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Nyeiwang at MGM anniv, calls for holistic approach to education
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, OCT 13 (NPN):
Published on 14 Oct. 2010 12:40 AM IST
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Mar Theodosius Memorial higher secondary school (MGMHSS) Wednesday celebrated its 25th anniversary with a nostalgic look back when late Dr. Stephanos Mar Theodosius, the Bishop of the Indian Orthodox church, with cooperation from members of Mar Gregorios Orthodox Church Dimapur, founded the school in the year 1985.
Minister for school education & SCERT Nyeiwang Konyak, who graced the occasion as chief guest, reminded the school authorities, teachers and students that there was “so much” for which they should be thankful to God and that there was “so much” over which they should celebrate and rejoice.
He also urged all to remember the pioneers of the institution who committed themselves to nurture the institution this far with “so much reputation and history.”
On the growth of education, the minister said value-based education still remained a “distant dream” as class of education had been reduced to providing only degrees.
“It may help us get jobs but the development of moral character and quality education continues to be in a slumber,” said Nyeiwang.
The minister said that schools and colleges in the state should strive to produce more responsible and civilized students and provide a holistic learning process involving moral values, intellectual and physical well being of a child.
Stating that people and nation were suddenly waking up, Nyeiwang said there was groundswell movement for renewal, revival, restoration and refreshing all over.
The minister also urged both teachers and parents to realize the need for “cooperate interference into the life of the students”.
He further maintained that a teacher should teach with the spirit of a missionary and pursue the profession with devotion, integrity and dedication.
“An ideal teacher is not only a highly learned person but he has the ability to transform his knowledge in mounding the character of the student,” the minister said and pointed out that a teacher remains a student all of his life as he was always in a mission of enhancing his knowledge to mould the life of the future generation.
Advocating that severe punishment should not be encouraged in schools, Nyeiwang suggested for an alternative in correcting students’ mistakes.
Meanwhile, former state chief minister and MLA K. L. Chishi, who was the guest of honour, exhorted students to strive towards their goal. He lauded the school in their journey on attaining recognition as one of the most reputed schools in Dimapur.
The silver jubilee celebration started with lighting of the lamp by the host of dignitaries.
Kilangbenla a student of grade-4 enthralled the crowd with Dolly Parton’s ‘Coat of many colors’.
Guests present at the function included Archbishop Dr. Joseph Mar Dionysius; president and manager of the school, Col. Sanjay Bajpai, Fr. K. S. George, Fr. Abraham Thomas, Fr. Sabu; pastor UBC midland and host of members from DCC, ACC, NPMCC, DMCC, and AMCC.
The school established in the year 1985 on February 5 was formally inaugurated by the then education minister K. L. Chishi, where Sister Judith served as the first principal of the school with 52 students and 4 teachers.
In the current academic year; the school has matured both in quality and quantity with strength of 975 students, 40 teaching staff and classes upgraded till class 12 with arts and science faculty.
To acknowledge and motivate the meritorious students at Mar Theodosius Memorial (MGM) scholarship of about `22000 has been setup from this year. The main focus of MGM school is to draw out the best from the students concerning not only in book education but also in its intrinsic persona for an all round progress of its pupils.
The function was attended by parents, well-wishers and students.

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