Veteran politician, writer, scholar—Dr Shurhozelie a man of many feat

Kohima | May 25 : Rays of jubilation surrounded the camp of Ura Academy, Kohima this evening as Minister for Higher Education Dr. Shurhozelie Liezietsu has been honoured in a befitting manner by Ura Academy for receiving a prestigious “Life Time Achievement Award” conferred by International Association of Educators for World Peace jointly instituted by Global Open University, Nagaland and Confederation of Indian Universities.
Speaking at the felicitation programme, Dr. Liezietsu maintained that through the guidance and wisdom of elders he had reached thus far and also thanked the Ura Academy for honouring him. He also acknowledged Imotemsu Ao, Alempokba and Chuverdi for their effort in landing him the prestigious “Life Achievement Award.” The felicitation programme was attended by several dignitaries including MLA Neiba Kronu, Deputy Chairman of State Planning Board.
A veteran politician and writer, Dr. Liezietsu also has many other awards to his credit. He received “Honour” from the Kohima Sahitya Sabha (1994), Received “Honour” from Prasar Bharati Broadcasting Corporation of India (All India Radio) Kohima for contribution in various ways (1991), Classic Award 2000 for literary achievement from Classic Club, Kohima, conferred doctorate in literature by Nagaland University in 2003 for literary contribution to Tenyidie (Honorius Causa), Governor’s Award for outstanding achievement & contribution in the field of literature (2005) and Certificate of Excellence from International Penguin Publishing House for literary publications (2007).
Born on November 20, 1936 and son of Late Krusietsü Liezietsu, Dr. Liezietsu introduced new text books for Nagaland schools replacing century old text books in 1980, introduced new system of school building construction in collaboration with Central Building Research Institute, Roorkey and constructed more than 700 school buildings during 1978-1982. He was also associated with policy making for introduction of Compact Area Development Scheme now called Local Area Development Fund in Nagaland which has become a model for MP Local Development Scheme in the country.
Dr. Liezietsu also initiated decision making etc. for the construction of Nagaland Secretariat building at Kohima, which has become one of the best secretariat building in the whole north east India. He also introduced new and uniform text books for All Nagaland Schools (both Government and private) in 2005.
Dr. Liezietsu served as UDA in Nagaland Secretariat in 1962, assistant teacher, Baptist English School, Kohima in 1962-63, founder headmaster, Thinuovicha Memorial School, Kohima from 1963-1967.
Became a member of Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA) (First term) from 1969-1974, minister of state, Education (2nd term) from 1974-1975, minister of education (3rd term 1977-1982, member of NLA (4th term) 1982-1987, member NLA (5th term) 1987-1988, member NLA (5th term) 1987-1988, member NLA (6th term) 1993-1998, minister of planning and coordination, urban development and higher education (7th term) 2003-2008, minister of higher education and urban development (8th term ) March 2008 till date.
He also held the post of treasurer Nagaland People’s Council (1978-1997), Secretary General, Nagaland People’s Council 1986-1997 (dual charge), President, Nagaland People’s Council (1997-1999), President, Naga People’s Front (2005 upto date).
He is life member of Commonwealth parliamentary Association, Red Cross Society of India, Bible Society of India, Ura Dze, Rifle Association of Nagaland, Nagaland Bharat Scouts & Guides.
He attended 35th Parliamentary Seminar, London in 1986, attended World Conference on disaster reduction (Sponsored by United Nations) at Kobe, Japan, 2005. He visited South Korea in 2007. Further, visited Universities and technical institutions in China with official team in 2010.
In the area of his association with various social organizations, he is member of Governing Body, Kohima College from 1970 upto date, Governing body, Kohima Science College from 1973 upto date, managing board, Baptist College, Kohima from 2000 to 2006, board of humanities & education, Nagaland University 1997-2003 and Board of Post Graduate Studies, Tenyidie, Nagaland University 1997-2003.
President Ura Academy, a premier literary organization in Nagaland from 1970 up to date, founder advisor, Nourhevi Society Nagaland, a society working for Integrated Degraded Land Development for ecological balance from 1991 upto date, president, Bharat Scouts & Guides in 1974-75 and 2006 upto date, chairman Nagaland Cooperative Society, the premier cooperative society (established in 1945) from 1986 upto date, Editor Ura Dze, a monthly Journal, 1972-1993 and 2000-2002 and advisor, Save Youth Association of Lhisema Khel Kohima (SYAL) a centre for treatment of drug addicts.
In literature, he has four novels to his credit like “Pu A Meho Tha Zo” (She is looking at me), “A Puo Kekhrie” (The love of my father), “Methuophemia” (The name of a village) and “Telhe Mote” (Not long after).
He has also a several compilation of poems like (Uca) 53 poems, “U Teiki Geizo” (154 poems) and “Thenou- Rutso” (123 poems).
He also wrote “MKS Dieda” (first comprehensive dictionary in Tenyidie), “Diechie” (Rhetoric & Prosody), “Diekhu & Dierozu” (Spelling & word division), “Tenyidie Dzie” (Tenyidie Literature.
His adaptation works included; three volume of 2nd World War including “Pejokewau” (The Convict) and “Uthemia Dze” (Mankind (2 volume).
He also writes for essay, history including several numbers of drama. His translation works includes “Gandhi Dze” (Gandhi’s life story), “No Penuo Kesa La Morosuo” (Ye must be born again), The greatest question of life book I & II, The Gospel of St. John, “Kesiachu muh Ruochu” (HIV & STD) and “A Vor… A Mia Ze Keruchu” (I came, I talked…). He also had book on collection of jokes in Tenyidie entitled “Yuwe.”
Dr. Liezietsu, who is also president of Ura Academy, has contributed a lot in updating spelling patterns in Tenyidie, introduced Tenyidie in college level in 1988 and upgraded it to MA level in 1997 under Nagaland University, conduct training and seminars for Tenyidie teachers annually and also regularly organize various cultural programmes.
Dr. Liezietsu received early education from Baptist Mission School Kohima and passed matriculation examination from Kohima Government High School in 1955 under Guwahati University. Passed intermediate arts in 1960 in Ist division from St. Edmund’s College, Shillong under Guwahati University and BA economic honours from the same college and latter MA (Tenyidie) under Ura Academy Academic Qualification Division Kohima in 1983.