President Ura Academy and minister for higher education and urban development Dr. Shurhozelie Liezietsu, Friday stressed on the need to promote and expand mother tongue at school level.
“Tenyidie should be started from the school level and teachers and church leaders had a greater role to play in teaching the younger generation” Dr. Shurhozelie said
Addressing the day long seminar as main speaker on the theme “Mother Tongue: The foundation of wisdom” at Greenwood Higher Secondary School, Kuda village Dimapur, Dr. Shurhozelie said Rev. Tanquist in 1939 initiated the usage of the Tenyidie and had come a long way since then, and therefore he called upon for promotion of the language.
A one-day seminar on Tenyidie was organized by Ura Academy and Department of Tenyidie Nagaland University.
Recalling that Tenyidie dialect was spoken by various Nagas tribes in the past and present, the minister said older generation used to speak the dialect fluently and elegantly, but regretted that younger generation was losing its flavor and even had tendency to forget the mother tongue.
Dr. Shurhozelie also disclosed that a three-day Tenyidie seminar would be conducted from May 27 at Kohima to be organised by Ura Academy. During the three-day seminar, various programs would be organized and the post graduate students of Tenyidie department Nagaland University would be also release their dissertations.
In his key not address Dr. D. Kuolie, secretary general Ura Academy and HoD, Tenyidie department NU reiterated that mother tongue is one of the most essential essence of human being and one has to know his or her mother tongue. He also informed that the Tenyidie department was established in NU since 1997 and can obtain Masters in Arts (MA) and even Ph. D. Further Dr. D. Kuolie said that the Ura Academy has urged the Indian government to include Tenyidie in the eighth schedule of the Indian constitution and hoping a positive response from the Indian government.
Earlier Rev. Tsolie Chase, joint secretary Ura Academy proposed the invocation prayer, welcome address by Vikethonuo Tsira, short speech was given by Dr. Kelhoulelie Kesiezie, joint director SCERT, special number by Greenwood HSS.
In the second session Rev. VK Nuh member Ura Academy Board of directors, Theja-o Vihienuo, Registrar NU and Dr. Mimi YA Kevichiisa, faculty department of Tenyidie NU addressed the seminar, which was chaired by Asa Khate, principal Greenwood HSS. In the third session Dr. D. Kuolie chaired the session, presentation by Tenyidie MA students exhortation was given by Rev. Tsolie Chase, Ura Academy and the vote of thanks by Vikethonuo Tsira.