Union Minister for HRD, Smriti Irani inaugurates Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Human Development at Chuchuyimlang
Mokokchung | October 2
Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Smriti Irani on Friday called upon Nagas to be ambassador of peace and non violence as taught and practiced by Gandhi and at the same time imbibe the life of Lal Bahadur Shastri by committing to true governance for the welfare of people.
Irani who was on her maiden visit to Nagaland, inaugurated the Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Human Development at Chuchuyimlang village in Mokokchung. The institute is a joint venture of Nagaland Gandhi Ashram and TATA Institute of Social Science (TISS).
Invoking for imbibing the teachings of the two Indian greats, Irani said Gandhi and Shastri not only defined Indian history but the history of the world and humanity.
On the occasion, the Union Minister also announced the launching of Pradhan Mantri Mudhra Yojana scheme by the Prime Minister with the aim of “funding the unfunded.”
Through this scheme, Irani said youths all across the country can avail loans from 50,000 to 10 lakhs without providing any collateral in order to take up business for self sustenance and self employment.
She further encouraged young entrepreneurs deeply rooted in one’s community to take benefit of the scheme by availing adequate financial assistance from the banking sector and enhance one’s business venture and contribute to the society with their professional service.
Irani also paid glowing tribute to Natwarbhai Thakkar, founder of Nagaland Gandhi Ashram on his completion of 60 years of selfless social work based on Gandhian principles in Nagaland.
Irani said the journey of Thakkar, who incidentally hails from the same village as her husband, is truly a symbolic illustration of national integration. “Thakkar travelled 60 years ago to Nagaland with only one dream of a united nation, not only as people but to resonate as one soul across the world,” the Union Minister extolled.
Speaking as guest of honor, Nagaland Chief Minister, TR Zeliang, said the concern and support shown by the Union Minister, HRD towards the Naga people is a reflection of Government of India’s attachment to the people of Nagaland particularly in skilling the rural youths.
Zeliang also felicitated and congratulated Thakkar, for tirelessly and selflessly working towards the uplift of the living condition of the rural youth.
He also extended gratitude to TISS for establishing the fifth campus in Chuchuyimlang village and to Professor S. Parasuraman, Director, TISS, Mumbai for accepting the challenges to run an institute in a remote village with minimal infrastructure.
The chief minister congratulated the citizens and village council of Chuchuyimlang for generously donating 232 acres of land for the establishment of the institute.
Natwarbhai Thakkar, in his welcome speech, said Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Human Development is the “best gift of mother India to the people of Nagas and the North East.”
With the institute, Thakkar envisioned that Chuchuyimlang village will become an educational hub not only for Nagaland but for the entire North East and at the same time promote the Look East Policy.
The human development institute at Chuchuyimlang is a part of TISS extension programme to reach out to the unreached in accessing education, which in turn would equip society to develop human capabilities.