September 05

Teachers Day greetings

ITANAGAR, Sept 4: The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Lt. Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma and Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today  conveyed greetings to the members of teaching community of Arunachal Pradesh.

In his message to the people, the Governor said that Bharat Ratna Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, former President of India, was a philosopher and a genius, who preached high moral and ethical values. The birthday of this great son of our motherland, who was also an ideal teacher is observed as ‘Teachers day’ as a tribute to the teaching community. He expressed hope that the occasion will inspire the teachers to rededicate themselves toward nation building and laying strong foundation of the society.

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki expressed gratitude to the teachers, particularly working in remote and rural areas, for their selfless contribution in shaping the future of Arunachal Pradesh.

Tuki admitted that Arunachal needs good, committed, hardworking, sincere, and dedicated teachers with best of minds.  “I hope that this Teachers Day would re-instill in our teachers a sense of responsibility towards students and re-dedicate themselves for the cause of the world’s noblest profession. With your cooperation our children will carve a niche in today’s world of highest competitions,” he added.


PWD takes over BRTF roads

Aalo, Sept 4: State PWD (Highway) takes over Bam to Aalo and Aalo to Pangin BRO roads from 1448 BCC, 44 BRTF under Project Brahmank in a dilapidated condition.  The Assistant Engineer Highway, Er. Gemar Padu while taking over these two roads  from his BRO counterpart told that the road will be again handed over to Ministry of Road Transport and Highway by his higher officer for onward handing over to the Concessionaire. The Assistant Engineer further reported that Executive Engineer Er. Bini Pelen has already taken over Tai to Bam stretch of road while taking over all other stretches of BRO Roads under Project Arunank and handed over the same to the Ministry of Road Transport and Highway (MORT&H).

However, it remains to be seen as to whom the MORT&H will entrust the maintenance of the road during construction period. West Siang Deputy Commissioner, Pige Ligu has already written to Chief Secretary and PWD Minister in this regard as the concessionaire may not be able to take extra burden of maintenance work in addition to their main construction work and expressed hope that the quality execution vis-à-vis fund provided for maintenance can be monitored better by District Administration if the maintenance work is entrusted to State Works Department.

This road being strategically of utmost national importance, delay in making decision as to who will be entrusted the maintenance work will lead to many untold miseries as this road is the lifeline of civilians of East,  West and Upper Siang District; and Defence troupes stationed at forward areas.  DIPRO3


AASSATA seeks regular salary

ITANAGAR, Sept 4: The All Arunachal Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Teachers’ Association (AASSATA) has sought immediate release of 10 percent state matching share to avail the SSA teacher’s monthly salary.

In its letter written to the state education minister, while pointing out that the bitter experience of getting monthly salary after five to six months is frustration for the SSA teachers, it appealed for regular payment of salary so that they can impart quality education without any glitch.


Girl dies in road mishap

ITANAGAR, Sept 4: In a tragic road accident, a school going girl succumbed to his injuries and her co-rider received minor injuries when an army auctioned truck (Shaktiman) and a scooty collided near Gandhi school, Pasighat today.  The injured girl has been rushed to the Pasighat General Hospital and said to be out of danger.

A social worker, Vijay Taram who was present on the spot after the accident, lifted one of the injured girls and admitted her to Pasighat general Hospital. Later,  he informed the parents of the girl about the accident. Details are awaited.


Pre-revision and orientation training of EROs and AEROs

SEPPA, Sept 4: The Pre-revision and orientation training of EROs and AEROs and electoral roll revisions was held at Kameng Hall, Seppa, yesterday.

DC Sandeep Kumar Singh said that an electoral roll revision is a regular exercise and the orientation training is a refresher course for EROs and AEROs. He directed them to remove the duplicate entries which creates more problems and also to instruct the Booth level officers accordingly. While enrolling new voters and removal of duplicate entries, he instructed the EROs and AEROs to let them attend in person during hearing and disposed off the case. He also asked them to be well-acquainted with their functions and role while dealing with role revisions.

ADC Pooja Jain urged the EROs and AEROs to identify the polling stations which are not as per specifications and give recommendations for modifications. Due care should also be given while publishing & printing the draft  roll with necessary cross checking to avoid errors and alphabetical  mistakes, she added.

Master trainer Takam Nicholas, CO explained through power point presentation presented on role of BLOs, EROs and AEROs process of revisions, general instruction on deletion, inclusion, transposition & correction etc.

