DIMAPUR, APR 8 : Just three short of a century but years dedicated in serving people and the honour and appreciation was truly reflected by a large crowd that bade farewell to Yajen Aier, the first Director of Education who died at around 2.40 am on Friday after a brief ailment in Dimapur. The funeral service of late Yajen Aier was held at his Khermahal residence where a host of leaders, his former students and people from different walks of life paid glowing tributes to the memory of a pioneer of education in Nagaland.
Late Yajen was 97 and left behind his wife Moamenla, four sons, two daughters,17 grand children and seven great-grand children. Born in 1914, the fourth son of late Martsungba Aier from Mopungchuket village under Mokokchung district, late Yajen passed matric in IInd division and was also the first from the village. He later went on to obtain BA degree from Serampore College in 1946 and became the third graduate among the Aos. He also obtained a Bachelor of Teaching (BT) degree from Gauhati University in 1961 and a diploma in teaching from the Asian Institute for Teacher Educators from the Philippines in 1966.
He was appointed as the first Naga Deputy Inspector of Schools (DIS) on June 3, 1952 in the erstwhile Naga Hills District under Assam and later went on to become the first Director of Education in 1967 (before the bifurcation
into School and H & T departments) after Nagaland became a state. He retired on March 1, 1975 after thirty years of meritorious service.
Besides, after serving the government, late Yajen went on to become the president of Indian National Trade Union, chairman of the deaf and dumb Biblical ministry board, Nagaland Basha Parishad, Lima Aier Memorial School, Dimapur Mission School, vice chairman of Nagaland Peace Centre, Nagaland Cooperative bank, executive member of ABAM, members of several committees such as general council sahitya akademi, CBCNEI education board, Gideon international, MACROFED and was also a permanent invite of the Indian Federation of Agriculture.
Late Yajen also received the British and Foreign Bible Society and ABAM award for translating the Ao Bible besides several other awards from both the civil societies and government.
Those who spoke included NBCC general secretary Rev. Anjo Keikung, elders from Mopungchuket unions of Dimapur and Kohima and Mopungchuket,Lhusi Haralu(NPC), former students such as Kiremwati retired Director Education and ex-PVC NEHU, former minister Chubatemjen and others.
N Bendang Longkumer spoke on behalf on the in-laws while Maongwati Aier spoke on behalf of the relatives.
Rev.Dr.Wati Aier the eldest son,gave the eulogy.
Messages of condolences from various leaders and organizations that included chief minister Neiphiu Rio, former Governor and chief minister Dr.S.C.Jamir, NBCC, Nagaland Peace Centre, NABARD, Nagaland Post Editor Geoffrey Yaden, Pranabananda Women’s College, DEC Dimapur,Naga Council and several others were read out by program presider Mrs Alongla P.Aier.
The body of late Yajen was later buried at the family cemetery after the service.