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Student bodies hold conferences, anniversaries

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 1/12/2020 9:39:55 AM IST

Sakipheto Range Students’ Union (SRSU) held its 19th general conference from January 7 to 9 at Hekheshe village with the theme “Envisioning future competence” with I. Himato Zhimomi, principal secretary, Urban Development and Municipal Affairs, Nagaland as special guest. 

A press release from SRSU stated, that in the 3-day long conference, flag was hoisted by I. Himato Zhimomi. In his speech, Himato reminded the students that money was temporary but knowledge and wisdom was permanent. 
He further challenged the students to be an instrument for the society and focused on the major impact of Act East policy on Asian Highways for Sakipheto Range and encouraged the students to make use of the given opportunity.
Prof. Dr Akali Sema, dean SASRD Nagaland University, Medziphema was the main speaker and spoke on the session theme. She enlightened the students with her exemplary life and inspired the gathering with her speech. She motivated the congregation to be competent in this fast paced growing world.
Other guest speakers included, Dr Hotokhu Chishi, director of Health and Family Welfare who spoke on the theme, “Present status of Sümi.” Students were impressed with his rich knowledge on the roots of Sümi tribe. He told the students to work harder and excel in life.
K Hollen Yeptho, business entrepreneur was the guest speaker with the theme, “Towards a new horizon”, wherein she motivated the students to always put God first in their life and to spread love. She also stressed on the importance of cultural ethnicity and emphasized on how negative effects of social media was pertinent in society. 
The 3-day session was concluded by Dr Kakheto Zhimo, president, Western Sümi Hoho as a guest speaker who spoke on the theme, “Rejuvenation of heritage.” 
Other dignitaries like Atokiho Swu president, All Sumi Students Union, Lhojeli Ayemi president Sumi Totimi Hoho Sakipheto area also exhorted the students.  Competition of various indigenous games, sports, literary and cultural items were conducted during the conference. More than hundred students representing 7 units of the union attended the conference and Kupuhe village was crowned the overall champion.
AST: Akehta Sangtamlarü Thsingmüjang (AST) 13th general conference is underway with the theme, “An empowered women” at Old Mangakhi village, Tuensang district from January 10 to 12. 
A press release from AST stated that, on the second-day programme Kashiho V. Sangtam minister of Soil & Water Conservation, Geology & Mining and chairman NSMDC, Nagaland and M. Sangtam MLA were the special guests. 
Kashiho V. Sangtam stressed on the women of particular community like AST to be a role model in bringing peace, development and prosperity of one’s own tribe and the Nagas as a whole. Many new initiatives and activities have been undertaken by the AST, Kashiho stated that added that everyone must be encouraged and lend support for such drastic changes by the women organisations. 
He also referred to a quote on women “Lean in, speak out, have a voice in your organization, and never use the word, ‘sorry’.” Women are the motivations and sources of men’s success in every sphere, he said.
M. Sangtam, MLA also spoke by giving immense importance to women organisation such as AST, to which he elaborated that unity among the members and the unit can build societies and the women can be a channel of resolutions and peacemaking agents in the community. 
Many prominent leaders under Sangtam community also spoke. Seopi Sangtam, president USLP, Sejongmong president USGOU, Setsacho P Sangtam Vice President ENPO and Chonyimong VCC Mangakhi. More than 2000 members from different units and delegates are attending the general session.
BSU:  Beisumpuikam Students’ Union (BSU) celebrated its 25th anniversary on  January 8 at local ground, Beisumpuikam village under the theme “Proclaim & rise” with Namri Nchang, advisor of Water Resources, Nagaland as the special guest and Iherie Ndang, (Rtd.) SP & CEC member of NDPP as the guest speaker on the occasion. 
A press release from BSU president Ireibam Pame stated that, Namri Nchang highly regarded the people of Beisumpuikam village as united despite having various society and high population. 
He went on to say that God must be the priority for the citizen of Beisumpuikam. Criticism should not be a hindrance to be successful person in life. Namri stated also that “our culture, our identity, one’s language is a gift from God” and “No matter where you’re and what you maybe always remember your roots” he added. 
Iherie encouraged the students to be responsible on their part and understand the fatigue of parents. He abbreviated STUDENT as sincerity, truthfulness, understanding, discipline, efficiency, nobleness, and tidiness. He urged students to possess these qualities and enhance one’s knowledge by inculcating the habit of reading and learning new word meaning daily.
Earlier, Ireibam Pame, president BSU delivered the presidential and welcome address. He also thanked God for all the past leaders of BSU who had worked tirelessly to make BSU what it was today. 
Highlights of the events covered eulogy and candle lightning, cultural attire contest, indigenous games and sports like traditional fire making, greased pole climbing, bamboo stilt race, fats eating competition, tug of war with an effort to retrieve identity and culture.

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