April 29


Cyclone hit parts of Papum Pare, five injured

[ Manoj Singh ]

BANDERDEWA, Apr 28: Severe cyclone accompanied by hailstorm hit Papum Pare  and  parts of Assam yesterday leaving more than 100 families homeless and  damaged more than 150 houses. Five persons are reported to be injured.

The severe cyclone which lashed Banderdewa Circle specially in Chessa-Sunajuli Panchayat destroyed boys and girls hostel, school building and standing crops.  

On receipt of the information local MLA cum Minister Urban Development, Land Management,  Nabam Rebia visited the affected places.

The report of cyclone damages have been reported from Sangdupota circle where five dwelling houses have been partially damaged in Jote and Mokomoli villages, snapping of power line of both LT as well as HT lines. It would takes at least four days to five days for restoration as revealed by officials of Power Deptt.

Upper Balijan ZPM Gollo Takam also said that the cyclone have hit the Sangdupota circle and  five houses at Jote have been partially damaged while few standing crops  and boys hostel of Secondary School at Bassarnallo have been destroyed.




Arunachal resident served eviction notice by Assam: AAPSU

ITANAGAR, Apr 28: Tana Nekam, a resident of Dullung under Balijan in Papum Pare, Arunachal Pradesh has been served with an eviction notification dated on April 20 from Assam administration, according to an AAPSU statement.   

Accordingly, the Assam officials visited the legally occupied land area of Tana Nekam on April 21 and he has been given 10 days time to vacate and dismantle the developed properties in the land. He was told that if the building is not dismantled, Assam will be compelled to carryout eviction.  

However, the AAPSU said that the land has allotted land possession certificate (LPC) to Tana Nekam by the state government dated on 03/03/2011, vide no. DC/LM/LPCX-82/11 for 46,022 square meters of land located at Dullung under Balijan Circle.

The land also comes under the domain of Arunachal Pradesh as per the Google map. Being a legal owner of the land, he has developed the land by planting rubber trees there as part of a-forestation plan, the Union said.  

AAPSU accused the state government of not doing much to stop the Assam administration.  The district administration did not deploy a single officer from Arunachal Pradesh to protect the life and properties of Tana Nekam and his family in spite of information given to the Deputy Commissioner, Papumpare by Officer-Incharge, Balijan.  

AAPSU urged the Papum Pare district administration and the state government to look into the matter seriously and take up the issue with Assam counterpart.

The Union further called on the Assam government to maintain status quo otherwise the act of evictions and encroaching of boundary will violate the direction of Supreme Court and create unnecessary problems between the people of the two states.




Pema discloses ‘Vision for Arunachal’s development’

ITANGAR, Apr 28: Chief Minister Pema Khandu has disclosed his 'Vision for development of Arunachal Pradesh'  during the  one-day Pandit Deen  Dayal Upadhyaya birth                       centenary celebration 'Prashikshan Shivir' (Orientation Training programme) organized by the state BJP for the Ministers, MLAs, Councillors, Panchayat members and party office bearers at Jully Basti here on Friday. The Chief Minister informed that state machineries and departments have started working on Vision 2022. Under that vision, special attention will be given to border areas to provide water, health, electricity and education facilities. The CM also requested the Ministers, MLAs, party workers for better coordination between the party and the government to fully realize  the vision,

Highlighting the key challenges facing the state in terms of infrastructure and connectivity and potentials in  mining, horticulture, agriculture and tourism and forest sectors,  Pema said the budget 2017 has focused on youth employment, entrepreneurship and skill development with more than 50% coverage on these sectors.

To address the unemployment issue, the state is working to provide alternatives to the youths, said Pema. He  further informed that under Chief Minister's Swavalamban Yojana, which is proposed to be re-named as Deen Dayal Swavalamban Yojana, the state government has worked out with banks to provide Rs 10 lakhs to 1 crore for to help entrepreneurs on 30% subsidy.

He also informed that the state government is working to implement the CM universal health insurance scheme, which will be named after PanditDeen Dayal Upadhyay.

The Chief Minister  also highlighted the steps being taken to make Arunachal an organic state and to increase the ginger and large cardamom production. On success of such initiative, he informed that similar steps would be taken for other sectors to boost income of local people.

Informing on eight new railway routes being identified in the state, he said the Union Railway Minister will be in the state soon to officially launch the survey of these tracks.

Pema further informed that state government has cleared Rs 4000 crore financial deficits accumulated from the previous government. "Each March month, the state financial position showed negative balance, but this year through proper financial management, the state government has avoided such crisis," he informed. (CMO)




Pasighat witness violent clashes as five granted bail

ITANAGAR, Apr 28: There were violent scenes in Pasighat on Friday after the five accused in connection with torture of two girls and their mother through witchcraft practices were granted bail on Thursday evening.

The activists of Adi Baane Kebang Youth Wing, Women Against Social Evils, All Bogong Students' Union (E), AdiStudents' Union, PKWSSW and Jering Matkir Society youth members protested in front of Superintendent of Police office and Chief Judicial Magistrate court  and raised slogans against police department, magistrate and Home Minister for allegedly granting bail to the 5 arrested accused who were to be produced in the court on Friday. The protestors said that, the accused were to be produced before the court on Friday, but they were granted bail on Thursday evening itself without any public prosecutor. They also raised their strong resentment against the Judge, CJM for granting bail to the accused without knowing the actual story behind the case.

SP Pranav Tayal told the protestors that the police had objected to  granting of bail at this stage and had requested the court for judicial remand of the accused for 14 days so that proper investigation is done.

"The bail matter is completely in the hands of the CJM and JMFC and police had nothing to do with that. We had also arrested the accused after receiving the FIR, but court didn't hear the bail objection petition of the police", clarified SP to the angry protestors who were demanding for re-arrest of the five alleged accused, including arrest of  Liza Perme Apang.

On rigorous protest in front of CJM court, three representatives of the protesting groups were allowed to meet judge, Hirendra Kashyap, APJS refused to entertain the demand  to re-arrest the bailed accused. On this, the protesting mob became violent leading to tussle between protesting group and police in which a woman received a minor injury and SP was also slightly injured.

The outcome of the case will depend very much on visit of Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women on Saturday as situation is  getting more tense after granting bail to the alleged accused.  




Pasighat-Pangin road opens for traffic movement

PANGIN, Apr 28: The recently damaged Pasighat-Pangin stretch of Trans Arunachal Highway has been declared open for vehicular traffic including heavy vehicles. The road restoration work is being undertaken by T.K. Engineering Consortium.

As per the survey report received from the department of highway, the road is now safe for use. The district administration has also recalled it's earlier executive order restricting vehicular movement. The prompt action and close coordination between the district administration and TK Engineering Consortium has made the restoration possible at such a short span of time.

Work is continuing on the road and simultaneously an alternate road is also being carved out at the same place.

 Meanwhile, the Deputy Commissioner Rahul Singh has issued a showcause notice to concessionaire T.K Engineering  to explain the lacunae that led to such inexplicable washing away of the newly laid road and to ensure that such a problem doesn't arise in the future. He has also directed the highway department to closely monitor the situation and report to him on a daily basis. DIPRO incharge.




Need to launch Green India Mission with missionary zeal: DC

AALO, Apr 28: West Siang Deputy Commissioner, Gamli Padu has stressed on the need for launching the Mission Green India with a missionary zeal to check the dwindling of forests due to expansion of human habitation, cultivation and use of forest products.

He was speaking during the District Level Steering Committee meeting on Mission Green India held in the Conference Hall of DC office, here on Monday last.

