Higher Education seminar underway in Dimapur

Higher Education seminar underway in Dimapur
Organizers, participants and resource persons of the two-day national seminar that began on March 14. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, MAR 14 (NPN) | Publish Date: 3/14/2019 11:50:41 AM IST

A two-day NAAC sponsored national seminar on “Issues and Challenges of Higher Education in North-East India” got underway on Thursday at the Conference Hall of Immanuel College, Lengrijan, Dimapur. The event has been organized by the IQAC of the college.

Delivering a key note address at the inaugural session, assistant professor, department of History, Tetso College, Bauna Panmei dwelt on the history of Education in Europe, tracing it back to the 12th century. He spoke on existence and growth of ancient, medieval and modern universities in European countries with reference to the history of Indian universities.

Coming to the history of universities in North East India, Panmei stated that the region did not have a full-fledged university until India achieved independence. 

According to Panmei, the first university in the North East was Guwahati University which was established in the 1960s. Prior to that, Cotton College was affiliated to Calcutta University, where post graduate courses were being offered. In Nagaland, he said that over the past ten years, especially in Dimapur, a spurt in the number of universities is seen. Panmei maintained that the main purpose of a university is to produce knowledge and individuals empowered by knowledge. He also pointed out that non-inclusion of information from the North East in the National curriculum may have its own reasons. The curriculum makers cannot introduce North Eastern chapters or information into the syllabus if there is no written information that has emerged about the region over the past 10 to 15 years.   

College principal, Th. Sharatchandra Singh, in his welcome note, gave thanks to God for making the seminar possible. The seminar will culminate on March 15. The inaugural session was chaired by Imjungla Imchem; a vote of thanks was proposed by the IQAC coordinator, N. Elone. The inaugural session was followed by the first technical session on “Quality Assessment of Higher Education System in Nagaland.” 

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