Dimapur, March 15: “University education must be towards the service of society and Nation,” said PB Acharya, Governor of Nagaland in an award distribution ceremony held at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
NAMASTE Governor Acharya Award 2018 in honour of freedom fighters of North East India was organized by Special Centre for the Study of North East India, JNU. The function was chaired by Prof. M. Jagadesh Kumar, Vice Chancellor of JNU, who was instrumental in establishment of the special centre.
Stating that such a programme is first of its kind in JNU, he expressed the need to promote and encourage multidisciplinary research on Northeast.
“Five awards will be given every year in honour of freedom fighters of the states of North East India in rotation,” said Prof. Bhagat Oinam, chairperson of the centre. He appreciated the Governor for being the patron of the award.
Dinesh Kumar, Secretary to Governor of Nagaland informed about the purpose of instituting the award in JNU.
The competition for the awards was based on MPhil and PhD researches being carried out by students of JNU in various issues and problems of the region. The five awardees were Aditya Bordalai, Gaithoilu Gangmei, Md. Chingiz Khan, Munmi Pathak and Sikha Dutta in the honour of U Tirot Sing of Meghalaya, Rani Gaidinliu of Nagaland, Bir Tikendrajit Singh of Manipur, Lokpriya Gopinath Bardoloi of Assam and Pasaltha Khuangchera of Mizoram respectively.
“The acronym NAMASTE stands for N – North/Nagaland, A – Assam, M – Manipur/Mizoram/Meghalaya, A – Arunachal Pradesh, S – Sikkim, T – Tripura, and E – East,” said the Governor. He further remarked that the award is a way to encourage and inculcate competitive spirit among students working on North East. It recognizes the students who have not only excelled in their academic pursuits but also developed all round skills and attained remarkable achievements in the domain they have a strong passion for.
(Page News Service)