Padu further stressed on convergence of Green India mission with MGNREGS, NRLM & IWMP to make it more vibrant and effective. In the meeting it was agreed upon to converge all labour-based forestry activities with MGNREGS in the next AOP after discussion in Gram Sabha. It was decided that seedlings of horticultural crops like cardamom and oranges will be provided by Horticulture department and species of plantation crops to be provided by Agriculture Department under PMGSY of RWD and roadside plantation will be done under Green India Mission (GIM). It also decided to take up activities like piggery, opening of community resource centre like bamboo resource centre, plantation in various school campuses under GIM,

soil and moisture conservation activities as convergences with GIM from next AOP of MGNREGS.

ACF, Martha Ratan also spoke on the occasion. (DIPRO)




Tame unruly drivers, check illegal parking: AACWA

ITANAGAR, Apr 28: All Arunachal Contractors Welfare Association (AACWA) has urged the authorities to tame unruly drivers and check haphazard and illegal parking of vehicles on the roads of twin capital towns of Itanagar and Naharalgun.

Stating that illegal parking of vehicles on roadside is the main reason for traffic congestion, AACWA urged the Traffic authorities to take some drastic action to check illegal parking of vehicles.

The association also expressed serious concern over reckless driving and plying of worn out vehicles, particularly Trekkers and Tempos, posing threat to pedestrians and appealed to the Chief Minister to adopt some kind of action like Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Aditynath in the greater interest of common public.




Nabam Tata conferred honorary doctorate by Gauhati University

CM, Governor lauds Tata’s achievement

ITANAGAR, Apr 28: Nabam Tata has been conferred degree of Doctor of Philosophy Honoris Causa, by Gauhati University in recognition of his unstinted and tireless efforts over a long period of time in popularising, preserving and promotion of the rich traditional culture, art and folk music of the State in general and of the Nyishi Community in particular. The University regards it as unique achievement and significant contribution to the society at large.

Governor of Assam and Chancellor, Gauhati University  Banwarilal Purohit conferred the Degree to Nabam Tata at the 26th Convocation of the University in the university campus, Guwahati on April 28.

His 'Scroll of Honour' states that Nabam Tata of Arunachal Pradesh, who recently retired as a employee of Arunachal Pradesh Government has dedicated his life from a very young age to the preservation of the rich cultural heritage of the State in general and the Nyishi community in particular.

He has been instrumental in popularizing and promoting the rich folk art and music of the State. This he has done through the visual medium, that is, films. He scripted and was the lead actor in the State's first feature film, 'Mera Dharam Meri Maa'. He also directed and produced numerous films and music albums, chief among them being 'A Nyishi Marriage' and 'Komchi Lilla', an audio album.

In his speech, the Governor called upon the students to carry with them knowledge gained from their education and put them into practical in real life situations. He advised them to make a difference in the community, in the society, in the State and in the Nation. Be an ambassador of peace and goodwill and make the country proud.

The Governor emphasised for strong character and integrity for development and prosperity of the State and the Nation, while recalling Mahatma Gandhi's list of seven social sins. He also highlighted on the challenges in higher education and in the University, which he stated that it rank 27th among Universities of India.

Renowned scientist Bharat Ratna Professor C.N.R. Rao who delivered the convocation address said that the future of India depends on science and technology. It is the foundation of science and technology that enables a country to become a leader in the world, he said.

Earlier, the Vice Chancellor of Gauhati University, Dr. Mridul Hazarika highlighted on the achievement of the University.

Arunachal Governor PB Acharya, well aware of the valuable works of Nabam Tata in the field of preservation of indigenous culture and tradition had recommended his name for the recognition.

Expressing his happiness that Nabam Tata from Arunachal Pradesh and \ Tasile N. Zeliang from Nagaland have been conferred with degrees of Doctor of Philosophy Honoris Causa,  Acharya, said that people from all walks of life must be recognized by the Universities for their selfless and unique services to the society and the Nation. Such conferment will encourage the dedicated and extraordinary individuals and also motivate many others to work towards sustaining cultural heritage, preservation of fragile environment and overall prosperity and empowerment of every section of the society and gender, he said.

Chief Minister Pema Khandu has congratulated Nabam Tata on being conferred the degree.

"It is a proud moment for Arunachal Pradesh as one of our elder brothers' sincere and dedicated work has been appreciated and rightly honoured by Gauhati University." Khandu remarked

"A retired State Government employee, Dr Nabam Tata has dedicated his life for preservation of the rich cultural heritage of the State," Khandu said while adding that his achievement would be inspiration to many for years to come.




BJP is a party with a difference, says Rao

ITANAGAR, Apr 28: The BJP is a party with a difference and it is the only party which considers interest of the nation first and take decisions through a consultative process, said BJP's  national general secretary Muralidhar  Rao during one-day Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya birth centenary celebration Prasikshan Shivir ( Orientation Training programme ) at Jully Basti  here on Friday.

Speaking on genesis and growth of BJP, Rao opined that BJP is the largest party in  the world  with internal democracy and strong foundation laid by its founding figures like Dr. Shyama Prasad Mookherjee and PanditDeen Dayal Upadhyaya.  All the BJP ruled states are maintaining higher standard of governance than the states rule by other parties, he added.

 North East Zone General Secretary (Organisation), Ajay Jamwal, spoke at length on the working system of BJP. He  said that discipline, dedication and commitment towards welfare of the people are very important for winning the people's trust towards the party.

Former Member of Parliament and BJP ideologue Dr. Mahesh Chandra Sharma  delivered a speech on concept of integral humanism and the ideological tenets of BJP.

Sharing his thoughts on national security issues, Dr. Tarun Vijay said that the greatest threat to a nation is its weakness and ignorance. Therefore, it is very important to build strong nation, he said. He  also spoke on various policies  of the Central Govt  for strengthening the security scenario  of India.

State BJP  president Tapir Gao highlighted the importance of the orientation programme. It is very important for all party members to understand the philosophical and ideological background of BJP to have proper knowledge  about the working system of BJP.

Former BJP president and minister Dr. Tangor Tapak spoke on  the concept good governance.

The training programme for the Ministers, MLAs, Councillors, Panchayat members and party office bearers  of BJP was attended by more than 500 delegates from all over the state.




Taloh seeks agitating villagers’ cooperation to get Subbung Hydel commissioned

[ Maksam Tayeng ]

PANGIN/PASIGHAT, Apr 28: Pangin-Boleng MLA Tapang Taloh urged the people of Subsing village to cooperate with the government to get the Subbung Micro Hydel Project get commissioned soon.

The MLA, who along with Siang Deputy Commissioner Rahul Singh visited the project site on Thursday, assured the villagers/part-time small contractors that their demands and grievances will be apprised to the authorities concerned for early payment of their outstanding bills.

It is pertinent to mention here that the villager sealed the project for non-payment or partial payment of their bills.

Subsing villagers led by Anchal Samity Member Tajing Pabin submitted a 7-point memorandum to Taloh in a formal meeting held with the villagers at Subsing village community hall (Musup) for onward submission to the Chief Minister.

In their petition to Chief Minister, the villagers expressed their strong resentment over negligence on the part of the concern hydro power department in paying its liabilities to the villagers.

"Until and unless our villagers' outstanding bill totaling around Rs 40 lakhs are paid we won't open the sealed office of the power sub-station," said the villagers.

Taloh also assured the villagers to submit their memorandum to the Chief Minister.

According to the engineers, the project is almost complete.




