Chairman of National School of Drama, New Delhi, Ratan Thiyam has categorically stated that if martial art or Thang-ta is included in the Education syllabus of Manipur which has its own identity, it will be immensely helpful in enhancing moral quality and discipline among the students in particular. He said this during the inauguration of a two- day 1st Leiteng Thang-Hai competition held at Uripok Achom Leikai basketball ground. Registrar of Manipur University of culture, L Joychandra, renowned teacher of Thang-ta, Saikhom Nodiya Mangang, Khaidem Manmohon, L Khelchandra were also present at the function. Around 60 students participated in the Leiteng Thang-hai competition. Ratan Thiyam who graced the function as Chief Guest said, compared with other performing arts, Thang-ta is inseparably connected with our identity and culture. He expressed confidence that in the upcoming Manipur University of culture, Thang-ta will be given its due place.