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Khandu calls for collective effort

for development

Foundation stone of Tamen-

Dollungmukh road laid

ITANAGAR Apr 11: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu has emphasized for collective effort for all round development of the state. After laying the foundation stone of 107 KM Tamen-Dollungmukh road here at Dollungmukh today, Khandu disclosed that the state government with the help of Centre has been religiously taking up road connectivity in the form of various projects like, PM Package, PMGSY, NEC, NLCPR, DONER  etc. If proper road communication is put in place, it will automatically pave way for various other developments”, Khandu emphatically said. He further informed the gathering that the Tamen-Dollungmukh road would benefit 23 villages in the vicinity and will be built in a cost of 139.62 Crore and is expected to be completed by March 2014.

Emphasizing the importance of the road, the chief minister said since Dollungmukh situated in the border of Assam, the people were required to use Assam road to reach any part of the state. But after the completion of this road project, the locals of the area could use the internal road to reach the rest part of the state, Khandu added.

Giving light on various developmental activities taken up in the state including the PM’s mega economic package, Khandu dwelt on maintaining transparency and accountability while execution of the schemes. He mentioned about the third party monitoring initiated by the state government which received accolades from Planning Commission.  “Arunachal Pradesh is marching towards becoming a progressive state, and with the support of commoners by being a member of team Arunachal, the state is definite to attain the much desired goal of self reliance and self sufficient in the years to come”, Khandu assertively said. He further credited the honour of best state in the small state’s category conferred by CNN-IBN7 to the state to its people for their constant support.

“With huge resources to harness, our state is sure to achieve the position of front ranking state in all spheres” the chief minister said without mincing a word. He batted for supporting the hydro-power development for economic growth of the state.

While responding to the public memorandum submitted by the Local MLA Nido Pavitra on behalf of the people of his constituency which included Up-gradation of CO Hq. Dollungmukh to EAC Hq, creation of PWD Division of Raga, Creation of PWD Sub-Division at Ter-Rijo and construction of multi-purpose cultural hall at Boori Boot Yullo Ground, the chief minister assured to look into the grievances on need based basis.

Speaking as guest of honour, PWD Minister Nabam Tuki highlighted the benefit of road connectivity in the backdrop of communication bottleneck in the state. He said proper road connectivity will undoubted incorporate income source for the people in spheres of transportation, tourism, self employment etc. He congratulated the people and urged them to lend their helping hand in execution of the project.

Speaking as special guest MP Takam Sanjoy termed the occasion as historic as the road had been a long felt demand of the people. He appealed the mass to extend all possible cooperation to the executing agency so that the project completes well in time and people could reap the fruits of development.

Earlier, local MLA and Parliamentary Secretary Health Nido Pavitra in his welcome address informed the visiting guest on various problems of the area and sought government’s generous gesture to address the same.

Among others, Parliamentary Secretary Padi Richo, APEDA Chairman Likha Saaya, Senior Government and NHPC officers were present on the occasion. PRO to CM


RGU media students win laurels

at Vistas 2011

ITANAGAR, Apr 11: Students of the Rajiv Gandhi University’s Department of Mass Communication brought glory to the state by winning the awards for Best Film, Best Visual Storytelling and the Best Team runners-up trophy at the recently concluded VISTAS 2011, an inter-University media festival organized by the Tezpur University.

The team, comprising of Doli Ete, Ditti Mugli, Mingkeng Osik, Rini Tasing, Kombong Darang and Neelam Raja battled it out with top teams from Cotton College (Guwahati), St. Anthony’s College (Shillong), Manipur University (Imphal), Guwahati University and the Assam Institute of Mass Communication & Media Research, which were among the 15 teams that participated in the festival.

The competitions that were held ranged from ad making, logo designing, debate, photography, quiz, visual storytelling and a short filmmaking contest. The students from RGU bagged two gold medals- for Short Film making and Visual Storytelling and also won a silver as the second best team at the festival, after Assam Institute of Mass Communication & Media Research, which was adjudged best team.

