RGU on right track despite fund crunch: VC
Authorities respond to Union demands
ITANAGAR, Mar 7: Health and education are priority sectors not only for Arunachal
Pradesh, but for any welfare state in the country. But what is going on in one of
the premier institution of higher learning in our state is something that needs serious
The cause of the imbroglio is the 13-point charter of demand that has been placed
by the Rajiv Gandhi University Students Union before the university. The university
authority has given point to point reply to the charter of demands and even later
assured the union that ‘demand except one will be met either in full or in part within
three months depending on financial resources of the university”.
On the other hand dissatisfied with the response of the university authority, the
RGUSU decided to go with its proposed phase wise agitation. The union said the demands
should be met within a specific time frame in toto.
Giving details of the measures being taken by the RGU as well as the demands of the
RGUSU in a press briefing here today, the RGU Vice Chancellor K C Belliappa said
that students' demand for renaming of university as Arunachal University would require
Giving a point-wise reply to the charter of demands, the VC while admitting the
demand for a construction of the multipurpose students activities centre in the RGU
campus as legitimate, said that the Centre of this kind will require a budgetary
allocation of around Rs. 5 crore.
The VC disclosed that as of now out of 37 crore allocated by the UGC for the construction
of buildings, actual expenditure is likely to touch nearly 60 crore.
The major problem is the resource and funding, the VC said, and expressed hope that
union ministry of human resource development will release additional funds to complete
all these buildings that have been approved by the UGC during the XI Plan Period
Exhorting the students to cooperate with the authority in getting the funds from
various sources, the VC further disclosed that University will have to approach other
funding agencies for this particular project.
The University has so far received only a meagre sum of Rs. 2.70 lakh from NEC towards
the conduct of Arunachal Panorama, 2007. Hence, it has decided to make a formal
application to the NEC with detailed estimates for the construction of Multipurpose
Students Activity Centre, he added.
The union ministry of sports, Govt. of India will also be approached in this regard,
Regarding construction of Mast High Tower - Light in the RGU Campus, Belliappa said
the cost of Mast High Tower Light ranges from 11 to 17 lakhs. However, steps will
be taken to place an order for one Mast Tower immediately. The second one will depend
on the funding to be received by the University during the next financial year, he
University has acquired ten vehicles during the last two years including four number
of bus, he said in response to the demand for increasing number of RGU buses. The
administration believes that eight buses are sufficient for the requirements of the
University community, he added and stressed on streamlining of the operation of buses
in order to ensure that buses are not overcrowded and the students, staff are not
put into inconvenience.
Responding to the demand for immediate furnishing of classrooms infrastructure,
the VC disclosed, orders are being placed for 253 new chairs for the department
of economics, history and Political Science. However, in view of the large number
of students and the small size of the classrooms in the departments of English and
Hindi, orders will be placed for new desks, which should be available during the
next academic session.
The Vice Chancellor further disclosed that a new building housing the Department
of Mass Communications and Computer Centre has already been included in the XI Plan
buildings. He hoped the department of Mass Communication will be shifted from Naharlagun
to RGU Campus from the next academic year.
The VC further assured that utmost care will be taken to protect local interests
as far as possible in case of Group C & D posts in the university.
Regarding constitution of the university court, he said the Court have to be constituted
by the MHRD. Necessary amendments of the Act are to be brought in the next Executive
Council and Academic Council meetings wherein the Court will be finalized, he said
adding due care will be taken to give the Court adequate representations from all
sections of society belonging to the region.
The VC also requested the students to negotiate land owners to donate land or at
a nominal price to the University for Early Construction of View-Point at First Turning
of RGU Road near its Entry Gate.
While admitting that irregularities were found in overwriting of marks in the answer
scripts of students of Institute of Distance Education (IDE), the VC said, based
on the recommendation of the committee constituted to scrutinize all answer scripts
of students of IDE, the authorities have made necessary corrections in the mark sheet
to do away with undue favour or victimization. The University has taken serious note
of this action by the individual concerned and he was divested of three important
positions that he held at the time of this incident, he added.
