I have great pleasure in welcoming the prospective students contemplating to join the Indira Gandhi Technological and Medical Sciences University, Arunachal Pradesh, Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh in one of the vocational and job oriented courses being conducted by the University.
Everybody aware that if human society is to endure not for just another century but for thousands and thousands of years, one needs to learn a way of life that could be sustained by the Mother Earth. Human society must learn to control population size and develop more efficient technologies that produce as little harmful waste as possible. One must learn to rely on resources that are renewable. A society based on these ideas is called a sustainable society. Having a sustainable world is so profoundly different from the way one lives which cannot be imagined without a strenuous exercise of mind. Like human body the Mother Earth has its organs that adjust to changes - in climate, nutrient levels and other aspects of the environment to maintain its stability. Just as the human organism is made of trillions of cells and so is the world organism; each one of us is a cell of Gaia (Greek word for Mother Earth).
Changing our ways will be a colossal task which may involve arduous work but as an optimist we should view the third millennium with a cleaner and greener mind and pledge to work on new educational technologies as the answer to our polluted world by better treating our Mother Earth by not to rival nature but to cooperate with it and live in harmony.
One must guide the human race living in a historic transitional period of burgeoning awareness of the conflict between human activities and environmental constraints, preparing to venture into a new millennium and to finally help save the fragile and endangered planet with the natural resources already overtaxed and for developing a critical path to governance through modern ideas for reducing the toll exacted in supporting daily life and the ever growing problems on the earth exerting profound pressures on the environment.
Education is the largest single activity in the world, involving over 1000 million students and 50 million teachers at all levels, not counting millions of others in educational support activities. But its importance stems not merely from its size but also from its role as institutionalized knowledge - the principal repository, producer, disseminator and transmission belt of all forms of knowledge.
The most significant feature of education for mother earth protection in the 21st century is not so much what the French call li explosion scolaire but the knowledge explosion, which has expanded the catchment areas of learning so fast that it takes only a decade now for the state of the art in any field to become obsolete. Different modes of communicating for advancement of knowledge are fast changing and becoming more sophisticated. In this technological era knowledge can be dispensed technologically and electronically. Teachers and formal school structures are becoming less important, and the conventional age limits on the learning process are becoming blurred.
While implementing the plan for effective teaching, training and research at the Indira Gandhi Technological and Medical Sciences University, Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh, the most important aspect is quality control and systems approach by stressing the need of quality methodology and systems making such tools compulsory for the faculty, support staff and students.
I accordingly look forward to meeting and working with the students joining this University
On behalf of the Indira Gandhi Technological and Medical Sciences University, Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh, we are pleased to welcome all those interested in joining this University for acquiring knowledge and skills for vocationalising their careers
As the human race has ventured to enter the third millennium, conversations and news reports are peppered with references to our fragile and endangered planet. The earth is five billion years old, and over the eons it has endured bombardment by meteors, abrupt shifts in its magnetic fields, dramatic realignment of its land masses, and the advance and retreat of massive ice mountains that reshaped its surface. Life, too, has proved resilient: In the more than three and a half billion years first forms of life emerged, biological species have come and gone, but life has persisted without interruption. In fact, no matter what we humans do, it is unlikely that we could suppress the powerful and chemical forces that drive the earth system.
Although we cannot completely disrupt the earth system, we do affect it significantly as we use energy and emit pollutants in our quest to provide food, shelter, and a host of other products for the world's growing population. We release chemicals that gnaw holes in the ozone shield that protects us from harmful ultraviolet radiation, and we burn fuels that emit heat - trapping gases that build up in the atmosphere. Our expanding numbers overtax the agricultural potential of the land. Tropical forests that are home for millions of biological species are cleared for agriculture, grazing, and logging. Raw materials are drawn from the earth to stoke the engines of the growing world economy, and we treat the atmosphere, land, and waters as receptacles for the wastes generated as we consume energy and goods in our everyday lives. Scientific evidence and theory indicate that as a result of such activities, the global environment is undergoing profound changes. In essence, we are conducting an uncontrolled experiment with the planet to the extent that we have come to a point of no return and we may face the disaster any time.
All of us are aware that India's Higher Education System is the third largest in the world, next to the United States of America and China. As of 2019, our country has 1000+ University level Institution including all the Central, State, Deemed and Private Universities besides the Institutions of national importance.
Indian Higher Education is in need of radical reforms. A focus on enforcing higher standards of transparency, strengthening the vocational and doctoral education pipeline, and professionalization of educational sector through stronger institutional responsibility would help in reprioritizing efforts and working around complexities. The rise of information technology and vocational education sector in India has boxed the students into linear path without giving them a chance to explore and discover their passions. Concerted and collaborative efforts are needed in broadening student choices through liberal education.
Our country is believed to have had a functioning of higher and tertiary education as early as 1000 BC. Unlike our present day universities, these ancient learning centres where primarily concerned with dispersing Vedic education. The modern Indian educational system finds its roots in colonial legacy. While our university has collaborated with many like minded institutions, however, we try to maintain our independence and autonomy. We are overwhelmed to note that the students are finding a very friendly and homely environment at our university.
Education is an integration of academic and professional learning which builds a strong foundation among future professionals. The positive outcomes of good education facilitate the personal development of the students and contribute to national growth. In the current era of technological advancements, students need a few catalysts to stimulate their potential and appropriate guidance to help them make the right choices at the right time.
Indira Gandhi Technological and Medical Sciences University (IGTAMSU), Ziro is strengthening various industries by nurturing refined professionals, who are well accustomed to recent trends and technologies. The curriculum of NUJ is carefully curated to enable the all-round development of its students. We here at NUJ are transforming persons into personalities. With our futuristic vision, we wish that our students should be successful and be proud of what they achieve in their lives.
Best wishes to new entrants.