IMPHAL | July 4
Thangmeiband Local Council, Communist party of India has observed its 30th local conference at the residence of S. Ibomcha on July 2, said a release.
On the occasion, the presidential chairs were taken by Chandramani, Sanggai and Mema Devi, it said. Deputy secretary of CPI L. Sotinkumar, S. Yaima, city district secretary and party leader A.C. Sharma also attended the conference, it added.
The party has alleged that the present government of N. Biren is not the peoples’ government as it has failed to remove AFSPA, corruption and the disregarding of Lokayukta act etc.
Office bearers for the newly installed local council and local executives were appointed in the conference, it added.
While it cannot be said Indian education system has collapsed, it should understandably be a cause for worry for planners that year after year in polls conducted by reputed agency QS World University Rankings, few Indian universities ever make it to the top 200 in the world. In the latest ranking for 2017, there were three Indian universities in the list of 200 but quite disappointingly, none in the first 100. The three are IIT Delhi in the 172nd position, IIT Bombay 179 and Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore 190. One of the criteria for the ranking is citation of research works produced by these universities in other researches of worth. Something obviously is wrong, and there seems to be a woeful disconnect between what are being taught in not just our universities, but also the lower level educational institutions which serve as feeders to the universities, and knowledge that are valued in the world today. Somewhere down the line, the Indian education system it seems came to be trapped in a past era.
As educationist Sugata Mitra in his bold and landmark TED talk reminded everyone, once upon a time, when the erstwhile British Empire was a well-oiled administrative machine that had no matches in the world, an education system was fashioned to serve its end. In Mitra’s analogy, the British colonial empire was like a giant computer that encompassed the entire length and breadth of the empire. The British education system which India also followed at the time, and later after independence inherited, was designed to ensure that this computer did not fall short of spares. The objective of this education was to produce identical components in plenty so that whenever the computer needed spare replacements anywhere in its vast domain, any one of these parts produced anywhere in the empire can replace them. If an office in London needed any class of staff, and such classes of employees were in short supply at the place, they could be transported from anywhere else in the empire where the same education system was followed. Hence, just as English employees could come to India and fit into the administration without any problem, Indians trained in the same education system in India could also be taken to England or any other extensions of the British Empire, and within a matter of a day or two, they would fit in and be able to handle the given task as anybody else. The British Empire has long dissolved, but it seems many of its legacies continue to linger on. This is sometime enchanting, but not always. Education is certainly one of the latter, for rather than serve the needs of the long gone era, it should now be looking to equip the younger generation with knowledge and skills needed to meet the challenges of the present times.
In a small way, the initiative of the government to introduce vocational education under the RUSA scheme as add-on skills to students graduating from Indian colleges is an effort to begin the process of breaking this redundant mould and equipping the next generation of students with new skills that commanded independent worth in the job market. As of now, other than studies in professional lines, such as medical and engineering, higher studies in general universities have come to produce graduates and postgraduates degrees whose job worthiness is restricted to government jobs only. As a popular parody goes, in such a system, the function of lecturers and professors is to produce the next generation of lecturers and professors. In this way, the government job market has become a world of its own, serving its own end, but increasingly alienated and insulated from the real world outside. In other words, this market has become an end in itself, much like the scenario in Frantz Kafka’s “The Castle”. In this novel a land purveyor receives a summon from the castle for some contract work. But when he arrives at the Castle (a parody of modern bureaucracy), he discovers that the relevant office had misplaced his work order. A search begins, and around this search a whole gamut of activities develops. The circle of this search gets bigger and bigger and also more and more complicated so much so that it begins to acquire a life of its own, providing new employments, disputes, discussions etc. After some time the original spark provided by the arrival of the land purveyor that gave life to these activities becomes insignificant and irrelevant. Something of this Kafkaesque reality has gripped the relationship between the country’s education and administrative system and therefore the experiment now to give education a new direction and life is welcome.
IMPHAL| July 4
Social up-liftment and educational development organisation (SEUDO) has appealed to the government to fix the damaged Ningthikhong dam urgently, as the people of Ningthikhong are facing extreme hardship due to the flood.
Due to the flooding at Ningthikhong and surrounding Nungei Kunou area, people are resorting to the privately opened relief camps, said a release. Roadways and bridges are waterlogged and no longer functional, it said and requested the government to provide relief camps urgently and fix the damaged Ningthikhong dam.
IMPHAL | July 4
The Laira Ananggi Marup, (LAM) Manipur in collaboration with the department of agriculture distributed Urea (fertilizer) and pesticide sprayer to famers at subsidised rate at Pilo Library Mongsangei community hall.
The farming items were distributed to about 100 farmers residing in Monsangei Konjeng Leikai, Chingtham Leikai, Lamdong Leikai and Kwakeithel Heinou Khongnembi areas.