While giving details of the other points of the demands, the VC who was accompanied
by RGU Registrar Incharge Tomo Riba and Prof Nani Bath and Finance officer informed
that request are made to include the agenda for central school in RGU campus in
the VCs meeting to be held at the University of Hyderabad on March 13.
Many projects including 64-Seater Hostel for Girls (2 Floors), Computer Science Building
(First Floor), Computer Science Hostel Building (First Floor) have been completed.
Other projects such as Vice-Chancellor's Secretariat, Strong Room for storing confidential
materials are nearing completion.
Moreover, project including 100-seater Hostel for Boys, 12-Duplex Quarters, Day Care
Centre, Main Gate, Networking of Internal Roads are under way, he informed.
Training cum exposure visit on commercial poultry production
Basar, Mar 7: A training cum exposure visit on commercial poultry production is going
to be held at ICAR Basar, from March 8-10 under Capacity Building for Adoption of
Technology (CAT) sponsored by NABARD, Regional Office, Itanagar.
During the training various topics relating to poultry farming such as Importance
of poultry farming in recent years, Poultry for self employment, Horticulture based
integrated farming system with special reference to poultry, Common diseases of poultry
and its preventive measures, Bankable project preparation for poultry farming etc.
will be taught to the farmers by the experts from ICAR and State Veterinary Department.
All together 25 farmers from all around the Arunachal Pradesh will be accommodated
in this training. During the training maximum emphasis will be given on practical
demonstration rather theory, an official release said.
NGO, SHG programmes conclude at Namsai
ITANAGAR, Mar 7: Three Days Self Help Group Training Programme for NGOs was organised
by NABARD in collaboration with National Youth Project of Arunachal Pradesh at conference
hall of NYP Branch office, Namsai from Feb 28. 45 participants from Tirap, Changlang,
Lohit, Dibang Valley, Kurung Kumey, Papum Pare and Anjaw attended the programme .
Deputy General Manager, NABARD A.K. Pasrija, was the main resource person.
During the three days programmes, participants were trained on various issues related
to SHG formations and its functions, linking with banks, promotion, concept, composition,
functioning, savings, role of NABARD and many other related topics were discussed.
During the program, many participants’ complaint about the role of Banks for denying
forms for opening of new SHG. The matter was discussed with the ADC Namsai and he
assured to provide all support to the SHG and others.
Awareness campaign on sanitation
BOMDILA, Mar 7: As a part of the total sanitation campaign being conducted all over
the state upholding the theme of Clean and Green Arunachal, the department of PHE
& W/S in association with the District Administrative and DUDA conducted a mass sanitation
drive at Bomdila and in its periphery which was preceded by a sanitation walks in
the morning by the students of Modern School Bomdila led by Deputy Commissioner Swati
Sharma along with officers and public of the district headquarter displaying banners
& placards on health and hygiene themes and distributing user’s pamphlet all along
on March 6 last.
The day before, in the drawing and painting competition on ‘Rural Sanitation’ organized
by the Women Welfare Center Bomdila ; the NGO which has been engaged in imparting
awareness campaign under Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC) in the district, DC Sharma
exhorted the students to avoid and discourage open defecation and maintain cleanliness.
She also called for passing similar messages to the parents and elders who are in
the far-flung areas of the district ignorant of the hygienic matters.
A mixed bag of hope, despair and opportunities
ITANAGAR, Mar 7: International Women Day (IWD) is celebrated every year all over
the world on March 8.
But the day seems to be more important for creating awareness among the woman folk
about their rights rather than highlighting the achievements of the women, particularly
in the context of Arunachal Pradesh.
Stressing the need of awareness among women about their rights, a lady teacher of
a city school said, “Lack of education has become main setback regarding women emancipation.”
The women in city, particularly in Capital are more or less liberal and keeping
pace with the male counterpart, on the other hand the status of women in rural and
secluded areas is pathetic. Lack of education facilities in rural areas and awareness
are to blame for their ignorance about their rights and liberty, she added.
