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Solution more important than election: CM

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Dimapur, November 18: Nagaland Chief Minister, T R Zeliang today blamed the disunity among Nagas for the long standing unsolved Naga political problem even after 70 years of struggle, 20 years of dialogues and two years since the signing of the Framework Agreement between GoI and NSCN (IM).

Speaking as the chief guest during the inauguration of St. Joseph University here at Ikishe village today, Zeliang said the existence of 9 factions in the state is one of the reasons that the state is unable to progress and it is for the sake of the present generation and the generation to come that the problem should be solved.

He claimed that all the members of the Legislative Assembly are not concerned about the coming election, but rather are awaiting solution as it is a golden opportunity for the Nagas when 6 different factions and NSCN (IM) are prepared to bring a conclusion to the issue.

Taking responsibility 'being the head of the state', Zeliang said that if Nagas want solution, the efforts should start from the top and it starts with him.

Calling Naga youths second to none in skills and talents, he said that the youths, however, have not been exposed to opportunities and it is for their progress that solution should come and not for the older generations.

He said that he has asked NBCC to form a forum to discuss the issue and has also called an all-political-party meeting as the Chief Minister of the state and not as a member of a political party and further encouraged civil societies to pray hard and get involved too.

Viewing the presence of Modi as the PM of India an opportunity influenced by God, he said that it has made the governments of nearby states of Nagaland friendly and they are ready to understand the issue and being an oppositionless government in the state, it only makes the opportunity better.

He described an immediate solution more important than election and if election comes sooner than solution, people would forget about the issue and get involved in the election and political parties.

Speaking about the university, the chief minister said that when the proposal of the university was brought to him, he was inspired by it as he previously had tried to bring 3 universities in the state but was unsuccessful.

He said the bill was subsequently passed in the legislative assembly in the second attempt after the first bill regarding the creation of the university was returned by the Governor because of the word 'Catholic' in the name of the university.

The name was then changed from St. Joseph Catholic University to St. Joseph University and the bill was passed in November 2016.

He informed that the assembly has also passed another bill regarding the creation of a new university to be managed by Nagaland Baptist Church Council.

Previously, Deo Nukhu, parliamentary secretary for higher education in his address had said that the university has the potential to overtake Nagaland University and expressed that private colleges in the state should affiliate themselves with this reputed university.

He, however, reminded the university that it still needs to undergo NAAC scrutiny and therefore should be cautious about the infrastructure, faculty and other aspects.

Home minister Y Patton in his speech termed it a red-letter day for Nagaland and a great initiative by the Catholic Church to impart quality education at an affordable price to the students of Northeast and Nagaland in particular.

He said that though Northeast produces a large number of graduates every year, most of them are unemployable and thus remain unemployed and vulnerable to fall into the sight of organizations that exploit their vulnerability and expressed his hope that the coming of the university would bring a sea of change by imparting employable and skill oriented education to the students.

Though the university was formally inaugurated today, it started functioning in 2016 with 43 students in the first batch. It received about 1500 application for the second batch in the year 2017, of which only 545 were accommodated.

The first Catholic university in Nagaland and fifth in the whole country, chancellor Rev. Fr. Dr. J.E. Arul Raj in his address mentioned that Rs. 45 crores were raised from Union Bank of India and South Indian Bank of India for the construction of the university and if any money is made from it, it would be reinvested in Nagaland. (Page News Service)

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