Seminar on development process held

SEPPA, Sep 30: A state level seminar on ‘Process of development in Arunachal Pradesh: Problems and prospects with special reference to East Kameng district’ was organized by the seminar cell of the government model college at its premises here on 28 September.
RGU professor Dr Nabam Naka Hina in his keynote address said Arunachal Pradesh did not have a proper model for development for many years.
“East Kameng district, being a late starter in education, needs proper planning with involvement of political leaders, intellectuals, researchers, administrators, and civil society for faster development,” he said.
Saying that the district has produced the highest number of political and student leaders in the state, Dr Nabam called for retrospection in order to bring socioeconomic and educational revolution in the district.
“Development is bypassing the district,” he said, adding that “individuals’ economic growth cannot be considered as the district’s or the society’s development.”
Dr Nabam, however, opined that with improved connectivity through the Trans-Arunachal Highway, and with a large number of educational institutions, East Kameng has the potential to grow faster and catch up with the other districts.
Professor Dr Pradip Lingfa, who is also the NERIST’s students’ affairs dean, suggested conducting in-depth research and preparing a roadmap for the district’s development.
Advocating the need to stop money culture and mortgages during elections, Lingfa described the phenomena of vote-for-cash and mortgages as “new challenges in the society which need to be pondered. It is also against the Representative of People Act, 1951,” he added.
Principal of the college, Robin Hissang presented a paper on the customary laws of the Nyishi tribe, and advocated urgent codification of the customary laws.
Guwahati-based North-Eastern Institute of Culture & Religion director Dr K Jose presented a paper on economic development and social opportunities in ‘postmodern Arunachal Pradesh’, and stressed on preparing research-based policies for effective development of Arunachal Pradesh.
History Assistant Professor Mito Riba presented a paper on the ‘rituals in the socioeconomic life of the Nyishis of East Kameng’, analyzing the indigenous factors behind the socioeconomic life of the Nyishis.
Hindi Assistant Professor Gorik Ete presented a paper on ‘Hindi as a contact language in East Kameng district’, while Education Assistant Professor Pema Yangchen presented a paper on the status of women’s education in the district.
English Assistant Professor Tage Pugang and IGGC (Tezu) Education Assistant Professor Dr Tage Yama jointly presented paper on ‘infrastructural facility for science education at 10+2 level in East Kameng’.
BA 4th semester student of the college, Namne Riang presented a joint paper on the ‘scope of tourism in East Kameng’, while BA 3rd semester student Amak Dolo presented papers on ‘issues related to pregnancy and immunization for mother and neonatal with special reference to East Kameng’.
History Associate Professor Dr Rajesh Verma also spoke.