Higher Education in Arunachal Pradesh: Challenges Ahead

[ Dr. Tejum Padu ]


Education is a vital component of social sector in the planning strategy and the best means for development and social change in a society. Higher education is important to both individual and societal aspirations. For individuals, education beyond the secondary level is expected to provide greater awareness, better thinking, better knowledge and intellectual stimulation on one hand and social esteem, better paying jobs, improvement of economic conditions and a better way of life on the other.

For societies, higher education is considered to be essential for technology, productivity and economic growth and to face global competition. Higher education should result in value building, social justice, equal opportunity and democracy. In general, education shall act as a catalyst for social upliftment, enhancing the returns on investments made in almost every aspect of developmental effort, be it population control or empowerment of women and weaker sections of society.  The role of higher education in national and state level developments is well established. Envisaging education as a source for modernizing the nation, the Government of India accorded serious attention to the cause of education in general and higher education in particular in the post independence phase. This led to the expansion and promotion of higher education, particularly scientific, technical and professional education. However, higher education has undergone tremendous changes in the era of globalisation.  

Higher education in all states of the country has expanded very rapidly in the last seven decades after independence to meet human resource needs in all disciplines and professions. However, the issues, which are of paramount concern today, for all of us, are the quality and the relevance of education with specific reference to the changing socio-economic milieu. As a matter of fact, Arunachal Pradesh is a late entry state into higher education system in the country. The road to the development of the state can be done through education system only and if education is compromised at any level, the socio-economic development of the state shall be jeopardized. There is no denying the fact that tremendous increase in scientific and technical man-power has provided the state an adequate substratum to enter in the field of globalization and to become self-sufficient. But, if high moral standards and ethical values is to be maintained in public life, in the professions, in business and in the development of state’s rural economy, as well as if students are to be prepared to enter the new world of work as productive and responsible citizens, the state, regional and national policy makers of the present generation need to put in considerable rethinking in respect of the education system and its relevance to the rapidly changing socio-economic environment.

Education should be instrumental in developing not only an economically better-off society, but also one that can flourish in the context of pluralism and democracy.  The major problem which we are faced with today, therefore, is to increase the relevance of education to the developmental needs of our country as it enters a very competitive global environment. Arunachal Pradesh, being an underdeveloped state, needs to reorient and invest in higher education for over all socio-economic development of all tribes equally in the state.

History Of Higher Education In Arunachal Pradesh

The history of higher education system in Arunachal Pradesh can be traced back to 1964 with the establishment of the maiden institute – Jawaharlal Nehru College, Pasighat, East Siang district, that was initially affiliated to Gauhati University, Guwahati, Assam. The college started in humanities stream at a barrack of Assam Rifles on the bank of the mighty Siang River. Later in 1967, the college was shifted to its present location. Initially, the college had 42 students and 8 teachers in 6 subjects, such as English, Economics, Hindi, Political Science, History and Assamese. 1979 saw the establishment of a second college; Dera Natung Government College, Itanagar (the erstwhile Government College, Itanagar). As a state university was in need to provide higher education in the state, Arunachal University (presently; Rajiv Gandhi University – a Central University) and North Eastern Regional Institute of Science & Technology (a deemed university) came into existence in 1984. Similarly, five more colleges of humanities were established; Indira Gandhi Government College, Tezu (Lohit district) in 1986, Government College, Bomdila (West Kameng), in 1988, Rang-Frah Government College, Changlang in 1996, Donyi Polo Government College, Kamki, Aalo in 1996 and Wangcha Rajkumar Government College, Deomali, Tirap in 1997. The primary functions of these universities were prescribing courses and syllabi, holding examinations and conferring degrees on the successful candidates trained at the colleges / institution levels. As there was a dearth of educated human resources to man the state-building activities, the political leaders, therefore, decided to providing education at all levels and in all districts of the state. Accordingly, in the early part of the 21st Century, the state had seen growth of 41 (9 government, 7 private, 3 private professional institutions, 7 private universities, 8 private BEd colleges, 6 government polytechnics and 1 private polytechnics) colleges/ institutions till 2016 which makes to the total of 53 functional institutions in Arunachal Pradesh today. This necessitates in view of the students’ preferences to shift from academic disciplines to professional programmes of study. The establishment of private institutions was encouraged by the government to fill the vacuums in the higher education sector through proper monitoring the functioning of these institutions.

Decision-making Authorities For Higher Education In Arunachal Pradesh

Higher education consists of teaching, training, and research in natural and physical science, social science, humanities and paramedical. The main players in the higher education system in Arunachal Pradesh are: University Grants Commission (UGC) is responsible for coordination, determination and maintenance of standards, release of grants.  Professional Councils like Medical Council of India, All India Council of Technical Education, etc. are responsible for recognition of courses, promotion of professional institutions and providing grants to undergraduate programmes and various awards. The Central Government is responsible for the major policy relating to higher education in the country. It provides grants to the UGC as well as Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) - a National Mission for Higher Education. The Central Government is also responsible for declaration of Educational Institutions as ‘Deemed to be University’ on the recommendation of the UGC.  

State governments are responsible for the establishment of state universities and colleges, and provide ‘plan grants’ for their development and ‘non-plan grants’ for their maintenance. The coordination and cooperation between the union and the states is brought about in the field of education through the Central Advisory Board of Education. Special Constitutional responsibility of the Central Government: Education is on the ‘Concurrent list’ subject to Entry 66 in the Union list of the Constitution. This gives exclusive legislative power to the Central Government for co-ordination and determination of standards in institutions of higher education or research and scientific and technical institutions.  

The Directorate of Higher & Technical Education in Arunachal Pradesh was established in 1996 by bifurcating from the erstwhile Directorate of Public Instruction. The mandate of the Directorate is to consolidate and expand higher education in the state. As per “The Business of the Government of Arunachal Pradesh (Allocation) Rules, 1998 under section 7.B, the Directorate of Higher & Technical Education has to deal and make arrangement of the following subjects: College Education; expansion, development and propagation of technical and professional education (other than Medical Education); stipend/scholarships and loans for higher education including technical education; administration of educational institutions under the sector; matters relating to Rajiv Gandhi University (Arunachal University); matters relating to conduct of Joint Entrance Examination and allotment of seats to technical and professional courses, including medical, engineering, agriculture, horticulture, pisciculture etc. against Arunachal Pradesh quota; National Service Scheme; and matters relating to nomination of students to engineering institutions.

In addition to the above, the Directorate has been entrusted to deal with the implementation of RUSA in the 12th Five Year Plan. RUSA is a centrally sponsored scheme (CSS), launched in 2013 that aims to provide strategic funding to eligible state higher educational institutions. The objective of RUSA Mission is to achieve equity, access and excellence in higher education. RUSA Mission shall continue again with a vibrant aim and mission in the 13th Five Year Plan also and a new thrush is going to provide for shaping HEIs in the country and obviously, Arunachal Pradesh shall benefit from this mission.

Besides, the Directorate has also been dealing with the subject called All India Survey on Higher Educ-ation, which is basically web-based through which data are collected to portray the status of higher education in the country. The Ministry of Human Resource Development has endeavoured to collect an annual web-based All India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE) since 2010-11.  The survey covers all the institutions in the country engaged in imparting higher education.

Data is being collected on several parameters such as teachers, student enrolment, programmes, examination results, education finance, and infrastructure. Indicators of educational development such as institution density, Gross Enrolment Ratio, Pupil- teacher ratio, Gender Parity Index, Expenditure per Student etc. will also be calculated from the data collected through AISHE. These are useful in taking policy decisions, implementation and research development for education sector as well. Nowadays it has been made mandatory for all the higher education institutions to upload the complete and correct institutional level data on the Survey Portal (www.aishe.gov.in).

