Governor flays varsities for students’ skill deficit

Governor flays varsities for students’ skill deficit

Dimapur, March 15: Like he often does in his public speeches, Governor of Nagaland PB Acharya today again criticized the way the universities function in the state as well as in the country comparing the education that they are providing to criminal activities.
Speaking as the chief guest in the inaugural session of a three-day ‘symposium on spices and aromatic crops (SYMSAC-IX)’ here at School of Agricultural Sciences & Rural development, Nagaland University, Medzhiphema Campus, Acharya said that in countries of Europe and in USA, it is the industries that run the universities and colleges unlike in India where government has the maximum stake and this is leading to a disconnect between the demand and supply unlike those countries where education and degrees are provided to the students as per the needs of the industries.
He said that though the ancestors of Nagas had passed down plants and herbs of much medicinal values, today no one seems to have knowledge about them and are rather neglecting the assets and went on to say that he had observed that all the men who are working on the roads in Nagaland are but non-locals and questioned what is the value of a degree if someone is even unable to fix a pipe.
Governor said that providing degrees to the students are not the end of the responsibilities of the university and colleges but they also should be provided skills otherwise such educations are equivalent to criminal activities.
Narrating a recent incident in which he had visited a village in Nagaland, he said that to reach that particular village, he had to cover a distance of 3 km from the helipad of Assam Rifles but the small distance took him more than an hour due to almost non-existent roads and when he reached the village and interacted with the people, the villagers gave him some large cardamom as a gift.
When he asked them how much they are selling them, he was told that the villagers sell per kilogram of the cardamom at Rs. 270 to some men and are happy with it.
Acharya said that the very cardamom can be found being sold in the borders of Assam at Rs. 3,000 per kg and asked if the universities and other responsible authorities are aware of such things happening where middle men are taking away all the profits and on the top of that the village was ‘unrecognised’, meaning that the people were living there without any form of help from the government and are still producing the cardamoms.
He questioned how many MPs, MLAs, universities and colleges are adopting villages as was asked by Modi.
Acharya said that the universities need to play a positive role for the vision of PM Modi to make India a powerful nation and double the income of the farmer by 2022 and added that horticulture department has a big role to play in it.
He also called for the culture of philanthropy among the well-to-do people and said that the achievers should be givers giving the example of Microsoft founder Bill Gates for the betterment of the society.
Commenting on the lack of development in the state, he said that Nagaland has enough resources but still it suffers from lack of electricity and blamed the people of Nagaland for the condition.
Previously, director of horticulture Dr. R. Elithung Lotha in his brief remark said that for the purpose of doubling the income of the farmers, the department is promoting farm mechanization in hills wherever possible and practising double, inter-relay & mixed cropping as well as are identifying and promoting local cultivars of different crops.
“In this direction, department of agriculture has taken up 118 villages with 6000 hectares (approx.) involving 6304 farmers under organic cultivation (under MOVCD) to grow spices crops like ginger, large cardamom, turmeric and Naga King Chilli,” he said.
Guest of Honour and vice chancellor of Nagaland University Pardesi Lal said that though Nagaland is a small place, its varied topography facilitates different crops to grow in the state and this advantage should be exploited and for the purpose of doubling the income of the farmers, spices are a good option and people should go for quality.
Dr. K. Nirmal Babu, director, ICAR-IISR, Kozhikode, Kerala in his remark said that this is not just a mere symposium but the outcome of it will be the first draft recommendation for the roadmap in respect to spice production and spice industry for the northeast which will be forwarded to the director general of ICAR.
He said that for the symposium till Thursday 90 professionals/ researchers/ academicians from across the country and 100 progressive spice growers, 16 industrial personalities, 30 exhibitors and 40 numbers of suppliers of spices and spice products had been registered.
The symposium will culminate on March 17. (Page News Service)