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Assam-Mizoram Row: A brief analysis from a Regional, Geo-Political & Security Perspective

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Assam Mizoram Clash
Assam Mizoram Clash
“You can change friends, not neigbours.”- Former PM Late AB Vajpayee.

Assam as the elder sister:

The above-mentioned quote was said by former PM Late Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ji. During the 2003 India-Pakistan bilateral summit held in Agra. This particular quote can be apt with the ongoing border dispute between the NE states of Assam & Mizoram. Assam is the gateway to the entire NE region land route-railway & road transport. It is laden with a lot of responsibilities as the elder sister among the seven sister states. The recent dispute between the Assam and Mizoram, if escalates again, can have a greater geopolitical and security implications.

Ethnic overlap:

The flow of Burmese refugees in Mizoram following the recent military coup in Myanmar highlights the question about the global migrant crisis. The fate of the uprooted refugees from a conflict zone in a foreign land. Mizoram however shares an approximately 500 km long porous border with the Chin state of Myanmar. It is the home of the majority Kuki-Chin speaking communities of Myanmar.

Thus, also acts as the sign for the sense of linguistic and ethnic belongingness, as the Mizo language is a part of the Kuki-Chin language family. These refugees from Myanmar welcomed by the Mizo hospitality, considering the ethnic overlapping. Further exemplified by news report (June this year) said the allocation of funds by Mizoram for the refugee on humanitarian grounds. However, rehabilitating several refugees automatically doubles the state’s resources which also includes land. Also, speculated that the recent border dispute between the two states over land might be having an angle, determined from this perspective from Mizoram’s side.

Assam border concerns:

Assam already has boundary dispute with the neighbouring states of Meghalaya, Nagaland and even Arunachal Pradesh. It is now facing problems with Mizoram. This led to a violent incident, witnessed the death of Assam Police jawans along with many jawans being injured.

Assam and Mizoram:

Let‘s examine the geopolitical and security dimensions of the crisis between the two states. The People’s Republic of China (China/PRC), an emerging hegemon of the 21st century has got a significant number of stakes in India’s NE region. From claiming Arunachal Pradesh as their territory of South Tibet to supporting the last remnants of the NE insurgents against the Indian state. Thereby acting as an invisible foreign hand in destabilizing the region. China’s role and influence can’t be ignored, as its footprints are already expanding the South East Asian region. It is India’s destination in the “Act East initiative” and its route is obviously via the NE region of India. Enhancing the Act East initiative means synchronising the overall development of the NE region from infrastructure to connectivity, seen a pace since 2014. This includes the Kaladan Multi-modal project too where Mizoram is a major stakeholder.

Consequences:

A deteriorated state of the relationship will lead to Assam not being able to extract benefits from Mizoram and vice versa. Disturbance along the Assam-Mizoram border can further ignite the other states to demand their territorial claims over the boundary issue. In 2017 Hindustan Times reported the statement by the Chinese state media saying ‘rising Hindu Nationalism’ hijacked India’s China Policy.

Conclusion:

Considering the ideological leanings of the current ruling party in Assam, it will be not wrong if we consider the China factor here. It may be having a diabolical agenda of creating instability in India’s NE region. With motive to disrupt the ongoing developmental works in the region, by covertly provoking certain mischievous elements. If the crisis escalates again in future, it will be detrimental to both sides, considering the dissatisfaction by the people of Assam.

Above all, in January 2019, massive demonstrations against the ‘Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016’ (Now CAA) took place in Mizoram which even witnessed signs that said “Hello China..Bye Bye India”.

Slogans like these only mean providing an upper hand and leverage to the adversarial nation of China. They can take enormous advantage of it for their nefarious agenda about which I mentioned above. If similar outbreak of a similar or crisis resurfaces then external actors will indirectly or covertly fulfil their expansionist objective. Therefore, a peaceful settlement framework under the aegis of New Delhi is a must. So, that it prevents the domestic crisis/issue from being used by India’s adversaries.

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Assam- Mizoram Border Dispute, 6 killed

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Assam Mizoram Land dispute
Assam Mizoram Land dispute

An unfortunate incident occurred in North-East India yesterday evening when both the police forces of Mizoram and Assam clashed over at Lailapool of Cachar district, which has been known as a flashpoint of inter-state border clashes for decades. This time, it took an extremely barbaric turn when alleged Mizo assailants loaded with Light machine guns ( seen in different videos) fired on the Assam side leaving 5 jawans of Assam police dead on the spot and injuring around 65-75 more people.

