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Another excellent type of question setting is to give the students a passage to read and then give them several questions testing the comprehensive of what they have read. Passages may be taken from text books at the next higher level e.g. M.A/ M.Sc text books for B.A/B.Scexams and edited to make them useable or passage from research articles may also be used. Such passages and questions are often the best means for measuring the skills of analysis, synthesis and judgment. There are two important rules for writing short answer test questions viz.,(i) Is the knowledge and ability required by the question important or just an irrelevant detail, (ii) the best questions are those which are of average difficulty i.e. those which can be solved correctly by 50% of the students. Thus, the difference between the good student and the poor student lies in the number of questions of average difficulty which he/she can answer. The methods for improving the traditional questions are really the same as for writing good short-answer questions. The above noted 2(two) abnormal cases were due to vagueness of questions set by the setters. Indeed whose tests were inadequate.

While serving Manipur University, Canchipur as Dean, School of Life Sciences (28/01/2012 to 27/01/2015), the present writer also served as Chairman, Examination Standing Committee for PG courses (vide office order no. 1621 dated 11th March, 2013). In this article, he expresses his own views on the reminiscence of certain abnormal cases in question setting which were redressed for saving career of students.

By tradition, the indigenous people of Manipur consumed a large variety of wild plants as vegetables, fruits, etc. (J. Eco. Tax. Bot., 6(3): 1985:699-703). Some of these communities also used wild plants in their own traditional way (J. Eco. Tax. Bot., 13(1): 1988:113-119). Traditional vegetables like other horticultural crops experience losses between harvest and consumption. The magnitude of post-harvest losses in fresh fruits and vegetables is estimated 5 to 25% in developed countries and 20-50%in developing countries depending upon commodity (Rader, 2000).

The present writer left India on 25th August, 1990 from Delhi Airport by Air India flight for Frankfurt airport (German), then from there to Stockholm airport by Scandnavian airline reaching there late night. He spent the night at the airport. Next morning, on 26th August, 2009 the writer left Stockholm airport to the city by bus (1 hour drive) and rush to underground metrostation and got down to a station mentioned in the guide toposheet.

Thangjing (popularly known as black diamond or fox nut or gorgon nut) is botanically known as Euryle ferox Salisb and belongs to the family Euryalaceae (Nymphaeceae). It a monotypic genus that is having only one species. It is considered as an aquatic cash crop in Manipur. The hobby of the present writer is to buy vegetables daily from the markets of Imphal specially Khwairamband bazar. He buys any new vegetables items at any cost. Thangjing is one of them he buys starting from early June/July onwards. The vendors sales Thangjing at the rate of Rs. 30 per Thangjing fruit or Rs. 50 for 2 Thangjing fruits. In this article the writer made an attempt to describe about the potential of Thangjing cultivation for socio-economic development in Manipur.

In Manipur, different religious and social functions are performed throughout the year both in the Hills and Valley. In such functions, the uses of flowers (cut and loose) have become a mandatory. As a result, the business of natural flower (cut & loose) in the markets of Imphal is gaining ground during the last one decade or so. On the other hand, artificial flowers (made in China) in the form of bouquets, pots, cut, loose, etc. are also having good business in the markets of Imphal. Through this article, the writer appealed to the educated unemployed youths of the state to take up floriculture (cut and loose) as entrepreneurship for sustainable economic development.

The 47th foundation day of Manipur state museum was celebrated on 23rd September, 2016 at its auditorium. The celebration was attended by Art and Culture Commissioner and Art and Culture Director as Chief Guest and President respectively. Speaking at the occasion, the commissioner said “Many portion of the State museum building have leaky roofs” (The Sangai Express, Sept 24, 2016). The present writer and his student (RK Bhorot Singh) studied during 2002-04 aerobiological approaches to four different sites of the Manipur State museum viz (i) indoor aeromycoflora of the museum main building, (ii) aeromycoflora inside tribal textile showcases, (iii) aeromycoflora inside showcases having musical instruments (iv) aeromycoflora inside showcases having animal skull with horns and antlers and to provide remedial measures which encourages him to write the present article.

The hobby of the present author is to buy a variety of vegetables and fruits from different bazaars of Imphal City. The author really feel pain by looking at the pathetic condition of vegetables and fruits vendors in different corners of Khwairamband bazaar. Because these “Imas” used to sell their items at the unhygienic road sides of Khwairamband bazaar just sitting behind dumped vegetables and fruits wastes. In this article, the author made an attempt how the Imphal Municipal Corporation could take up certain steps for the welfare of these downtrodden business community.

After completing M.Sc. (Botany) in 1971 from the Gauhati University, Guwahati the author remain at home without any job for about one year. While remembering the past event of life, one really enjoyed by comparing the past with the present. From the present, the future of life is planned. In this article, the author tried to remember his past experiences, from what stage to the present stage he could reach. This recapitulation of the past events really made self realization and create happiness by remembering the past. In this article the author made an attempt to recapitulate his own career as a Teacher and Researcher.
Initiation of teaching career

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Manipuri diaspora can also play a very big role in creating a framework for knowledge based economy in Manipur and help to shape the vision and objectives of the Manipur Technical University by creating strategic plans and bringing back their expertise in various fields.