Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), in collaboration with Nagaland Gandhi Ashram, Chuchuyimlang would soon open a centre for learning at Chuchuyimlang village.
A three member high official team from IGNOU, New Delhi visited the village, about 30 Kms from Mokokchung on December 19 and 20 to take up on the spot assessment and to select the site for setting up the centre. The team headed by Dr. Jayashree Kurup, Deputy Director, IGNUO, North East Region met the villagers and held wide ranging discussions and also visited the site allotted by the villagers free of cost.
Dr. Jayashree Kurup, addressing a public meeting in the village said IGNUO’s decision to open a centre of learning at Chuchuyimlang village had definite objective to impart quality education. She said every effort would be made to make the proposed IGNUO centre at Chuchuyimlang a centre of excellence. Dr. Kurup said the proposed centre has assumed significance as it was being decided in the year of IGNOU’s Silver Jubilee. She also said the new centre will focus on areas of social work, agriculture, vocational training, teachers training, retraining of teachers, Nagaland arts and crafts, north east affairs and tribal studies and Mahatma Gandhi museum and studies. She also stated that the centre would be known as Mahatma Gandhi College of Social Work.
The proposal for the centre at Chuchuyimlang has become a reality following the much needed initiatives being done with IGNOU by Natwar Thakar, founder of Nagaland Gandhi Ashram at Chuchuyimlang. As a result of which a committee had been constituted to take up on the spot assessment. The villagers assured full cooperation with IGNOU and said more land would be given if needed, to make the proposed centre a centre of excellence. Professor R.R Singh, one of the visiting members from IGNUO, New Delhi said there was a plan to offer Master Degree courses in the proposed centre and IGNOU is actively considering to start Social Work course in the first phase. In his address, S. Reddy, Chief Engineer, IGNOU said, the committee will submit its report to the Vice Chancellor, IGNOU at the earliest and hoped that the centre would start shortly.
Former Additional Chief Secretary of Nagaland, T.N. Mannen, who is also an Ad-hoc committee member of the IGNOU-Nagaland Gandhi Ashram project called upon the villagers to extend full cooperation to make the proposed centre a reality.