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‘Education needs to get out of its comfort zone’
Correspondent
 DIMAPUR, May 20 – Nagaland University Vice Chancellor Prof BK Konwar today remarked that the Northeastern States, particularly Nagaland, are going through a ‘crisis of time and generation’ and underscored the imperative need for our education system to get out of its ‘comfort zone’.

Drawing attention to the plight of people in ‘parts of Nagaland’ where they are still ‘struggling to survive without electricity, road, food and internet’, Konwar wondered ‘what would be our educational policy’ in the context. He was speaking at the inaugural of C-Edge College of Arts and Management here at Naga United Village.

He said the ‘final outcome of education’ is ultimately the wisdom to perceive issues and the ability to decide while abstaining from shifting blame. Against this backdrop, he said, “Think about those households in the interior parts of our State who don’t have anything. No electricity, roads, food and internet.

“What would be our educational policy? We are living in our comfort zone. And we don’t reach out to our own brothers and sisters. We should give something to them.”

The VC said the need for education to do ‘something very serious’ to keep ‘tomorrow’s generation’ from falling prey to the social ills of today could not be over emphasised.

Further defining education as a bank of information, he said instilling of those ‘information’ in the young minds would pave ‘roads to garner and generate knowledge’ that would ultimately help them in ‘understanding issues’ from multiple perspectives.

Konwar also noted that ‘selfish attitude’ has ‘most seriously’ plagued Nagaland. This blatant lack of dedication in one’s own work has left us ‘under prepared for tomorrow’, he observed.

Principal (designate) of the college, Dr Chubatola Aier, said the college has its foundation based on the philosophy of drawing out the best of multiple intelligences in a student. “We aspire to participate in a cutting edge experience,” she said.

Besides a host of noted figures in the State education scene, pioneer educationist and former Pro-Vice-Chancellor of NEHU, Nagaland Campus, Kiremwati Ao was also present at the inaugural programme.

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