Indigenous Manipuri culture, tradition will be included in academic syllabus: Basanta

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Imphal: Discipline is the most important in education and to promote Manipuri culture and tradition, the state government will give emphasis to include local context in academic syllabus under National Education Policy, education minister Th. Basanta said on Friday.

He was speaking during felicitation of Padmashri Awardee (2022) of Manipur cum Book Release Function held at the Central Hall of DM College of Science, Imphal.

Under new National Education Policy, 30 percent of local context could be included in the educational syllabus. With the inclusion of local context in educational syllabus the indigenous culture and traditional of Manipur which was once a nation could be promoted, the new minister said.

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In connection to include local context in educational syllabus, a meeting was also conducted at the chief minister’s secretariat along with chief minister N Biren Singh and officials of SCERT, NCERT and others on Thursday, he added.

With different schemes and policies, he assured to bring a change in education sector. There are issues on lack of teachers in the state and to solve the issue, so far, rationalisation of posting for teachers are necessary. He said, to bring quality education, there will be no cooperation while recruiting teachers and in posting and transfer.

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The youths of the state are well talented and have much potential and to succeed in life discipline and dedication is much necessary, he said.

As a part of the programme three Padmashri awardees, 2022, Konsam Ibomcha; Lourembam Bino Devi and Moirangthem Muktamani Devi were felicitated.

Kondam Ibomcha was awarded for Padma Shri in recognition of his distinguished services in Arts, of preserving the century-old dying art of Laiphadabi (doll) making.

Lourembam Bino Devi in recognition to revive the dying appliqué art of Manipur called “Leeba, which art is used in making Monmai, a decorative circular appliqué art piece used in covering both ends of a Manipuri traditional bolster pillow and Moiranthem Muktamani Devi in trade and industry for making woollen knitted shoes.

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Ibomcha appreciated government of India for honoring him with Padmashri title in promotion of the dying traditional art. He said, if state government takes necessary steps by providing cash award to the awardee more people in the state may achieve awards.

Muktamani said to motivate the talented youths of Manipur the government should take necessary steps despite other policies.

During the programme, a book entitled as “Women Entrepreneurs and Atmanirbhar Manipur” was released.

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