IPS Vaibhav, SP, Cachar was shot too after which he was admitted to the ICU of Silchar Medical College. He may be flown to Mumbai for higher treatment. Meanwhile, the PSO of DC, Cachar was shot at to which he succumbed.

Both Assam Govt and Mizoram Govt have narrated their version of the story. But, Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma strongly condemned the inhumane, undemocratic move of Mizoram Police and has talked with Mizoram CM over the incident. While CM Sarma thinks that this issue can be solved over discussions after satellite imaging surveys, he has also allowed Assam Police to retaliate and open fire from now on.

Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, on Monday, urged Chief Minister of Mizoram Zoramthanga to investigate this matter saying why civilians from his states were holding sticks and trying to incite violence on the Assam-Mizoram border.

He said, “Honble Zoramthanga Ji, could you please investigate why are civilians from Mizoram holding sticks and trying to incite violence? We urge civilians to not take up law and order on their own hands and permit peaceful dialogue to take place between governments.”

The Assam Govt has announced 50 lakh compensation for the family of every Jawan deceased in this unfortunate incident that rocked the Nation and has promised Govt a job for a person in the family of the deceased. He has also declared to raise a Commando- Batallion of 3000 soldiers for the protection of Barak Valley.

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Enhanced rainfall activities over Sikkim during the period 28th June to 2nd July

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Corona case in Sikkim

On Sunday, Meteorological Department (IMD) said the Sikkim will witness heavy rainfall as the southwest monsoon will be covered in the Sikkim region.

Advancing further, the Southwest Monsoon covered the Sikkim region, nearly four days after its normal date.

Special Weather Bulletin Gangtok Said “Monsoon is advancing very well. It has advanced to Sikkim and parts of West Bengal 4 to 5 days in advance. The monsoon flow is strong and southwesterly winds have picked up on a large scale”

And around Sikkim- Rongli, Chungthang: 3 each; Shipgyer, Dentam: 2 each; Gangtok, Mazitar, Khanitar, Namthang, Damthang, Gyalshing: 1 each has Chief rainfall amount(in cm) recorded.

Current Meteorological Condition is saying that The northern Limit of southwest monsoon (NLM) continues to pass through Lat. 26°N / Long. 70°E, Barmer, Bhilwara, Dholpur, Aligarh, Meerut, Ambala and Amritsar. The trough at mean sea level now runs from East Uttar Pradesh to northwest Bay of Bengal across Jharkhand and Gangetic West Bengal

IMD has classified that the progress is going to slow over the next two days, i.e 28th June.

According to Weather Forecast Due to the expected shifting of the trough of low-pressure area north-wards and strong moisture incursion from the Bay of Bengal, rainfall activities over all the districts of Sikkim very likely to be enhanced during the period 28th to 02nd July 2021. During this period, heavy to very heavy rain (07-20 cm) is very likely to occur at isolated places over the state, especially all over East and North Sikkim.

Sikkim has been witnessing heavy rainfall since last week causing heavy damage in Gangtok areas due to landslides. It’s also reported that landslide appeared in Some parts of North Sikkim which also caused east and north connecting bridge.

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Sikkim to get Sikkim House in Mumbai, relief for medical visitors

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On 31st January 2021, the Honourable CM of Sikkim PS Golay has announced Sikkim will have a Sikkim house in Mumbai soon.

Speaking with The Sikkim Today team in January 2021 in West Sikkim, Chief Minister PS Golay has approached Maharashtra Government for the construction of a Sikkim house in Navi, Mumbai on which the Maharastra govt agrees to accept this.

This house will be 6 km from the nearest airport and 2 km from Tata memorial hospital which be will easy for Sikkimese patients to get connected nearby.

Earlier lots of people from Sikkim who used to go to Mumbai for treatment but can’t find a reasonable place to stay and the Chief minister thought this Sikkim house will be accessible for those who are going to Mumbai for medical treatment.

Yesterday in Sikkim legislative assembly, Honourable Chief minister said ” Maharashtra government has approved our proposal to construct Sikkim House Navi Mumbai near the Tata Memorial Hospital which is one of the top hospitals in the country”

Land measuring 4000 square meter which is almost 1 acre has been allotted for which Rs 11 crore 97 lakhs has already been paid and taken in possession, said HCM in the Assembly.

