Saket Kushwaha, V-C of Rajiv Gandhi University in Arunachal Pradesh Credit: EastMojo image

Itanagar: A ‘national seminar’ on the theme ‘Cultural Heritage of Arunachal Pradesh’, got underway at the Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) campus in Itanagar on Monday.

Organised by the RGU’s Arunachal Institute of Tribal Studies in collaboration with the Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya (IGRMS), Bhopal, the two-day long seminar is an attempt to provide an open forum to the scholars to discuss the all-important cultural issues pertaining to Arunachal Pradesh, a press release informed.

RGU vice-chancellor Professor Saket Kushwaha, who attended the inaugural function of the seminar as chief guest, in his speech said that “different disciplines recognise and understand different definitions of cultural heritage.”

Kushwaha also highlighted the importance of tangible and intangible cultural heritage of the country and urged the youths to be more involved in documenting the rich cultural tradition and heritage the state and country has to offer.

“It is only through younger generations that elements of cultural heritage are passed on and preserved,” the vice-chancellor asserted.

Earlier, Professor A C Sinha, former dean of School of Social Sciences, North Eastern Hill University, presented a key note address on the theme “Arunachal Pradesh: Some issues pertaining to Pre-history, History, Society, and Polity”.

IGRMS director Professor S K Chaudhuri also spoke on the occasion.

Besides discussions on various important subjects, day one of the programme also saw various research articles and papers, ranging from theoretical discussions to ethnographic presentations on different dimensions of cultural heritage being presented by the participants.

Several scholars from within and outside the state are participating in the programme which would conclude on Tuesday, the release added.

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