Dochara Lama, EAC (Election) and P.D. Thungon, CDPO were also spokes on the occasion. DIPRO


District health society conducts WIFS training of AWWs  

SEPPA, Sept 4: The District Health society has conducted the WIFS Training of Anganwadi Workers (AWWs) of East Kameng District from August 27-30 last. The Training was for 5 Blocks of the District, all together 224 AWWs were Trained on WIFS.

On the inaugural session Dr. K. Lapung DRCHO informed about various programs and activities of the health department where the direct participation and involvement of AWWs are very much needed for the success of the program, like Antenatal Care (ANC) of pregnant women, Immunization of children and various methods  of Family Planning facilities available at the health facilities of the District. He directs all the AWWs to work in unison with ASHAs, ANMs and other health workers.

Dr. N. Geiyi DMO suggested that the duty and work of the AWW and ASHAs are interrelated and without the cooperation of two workers success cannot be achieved by either Health department or the ICDS department. He direct all the AWWs to take full benefit of the Training and give service to  needy villagers and submit timely report of their performance for further compilation and onward submission to State Govt.

The resource person of the Training session was led by Dr. Apa Rimo MO DH Seppa. DIPRO


Review meeting on implementation of RGGVY held

ITANAGAR, Sept 4: Tali MLA cum Parliamentary Secretary Markio Tado convened a review meeting on implementation of RGGVY under Tali constituency in Kurung Kumey on Tuesday. The meeting was called considering the slow implementation of centrally sponsored schemes which were sanctioned in 2008 and attended among others by Superintendent Engineer Electrical, Executive Engineer (Electrical) Kurung Kumey Division and Panchayat leaders.

The local MLA apprised the department for early completion of six projects under his constituency. Further Tado and Panchayat leaders urged the department for immediate restoration of power supply in the area, stating that no power supply is getting in the area.   It also urged the executing agency to properly monitor works and guide the contractors to maintain quality works.


News Impact



Gelo returns home safely, Chacko still untraceable

ITANAGAR, Sept 4: The missing Arunachalee citizen Techi Gelo returned home late this evening. He had gone missing on 2nd September from Gohpur, Assam. Detail information about his reappearance is awaited.  

Earlier, the Nyishi Elite Society (NES) today claimed that Gelo has been abducted by an armed group. This revelation was made after executive members of Nyishi Elite Society yesterday paid a solidarity visit to the family of Gelo. The abductors claimed themselves to be members of National Liberation Front of Bodoland (NLFB)-Indrajit group, NES stated in a release.

However, when contacted SP Sonitpur Sanjukta Parashar said that family members of have not informed them about any call regarding kidnapping case. She had also appealed to the family members to share details with Sonitpur police if any ransom call is made by abductors. “Without sharing any information related to missing person, how can we help them,” said SP Sonitpur.

On the other hand, even after passage of one week, the whereabouts of prominent businessman K P Chacko is still not known. Chacko was kidnapped by armed miscreants from his rented house, Naharlagun on Thursday last week. Though it was said that police have been making all possible efforts to trace Chacko, owner of Best Bakery chain at the earliest and are also taking the help of police forces of neighbouring districts, the police seem to be clueless even after a week of the abduction case. Business community yesterday expressed their resentment over the alleged failure of authorities to trace out Chacko. Meanwhile, the NES and the All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) have appealed to the kidnappers to release Chacko on humanitarian ground.

Arunachal Pradesh Congress Seval Dal also appealed for early release of abducted businessman Chacko.  The APCSD also urged state government to issue high alert order in state capital for greater of general public.



APSCW asks Govt to reconsider shifting of Mother’s Home

ITANAGAR, Sept 4: A team of Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women (APSCW) after a visit to the Tourist lodge at Banderdewa, proposed to house the Mother’s Home, has requested the State Govt. to reconsider the decision of shifting the Mother’s Home to the tourist lodge.

The team found that the building is not suitable as well as safe for keeping the mentally and physically challenged persons.

The proposed building, with no electricity and water supply connection does not have sufficient rooms to accommodate the physically and mentally challenged persons and staff of Mother’s Home.

The Mother’s Home has 18 boarders, out of which four are minors.

The team has further said that there is no boundary wall and in order to reach the place, a person has to climb many stairs which is not at all suitable for physically challenged persons.

The team further stated that the building is located within the market area and near the National Highway of Arunachal-Assam boundary, which is not suitable for the boarders.

