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State Observed Sadbhavana Diwas


Imphal, Aug 20,

Sadbhavana  Diwas, marking the 74th birth anniversary of the former Prime Minister of India  late Shri Rajiv Gandhi was observed at Banquet Hall, 1st Battalion Manipur Rifles, Imphal today. The function was organised by Government of Manipur.

Speaking at the function as Chief Guest Agriculture, Vety. & AH Minister Shri V.Hangkhanlian said that “To keep our country united and strong, we need to build up good idea and relationship among us and march ahead, keep in mind the far sightedness, rationality and the ability to take right decision in hard time possessed by our past leaders”.

Reminding that Sadbhavana Diwas as we have been observing the 20th of August every year, the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister of India late Shri Rajiv Gandhi. The meaning and value of observing such a day is very important in our country where there were diverse elements. The observance of today’s auspicious function will be complement to bringing peace, harmony and keeping our country strong and united.

Asserting that the observance also going to build the nation that is essential for the people to understand the real value and meaning of the function. Untowards incidents and violances causes lives and properties, disturbances and hamper the road of development and bring destruction in building a united India. If we are going to go in par with other country or nation in the ray of development in the world we have to forget mutual disbelieve and narrow communal notion among us.

The Minister appealed to the people of Manipur to take the observance as an opportunity of sharing positive and progressive idea and help the government for overall development of the country and to forsake the ideas of selfishness to bring cordial relationship to make Manipur a develop state and let us pledge again to take full responsibility in our duty towards the objectives.

Functional President of the observance Education, Labour and Employment  Minister Shri Th.Radheshyam said that Sadbhavana Diwas was observe today to remember and pay respect to former  late Prime Minister Shri Rajiv Gandhi on his 74th birth anniversary who  has propagated unity and harmony of different communities in the country.

The importance of observance of the day was to make strengthening a bond of love and unity among the diverse languages and communities of the country.

Minister Radheshyam recalled that Rajiv Gandhi was a great leader who have founded new dynamic policy when instability was there in legislative in the politics of India in the year 1985 and brought up a new resolution who banned politics defection by introducing Anti-defection bill in the Parliament and make lowered the voting age from 21 to 18 among others.

Saying the age old tradition of living together peacefully and harmoniously in the country in unity in diversity is being disturbed today by the enmity and hatred amongst different communities and by the act of violence. He maintained that in view of such a situation the observance of Sadbhavana Diwas was more significances and recalled that Rajiv Gandhi as a leader who transformed India in the field of Sciences and Technologies and Educational sectors.

He appealed to the gathering that to fulfil the dreams of Rajiv Gandhi peaceful and developed nation let us rededicate ourselves for the unity of India.

Later, the Chief Guest administered a Sadbhavana pledge in the function.

Council of Ministers, Additional Chief Secretary, DGP and top police and civil officials have attended the function among others.

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27th Manipuri Language Day Celebrated


Imphal, Aug 20,

 “I appreciate the 13 committees who are working under a single roof to celebrate the Manipuri Language Day and influenced by the common theme to take the State forward with a sense of unity”, Revenue, CAF& PD Minister Shri Karam Shyam expressed while delivering his Chief Guest speech today at the 27th Manipuri Language Day held at Maharaj Chandrakirti Auditorium, Palace Compound.

The celebrating committees include Hon’ble Minister, Art & Culture, Shri L Jayantakumar as the Chairman and Manipuri Sahitya Parishad, Naharol Sahitya Premee Samiti,Manipuri Language Development Committee,EPATHOUKOK,Manipuri Literary Society,Writers Forum Imphal,LEIKOL ,SATHOULUP,Patriotic Writers Forum Manipur,IMAKHOL,Manipur State Shumaang Leela Council, AMMIK and Film Forum Manipur amongst others.

Ever since I took birth, it was my mother who taught me during the nascent periods of speech and language in the initial 1-2 years of infanthood and later, the learning mature and develop more in school, college and surrounding environment, Minister Shyam recollected.

“Indeed, right use of language and good words play a major role in winning hearts during adolescence and convincing the public even in politics”, he further said.

Referring to developed nations like China, Japan, Germany & France, Minister Shyam said that he observed their civilians enjoying a sense of pride and identity by using their native language more in public.

All bundles of emotions whether-joy or sorrow, love-hatred, anger or jealousy can be expressed by using proper choice of words from the total set of language, he stated.