As a nodal government department, the Directorate has not only the primary responsibility to co-ordinate for the planned development of Higher & Technical Education but also to oversee the maintenance of standard of higher education in the state. Keeping this in view, and with a request to all the HEIs of the state to cooperate and furnish the necessary and accurate data well in time so that the basic information may come out with a meaningful and useful one as always.

Quality Assurance And Accreditation

To promote and maintain the standards of higher education, institutions had the traditional methods of inspection, regulation and statutory obligations of internal academic audit. Recently, based on the recommendations of the New Educational Policy (1992), External Quality Assurance mechanisms were conceived and established for higher education at the national level. At present, there are two such national accrediting agencies functioning viz., National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), which assesses and accredits the entire higher education system except the technical education and the National Board of Accreditation (NBA), which accredits the technical education. NAAC assesses and grades all the post-secondary system of education at the Institutional level, while the NBA does it at the programme level of the technical educations. It has now become mandatory for both the general and technical education institutions to get accredited whether it is public or private. The private institutions consider the accreditation status as a sure way of attracting students. Both public and private higher education institutions are mandated to go through the accreditation process from time to time as specified by the body. The eligibility criteria formulated by these National External Quality assurance agencies stipulate that any institution that seek accreditation should have been functioning for five years and should have sent out two batches of students for graduation. The educational institutions that are not able to fulfil the stipulations of NAAC and NBA go in for ISO-9001 certification which they badly need to market their products. Under the market economy, the demand and supply factor themselves will bring about the equilibrium by rejecting those institutions of low quality. But, in a country where the education infrastructure is not sufficient to meet the demand for education services, this kind of accreditation is superfluous, as even those institutions without accreditation will continue to mushroom all over the country. However, in case of Arunachal Pradesh, Rajiv Gandhi University, 6 Government Colleges and 1 Private College had been assessed and accredited by NAAC so far and other institutions to follow with a new criterion. In fact, the quality of an institution can be clearly judged by the local public who are aware of what is going on locally (as has been the case so far). Inspection-time shows and performances are well known to the Indian public who has gone through that stage during their schooling.  The rush during admissions can be considered as the best measuring rod for quality service. There is also wastage of the very scarce and precious resources, as money has to be shelled out for getting accredited. Some government and private institutions that are crying out for more buildings have to divert its resources towards getting accredited. Hence, the central government is trying to minimize its responsibility by creating a dedicated portal or software for assessment and accreditations of all HEIs with least human interference so that the desired goals are achieved on time.

The Socio-economic And Gender Issues Related To Higher Education

The Indian Constitution places a special responsibility on the Government for the educational advancement of all its citizens. In the history of independent India, the central and state governments invested heavily on education, especially on the education of the backward communities and the socially suppressed. Equality of educational opportunities becomes one of the cherished goals of the government. The National Policy of Education of 1986, updated in 1992, proposed a dual track approach, designed to promote simultaneously adult literacy and primary education, with focus on girls. The government has identified the following priorities:

Access to and improved quality of education for girls and women; removal of obstacles like high tuition fees; location of Colleges and University nearer to their place of living, elimination of gender stereotyping in education; and excellence in the field of higher education.    

 The Indian Constitution guarantees not only the right to education to all the Indian citizens irrespective of their caste, religion and creed but also economic status, which will definitely reduce the gender inequality. India needs to follow the example of countries, such as South Korea, Malaysia and Singapore that invested vast amount of resources on education and advanced rapidly thereafter and have never looked back. India needs to develop these far-sighted approaches for the rapid development of the country. Thus the Indian Government should shoulder the responsibility of providing education by increasing the budgetary allocation for higher education. Care must be taken to allocate these resources on the kind of education that will impart knowledge to the students, especially women students, by their scientific and logical approach but also mould the precious character of the students by making them think and work individually and independently. The history of the movement for improving women’s status all over the world and especially in India emphasises from the beginning that education is the most significant instrument for enhancing the status of women from a subjugated position in society. Increase of educational facilities and opportunities and the removal of traditional barriers on entry of women to particular branches and levels of education, came to be supported by champions of women’s emancipation from the 19th century onwards.

In Arunachal Pradesh, the Directorate from its inception, had given due priority in woman’s’ higher education. The male-female participation ratio in the higher education in Arunachal Pradesh today is 51:49 and a dedicated women’s college had been established at Lekhi in 2014.  A proper residential campus for the college is also coming up soon at the permanent site Poma.

Average Enrolment In Higher Education In Arunachal Pradesh

The enrolment of students in the HEIs of the state is recorded at 33878 (up to academic session 2016-2017. However, the Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) within the age group of 18-24 years is 23.99 against the national average of 23.6 and GER of male and female was recorded at 24.72 and 23.21 respectively. The overall student-teacher ratio in the higher education institutions of the state is 1:23 and the ratio of that of government colleges alone is 1:38 and that of government polytechnics is 1:16 against the UGC laid norms of 1:25 for science, 1:15 for Honours Course (Humanities) and 1:30 for Pass course, respectively. As per the RUSA laid norms the ration is 1:20 in all perspectives. As such, there is acute shortage of teachers in the higher-learning institutions in Arunachal Pradesh.  At present there are 16 government colleges in Arunachal Pradesh and the total number of student enrolled stood at 13,513 students in 2016-17 sessions. Thus, the average enrolment in government colleges stood at 844.56 students per college.  However, it differs for private institutes and universities as well. There are 7 private colleges with the enrolment strength in 2016-17 academic sessions at 3587 students and the average students per private college comes at 512.42 students. In case of professional institutions, there are two working institutions with an enrolment of 486 students during the academic sessions 2016-17 and their average students per institutions comes at 243 students. All university level institutions have a total enrolment of 8565 students during the same academic period and their average student per institutions comes at 2141.75 students per university level institutions.  Taking into account of B.Ed. Colleges run by private entities, the average student per B.Ed. colleges stood at 109.55 students. And in Polytechnics, the average student per Polytechnics is 112.14 students per Polytechnics in Arunachal Pradesh. The overall enrolment per institution in all 53 institutions of Arunachal Pradesh here stood at about 616 students per institutions in the current academic session. Therefore, the Government of Arunachal Pradesh has been trying to improve this scenario of teacher student ratio by recruiting both teaching and non-teaching staff for the government colleges.

Challenges Ahead

In the era of globalization, with 11 university level institutions, 35 colleges, 7 polytechnics and about 34 thousand students of Arunachal Pradesh need a drastic change to be made in the field of higher education so that the state can compete with the developed states of the country in particular and the world in general. Quality of education can be ensured only by proper selection of faculty on merit and experience. In order to retain and preserve the talent in educational institution, the status and service conditions of the faculty should be updated as per the laid down norms and service conditions.

Non-affordability of Higher education in Arunachal Pradesh at present is becoming costlier, especially in respect of engineering and other specialised courses as these courses could not be provided in the state. Arunachal Pradesh like any other states of North East India is also facing the problem of exodus of a large number of students for the want of these studies especially to places like Delhi, Bengaluru, Pune, Chennai, Shillong etc. Of late, it has been reported that, the problem of social discrimination to the students of the state repeatedly and thus it creates administrative problem of the state. As a result, many parents and students want to pursue their higher education within the state.

