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Contd. from yesterday issue
By: Ph. Nandakumar Sharma,
Joint Secretary,
Board of Secondary Education Manipur
5. Higher Secondary Education:- This is the stage where students are opened to a verities of courses/streams and allow them to select a course/stream of their choice for their future life. The education in this stage is designed to more pre-vocational and pre-professional. As the need of the society changes from time to time, the course/streams are to be updated and new subjects be introduced. This is the age of Information Technology, Biotechnology, Foreign trade, Tourism, Science and technology and Games and Sports. As such, our students are to be exposed to the world class educational technology for excelling the field of their choice. Over and above the Foundation course, the following streams be opened with most modern educational technology. 1. Science Stream 2. Arts Stream 3. Vocational Stream 4. Commerce Stream and more particularly 5. Art and Culture stream and 6. Sports Stream. This will make the state a self sustained state in human resource to meet the need of the state, country and neighbouring countries. To meet the3 demand of the modern society in Science subject, the subjects like Information Technology, Biotechnology, Agriculture, Forestry, Fishery, Horticulture, Microbiology and Biochemistry be included. In the commerce stream the subjects like foreign trade, Foreign Exchange regulations be included. Special care should be taken in opening subject which are much needed in the socio-economic condition of the state. A successful implementation of the secondary education will lead the state into a self sustained economy.
6. Educational Tourism:- In this today’s world of fast changing development progress, the transfer of knowledge and transfer of technology has played a key role. The vehicle in which this transfer of technology and knowledge is being done is through education. Thus education has become and agent of change in every country. The distance is not the matter and man has rushed towards the country where there is most advanced technology and knowledge. India has become the leading country in the field of development of human resource in information technology from India and abroad. India’s vast investment inflow is also from the information technology transfer. Many students from foreign countries specially from the developing countries and the south Asian countries are coming to India. Manipur because of its geographical location has become the front door of India to the South East Asian countries. As such, it may become an educational hub in India for receiving the students coming from the south east Asian nations through land route. Manipur has the ample opportunity to harvest this rare phenomenon. In order to materialize this, we are to study what are the areas in which the student from the south Asian countries does their studies in India. If Manipur develops the required infrastructure and the curriculum and syllabus of the interested areas, our state can become a little paradise on earth for education. The geographical location of the state as well as the round the year moderate climate makes the state Manipur as an ideal place for education throughout the year. This type of climatic condition is not available in any other part of the glob. Moreover, the rich cultural treasure, food habits and the art and culture are the other plus points to the educational tourism in the state. There are many enquiries from the foreign nationals asking for advance course in Manipuri dance and martial arts. The relaxation of the Protected Area Permit by the Government of India facilitates the incoming flow of foreign learners to Manipur. One of the area in which Manipur can develop educational tourism is the teaching of English as foreign language. There is heavy demand for English language teachers in the South East Asian countries including China and Japan. Because of the cultural gap between the east and the west, these countries are poor in English language teaching. Moreover, the British and American native speakers also do not want to go to this region for teaching English because of heavy dependence on local languages. Manipuri language being a language through which most of the sounds in English language can be pronounced, has the advantage to produce English language teachers provided emphasis is stressed on linguistics, speaking and listening activities. The prospect of educational tourism in Manipur can be augmented if the foreign languages of the neighbouring countries are also introduced in the Manipur University and other institutes. The educational tourism will provide two way benefits to the people of Manipur by generating employment in Manipur and abroad. The unique Mongolian character of the people has endowed an advantage to the people in hosting the educational tourism for the neighbouring countries. Manipur can become the best place for school education and higher studies for the neighbouring countries if world class buildings and infrastructure are developed. Not only in general education, advance technical education and art and culture education, education in healthcare will attract many foreign students from the South East Asian countries.
7. University and Higher Education: University is not only a place of higher studies but also an institution which is authority in every sphere of decision making on different issues concerned with the state or the nation. It not only provides higher education in wide range of subject areas but also helps the state government in guiding for big projects for the benefit of the people. As for example, the direction to which the economy of the state should move shall be prescribed by the department of political economy and department of economic of the university. In the developed countries, universities play a vital role in spreading advanced and higher technical education and in the act of taking major decision on different issues concerned with the state or the central government. The university and higher education stage, the subjects which were introduced in the secondary and higher secondary stages are expanded into full grown subject for further research for future generations to come. In Manipur, the scope of higher and technical education at present is litter better than the traditional subjects which are out dated and have no place in the society. It is no wonder the very few students come for admission to some of the subjects which are out dated and have no place in the society.
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Khumbongmayum Dhanachandra Singh, a college dropout, has become a successful entrepreneur in Manipur.
Hailing from Thangmeiband Maisnam Leikai in Manipur, he runs a manufacturing unit and generates jobs for others.
Singh, who started manufacturing bags after he failed to get a job, launched ‘Romi Industries’ in 1996 and never looked back.
“I made a purse out of waste cloths in my father’s shop. I made it with a very creative design and gave it to my friend. After sometime, my friend’s friend started demanding the same purse. Later, I got a lot of demand from so many people, so I decided to do a bag business, so I called some of my local friends to work with me and that’s how I started this business under the name ‘Romi’s bag Industries,” said Singh
After years of hard work, Singh’s business has reached to this success. Presently, he has a staff of 30 people with latest stitching machines. He manufactures school bags, air bags, camera bags, rain coats, jackets, track suits, laptop bags and many other items.
“I have earned experience as I was untrained during the time of joining. I now make bags, rain coats and other items. I never used stitching machine earlier. After joining here I have learnt many things,” said Thoiba, a staff.
“I’m happy that I get the job here because I have nothing to do at home. If I stay at home it was wastage of time. I am happy to work here,” added another staff Anita.

