Webinar on social developments of NE India

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 8/9/2020 9:56:20 AM IST

Don Bosco College Kohima (DBCK) in association with Kohima Educational Society (KES) organised a two-day multi-disciplinary international webinar on social formation and cultural developments of Northeast India and the neighbouring regions on July 24 and 25.

A press release by DBCK and KES stated that, special invitee professor M. Aleminla Ao, pro-vice chancellor Nagaland University, Kohima Campus underlined that North East India and its neighbouring regions have its own unique and diverse history of social systems, tradition and rich culture. She expressed regret that process of modernization and the subsequent developments have impacted societies and the valuable heritage was diminishing. 

Highlighting that most historical events were orally narrated without comprehensive research and documentation, she opined that these drawbacks have led to distortion and contradictory statements. She called upon practitioners, researchers and academicians to come together and deliberate with new insights, data, interpretation and new answers to make it right on the social history and preserve its rich cultural heritage.  

Dr. Visier Sanyii, president, Overseas Naga Association (ONA) in his keynote address highlighted on retrieval and evolution of the cultures of Northeast India and the neighboring region. Speaking on the webinar theme, he expressed that while oral traditions vary from place to place, “we must employ methodologies that are ethical, preserve human dignity, and are in search of the truth.” He further stated that since oral traditions in North East region were in the process of being freshly documented, there was need for patience and discernment in this process. The two-day long webinar witnessed 37 papers presentations and extensive deliberations in five technical sessions presented by scholars, academicians from NE India including Dhakha and UK. Prof. Rajib Handique, Gauhati University, Guwahati, prof. Amrendra Kumar Thakur, NEHU, Shillong, Meghalaya, prof. N. Venuh, Nagaland University, Kohima, prof. Jano L. Sekhose, Nagaland University, Kohima and Dr. Krishna Kalita, KBV Sanskrtit & Ancient Studies University, Nalbari, Assam were the moderators for the sessions. 

Earlier at the inaugural programme, Fr. Dr. P. Suresh, principal Don Bosco College Kohima and Dr. P Ngullie, chairman Kohima Educational Society welcomed the gathering.  The programme was convened by Dr. Lanukumla Ao coordinator, Research Cell Don Bosco College Kohima and Dr. Imtinaro Longkumer, head of Education Don Bosco College Kohima. Technical support was provided by National Institute of Electronics & Information Technology, Kohima. 

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