There is no gain saying that Arunachal Pradesh being a late starter, its women have
miles to go achieve their goals in life. Laws are already there to protect women
against social evils like domestic violence, child marriage and harassment at workplace
and above all for equal opportunities in every sphere in society. But very little
has been done to educate women and enable them to have big share of cake and eat
“Though education is a must for women to bring them at par with men, I could not
cross the high school due to financial constraint; now I am running a small shop
in city to support my parents”, said young businesswoman from Basar, who runs a Computer
game shop in the city. We should think first about how to eradicate poverty which
is main stumbling block on way to women emancipation, she added.
On the other hands, there are other barriers too.
“My parents could help me to pursue education as there was no financial constraint,
but they could not, instead almost forced me to get married in younger age,” rued
a mother of a child, who is also running a grocery shop.
However, it is not that every woman are facing wrath of family elders or bread winners
in a patriarchal society. There are many women who enjoy the support of family.
“I have no grievances in personal life as a woman as I am enjoying every support
from my family. But I can sense how the woman folk in villages and secluded areas
are living a suppressed and miserable life.” They almost surrender their life before
the elders or her spouse and have no say in family or society, said Chandra Biswakarma,
an employee of a private organization.
Awareness is must among the women about their rights, she said, and opined that Arunachal
Pradesh State Women Commission should spread its tentacles in grass root level.
The Commission had sacrificed its many precious years in bringing awareness in grass
root level among the women. It has also succeeded to solve some cases of atrocities
against women in recent past.
Endorsing the efforts of the Commission, a woman activist said, the Commission has
come up to the expectation within a few years of its formation. In spite of much
convolution, it had strived its best to bring out the rural women from the shackle
of evils in the society. Of course many forerunner NGOs are shouldering responsibility
with the Commission to bring the light of knowledge among women in interior areas,
There is no denying the fact that unlike in the pre-Independence era where the women
were brazenly treated as human machine to reproduce human beings, today’s women are
more liberal and are also recognising the intrinsic and true potential already in
them to excel in their choicest fields. Guess from the convinced voice of a class
XII girl student (Science) of V K V Roing, “Women are also marching ahead in today’s
cut-throat competitive world. My parents always support me and I am sure to become
a doctor in future to provide health care facilities and service to my own people.”
For the plight of women not only in Arunachal, but also whole country, Indian system
of traditional belief and social dogmas are mainly responsible.
However, if we look at the other side of the same coin, someone would surely find
that despite all odds, the women of modern era have been playing leading roles in
every sector from politics to entrepreneurship.
Not only Pratibha Devisingh Patil, President of India but a large number of women
are working as shining example to bring respect and glory to the women community.
In Arunachal Komoli Mossang (first lady minister of the state), Koj Rinya (lady IFS),
Indra Mallo (IAS), Mamang Dai (noted litteratuer), Jarjum Ete (renowned social activist),
Pakjar Taipodia Taju (arm wrestler of international repute), Bengia Mala (first Arunachalee
actress) and Yomken Noshi, karate exponent are a few to count who excelled or/and
are contributing in their fields.
Should we count the achievement of these women as the pointer to freedom of women
community to stand equal with the male counterpart in the state?
For the time being, let us see, if the Women Bill gets through this session of the
parliament or not!
ITANAGAR, Mar 7: Village Development Plan was formally launched by renowned Gandhian
Dr. S.N. Subba Rao at Wingko under Namsai Sub Division on Feb 25. Dr. Subba Rao unvailed
the foundation stone at the entry point of the village.
100 saplings was planted by the dignitaries and the villagers to mark the day and
a book on the schemes of NABARD was also released by Dr.Subba Rao. The village was
adopted under the NABARD scheme by National Youth Project initially for a period
of three years.
HGB’s death condoled
ITANAGAR, Mar 7: Tacha-Pan Youth Welfare Society and All Pan Village Youth Welfare
Association have condoled the death of Nabam Tadap, HGB of Tacha Village, who died
on March six at his native village after a prolonged illness.
He is survived by two sons and as many daughters among others.
A good orator, Tadap was elected ASM for three consecutive terms.
Both the associations conveyed their heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family
and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul.
Time has come for us to act
Sexual harassment and rape are two sides of the same coin. While a murderer destroys
the physical frame of the victim, a rapist degrades the soul of a helpless female.
