Smriti Irani took the opportunity to urge the youth of Nagaland to come up and be a part of ‘Start-up India, Stand up India’ at the inauguration of Mahatma Gandhi Academy of Human Development. She made reference to various schemes launched by government of India in past one year, specifically Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana which was launched on 8 April.
Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani inaugurated Mahatma Gandhi Academy of Human Development (MGAHD) in Nagaland. MGAHD is being established at about 155 km from the state capital, at Chuchuyimlang in Mokokchung district. The academy is a joint initiative of Nagaland Gandhi Ashram, Chuchuyimlang and Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. Chief Minister TR Zeliang and Minister for National Highways, Mechanical and Elections, Nuklutoshi were present at the occasion.
Smt. Irani also paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi and Lal Bahadur Sashtri on their birth anniversary and said that both leaders have defined India as a sea of humanity to the rest of the world. She added, “Mahatma Gandhi gave the message of non-violence, the message of compassion. Lal Bahadur Sashtri gave a message of commitment of governance towards the welfare of people and he gave slogan of ‘Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan’, thereby focusing respect towards those who defend our borders so that we see and admire and also give salutations to who through their harvest bless our families so that our children are well fed.”
She also mentioned founder of Nagaland Gandhi Ashram Natwar Thakkar in her speech for his contribution to the society. She did not forget to mention the journey of Natwar Thakkar who migrated to Nagaland at the age of 23 for social work. Natwar Thakkar is popular among the residents as Natwar Bhai and also known as ‘Nagaland’s Gandhi’.
Natwar Thakkar said the Academy is the best gift to the people of Nagaland and North- East region will contribute to the Look East policy of central government. “Chuchuyimlang village will become an educational hub not only for Nagaland but for the entire North-east and also to promote the policy of Look East Policy, which I am sure is not an impossible dream,” he added.
Nagaland CM Zeliang thanked HRD Minister for sparing her time to inaugurate the academy in the state and for the efforts, the ministry is taking to develop rural regions. He said, “Madam, as you have laid the foundation for this unique academy today, I hope that you will continue to extend your patronage and support to this academy.” He also invited HRD Minister to attend the Hornbill Festival as the chief guest.
Nagaland CM also acknowledged the efforts of Prof. S. Parasuraman, Director of TISS for taking up the challenge of setting up its fifth campus in a remote place like Chuchuyimlang village. He remarked, “Very often, while beginning to work in the North East region, many organisations opt for cities and big towns to locate their establishments, where the infrastructures are better. However, you have consciously chosen this remote village which represent the true face of Nagaland. I am sure this village and its surrounding areas will soon reap the benefits of the existence of the Mahatma Gandhi Academy of Human Development here.” CM also ensured that state government will continue to provide support to the academy.
The permanent complex of academy will be constructed in 232 acres land donated by Chuchuyimland village. The academy will initially run MSW and Diploma courses on Social Work and Entrepreneurship. The session for Diploma course will begin from November 2015 followed by MSW course from June-July next year. MGAHD will establish more institutes for various professional courses in the coming time.