This will ease the financial burden on our people travelling to Mumbai for treatment and also assist them in other matters,” Chief Minister P.S. Golay in his Budget speech on Monday.

Earlier, the patient from Sikkim used to stay in Hamro Chhahari which was launched years back by the Nepali community from overall which cost only 300/per day Room. But getting a room in Hamro Chhahari is also very difficult for many patients.

Protective Wall Binding Teesta Collapses Posing Threat For Erosions.

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The recent incessant rains in the state have transformed small streams into raging torrents and increased the water volumes of big Rivers like Teesta. The sudden rise in water level is an alarming bell for a few disasters in making. A portion of the protective wall guiding the flow of the Teesta has been washed away. A complete washout is evident if not taken care of and we are only in the first week of June.

The illegal quarrying, sand mining and breaking up of river boulders is the main reason for rivers to change courses and pose a threat. If this issue is not addressed at the earliest, the under-construction via-duct might be damaged.

Also, the settlements near the river belts are always at a threat during every monsoon. Most of the river belts in Sikkim have been plundered by sand mafias and river boulders broken down by stone breakers to feed them into the illegal crusher plants mushrooming in every nook and corner along the riverside. Sikkim is inviting a catastrophe and this will be man-made and not natural.

Sikkim’s Jordan Lepcha Honored with Padma Shri Award

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Sikkim’s craftsman, Shri Jordan Lepcha, has been conferred with the prestigious Padma Shri Award, the fourth highest civilian award. Mr. Lepcha, a marginal farmer and skilled bamboo craftsman from Mangan, has been actively preserving the cultural heritage of the Lepcha tribes for the past 25 years. His expertise lies in weaving traditional Lepcha Hats and creating beautiful bamboo crafts, serving as an inspiration to younger generations. May his dedication, hard work, and achievements continue to inspire and encourage future artists and cultural enthusiasts.

Sikkim’s CM PS Golay also congratulated him on being presented with the Padma Shri. He wrote on his social media handle,

“Congratulations and best wishes to Shri Jordan Lepcha for being conferred with the prestigious Padma Shri Award for his diligent efforts in preserving the cultural heritage of the Lepcha tribe through weaving traditional hats and crafting bamboo for the past 25 years. This recognition is truly a testament to his dedication and contribution. It is indeed a very proud moment for Sikkim, showcasing the rich cultural heritage and talent within the region.”

Between Communal Discord and Constitutional Commitments: Understanding India’s CAA

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The Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) has emerged as a contentious issue, since some describe it as a Communal instrument employed by the Indian government to further its political objectives. This story, which is being spread by a Islamic Propagandist, seeks to defame India’s Constitutional structure abroad. The main claims in this dispute are made by radical left activists, who claim that the current administration is deliberately inciting communal tensions in order to gain political advantage, using the CAA as a dividing tool.
The major claim made by those who oppose the CAA is that the government is acting to inflame communal feelings among the general public. They argue that by passing such laws, the government is concentrating its efforts to consolidate political power on Muslim communities by sowing discord and fear. The timing of the government’s introduction of the restrictions before of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections is cited by some as proof of a premeditated effort to subjugate the Muslim population.
The story gathers momentum when some members of the Islamic groups, especially those connected to radical factions in the community independence movement, invoke victimization. The Muslim community, which feels disproportionately impacted by government policies, is where this victimhood narrative resonates the most. Furthermore, extreme left-wing groups form coalitions with Muslim groups in order to Demonstrate a unified front against what they view as the marginalization of other community people, so undermining the secularism enshrined in the Constitution of India.
Leading members of these factions have Threatened the Indian government with nationwide demonstrations in the event that the CAA is implemented. Alongside these threats, radical and left- wing activists have used a variety of strategies, from peaceful marches and rallies to violent ones. In addition, there have been reports of attempts to radicalize the public through gatherings and activities, which feeds the story of strife within the community.
It is important to recognize how Islamist aspects contribute to the advancement of this story. Islamic Organizations that are known to actively support the propagation of anti-CAA views include madrasas. Their participation highlights the intricacy of the problem, which goes beyond political opposition to include more extensive socio-cultural factors.
Nevertheless, in the middle of the clamour, it is crucial to evaluate the veracity of the accusations levied against the CAA and its alleged communal overtones. While worries about specific communities being marginalized are real and should be taken seriously, it’s important to distinguish between rhetoric that is driven by politics and sincere complaints.

