LAMKA, August 20: Unless the hills people are united, we will get assimilated and our right on land will be taken away from our grip. We must be united to demand implementation of Sixth Schedule of the Constitution so as to safeguard our land.
This was stated by Muan Tombing, president of the All Tribal Students Union of Manipur, ATSUM at the two-day seminar on ‘Primary Education in the Hill District’, which kicked started today at Synod Hall, Churachandpur.
The seminar is being sponsored by the Tribal Research Institute and organised by ATSUM.
In his opening address the president also mentioned that the immediate issue is the 31 percent job reservation offered by the Center, but it has been manipulated to 7.5 percent by the State Government.
DR Seipu Kipgen as one of the resource persons said that it is time to think beyond the physical boundary as the world is becoming a global village. He also maintained that mixing education with politics is one of the root causes of failure in education system.
Dr Seipu also said that practice of substituting teacher by proxy teacher has affected the performance of the schools, which must be checked.
Later in the day Dr Sanga represented paper on the topic ‘Tribal Land Right’, which was followed by lively discussion.
Today’s seminar was attended by SSPP (Paite student) GHQ and jt HQ, ASUM (Aimol student), AMTU (All Manipur tribal student union), Churachandpur District Student Union (CDSU) apart from other local student unions.