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DoSE & theological colleges hold meeting; form core committee

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 3/23/2021 1:38:39 PM IST

A coordination meeting between Directorate of Higher Education (DoSE), Nagaland and principals of theological colleges in Nagaland was held in Kohima on March 22 under the initiative of PDA government and higher education & tribal affairs minister, Temjen Imna Along.

Addressing the meeting, Along stressed on the need to place proper structure and holistic education system in the theological colleges of the state.

The minister also propounded on National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 and expressed his concern on the challenges.

As suggested by the minister, the meeting formed a five member core committee with two from higher education department and three from theological fraternity to facilitate proper coordination between the two and to maintain proper standard of theological colleges in the state.

On grant–in-aid being extended to theological colleges in the state, the minister assured that the government would see that theological institutions receive right amount of grant.

Also as suggested by theological fraternity for introduction of the department of religious studies in Nagaland University, higher education director Dr. Apeni Lotha said that the department would take up the matter with concerned authority.

Expressing concern over the growing theological colleges in the state, the theological fraternity requested the government to intervene and scrutinize the factor properly and give NOC accordingly.

On NEP 2020, a copy which was circulated at the meeting by the department, a representative from theological college requested the department to arrange a workshop to help them to get acquainted with the policy.

Earlier, Nagaland Theological College Association (NTCA) president, Dr. Rushulo Seb in letter addressed to minister Along sought a legitimate and stronger relationship between the state government and the Nagaland theological fraternity.

The meeting ended with distribution of grant-in-aid package among theological colleges. It may be mentioned that presently, there are 44 theological colleges in Nagaland.

 

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