The CAA’s supporters contend that the law is intended to give safety to religious minorities that are being persecuted in neighbouring nations. These groups include Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Paris’s, Hindus, and Sikhs. They argue that the Act upholds the values of inclusion and compassion by being consistent with India’s historical role as a haven for those fleeing religious persecution.
Furthermore, proponents of the CAA stress that no Indian citizen, regardless of faith, has their citizenship rights taken away by the law. Rather, it provides an accelerated route to citizenship for qualified immigrants who have escaped religious persecution in their home countries. In this sense, rather than being a means of racial discrimination, the CAA is seen as a humanitarian act meant to help individuals in need.
Additionally, supporters stress how crucial it is to protect the rights of religious minorities (Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Paris’s, Hindus, and Sikhs) in the area, especially in light of the discrimination and persecution these groups have experienced. The objective of the CAA is to preserve India’s dedication to religious tolerance and pluralism by offering possibilities for resettlement as well as legal protection.
To sum up, the discussion surrounding the Citizenship Amendment Act highlights how intricately politics, religion, and identity interact in India. Although legitimate worries regarding potential discrimination and community tensions are raised by opponents of the Act, it is important to have productive conversations and separate reality from speculation. In the end, any evaluation of the CAA needs to be based on a careful analysis of how it will affect India’s diverse society and its dedication to preserving the equality and secularism guaranteed by the constitution.

Medhavi Skills University Inaugurates School of Modern Media & Entertainment, Signs MOUs with Global Partners

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Medhavi Skills University, nestled in the heart of Sikkim, has reached a monumental milestone with the inauguration of its School of Modern Media & Entertainment and the signing of pioneering Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs). This historic occasion, held within the expansive grounds of the MSU campus, drew the attention of industry titans from around the world, marking the onset of a revolutionary era in media and entertainment.

Under the visionary leadership of its Co-Founders, Mr. PraveshDudani & Mr. Kuldip Sarma, the University has achieved many important milestones in terms of Industry tie ups with world’s  renowned Corporates and  manufacturing companies. The event had the presence of Brilliant personalities

such as Mr. Tony Perry, President of Pulse College and Head of Audio at Windmill Lane Recording Studios, Dublin, Ireland; Mr. Jim Jacob, owner and director of NHQ Studios and B4M Entertainments; and Mr. Binil Eldose Kuriakose. Their esteemed presence, alongside other notable figures including Mr. RajithanEPB, VP Academics, Ahalia Foundation; Mr. Vinod PS, Consultant, Ahalia Media Park & ASOMSAFT; Mr. AmritKrishna MS, Director SAGERA LLP Private Limited; Mr. AjaiJohn, Director of SAGERA LLP Private Limited; Mr. Muhammad Anoob B, Consultant; Mr. Kamlesh Kumar, General Manager – NHPC; and Mrs. Samidha, HoD, Department of Music, Sikkim University, underscored the global significance of the occasion and a shared vision for nurturing talent and fostering industry growth.

The event commenced with a solemn rendition of the national anthem, followed by an enchanting performance of the State Song by the talented students of MSU, setting a tone of reverence and celebration. Mr. Kuldip Sarma, Co-founder and Pro Chancellor of Medhavi Skills University, delivered a comprehensive overview of MSU’s journey, emphasizing the transformative impact of collaborations on students and youths.

A pivotal moment of the event was the exchange of two significant Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs), signifying strategic partnerships aimed at leveraging talent and driving innovation. The first MOU, between SAGERA LLP Pvt Ltd and MSU, demonstrates a commitment to mutual growth and collaboration. The second MOU, involving Windmill Lane Recording Studio, B4M Brothers, and MSU, emphasizes the fusion of music entertainment and education, opening avenues for new opportunities in the industry.

The inauguration of state-of-the-art, School of Modern Media and Entertainment marked another milestone in MSU’s pursuit of excellence. Equipped with cutting-edge technology and resources, these facilities are poised to offer students a dynamic learning environment conducive to creativity and innovation.

A heartwarming highlight of the event was the presentation of scholarship certificates to deserving students, highlighting MSU’s dedication to inclusivity and talent development. This gesture underscores the university’s commitment to nurturing talent irrespective of financial barriers, ensuring equitable access to quality education.

