Kohima, Sept. 6: The 20th foundation day of Nagaland University was held on its Kohima campus today with the governor Ashwani Kumar as chief guest.
Addressing the gathering, the governor congratulated the faculty members, students and staff, adding that 20 eventful years have gone by and it is through hard work, devotion and dedication that the campus has reached its present stage.
“Today is the day to recognise the sacrifices made by all those who are not here with us and we thank them for the struggle which they undertook to create this hub of education and learning,” the governor said.
He expressed concern over the quality of education imparted in Nagaland, disclosing that out of 58 colleges, only eight have NAAC accreditation and of these, only two qualify for A grade.
‘If we delay taking corrective action and do not recast our curriculum and courses, we will be doing injustice to our children”, he added, urging the academicians, politicians and civil society to start undertaking the task of providing quality education right in earnest.
Peace Day observed
The Naga National Council, various organisations and the Church in Nagaland today observed Peace Day to mark the first ceasefire of September 6, 1964.
The first ceasefire was signed at the initiative of Nagaland Baptist Church Council and members of the peace mission that included a clergyman from Canada, Rev. Michael Scot, Rev. Longri Ao, freedom fighter-politician Jayaprakash Narayan, former chief minister of Assam B.P. Chaliha and Kenneth Kerhuo of the NBCC.
It was signed and subsequently talks were held at the highest level led by FGN leader Kughato Sukhai and the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. However, the six rounds of talks failed forcing the militants to resume their activities. The Centre abrogated the ceasefire unilaterally in 1972 and military operation started again.
The NNC still upholds the 1964 ceasefire.
“The NNC/FGN for the love of Nagaland, upholds and honour the ceasefire adhering to the principles of NNC to maintain peace and for peaceful resolution of the Naga conflict,” the NNC said.
The members of NBCC and Nagaland Peace Mission held a programme was also held at Nagaland Peace Centre.