Imphal, Sept. 5
Chief Minister N. Biren Singh has said that model residential schools will be set up in seven selected districts soon.
He was speaking as the Chief Guest at the State Level Teachers’ Day function held at the auditorium of Manipur State Film Development Society (MSFDS), Palace Compound, Imphal East today.
Stating that the State Government has been focussing on human resource development, the Chief Minister said that the first session of Dhanamanjuri University would begin from this year. Moreover, the Manipur Legislative Assembly had passed the Manipur International University Bill, 2018 recently, he said while adding that the number of students going outside the State to pursue higher studies would come down once these two varsities commence its sessions.
He also informed the gathering that many school drop-out children had been re-admitted under State Government’s Lairik Tamhansi scheme. 752 children had been re-admitted in Class I to VIII, and another 876 children in Class IX to XII under the scheme so far, he added. Apart from it, free text books had been provided to around 10,000 students, the Chief Minister informed.
Maintaining that it is essential to provide lodging/quarter facilities for teachers and Government employees who are deputed in hill districts, Shri N. Biren informed that Transit Accommodations for teachers/Government employees would be constructed at 21 identified places in hill districts soon.
Regarding alleged assault of AMSU volunteers by suspected NCSN (IM) cadres at Nungba on September 3, the Chief Minister said that necessary search operations to nab the culprits had already begun in the area.
N. Biren said that the State Government would never remain as a mute spectator when anybody indulges in anti-social activities or takes law into their own hands. Urging all concerned not to resort to any activity which may incite communal tension, the Chief Minister said that the culprits involved in the Nungba incident would be booked as per the law of the land.
Regarding abduction of some people of Zeliangrong community as well, one person had already been nabbed, he added.
Regarding Manipur University issue, the Chief Minister said that people need not to worry about the recent development. The matter would be resolved in consultation with the Central Government soon, he added.
Stating that Teachers Day reminds the role played by teachers in shaping the future of children, the Chief Minister said that the day is observed to honour teachers’ contribution to the society.
Speaking at the occasion as the functional president, Education Minister Shri Th. Radheshyam said that the main architects of the society are teachers, and they should be the catalyst of a positive change.
The Minister also observed that teachers’ role had become so complex these days due to the fast changing scenario of technological advancement. Shri Radheshyam also said that the State Government is considering localised recruitment of elementary school teachers. He said that a big challenge being faced by the Education (S) Department is that around 400-500 teachers attain service superannuation every year, and no teacher had been recruited since 2011.
Informing that the rate of enrolment in Government schools had witnessed a steep rise in the recent time, the Minister said that credit of this achievement goes to the Education (S) Department and teachers.
Commissioner (Education-S and Technical and Higher Education) Shri H. Deleep also attended the function as the Guest of Honour.
Earlier at the function, the Chief Minister led the gathering in offering floral tribute to the photograph of Dr. Radha Krishnan.
State Teachers’ Awards were also presented to 10 outstanding teachers at the function. The award carries a shawl, a citation and cash prize of Rs. 10,000 each.
Recipients of the award were Smt. O. Geetarani of Ibotonsana Higher Secondary School, Shri Kh. Keshokumar of Modern Primary School, Smt. W. Jyotsana of Eastern Ideal High School, Smt. I. Usharani of Ananda Singh Higher Secondary Academy, Shri W. Ibomcha of Ningthoukhong Higher Secondary School, Shri K. Pukeni of Oinam Hills High School, Shri S. Ibohal of Willong High School, Shri L. Paomang of Tuibong Govt. Junior High School, Shri KL Warson Anal of Chakpikarong Higher Secondary School and Shri H. Premkumar of Toupokpi High School.
It may be mentioned that Shri Khangembam Indrakumar of Kumbi Santhong Upper Primary School has been selected for National Teachers Award 2017. He has gone to New Delhi to receive the award.
A book entitled, ‘Experimental Learning, Gandhiji’s Nai Talim’ was also released at the function. The book was published through the joint effort of SCERT and Mahatma Gandhi National Council of Rural Education.
The function was jointly organised by Department of Education (S), Department of Education (U), Department of Language Planning and Implementation, SCERT, Adult Education, RUSA, RMSA, SSA, COHSEM and BOSEM.
William Gurumayum, Sub-Editor of Imphal Times is a resident of Sagolband Salam Leikai. He has been with Imphal Times since beginning. A avid adventure lover, writes mostly travelogue.