Chuchuyimlang students from centre for Gandhian Studies & Research, Nagaland University in collaboration with Peace Coalition of Northeast India (PCNI) visited Nagaland Gandhi Ashram at Chuchuyimlang town under Mokokchung district on February 11.
The tour was led by the Coordinator of NU Gandhian Studies & Research, Dr. Arenla Mollier.
The trip which was sponsored by Nagaland University Centre for Gandhian Studies and Research turned out to be educative as students got the opportunity to interact with a prominent Gandhian Natwar Thakkar and also tour Regional Institute of e-learning and Information Technology (RIeLIT), and IGNOU Centre for Social Works.
79 year old Natwar Thakkar who established Nagaland Gandhi Ashram way back in 1955 during the heights of Naga freedom movement, shared some of his experiences and works in Chuchuyimlang as well as Nagaland.
Thakkar while expressing happiness to Chuchuyimlang villagers for extending their cooperation and donating land, said it was because of the support of Chuchuyimlang villagers that Nagaland Gandhi Ashram could establish RIeLIT at Chuchyimlang.
RIeLIT at Chuchyimlang is fully funded by the central government where students are trained and educated about information technology and computer software and hardware.
Besides, he also said it was the generous donation of land by the Chuchuyimlang villagers that Nagaland Gandhi Ashram could negotiate with Indria Gandhi National Open University to start a masters degree in social work at Chuchuyimlang.
For Gandhian students of Nagaland University, interacting with a veteran Gandhian follower was an eye-opener and a window to the simple, dedicated and principled life of Mahatma Gandhi who dedicated his life for the people, irrespective of caste, creed, sex or religion.
Earlier, the students were shown around Nagaland Gandhi Ashram and also got the opportunity to interact with project director IGNOU Centre for Social Work, Prof RR Singh, who is a prominent academician having worked in prestigious institutes like Tata Institute of Social Work etc.
The students expressed gratitude to Natwar Thakkar for providing opportunity to meet with them and also expressed gratitude to Prof. A Lanu Ao, the director of Centre for Gandhian Studies and Research, NU for sponsoring the trip.
It may be noted here that the Centre for Gandhian Studies and Research NU was inaugurated last year at NU Lumami Campus. This is the first batch student who are undergoing their three months certificate course.
The students of CGS&R – NU are all members of the Peace Coalition of Northeast India (PCNI) since Gandhian studies also deals with peace and conflict transformation in the society.
The centre was established at the Lumami campus under the initiative of NU Vice Chancellor, Prof K Kannan and director of CGS&R, Prof. A Lanu Ao.