
It has, however, been found that in an area which is predominantly populated by Tribals no institutionalized system of addressing the special needs of this cross section of the society has been evolved. An important feature of the University is that the self-appraisal method of evaluation has been put into operation which, however, should be made annual. Another very important aspect of the examination system, which makes the mechanism transparent, is the re-evaluation. This builds into the system certain safeguards. Co curricular activities could be initiated to make the overall personality of the student.
CRITERION - III : Research, Consultancy and Extension
The University encourages research, consultancy and extension activities. Some teachers have taken up research assignments apart from teaching. 107 scholars are pursuing their programme leading to Ph. D. degree. Some of the departments have tapped the resource potential of ICAR, CSIR, DBT and DST for their research through projects. Departments can make use of a variety of programmes of UGC to increase the research activities in the Departments.
Research publications in the form of books, articles and report are the indicators of research development. Research output is not impressive in terms of publications. A research advisory committee could be formed to ignite the research potentiality available in the University. A vast potential is untapped in collaborative research with foreign countries and with others specialized agencies and other Universities of the country.
Extension is yet another area which would attract the attention of all. The Departments are yet to utilise their potentiality in developing approaches and devices of extension and carrying out the extension activities. There are many areas which the departments could take up for extension activities to realise the objectives of the University. An approach paper could be prepared for extension and it could be thoroughly discussed in a faculty seminar and action programme could be chalked out. Departments could work with NGO's which are working in the areas concerned.
CRITERION - IV : Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The University has three campuses. The Kohima campus is functioning in government and rented buildings. However, these buildings are inadequate and many of them are in bad shape. The Medziphema campus has buildings of its own which are not adequate to cater to the needs of 12 departments. The Lumami campus is yet to come up fully. The maintenance of buildings at Medziphema and Lumami campus is reasonably satisfactory.
The university is yet to create adequate infrastructure to meet the requirements. All the three campuses of the university are having central library facility. Most of the departments do not have departmental libraries though a very few of them have small collection of books. All the three central libraries require adequate space, more number of textbooks and journals, recent edition of the books and reading room facility.
It is noteworthy that the INFLIBNET and networking has been introduced in the central libraries. The university is yet to develop a Computer Centre though most of the departments have been provided with computers that are being used minimally by the students as these are not sufficient to cater to the needs of the students and faculty.
The university may initiate steps for providing networking and Internet facilities. Laboratories in the departments of Zoology, Soil Conservation and Agricultural Economy do not have adequate equipments and space. The university has health care facilities at Kohima and Medziphema campuses.
The university has a Sports Board which organizes tournaments and coaches teams in seven events. The sports facilities need augmentation like courts earmarked for indoor and outdoor games. Hostel facilities for Boys and Girls exist in all the campuses but more hostels may be required.
The University has minimum infrastructural facilities. The facilities available are utilized judiciously. Yet the requirement is not only the buildings but also equipments. Computer facility is the most important one. Connectivity enhances the capacity and capability of individuals and organizations. Computer Centre and browsing Centre are essential for faculty and students. Each department should have a small library for ready reference for the faculty, scholars and students.
CRITERION - V : Students Support Progression
The students of the university often go over to other universities like JNU and DU for further studies. Majority of the students of the job oriented courses like Geology, Education, Commerce, Agriculture, etc. get suitable placements. It maintains a record of 80% pass in University examinations and drop out rate of 20%. So far 25 students have qualified the NET/JRF conducted by the UGC. The Alumni Association has been recently formed which is taking keen interest in the development of the university. Most of the students enjoy financial support provided by the respective state governments. The university may initiate steps for career counselling and placement guidance.
CRITERION - VI : Organization and Management.
The University functions as per the provisions of the Nagaland University Act, 1989 passed in the Parliament and Statutes. There are several statutory and non-statutory committees through which delegation and devolution of authority is made. His Excellency the President of India is the Visitor, Prof. Yash Pal is the Chancellor, the Hon'ble Governor of Nagaland is the Chief Rector. The Vice-Chancellor is assisted by the various bodies like the Executive Council, the Court, the Planning Board, the Academic Council and the Finance Committee with representatives from various sections including Principals, teaching staff, non-teaching staff, students and eminent citizens.
