Bosco College of Teacher Education (BCTE) Dimapur observed its 8th foundation day on Saturday with North East Nationalist Congress Co-ordination Committee secretary general, Neiba Ndang as chief guest and Salesian Province of Dimapur vice provincial, Rev. Fr. Nestor Guria SDB as guest of honour. Speaking on the occasion, the chief guest lauded the college on attaining its eighth year in providing quality education to its students.
He asserted that when it came to education, the Catholic institution had ‘left no stone unturned’ in contributing towards impartation of high quality education to the society, particularly in Nagaland. He opined that education not only impacts on human development and economic growth but also in fundamental requirement of a democracy, in eradicating poverty and allows people to be more productive. Terming the role played by teachers in imparting education to students as a ‘very important component’ in nation building, Ndang urged the teaching faculty to be sincere and committed to their profession. He also voiced concern over the recent issues of ‘proxy teachers’ in the state where teachers have been sending in their proxies and using their professions only ‘as a means to earn salary’, which would prove to be damaging to the career of students, he added and further called upon teachers to have professional competence in imparting good values to students. The chief guest also stressed that the rapid advance science and technology has made the role of teachers more challenging, necessitating them to be adequately equipped with necessary resources and tools which could be achieved through the course of a degree in education (B.Ed.). Pointing out that Nagaland has only three B.Ed. colleges and BCTE being one of them, the chief guest feted the students and stated that they were blessed to be studying at one of the best B.Ed colleges of the state. He further encouraged them to work with enthusiasm and be faithful to their studies so that they would not only complete the course but also succeed in becoming a role model to students.
Salesian Province of Dimapur vice provincial, Rev. Fr. Nestor Guria SDB also exhorted the gathering and commended the staff of the college for their efforts in educational activities. He appreciated the college and stated that it was ‘wonderful’ to see people from different tribes/communities/religions/denominations working together and further welcomed students to their new vocational course.
Earlier, BCTE principal, Fr. Sabu Joseph led the chief guest and guest of honour in lighting of lamp with a Bhajan while other highlights of the programme included presentations of songs, choreography, skit and cultural dances.