The question is not whether a woman has the right over to bodily integrity, as this
right is already adumbrated under Article 21 of the constitution of India. This article,
which guarantees the right to life and liberty to men and women make the contemporary
and future society safe haven for women.
Today when the state is moving at the pinnacle of success with great effort, it is
indeed surprising that child-cum-forced marriage still exist particularly in the
Nishi society. This is certainly not a tell-tale, as witnessed of such case in the
vicinity of the so called peaceful area of Ziro-II. Here among the beautiful scenery
and lofty mountains, is the sad case of a 16 year old girl, who had to flee her in-law’s
home after she was brutally ill-treated. She even had to succumb to being tied to
heavy wooden logs, leaving an ugly mark on the victim’s feet. Her case has been registered
in the police station of Yazali against the accused, under the title of abduction,
physical and mental torture and ‘violation of the child-marriage act, 1929.
Most unfortunate parents are reluctant to report such cases to the police, either
because they are themselves involved or are cowardly enough to avoid humiliation,
or they do not really value girl child. The irony part of the whole situation is
that girls in this society are used as a barter system. They are weighed in comparison
to an animal i.e. Mithun. Marriage is a celebration among the Nishis, but so is “Child
and Forced marriages”. Girls regardless of their age can be mortgaged when in need,
and are forcibly given of if unable to pay. This is an act of violation of Human
Rights. The case of the mentioned minor is not the one of its first kind. The crux
of it is that there is no ending to it.10-15 years from now on, it was accepted as
such was the custom. But the question is why still?
With the world moving at a breath catching pace of globalisation, why should we sit
back and read in the papers about such barbaric and uncivilized acts being enacted
again and again? For the likes of us who have seen the doors of schools and colleges
and live in the urban areas, it does not really matter much. Such acts clearly define
the difference between the urbanites and the poor rurals.
It is time now to open our eyes and work together with the existing groups like-
‘women’s associations, NGOs’ the police etc to eradicate such acts. For those of
us who stay outside Arunachal , we are lowered to nothing but humiliation when asked
about the inhuman practice of buying and selling girls. Let us not allow gender-issue
to be a hindrance on the development of the society. Law alone cannot curb this harmful
social practice. It is the responsibility of every educated and privileged citizen
of the state to act responsibly in regards to such circumstances. Let us mobilize
ourselves and try to understand the ill-effects of such acts and make this information
accessible to the rest.
It is our duty to participate in enabling the elected members and the representatives
of the government to work for such fields as well. Every single family’s welfare
matters to contribute to a broader society and the state at large. We cannot talk
of a state blooming with IAS officers living next door to where buying and selling
of girls take place.
The Indian of the 21st century
My association with Dibang Multipurpose Project started since 10th June 2009 and
continuing with the team of officers/employees/local residents as a family. With
each day passing, mixed experiences are pouring in carrying some bitter and good
tastes while handling/interacting with the young students/PAFs/Children. Here I reminded
of a Sanskrit sloka that glorifies the educated person and my guru/teacher taught
me the following for practicing in life:
Swagruhe poojyate jheshtha, swagraame poojyate prabhuhu Swadeshe poojyate raja, vidwan
(The elder is respected in his house, the headman in his village A king is respected
in his country, but the learned everywhere)
As you graduate from a educational institution and become responsible members of
a larger society, it is worthwhile to ponder over what the purpose of all these years
of educations has been and how you can use it to make a difference to society. Progress
is based on dreams and requires change. Change requires learning. Education is therefore
about learning to learn. Being educated mean you are assuming responsibility in society
i.e. responsibility to show fairness to the less fortunate, to create a future that
posterity can be proud of, and to fulfill the promise that freedom brought us. It
is about raising one’s confidence to think of a worthy dream and the ability to translate
that dream to reality by high performance action. It is about opening up one’s mind
to accept new ideas, evaluate them and use them for progress.
