Along exhorts students to chart their own destiny
Kohima, Oct. 31 (EMN): Minister of Higher and Technical Education and Tribal Affairs, Temjen Imna Along, said India has become a principled nation and global leader by empowering its people under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The minister was addressing the inaugural programme of the three-day photo exhibition and artificial intelligence (AI) display to commemorate ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav: 8 years of Seva, Sushasan and Garib Kalyan,’ at St. Mary’s Cathedral Higher Secondary School, Kohima, on Monday.
The event was organised by Central Bureau of Communication under Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in collaboration with St. Mary’s Cathedral HSS.
While commemorating the 75th anniversary of Indian independence, Along said that it was vital to know that the “great nation” became a sovereign democratic republic after 200 years of British rule.
He reiterated that the essence of the photo exhibition and AI display programme is appropriately organised to commemorate the eight years of Modi government, whose vision is towards empowering the people.
Referring to the photos exhibiting different programmes initiated by the Prime Minister, Along highlighted how the poor were uplifted in terms of health and the farmers aided through PM kisan credit card.
Despite the world doubting a populous India, he affirmed how the country under the leadership of Modi had produced the first Covid-19 vaccine and distributed it to other rich nations, thereby proving itself as a world leader.
Stating that students could have choices to build career of their own choices with the implementation of National Education Policy, the minister asked the youngsters to chart their own destiny through hard work and commitment towards their dream. “Don’t just look at the people infront of us; be what you want to be and be committed to what you are doing,” he said.
He also said that despite Nagaland producing about 15,000 to 17,000 graduates and post graduates yearly from all over the state, the state government is unfortunately unable to provide jobs to such educated people.
The minister said that though Nagaland is one of the highest literate states in the country with 80 percent literacy rate, but at the same time, the state has become “the highest unemployed literate people in the country.”
Emphasising on the need to make young men and women employable in their own way, he said “Nagaland should be a land of entrepreneurs that provide and the state that gives talents, human resources and strengths not only to the state but to the nation as well as the rest of the world.”
Referring to the photo exhibition, principal director of School Education, Thavaseelan K, in his address said photography acts as a bridge across time, linking stories of generations, depicting landscape that has altered for better or worse etc.
He reminded the participants to not only look at the photos but to resonate the sentiments of the photographer and read the world contained in each photograph during the exhibition,
With the technological advances of the 21st century, Thavaseelan said people have entered an age where the internet and AI have become a part of daily lives. “AI has pervaded every area of human existence. In the field of education too, it has the potential to be very effective,” he said.
He stated that using AI in education holds many benefits for both students and teachers, adding that it can bring innovative ways of teaching students with the help of which students will be able to learn concepts better.
Various ministries/government departments and institutions, including Ministry of Textiles, Nagaland Women Vocational Training institute, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, department of Post, directorate of Information & Public Relations, Nagaland Robotic Club etc. are participating and showcasing their products in the photo exhibition.
In the run up to the programme, stamp design competition, quiz competition, prepared speech competition, extempore speech competition, debate, essay writing competition and drawing competition were also conducted.