The team consisted of APSCW Members Yabin Zirdo, Yapi Kulo, APSCW Member Secretary Yame Higio and Assistant General Secretary of Arunachal Pradesh Women’s Welfare Society Kani Nada Maling.  



Seva Dal & APYC urge political parties not to politicize the criminal incidents

ITANAGAR, Sept 4: While responding to the demands for resignation of Home Minister by Bharatiya Janata Party, the Arunachal Pradesh Congress Seva Dal appealed all the political parties of state not to politicize the incidents like kidnapping of businessman KP Chacko. They stated that being a citizen of Arunachal Pradesh all have equal responsibilities and citizens need to help police personnel.

Criticism of state government is not the solution to such problem, they added. They also appealed people of Arunachal to avoid keeping house maid, install CCTV in both rent house as well in personal residence and also don’t let unknown person occupy house without proper verification.

Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress (APYC) also today strongly condemned the demand for the resignation of Home Minister.

Terming the   BJP’s demand of HM’s resignation at this critical juncture unfortunate, APYC president Nyamar Karbak said,  “this is a time  for everyone cutting across political line  to join hands for  curbing such criminal activities like abduction instead of indulging in political mudslinging.”  The APYC urged the  BJP not  to play cheap politics  to gain political mileage out of this grave situation.

While expressing solidarity with the family of K P Chacko, the APYC appealed to the police expedite investigation. It also appealed the kidnappers to release Chacko at the earliest.


BJP accuses HM of being irresponsible

ITANAGAR, Sept 4: The Bharatiya Janata party, Arunachal Pradesh has taken strong exception to the comment of the Home Minister Tanga Byaling.

Instead of protecting the citizens from the cruel hands of the criminal and providing safety and security to the people of the State; the Home Minister is shifting from his responsibilities and duties by asking the citizens of the state to be cautious while visiting Assam.

Bharatiya Janata Party termed the statement irresponsible and provocative.

The statement of the Home Minister is very dangerous for the peaceful co-existence and age old relationship between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh and also exposes his weak administration in containing prevailing law and order in the State, BJP Spokesperson Techi Necha said in a release.



Assam Govt cautioned against muzzling the Press

ITANAGAR, Sept 4: Arunachal Press Club (APC), Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalists (APUWJ) and Arunachal Electronic Media Association (AEMA) today expressed deep concern at the arrest of a Assam-based satellite channel bureau chief Jaiklong Brahma, based at Kokrajhar, by the police with vindictive attitude.

Reporters of two channels at the invitation of an outfit went to their hideout, interviewed them and the footages were flashed by their various Assam-based news channels. Kokrajhar Police called Brahma to police station on Tuesday night and arrested him on the charge of having direct nexus with the outfit.   

This amounts to gauging the mouth of the press because of political squabbles in the state, said APC president Chopa Cheda and chief adviser Pradeep Kumar and AEMA president Taro Chatung while extending their support to the media fraternity of Assam.  The journalists all over Assam resorted to protest by covering their faces with black clothes while various civil society organizations including political parties expressed solidarity with the media and assailed the high handedness of the stat government.

However, Guwahati report quoting police said that Jaiklong Brahma, Kokrajhar correspondent of a local television channel was arrested by the police from Kokrajhar town in Assam for his alleged involvement in promoting and facilitating the violent acts of the banned NDFB (anti-talk) faction. Police arrested him on Tuesday night for allegedly compromising national security and integrity by voluntarily promoting the activities of the banned organization, a police spokesman said here.

The police allegedly found evidence of Brahma providing information to the militant outfit about movement of security forces in advance.

Such unethical method of preventing media from discharging its duties deserves condemnation in a democratic set up, the organizations said and cautioned that any attempt to muzzle the press would not be tolerated.



Natung inspects Bomdila tourist lodge

ITANAGAR, Sept 4: Tourism sector being revenue earning sector should be taken care adequately said Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism Mama Natung. He made this remark while visiting Bomdila Tourist Lodge. Natung was accompanied by Dirang MLA Phurpa Tsering. Bomdila Tourist Lodge located beside DC office was opened to guests in the year 1969.

The Tourist Information Officer of Bomdila informed Natung that the Bomdila Tourist Lodge needs extension of office and proper boundary walls to prevent from future encroachment. TIO Pertin further added that the office have no computer, internet facilities as well as table and chair for the staffs.

