Minister of Higher Education and Tribal Affairs Temjen Imna Along and others during the coordination meeting on March 22nd in Kohima.
Kohima, March 22nd (MExN): On March 22nd, at the initiative of the PDA government and the Minister of Higher Education and Tribal Affairs, Temjen Imna Along, a coordination meeting between the Directorate for Higher Education in Nagaland and the heads of the theological universities in Nagaland was held in Kohima.
During the meeting, Along emphasized the need to give the theological colleges of the state an appropriate structure and a holistic educational system. The Minister urged the Theological Brotherhood to have adequate mechanisms and strategies in place to build a strong society and to be well equipped to meet the growing challenges in this competitive world. He also proposed the 2020 National Education Policy and expressed concern about the challenges.
As suggested by the minister, the meeting formed a five-member core committee with two members of the higher education department and three members of the theological fraternity to facilitate proper coordination between the two and to ensure the standard of theological colleges in the state.
There are currently 44 theological colleges in Nagaland. In extending grant-in-aid to the state’s theological colleges, Along assured that the government would see to it that theological institutions received the appropriate amount of grants.
As suggested by the Theological Brotherhood for the establishment of the Department of Religious Studies at Nagaland University, the Director of Higher Education, Dr. Apeni Lotha that the department will take up the matter with the relevant authority.
The Theological Brotherhood expressed concern about the burgeoning theological colleges in the state and urged the government to intervene and properly review the factor and give it to the NOC accordingly. Regarding the National Education Policy 2020, a copy distributed by the department at the meeting, a representative from the theological college asked the department to organize a workshop for the theological colleges to familiarize themselves with the policy.
Dr. Thanking the Theological Brotherhood for sharing their thoughts and positive contributions at the meeting, Apeni said, “Let us continue to strive hard and make a contribution to society.”
Previously, the President of the Nagaland Theological Colleges Association (NTCA), Dr. Rushulo Seb, in a letter to Minister Along, sought a legitimate and stronger relationship between the state government and the Nagaland Theological Brotherhood. The meeting ended with the distribution of the Grant-in-Aid package to the theological colleges.
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