Itanagar, April 25: Dera Natung Government College walked away with the champion’s trophy at the conclusion of the 12th edition of Rajiv Gandhi University’s (RGU) inter-college youth festival, ‘Cadence’, on Tuesday.
Home Minister Kumar Waii, who attended the function urged the students to utilize their time in absorbing practicable knowledge that can sustain and support life in every sphere. Expressing concern over the degrading quality of education, the minister said, “The quality of education determines our destiny, and it becomes our weapon.”
Waii also lamented the “extortion culture” being practiced by educated members of the student community who go to government offices and demand work. “These practices are constantly compromising the quality of education amongst our youth,” he said, adding that reading books would be to no avail unless the students learn something of practicable value.
Citing the potential for employment and livelihood generation in the tourism sector in Arunachal, he underlined the importance of co-curricular activities and how they build confidence and soft skills.
State BJP president Tapir Gao described students as “ambassadors for sustaining cultural identity for posterity” and urged them to preserve their native culture.
“As tribals, we should at least use the tribal terms of address instead of anglicized words like Papa, Mummy and Daddy,” he said, and emphasized that “identity can be secured by gaining right knowledge and respecting the cultural values which have been followed.”
Gao expressed concern over contemporary student politics “where the money culture has corrupted the mind of our youths” and stressed the need to instead work hard, especially in the present competitive society.
Waii and Gao later gave away the prizes to the winners of various competitions. Saint Claret College (Ziro) bagged the best disciplined team and the best cultural team awards, while the literary award was taken by Jawaharlal Nehru College (Pasighat). Doying Gumin College (Pasighat) was declared the best runner-up team, and Dera Natung Govt College (Itanagar) walked away with the champion’s trophy.
A surprise element to the evening’s programme was the presence of rising star of Arunachal, Matin Rey Tangu, who has acted in the film ‘Tubelight’ with Salman Khan, and with whom he has recently done a video promoting tourism in Arunachal.
Arunachal Idol 2018, Alar Dupak also presented a performance, much to the delight of the participants from 11 colleges of the state.