It is noteworthy that the University lays emphasis on training of Officers. 2% of the total budget is earmarked for the training of Officers who are often sent outside for administrative training. There is a proposal to have a tie-up with the IIM, Kolkata in this connection. The university maintains annual confidential records of the non-teaching staff. The self-appraisal of the teachers are done at the time of promotion which should be made annual. The university follows an open door policy for grievance redressal. The department of Animal Production and Management has generated resources for the university out of its sale proceeds of its products. Other departments may explore the possibilities of consultancy.
CRITERION - VII : Healthy Practices
The following are the healthy practices observed:
The University has students exchange programme.
It imparts value-based education through Human Value Education Cell.
Special programmes are being offered for personality development of the students, sensitising the students on communication skill, utilizing the connectivity facilities for the improvement of the knowledge of the students, developing team spirit, developing perspective on community orientation.
Students are made members of Purchase Committee to purchase books for Library.
SECTION - 3 : OVERALL ANALYSIS
Nagaland University within a short span of time has made its visibility in the academic world by its teaching programmes despite many in-built limitations. It is laying its roadmap to realise the basic objective of preparing the needed manpower to cater to the needs of the people of Nagaland for their social and economic development. The university is concentrating much on teaching programme apart from doing research on certain specific areas. There are vibrant departments such as Botany, Chemistry, Animal Production and Management, Geology and Education setting role models for other departments. The Peer Team is of the option that the university is slowly and steadily geared up to ensure quality education despite the handicaps which deserves appreciation. It needs some corrections in the academic journey and improvement in its research and extension activities so as to enhance the quality of education in the university. They are as follows:-
SECTION - 4 : SUGGESTIONS
Better infrastructural facilities be provided, particularly buildings for the teaching departments. Some of the departments are housed in very shabby buildings.
There is need for large scale computerization. In fact, every student and staff should have access to computer. Everyone should have working knowledge of computer.
Library needs more space, reading rooms and more books, particularly latest editions.
Library should remain open for longer hours so that the students make best use of it.
In certain departments positions have been advertised but not filled up and in certain departments more positions should be created.
The University may take steps to lay more emphasis on research activities and develop a research culture by adopting a consortium approach and entering into collaboration with premier research institutions/Universities of the country. Research activities should be given more emphasis in Social Sciences.
Hostels should be better equipped, more recreational facilities and internet facility should be provided.
Seminars/Workshops should be organized more frequently.
Faculty members may be provided opportunity to attend National/International Seminars and Conferences for greater exposure.
M. Phil. Courses should be included in some of the departments on experimental basis.
Inter-disciplinary activities may be encouraged.
There is a need to encourage the teaching departments for exploring possibilities of obtaining funds from UGC, CSSR. ICHR, ICCR, DST and other funding agencies both National and International.
The University is headed by Prof. G. D. Sharma as Vice-Chancellor. During the short period of his stay the Peer Team noticed that he has given the University community the leadership necessary for coordinated and concerted action for coming forward with a clear definition of their goals and objectives in translating the vision of the University into an academic reality.
The Peer team wishes the University all the best in its endeavour for achieving excellence in all spheres of activity. The Peer team also wishes to record its appreciation for excellent co-operation and goodwill extended to it by Nagaland University.
Prof. K. L. Kamal
Prof. G.D. Sharma
Dr. A. K. Pattanayak
Dr. S. Suryaprakash
Dr. G. Palanithurai
Dr. K. K. Deka
Profile of UniversityThe Nagaland University was established on 6 September 1994 under the Nagaland University Act 1989 of the Parliament. This is the only Central University operating in the State. The University has three campuses Lumami, Kohima and Medziphema. Lumami is the main campus and headquarter of the University. Each University campus has its separate administrative and academic unit. The University has 26 departments for providing education and training in different study areas, viz, Humanities, sciences, commerce etc. The University Grants Commission (UGC) of India has given affiliating university status to Nagaland University. There are 48 colleges affiliated with the university. About 20000 students enrolled in different affiliated colleges for pursuing Undergraduate Courses. The students enrollment for Postgraduate courses is about 1500. The University also provides affiliation to minority institutions at all India basis.
