The first ever Centre of Social Work in Nagaland was established at Chuchuyimlang and was dedicated to the state on August 20. As part of “Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education & Development (MGIED)”, established under the auspices of IGNOU – Nagaland Gandhi Ashram Educational Project, the Centre named the “Mahatma Gandhi Centre of Social Work (MGCSW)” would initially offer Master of Social Work (MSW). Bachelor of Social Work course shall be added from the session 2011-12 onward. Gradually, short term courses with special reference to Northeast context for various stakeholders in development field such as Village Development functionaries, Government officials, NGO workers, Health workers etc., shall be offered.
For the record, MGCSW which has a capacity of 24 seats for the current session received 22 applications. Out of the above, 17 candidates were selected which has representations from Assam and Meghalaya as well, through an elaborate selection process conducted at Guwahati. A total of 6 female students enrolled for the course.
According to Dr. Aotoshi, Trustee, Nagaland Gandhi Ashram, Chuchuyimlang, MGCSW which is currently based at Nagaland Gandhi Ashram complex would be gradually shifted to the new complex being developed in a compact area of 230 acres of land donated by Chuchuyimlang Village Council without any cost or conditions. The complex will be developed as a flagship programme to commemorate the 25 years of existence of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU).
Apart from the MGCSW, the complex would establish six other institutes in phase manner, which includes teachers’ training, vocational training, agriculture demonstration, Gandhi Museum, Centre for Gandhian Studies and North East Affairs and Centre for Naga Arts and Crafts.
To commemorate the launching of the first batch, a modest dedication service was held at the Library Hall of RIeLIT Computer Centre, Chuchuyimlang. Prominent speakers on the occasion were Natwar Thakkar, founder secretary, Nagaland Gandhi Ashram, Prof. R.R. Singh, Project Director, MGIED, Ladongyanger and Alemtetba, members, Chuchuyimlang village council, Subongmatong, senior citizen, Chuchuyimlang Town, Ladongwati, member, local coordination committee, MGIED. The dedication prayer was offered by Temjenlemzung, pastor.