He also said that we should all co-ordinate and analyse the errors, weaknesses and faults in our language rather than blaming each other. We should try to find out why our language is still not included in the currency notes, he added.

Pointing out that more finance is needed in the budget for language development; he assured that the Government should try to fill the gap it has with the masses in connection with the issue.

The gathering led by Minister Shyam and Jayanta observed 1 minute silence as tribute to the late Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Prof.Nahakpam Aruna Devi,Shri Lamabam Biramani Singh,Shri L Upendra Aharma and Prof.Kangjam ibohal shared their opinions as resource persons in connection with today’s event.

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Manipuri Language day observed

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Imphal, Aug 20,

State today observed the Manipur language in commemoration to the day when Manipuri Language was included in the 8Schedule of the Indian Language. The day is observed by the All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU) at its Head Quarter here in Imphal DM College Campus.
Prof. N Khogendra, Prof. N. Aruna, President of AMSU Manjit Sarengthem among others attended as dignitaries on the dais.
Speaking on the sideline of the function , AMSU President Sarangthem Manjit stated that even though the UNESCO had reported that Manipur Language has been included in the endangered language of the world, people including those in the government are not giving much important for protection of the language. He appealed all sections of people to observed the day in the following years.   

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The impact of Globalisation

Globalisation, governed primarily by a market-oriented philosophy, has a number of implications for modes of governance. In the realm of education, the institutions of higher education face new pressures and demands for accountability, access, quality, introduction of new technologies and curriculum. A number of countries have introduced reforms to meet the challenges arising out of such a situation, though the context and nature of reforms vary from one country to another. First is the concrete reference available for post secondary education gave rise to privatisation of higher education. The protagonists of privatisation see it as an alternative when the supply and demand do not match or when demands are diversified or when public education is seen as not promoting quality. Second, the Governments are under pressure to attract foreign capital; and this means providing a ready supply of skilled labour. This translates into pressure to increase the average level of education in the labour force. The higher levels of education are important in a society wherein the economy is becoming more knowledge-based than product-based. Third, there is the closer relationship between the private sector including multinational corporations and the state agencies concerned with product development and innovation.
Further, globalisation should have a profound impact on the production and transmission of knowledge, some have argued that this has not occurred; they are casting doubts on the capacity of globalisation to permeate knowledge production and transmission as per local needs. In the context of Asia, this seems more relevant. Sometimes, we even find people advocating the replacement of textbooks with the motion pictures or instructional television. At another level, even when there were attempts to use modern technology in higher education, it has remained limited to the use of computers. It appears that the educational practices at the classroom level have changed only a little in most developing countries of Asia.
In terms of labour market reforms, the Governments are under pressure to attract foreign capital and this requires a ready supply of skilled labour. Further the shift from manufacturing to the services sector is an important development in the nineties. Thus, the concerns about attaining quality and curricular relevance in higher education with reference to international standards and demands have become prominent. This has placed increased emphasis on mathematics and science in the curriculum, and techno-scientific areas of knowledge. Thus the discourse today is about the skills ‘relevant for employment, and enterprise’. In the context of globalisation, two major developments have taken place. One is the inclusion of members of the business houses on the boards of the public universities in order to enhance the industry-institution linkages. This is expected to ensure the relevance of the contents of the curriculum and new academic programmes vis-à-vis the needs of the industry. The advocates of globalisation today argue for internationalisation of curriculum. For them, a truly global university today is characterized by its engagement with the process of globalisation, its international networks, and its internationalised curriculum. The internationalisation of curriculum entails a complex interplay of history, politics, knowledge production, and its use as well as teaching and learning. All these, however, are influenced by international market conditions and professional orientation. If this is so, the internationalised curriculum involves the development of new skills, attitudes and knowledge among students and teachers alike. It requires creation of new learning practices, spaces, ethos and cultures.
However, there is a danger in such internationalisation of curriculum. For instance, it also means the homogenization of curriculum across all the nations and cultures. This obviously undermines the values of uniqueness and diversity in cultures. This may create conflicts at the local level, which can threaten the social harmony as is evident in some of the South Asian countries. In developing countries such as India, globalisation seems to be increasing the gap between the rich and the poor, thereby aggravating the problems of social inequality, which is also inherent in the education system as well.