She also appraised that the tourist lodge needs more rooms to accommodate tourist as at present lodge has only 8 rooms which is not sufficient for the domestic and international tourists and visitors.

While inspecting the tourist lodge Natung assured to look after the grievances and asked TIO, Bomdila to submit written list of the grievances of the lodge in his office.



CS calls for strict adherence to MDM scheme norms

ITANAGAR, Sept 4: Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi today called for strict adherence to norms for cooking mid-day meal in schools to avoid undue wastage of food materials. “Central Assistance in the form of food grains and funds released to the implementing agencies should be utilized in an optimum manner”, opined Negi. He was addressing the state level Steering-cum-Monitoring Committee (SLSMC) meeting on Mid-Day Meal Scheme, a  National Flagship programme in Arunachal Pradesh.

Major issues affecting the proper implementation of Mid-Day Meal scheme, such as, low payment of honorarium to cook-cum-helper, low cost of transportation of foodgrains (rice) from FCI godown to schools, delay in release of funds to schools, dilapidated condition of kitchen sheds in schools and poor sanitation and hygiene due to scarcity of water, etc. were taken up in the SLSMC meeting.

After threadbare discussion, the Chief Secretary, who presided over the meeting, directed the Secretary (Education) to submit a status report of all pending issues related to Mid-Day Meal scheme for placement before cabinet meeting in near future for appraisal of matter at the highest level.  Negi also asked him (Secretary, Education) to examine if proposal for construction of Kitchen Shed in schools could be included under Border Area Development Programme (BADP)/Multi-sectoral Development Programme (MSDP).

On delay in release of fund to implementing agencies, the CS directed the Commissioner (Finance) to prioritize the release of MDM fund as early as possible.

On School Health Programme, the CS called upon the concerned officer of NRHM to enumerate the data of disabled children so that special provisions could be made for those children. Negi also suggested for providing safe and hygienic storage box for storing iron folic and de-worming tablets which are provided to schools so that these medicines do not get contaminated during long period of storage.

For timely monitoring and supervision of MDM scheme, the CS called for involvement of community participation of PRI members along with School Managing Committee members.

Members of SLSMC comprising of Commissioners and Secretaries from departments of Finance, Health, Education and others participated in this meeting, according to an official release.



Solung celebrated at Yingkiong & Seppa

YINGKIONG, Sept 4: Solung, the annual agriculture based festival of Adi community was celebrated with traditional gaiety at Yingkiong, the headquarters of Upper Siang district on Sept 1 last.

Attending the celebration, Tani Jonkey, Joint Commissioner of Tax & Excise, in his address, advocated for celebration of the festival in true spirit instead of adding too much of artificiality forgetting about the actual concept of the festival. He appealed the senior citizens to guide their children not to forget its ritualistic approach also.

He also told the gathering not to expect financial support from the Govt but to work hard to sustain their livelihood. One should not unnecessarily waste their time and energy in any unproductive activities like, fishing, hunting, gambling, etc. One must use his or her time purposefully to prosper in life. He advised the rural folk to undertake horticulture, fishery and agriculture on top priority and approach the concerned authorities for marketing their products.

Sharing his concern on overwhelming increase of alcohol and drug addicts from amongst the youths of today, he told that Govt alone cannot control this drug menace. We need concerted effort to control and stop this endemic disease to make our youths dynamic and lead the society.

For this, the NGOs, district administration, Panchayat members should join hands together to fight this ever-increasing menace or else those will spoil the entire society.

SEPPA: Solung Festival, an agricultural Festival of Adi community was celebrated with traditional pomp and gaiety at Seppa on Sept 1st last.

EE, HPD, Er. Ojing Nobeng, president of the celebration committee stressed on the need to maintain age-old traditions & cultures, festivals, folk lores etc and its significance in the present day context for building & inculcating human values and peaceful co-existence. He appealed the elderly people to pass on the message to the younger generations to carry forward the traditions & cultures as an identity of the Adi tribes.

Secretary of committee Omin Peyang highlighted the mythology of Solung festival. DIPRO



East Siang DRDA governing body meeting held

PASIGHAT, Sept 4:  The 47th Governing Body meeting of DRDA East Siang District was held under the chairmanship of ZPC Kaling Dai which was attended by MP Ninong Ering,  MLA Kaling Moyong, CEO cum DC East Siang District Nidhi Srivastava, ZPMs, Anchal Samity Chairperson, BDOs, representative of Banks etc.

