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Sub-standard institutions bane of quality edn.

Director of higher education, Chubainla Jamir. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, NOV 21 (NPN)
Published on 22 Nov. 2010 12:17 AM IST
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: Director of higher education, Chubainla Jamir on Sunday said haphazard and sub-standard establishments were undermining the vision of quality education both in secular and theological spheres.
Voicing concern over mushrooming of theological establishments in Nagaland, Chubainla, however, expressed optimism that if authorities of theological colleges followed the criteria and guidelines set by the Nagaland Theological Colleges Association (NTCA), it would definitely give a strong direction to qualitative institutions. Under NCTA guidelines, NOC could be sought from the department of higher education.
Exhorting the theologians and theological educators as guest speaker at the second day annual general meeting of NTCA held on the theme ‘Theological response to peace initiative in Naga context’, at New Life Bible College, Chubainla asked whether theologians in its effort to build peace have built peace within themselves. She said it was equally important for the institution to introspect its own environment, whether it was conducive to peace building.
She lamented that some of the highly regarded theological colleges in India have faced the worst internal conflicts. She highlighted the instances where theologians who were constantly bickering, engrossed in fault finding and waiting for the chance to pull others down have consequently affected the spiritual health of many colleges.
Dwelling on the present context, where there have been warnings against heresy, false teachings and strong wave of controversies over particular speakers and fellowships even in Nagaland in recent years, Chubainla called upon NTCA to take the responsibility to see that Naga Churches were not led astray. She also encouraged the NTCA to focus on the vision and mission.
Principal, Clark Theological College Rev. Dr. Takatemjen Ao in his message to the congregation spoke on four ways of responding to conflicts, by taking excerpts from the book of Mathew. He stressed on how Jesus responded to the conflicts confronted by the people at that time.
Making a contextual illustration of the conflicts of the times of Jesus to that of the present situation in Nagaland, Takatemjen explained that four groups of people mentioned in the Bible responded to conflicts through four ways i.e through revolution, through collaboration with the oppressor, thought completely withdrawing from social struggle, meditating on the scriptures and waiting for Kingdom of God, and fourthly through legalistic approach.
Stating that distinctive feature of Jesus was to be a peace maker, Takatemjen urged the theologians to learn to forgive, adding theological community should first be the “anointed community” and work pro- actively towards peace building.
Earlier, the guest speaker released NTCS journal titled ‘The Vision’. Leader of the programme was Rev. Thebemo Yanthan, academic dean Eastern Bible College and New Life Bible College Choir presented special song. Altogether representatives of 23 theological colleges attended the 9th NTCA annual general meeting.

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