Speaking during the function, secretary LAM, Wangkhemcha Dhamendro, said farmers were availed with Urea at Rs 300 per bag and sprayer at Rs 600 and assured that similar benefit will be availed to another 100 famers during the second phase.
IMPHAL| July 4
The All Manipur Nupi Marup has lauded the opening of a first track court at Lamphel Court Complex with a judge, under the initiative of the chief minister N. Biren singh.
A release said the organisation has been struggling to prevent crimes against women for more than 40 years and demanding for such fast track courts for the women community.
The fast track court should perform its duty diligently and deliver justice, it said, adding women organisations, police and every one must work together to prevent crime against women.
IMPHAL | July 4
PRO, police department, Imphal has given a public notice regarding penalties for violation of traffic rules under Motor Vehicles Act.
It said, there will be imprisonment of three months, six months or fines which vary from Rs. 100 to Rs. 5000 as per violation of the traffic rules, which included driving without driving license, registration certificate, registration number and insurance certificate, driving by minor, triple riding, drunken driving, overloading of light motor vehicles and buses, high speed driving, riding without helmet, using mobile phone while driving, motor vehicles with tinted glass, wrong or double parking and failure to obey traffic signs.
IMPHAL| July 4
The department of taxes have opened a facilitation centre in Imphal for smooth transition to GST for the dealers in the state. The centre is opened at the level of sub divisional officer in valley districts and at deputy commissioner level in hill districts.
A release said to ensure this, all sub divisional officers in the valley districts and deputy commissioners’ hill districts are requested to identify one room with computer and internet connection in their respective offices to be designated as facilitation centre and depute one responsible staff to man the centre.
Stating that taxation department will provide the support in the form of hand holding, capacity building, resource material and any other assistance required for this purpose, it said the facilitation centre shall be made functional from July 4 and will be open during office hours to facilitate the issues faced by dealers such as registration, return filling etc.
IMPHAL | July 4
Nungba Area Joint Action Committee (NA-JAC) on full functioning of CHC Nungba has re-appealed to the health department to fulfil the demands of the JAC in the interest of the people of the area.
A release said the CMO of Tamenglong issued release order to Dr Markandev without the knowledge of JAC in defiance to the assurance letter from the director of health services. The government has failed to meet the basic requirements despite several demands and efforts at ministerial and official level.
The JAC has demanded for regular transfer of posting of at least 10 doctors out of 19 sanctioned posts, immediate arrangement of Ultra Sound and X-Ray technicians on regular posting, regular transfer of posting of Dr Tiankulung Kamei from Tousem to Nungba CHC, installation and functioning of blood bank, operation theatre and trauma centre and other requirement of staff and facilities at CHC Nungba.
Further, the JAC stated in the release that if the demands are not fulfilled by July 12, a mass protest will be carried out, followed by complete blockade of any vehicular movement along NH-37 from the midnight of July 12 as an intense agitation.
From Our Correspondent
BISHNUPUR | July 4
Clarifying over the land dispute of Sendra, secretary of All Moirang Lois Peoples’ Welfare Association maintained that the skirmish which took place recently was the result of Thanga pradhan halting tree plantation drive by the Moirang MLA.
Speaking at a press conference held today at Moirang Lekhoi community hall, H. Boyai Singh, Secretary, All Moirang Lois Peoples’ Welfare Association, said it is very unfortunate the tree sapling plantation conducted by the MLA of Moirang Kendra, P. Saratchandra was halted by the Pradhan of Thanga Part II, Kh. Binarani which resulted in skirmish the people of Moirang and Thanga.
He said allegations of mistreatment of Sendra students by Moirang locals are baseless. Moreover, it has been notified to the public through an order released by the deputy commissioner, Bishnupur in November 2016 and by the SDO Moirang in October 2015 that Sendra is a part of Moirang, he added.
He further stressed the statements released by the member of Thanga Zilla Parishad, Dinesh and other civil organisation of Thanga to portray the situation in a false light to the media will not be accepted.
By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | July 4
The State Platform of Disabled Peoples’ Organisation, Manipur (SPDPOM) appealed to the state government to exempt the tax on all items used by persons with disabilities.
Briefing media persons at Manipur Press Club, today SPDPOM, chief advisor, Sapam Jasowanta said persons with disabilities cannot accept GST on items used by them.
Before the coming of new GST they were facing financial sufferings as they do not have proper source of income, he added.
Such GST only makes them maximised their disability and puts them far behind the society, said the chief advisor.
Implementing GST on items used by persons with disabilities will become a big failure in making a healthy society by the government, added Jasowanta.
He said for the welfare of persons with disabilities and to keep them into same level with the society he asked the government to exempt the tax on such items used by disabled persons.
The chief advisor also warned that certain agitation may take place if the government turns deaf ears to their appeals.