While initiating the meeting, Dai informed that DRDA implements anti-poverty programme through various flagship programmes. He wanted that schemes like Rural Sanitation, National social Assistance programme, old age pension etc be brought under the DRDA umbrella. He also wanted that the DRDA to be merged in the Zilla Parishad with provision of regular pay & allowances and other service benefit as other state govt. employees. This will strengthen the Zilla Parishad as well the DRDA in implementation of various rural development  and poverty alleviation programmes. He appealed the MP & MLA to lend support for the materialization of the above proposal. He also proposed for passing of resolution to include schemes for Gollung ( Village burial ground) and Mithun rearing.

Srivastava said that the interest and participation of all the members was very encouraging and will motivate the officers  and staff to raise their level of work culture. This forum should be utilized to work out innovative ideas for effective implementation of schemes & projects in the ground. She suggested for more transparency and added that ZPMs will also be included in the monitoring team & system to update the information will also be worked out . The DC instructed all concerned officers to submit the utilization certificate in time.

Ering said that a proper mindset with positive attitude should be developed . All should serve with service motive. He suggested that if possible, purchasing of materials have to be decentralized for more transparency & responsibility, if not the vigilance committee has to strictly monitor and maintain quality. The MP informed the effort for granting of special category status to our state. Though there are great restrains and challenges, we have to overcome them and dedicate ourselves in the service of the poor.

Moyong assured all support & co-operation in the poverty alleviation programmes and also sought co-operation & support from all for the purpose. He appealed all to serve with dedication & responsibility and fulfil the expectation of the poor rural masses.

All the ZPMs were of the view that there should be more transparency and responsibility. The physical & financial position of schemes has to be updated to them. They resolved that the DRDA staff to be absorbed in the line departments as per DRDA guideline with budgetary provision for salary, retirement benefits, gratuity etc. The ZPMs wanted that  timely labour budget & utilization certificate to be submitted.

PD(DRDA) Manik Bui informed that various centrally sponsor schemes have to be implemented with dedication , true work culture and concerted efforts. He assured that the poverty alleviation programmes will be taken up seriously and dedicatedly.

Later, Annual Action Plans under various centrally sponsor schemes like MG-MREGS, IAY, IWDP, HARIYALI, IWMP etc. were approved. DIPRO



My Karm Bhoomi – East Kameng

R. Patakh

East Kameng District was made a Karm Bhoomi by a young man with Master’s Degree from Buddha post graduate college Kushinagar, world fame Buddhist place.

The second son of an army personnel of Dogra Regiment who was summoned to keep ready for Indo-Chinese War in 1962 joined as a Junior Teacher on Friday , 1st July 1983 and completed the journey of the career on Friday 29th Aug-2014 after serving for 31 years and 2 months with dedication and a dream to achieve education goals in East Kameng.

The journey of the service was started from Rang Village by opening a new Pry School.

I worked at Silla Pry School as a single teacher for six years in an OBT building. I also served at Bana, Pabua , Bazarline Seppa and new Seppa schools till 2003. I taught almost every day without any holidays. A number of engineers, scholars, doctor, police, teachers are among my many students.

I found that the children of the district have inborn talents but there is lack of educational environment at homes. It is the responsibility of the parents and educated members of the society to play their roles in propagating educational environment, competitive spirit and positive thinking to improve the quality educational behavior, social and moral character among the future generation.

I tried my best to serve the people of East Kameng, Education Department and the society. I have played my part with positive spirit.



AAPSA  and Sahodaya celebrate teachers day

ITANAGAR, Sep 4: The All Arunachal Private Schools’ Association(AAPSA) and Sahodaya Complex Arunachal, jointly celebrated Teachers’ Day at the auditorium of Royal International School, Papu Nallah which was attended by over 400 teachers and an equal number of students from the various private schools of the Capital Complex.  Organized under the leadership of Henry David, President, Sahodaya Complex, Arunachal and Jenny Riba, President, AAPSA, the event was all for placing on record the sacrificing and untiring efforts of the teaching community.  

The programme which began with informal interaction among teachers through party games, culminated in a cultural extravaganza presented by students and a fellowship meal.  While inviting all to the function, Jenny Riba, President AAPSA highlighted the various activities taken up by AAPSA in enriching the educational gamut of the State and called upon both teachers and students to collaborate with AAPSA and Sahodaya Complex Arunachal which keep educational excellence as a supreme priority.  