The RGU film “Red-A Lighter Shade” that won the first place at the festival explored in a lyrical style how our society has become in-sensitive towards violence in life and how the rampant depiction of violence on television affected the younger generation. The production team of Doli Ete, Monalisa Patsani, Tage Tamer, Jagiri Mipi and Sumnya Sumnyan worked for just over a week to put the brilliant film together from concept to final edit.   

The winning visual story telling entry was produced from a series of random pictures that were given to the participants. These images were then put in a sequence to come up with a story based on the images in the photographs.

This annual media festival of the Tezpur University’s Department of Mass Communication has over these years become a brilliant reflection of the education paradigm of the department, and has been immensely well-received and appreciated by participants and audiences alike in all its previous editions.

This 7th edition took off on 8th April with a panel discussion on the theme “Ethical Challenges for Media in a Globalised World” with a panel that comprised of eminent personalities like Dr. Sevanti Ninan, Columnist (The Hindu) and Editor (The Hoot), Prof. Dilip Barua, former Principal (Cotton College),  Mayukh Hazarika, Head of Camera (NDTV Lifestyle),  Rajeev Hazarika, North-East Correspondent (Times Now) and  Tridiv Hazarika, Manager Public Relations (OIL, Duliajan).

The festival concluded with Oasis, a cultural night with participants also being awarded the prizes.

Speaking on their return from the festival this evening, the team members shared how proud they were to be able to represent the University in an event of this stature. “We went with only an intention to let other Universities know about RGU. But coming back with the awards has been a bigger high! We missed the Panorama, but we are grateful to the University authorities for giving us this opportunity to go and show what our state too can do”, said a member of the team.  


2 die in road mishap

ITANAGAR, Apr 11:  Two people died on the spot and another injured in a tragic road accident near Parshuram Kund yesterday.

The road accident occurred on Tinsukia - Tezu road when a Tezu bound truck skidded of the road and fell into deep gorge while making way for a light vehicle which was moving down towards Tinsukia. The truck driver and a civilian died on the spot while the wounded handyman was evacuated to Tezu district hospital, according to informed sources.

Sources informed that the Quick Rescue Team (QRT) of army led by the CO (Offg) of the 26 MLI Lt. Col D.N. Mallick  immediately  rushed to the spot and conducted rescue operation. The Nurses of the Prayas run Wakro PHC also rushed to deliver medical assistance to the injured.  The bodies  of the deceased  were  brought to Tezu later in the evening, sources added.

Prompt action of the army jawans was appreciated by all.  It is really inspiring to witness the humanitarian and timely action of the Army with genuine concern and adequate preparedness. The District Administration and the Police also responded and put in all out efforts to reach the people in distress.


Patil confers Padma Shri on Mamang Dai

ITANAGAR, Apr 11:  President Pratibha Devisingh Patil has conferred the Padma Shri on civil servant-turned-journalist-cum-writer Mamang Dai in a glittering function held in the Ashok Hall of Rashtrapati Bhavan on April 1. Mamang became third (and first for literature and education) from Arunachal Pradesh to be decorated with the fourth-highest civilian award. Veteran politician and first woman parliamentarian late Omem Moyong Deori and Lama Thupten Phuntsok of Tawang were the previous recipients of the prestigious award in the field of social service.

“I felt deeply honoured, and in the surroundings of ceremonious protocol and recipients from different states in diverse fields all meeting in the backdrop of the scale and grandeur of Rashtrapati Bhawan one could get a sense of the splendour and diversity of our nation,” said Mamang, adding that “the award is a recognition of the potential of Arunachal Pradesh. Everyone has been very supportive and I can only hope that this will create a space for literary and artistic movement in the state and also inspire young people to strive for excellence in their chosen fields.” Other distinguished recipients of Padma awards, to name a few, were Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Oriya laureate Sitakant Mahapatra and IT industry pioneer Azim Premji (Padma Vibhushan), noted actor and producer Shashi Kapoor, Homai Vyarawalla, the first woman photo journalist of India and eminent jurist K Parasaran (Padma Bhushan), and among a list of scholars and achievers in the fields of medicine, science and industry and the performing arts for the Padma Shri were ace shooter Gagan Narang, iconic woman athlete Krishna Poonia, prominent social worker and writer Buangi Sailo of Mizoram, Assamese litterateur Mahim Bora and Bollywood actors Kajol Devgan and Irfan Khan, and internationally renowned singer Usha Uthup.