Research reveals that dropout is also influenced to some extent among the school going students that they cannot afford higher education even after successful completion of school education. Dropout problems will remain high as long as higher education is costly. The gap between the rural and urban areas continues to widen because institutions placed in urban areas have improve infrastructure and other facilities provided by the government. To overcome this dichotomy, the allocation of funds should be ‘performance based’ rather than ‘need based’. In the name of innovation in the curriculum, new courses in the place of conventional courses are given in response to labour market demands. These courses are multidisciplinary and short term in nature. Therefore, care must be taken while revamping the curriculum.  Poor Student-teacher Ratio in government colleges would have a significant impact in quality output that makes it difficult for the teachers to have individual attention. The practice of the institutions so far has been to increase the student strength in response to increased demand without a consequent increase in faculty strength. Such an approach has corroded the quality of teaching.

The Directorate of Higher and Technical Education encourages all colleges/institutions of the state of Arunachal for early accreditation and assessment of all higher educational institutions in the state and had been geared up to achieve the same to all institutions for early endorsement and consideration. But of late, the assessment and accreditation process are going to be digitalized by UGC and assessment team may come any time without early intimation to the institution. Hence, for creating an academically induced environment in all institutions, all colleges or institutional heads / coordinators of existing Institutional RUSA Cell, Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) of all colleges / institutions through State Level Quality Assurance Cell (SLQAC) under this directorate and arguing for dissemination of knowledge through conducting seminars or workshops of relevant issues to international, national, regional or state significance and its implications or outcomes so as to keep a resonance of the institution. The database of all institutions must be maintained through Institutional RUSA Cell, Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC), AISHE and Stand–alone institutions in the state for a sound policy and planning in the higher education. The directorate needs to take a note for containing the drop-out rates at different stages of the duration of the learners in the state. Moreover, the directorate must pursue to enhance the funding from 0.3 per cent NSDP to 3 per cent NSDP in a short period.

Instead of looking back and being guided into the next year by where we do not want to be, we decided to look ahead and be guided by where we do want to be. As an urgent step, in the line to articulate the ambitious vision for higher education reform, the pending and challenging tasks of the directorate are as follows: 1. To make Arunachal Pradesh State University at Pasighat functional by 2018-19. The construction work of the university has already started and it needs constant monitoring; 2. To establish the lone Women Government College to its permanent site at Poma at the earliest. In fact, the process of land development and construction will be started soon and plan to get construction completed by 2019 and shift the college from Lekhi Village to Poma; 3. A Regulatory Commission has been in place by an act of Legislative Assembly so as to monitor and regulate the functioning of Private Universities and Colleges including their fee structure in Arunachal Pradesh and it needs constant monitoring for overall growth of higher education in the state; 4. Establishing a Government College, Tawang is a long dream and hence, the directorate has planned to complete the process for starting the college by June 2017 and start its academic activities by July 2017; 5. Government Model College, Basar is currently running in Urban Development building and the department has targeted to shift it within December 2017 in the permanent building; 6. Similarly, Govt. Model College, Daporijo is functioning temporarily at Govt. H.S. School, Daporijo. All the construction work is going to be completed and targeted to shift at the permanent site at the earliest; 7. Moreover, Govt. Model College, Geku at present is also functioning at Govt. H.S. School, Geku. Hence the department is planning to shift within March 2018; 8. At the same time, Govt. Model College, Palin is to start its academic session from July 2017; 9. Govt. Model College, Roing is also running now in the Sericulture building. Hence the department has mapped to get the building completed by December 2017; 10. Govt. College, Doimukh to start its academic session from the permanent site at Midpu from July 2017; 11.Govt. Law College, Jote is an important milestone of the department of higher education. For this necessary post has been created and the process for appointment will be completed by June and the academic session will be started by August 2017; 12. The Science block at DPGC, Kamki to be started this year: 13. To achieve the dream and aspiration of the State Government, an Academic Hub for the learners is coming up at Tezu; and 14. There are 9 projects for Government Polytechnics at hand now in Arunachal Pradesh which is to be functional within this coming academic session or next academic session. These are Govt. Polytechnic, Khonsa, Govt. Polytechnic, Hawai, Govt. Polytechnic, Chayangtajo, Govt. Polytechnic, Ziro, Govt. Polytechnic, Miao, Govt. Polytechnic, Taliha, Govt. Polytechnic, Yingkiong, Govt. Polytechnic, Anini and Govt. Polytechnic, Tawang.

The building of Govt. Polytechnic, Khonsa and Govt. Polytechnic, Chayangtajo are completed now and targeted to start the academic activities by July 2017. The building Govt. Polytechnic, Hawai is also completed but targeted to start the academic activities by July 2018. Similarly, the buildings of Govt. Polytechnic, Miao, Govt. Polytechnic, Taliha, Govt. Polytechnic, Yingkiong and Govt. Polytechnic, Anini are under construction and targeted to start its academic session by July 2019. In regard to Govt. Polytechnic, Ziro, the construction works of its academic and administrative blocks are completed and Academic activities can be started anytime subject to the availability of proper development of road. For the establishment of Govt. Polytechnic, Tawang, the process for selection of site is completed and in the process to start the construction activities soon.

Most of the higher educational institutions do not have the minimum required infrastructure at present and hence a challenge to overcome it is the need of the hour. The basic physical infrastructure-lecture halls, well equipped laboratories, adequate library resources, facilities for sports, recreation and special living facilities with good environment and information infrastructure that provide students with high speed terminals will motivate the students to concentrate on learning activities and can seek for exit options.  


The basic principles governing higher education should be accessibility, affordability, equity and excellence in the field of higher education. Citizens of the state, particularly students and other stakeholders will be deprived of their fundamental rights if higher education is treated as a commercial service since education are not a intangible commodity. It is the fundamental right of every human being and each state has to formulate its own education policies in the line of central government and as per the local culture and situation. It is not something where the same yardstick can be applied across the globe. Therefore, a strong and stable government with accountability, freedom from corruption, efficiency and transparency should shoulder the greatest responsibility of providing education to all the citizens of the state to preserve the values of democracy and social justice so as to achieve a human centred sustainable economic development in Arunachal Pradesh. The Directorate wants to be pioneers of a higher education model that is not just the best in the country but also to the international field by delivering social economic and intellectual value at par excellence. In fact, the idea behind describing future is not to show a pipe dream or built a castle in the air but to confront with what is stake. In order to realize the goals, it is imperative to have a transformative and innovative approach in all levels of higher education from curricula and pedagogy to the use of technology to partnerships, governance and funding. Making rapid progress in higher education would require a committed and concerted effort from all stakeholders involved such as academia, industry, private initiatives and Government of Arunachal Pradesh. Hence, the Directorate of Higher and Technical Education envisaged making Arunachal Pradesh an educational hub of the country in the near future. The vision is inspirational and futuristic, with a high quality higher education sector that leads and fulfills the need of the society. It also projects to build Arunachal Pradesh – a model state of the country in the field of higher education focusing on genius and capability of our people and their talent; and harnessing the natural resource endowments for meeting their rightful destiny as a leader.

“The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep”

 (The contributor is the Director, Higher and Technical Education, Government of Arunachal Pradesh, Itanagar)  (Concluded)




Legend of Sangken festival

[ C.I Mannou ]

Sang Ken is a festival of the Khampti and Singpho Tribes. It is basically a socio religious festival observed by the Theravada Buddhist Sects. This festival is celebrated at the advent of Spring Season every year in the month of April (NAUN-HA) of Khampti Calendar and corresponds to Sankranti of Baisakh. This day is celebrated with great devotion and enthusiasm and coincides with the end of the old year and advent of New Year for the people of Theravada Buddhist Sects.

