Kohima, April 20 (IANS) Nagaland Chief Minister Shurhozelie Liezietsu on Thursday emphasised that human resource development is the only asset through which the Nagas can progress.
“Though there are many areas which need to be developed, the first and foremost priority for the Nagas should be focused on human resource development,” he said addressing the 15th Annual Literary Day of the Nagaland University Students Union at Kohima Campus.
While laying stress on the need to pursue and strive for human development in the field of education, Liezietsu said that while imparting education some sort of skill too should be imparted so that students can earn their livelihood and not be so dependent on the government to provide employment.
Exhorting students, parents, teachers as well as the public to come together to achieve the need of quality education, the Chief Minister said that the right kind of education is an asset and a very gainful investment for the society.
“Unless we frame the education policy properly and give right types of guidance, the students may become a liability to our society,” he said.
Liezietsu also called upon the students not to pursue mere degrees to get white collar jobs in the government sector, since employment in the government sector has reached a saturation point.
Noting that the Nagaland government has about 1.40 lakh government employees, including contract and work-charge employees, while Manipur has only about 65,000, Liezietsu asked students to strive for the best and pursue their education to be independent.
“We must have a specific strategy in our education system to impart quality and job-oriented education to our students,” he said.
In her exhortation speech, Nagaland University Pro-Vice Chancellor Buno Liegise said that nobody wants to stagnate in life but achieve goals and move forward in life.
“We need to think seriously not to remain complacent or be in comfort zone but to be dynamic, work hard and do our best in life,” she said while urging the students to have a positive attitude towards their studies.
Liegise also stressed on the need to pick up skills, become computer-savvy in this information technology age, and said it has become almost impossible to survive without knowing the use of internet and social media.