Throughout the event, speakers shared insights and motivations, emphasizing the transformative power of collaboration, skill development, and seizing opportunities. Mr. Perry stressed the significance of youth empowerment through collaboration, while Mr. Jacob shared inspiring anecdotes, urging the youth to embrace new programs and initiatives.

The cultural segment of the event showcased Sikkim’s rich heritage through captivating performances, including the rendition of Lepcha folk songs. Special guests and artists from Sikkim, such as Nik Prash Pradhan, Samaran Pradhan, and Rakesh Lohagun, were felicitated for their invaluable contributions to the region’s cultural tapestry, enriching the event with their presence.

Additionally, an engaging workshop for Audiography Career Aspirants provided a platform for industry leaders to interact with aspiring professionals. The workshop concluded with the distribution of certificates by Mr. Kuldip Sarma, Mr. Tony Perry, Mr. Jim Jacob, and Mr. Binil Eldhose, marking the successful completion of the program.

The event culminated with a gracious vote of thanks by Rishi Thapa, Assistant Registrar of MSU, expressing gratitude to all attendees for their unwavering support in advancing the cause of skill empowerment and collaboration. As the curtains drew to a close, the event left an indelible mark on the landscape of media and entertainment education, heralding a future filled with promise and opportunity.

Sikkim Set to Link Vande Bharat Rail Service by December 2024

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The Sikkim Vande Bharat initiative promises to revolutionize travel and enhance connectivity for the entire Northeast region.

With plans to reintegrate Sikkim into the Indian railway network by December 2024, the project is progressing rapidly. Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw’s visit to inspect the Sevoke-Rangpo railway project, which includes 14 tunnels and 17 bridges, signifies significant advancement. Six tunnels have already been completed, and bridge construction is in full swing.

The goal to connect Rangpo and Gangtok underscores the government’s commitment to expanding railway infrastructure. Additionally, there are plans to extend the railway to Nathu-la, a pass on the India-China frontier, indicating strategic importance. Sikkim’s geographic significance makes improving its connectivity a priority for the central government, akin to efforts in Arunachal Pradesh and Ladakh.

Once operational, the Sikkim Vande Bharat could reduce travel time to Guwahati to under 5 hours, marking a transformative milestone for the region.

IGNITE at SMIT Campus: AIC-SMU Technology Business Incubator Empowers North East Startups to Spark Innovation and Growth

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03/05/2024 – 04/05/2024, Majitar

AIC – SMU Technology Business Incubator (AIC-SMUTBI) hosted a two-day event from 2nd–3rd May, 2024 focused on empowering entrepreneurs through learning, collaboration, and networking. The gathering brought together stakeholders, mentors, industry leaders, academia, and startups, fostering knowledge exchange and connections.

The event was graced by the presence of Mr. Niranjan Demanna, VP, CSR HDFC Bank, Mr. Utkarsh Mishra, Global Innovation, Hero MotoCorp, Mr. Gulshan Purswani, Delivery Head, Bosch Global Software Technologies and the Board of Directors of AIC-SMUTBI. AVM (Dr.) DC Agarwal VSM, Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor SMU and Chairman of AIC-SMUTBI, Mrs. Hondala Gyaltsen SCS, Secretary Housing Department, Govt. of Sikkim, Prof (Dr.) K. S. Sherpa, Registrar SMU, Prof (Dr.) Gurdaman Lal Sharma, Director SMIT, and Mr. Ravi Sankar, Senior Finance Officer SMU, were present during the event.
The inaugural session was led by CEO, AIC-SMUTBI, Prof (Dr.) Tej Chingtham, welcoming all participants and highlighting the growth of innovation and entrepreneur ecosystem in North-East India. Insights on corporate social responsibility (CSR), importance of sustainable practises, and tackling regional challenges in India on logistics and external funding, were further discussed by speakers from HDFC Bank and Hero MotoCorp, respectively.

AVM (Dr.) DC Agarwal VSM, the Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor, Sikkim Manipal University and Chairman of AIC-SMUTBI highlighted the support provided to startups by AIC-SMUTBI through the HDFC CSR Parivartan Grant. He encouraged all participants to work on new ideas, fuel creativity, and emphasized the virtues of patience and perseverance.