The Legend of Sang Ken is derived from the Holy script of Khamptis namely -"VINAYA-KATHING NA" - wherein it is stated to link with four Nang Phee (Celestial Daughters) who unknowingly helped CHAU-KHUN-KEU in giving the secret information as to how to kill their father Brahma in Deva-Lok. This action of CHAU-KHUN-KEU cannot be overcome by mankind on this Earth, though it affects Brahma-Lok and Deva-Lok. Therefore, mankind on this Earth, especially Therevada Buddhist Community protects themselves from evil hands ofCHAU-KHUN-KEU with blessing of Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. Thus, on the day of Sang Ken, which is fixed as per astrological calculation, the idols of Lord Buddha are brought from the regular shrine to Kyongfra, especially constructed temporary shrine and blessing of Lord Buddha is invoked by sprinkling clean waters over the idols including all holy objects. Water is also poured on the hands of Bhikkhus seeking blessing.

Water is also poured over the feet and hands of the respected and elderly people for blessings. After sprinklings and pouring water (Son-Fra), people merry-make by pouring water over each other. During the celebration of Sang Ken, the people of the Theravada Buddhist Sect observe certain percept of taboos which generally follows for peace and harmony of mankind. At the end of celebration, statues of Lord Buddha are taken back to the Viharas. The idols are cleaned with scented water before restoration to the original shrine inside the Viharas. Restoration of the idols of Lord Buddha to the original shrine marks the end of the celebration.

Poi - Sangken follows the celebration which is a concluding function of the celebration. In the morning, people congregate inside the Viharas for Khamsin -Thamtra observance of Pancha Sheel and paying obeisance to the Budhha, Dharma and Sangha. Thus, the whole celebrations come to an end with the people wishing each other for peace and harmony.

This year, Sang Ken started on April 14 at 04.56.29 AM. It was over on April 16 at 09-01-10 AM. The Devil (CHAU-KHUN-KEU) riding on a Bull entered the Earth from South East direction and travelled towards West. So, this year, the face of the statues of Lord Buddha was placed towards West direction. It is predicted that this year, Heavy Rains and Thundershowers are likely to occur in the beginning and middle of the year and no occurrence of rains is likely to be experienced at the end of the year. Because of these ill effects, the living beings on Earth may face some misfortunes and miseries.

(The contributor is a retired Principal)




Current Education system

[ Dileep K Nair ]

India is among the earliest societies that evolved a formal and authentic system of education in the form of Gurukul some 5000 years ago. It was a sturdy, sustainable, and most powerful way of integrating learning into life, into living. What has gone wrong with such a formidable structure that produced perfect pupils? The pathetic state of our Academe today is an annoying reality. None of our universities appear among the top-ranking universities across the world. Why, despite producing the highest number of graduates and professionals every year than any other country in the world, we do not have any world-class university?

In our educational system the onus of good delivery lies squarely on the shoulders of a teacher. Their role is crucial, and demanding as well for it entails creating an environment that encourages students to explore their own individual goals, take risks, commit themselves and be responsible for their learning. In my opinion, in ancient times we had this in place and that is why from a single ashram (the educational set up), under a single teacher (guru), could blossom each pupil master in his exclusive skill. Teachers had serious commitment and caring for students' learning. Each student was free to learn his unique craft irrespective of how diverse it was from every other student in the institute.  

They engaged each pupil in his own learning and achieve his unique skills inculcating in them the willingness to face and resolve the difficulties. The teachers in those days possessed almost magical powers- teacher's will was not just the pupil's command but also of his parents even if the parents happened to be kings. Teacher was given freedom - blanket powers to teach the students - and was highly valued for his commitment to students' learning even at the cost of his own comfort.

Where is the teacher's place in our society today?. Teachers don't get the respect of students and parents alike. Currently, we are losing out on good teachers because being a teacher is no easy task, and the rewards are not commensurate to the demands of the profession. Teachers are not just the information providers but role models for students to emulate.

These are hard core commercial times and cash crunching career fields are pulling the good people away from the teaching. Teachers should get special privileges and special regard in society which may push back passionate and expert individuals from Boardrooms to the realm of higher education. Not everybody can be a good teacher merely with knowledge which is just one part; another is passion and love for his craft. True teaching calls for love and responsibility for teaching above talent and practice.

We have to pay extraordinary attention to teaching because it is one profession that creates all other professions. Though the times have changed in the competitive global knowledge economy of today but the old values are still deeply relevant and require a different approach to the same road. We have to give power and flexibility to our teachers to change the next generations of students of the ever-evolving world.  

Do we have the courage to accept the reality and reload the matrix?

(The contributor is Chancellor - North East Frontier Technical University)




NSCN (K) cadre nabbed

KOHIMA, Apr 28: A hardcore NSCN(K) cadre was nabbed by Khonsa Battalion of Assam Rifles in an operation from Kunsa village in Longding district on April 28.

The apprehended cadre was identified as self styled Lance Corporal Manlak Pansa, who was reportedly actively involved in extortion activities.

One .22mm pistol with five live rounds was seized from the possession of the nabbed NSCN (K) cadre. PRO, Defence.




BJP protest march

ITANAGAR, Apr 28: BJP Arunachal Pradesh is going to organize a protest march against China's illegal renaming of places in Arunachal Pradesh. The protest rally will start on April 29 from 8AM - 10 AM from Tennis Court, IG Park to Raj Bhavan.

The Protest March will be led by State BJP President Tapir Gao and a memorandum will be submitted to the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh on the occasion.




Hunger strike

ITANAGAR, Apr 28: The public of Rumgong Assembly Constituency led by APCC Secretary and party in-charge for West Siang Talem Taboh staged two days hunger strike in front of Rumgong ADC's office on April 27 and 28 demanding immediate posting of regular ADC, EAC and circle officers at Rumgong ADC headquarters. The other demands include immediate implementation of biometric,  to improve the quality of works in various state and central sponsored schemes and to avoid allotting works to people from outside Rumgong constituency, informed Rumgong Anchal Chairperson Tahan Mibang.

They also registered their strong protest against government officials who do not stay in their place of posting.




Hangpan Dada Memorial Trophy Tournament

KHONSA, Apr 28: Borduria FC and ChinkoiWomen FC became champions in men's and women's football titles respectively in the first district level Hangpan Dada Memorial Trophy Tournament.

Cash awards of Rs.50,000 each was given to winners of men's and women's football and volleyball competitions.

The champions in men's and women's volleyball Lazu and Khonsa Volleyball Clubrespectively were also awarded cash awards of Rs.50,000 each respectively.

The awards were presented by Khonsa West MLA Tirong Aboh.

The runners up in men's and women's volleyball were Longthan and Longgo teams while runners up in men's and women's football were Lainwang FC Club and Borduria Women Football Club. The runners up teams were given cash awards of Rs.25,000 each. The awards were presented by Nyason Sawin, wife of Khonsa East MLA Wanglam Sawin and Rani of Borduria Chasoam Wangchadong.

Cash award of Rs. 5000 each was given to best men and women volleyball players while Rs. 7,000 each was given to best men and women football players.

Rs. 4000 each was also given to all the referees.

The closing ceremony held Nehru Stadium here on Friday was attended by family members of Hangpan Dada, including his wife Chasen Dada, elder brother Laphang Dada, ADC I/c TechuAran, HoDs.