State AITC opposes NPF move

ITANAGAR, Apr 11: All India Trinamool Congress, (AITC) Arunachal Pradesh  has appealed to all the political parties of  the state  to oppose  the NPF move in Arunachal Pradesh.

AITC Arunachal unit president Toko Sheetal in a release especially appealed to the ruling Congress party to lead the protest together with all other political parties in the state.

Expressing serious concern over the move of NPF, Sheetal said the people of Arunachal must awake and stop supporting such communal based political party in this peaceful land of rising Sun. She further said it will only create division of people on communal line but also mislead the mind set of normal people on communal basis which is not totally good for the future of state.

Expressing solidarity with the organizations which are raising their voice against such move, the AITC state unit president further said “we  have to think for the peace, harmony, development and secure future of  the state.”

GSU deplores NPF

Naga People’s Front (NPF) decision to start their Arunachal unit is fast turning into a highly emotive issue. After AAPSU, ANSU the Galo Students Union (GSU), another prominent student body of state has blasted the evil design of NPF.  GSU while endorsing stand of AAPSU, termed NPF as communal political outfit which only cares for the interest of Naga people.

GSU General Secretary Pakmik Taipodia has advised NPF to stay away from Arunachal and let people of this state live peacefully. “Just because our government and political parties are silent, NPF should not take us for granted. Till our last drop of blood we will fight tooth and nail to stop NPF from starting their Arunachal unit,” said Pakmik Taipodia. He went on to add, “Let us make one thing clear to NPF that people of Tirap and Changlang are Arunachalee tribal citizen and they have no right form their Arunachal unit claiming people of these two districts are theirs. We will not accept such move to break Arunachal into pieces.”

GSU also warned people of Arunachal not to join NPF at any cost. “We urge upon the office bearer of NPF Arunachal unit to immediately leave their respective post or face wrath of Arunachalee citizens.  For their personal motive, they should sell the soul of Arunachal to outsiders,” stated GSU.



Siram takes part in mass tree

plantation in Pasighat

PASIGHAT, Apr 11: The Pasighat Centenary Celebration Committee 2011 headed by the Education Minister Bosiram Siram organized a ‘Tree Plantation’ program to mark the year-long Centenary celebration today.

Approximately 500 seedlings distributed by the forest department have been planted in the Pasighat township by the minister, Deputy Commissioner Onit Panyang, Advisor to CM Nanom Jamoh,  Govt employees, public leaders, senior citizens. The Pasighat people extended cooperation and greeted this noble cause.

While lauding Bittem Darang DFO (T) for cooperation, Siram said “we can translate our green dream into reality and mobilize our campaign for a pollution-free environment.’  He further said it is time for people  to  awake and create awareness about the bad impact of climate change and global warming. DIPRO


District Consumers Redressal Forum penalize postal deptt

ITANAGAR, Apr 11: Taking cognizance of the fact that the Postal Department failed to deliver a calling letter and admit card to a man in time the Lohit District Redressal Forum castigated the Postal department and directed it to pay an amount of Rs.20,000 and additional amount of Rs.1,000 as litigation charge within one month.

While hearing on a complaint lodged by one Jibendu Shome, Forum in its judgment on April 9 pronounced that by failing to deliver the calling letter and admit card in time to its customer the Postal Department has committed deficiency of service.

Shome had filed a complaint before District Redressal Forum on Nov 10 stating that the Postal Department did not deliver him a calling letter and admit card for a job interview, and as a consequence he missed the opportunity to sit in the exam for a job which he had applied.

It took just two sitting for R.K.Sharma, Deputy Commissioner and President of the District Redressal Forum and  member of the District Forum to dispose off the case against the Postal Department.

