Students asked to focus on research

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 11/27/2019 12:45:24 PM IST

Advisor, Information Technology (IT) and Communication, Science and Technology, NRE, Mnhonlumo Kikon Wednesday called upon students to focus on research which will have historical impact on the body of knowledge about the Nagas.

He was speaking at department of Sociology, St. Joseph’s College (Autonomous), Jakhama silver jubilee celebration held under the theme, “sociologically imagining beyond the boundaries”.

The advisor pointed out that during the British colonial times many anthropologists made a career out of doing “brilliant” ethnographic studies of the Nagas. 

“It is our pride that all those anthropologists went to hold important place in the world of anthropological studies,” said Kikon. 

Remembering late Rev. Dr. Fr. Alphonsus D’Souza, founder of department of sociology SJC, Kikon said Nagas can benefit if serious sociological researchers can come out of St. Joseph’s College.

“As a reputed college in Nagaland, St. Joseph’s College can help to bring out students that have employable skills, even sociological skills related instead of only potential candidates for NPSC exams,” said Kikon.

The advisor also suggested research on various social issues as part of the post-graduate curriculum, which in turn would inform policy making. 

Kikon asserted that a well researched studies on various social issues confronting the state would bridge the “disconnect” between policy makers and scholars. 

He then challenged the students studying sociology to come out with solutions to some of the pertinent social issues faced by Naga society.

On the emergence of digital society, Kikon said social media platforms should enrich public understanding of a connected world even to the extent of enabling good governance. “E-governance is a must and in turn we must be able to create a digital society. Digital platforms will enable us in service delivery and implementation of various government programs,” said Kikon.

He encouraged the students to envision a future where governance was aided by technology. Kikon said the challenge today was between the “endless temptations” offered by social media and the need to study hard and increase the decreasing attention span of the students.

The advisor also called upon the students to broaden their knowledge and field of studies beyond the confines of the Naga society.

The programme commenced with an invocation by Rev.Fr. Dr. Joy Thomas; lighting of jubilee lamp by the dignitaries; welcome address by principal, SJC (Autonomous), Rev. Fr. Dr. Sebastian Oussepparampil and a brief history, achievements and vision of the department by HoD, Dr. Medonuo Pienyu.

Tribute was paid to late Rev. Fr. Dr. Alphonsus D’ Souza (founder of department of sociology) as well as to all the past staffs and students.

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