Nagaland University is a Central University. Its headquarters is located at Lumami and has three campuses at Kohima, Lumami and Medziphema.
The university has School of Social Sciences, School of Sciences, School of Humanities and Education and School of Agricultural Sciences and Rural Development with numerous departments. About 40 colleges are affiliated to this university.
Nagaland University, Lumami. with 39 affiliated colleges and campuses in Kohima, Lumami and Medziphema,25 departments,4 school of studies,18,078 students,109 teaching staffs. The university aims to disseminate knowledge for the empowerment of the citizens of Nagaland and upliftment of their socio economic and cultural scenario.
Brief History of Nagaland UniversityThe Nagland University was established by the Nagaland University Act, 1989 of the Parliament on 6th Sept. 1994. It is the only Central University in the State having three campuses, viz., Lumami Headquarters, Kohima and Medziphema. At present the University is functioning from its Kohima Campus as Interim Headquarters. The University is located in the tribal dominated State of Nagaland having borders with Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur and Myanmar (Burma on its long eastern stretch). Each Campus has its own administrative and academic unit to manage the day to day educational affairs.
' The Objects of the University shall be to disseminate and advance knowledge by providing instructional and research facilities in any branches of learning whichever the university may deem fit ; to make provisions for integrated courses in humanities, natural and physical Sciences, Social disciplines in the educational programmes of the University by providing appropriate measures for promoting innovations in teaching-learning process, interdisciplinary studies and research; to educate and train man power for the development of the State of Nagaland; and to pay special attention towards improvement of the social and economic conditions and welfare of people of that state; their intellectual, academic and cultural development".
Nagaland University has 25 departments in its various campuses, viz., Lumami Hqrs. Has 7 departments: Botany, Chemistry, Economics, Geography, Political Science, Sociology and Zoology. Kohima campus has 6 departments: Commerce, Education, English, Geology, History and Archaeology. Medziphema has 12 departments: Agricultural Chemistry & Soil Sciences, Agricultural Economics & Statistics, Agricultural Engineering, Agricultural Extension, Agronomy, Animal production & Management, Entomology, Genetics & Plant Breeding, Horticulture, Plant Pathology, Rural Development & Planning and Soil Conservation. The University has started 4 centres on Tribal Studies, Bio-diversity, Mass Communication (IIMC-NU) and Gandhian Peace Studies.
The Nagaland University has been deputing students and faculty members for participating in National and International Conferences both in India and abroad. Socially relevant research have been undertaken and quality publication by faculty members are the indicators of excellence of the University, and has been assessed by NAAC for Quality Education. At present the University has about 50 Projects, which are under progress. The University has been publishing Research Journal, Newsletter and Students' Magazine. It has published 4 books this year including two text books for the Undergraduate students published by Macmillan Publishers.
Nagaland University is an affiliating University. There are 48 colleges affiliated to this University from various parts of the State. About 20,000 Students are pursuing Under-graduate courses in colleges and 1500 students in various PG courses in the University. The University has been successfully coordinating and monitoring the quality of education in colleges. The University has also been identified as an affiliating University for Minority Educational Institution at all India basis.
Patkai Christian College affiliated to the University has been granted Autonomous status by the University Grants Commission in 2005. The Nagaland University in collaboration with various organs like State Government, UGC, NAAC and NGOs, has organized various workshops, seminars and training programmes in Nagaland. Recently, the University has organized national seminars on Geology and Energy Resources of North East India, Higher Education, Human values, Vice-Chancellor's Meeting of North-East and J&K regions and vision 2020 for Nagaland. Nagaland University has also initiated Centre on Women's Studies. It has been sanctioned an Institute of Engineering and Institute of Management by the Ministry of Human Resource Development and University Grants Commission. The DPR for the same has been prepared to start these courses. The University has convened the 2nd Convocation in March 2007. The President of India, His Excellency, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam was the Chief Guest.
