The first Naga director of education department Yajen Aier achieved another land mark as he celebrated his 95th birthday on August 16.
A press note received through mail mentioned that Yajen retired way back in March 1, 1975. To mark the occasion, a simple programme was organized at the family compound where family members and close relatives along with members of the Church attended. The programme was chaired by OTS Principal and FNR Convener Rev Dr Wati Aier, eldest son of Yajen Aier with Rev N. Tsudir, Pastor of Dimapur Ao Baptist Arogo (DABA) sharing the word of God. Pastor Tsudir described Yajen Aier as a man who lived an exemplary life. “He not only inspires us but he lives by example. And this is very encouraging for all of us”, said Rev Tsudir while adding that he had been personally blessed many times through the conduct and example set by Yajen.
Earlier, the eldest grandson Along Longkumer on behalf of the grand children paid rich tribute describing Yajen as a man of God besides been a great source of inspiration. “As we look back on the life and times of our grand-father Yajen Aier, he is someone worth emulating. We have so many things to learn from him; his walk with Jesus, his dynamism, his positive outlook on life and his self discipline”, stated the tribute from his grandchildren.
Ainla Bendang who is the eldest of Yajen Aier’s children spoke on their behalf. Describing him as a towering personality, she said his honest and straightforward nature along with his unflinching faith in God had enabled him to withstand the many trials and tribulations of life. Others who spoke included Retired Secretary to the Government of Nagaland N. Bendang Ao on behalf of the in-laws while former Chairman Dimapur Town Council S. Yanger Aier spoke on behalf of the relatives. DC Dimapur Maongwati Aier who is closely related to Yajen also attended the programme while another close in-law Sentiyanger Imchen, Commissioner & Secretary was also present.
Special songs were also presented by his great grandchildren and grand children. Mr and Mrs Yajen Aier are blessed with six children, 17 grand children and seven great grandchildren.
Yajen Aier was the first Naga Deputy Inspector of Schools and since 1952 when the entire education complex of the then Naga Hills of Assam was under one Deputy Inspector of Schools, he was the DIS had supervised the entire growth of education in the State till his retirement as the Director of Education in March 1975. “The future will remember him as the Architect of Education in Nagaland”, states a booklet brought out by the Directorate of Education in April 1975.