Raymond D’Souza, Member National Monitoring Committee for Notified Minorities, Govt. of India, who was present on the occasion called upon students to recognize the unique role that teachers play.  “Teachers are nation builders and shape the destiny of nation by moulding the future of young people.  God created all and teachers participate in this creative activity of God by shaping the lives of young people, thus making them fit for various careers”, said Raymond.  He also called upon students to give utmost respect to teachers.  

Rt. Rev. John Thomas, Bishop of Itanagar, who is also one of the Patrons of AAPSA, while gracing the occasion congratulated the teachers for choosing the noble profession of teaching and added, “Your role as ‘guru’ is unique and it is a vocation and privilege”.  Bishop John Thomas also appreciated the efforts made by AAPSA and Sahodaya in creating an educative ambience through various programmes involving students, teachers and parents.  

Nabam Rebia Speaker of Arunachal Legislative Assembly eloquently spoke on the uniqueness of teaching profession and called upon teachers to equip themselves with all skills necessary for effective teaching and encouraged them to be role models.  Rebia also stressed on the necessity to train quality teachers for the State.  Speaking in a lighter vein, Rebia said, “I too am a Headmaster in the Legislative Assembly, but my ‘teachers’ are all disciplined and it is a great time being with them!”  Rebia made a token financial contribution to AAPSA and Sahodaya and wished the organizations all the best in the mission of education. He also gave away the Best Teacher Award and Certificates for the best teacher of year 2014 from every school present.

Students of Eleazar English School, Model English School, Royal International School, Don Bosco Higher Secondary School, and Global Academy presented cultural items which made the ‘Guru Utsav’ all the more an event to remember!



Teachers Day - Saluting India’s Education Guru Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

Dr. Jayadeba Sahoo

Since times immemorial, Indians have respected and idolized their teachers and placed above the God. Earlier, we used to call our teachers 'Guru' and now it's the contemporary 'Sir' or 'Madam'. Nevertheless, the role of teachers has remained the same. They were, are and will continue to be our guiding light, creating conditions conducive to our overall development. We will always be thankful to them for their constructive support. It is as an expression of this gratitude only that we celebrate Teacher's Day in India.

The idea of celebrating Teacher's Day took ground independently in many countries during the XX century; in most cases, they celebrate a local educator or an important milestone in education (for example, Argentina celebrates Domingo Faustino Sarmiento's death Anniversary on September 11 since 1915, while India celebrates Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan's birthday on September 5 since 1962). These two factors explain why almost all countries celebrate this day on different dates, unlike many other International Days.

Teacher's Day is a tribute to the hard work and devotion of the teachers all year long, to educate a child. Indian Teacher’s Day is dedicated to Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, who was one of the most distinguished diplomats, a philosopher a zealous advocate of education and one of the greatest scholars and teachers par excellence of all times, and his contribution towards Indian education system apart from being the first Vice President and the second President of India. As a tribute to this phenomenal great teacher, his birthday is observed as Teacher's Day across India. As a matter of fact, when his students and friends asked him for the permission to celebrate his birthday, it was he who asked them to celebrate the day as Teacher's Day, honoring the efforts of teachers across the country.

Dr. S Radhakrishnan was born on September 5, 1888, at Tiruttani, forty miles to the northeast of Chennai (then Madras), in South India. He graduated with a Master's Degree in Arts from Madras University. In April 1909, he was appointed to the Department of Philosophy, at the Madras Presidency College. From then onwards, he was engaged in a serious study of Indian philosophy and religion, and went on to become a teacher of Philosophy.

In 1918, Doctor Radha Krishnan was appointed as the Professor of Philosophy, in the University of Mysore. Three years later, he was appointed as a Professor to King George V Chair of Mental and Moral Science in the University of Calcutta. Dr. Radhakrishnan even represented the University of Calcutta at the Congress of the Universities of the British Empire in June 1926 and the International Congress of Philosophy at the Harvard University in September 1926. In 1929, Dr. Radhakrishnan was invited to take the post vacated by Principal J. Estin Carpenter, in Manchester College, Oxford.

In Oxford, Dr. Radhakrishnan lectured the students on Comparative Religion. From 1936-39, he served as the Spalding Professor of Eastern Religions and Ethics at Oxford University. In 1939, he was elected Fellow of the British Academy. From 1939-48, he was the Vice-Chancellor of the Banaras Hindu University. He later held offices that dealt with India's national and international affairs. He was the leader of the Indian delegation to UNESCO during 1946-52. Dr. Radhakrishnan served as the Ambassador of India to U.S.S.R. during 1949-52. He was also a member of the Constituent Assembly of India.

