TURA, Sept 1 - Tura MP Conrad K Sangma has urged the students of North Eastern Hill University (Nehu) to follow the ideals of late Purno A Sangma to realise his dream of a progressive nation.
Conrad was speaking at the first memorial lecture on Purno A Sangma at Nehu, Tura campus, where former Professor of Dibrugarh University Udayan Mishra delivered a talk on the theme, �India�s North East Experience�.
�Late Purno Sangma had the guts and courage to face all kinds of challenge. He followed the principle of humility and had a clear conscience. The younger generation should learn to be humble in their conduct to achieve whatever they want in their lives�, said Conrad, while recollecting his late father�s struggle in life.
He explained the vision of late Purno Sangma, who had always pitched for strengthening North Eastern Council (NEC) as a regional policy making organisation.
�Late Purno Sangma wanted that an organisation in the North East should formulate policies for its own people as there were several opportunities in the region, which needed attention from its own people. He (late Sangma) had a vision for a separate mini Parliament in this region and had recommended multiple parliamentary system in the country�, recollected Conrad, while saying that late Sangma had a different vision and mindset for the progress and development of North East.
Conrad urged the Vice Chancellor of Nehu Prof SK Srivastava and Pro Vice Chancellor Prof G Singaiah that, �There has to be a balance between Shillong and Tura campus of the university. More and more courses and departments should be opened at the campus in Tura, so that the students of not just Garo Hills but entire North East derives its benefit�.
In his talk on the �North East Experience�, Mishra said, �In 1964 Government of India signed a ceasefire agreement with NSCN, which looked more like an agreement between two countries. It is a sign of maturity of India democracy�, he observed.
Dadenggre MLA James K Sangma and former Rajya Sabha MP Thomas A Sangma amongst others also attended the lecture.