Jibendu Shome and thousands of public had no clue that their important mails (Pan cards, ATM cards, cheques, academic, official, personal letters, journals, magazine, insurance policy, money order, greeting cards were being stock pilled in a room of a Branch Post Office located in side the premise of Indira Gandhi Government College at Tezu, until the principal of the college Sanjay Khandu let the cat out of the bag on 12 May,  which  led to subsequent arrest of the erring Branch Postmaster Gopal Bhagat.


A new dawn for PLHIV in

Arunachal Pradesh

By Tashor Pali,

Its sad and hard fact that in our society there still prevails stigma and discrimination with regards to HIV/AIDS. Many a times HIV positive people are stigmatised and discriminated just because they got the infection. There are instances where even a highly qualified people also always link HIV/AIDS with immoral activities and end up with stigmatising HIV more.

There are four routes of HIV transmission namely: through unprotected sexual contact with an HIV infected partner, transfusion of HIV infected blood, sharing of HIV infected needles and syringes and through HIV infected mother to new born baby. There are also instances where people tend to deny their vulnerability to HIV whereas the fact is male or female, minor or adult, rich or poor, white or black, anybody is vulnerable to the infection.  The main reasons for such denial and stigmatisation are the ignorance and inadequate information about HIV/AIDS.

'Coming Out' openly as positive itself poses several challenges.  Formation of positive network involving the positive people is the only remedy. People Living with HIV (PLHIV) understand the feelings of fellow PLHIV better than any others. Therefore, PLHIV should play a greater role in  all the issues such as positive prevention, treatment and care and support, stigma and discrimination.

It is in this direction that Arunachal Network of Positive People (ArNP+) has been formed with the initiative of Arunachal Pradesh State AIDS Control Society to work for the betterment of PLHIV in the state by involving them.

9th April 2011 may be marked as a Red Letter Day for the PHLIV of Arunachal Pradesh when a Resource Team from Indian Network of Positive People (INP+) namely L. Ramachandran, Regional Coordinator INP+ Guwahati and Ng Dinesh, President District Network of Positive People Manipur, arrived at Naharlagun to witness the official formation of ArNP+ and also to impart training to members of newly formed ArNP+. Dr. Emi Rumi, Project Director APSACS attended the gathering as the Chief Guest while Dr. Riken Rina, Jt. Director Basic Services APSACS and ART in Charge, General Hospital, Naharlagun attended the meeting as special invitees. With the formation of ArNP+, a new dawn has set on the land of Arunachal Pradesh for the people living with HIV/AIDS.

The basic aims of the formation of ArNP+ is to increasingly involve the PLHIV in the SACS and work together in policy and program making so that an enabling environment may be created for PLHIV to come out open with their status. However it’s just a beginning, there is a long way to go. (The writer is Dy. Director (IEC), APSACS, Naharlagun)


STS Aalo achieves revenue target

ITANAGAR,  Apr 11: Arunachal Pradesh State Transport Services (STS) Aalo station has earned a revenue of Rs 1,49,18,574 (111 per cent) against the target fixed at Rs 1,34,34,671 for the year 2010-2011.   During the last financial year the STS Aalo achieved 112.6 per cent revenue target (Rs 1,38,50,901) against the fixed target of Rs 1,23,04,967.

Highlighting the achievement of the Aalo STS at a revenue achievement function  organized at Aalo STS station premises  here  yesterday, station superintendent T. Nima  lauded the team efforts of the STS staff in achieving the revenue target. Credit also goes to the staffs’ families who inspired the STS staff to perform their duty  with devotion.

Chief guest  of the function, Jarkar Gamlin, MLA cum Chairman of Khadi and Village Industry Board,  also appreciated the the APSTS team lead by T. Nima, for achieving more than revenue target for two consecutive years. He advised  them to maintain the same spirit and assured to    approach the state Govt for new buses as pleaded by SS.

While attending the function as guest of honour, DC Amjad Tak also congratulated praises the SS and staffs and their family for the achievement.

Pintum Loyi, Assistant General Manager (ADM) attended the function as special guest also spoke on the occasion.  Doi Ado, Ex-Minister advised the drivers to take care while driving.