The University has been sanctioned one Special Assistance Programme (SAP) to the Botany Department by the UGC and 3 FIST Programmes by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India. It has been granted Botanical Garden and Fishery Training facilities by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry and Department of Biotechnology (DBT), by the Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India, New Delhi respectively. The Ministry of Social Justice has sanctioned two hostels for boys & girls of SC & ST categories at Lumami Headquarters.
The University has revised and implemented the curricula at the Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels. It has organized workshops for college Principals on Examination Reforms. It has also introduced a course on Environmental Studies at Undergraduate level. The University has also introduced Rural Agriculture Work Experience (RAWE) Programme for the final year students of Agriculture. Under this Programme, the University has adopted villages namely; Zubza, Khonoma & Jotsoma to transfer Agricultural Technology through the Agriculture students and learn in return Indigenous Technology from the local farmers. The University has been granted the UGC-NET Examination Centre, which has been attracting student from neighbouring States. The concerted efforts for Quality Education has significantly improved the overall strength of students from 750 in the year 2001 to 1500 in the year 2006 and nearly 200 research students in the year 2006 from 50 in the year 2001. One Naga lady Lecturer in Gelogy (Dr. V. Sino) has been awarded best research paper by the ISCA and another lady Lecturer (Dr. U. Bora) in Chemistry, in-collaboration with IIT Guwahati, has been awarded 4 Patents from USA. The University has launched International collaboration with International Centre for Potato Research (CIP) to produce Quality Potato Seeds and make it available to the local farmers.
For the first time, a delegation of postgraduate students participated in the South Asian Regional Youth Convention. Their interaction with delegates from SAARC countries was very fruitful. A group of 16 PG students also participated in the International Folk Dance programme organized at Ghaziabad in December 2004. The PG Students of Lumami Campus also got awards during Youth Festival of Eastern Zone held at NEHU, Shillong during 2005. Students from various departments under the guidance of faculty members are conducting academic study tours to various universities and institutes of the country every year. The University also for the first time hosted the Inter-University Exchange programme supported by AIU.
A training for the staff members of the University was organized in the month of December, besides deputing the officers to various training programmes in December and February. The Department of Agricultural Economics (SASRD Campus) organized a computer course to enhance quality education. The Department also launched a PG programme in Agricultural Economics.
A delegation comprising of Prof. M.C. Sharma, Director and Dr. Jayashree, Deputy Director from IGNOU visited Nagaland University. An IGNOU programme on Library training for Library staff members of the State was also launched in collaboration with NU Library. The University in collaboration with INFLIBNET, Ahmedabad organized a five day training on Library automation and upgradation of skills and knowledge of Library Professionals in Computer and Information Technology. The University has been provided access to nearly 3000 E-Journals for the benefit of students and faculty members.
Last year, CAPART has recruited our graduates during Campus Interview at SASRD. The Institute of IAMR has also shown interest for campus recruitment. Visiting Professors from the University of Montreal, Canada and University of Connecticut, USA have delivered lectures and interacted with faculty and students of the University. Work on Networking of all the three campuses is under progress. For the first time the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), New Delhi, hosted a consultative meeting with the teachers, Principals and NGOs in February, 2005, to identify areas of research relevant to the state of Nagaland.
The PM's package (Devegowda) and Non-lapsable Pool has been successfully implemented in 2004-05. The National Building Construction Corporation (NBCC) has finalized the Master plan for infrastructure development at Lumami Headquarters under PM's Economic Package (ABV). The Government of Nagaland has allotted 200 acres of land at Merema Village for Kohima Campus. The construction work has already been initiated.
LibraryCentral Library of Nagaland University, Kohima, India successfully installed BookDrive DIY - B for their digitization project.
Established in 1994, Nagaland University, Kohima has objectives of disseminating and imparting advance knowledge by providing sufficient infrastructure and research facilities in every branches of learning as well as providing state of the art Library facilities.
Dr. T. Temjen, Deputy Librarian of Nagaland University, Kohima, India informed that they intend to convert their Central Library in virtual KNOWLEDGE CENTER by taking up the project of digitizing their valuable and rare collections. The project involves digitizing documents / rare books / thesis of all subjects that are of interest to students / researchers / professors for further study as well as archival value and storing them securely on a server for on-demand service to all patrons.
