Three-Day National Seminar on “INDIA’S NORTHEAST, A CELEBRATION OF (INDEGENIOUS) CULTURES: A PHENOMENOLOGICAL APPRAOCH” held

Three-Day National Seminar on

“INDIA’S NORTHEAST, A CELEBRATION OF (INDEGENIOUS) CULTURES: A PHENOMENOLOGICAL APPRAOCH”

23rd-25th NOVEMBER 2018 inaugurated at SJC today.

The programme began with the arrival of the Governor of Nagaland, Shri P B Acharya, to the indoor stadium at 10 AM. Fr. Dr. Joy Thomas SVD was the host for the function. The National Anthem was sung at the outset of the programme. Then, the host introduced the objective of the day’s programme. Symbolically, the lamp was lighted by the governor, the bishop, the principal, and the keynote speaker of the seminar. Students of the college gracefully danced for the invocation.

The Principal, Fr. Sebastian introduced the guests and the speakers and welcomed them to the college. While mentioning of the Governor’s first visit to the college two years ago, he called the affiliation of the governor towards the college as “love at first sight.” The Governor’s help and support was gratefully acknowledged where he quoted the governor’s words, “St. Joseph’s College is my college.” Then, he moved on to introduce the Bishop, the prime stakeholder of the college. He pointed out how the Church has inculturated the culture of the people in the land of sunrise, of hundred tongues and tribes. The keynote speaker, Prof. Prasenjit Biswas, Professor of Philosophy, NEHU, was introduced with his amazing bio data exposing to the audience his experience and expertise.

The governor spoke on his concern for the development of the state and challenged the universities to produce graduates of quality for service. He mentioned the richness of raw material in the NE states where there is every chance for development and prosperity. He quoted the PM saying that India cannot be developed if the NE states are not developed. Then, he stressed on the need for making graduates who can contribute to the society and not those whose aim is to amass wealth like some of the richest men in india. He encouraged those present to learn the mother tongue and not only English also to become people who strengthen the state and the country.

The Bishop spoke for peace in the NE states of India under the face of multiculturalism and diversity. For this he suggested the need for dialogue to gain peace.

The keynote address was elaborated by Prof. Prasenjit Biswas on the cultural differences and need to learn one’s own culture and also of others. He addressed the vast diversity of culture and languages. After which the various technical sessions followed. It would conclude on 25th of November, 2018.

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