Kohima, July 28: A 2-day multi-disciplinary international webinar on Social Formation and Cultural Developments of Northeast India and the neighbouring regions organized by Don Bosco College Kohima in association with Kohima Educational Society was held on July 24 and 25 last.
Google Meet was used as the platform to conduct the programme and technical support was provided by National Institute of Electronics & Information Technology, Kohima.
Inaugurating the webinar, special invitee Prof. M. AleminlaAo, Pro-Vice Chancellor Nagaland University, Kohima Campus underlined that North East India and its neighbouring regions has its own unique and diverse history of social systems, tradition and rich culture.
She, however, expressed regret that the process of modernization and the subsequent developments have impacted societies and the valuable heritage is diminishing.
Highlighting that most of ‘our’ historical events are orally narrated without comprehensive research and documentation, she opined that these drawbacks have led to distortion and contradictory statements.
She called upon practitioners, researchers and academicians to come together and deliberate with new insights, data, interpretation and new answers to make it right on the social history and preserve its rich cultural heritage.
She further expressed hope that ideas, experiences and knowledge shared in the current webinar would be able to bring out a complete strategy to carry out detailed research and study in future and streamline the socio-historical confusion of the region.
Dr. Visier Sanyii, president, Overseas Naga Association in his keynote address highlighted on Retrieval and Evolution of the cultures of Northeast India and the Neighboring Region.
Speaking on the webinar theme, he expressed that ‘in pursuing oral tradition while reconstructing history and birthing the language of a new emerging culture, we must employ methodologies that are ethical, preserve human dignity, and are in search of the truth. The application of oral traditions varies from place to place.’
In pursuing oral tradition while reconstructing history and birthing the language of a new emerging culture, he expressed the need to employ methodologies that are ethical, preserve human dignity, and are in search of the truth. He further stated that since oral traditions in North East region are in the process of being freshly documented, there is a need to be especially aware of the need for patience and discernment in this process.
The 2- day long webinar witnessed 37 papers presentations and extensive deliberations in five technical sessions presented by scholars, academicians from NE India including Dhakha and UK. Prof. RajibHandique, Gauhati University, Guwahati, Prof. Amrendra Kumar Thakur, NEHU, Shillong, Meghalaya, Prof. N. Venuh, Nagaland University, Kohima, Prof. Jano L. Sekhose, Nagaland University, Kohima and Dr. Krishna Kalita, KBV Sanskrtit & Ancient Studies University, Nalbari, Assam were the moderators for the sessions.
Earlier in the inaugural programme, Fr.Dr. P. Suresh, Principal Don Bosco College Kohima and Dr. P Ngullie, Chairman Kohima Educational Society welcomed the gathering.
The programme was convened by Dr. LanukumlaAo coordinator, Research Cell Don Bosco College Kohima and Dr. ImtinaroLongkumer, Head, Department of Education Don Bosco College Kohima.
(Page News Service)