The announcement of the HDFC CSR Parivartan Grant Winners under AIC-SMUTBI recognizing seven startups for their impactful community include: Crafted Fibers (Sikkim), Green Biotech Ecosolutions Pvt. Ltd. (Manipur), Farmeasy Technologies Pvt. Ltd (Assam), Eco Far (Mizoram), Jome Foods Pvt. Ltd (Nagaland), Sharolyn Ecoempower (Maity Ghar) (Sikkim), and SS Bamboowala Pvt. Ltd. (Tripura), covering six states of the North East. AIC-SMUTBI is the only incubation center in North East India selected for the HDFC CSR Parivartan Grant to support startups from the region.
Concurrently, business, innovation, and technology topics were explored during Bootcamp workshop, attended by 30+ startups across the North East and North Bengal regions. Mr. Gulshan Purswani, from Bosch Global Software Technologies, mentor at AIC-SMUTBI, aimed to refine startup business models and provide essential entrepreneurial skills. Through active group discussions and participation, the workshops emphasized practical skills and strategic insights, encouraging startups to develop measurable supply-side goals alongside building business funnels.

The event concluded with Q&A sessions, one-on-one mentorship, and networking sessions, with the goal of igniting the spark of innovation, collaboration, and growth, AIC-SMUTBI established a strong foundation for a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem.

ABOUT: AIC-SMUTBIF (AIC-SMU Technology Business Incubation Foundation) was set up as one of the 100 world-class incubators envisioned by the AIM, NITI Aayog, Government of India in September, 2018. Located at Sikkim Manipal Institute of Technology, Majitar, the incubator nurtures and incubates early stage entrepreneurial ventures based on technology and innovation by providing infrastructure, mentorship, resources, and networking opportunities to help budding entrepreneurs turn their ideas into successful businesses.

Medhavi Skills University Introduces Healthcare Scholarships & Modern Media School

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Medhavi Skills University (MSU) today announced significant advancements in its commitment to providing industry integrated higher education and fostering creativity in the fields of healthcare and media & entertainment. In a press conference attended by key stakeholders including the Co -founder & Pro Chancellor Mr. Kuldip Sarma, Assistant Registrar, Mr. Rishi Thapa, and other distinguished office bearers, the university unveiled its latest initiatives aimed at empowering students and shaping the future of these industries.

In a bid to support aspiring healthcare professionals and ensure that quality education remains accessible to all, Medhavi Skills University introduced a comprehensive scholarship provisionsfor Allied Healthcare programs. The scheme, applicable across all Indian states and union territories, offers varying levels of financial assistance up to 25% based on academic merit.

Additionally, the university announced specialized scholarships including the Chancellor’s Scholarship, offering up to 100% scholarship for national level rank holders in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities, and scholarships for the wards of war widows, war-disabled, and in-service/ex-servicemen of the Armed Forces.

For students in Sikkim, the university introduced the School Topper Scholarship offering 50% scholarship for academic excellence, and a Scholarship for Certificate of Identification (COI) holders providing 25% scholarship for eligible applicants.

In a move to embrace the evolving landscape of media and entertainment, Medhavi Skills University also proudly inaugurated the School of Modern Media & Entertainment. This pioneering discipline is dedicated to nurturing talent and creativity across various domains within the media and entertainment industry.

With a focus on innovative programs and practical learning experiences, the School of Modern Media & Entertainment aims to equip students with the skills and knowledge required to thrive in today’s dynamic industry. From film production to digital storytelling, the curriculum is meticulously designed to cater to diverse interests and career aspirations.

The press meet also revealed details of the eagerly anticipated Music Technology & Audiography Workshop, slated for May 9th, 2024. This exclusive event promises to be a gathering of industry luminaries, with Tony Perry, President of Pulse College and Head of Audio at Windmill Lane Recording Studios, DublinIreland and esteemed Jim Jacob, owner and director of NHQ Studios and B4M Entertainments, set to grace the occasion as industry partners. 

Amidst this backdrop, Medhavi Skills University extends a warm invitation to aspiring healthcare professionals, media enthusiasts, and creative minds alike, urging them to partake in this transformative journey.

About Medhavi Skills University:

Medhavi Skills University is a pioneering institution committed to providing skill based higher education programs that are industry-led and designed to support youth employment across India. Established in 2021, MSU is recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC) and is at the forefront of innovation in education.