PANGIN: The finals of the Siang district level Hangpan Dada Memorial Trophy was kicked off by MLA Tapang Taloh on Friday.

Men's volleyball match was played between Kaying Circle and Rebo-Perging Circle. The match was won by Kaying Circle. The title of best player was awarded to Tajoy Pabin.

In women's football, the final match was played between Riga Circle and Jomlo-MobukCircle, in which the former defeated the latter by 4-1 goal. Asum Tamut was adjudged the best player.

In women's volleyball, Jomlo-Mobuk beat Riga circle to win title. Miti Saroh was adjudged as the best player.

Siang Deputy Commissioner Rahul Singh, Superintendent of Police Doge Jini, a host of HoDs, administrative officers, PRI members, public leaders and general public witnessed the final matches.

DPC RMSA T. Boko The administered pledged to the players.




World Veterinary Day celebration begins in Tawang

TAWANG, Apr 28: Word Veterinary Day celebrations with the theme Ántimicrobial Resistance : From Awareness to Action'  begun in Tawang on Thursday. The Arunachal Veterinary Association in collaboration with Department of Animal Husbandry, Veterinary and Dairy Development has convened the 3 day event.

An awareness and health camp was organised at Kitpi village yesterday by a team of Veterinarians from the state capital and the staffs of Dist AH and Veterinary establishment of the district led by Deputy Director Dr. Rinchin Lama.

Thereon, a drawing competition was organised to mark the celebrations, wherein students from Manjushree Vidyapeeeth, Little Star English School and Monyul Vidya Niketan participated.

A spraying camp for the canines is scheduled and a  seminar   with scientific presentations, discussions and interaction on animal diseases and a procession by school students, officials and  general public  will also be held as part of the event.  (Tawang Vigilance)




Orientation training-cum-sensitization prog. under NPPCD

ITANAGAR, Apr 28:  Papum Pare District Health Society on Thursday last, launched the National Programme for Prevention & Control Deafness (NPPCD) by organizing a two-day long orientation-cum-sensitization programme for the medical officers and staffs of the district.

Chairing the training programme, DMO, Dr. Tasso Kampu stressed the need for spreading more awareness on different types of ear ailments and deafness that are caused by domestic abuses.

DPO (NPPCD), Dr. RR Ronya spoke about the aims and objectives band components of the programme while, TRIHMS MS ENT-cum Nodal officer, Dr. J Ori, with the help of a power point presentation informed about all the clinical aspect, management and the various facilities available for prevention of deafness from the grass root level.

DRCHO, Dr. Jomnya Ado and DANO, Dr. Tania Raju were also present on the occasion.




Training on capacity building for GPDCs begins

YINGKIONG, Apr 28: A four day-long orientation-cum-capacity building on participatory planning process for District Panchayat Development Committee (DPDC) working group, official, PRI members under 'My Village My Development Plan' (MVMDP)  began at DC office conference hall, here on Thursday last.

The programme aims to make Gram Panchayat Development Committee members, Block Resource Group members, Block/GP level official and PRI members aware about Gram Panchayat Development Plan under MVMDP besides, making the Gram Panchayat Development Committees (GPDCs) and elected PRI members aware about various Rural Development programmes being launched under Panchayati Raj, make the GPDCs plan their Gram Panchayats and to acquaint the GPDC members about the participatory planning process, data collection and compilation, participatory rural appraisal techniques, Gram Sabha proceeding and documentation of such proceedings etc.

Respective GPDC members of Yingkiong block are participating in the programme under the guidance of course director SW Bayang from SIRD, Itanagar along with member Secretary GP Yingkiong block and CO Nancy Yirang.(DIPRO)




District Task Force Immunization Committee meeting on Mission Indradhanush

ITANAGAR, Apr 28:  A District Task Force for Immunization committee meeting on Mission Indradhanush-4 round III was conducted by the District Health Society Papum Pare District, Yupia under the chairmanship of DMO, Dr. Tasso Kampu at the ZPC conference Hall Yupia on Friday.

A detailed discussion on the achievement and loop holes in respect of the immunization status of the district was held during the meeting.

DRCHO, Dr. Jomnya Ado presented the facility-wise performance of the MI-4 round III in the district.

Yupia DMO, Dr. Kampu, DSO Dr. RR Ronya and DANO, Dr. Tania Raju also attended the training. (DIPRO)




RBI & NABARD organises Financial Literacy Awareness Prog at Kanubari, Longding

ITANAGAR, Apr 28: Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and NABARD conducted a Financial Literacy Awareness Programme at Kanubari of Longding district.

The aim of the programme was to create awareness among the general public regarding the various financial products that are being offered by Banks to general public.

The programme was organized by SBI KanubariBranch in collaboration with District Administration and attended by NongkongBorang, Addl. Deputy Commissioner, RitamDutta, Branch Manager, SBI Kanubari Branch.

More than 30 villagers including SHG members were also present in the programme.

Officials from RBI Srikrishna Biswas and Pradeep Saxena took sessions on Features of Bank notes, Exchange of Notes and Coins, Interesting facts about Rupee and Coins, Lodging of grievances, if any, with Banks/Banking Ombudsman and lodging complaints/frauds etc.

They also encouraged the people to make the habit of making a household budget and recording financial transactions, to do transactions in Savings Account by visiting branch/ATM/BC and must do active savings in banks through Fixed Deposits/Recurring Deposits.

Kamal Roy, DDM, NABARD informed the gathering about various schemes being implemented by NABARD for the benefits of villagers. He talked about Financial Inclusion, Financial Planning, various financial products like Saving a/c, RD, FD, Loans and advances, PMJDY, PMSSY, PMJJBY, APY, KCC, Farmers Producer Organizations (FPO) and various Govt. Sponsored Schemes.

Subhash Dhar, Lead District Manager, SBI took a brief session on KYC, various banking products, transaction through electronic means such as NEFT, RTGS, IMPS, Internet Banking, Mobile Banking, UPI (Unified Payment Interface) etc.

The Programme was ended with the quiz competition consist of questions on the Reserve Bank, Indian banking history, banking, accounting, finance, trade and commerce, India's economy, economics, common business terms, some general knowledge and current affairs.




Raj Bhavan bids farewell to its two employees

ITANAGAR, Apr 28: A function was held at Raj Bhavan on Friday to bid farewell to two members of Raj Bhavan, Susanta Kumar Chakraborty, Finance & Accounts Officer and Adhar Chandra Das, Driver, who are taking voluntary retirement (VRS) on April 30, 2017.

During the function, Governor of Arunachal Pradesh PB Acharya, his wife Kavita Acharyaand all the officials of Raj Bhavan were present.

The Governor wished the retiring officials and their entire families a happy and healthy life.

The Governor emphasized that the working atmosphere should be cordial and interactive as this promotes a sense of belongingness and fellowship within and outside the office, arranging picnics, tea during break time, learning dialects of each other, visiting co-worker's families, Tri Monthly Family gathering etc. will enhance efficiency and effectiveness of their duty, as well as strengthening fellowship.

Das, Driver who has completed almost 32 years of service, but his both children Tultul Das is a Medical Doctor and Hari Das is an Engineer. It is a great and proud moment not only for the family of Adhar Das but also to everyone, the Governor said. PRO to Raj Bhawan.




Ree Koyu wins Handicapped Idol-17

ITANAGAR, April 28:  Ree Koyu has become the first Handicapped Idol winner while Kipa Yamum Dana and Bamang Rakesh were adjudged as second and third best respectively.  Handicapped Idol 2017, the first of its kind was organised by All Arunachal Pradesh Handicapped Youth Welfare Society which kick started from March 25 and ended on April 22 last.  Minister Arts and Culture, Animal Husbandry, Veterinary and Dairy Development Dr. Mohesh Chai and Arunachal Artist Forum Vice Chairman Patey Tajuk   attended  the  event.