DepartmentsThe university has the following departments:
1. Department of Education
2. Department of History and Archeology
3. Department of Linguistics
4. Department of English
5. Department of Geology
6. Department of Commerce
7. Department of Botany.
The following subjects are offered by the university:
6. History and Archeology
The associated institutes with Nagaland University are as follows:
1. School of Agricultural Science and Rural Developments, Medziphema, Nagaland.
2. Nagaland College of Teacher Education, Nagaland.
Call to project NE in right perspectiveMamoni Raisom Goswami inaugurating the Asia International Literary Festival in Guwahati on Friday. – UB Photos
GUWAHATI, Dec 3 – The North East Writers Forum (NEWF) today appealed to all men of letters to take the region in the right perspective to the rest of India and bring India closer to the North East.
On the first day of the Asia International Literary Festival – Confluence – organized by the NEWF in the capital city, writers of the region voiced the need for strengthening the age-old ties among the North East States that share the same historical heritage.
The three-day literary extravaganza was inaugurated by noted litterateur Mamoni Raisom Goswami by lighting of the ceremonial lamp. In her inaugural speech, Goswami dwelled a great length on the socio-political turmoil witnessed by the region and referring to the Mizoram Peace Accord called for resolution of the insurgency problem in the region through sincerity of purpose. She said that the Mizoram Peace Accord has established that the vexed insurgency problem could be resolved through sincerity of purpose and a clear channel of communication.
Extending her best wishes for the success of the literary fiesta, Goswami remarked that the event will be an opportunity for the writers of the region to share ideas with their counterparts from other parts of the country and abroad.
It needs to be mentioned here that writers from Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Nepal and Bangladesh are participating in the festival that will feature interactive sessions, overview of Indian and South Asian literature and presentation by the guestwriters on the literary scenario in their respective countries.
A journal of the NEWF titled New Frontiers was also released on the occasion by Dr D Koulie, a poet, writer and critic. He is also the head of the Department of Tenyidie, Nagaland University. In his speech he urged the writers to create awareness in the society to bring about the desired positive changes.
Jodha Chandra Sanasam from Manipur touched on the importance of language in literature and culture while Dr Temsula Ao said that allwriters enjoyed a affinity as they worked through the same medium i.e., words.
On the other hand, Arup Kumar Dutta, president of NEWF said that the writers of the region have to become agents of cohesion to counter the divisive forces that are intent on bleeding the region.
Now the writers of the region have a big responsibility to reinforce the different but common cultural identity of the region, he said adding that translation is one important step to take North East to other parts of the country and outside.
NESO opposes Rahuls visit to Nagaland varsityDIMAPUR, Oct 12 – Stating its stand against politicization of educational institutions and universities, and more so against formation of politically affiliated student bodies in schools, colleges and universities, the North East Students Union (NESO) has questioned the intention of the proposed visit of Rahul Gandhi, Congress general secretary in-charge of National Students Union of India (NSUI), a Congress-affiliated students union, to Nagaland University on October 17.
The visit has been preceded by the arrival of Paritosh Roy, national general secretary of NSUI, a press note issued by NESO chairman Samujjal Bhattacharya and special coordinator NSN Lotha said.
In this regard, the NESO strongly stated that no political party or political personality should visit an educational institution with politically motivated interests.The release also recalled that the All Assam Students Union (AASU) had shown black flags and blocked the entry of Rahul Gandhi to DibrugarhUniversity on September 23 last year because the intention of Rahul Gandhi was to motivate and encourage the students to join and strengthen NSUI.
It said the action of AASU should be a clear message to all political parties trying to vitiate the atmosphere of educational institutes with political agenda.
While assuring that it holds high respect for Rahul Gandhi as an upcoming young leader of India, the NESO, however, said if he attempts to pollute the minds of the students with his political ideology it would be compelled to safeguard the interest of students.
The organisation, therefore, urged the Naga Students Federation (NSF) to take appropriate action towards the proposed visit of the Congress general secretary and block his visit to Nagaland University if his interest is to promote NSUI movement.
NESO reiterated that educational institutions and universities are not a grazing ground for politicians, rather it is a place for learning and its sanctity should be respected by one and all.
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