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Kohima | April 15
The Angami Students' Union (ASU) 29th Biennial General Conference is slated to be held under the theme, ‘Reflections’ at The Heritage Village, Kisama from April 23-25. The conference will also commemorate 75 years of Kohima Sub Division Students' Conference and 50 years of Angami Students' Union (ASU).
During a press conference at ASU office Kohima, President Vizokho Zashümo informed that Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio will grace the three-day event as inaugural guest. Other conference personages will be Medo Yhokha, Advisor, Technical Education & Election as introductory guest; Neingulo Krome, Secretary General Naga Peoples' Movement for Human Rights as Cultural guest, Temjen Imna Along, Minister, Higher Education and Tribal Affairs as academic guest, Kethoser Aniu Kevichusa as devotional speaker and Mmhonlumo Kikon, Advisor, IT, Science and Technology as valedictory guest.
With the concept of the event themed ‘Reflections’, the President told media persons here that since the students’ body “has evolved by withstanding the test of time, he therefore said it was felt imperative to “reflect in a process of understanding of our valued past, present and the possibilities of what we can be and requires us to do in our shared future.”
The natural Angami Naga ways of life and norms to enable the essence of doing what is right even if nobody is doing it and the principled ways of not doing what is wrong even if everybody is doing it are two concepts we aspire to reflect upon, Zashümo said.
To mark the Jubilee, the office has also invited the 1st president, ASU, 1970, Kevisiezolie Souhu, to speak on, “ASU as envisioned by the pioneers.” Further, for the debate competition topic, it also informed that the topic will be “The National Education Policy 2020 will ensure quality education in Nagaland.” As such two representatives from each region have been asked to participate.
The office has also decided to promote indigenous games and activities for which various competitions have been added including Indigenous cart race (Sei Bagei), Local rice pounding competition, War Cry (Mepfü Kecü), Traditional fire making competition and Bamboo Stilt walking competition.
Kesosul Christopher Ltu, Convener, Organizing Committee also informed that in view of the COVID-19 Pandemic and to comply with SoPs, delegation from each region to camp at the venue will not exceed 100. As such, attendance during the conference will also be limited to less than a thousand persons.
He stated that major areas at the Heritage Village have been earmarked for camping keeping in mind social distancing protocols for which the Tourism Department will be giving assistance for putting necessary structures. The main arena and the ground area will be utilised for the functions.
The convener also informed that sanitation hour will be observed from 6:30-7:30 am during the conference time wherein most of the areas at Kisama and surrounding areas will be covered. He also informed that government personnel will be deployed one week prior to the conference dates, therefore outsiders have been asked to avoid loitering in the evening and late hours.