Meet discusses impact of undue pressures on students
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, August 21: A seminar cum discussion session on possible implication of the forces which are acting on young students today was held at the conference hall of the State Guest House here today.

The event was organised by Manipuri Students' Federation (MSF) as part of its academic campaign of 'Eikhoi Lairik Ningthina Tamsi'.

Social scientists, doctors, educationists, research scholars and student leaders who participated in the session came out strongly against any activities that could cause fear and apprehension in the mind of young students in the State.

Giving the key note address, president in-charge of MSF Md Atabuddin observed that these days students and their parents do not believe that they can expect quality education from Government schools.

Various unwanted events taking place in State has also encouraged many parents, regardless of their financial position, to send their children to outside Manipur for education, instead of allowing their children to stay and study here.

On top of this, instances of disappearance and kidnapping of students have come to raise a big question on whether the academic campaign of MSF would be able to succeed or not, thus leading to the necessity of today's seminar cum discussion session, Md Atabuddin said.

Attending the seminar, moderated by former Vice Chancellor of Manipur University Prof IS Khaidem, as resource person former principal of DM College of Teacher Education Dr Singam Guneshwor Singh pointed out intimidating young students who should be allowing to concentrate in their studies or kidnapping them for recruitment as child soldiers is one of the most unfortunate events that has come to confront Manipuri society today.

Apart from contravening the existing International covenants and laws, such intimidations would lead the students to the wrong path and prevent them from becoming responsible citizens of the society, he said.

Director of Mother Care Children Hospital and Research Centre Dr Kh Ratankumar noted that every child have latent talents which need to be nurtured and protected right from the moment of their birth.

So it should be the responsibility of all the people and the Govt agencies to ensure a proper conducive atmosphere where the children can grow up and develop without any fear and worry.

Head of Psychiatric Department of RIMS Prof N Heramani Singh explained that subjecting young children to emotional stresses leads to mental depression and if not treated in time such mentally depressed children when they grow up are susceptible to abusing drugs and indulging in anti-social activities.