Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio and others after unveiling the monolith of ASU 28th biennial general conference at Piphema village on March 23. (Morung Photo)
ASU 28th biennial general conference 2019 underway
Piphema | March 23
Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio today called upon the people of Nagaland to change their attitude and mindset to bring a positive change in Nagaland.
Addressing the 28th biennial general conference of the Angami Students’ Union (ASU) here today under the theme “Aspiring Dynamics,” Rio urged people to change their attitude from negativity to positive living.
He said until and unless people change their attitude and participate, the slogan of the government to bring change for better will be difficult and will remain only a distant dream.
Rio asserted that real change would emerge when all the people collectively face the challenges as a mass movement.
Expressing concern over the tagging of Kohima as the second most unlivable city in India by Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs last year, he called upon the people come forward and identify proper mechanism to salvage Kohima.
He also stressed on the need to start “Save Kohima” movement to make Kohima a safe and better place to live in.
Urging the students to develop a competitive spirit, Rio called upon them to know their strength and go for specialization in the various areas so as to survive in a competitive world.
In a solidarity message, Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) president Kesosul Christopher Ltu expressed dismay that what the people convey in the social media today reeks of frustration, assumption and negativity.
“If we really want to contribute to our society, let us all be constructive critics because as of now we see that there are more destructive critics instead of trying to contribute to the society,” he said.
He challenged the student community to have a say and constructively contribute to the Naga political issue while pointing out that the Naga political issue has “to do about our tomorrow, it has to do with something about our future and it is going to determine what we will be tomorrow.”
Touching on unemployment problem in Nagaland, he challenged the students to change their mindset that “white collar jobs are only the source of employment.”
“If we do not venture out to every and any avenue of employability, instead of being asset to the society we will become liability to the society,” he said.
Speaking on the occasion ASU president Visako Rino said “as students let us no longer delve in negativism and challenge ourselves to be positive.”
“The conundrum of society that we face today is multifaceted and trusted upon us, but it is time for us as students to own our responsibility and come out of the decadence,” Rino said.
Angami Public Organization (APO) president Dr. Kepelhousie Terhuja urged upon the students to work hard and fulfill their potentials.
He also urged upon the students to value the care and toil of their parents to bring them up as a responsible citizen of tomorrow and at the same time adopt a healthy lifestyle.
Later, during the academic session, Dr. Kedilezo Kikhi, Professor of Sociology & Dr. Ambedkar Chair Professor, Tezpur University and Dr. C.P. Alexander, Vice Chancellor, ICFAI University spoke on the topic “Aspiring for excellence- challenges & perspective” and “Social media- Its implications and perspectives” respectively.