Centre for Manipur Studies, MU organises seminar

IMPHAL, Mar 6 : A seminar titled ‘Armed Violence and Nationalism: Reflections in Manipuri Literature’ organized by the Centre for Manipur Studies, Manipur University (MU) was inaugurated yesterday by Vice-Chancellor of MU Prof Arya Prasad Pandey at the conference hall of Anthropology Department University, MU.
In the keynote address, Prof Nabakumar, Anthropology Department, MU articulated that anti-colonial nationalism is the product of de-colonising forces. The meaning of nationalism in Asia and Africa is found to be quite different from those propagated and practiced by the western countries. Instead of ‘third world countries’, he preferred to use ‘Asia and Africa’ reasoning that there is an ethical bias in the term ‘third world. Saying so, he also pondered whether it is possible to reconcile the often particularism of Asia and Africa in the light of Globalisation.
He also stated that armed conflict is a symptom of political illegitimacy and stated that the question of whether armed conflict is legitimate or illegitimate nationalism is reflected in the literature.
In the context of India, he reflected whether Indian nationalism can accommodate all the diversities and heterogeneous communities. Mentioning JP Narayan, the towering post independent political leader, and the distinction he made between the people who comprise the State and the Nation, he said that the former has heterogeneous interest and the later centralized interest. Making a distinction of the typology of nationalism, he also queried whether armed conflict in Manipur is a manifestation of good nationalism or bad nationalism.
One man’s patriot could be others’ criminal, he stated mentioning the differing perspective of the core and the periphery. He elucidated it by citing the example of Bhagat Singh and Khudiram being hailed as patriot from the Indian perspective and being branded criminal from the perspective of the Brirtish colonisers.
While historical justifications have been given to justify the armed conflict, it can be contemplated upon whether the engendering factor of armed movement in the state is germinated from the soil of the land or foreign and derivative discourse. He expressed hope that learned delegates will discuss all these as it is reflected in Manipuri literature.
Prof Arya Prasad Pandey stated that Manipuri literature had a tradition of writing on themes of nationalism which is evident even during the days of British colonialism and that despite the differences in the cultural practices and physical attributes of the people in the State with those in heartland of India, Manipuri literature is a part of the great Indian mind.

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Regional seminar in MU

IMPHAL, Feb 19 : A day long regional seminar on North East India and South East Asia: Historical & Cultural Relations was held at Manipur University under the aegis of MU Centre for Study of Social Exclusion & Inclusive Policy (CSSEIP) in collaboration with the ASEAN Studies Centre, ASC (Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India) Shillong on Saturday.
Vice Chancellor Prof Adya Prasad Pandey of MU was the chief guest of the seminar’s inaugural function which was also attended by former Director of Centre for South East Asian Studies, Madras University Prof V Suryanarayan, coordinator of ASC Shillong Dr CJ Thomas, Director of CSSEIP Prof E Bijoykumar and Dean of Manipur University Prof N Lokendro Singh.
During the seminar, speakers expressed their desire to understand the socio-economic change in the region.
In one of the presentation during the academic sessions, China expert Dr Laishram Rajen of Political Science Department, MU urged the authority concerned to make Manipur saleable while implementing India’s Act East Policy considering its closeness to the South East Asian countries.
According to Dr Rajen, rice is sold at around Rs 12 per kilogram (Indian currency) in neighbouring Myanmar against Rs 24-25 in Manipur.
Similarly fish is sold at Rs 30 per kg against Rs 150-180 in Manipur. These essential commodities could be made available at Moreh, the border town of Manipur by spending transportation cost (around Rs 1 per kg).
Interestingly, India’s ‘Act East policy’ was unveiled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi replacing the earlier ‘Look East Policy’ at the ASEAN-India Summit in Myanmar in November 2014.
Former Director Dr Arambam Lokendra of EM]MRC, MU made a presentation on “Historical linkage between NE India and South East Asia : Manipur experience in pre-colonial times”, Prof Ch Priyoranjan Singh of Economic Department, MU on “The Silk route revisited”. Prof TT Haokip of NEHU, Konthoujam Sarda of ASC and Prof P Gunindro of MU also made presentation on different historical and cultural aspects of the NE India and South East Asia.