A colourful dance items were also presented by the staff- house wives, children and Si-Ome party.  DIPRO


NEITCO conducts vocational training prog

ITANAGAR, Apr 11: In its effort to provide meaningful support and practical inputs to the youth of the state, the North Eastern Industrial and Technical Consultancy Organization Ltd (NEITCO) conducted a six months residential practical training programme on Hairstyling and Beauty Care at Guwahati from August 2010.  23 unemployed women of Arunachal Pradesh were trained in the programme which was sponsored by North Eastern Council (NEC). Addressing the valedictory function of the programme held at conference hall of Udyog Sadan, Itanagar on April 7, J. Jhumdim, Advisor (Planning), NEC, appreciated the activities of NEITCO. While lauding the entrepreneurship skill of Arunachalee women, he assured of more specialized training programme to them so that they can set up beauty care and manufacturing units in  the state.

Arijit Bhattacharjee, CEO of NEITCO highlighted about the programme and appreciated the discipline and punctuality maintained by the trainees during the six months training and exposure tour to Delhi and Kolkata.

Padmshree Mamang Dai in her address called upon the women entrepreneurs of the state to play a pivotal role in developing rural economy of the state by taking up various small scale industries. Women could shoulder responsibility in promoting tourism such as home stay and echo tourism, she further said.

Amongst others who spoke on the occasion were P K Behera, State Director, KVIC, S. Dev, CEO, KVIB, Tsering Thongdok, MD, Arunachal Pradesh Apex Bank and S K Dutta,Jt Director of Industries, Itanagar.  Many senior officials of the state Govt also present on the occasion to boost the morale of the trainees.

All the trainees were provided with required Tool Kits of beauty care and training completion certificates in the function.


News Impact

Malini Mela begins

ITANAGAR, Apr 11: The annual ‘Malini Mela’ began at Malinithan with local MLA Jomde Kena inaugurating the week-long programme as chief guest amidst huge gathering of local public and foreign tourists at Likabali yesterday. Food stalls of local cuisines and display cum sale of art and cultural items are the main attraction of this year’s progamme. There is also cultural display of various dance groups from the state and Bihu parties from Assam to add colour to the ‘Mela’.

Former advisor to CM Tahum Taipodia attended the inaugural function as guest of honour.


HC directives

ITANAGAR, Apr 11: While hearing a  writ petition filed by Sange Lamte Foundation (SLF) the Itanagar Bench of Gauhati High Court on April 8 directed the Officer-in-Charge of Itanagar Police Station to register the FIR lodged with it against four persons on charges of hatching conspiracy to avail coveted Government jobs in Art and Culture and Tax and Excise Departments  and investigate the case.

The FIR lodged on March 4 at Itanagar PS alleged that Akung and Anung, the son and daughter of Atum Welly, were appointed in Tax and Excise and Art and Culture Department as Inspector and Socio Culture Organizer respectively in total violation of rules, that too on the basis of fraudulently obtained certificate.

SLF, however, informed that another case filed on February 25 last against six Inspectors appointed in Tax and Excise Department has been registered.

Meanwhile, Arunachal RTI Activists Forum (ARTIAF) has demanded removal Yeshe Dorjee Thongchi from APIC Chief Commissioner’s post for allegedly indulging in nepotism and favoritism in appointment.

“The very motto of having a transparent Information Commission was lost with the appointment of YD Thongchi as he has been alleged to have practised nepotism by illegally appointing people known to him,” ARTIAF said in its memorandum to Chief Minister. The Forum also submitted a copy of  memorandum to the Governor.

 The Forum threatened to launch democratic agitation in case of failure of the Govt to fulfill its demands within 15 days.

It also appealed  the Govt to lower the prescribed rate for furnishing copies of the documents under RTI Act from Rs 10 to Rs. 2 per page in the greater interest of common people.


Mini market

ITANAGAR, Apr 11: The opening ceremony of Mini Market at Palin town would be held on April 16. Local MLA Takam Tagar (Pario), Pania ADC Chuku Takar and Palin circle officer Pisa Tarak will attend the opening ceremony as chief guest, guest of honour and special guest respectively.


