Library cum Museum inaugurated at Chizami

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Dimapur, June 3: A Library was inaugurated at the NEN Resource Centre on June 2 by Shyamal Mukherjee, P.S to Swapan Dasgupta, MP, Rajya Sabha in the presence of K Khalo, MLA, 17th Chizami Assembly Constituency, community leaders from Chizami and neighbouring villages, Student leaders and NEN members.
The building was part of the Cultural Interpretation Centre – Library cum Museum (Phase I) project that North East Network (NEN) has received under MPLADS of Swapan Dasgupta, MP, Rajya Sabha in 2017. An amount of INR 15, 52,000 was sanctioned for the project.
Mukherjee in his inaugural speech highlighted the various projects in the NE region which MP Dasgupta has supported under MPLADS. He expressed his happiness at the successful implementation of this project which is a community asset that will benefit many people, and also committed to support the future initiatives of NEN and the community at large.
Chizami Constituency MLA, Khalo in his speech appreciated the MP and Mukherjee, who is like a “bridge linking the State and the Central Government”.
While lauding the clear vision of NEN and its effort to uplift the community, women and girls in particular, he stated “earlier the status of women in our society is very low as they were considered second class citizens to men. However, this is trend is slowly changing and women are progressing in various fields.”
In this regard, he encouraged all members of the community especially men to support such positive initiatives that is for the overall development of the Society.
Seno Tsuhah of NEN acknowledged the contribution of the MP in making this long-felt dream a reality, and also to the Department of Arts and Culture and well wishers of NEN who contributed books for the NEN Library which now has over 1300 books.
She remarked “Society is rapidly disintegrating. Our role as change agents is to facilitate inter-generational and inter-cultural exchanges. Through this Centre, we hope to build a space for dialogue, conversation for a new and healthy society.”
She encouraged all, the students in particular as she noted ‘People who read more have a wider perspective on the world around us and this is critical for young people today’.
Abulo Naro, a high student of Sacred Heart Higher Secondary School Chizami and a Library user of NEN said, “NEN Library to me is like a window to a beautiful landscape of trees, animals, birds, and insects. I saw a world beyond Chizami. It helped me understand the various developments that is happening elsewhere and also issues concerning the environment and climate change”.
The inaugural programme was blessed by E Tsido, Pastor, EBC, and Colo Mero, Director, Life Ministries. Chizami Students’ Union, Tshezokhrou & Wede T.Mero presented songs. NEN members Dilo Koza and Wekoweu Tsuhah highlighted on the MPLADS Fund Utilization report and NEN’s activities respectively. 81 members attended the programme. (Page News Service)