Dr. Radhakrishnan penned down a number of books during his lifetime, some of which are like The Hindu View of Life, The Idealist View of Life, Religion and Society, Eastern Religions and Western Thought and A Source Book in Indian Philosophy. He had also written for some of the most reputed international journals.

Dr. Radhakrishnan was the Vice-President of India from 1952 to 1962 and the President, General Conference of UNESCO, from 1952 to 1954. He held the office of the Chancellor, University of Delhi, from 1953-62. In May 1962, Dr. Radhakrishnan became the President of India, a post he served till May 1967. He was honored with Bharat Ratna in 1954. He was also knighted by the British government in the year 1931, but, he used only his academic title ‘Doctor’ throughout his life.

Contribution towards Indian Education: Just after Independence Dr. Radhakrishnan Chaired the University Education Commission in 1948-49. As Erich Fromm told “Education makes machines which act like men and produces men who act like machines,” he realized that our Education system does not appear to fulfill the true aim of education. He said, “The three things- vital dynamism, intellectual efficiency and spiritual direction together constitute the proper aim of education. Moral and spiritual training is an essential part of education. Enfranchisement of the mind, freedom from prejudice and fanaticism, and courage are essential. What we need today is the education of the whole man- physical, vital, mental, intellectual and spiritual………        If education is to help us to meet the moral challenge of the age and play its part in the life of the community, it should be liberating and life giving. It must give a basic meaning to personality and existence and equip us with the power to overcome spiritual inertia and foster spiritual sensitivity….......Seat of learning should produce men and women who will move together to develop common ideals and purposes, love each other and co-exist to create a co-operative common wealth.”

Radhakrishnan had also strongly recommended the teaching of spiritual and ethical aspects of the religions as it is evident in the report of the University education commission of which he was the Chairman. The report maintained that: “Unless morality is taken in a larger sense it is not enough. If we exclude the spiritual training in our institutions, we would have to be untrue to our whole historical development. To be secular is not to be religiously illiterate. It is to be deeply spiritual and not narrowly religious.” To enable students to become enlightened civilized citizen, he used to lay stress on the need of ethical teaching while addressing them.

The significance of celebrating Teachers' Day: The Radhakrishnan Commission's suggestions helped mould the education system for India's needs. Dr Radhakhrishnan believed that "teachers should be the best minds in the country". Teachers Day is the only occasion when we remember the time spent with our teacher, what they taught and what we are today. Teacher guides us towards the success in every aspect of life. Teachers are the prime movers who commit their whole life to the welfare of the youth; hence they are the greatest builders of a society or a nation. If we are proud of our country, our progress, our wealth and power, then we should be proud of our teachers.

When Dr APJ Abdul Kalam became President of India, he located his centenarian class VIII science teacher Siva Subramania Iyer (who had changed his life with a lesson on how birds fly) in Tamil Nadu and put him on stage with him to share his honour. Dr Kalam said, “the launch of the rocket is most crucial. If it is given the right take-off, it can reach the moon. The teacher is the launching pad of every great person who reaches for the sky.”

On this day, we gratefully remember the great educationist, apart from honoring all the teachers that have made our life much more knowledgeable and fulfilled, as serving as our beacons of light. (The writer is Faculty, Brahma Kumaris & Professor, Dept. of Education, R.G.U.)

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A commendable job

Dear Editor,

Since the outbreak of Japanese Encephalitis in the state, the Health Department has tightened its belt to cope with the situation and has created awareness for prevention of the dreaded disease in various parts of the State.

However, JE has claimed 3 lives in Arunachal while 17 patients who have been detected with the disease are being treated outside the State.

There was growing demand for free vaccination by the concerned people. Accordingly, health department has taken up with the Centre Government for providing free vaccination, but its consideration is still under process.

Meanwhile hundreds of individuals have taken vaccination by paying themselves but there is a chunk of people who could not afford the vaccination due to high cost.

In the meantime I found Arunachal Pradesh Building & Other Construction Workers Welfare Board (APB&OCWWB) has came up with a programme on 14th August 2014 at Itanagar where it has provided thousand or above JE vaccination to its registered members. It has truly touched me because these workers are the workforce of this state, who spends their time mostly on road & other work places.  

