IMPHAL, Jan 5 - NEC member, distinguished academician, historian and politician, Prof Gangmumei Kamei passed away following a prolonged illness at his Majorkhul residence here on Thursday. He was 77.
Prof Kamei, retired Professor of History, Manipur University, is widely hailed for his excellence as an educationist and researcher in subjects related to North East.
He secured a first class in Masters degree in History from Gauhati University and received a gold medal. He was also the founder general secretary of Zeliangrong Peoples Convention (ZPC) of Assam, Manipur & Nagaland under the presidentship of Rani Gaidinliu.
He served as a lecturer in DM College and latter in MU. He was a nominee of President of India in the Academic Council of Nagaland University besides being a member of Academic Council of University of Arunachal Pradesh (now Rajiv Gandhi University). He also served as Director, Institute of Civil Services Examination, Co-ordinator, UGC Centre for Tribal Studies and Coordinator, Inter-disciplinary Studies, Manipur University.
He entered politics and in 1995 was elected as MLA on Federal Party of Manipur (FPM) ticket from Nungba. He became Minister for Higher and Technical Education during the tenure of Chief Minister Rishang Keishing. He also held portfolios of Forest & Environment, Law & Legislative Affairs in the Ministry of W Nipamacha Singh. He is survived by his wife, three sons and one daughter.