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Time to review educational system in Nagaland, says Dr. SC Jamir
Correspondent MOKOKCHUNG:
Published on 5 May. 2009 6:24 PM IST
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Governor of Maharashtra Dr. S.C Jamir on Monday said it was time to review educational system in the state to meet challenges of present and future. He was addressing the golden jubilee celebration of Town Higher Secondary School (erstwhile English KG School) at Mokokchung town hall as chief guest. He said in order to respond to challenges, education system had to reorient to the needs of societies of the nation and follow the conceptual changes which were taking place around the world, and added “Rather than churning out thousands of unemployable students every year, our school and colleges should produce worthy citizens who can fend for themselves and also contribute to the society.” Dr. Jamir also said most significant development of academic world was the emergence of knowledge as a resource for economic progress of the nation. “Dynamicity of knowledge explosion with simultaneous obsolesce of knowledge has shaken the entire academic community, as it has to find out new challenges. This urgency is much more pressing in Nagaland”, he added. He expounded on enormous number of educated unemployed youths in the state and added that state could not provide employment to all as there was already a huge divide between availability of jobs and job seekers, however, he gave an alternative by saying that we should concentrate on skill requirement of growing economy of country and rest of the world and provide labor force with technical and vocational training, and training skills. He also queried “Are our institutions sufficiently equipped with both infrastructures and trained teachers to impart knowledge and skills to make them employable after completion of their studies?”, and expressed doubt as we were qualitatively far behind the rest of the country. He also surmised that there was a dire need to enhance and maintain quality in our educational institutions. He further went on to add that the entire landscape of higher education was witnessing a paradigm shift facing newer challenges and added, “It can no longer remain isolated and safely imbedded in a proactive shell”, adding that main emphasis all over the world was on knowledge-based economy. He said, “Knowledge has in fact become the key denominator of success at global level and added that Higher education institutions have to cater to the rapidly changing clientele of students”. Educated youths of Nagaland have to be trained and fully equipped with all he available disciplines to be employable anywhere in the country and the world, he stated, at the same time expressed hope that those in the helm of administration were alive to the fast changing developments in the entire gamut of human activities, be it economic, political and science and technology. Chief guest further added that in today’s competitive world, only those who excelled in their respective disciplines would survive and succeed. He firmly believed that a large majority of the people of the state were longing for the dawn of a new era of peace, progress and prosperity and enlightenment in the land. He said that for academic pursuit, a congenial and peaceful environment was the sine qua non in our educational institutions and society, nevertheless alleged that the stark reality of the society was “insurgency syndrome” which was dwarfing the people and society. He said for a better and brighter future of Nagaland, we desperately needed a new approach with new vision fortified by wisdom and pragmatism. Keeping in view the interests of younger generation, and to transform Nagaland into a land of peace, progress and prosperity, all sections of Naga community, Jamir said we must shed prejudices and animosities and embark on a new vista of a brighter future for Nagaland”. He also strongly stressed that we should have dreams and said “After having firmly rooted our feet on our native soil, let us venture to the future with hope and expectation.” Jamir called upon all to struggle hard and to have a pro-active and positive attitude and think in terms of solutions ant not in terms of problems since the journey promised to be exciting. He concluded his speech saying, “Let us, therefore, commit ourselves to excellence, justice and fair play, hard work and team spirit and with faith in God, lay the foundation of tomorrow.” Earlier in the program, Alemtemshi Jamir IAS, additional chief secretary, government of Nagaland spoke on behalf of the alumni who is also the first batch of students of the school when it started in 1959. Paying rich tributes, Alemtemshi said the true pillars were founders of the school, who despite many hurdles, came together to open an English medium school. Acknowledging the services rendered by managing board of the school, he said the tenacity of the board members who led the school for 50 years was indeed remarkable. The program was held in a grand manner as many alumni and past teachers of the school attended the celebration. At the program, the chairman of the managing board, M. Bendangnukshi Longkumer gave a brief history of the school.

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