Former Sikkim Speaker KN Rai Assaulted; Opposition Blames Ruling Party, Calls for Presidential Rule

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On Friday, March 2, 2024, KN Rai, a former Speaker and two-term minister affiliated with the Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF), became the victim of a physical assault in Majhi Gaon, Melli, South Sikkim. The attack, which occurred around 2:30 pm, targeted Rai, who is also the senior vice president of the SDF, along with SDF spokesperson Dr. Shiva Kr Sharma (Timshina).

At the age of 63, KN Rai, already battling a long-term health ailment, was left bloodied and traumatized by the assault. His condition reportedly deteriorated due to the severity of the attack. Following the incident, Rai was swiftly transported to Neotia Hospital in Siliguri for critical care, and later airlifted to Delhi for further treatment via air ambulance.

The SDF promptly held the ruling Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) Party responsible for the assault. The opposition party’s allegations intensified as they expressed dissatisfaction with the arrests made in connection with the incident. Seven individuals from Melli Bazaar, namely Laxman Rai, Awan Tamang, Jiten Rai, David Rai, Saroj Thapa, Karan Tamang, and Joel Rai, were apprehended and booked under non-bailable warrants.

The severity of the situation prompted Chief Minister PS Golay, BJP President DR Thapa, Jacob Khaling, and Ganesh Rai to condemn the attack. Their discontent was expressed through social media platforms. In a united stance against violence, citizens staged a protest in front of Melli Police Station on the same day as the incident.

The incident was also addressed in The Sikkim Legislative Assembly today. Speaker Arun Upreti initiated the discussion, with key figures such as BJP State President DR Thapa, MLA Farwanti Tamang, and Chief Minister PS Golay addressing the assembly. DR Thapa urged leaders to speak cautiously on public platforms, emphasizing that speeches should be for the betterment of society, and questioned the security of common citizens if even a former Speaker remains vulnerable. MLA Farwanti Tamang demanded the swift arrest of all assailants and stringent actions to prevent any recurrence of such incidents.

Chief Minister PS Golay condemned the assault, assuring that immediate measures were taken to apprehend the culprits. He also expressed vigilance over KN Rai’s health and emphasized the personal bond he shares with the senior politician.

A series of press conferences followed, reflecting the heightened tensions in the state. The SDF party, dissatisfied with the arrests, called for presidential rule amid escalating violence and squarely blamed SKM for orchestrating a pre-planned attack. Additionally, SDF members filed an FIR against Jacob Khaling Rai, the Political Secretary of Chief Minister Golay, based on his social media statement regarding the brutal attack on KN Rai.

Ph.D Scholar from Gujarat Exploring Lepcha and Bhutia Traditional Textiles and Costumes in Sikkim

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Ph.D Scholar from MSU, Baroda, Gujarat, Unveiling the Rich Tapestry of Sikkim: Exploring Lepcha and Bhutia Traditional Textiles and Costumes

Garvita Sharma, a Ph.D. scholar working under the guidance of Prof. (Dr.) Anjali Karolia from the Department of Clothing and Textiles, Faculty of Family and Community Sciences at The Maharaja University of Baroda, Vadodara, Gujarat, showcased her first capsule collection at the Northeast Festival in New Delhi on 24th December 2023.


Garvita Sharma & Prof. (Dr.) Anjali Karolia

Her research aims to bridge the gap between tradition and modernity, proposing innovative approaches. By reintroducing traditional textiles and costumes of the Lepcha and Bhutia communities with a contemporary twist, drawing inspiration from the traditional cuts and styles, she endeavors to provide these communities with a global platform. Her efforts strive to ensure that the rich heritage of Sikkim finds resonance not only within its borders but across the broader cultural spectrum.

Through her research, she seeks to make Sikkim’s heritage accessible and appealing to the youth, celebrating the fusion of past and present. As she unravels the threads of history in Sikkim, she embarks on a visual and cultural journey showcasing the resilience, diversity, and artistic brilliance of the Lepcha and Bhutia communities. Her research aims to shed light on Sikkim’s cultural treasures, long overdue for recognition on the world stage.

Garvita Sharma presented her collection, “Tradition Reimagined,” at the Northeast Festival in New Delhi.

Sikkim’s Sanjay Budhathoki win Bronze at Asian Championship

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Sikkim’s Bodybuilder Sanjay Budhathoki from Sikkim win the Bronze medal at the Asian Championship in men’s bodybuilding held in Bangkok today on 26th November 2023. 

