5 HSLC toppers receive Mayangnokcha awards
CM Chang all praise for Mayangnokcha Award Trust
KOHIMA, OCTOBER 16
MINISTER for School Education CM Chang on Wednesday lauded the efforts of Mayangnokcha Award Trust (MAT) for continually upholding the platform of encouraging Naga students by giving them due recognition through academic excellence awards. The Trust has been honouring the HSLC toppers for the past 20 years by giving them academic excellence awards. Addressing the 20th presentation ceremony of Mayangnokcha Awards for Academic Excellence here at the State Academy Hall, Kohima, Chang paid rich tributes to late Mayangnokcha, who was an ardent educationist. The minister said he had been a student of late Mayangnokcha when the latter was the then principal of Government High School Mokokchung (now Mayangnokcha Higher Secondary School, Mokokchung). He described the educationist as a kind person who had great visions and made immense contributions towards the education and social fields in Nagaland.
Asserting that late Mayangnokcha belonged to a tribe which God had chosen to bear the root for Christianity and education in Nagaland, Chang termed it a privilege to present the awards that kept the legacy of the late educationist alive. He expressed hope that MAT members will continue to uphold the platform and support and encourage students in Nagaland to achieve greater heights.
MAT president, Rev. Dr. Wati Longkumer, in his keynote address, gave a brief history of the Trust. He said it is the aspiration of the members of MAT to uplift the level and quality of education amongst Naga youngsters by inculcating in them a spirit of positive competitiveness and a desire for academic excellence.
Maintaining that MAT’s vision for achieving academic excellence is not confined to the awards, he highlighted various activities of the Trust including MAT School Assessment Programme with the support of the State government which was conducted during 2009-11. He said the programme is likely to continue as it is viewed as a “vehicle to check and maintain the quality of education” and is conducted by an autonomous body.
Rev. Longkumer also mentioned that this year is the first for MAT to conduct the awards presentation ceremony outside of its headquarters, Mokokchung.
This year, MAT instituted six awards for toppers in HSLC 2013 conducted by the Nagaland Board of School Education. The roll of honour for MAT 2013 awards are: Mayangnokcha Award for Academic Excellence (overall topper)- Kalibo Jakhalu of St. Paul Higher Secondary School, Dimapur who secured the top 2nd position in HSLC 2013; MAT-NE Sun Magazine Award for Subject topper in English- Yashiyala Imchen (top 21st in HSLC 2013) from Edith Douglas Higher Secondary School, Mokokchung scoring 79/100 in English; MAT- Rockdale Award for Subject topper in MIL (Ao)- Yashiyala Imchen, scoring 89/100 in Ao (MIL); MAT- Youth Resources & Sports Department Award for Subject Topper in Social Sciences- Mezhüsenuo Mhasi (top 8th in HSLC 2013) from Baptist High, Kohima, scoring 96/100 in Social Sciences; MAT- Tir Yimyim Award for Subject Topper in Science- Viriezo Vigilius Vizo (top 23rd in HSLC 2013) of Holy Cross Higher Secondary School, Dimapur, scoring 100/100 in Science; and MAT- Education Forum of Mokokchung Award for Subject Topper in Mathematics- Lendina Longkumer (top 7th in HSLC 2013) from Little Flower Higher Secondary School, Kohima, scoring 100/100 in Math.
Earlier, NBCC finance secretary Rev. RP Murry invoked God’s blessing in the programme while NBSE chairperson, Asano Sekhose delivered a brief speech. Psalmodic Ensemble, a Baptist High student and Little Flower Higher Secondary School students presented songs on the occasion.