Social service

ITANAGAR, Apr 11: The Area -VI Sub Council of Arunachal Pradesh Christian Revival Council of Churches has decided to organize social service to clean the water reservoirs located at different places of East Kameng district.

The task, first of its kind, would be done with help of various CRC units and colony dwellers in the district.

The main aim of the drive is to prevent seasonal water borne diseases due to consumption of  unhygienic water.

The church council sought necessary help and cooperation for this noble work from East Kameng deputy district authority.


Dulom mourns death of Paul

ITANAGAR, Apr 11: Former minister and Arunachal Pradesh Mahila Congress Committee (APMCC) president Yari Dulom expressed shock over sudden demise of B M Paul, Treasury Officer, Daporijo on April eight.

“Paul was known to me and my family personally and the people of Upper Subansiri will always remember him for his cool disposition and amiable nature,” Dulom said in a condolence message.

Dulom conveyed her deep sense of condolence to the bereaved family and prayed to almighty for eternal peace of the departed soul.



ITANAGAR, Apr 11: All Tatung Welfare Society condoled the death of its former Auditor Tatung Chadap at Lower Putung today and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul.He left behind a son and daughter.

Tatung was involved in various social activities and contributed a lot towards development of the society, ATWS said in its condolence message.


NEDWS appointment

ITANAGAR, Apr 11: North East Development Welfare Society (NEDWS) president has appointed Junti Wangsa as its Tirap district unit president effective immediately for smooth functioning.


ABCC to conduct   rally

ITANAGAR, Apr 11: Arunachal Baptist Church Council will take out a peaceful procession with theme “Clean Society” from 6 am to 8 am at Abu Mission centre Pasighat during its 4-day 3rd general meeting on April 14. The procession would be participated by Christian community of the state. The general meeting will begin on April 12 and will conclude on April 15.

Dr. K Thanzauva, vice president, Asia Pacific Baptist Federation cum president, Baptist Church of Mizoram and Rev. Tar Choya, Translator, Old Testament, Nyishi Baptist Church Council will attend the meeting as speakers.


Candle  lit procession  against corruption

ITANAGAR, Apr 11: A group of 15 social activists of Tezu took  out a candle-lit march at Tezu Gandhi Chowk yesterday to express solidarity  with the renowned social activist Anna Hazare’s anti-corruption movement.

The candle-lit march was led by Dr. Dimso Manyu, Soai Kri, Sohan Manyu, Gamso Bellai and others.


May Day

ITANAGAR: All Arunachal Pradesh Government Departmental Labour Union (AAPGDLU) will celebrate the May Day also known as International Labour Day at IG Park here on May one.

Parliamentary Secretaries Lokam Tassar and Gadam Ete will attend the function as chief guest and guest of honour respectively.  Dana Tadu has been selected as chairman of the celebration committee.


Baisakhi Utsav

ITANAGAR: The Gurudwara Singh Sabha, Naharlagun will celebrate the 312th Baisakhi Utsav at Gurudwara Saheb, Naharlagun on April 14.

Besides being a harvest festival, Baisakhi is also celebrated as the Sikh New Year and the founding of the Khalsa Panth.

The day-long celebration will start in the morning with Sadharan Padh at 10.30 am followed by Kirtan and Katha. Guru Ka Langar (community feast) would be served at 1 pm, according to a Gurudwara Singh Sabha, Naharlagun, release.

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APPSC and autonomous colleges

Dear Editor,

I would like to point out a very serious problem faced by graduates of autonomous technical colleges vis-a-vis  Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission.

The problem is that the commission accepts educational certificates signed/ issued by university authorities only.

It is evident that the commission accepts certificates issued as per university pattern only. Under this pattern, affiliated colleges have no academic autonomy and the parent university prescribes its courses of study, conducts examination, declares results and issues all certificates.

But there are autonomous colleges/ institutes where instead of university pattern autonomous pattern is followed. Under autonomous pattern, all autonomous colleges are given complete academic autonomy by the parent university as per provision under National Education Policy 1986 and UGC guidelines on autonomous colleges. These colleges are allowed to prescribe their own courses of study, conduct examination, declare result and issue all certificates except approved degree certificate which is given by the university in convocation. Under this system, the autonomous colleges are required to adopt semester system and follow continuous evaluation of students’ performance. Hence, these colleges issue grade cards instead of conventional marksheets. And under this pattern, the Dean (academics) is the authorised signatory on grade cards and provisional degree certificates.

