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Dr SC Jamir harps on vision for NE

Dr. S.C.Jamir. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, NOV 10 (NPN):
Published on 11 Nov. 2010 12:39 AM IST
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Former governor of Maharashtra and veteran politician, Dr. S.C.Jamir opined that if the north east was to become a model for the rest of the country, the people would have to look beyond their borders and broaden their outlook to respond to contemporary challenges.
He was speaking as chief guest at the inaugural function of the state’s first four-day technical festival “TechAura 2010”, organized by engineering students’ council of School of Engineering & Technology and Management (SETAM) Nagaland University at SETAM campus Dimapur Wednesday.
Dr Jamir asserted that the objective of the people in the region should be in promoting enlightened citizens of the society to be at par with the rest of the world.
Underscoring the importance of peace, as a pre-requisite for human development, he said that the key factors involved societal harmony, justice and equality- so that each citizen could be counted, and rule of law- to ensure that no one was discriminated.
Laying emphasis on the right to life and security to property as important qualities of good governance, Jamir said a system that recognized the needs and sufferings of the people and public administrators who cared for the welfare of the people were essentials for development of society.
Quoting the state vigilance commissioner who recently stated that corruption has become institutionalized in Nagaland, Jamir said if it was true, then Naga society was losing its moral foundation.
Reminding that the downfall of the Roman empire was attributed to moral corruption, Jamir urged students to imbibe biblical aspects of character and adopt the spirit of service for humanity while still at the learning stage.
He advised students to master their subjects as it formed the key to progress in life.
Saying India is placed at a crucial chapter of being a super nation, with 550 million under 25 years of age, Jamir urged students, as actors of that scenario, to strive in making their future a “golden chapter” through a strong foundation of quality education.
“Our challenge is to make India a land of ideas and opportunities, and the potential of the younger generation has to be nurtured and molded to grow and achieve that goal” , he added.
Earlier, TechAura 2010 convener Ghunavi Aye presented a gist of the festival while SETAM-NU dean Prof. D.P. Sharma delivered a short speech.
TechAura 2010, with ‘Building the Gap’ as its theme, would showcase various technical activities based on programming, web designing, animation, innovative presentations based on research/experience, mud modeling, bio-design, bio-quest, circuit design, robo-kinetics, gaming, science exhibition and math modeling. Around 20 colleges from Nagaland- Dimapur, Kohima, and Mokokchung- and Assam participated in the inaugural sessions. Delegates from engineering colleges from various northeast states are expected to also participate.

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