‘Become agents of change’, Along tells students

‘Become agents of change’, Along tells students
Temjen Imna Along and Mhathung Yanthan stand with the gathering for the college anthem. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, JUL 6 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/6/2018 11:38:43 PM IST
Minister of Higher Education, Temjen Imna Along, today, said that Nagaland was at a threshold, and it is no time to be confused. We can either make it together or break it, he added, while urging those present to not merely achieve for themselves but to impact society at large by becoming agents of change.
He was addressing students and faculty as the special invitee to the 12th freshers’ social & annual day and laying of foundation stone of Academy Block 2 of Unity College on Friday.
The minister lamented that with the rising number of educated unemployed every year, intellectuals and important stakeholders in the society were involved in a blame game instead of staking their rightful claims. He also urged students to come out of the mindset of waiting for government jobs and stake claim to what was rightfully theirs.
Addressing the students specifically, he told them to leave their studies if they were attending college merely to spend their parents’ money. He cautioned them that if they do not aspire with all their heart and efforts, they would be relegated to mere degree and certificate holders. It is not about the fanciful uniform, loud make-up and the obsession with selfies on facebook and WhatsApp, he added, driving home the message that students must fulfil the aspiration of their parents and society. 
Earlier in the day, principal, Dr. S. K Chhabra gave a brief report on how the college had grown and evolved ever since its inception in 2007.  He also presented the special invitee with a portrait of himself and released the college magazine, ‘Nature.’  Assistant professor, Department of Economics, Tiala introduced the special invitee after which 19 toppers of the graduate and B.Ed level were also felicitated.  
The program was chaired by assistant professor and Head of Department of History, Dr Temjenwabang, invocation was pronounced by Dr. R. P Murry , general secretary of Unity College Students’ Council (UCSC), Aloli delivered the welcome speech,  assistant general secretary, UCSC , Shika Kalita delivered a speech on behalf of the freshers, and a vote of thanks was delivered by the UCSC cultural secretary.  The other highlights of the program were cultural show ‘Colours of Unity College’ and a song by BA fifth semester student, Lovely Jami. 
The symbolic laying of the foundation stone for Academy Block 2 was also done by Temjen Imna Along before the start of the program. 
The other dignitaries who attend the program were advisor for Horticulture Mhathung Yanthan and president of Lions Club, Rishav Jain.

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