Sanjay Budhathoki, the bodybuilder from Sikkim, win a Bronze medal at the Asian Championship in men’s bodybuilding held in Bangkok on November 26, 2023. 

Hailing from Rorathang, East Sikkim, he faced tough competition from bodybuilders of Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Turkey, Thailand, and Australia, emerging as the victory.

This win adds to Budhathoki’s international success as he has won medal many time securing second and third in recent events, Budathoki was was chosen to represent Sikkim at the WFF PRO-AM Universe Championship in Celay, Guanajuato, Mexico, from July 14th to 16th, following his notable 4th position in the 75 kg category at the 2022 Mr. Universe competition in Bangkok.

Sanjay Budhathoki’s with his notable 4th position in the fiercely contested 75 kg category at the 2022 Mr. Universe competition in Bangkok. 

He continues to bring pride to Sikkim, showcasing not only his physical prowess but also a testament to his unwavering commitment to excellence in the realm of international bodybuilding. 

Mushrooming of Private University In Sikkim, Matter of Concern

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Country’s engineers may figure among the most powerful CEOs in the world, but the state’s university degree has lost its sheen over the years. According to a survey conducted by our Team, an employability assessment company, 70 percent of Sikkim’s degree holders are unemployable for any job in the knowledge economy. Notably, the citizens stated that a greater number of private institutions have been mushrooming in Sikkim, be it for degrees or skills.

During the boom of Manipal’s Distance Learning, some private universities eyes to enter in Sikkim. However, these institutes lacked an updated curriculum and focused on non-existent linkages with the industry, resulting in a poor student-faculty ratio. Except for SMU and NITs, these new universities failed to make their students job-ready. According to a recent report, M.Com students applied for Group D level jobs where the minimum qualification required is not more than a Class 12 passing certificate in the Sikkim Government.

The state experienced great placement when Diploma Institute was taking the lead until 2015, and the state didn’t witness any diploma technical university rising as it was booming in states like Tamil Nadu. Many institutions were planning to set up during that period to cater to this need, and Sikkim did reap benefits by supplying IT/Automobile knowledge workers to companies across India like Maruti/Honda/Tata before 2015.

While the rest of Indian Private University focuses on advertising to attract students from Sikkim, many went to Assam and Himachal to study Medical & Nursing. Dental education was booming in the southern part of India.

Former HRD secretary Ashok Thakur in 2019 noted that the issue was debated several times in AICTE, and the consensus was that it would not be legally correct to impose a blanket ban on setting up new institutions. “The state governments were taken on board on this, and their views differed from one another. It was thought that such issues cannot be regulated artificially and are best left to be decided by market forces, with the survival of the best performers.”

Sikkim has only two engineering universities – SMIT and NITs – and one medical university – SMIMS. SMIT is the oldest one which used to have great placement. Leaving aside the top engineering universities, the rest of the universities in Sikkim struggle to provide placements. In other institutions, the teaching-learning process is predominantly theoretical in the name of skill. Their curriculum is not aligned with the needs of the industry or society. The recent report found that only 40 percent of engineering graduates end up doing an internship, and 36 percent take up any projects beyond coursework. “There is a lack of faculty talking about the industry application of concepts in class or students getting exposure through industry talks. These need to be remedied by aligning the incentives of all stakeholders, building capacity, and gamification.”

Talking about skill development, there are a number of reasons skill development in Sikkim has not been able to achieve success in its objective. First, there is a huge gap in good-quality training infrastructure and a lack of holistic skills, which makes it challenging for individuals to upgrade their skills according to the market demand in India.

In Sikkim, mostly people who have pushed themselves into entrepreneurship have also failed to create jobs in the market. Some who have created a base in Sikkim have left for another state for a decent job leaving entrepreneurship. Tourism doesn’t benefit locals because students who have studied the tourism sector fail to enter into the tourism business. About 60-70 Percentage students who completed graduation between 2020-2022 are still looking for decent jobs and are also depending on getting government jobs before 2024 election.

Despite having a large number of pharmaceutical and hydro power industries and a tourism sector, Sikkim still fails to solve the unemployment issue in the long term.

Sikkim needs to focus on the quality of education with campuses and improving government institutions or universities first, rather than approving many private universities that can degrade the quality of education.