Kohima, April 22: The stage is all set for the three-day long 29th biennial conference of Angami Students’ Union (ASU) hosted by Southern Angami Students’ Union on the theme “reflections” scheduled from April 23 to 25 at The Naga Heritage Village, Kisama, Kohima.
The ensuing conference will be celebrating double jubilee – first the 75 years of Kohima sub-division students’ conference and 50 years of Angami Students Union as part of its biennial conference.
In the erstwhile days, Kohima Sub-division Students Conference comprised of Angami, Chakhesang, Rengma, Pughoboto Sumis, Kuki and Zeliang students with its first president Late Goyiepra Kenye as the 1946. Mentionably, Rev Beilieü Shüya and Wezülo Tsuhah were the first vice president and general secretary as per the available records, ASU officials said.
But with statehood and bifurcation of district other tribes went to form their own bodies while the Angami Students’ Union was christened in 1970 with Kevisiezolie Suohu as the first president. He is the proprietor of Kros College, Kohima.
The introductory session will be on April 23 at 6 P.M. with Advisor for Technical Education & Elections, Medo Yhokha as guest while Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio will be inaugural guest the next day at 9:30 A.M.
Central Organizing Committee convener Kesosul Christopher Ltu expressed hoped that the ensuing ASU conference would re-strengthen the relationship with the tribes with whom Angamis associated in 1946 and also federating bodies of all the NSF as they are expected to attend it.
Considering the pandemic situation, he said unlike the previous years where the delegates used to be around 1000 from the four ranges of ASU – Northern, Western, Southern and Chakhroma this time due to the pandemic we are inviting only 100 each members from the ranges to attend the conference and so around 500 including the officials will be camping in Kisama following all COVID-19 protocols.
Further, Ltu invited every member who have served the ASU in the past and also the family member of those who are no more alive to be part of the conference.
A cultural exchange program among the six Kohima Sub-Division Students Conference will be be a prime event on April 24 with NPMHR secretary general Neingulo Krome as guest.
Meanwhile, ASU president Zashümo said that they would use the main arena including the ground and galleries in order to follow the distancing norms against COVIF-19.
He also cautioned groups and people visiting Kisama to avoid it during the evening.
Other sessions for the three day event include: Traditional exhibition and competition of indigenous games – Indigenous Cart race, local rice pounding, bamboo stilt race, war cry and traditional fire making.
Academic competition – debate debate on the topic “The National Education Policy 2020 will ensure quality education in Nagaland” and first ever extempore of intending candidates for ASU 2021-23 officials. Minister for Higher Education and Tribal Affairs, Temjen Imna Along will grace the session.
Advisor for IT, Science & Technology and NRE Mmhonlumo Kikon will grace the valedictory function on the topic “prospect” on April 25 at 2:30 pm. (Page News Service)