Kohima: Nagaland’s first-ever mega ‘tech fest’ began on Wednesday at the Indira Gandhi Stadium in Kohima with the theme ‘Naga Tech: Redefining Ideas’. With 339 participating students from all six government polytechnic colleges of the state, the event has been organised by the department of technical education. The three-day event will end on Friday.
Addressing the inaugural session, commissioner and secretary, higher education and technical education (HE & TE), Dinesh Kumar, said that with the worldly advancement, there is need for skilled and proper knowledge of technology.
Kumar urged the need for a “good industry connect” that will tie industries from outside the state with the polytechnic institutions in the state to create employment avenues for the “brilliant minds”.
Information & public relations, SCERT and village guard advisor Toshi Wuntung, who was the special guest, said that students are “instruments and laboratories of academia” and further lauded them for “looking beyond the classrooms” besides their theoretical scientific approach.
Meanwhile, Nagaland higher education & technical education minister Temjen Imna Along said: “Technical Education is going to change the outlook of the technocrats of Nagaland.”
With limited resources in the state, Along encouraged the students saying, “Even though you are deprived of the many requirements that you needed….The need of your requirements should not be suppressed. If you dare to redefine your ideas, you will find technology in the simplest of your surroundings.” Without technology, one is still impoverished and that there is need to redefine technological ideas, he added.
“It is time for us to improve it and take it to greatest heights… We can have better conditions of living because of your efforts… We need to dream and aspire to export our talents to the rest of the country and world and it is not impossible,” said Along motivating the students.
Urging the students to contribute their ideas, talents and knowledge for the welfare of society, Along hoped that one day these technocrats will discover techniques and ideas and further build technologies that could be practically applicable to the state as per its geography, challenges and way of life.
Along further lauded the faculty of these colleges for their high spirits despite most of them being attached on a contract basis.
More than “sympathy”, Along said that Nagas need a platform to prove its talent and the Tech Fest is a “trigger point” to ignite Naga talents towards becoming the finest in the field of technology expressing that Nagas will one day lead the nation in technology, despite the deprivation of many learning requirements.
With the growing influence of westernization, Along’s guide to fashion enthusiasts is, “Find the right material and ideas that can be imbibed in our culture that will define us as traditionally rich people by our outlook and yet be fashionable to wear everywhere.”
One special highlight of the event was a drama presented by popular Naga Youtuber Dreamz Unlimited.
With numerous activities, the three day fest will witness competition ranging from debate, project/model presentation, gaming, web design, quiz, photography, truss bridge design, robotics, paper presentation, fashion show, cultural exposition and symposium. Students from schools and colleges (including non-technical) from across the district will also get a chance to witness the state’s first ever Tech Fest.