The North East Institute of Social Science and Research (NEISSR) celebrated its 8th Graduation Day on 13 October 2023 at the Peace Centre in Chumoukedima. The event was graced by the presence of distinguished guests, including Governor La Ganesan, who served as the Chief Guest, Nosazol Charles, State Information Commissioner, as the Guest of Honour, and Rev Dr James Thoppil, Bishop of Kohima Diocese and Chairman of NEISSR, who attended as the Special Guest.
NEISSR, affiliated with Nagaland University and managed by the Bishop of Kohima Diocese, upholds the motto “Excel in Knowledge & Service.” This event marked the graduation of 32 students from the batch of 2021-2023, with several awards presented to outstanding students, which included Best Student Award to John Kath, Excellent Academic Performance Award 2023 to Zhovino Kichu, Best Researches Award 2023 to Sushoka Assumi, and Best Student in Field Practicum 2023 to Imkongtula.
During his address, Governor La Ganesan expressed his honor in attending the 8th Graduation Day, emphasizing that it represents a significant milestone not only in the educational journey but in life itself. He commended NEISSR for shaping young minds, equipping them with knowledge, fostering creativity, and nurturing them into responsible global citizens. He extended heartfelt congratulations to all the graduates for this remarkable achievement.
Governor Ganesan encouraged the graduating students to be responsible and compassionate, emphasizing their potential to make the world a better place as they embark on a new chapter in life.
He underscored the paramount importance of social work in addressing complex societal challenges, advocating for social justice, and assisting marginalized populations. He also highlighted the role of educational institutions in preparing future leaders, stressing the need to instill forward-thinking, decision-making, peace-building, and effective communication skills in students.
The Chief Guest praised NEISSR for its unique approach, which integrates youth leadership development into peace-building as part of the social work program. He also acknowledged the Peace Channel-NEISSR for promoting inter-faith culture and harmony in Dimapur.
Governor La Ganesan encouraged the graduates to return to Nagaland and contribute to the state’s development. He congratulated them and wished them success in their future endeavors.
The Guest of Honour, Nosazol Charles, expressed gratitude to NEISSR for providing quality education to students. He encouraged the graduates to create a positive impact on individuals and communities and reminded them to set goals, be truthful, and show kindness towards others. Charles emphasized that the world can be unpredictable, and individuals must play their cards well to overcome life’s challenges.
The event featured various presentations, addresses, and messages, including the lighting of a graduation candle, a presentation showcasing NEISSR’s journey, and a message from Chairman Most Rev Dr James Thoppil, among others.