Kohima, September 07 (NEx): Chief Minister of Nagaland, Neiphiu Rio on September 07, 2020 unveiled the foundation stone of the Professional College of Music and Fine Arts at Tsiesema, Kohima.
Speaking at the occasion, Rio congratulated the Department of Higher and Technical Education for successfully bringing many projects into the State. He also extended a special appreciation to Minister of Higher and Technical Education and Tribal Affairs, Temjen Imna Along under whose young and dynamic leadership the Department has been able to achieve many great things.
Rio stated that the vision and dream of the Government was to give quality education to the youth and through the unveiling of the foundation stone a step ahead towards providing quality education in the field of music and fine arts has been achieved. He stated that the college will be a blessing for the youths of Nagaland, particularly Northeast and India as a whole.
Rio stressed on the importance of having a certificate of degree or diploma in any particular field and hence he expressed with delight that in the future, through the college, Nagaland would have many certified artists which would further boost tourism in the State. “The Land of Festivals will become the real Land of Festivals”, he added.
The CM thanked the villagers of Tsiesema for parting with the land and ensured them that their kind act would benefit thousands of youth from the State and the country. He further appealed to them to give full support and cooperation to the Department in the days ahead.
Rio also appealed to the concerned Department to make it a quality college with top facilities and expressed desire for it to have indigenous Naga designs so as to also be a tourist attraction for the State. He concluded his speech by urging all the stakeholders in the project to ensure its timely completion.
Minister, H&TE and Tribal Affairs Temjen Imna Along in his brief speech stated that he on behalf of the department is grateful to the Villagers and the village council of Tsiesema for their cooperation and support and offering the land for the college at a very low cost.
He mentioned that this gesture towards the Government is for the sake of thousands and lakhs of people who will come and pursue their excellence in this professional college and become emerging stars in the future of our state and of our people throughout the world with their talents in music and fine arts.
Imna Along briefed on the centrally sponsored scheme ‘Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyana’ (RUSA), under which ‘RUSA 2.0’ the department had achieved to bring forth the project of Professional College of Music and Fine Arts in Tsiesema at Kohima and assured that many more professional and model colleges are being proposed for different districts. He added that with the success of RUSA 1.0 and this Professional College of Music and Fine Arts project being the last project under RUSA 2.0 the Government of India will be counting Nagaland as one of the only states in the north-east that has successfully implemented RUSA 2.0.
Addressing the gathering, Chairperson of the event Commissioner and Secretary H&T. Ed Imjung M Panger IAS, informed the project was undertaken through RUSA with a campus area of 9.5 acres having Administrative Block, Academic Block, Recording Studio, Performance Hall, Library and so on. He informed that the college would be providing advance diploma and undergraduate courses in Music, Sound Engineering, Fine Arts, Painting & Drawing and Digital Art. The project is expected to be completed by 2023, he stated.
A brief speech on behalf of Tsiesema Village was given by Chairman Village Council Tsiesema Pasa Krozu Mere while the dedicatory prayer was delivered by Pastor Tseisema Baptist Church Keneingulie Mere. The event was also graced by the presence of other Ministers and Advisors of the State.