IT News
Imphal, Nov 8: The fate of present day Manipur would have been different had the then Union government of late 1960s took necessary action on the report of one good Intelligence Bureau officer. According to a finding by the Imphal Times from the real life account of Maloy Krishna Dhar, who had been deputed in Manipur during 1968 in charge of the Intelligence Bureau office in Imphal, it is being learnt that the Intelligence bureau of that time had enough information about the potential growth of insurgency in the state.
According to the write up of the former Intelligent Officer, it has been revealed that they had deployed paid intelligence agents amongst the top functionaries of the RGM and the UNLF to collect information about the strategy and movement of the two underground groups which was on the rise.
It was mentioned in his book that the IB that time had enough information about the Pakistani based Intelligent Agency ISI extending all possible assistance to any rebel group of the region. He wrote that he had concrete evidence of ISI setting up camps for Meitei rebel groups somewhere in Sylhet in present Bangladesh, formerly known as East Pakistan.
“The deal between the Meiteis and the Pakistani intelligence agencies was cemented by Z. Ramyo, a Tangkhul Naga rebel leader, and Thinousille Angami, a self styled Brigadier of the outlawed Naga army.
“Oinam Sudhir, Arambam Somorendra and N Bisheshwar were in contact with the Pakistani operators and over 150 youths had left for East Pakistan (Now Bangladesh) for undergoing training”, reports Mr. Dhar.
Having understood the potential of the unwanted consequences, the intelligence officer did report the matter as according to his personal account.
“My reports to Delhi were treated as over reaction of a greenhorn. They, as well as the Chief Commissioner and his entourage were not ready to accept my views on the formation of the revolutionary Government of Manipur and its cadres being trained at East Pakistan (Bangladesh)”.
The IB officer disappointingly  narrated that the then IGP Madan Gopal Singh treated the report as a joke. None of the Government machinery accepted the report.
It is well understood that at that time Manipur was a Union territory and the center is directly handling the administrative affairs. Had the report been treated and acted immediately the present day Manipur Would have been a different story.

IT News
Imphal, Nov.8: Union Minister of State Commerce and Industry, Nirmala Sitharaman who arrived in the state today hit the rival congress party while participating campaign for BJP at Thangmeiband and Thongju Assembly constituency.
“Congress is almost the synonym of corruption, under the Chief Minister Okram Ibobi led- Congress government in Manipur, corruption has reached its peak in the state”, said Nirmala Sitharaman during an election rally of BJP candidate Kh Joykishan at Ima Khunthoknganbi Sanglen, DM College campus, Thangmeiband today.
Blaming Congress for its failure to take up developmental works, the union minister said, “Manipur Development Society is associated to Chief Minister’s family; all the money sanctioned by the Centre goes to Ibobi and his relatives’ pocket. Under his “corrupt and misrule” the state goes downward while the CM and his associates become richer”.
“The BJP must win the by-election for two assembly constituencies-Thangmeiband and Thongju in order to free the people from the corrupt Congress regime”, she said while seeking votes for BJP candidates, Kh Joykishan of Thangmeiband A/C and Th Bishwajit of Thongju A/C.
She also informed that the Centre has initiated the investigation on the infamous Loktak scam and soon the people of Manipur will able to see the real pictures of the scam and involvement of Congressmen.

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