We are a nation of one billion people with just 28% living in urban areas, an average
person earns only Rs. 1498 a month (our per capita GDP is one of the lowest in the
world), only 54% of our people are literate, average life expectancy is only 61 years,
the country has an HDI (Human Development Index) of 127 out of 175 nations in the
world, 318 million people do not have access to safe drinking water, 250 million
people do not have access to basic medical care, 630 million people do not have sanitation
facilities, 51% of children are undernourished, and half our primary schools have
only one teacher for every two classes.
Now as a country if all of us together start thinking for eradicating poverty, disease
and illiteracy we need high aspirations. Aspirations energize us to overcome limitations.
They engender and sustain hope, the main fuel for progress. They help us achieve
miracles. Mahatma Gandhi’s aspiration for an independent India as the reason why
you and I can walk as a free people today. It is not an exaggeration to say aspirations
build civilizations. Students must therefore raise aspirations high in whatever they
do. Wealth is required to be created for progress and for bright future. I happened
to meet lot of students/local residents of the Roing in and around areas but none
of them I could foresee trying to become a professional in life. In this regard,
I can say with confidence that construction of Dibang Multipurpose Project at the
door step of the local residents is bound to bring changes in the lives of the people
along with prosperity for future. One thing which is to be understood and guarded
against is cynicism. Cynicism has no role in task of building our nation. Cynicism
takes away energy and enthusiasm which we require in plenty if we have to realize
our dreams. I will prefer that young students must seek opportunities in the areas
that are outside the Government control. That is where the big opportunities lie
and where merit will be recognized and rewarded. That is where quality jobs can be
created in your quest to solve the problem of poverty.
Confidence is extremely important for progress. Openness is a sign of such self confidence.
Hence, the ability to accept, evaluate, adapt new ideas is what will separate the
successful from the not so successful. We have to shun any thoughts and ideas that
take us towards jingoism, chauvinism and parochialism. In this age of the inter-connected
global village, no nation desiring economic progress should isolate itself from the
outside world. Nations that did so in the fifties and sixties have realized the futility
of such isolation, reversed the trend successfully and benefited from the resultant
While sharing my thoughts with you, I have only one thing in my mind that the students/PAFs/local
residents will understand the secrets of success of any country/state/city/town in
achieving progress. I find at times, lot of anger among young students which probably
has crept in their innocent minds due to lack of clarity on the subject matter specially
the construction of Dibang Multipurpose Project. The project as such will be changing
the very concept of living/progressing within the entire state. The volumes of works
which are awaiting execution will speak a lot in future and same is required to be
understood right now. I invite the locals/PAFs/students to come forward and share
with me the myths regarding the project which are being carried by them even till
today. NHPC officers/employees are like their family members and are here to contribute
only. We will be happy to absorb your anger if it is based on unfounded notions/informations.
(General Manager, Dibang Multipurpose Project, 3000MW)
Prez greets women on eve of Intl Women’s Day
New Delhi: President Pratibha Devisingh Patil greeted women of the country today
on the eve of International Women's Day.
In her message on the occasion, the President said, ''Every year, we celebrate International
Women's Day on March 8 to recognise the dedication and achievements of women. This
year is even more special, as this is the 100th year of its observation.'' ''Indian
women, as part of this epoch making movement, have played an exemplary role and will
continue to be a major determinant of our future progress and inclusive growth,''
''On this occasion, I have great pleasure in extending my greetings and best wishes
to the women of India for their continued success,'' she said. UNI
Aran festival kicks off
PASIGHAT: The Week long Agricultural, socio-religious festival of Adi community “Aran”
kicked off with traditional fervor today.
On the occasion, every household performed rituals and prayers to appease various
god and goddesses for prosperity and well being of domestic animals.
As part of the celebration, Yagjong was performed.
On the 3rd day, known as Lungak longa, the Mithun owners gather their Mithun from
the jungle and tie them within the residential premises and performed rituals to
appease Dadi-Bote, the god of Animal for the wellbeing of their animal.
The 3rd day is followed by Petpum-Petlen and in the 5th day “Mopun” is observed.
During the eve of the festival community hunting and various religious taboos is
also observed by every individual and household.
ITANAGAR, Mar 7: All Hija Welfare Society has selected new team of executive with
Taku Pugang as chairman, Dani Rika as vice-chairman and Taru Tamu Tara as general