Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Educational institutions organise various programmes

Educational institutions across the state have been organising various programmes and activities as part of its academic and extracurricular activities.
KSC: A two-day international workshop on “Ethnographic Fieldwork and Field Recording” was organised by Kohima Science College (KSC) department of anthropology on March 29-30 at KSC, Jotsoma.
The workshop was funded by the department of anthropology, KSC, Jotsoma, The Highland Institute, Kohima, Anthropological Society of Nagaland, Kohima, and Firebird Foundation for Anthropological Research, USA. A keynote address on “Fieldwork among Indigenous Communities” was delivered by Dr. Anungla Aier, KSC former principal, retired director department of higher education, and a recipient of Governor Gold Medal. Speaking on the uniqueness of indigenous communities, Dr. Anungla underscored the importance and relevance of ethnography as a method and as a product in understanding and revealing the tacit knowledge and experiences of the indigenous communities. She highlighted the importance of ethnographic method as a qualitative research method and its wide applicability and usefulness not only in anthropological research but also in other social science disciplines including market research appraising the edge of ethnographic method. Resource person was Dr. Christian Poske, an ethnomusicologist who has worked extensively on the performing arts of eastern and northeaster India and Bangladesh, and a fellow at the Highland Institute, Kohima. Dr. Poske delivered his first address on “Ethnographic Fieldwork in Ethnomusicology” highlighting the close relation between ethnomusicology and anthropology. Dr. Poske also conducted six sessions each followed by a group activity session. The sessions focused on the technical aspects of conducting research work and imparting hands-on training on handling different tools and devices for collecting and recording data.
IC: Science Club of Immanuel College in collaboration with Department of Botany, Chemistry, Zoology, Geology and Environmental Studies, Immanuel College, Dimapur organized the 2nd Inter -College Science Fair “PEIRAMA 2023” under the theme, “Role of Modern Science in Sustainable Development” on April 1 at the College Conference Hall. Students from various colleges took part in the events.
Earlier, in a separate event, a “professional development program on research methodology and research writing” was organised by the Research & Journal Committee, Immanuel College (IC) for the faculty members of the college on March 30 at the College Conference Hall. The objective of the programme was to help the faculty members gain in-depth knowledge about research methodology and research writing. Resource person, St Joseph University, Chumoukedima, assistant professor (department of economics) Dr. Patrick Praveen Dukpa highlighted on the importance of research and the proper means and ways to go about it. The sessions concluded with a light exercise by the resource person where all departments were given the challenge to think of one topic of research and the objectives of the given topic within five minutes.
FAC: Fazl Ali College (FAC) Mokokchung has emerged the leader in National Cadet Corps (NCC) activities and was adjudged “Best College” amongst 17 colleges under 25 Naga Bn NCC during the training year 2022-23. The award ceremony was held on March 31 at FAC, Mokokchung, which was attended by principal FAC, Dr Wati Imchen, commanding officer, 25 Naga Bn NCC, Col CST Swamy, vice principal, Vinod Kumar, ANO Lt Leremongla, CTO, Dr Imliwati Longkumer, PI staff and a large no of NCC cadets. Speaking on the occasion, Col CST Swamy read out a message from Brig Praveen Sangwan, NCC Group Commander Kohima congratulating cadets of FAC and appreciating the college management for unflinching support for NCC activities. In his presidential address, Dr Wati Imchen thanked all staff of 25 Naga Bn NCC for providing timely guidance and whole hearted support to the college. The “Best Performance” trophy and certificate appreciation was handed over to the principal by the commanding officer and “Best ANO” certificate was handed over to Lt Leremongla.
In a separate event, FAC Career Guidance and Counselling Cell organized a career guidance program for the 6th Semester of BA, B.Sc on March 31. During the programme, operations manager Emporium Skills Training Institute, Dimapur, Anirban Mukherjee spoke on the avenues available in the field of aviation, hospitality, cruise-lines shipping and overseas jobs worldwide with information on pay package provided by the industry. 143 students participated in the programme.
DBCK: The Research and Development Cell, Don Bosco College, Kohima (DBCK) in collaboration with Nagaland International Research Centre (NIRC) on March 31 organised the 19th Research Day at Duolhou Garden, Kohima. At the programme, special invitee, Dr. Vizovol Mekro, retired principal, department of higher education, gave a talk on the essentiality and the need for research. He stressed on mass tourism, on the benefit of tourism, and how it benefits the local people. Advisor, NIRC and senior fellow Asian Confluence Shillong, Meghalaya, Dr Khriezo Yhome also exhorted the gathering on the research matters and talked about the research institution which provides a platform for economic purposes, and how the mission of INRC was to build a bridge or fill the gap between the Nagas and international countries. SaniheAriijii and Viphreseno Yhokha, department of Sociology, DBCK gave paper presentations.
TC: The Department of Linguistics in collaboration with the Research and Development Cell, Tetso College, Chumoukedima organised a talk titled, “Language Endangerment in the Northeast: From Despair to Hope.” During the programme, the special lecture was delivered by director of the North Eastern Institute of Language and Culture (NEILAC), Guwahati, Rev. Dr. Vijay A. D’Souza. In the talk, Dr. D’Souza elaborated on the linguistic situation in the north east. Globally, he said about 80% of the 7,000+ languages of the world are spoken by about 20% of the world’s population. He informed that north east region of India alone was home to at least 200 languages. Dr. D’Souza said that most of these languages have less than 10,000 speakers each, and are considered to be at the stage of “endangered” or “moribund” as per the UNESCO’s 2003 Vitality Index. He drew on the historical and contemporary reasons for the endangerment of these languages as well as pointed out the cultural loss and the mental and physical harm caused to the people of these communities through language endangerment.
PGC: National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) Steering Committee of Phek Government College (PGC) Phek on March 31 organised a workshop to deliberate on the preparedness of the institution, for its 2nd NAAC Assessment cycle. The members of NAAC steering committee and assistant professors, Vinituonuo Krose, Neiwe Mero, Dr. H. Atoholi, Jonathan Kikon, Dr. Zhokusheyi Rhakho, Dr. Nutazo Lohe and Dr. Levinu Sakhrie gave presentations on the various criteria.
In a separate programme, Department of Botany, PGC organised a demonstration programme on cultivation of shiitake mushroom (Lentinula edodes) using logs on March 31 at the Skill Centre of the College. The trainers of the demonstration, PGC assistant professors (department of Botany) Dr. Neilhousano Nakhro and Shesalu Lohe, gave a talk on the importance of shiitake mushroom, procedures involved in the cultivation, and the steps for its maintenance.
SJU: The placement cell of St Joseph University, Chumoukedima in collaboration with Talent Acquaintance, a reputed recruitment consultant, conducted a campus placement drive on March 31 for the final year students of PGs and UGs. At the programme, managing director of Talent Acquaintance, Sashilemba B Aier, addressed the students and explained in detail the nature of his company, the current job market scenario in Nagaland and the need to acquire good communication skills in order to have a successful career.
SJU dean of administration, Rev Dr Sr Arockia Mary encouraged the students to make the best use of the placement opportunities that the university offers.
CRIMH&SC: Students along with the faculty of the Carl Rogers Institute of Mental Health and School Counselling, Kohima, conducted a field trip to Mental Hospital Kohima on March 30.

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