Relief material distributed to fire victims

AALO, Apr 28: Essential items like blankets, cooking vessels,  books and stationeries were distributed to the fire victims of Ori village by a team of Monastic members consisting of Shubhjit Maharaj, Ravishankar Maharaj, Prashanta Maharaj, Biswajit Maharaj, Shivatejaswi Maharaj and  Madhu Maharaj from Ramakrishna Mission School, Aalo here on Friday.

The relief materials were provided promptly after the Ramakrishna Mission School authorities were informed about the fire incident by the Gaon Bura and people of Ori Village. (DIPRO)




Association reiterates demand

ITANAGAR, Apr 28:  All Itanagar Youth Welfare Association (AIYWA) reiterated its demand to the district administration to impose ban on all liquor shops of Capital Complex along the National Highway, school and institutions in compliance with the Supreme Court order.




Society conducts village tour

ITANAGAR, Apr 28:  Dolok Banggo Welfare Society (DBWS) conducted a village tour programe cum awareness campaign   covering 24 villages in Dolok Banggo under Kangku circle in West Siang district recently.  During the week long campaign rural self employment generating govt schemes in agriculture, horticulture, fisheries, sericulture and animal husbandry and skill development were the main focus. The scope of organic farming in agriculture allied sector for self employment and economic uplift were also discussed. Further the society also highlighted on sanitation, health & hygiene, importance of education, including right to education and legal rights of girl child.   Sensitization on Domestic Violence Act 2005, protection of children from sexual offences and proper management of drinking water and power were also briefed during the campaign.




RGU national seminar

ITANAGAR, Apr 27: The Department of Education, Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) organized a two days national seminar on the theme "Contemporary' Indian Society': Issues and Challenges with Special Reference to North -East India" on April 27 and 28 at Conference Hall, Dept. of Education.

In total, 37 papers were presented on various sub-themes of the seminar during the six technical sessions by paper presenters from various universities and colleges from across the country.

Associate Professor, Dept, of Education, Tezpur University Dr. Anjali Sharma delivered the keynote address during inaugural session and also chaired a technical session.

Vice-Chancellor of RGU Prof. Tamo Mibang and Registrar Prof. Rachob Taba attended the inaugural and valedictory session as chief guests.

The seminar was sponsored by ICSSR-NERC and RGU.





ITANAGAR, Apr 28: The Theravada Buddhist Society, Itanagar deeply mourned the sad demise of noted social worker C S Moungmow on Friday due to old age.

He was also the father of former Director of Accounts C M Moungmow.

"May his soul rest in peace," the TBS said in a condolence and prayed to bestow courage and strength to the bereaved family members and relatives to bear the irreparable loss.


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Adequate fund needed to improve health care system

With more than 2.8 million new TB cases annually, India represents the single highest number of TB cases in the world.  According to report the disease kills 480,000 to 500,000 Indians every year and there is a steep rise in TB cases among children in India.  However, India takes it as challenge and determined to eliminate TB by 2025.  According to Union Health Minister J P Nadda, the government has approached the challenge to end the disease in all seriousness and has accelerated action to meet the 'End TB target by 2025'. “We are aware of the challenges posed before us. We experience more than 2.8 million new TB cases annually, nearly half a million deaths,”  the minister said adding “TB remains a challenge, but we are on track."

Experts says, it can be combated through a strict diet and food supplements.  They also believed that both TB and HIV affect people in their productive years causing severe economic loss and endurable suffering.

However, Govt needs to constantly monitor the implementation of its plan and policy  for  elimination of TB  and other diseases. It should ensure quality  health service and create mass awareness about the  TB. It is believed that  many TB patients  are approaching private health institutes  due to lack of awareness on  facilities provided by the  Govt  for TB diagnosis and treatment in Govt health centres. Moreover, the Govt must allocate sufficient fund for technological up gradation and to make the public health care system efficient.







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Materialistic world

Dear Editor,

People say that money makes the world go round. Money is everything in this fast paced world. We have to pay for everything, even using toilet. The side effect however is that people are becoming more materialistic more concerned with making money and what money can buy. But how much money is enough? Is it ever enough? To some, it will never be enough. In my opinion, I truly believe that this statement is true and that people are becoming more materialistic in nature.

Each person is affected by materialism to some extent in this day and age because hedonism is becoming an uprising trend. The people of today have been programmed to make a lot of money to wreak their desires to enjoy a luxurious lifestyle today. For example, people spend their hard earned money on material objects like expensive Cars, handbags, expensive gadgets like Iphones and Tablet and so on which in my opinion is a waste of money when regular goods may prove to be good enough. This happen because human have the urge to show off their belonging. Therefore, while individuals become more focused on their pursuit of material wealth and improving their standard of living, they may forget that what matters most in life is their family. They forgot to spend quality time with their family and this can create a major family crisis. Family crisis is not what we want in present time. Family should stay together to face this harsh world.

Besides, materialism also can affect our spiritual and moral beliefs. This is due to the fact people who are materialistic may facing a moral decline. We may commit crime to satisfy our need. In fact, the crime rate is increasing because criminals these days have such brilliant brains to develop many ways to gain more money from society. Example that we can see is bank robbery, thefts, burglaries, kidnapping for ransom, credit card fraud, internet banking hacking and others that are driven by materialistic criminals. Hence, when people lose sight about what's right and wrong, believe me this world would not be a happy place for our children to live

In a nutshell, materialism is a common trend in the 21st century as more people are working hard to afford things beyond their reach. Some would find materialism is the way for our economy to boost up but some still believe that materialism someday can collapse a nation. In my opinion, I still firmly believe that materialism have both positive and negative effects to our live, society, state and our country. It is up to us whether to control our spending or not. Our government can encourage society to be less wasteful in spending by running campaigns such as ‘Consumer Awareness’ and ‘Buy Indian Made Products’ in order to educate our younger generation for the prosperity of our nation.                                          


Nutur Techi,





Dilapidated road condition

Dear Editor,

Through the column of your esteemed daily, I would like to draw the attention of concerned authority toward the worst road condition of Liromoba. When some part of the Arunachal Pradesh is connected with railway network facilities and will be connected shortly, there are some circle that are longing and weeping for the introduction of "Pakka road". They are lamenting at the deprivation of proper road communication.

The "kachcha road of Liromoba circle is a long pending issue. So far as I know it almost took two decades and would be extended unless, one takes it on a serious note and who really holds firm belief in social welfare.

One has to mostly travel in Tirbin Circle to reach Liromoba. The remaining 20% is the Liromoba road. What is more worrisome is that maximum part of the road is kacha road. Due to dilapidated road condition, the Govt employees are hardly seen for one or two month after their appointment to their office and metamorphoses into invisible man.

The local patient goes for medical treatment to Liromoba PHC, but they are directed to go to Aalo or elsewhere. The most painful moment is when a pregnant woman is referred to Aalo CHC.

What happens to numerous schemes which have been sanctioned by the central government and state Govt for proper road communication? The chaos which has been caused by the dilapidated road condition is immeasurable and disheartening.

Therefore, I would like to earnestly request the concerned authority to kindly look into the matter, which is in dire need to pay heed.


Jumge Pale,

Literary Secretary,

Kargu Kardi

Students Union







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