Assam and Nagaland Governor Prof. Jagdish Mukhi on Tuesday said the rainforest of the Northeast, including Nagaland, will help fulfil the voluntary commitment in meeting global environment needs by achieving the objective of net-zero and reducing the use of fossil fuel.

He said the rainforest provides fresh oxygen, the need of which was desperately felt during the second wave of the pandemic.

Mukhi was speaking at a programme during his visit to Nagaland University headquarters at Lumami.

He stressed that Nagaland University must strive to protect and preserve sustainable lifestyle values for the present as well as the future generations.

He suggested that each campus of the university should adopt five villages as model villages.

The Governor said ever since its inception in 1994, Nagaland University has grown quantitatively and qualitatively despite the challenges of geography, transport and communication.

He stated the university stands for encouraging and empowering young minds to be enlightened citizens to take care of the needs of society.

Mukhi said he was sure that the university has been providing quality education to young minds to make them capable of protecting and preserving the traditional values of Nagaland in terms of honesty, simplicity, hard work, commitment, love, compassion and fraternity.

“The university campuses despite being geographically dispersed are committed to achieving a single goal of transforming the university into a centre of excellence and vibrant knowledge,” he added.

Stating that the National Education Policy, 2020, was designed with the will of the people by considering the needs and requirements and with an aim to create innovative minds and a pool of job givers, Mukhi hoped that with determination and commitment the Nagaland University will be able to implement the new policy in the next academic session.

He suggested short-term skill-based programmes for that.

Mukhi also emphasized the importance of agriculture in Nagaland, considering the limitations of other industries.

Stressing on physical health, he said the university should adopt some programmes where the students can take up games and exercises of their own liking.

He also cautioned that the pandemic is not over and urged everyone to observe all the SOPs issued from time to time.

Vice-Chancellor of the university Prof. Pardesi Lal said the prime objective of the university is to meet and match the requirements of the students academically, concentrating on all detailed provisions of its various departments.

He added that any society where women strive for higher education can be regarded as a society with a positive vision. He said Nagaland University having an enrolment percentage of more than 62% of girl students can definitely be acknowledged as a society moving in a  proper direction.

The Governor also interacted with students and faculty members during the visit.

Bhadra Gogoi

Bhadra Gogoi is Northeast Now Correspondent in Nagaland. He can be reached at: