My association with NE India began with my joining the faculty of the North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Shillong, in 1974, as a lecturer in philosophy. NEHU was a central university established a year earlier, in 1973, and only admitted students for a masters degree. It also had affiliated colleges in Meghalaya, Mizoram, and Nagaland, where undergraduate courses were taught.
Apart from teaching philosophy, I also took up the responsibilities of coordinator of the national service scheme (NSS), staff advisor of the students union, and staff advisor of the Falstaff club, which was the university theatre group.
As NSS coordinator, I was responsible for NSS activities in the university and in over 40 colleges in the states/UT of Meghalaya, Mizoram, and Nagaland. This gave me an opportunity to travel extensively in these states and to work and trek with the NSS student-volunteers. I describe some of these experiences here.
To be uploaded:
1. Report of the trip to Phawngpui “Blue Mountain”.
2. Report of the student’s efforts to contain “Thingtam” – the bamboo famine
3. Photographs of NE India
Documents under North-Eastern India
1975-Youth Against Dirt and Disease – NSS – NEHU
1978-Compilation of the Reports of the NSS Camps – 1975-76 & 1976-77 – NEHU, Shillong
1980- Mizoram – A Cause for Concern