Webinars and virtual competitions conducted on various issues in Nagaland

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 10/5/2020 1:13:27 PM IST

Webinars and online competitions on various issues were conducted by colleges, schools, student bodies and administration.  

DGC: State level webinar under the topic “Mother tongue as a medium of instruction: Implementation and Implications vis-à-vis National Education Policy 2020” was organised by department of English, Dimapur Government College (DGC), on October 3, with associate professor & head of Tenyidie, NU, Dr. Mimi Kevichusa Ezung, and principal, C-Edge College, Dimapur, Dr. Chubatola Aier, as the resource persons.  

A press release by DGC publicity and media cell, stated that in the first session, Dr. Ezung presented on the topic, “Multilingualism in Nagaland: Meeting the challenges vis-à-vis the NEP 2020”. Highlighting the recommendation in the new education policy for “home language/mother tongue/local language” to be medium of instruction till grade 8 and even beyond, the speaker outlined the gargantuan task ahead for Nagaland with more than 90 indigenous languages. 

She also deliberated on the orthography and literature and development status of languages, and outlined where native languages of Nagaland stood in process of standardisation and development.

In the second session Dr. Aier presented on the topic mentioning that due to its multi-ethnic and multilingual composition, India had adopted the three-language formula in 1966 which remained the model on which language policies were based, therefore the NEP 2020 recommendation would not have radical dimensions. She however maintained that while it may not pose major problem to monolingual or homogeneous population, state like Nagaland with so many languages will face multiplicity of issues. 

Re-iterating that there was cause for concern regarding position of mother tongue in current language trend, she deliberated on the essential areas in language learning and language teaching studies, and highlighted the need for a clear-cut language policy to be put in places. 

Paper presentations were followed by queries from attendees and concluded with vote of thanks delivered by Temjeninla Imsong of 6th Semester, English Honours, DGC.

Programme was moderated by assistant professor, English, Dr. Maongkala Longchar, while associate professor and HoD, English, Mithu Longkumer, delivered the welcome address. 

NSUB: Naga Students’ Union Bangalore (NSUB) hosted an online literary competition (essay competition) on the topic “Covid19: The consequences on politics, economy, health and public relation”, under the theme “Igniting self responsibility.” 

A press release by general secretary, NSUB, Paul N Rengma, stated that judges for the competition were associate professor, UTC, Dr Kaholi Zhimomi, associate editor, Eastern Mirror, Raymond Ronamai, and technology implementation lead, Sunep Imsong.

Vice president, NSUB, Zakietuo Noudi, stated that the union understanding the current pandemic situation, decided not to host any social gathering event this year, however, in order to keep members active and to stay connected with the union, it decided to host online competitions. Lamyile Meru, Veithriene Pao, K Manenei were awarded as winners of the competition.  NSUB will be organising an online talent show from last week of October. 

Phek: Phek district administration & DLCW-MSK Phek in collaboration with Phek Town Chakhesang Students Union (PTCSU) organised online essay competition on “significance of girl child education in Nagaland” on October 2 to commemorate the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

According to DIPR report, the competition was conducted with an aim to spread the message of BBBP, “save the girl child: educate her” in all the five sub-divisions of Phek.

BBBP logo campaign was disseminated through WhatsApp social medium and results were declared in two categories; class 8-12 where first prize went to Nuthokapu, class 12, Baptist High Higher School, Kohima, Chevietso- o Koza, class 11, Ministers hills Baptist Higher Secondary School Kohima in second place and third prize went to Chothalu Khamo Class-11, Government Higher Secondary School Phek.

Consolation prizes for the category went to Wewo-o Dieno, class-12, Fernwood Hr. Sec school, Kohima, Setolu Thisa, class-9, St. Andrew High School, Thenyizumi and Setsuno Vero, Christian Mission Higher Secondary School, Phek

Meanwhile under category 2 (BA & MA), first prize went to Kuvolu Khesoh, BEd SCTE Kohima, Sunatalu, MA 4th Sem, NU Kohima secured second position while Nukholulohe, BA 3rd Sem, St. Joseph College Jakhama received third prize.

Consolation prizes for category went to Venulutetseo, BA 1 Sem, Phek Government College, Vechilu Vero, BSC 1st Sem, Phek Government College and Weko-o Dieno, 5th Sem Civil Engineering, Kaziranga University. Altogether 40 participants took part in the competition.

Kohima: Press information bureau (PIB), Kohima, and field outreach bureau (FOB), Kohima held a webinar under the topic “Impact of new education policy on Nagaland” (NEPN) on September 28, with principal director, Nagaland School Education department (NSED), Shanavas C and director, PIB, Imphal, Abhishek Dayal as the speakers. 

A press release by assistant director, PIB Kohima, K. Sonikumar Singh, stated that Shanavas C, stated that under NEP, there would be integration of Anganwadis, with early learning and extension of mid-day meal to higher classes. A child is now going to start formal system of education from the age of 3 and this would help rural children, who used to start proper education at much later age, he pointed out. 

He maintained that the first challenge was to integrate Anganwadis with school education and substantially enhance teaching skills at ground level. 

He further added that state government would also take the help of NGOs in augmenting teaching quality through teachers’ training and developing teaching literature in local languages. Nagaland has 16 dialects and the idea of teaching in mother language till class 5 will have to go hand in hand with learning in English, he added. 

Abhishek Dayal, in his address, said that new education policy would greatly empower and benefit students of entire North East region and particularly of Nagaland, because of national standardization, shift from rote learning to true understanding of subjects, creating better infrastructure and greater stress on building the capacity of teachers. According to him, the competition for youth was not regional but global, and the very fact that national education system strives for uniformity in standardization helps the erstwhile backward regions catch up faster. 

Earlier, assistant director, PIB Kohima, K. Sonikumar Singh, welcomed the participants and stated that PIB was hosting series of webinars on NEP with views to help media and common people understand the policy better. Webinar was attended by over 25 officials of the North East Zone, ministry of Information and Broadcasting, members of media, teaching profession and officials of the state government. 

Press Information Bureau (PIB) Kohima and Field Outreach Bureau (FOB), Kohima also organised a webinar on “Gandhi and self-reliant India” on September 17. A press release by assistant director, PIB Kohima, K. Sonikumar Singh stated that while speaking at the occasion, director, Centre for Gandhian Studies and Research, Nagaland University, Dr Temjensosang said that the entire life of Gandhiji was dedicated for the elevation of the poor. He said it was disheartening to note that a significant part of rural population still lived below poverty line and this year with the pandemic, the condition did not look any better.

Given the reality of social and economic structure of the country, he said it was important that Atmanirbhar Bharat mission (which was the thrust of deliberations) became a mass movement so that villages are freed from economic deprivation. Revival of village industries and rural development is key for progress of the nation, he said.

In his address, director, PIB Imphal, Abhishek Dayal said that many recent major policy decisions, not only various aspects of Atmanirbhar Bharat and national education policy, had a deep connect with basic tenets of Mahatma Gandhi’s teachings.

He added that people must not forget that his central message was to work for the poor in the country and strive for a just and happy society. He called upon the media to use their platforms to hold wider debates and discussions and engage people on Gandhian philosophies and ideas.

Earlier, assistant director, PIB Kohima welcomed the participants and FEO, FOB, Kohima, P. Sophie delivered vote of thanks. 

The webinar was attended by over 30 officials of seven states of Northeast zone, ministry of information and broadcasting, members of media and Gandhian experts. 

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