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One day seminar held

IMPHAL, Feb 18 : The Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy (CSSEIP, MU) in collaboration with ASEAN Studies Centre (Ministry of External Affairs, Govt of India) Shillong organised a one day regional seminar on ‘North East India and South East Asia : Historical & Cultural Relations’ at MU Court hall today.
MU Vice Chancellor Professor Adya Prasad Pandey, Professor N Lokendra Singh (Dean, School of Social Sciences, MU) and Professor E Bijoykumar (Director, Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy, MU) took part in the event as chief guest, guest of honour and president respectively.

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VC launches Go Green Campus initiative in MU

IMPHAL, Jan 23 : Manipur University Vice Chancellor Prof Adya Prasad Pandey today   launched Go Green Campus  initiative today in Manipur University in a function organized by the Manipur University Students’ Union.
Prof Arunkumar, Dean, School of Human and Environmental Sciences, Prof N Lokendra Singh, Dean School of Social Sciences, Prof N Ibotombi, Controller of Exam, Prof M Shyamkesho Singh, Registrar (i/c), Manipur University and other officials were also present at the function.
Vice Chancellor Prof Adya Prasad Pandey, while addressing the gathering, stressed the need to maintain good health and further encouraged the gathering to promote cycling as daily transport mode in the campus. Fifty cycles will be available for use within the university campus, he added.
Buchi Mayangbam, president of Manipur University Students’ Union expressed gratitude to the Vice Chancellor and officials of MU for their support in making the Go Green Campus initiative a reality.
As a part of the programme, the Vice Chancellor led a cycle rally held within the campus.
On the other hand, UGC-Human Resource Development Centre, Manipur University today organized an inaugural function of “UGC-Sponsored Winter School on Sustainable Livelihood Strategy for Poverty Reduction”. The programme was graced by Prof Adya Prasad Pandey, Vice Chancellor, Prof M Ranjit Singh, Prof Kh Tomba Singh, Dr H Ramananda Singh as presidium members.
In the meantime, students of Needy Home Academy, Mapao Khulen, as part of educational  exposure tour, visited Manipur University. The students were warmly welcomed by Vice Chancellor Prof Adya Prasad Pandey and other officials of the university.

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MU announces Archery, Taekwondo teams

IMPHAL, Jan 5:The Manipur University has announced selected Archery team members (men and women) to participate in the All India Inter-University Archery (M&W) tournament 2016-17 to be held at Krishan University, AP from Feb 15 to 19. Assistant Director of Sports, MU has informed all selected team members to report on Jan 12 at 11 am for further directives.
MU also announced the names of Taekwondo team (men and women) for participation in the All India Inter University Taekwondo (M&W) tournament 2016-17 to be held at MDU, Rohtak from March 16 to 19. The selected players are informed to report to Assistant Director of Sports, MU on Jan 10 at 11 am for further verification and coaching.

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AISF unit in MU

IMPHAL, Dec 22: A new unit of All India Students’ Federation has opened in Manipur University.
Opening the new unit will help in tackling the deteriorating academic situation in MU and it will also bring normalcy in the University, general secretary of AISF said.
He stated that the AISF department will also help in opening libraries for every department in MU.

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MU accredited Grade A by NAAC

IMPHAL, Dec 18 : Manipur University has been accredited Grade A by NAAC during the meeting of the Standing Committee held on December 16.
Prof AP Pandey, VC, MU has congratulated the teaching staff, non-teaching staff, students and research scholars for their work and efforts to secure the Grade A. The Vice Chancellor also thanked all the Deans of various schools, Director of IQAC and especially Prof M Dhaneshor Singh, who was the Vice Chancellor In-Charge during the NAAC visit.

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MU welcomes freshers

IMPHAL, Dec 1 : Manipur University held an induction meeting for its fresher students at the Centenary hall today.
The induction meeting was attended by Deans of various schools, University officials, Professors, Heads and large number of faculty members of various departments.
Professor A P Pandey, Vice Chancellor of Manipur University formally welcomed all the first semester students of the University at the function. In his welcome address, Prof Pandey highlighted the functioning of Manipur university and advised the freshers to work hard and build their careers.
The Vice-Chancellor emphasised on the importance of discipline and time management to meet future challenges. He concluded his welcome address by wishing all the students a bright future.
Prof Mani Meetei, the senior most Dean of the University also extended a warm welcome to the freshers.
The Registrar, Manipur University, delivered the vote of thanks, a statement informed.

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