Pothashang News Service: Imphal, January 17, 2020: A seven-member team of Harvard University called on Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh in his office chamber on Friday.
The Havard university team was led by Dominic Mao, PhD (lecturer, department of molecular and cellular biology). Dominic Mao grew up in Imphal before moving to the United States for his PhD in 2007.
The team came here to conduct Harvard’s Program for Scientifically Inspired Leadership (PSIL) at St. Paul’s Retreat House, Mantripukhri from January 14 to 18. PSIL brings together three separate groups of students to create the PSIL community i.e. Harvard Undergraduates, prospective teachers and high school students from various schools in Manipur. While high school students are developing leadership skills, Harvard undergraduates and prospective teachers from Manipur are learning how to be effective teachers.
By interacting with one another, all three groups will gain a deeper understanding of teaching and learning as well as expand their worldviews as they share experiences with people from many different backgrounds. An important component of the program is cultural immerssion, where the Harvard team learn about the history and culture of Manipur by visiting various sites with the teaching team from Manipur.
Biren Singh informed them about state’s salubrious climate and unique flora and fauna including rare Sangai and largest freshwater lake in the North East, Loktak. He also invited the team to the 5th Statehood Women’s (Internatiaonal) Polo Tournament currently underway at Mapal Kangjeibung.