5 Northeast students receive NAMASTE Governor Acharya Award

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Awards in honour of NE freedom fighters at JNU

HT Correspondent

NEW DELHI, March 15: The Jawaharlal Nehru University on Friday organised an award ceremony in honour of freedom fighters of Northeast and five students were felicitated. The NAMASTE Governor Acharya Award 2018 was organised by Special Centre for the Study of North East India, JNU.

“University education must be towards the service of society and the nation,” said Governor of Nagaland PB Acharya, who was present at the event.

According to a press release, issued by PRO (IPR), Nagaland House here the award function was chaired by Prof M Jagadesh Kumar, vice chancellor of JNU, who is instrumental in establishment of the special centre. Stating that such a programme is first of its kind in JNU, he expressed the need to promote and encourage multidisciplinary research on Northeast.

“Five awards will be given every year in honour of freedom fighters of the states of North East India in rotation,” said Prof Bhagat Oinam, chairperson of the centre while welcoming the dignitaries.

He appreciated Governor Acharya for being the patron of this award. Dinesh Kumar, secretary to Governor of Nagaland informed the audience about the purpose of instituting this award in JNU.

The competition for the awards was based on M Phil and PhD researches being carried out by students of JNU in various issues and problems of the region. The five awardees were Aditya Bordalai, Gaithoilu Gangmei, Md Chingiz Khan, Munmi Pathak and Sikha Dutta in honour of U Tirot Sing of Meghalaya, Rani Gaidinliu of Nagaland, Bir Tikendrajit Singh of Manipur, Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi of Assam and Pasaltha Khuangchera of Mizoram respectively.

“The acronym NAMASTE stands for N – North/ Nagaland, A – Assam, M – Manipur/Mizoram/ Meghalaya, A – Arunachal Pradesh, S – Sikkim, T – Tripura, and E – East,” the Governor said.

He further remarked that the award is a way to encourage and inculcate competitive spirit among students working on North East. “It recognizes the students who have not only excelled in their academic pursuits but also developed all round skills and attained remarkable achievements in the domain they have a strong passion for,” he further said.

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