Though it was raining continuously but still they stood with umbrella in a long queue carrying their children. It was really a touching moment for me.

The APB&OCWWB team deserves appreciation particularly its chairman Nyamar Karbak for such specific services rendered to the workers.


Taro Chatung,

Senior Journalist,




No penny to waste on corrupt officials

Dear Editor,

The other day I went to the NRHM Office, Naharlagun to upgrade and update my education qualification status as I have toiled to achieve this higher degree certificate while working as an NRHM employee. But the story took an ugly turn when the dealing assistants refused to update and validate it and bluntly told me that there is no  such facility to upgrade and update one's higher degree qualifications achieved later, once the candidate is absorbed into the job. But sensing the fact that they were simply trying to fool me, I dared to meet the Director and as it ought to be, he forwarded my application to the dealing assistants. Then only they reluctantly took my application but I still don't know when they are going to put it up or am I supposed to meet the Director again, just simply to request him to direct and dictate his crooked dealing assistants what they must otherwise have to do without the command of their higher authority?

Now, I wonder how the system has gone to that extreme level of bad in our State that one has to pay commission to the responsible servants every time just to carry out their work as if they are hired brokers.

From this attitude I can simply gauge that it's not the officers but the dealing assistants who torture the poor fellows of our State more often.

So, next time when you find such government servants who purposefully look for something, please make them realise that they are being genuinely paid by the State Govt for their great service to the State and they need not delay or manipulate things just to compel the needy and helpless citizens to tip them, for there are many people in our State for whom every penny earned through hard labour counts.


Victimized Aspirant




An open letter to D.C

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, we the Intellectual Activist Movement of Dumporijo (IAMD), would like to  draw the kind attention of Deputy Commissioner of Upper Subansiri district regarding the selection of beneficiaries under PMEGP.

PMEGP is a credit linked subsidiary program of govt of India launched in 2008 to generate continuous and sustainable employment opportunity in rural and urban areas but instead of providing employment opportunity and selecting the most deserving candidate, the whole process has been turned into political battle of choosing their respective candidates or beneficiaries and hence depriving the deserving candidate.

Fact also reveal that none of the benefited candidates since the inception of this programme in AP have been successful in implementing their project under this programme.  It clearly signifies that the administration have failed to point out the deserving candidate which more or less is due to the political pressurisation  on the selection committee and irresponsibility  of the administrators .

In this regard IAMD humbly suggest the selection committee to choose the beneficiary by dividing the quota equally among every constituency as per the population.  

IAMD would like to request the district administration and selection committee of PMEGP, who are going to conduct interview to make sure that this time they would select the most deserving candidate who has the ability to take benefit from the programme and do justice to all.


Tato Dugi, President

Sapu Bulo, IAMD



School without a teacher

Dear Editor,

I would like to share the problems being faced by the students of Govt Primary School Moba Doke Village, under Tirbin Circle, West Siang district, which was established in 1987.

The school is one of the most reputed Government Primary schools imparting quality education since many years. Now parents and students is crying for urgent attention of the local MLAs, PRI's and Public leaders to continue academic season 2014-15 as there not  even a single teaching staff.

The students of this school were compelled to take admission in Govt. Middle school Ragi Doke which is nearly 4-5 Km's long distance from Moba Doke Village. Our question is why education department is depriving and ignoring our school.  Why the education department of the concerned district is not posting a single teaching staff?

Lastly I earnestly appeal the education department of the concerned district to look into our problem at the earliest.


Yomgam Raksap

Moba Doke,  Tirbin







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Let us fight against drug abuse

As per the report in local dailies, Doimukh Police seized more than a quintal of ganja from Doimukh town on Tuesday and arrested three persons in this connection. Police seized the huge consignment of Ganja from two persons while they were transporting them on a motorcycle. The most saddening part is that one of the arrested people includes a woman. Usually no one will suspect a women and it looks like she tried to take advantage of such situation. Women plays role of mother, sister and are considered to be emotional guide in any family.

 Therefore involvement of women in drug peddling is alarming and a serious cause of concern. Concern authorities should take note of this development. Today drug addiction has become a major problem affecting the lives of many Arunachalee citizens. We should not depend only on police and government authorities to crack down against drug smugglers. The citizens themselves have to take the initiative. Arunachal is small state and therefore if civil society gets involved it will be easy to take on these drug peddlers. The process has to begin from family level.