But in spite of the facts stated above, the grade cards and provisional degree certificates issued by the Dean of such colleges are rejected by the commission. The commission has been insisting the students with such certificates to get the same countersigned by university authority/ bring afresh issued by university authority. This creates a very awkward position for a candidate as the candidate can neither approach the college authority nor the university to issue certificate as suggested as the certificates have already been issued by the competent authority as per rule.

Till the other day, being a product of J.N.C. Pasighat, I also had a mindset that an autonomous college issuing certificates of its own is indigestible. But on updating myself on the issue, it is  found that the present trend in universities/ educational institutions favour more and more for academic autonomy advocating semester system where there is grade card for achieving academic excellence.

The above issue has given me an impression that there might be some rule/instruction prohibiting the commission to accept certificates issued under autonomous pattern. If there is one, it needs to be made public so that the aggrieved may seek redressal. This is very urgent as the commission is going to conduct a series of recruitment examinations and many candidates with such certificate will apply.

I clarity that my intention is neither to question its wisdom nor its autonomy. But I simply feel that what is being done as per provision of National Education Policy and UGC guidelines should prevail.


Orin Lego,

Yingkiong,  (on email)



Too many issues

Dear Editor,

I'd like to put down few of my views in-front of my fellow Arunachalis.

It's good to see that finally the eyes of our Education dept are open. Everyone including me was really shocked when I saw our state in 2nd last position in literacy rate, just above Bihar.

As I've been pointing out that our Govt. is doing nothing for education sector. Even during the assembly sessions, there was no proper discussions over education. And in the Budget plan also, there were investments on security, infrastructure, tourism etc. but nothing important for education dept.

And now, our education minister is planning to hand over the defunct govt schools to the private missionaries, instead of renovating and reconstructing them. Most of these schools are neglected and in remote villages, where most of the people are poor. Then how do you think they can afford these schools?

Moreover, talking about the Student unions, have you ever seen a student union president, GS or any other member attending their college regularly? Instead they are seen around some Govt. offices or around Market places on their cars, and attending some functions, as if they are some VVIPs. But don't forget, they are just students like us. How do they actually pass their exams? Don't they get expelled for low attendance.

Many thanks to Arunachal Times and wonderful journalists like Taba Ajum, for always reminding about how helpless and ignorant our Govt' is. Whether it is PDS scam, NSCN threat, Communal clashes, CHR, Illegal appointments or the recent MMS scandal, our Govt. is actually acting deaf and waiting for these wave to pass by and some new topic come up. As pointed out by Taba Ajum, we should feel ashamed of calling ourselves "peace-loving" people. It no longer suits us, everything is on surface now.

Also, thanks to our Govt. for launching “Arunachal Pradesh State Wide Area Network”.

But first of all, how do you think we are going to enjoy this facility when most of the time we spend our days without electricity? Funny, but it’s true. But, I hope we IT- engineers will have a bright future in our state also.

Save Arunachal Pradesh.


N L Richo

NIT Patna (on email)



My heart bleeds

Dear Editor,

I would like to share my feeling and reaction to the news regarding the illegal appointments published on March 28.

Being an unemployed postgraduate of the state my heart bled! It is still bleeding. Where have I gone wrong?

Why couldn’t I be a the beneficiary of the 2000 jobs that was distributed ? Still struggling even after the dozens of certificates I hold. Where did I go wrong?  

Yes it would be a lie if I or any unemployed person will say we did not know of the existence of the backdoor business.

But looking at the news, my heart bleeds and this time not for my helplessness but of thousands of kids whose future is at stake, for a huge loss of revenues that the unqualified low quality human capital is going to cause and the same circle of backwardness, corruption and all ills that everyone is going face for many more years to come!

It pains me deeply, so badly that my heart just dont stop bleeding!


Unlucky loser,

(on email)






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