VIVEKANANDA Kendra Institute of Culture, Arunachal Pradesh Chapter, in association with Monyul Socio, a cultural development society, Mon region, organised a three-day seminar on the topic ‘traditional system change and continuity amongst Monpas.’
The seminar was jointly inaugurated by Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Shri Dorjee Khandu, vice president of Vivekananda Kendra Shri A Balakrishnan and HE Tsona Gontse Rinpoche, chairman Karmik in presence of dignitaries including government officials, delegates from West Kameng and Tawang districts, students, volunteers and monks from different monastic institutions.
Shri Passang Khandu, member of MSCDS welcomed the participants at the seminar. Shri Rinchen Dorjee, chairman of APPSC stressed upon the importance of such seminars.
Chief Minister who was also the chief patron of the organising committee for the seminar, emphasised that such type of seminars should be organised at regular intervals. “Education is must but not at the cost of your mother tongue,” he argued and stressed on introducing a third language in schools. Stressing the importance of girl education he said “if a girl is educated, a family is educated and when a family is educated, the whole society is educated.”
Shri A Blakrishnan emphasised the need to bring development with culture. He dwelt at length the curriculums of VKIC. H E Tsona Gontse Rinpoche said, “We are looking for an enlightened society in the near future and for which a collective effort is required from all corners.” Change is necessary, as it reflects the development of an individual and society but at the same time taking along the indigenous cultural traditions is equally important as it reflects the identity, he affirmed.
Shri Tsewang Dondup, Parliamentary Secretary Planning, was the chief guest at the valedictory function. Su B Nividita, vice president Vivekananda Kendra, also spoke on the occasion.