State to ‘have’ school books on its history & rich cultural heritage: Ngandam APLS celebrates 11th Foundation Day

State to ‘have’ school books on its history & rich cultural heritage: Ngandam APLS celebrates 11th Foundation Day

ITANAGAR, Dec 5: Going beyond NCERT border, Arunachal Pradesh is shortly going to have school books on its enchanting natural beauty, history and rich cultural heritage in order to equip the students with complete comprehension about their state and its uniqueness.

This was stated by Education Minister Honchun Ngandam while addressing the 11th Foundation Day celebration of Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society (APLS) at the premises of J N State Museum here today.

The chief guest made this ‘commitment’, responding to pleas of APLS president Yeshe Dorjee Thongchi, publicity secretary Pradeep Kumar and AGS Mukul Pathak.

Stating that literary activities will be made mandatory in schools on every Saturday, the Minister disclosed that he has already directed the department to republish the book on ‘Donyi-Polo’ and on moral education which were in circulation in the past. Expressing his dismay as to why these books were withdrawn from circulation, he said the young students hardly know anything about the state and without moral education have gone wayward and become undisciplined.

Stressing on behaviourial change as the need of hour, Ngandam exhorted all senior district officers including DCs, SPs, DMOs and DFOs to take weekly awareness programmes in all education institutions. The teachers alone should not be left to teach as it is a joint responsibility of the society, he observed.

Changing the young minds through proper education alone could herald the most desired change, he emphasized.

He appreciated APLS for immensely contributing to welfare of the state and humanity. He also lauded former Research director Parul Dutt for his book on Wancho.

Further, the Minister assured to take up with the State govt the matter for setting up of Publication department to encourage Arunachal’s numerous upcoming writers and poets.

On the occasion, APLS honoured well-known Assamese poet Gnan Pujari, who was conferred Sahitya Academy Award-2017 in recognition of his five poetry books, state’s litterateur Dr Jamuna Bini Tadar for having published a book ‘Do Rangpurush-Mohan Rakesh: Girish Karnad’ – as part of her PhD thesis, the first book by any Arunachalee on literary criticism and Taro Sindik, Kamki Donyi-Polo Govt College Asstt Prof, who received Sahitya Academy Yuva Puraskar-2017 for his Hindi poem book ‘Akshero Ki Vinti’.            Mishmi-land Musings, an anthropology of creative writings of Lohit Youth Library, Voice of Silence, a resonance of love – an English poem book by Nabam Serbang and Na Themose Hokgo, a poetry book in Bishnupriya Manipuri by journalist Ranjit Sinha were released by Ngandam, Thongchi, APLS working president Dr Tage Tada and celebrated poet, author and journalist Mamang Dai, winner of Padmashree Award at the event.

Applauding school students Bialu Kri and Kishalu Kri, who recited their self written lively and lucid short stories, Thongchi said that they would become noted short story writers in future if they maintain their tempo.

Pujari, in his speech, described his attendance like a “dream come true” which, he said would go down the memory lane. Poem is a medium of expression, he said while reciting noted poet Ajit Baruah’s ‘Parijat Fool’.    Speaking on Tumpak Ete memorial lecture earlier, RGU Asstt Prof (Hindi) Viswajeet Mishra said that Indian literature should not be limited to single language and NE India is the proof for enriching national literature through multi-lingual contributions.

APLS general secretary Batem Pertim and Dr Tada also spoke.

In poem recitation competition held later, Mamta Kumari & Khusbu Kumari, (both from KV-II) and Byabang Dollo (Bunny Fantasy World School) – all class IX students were adjudged as first, second and third respectively.


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