Dimapur, June 13 (NEx): Well known Hindi scholar and litterateur, Padma Shree Piyong Temjen Jamir passed away at his residence in Dimapur after a prolonged illness on Saturday, June 12, 2021. He was 87 years old.
Born in 1934 at Longsa village under Mokokchung district in Nagaland, Lt. M. Piyong Temjen Jamir was well known for his interests in Hindi language. His dedication to promote Hindi language and also social service have been acknowledged with many awards over the past few decades.
Jamir was the first Graduate and B.Ed. Degree holder in Hindi among the Nagas. He was also the sole crusader of Hindi language in Nagaland. Jamir was conferred the Padma Shree honour by the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, in 2018 for the promotion of Hindi language and social work.
He started working as a Hindi Teacher at GHS Chisor under Tuensang district in 1970 and was soon promoted as an Instructor at CHTTI (Central Hindi Teachers Training Institute) Dimapur in the year 1976. He served there till 1982.
Later, Jamir re-established the Rashtra Bhasha Hindi Training Institute in Dimapur which had classes from Prathmik to Ratna. With the desire to spread Hindi all over Nagaland, Jamir established branches of Hindi Training Institutes in different districts of Nagaland, most of which are now registered and running independently.
Jamir was the founder President of Vidya Bharati Jan Jaati Shiksha Samiti, of North Eastern India and Chairman of Nagri Lipi Parishad Nagaland. He happened to be the first from North East region to attend the World Hindi Conference at the 7th World Hindi Conference held in Surinam (South America) in 2003.
He also attended the 9th World Hindi conference at Johannesburg, South Africa in 2012, where he was felicitated for his contribution in the field of Hindi. He was a Member of Advisory Board for the development of Hindi in North East India under the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India for a term of three years from 2012 – 2015.
Further, Jamir was awarded the ‘Bhaurao Devras Seva Samman Award’ on March 29, 2005 in Lucknow by the then Chief Minister of Madya Pradesh Shri Babulal Gaur. He was also awarded the ‘Vir Jadonang Award’ by the then Governor of Nagaland, Shri Shyamal Dutta on August 29, 2005.
He is also an Awardee of District Teachers award on September 5, 2006 in Dimapur, Nagaland and felicitated by the CSOM (Children Special Oriented Ministry) on June 28, 2006. In the same year, Jamir received ‘Gangashanan Singh Awards’ from the then President of India, Dr. A. P. J. Abdual Kalam, in New Delhi.
Jamir was also conferred the ‘Benoba Nagri lipi award’ at New Delhi by Lt. Nirmala Pande MP in 2007 and the ‘Indira Gandhi National Unity’ by the then Governor of Nagaland Sankaranarayan on August 15, 2007 in the state capital, Kohima. He was also awarded the ONE ‘One India Award’ a Mumbai based NGO ‘My Home India’ on May 15, 2010 by Shri. Eknath Thakur, former MP, and Chairman, Saraswat Co-Operative Bank.
He was Presented the ‘Jewel of North East Award’ at Delhi by the Friendship Forum in 2014 and the Padma Shri award by his excellency the President of India Shri Ram Nath Govind on March 20, 2018.
Padma Shree Piyong Temjen Jamir also published two Hindi Books namely ‘Hamari Hindi’ -I & II in Hindi-Ao-English, Comparative study in Ao dialect besides serving different societies (churches & organizations etc) all throughout his active life.