The Arunachal Institute of Tribal Studies, Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) consisting faculty members, medical officer and research scholars of AITS, RGU organized a one day outreach programme at Pachin Village, Papumpare district on the 3rd of April which was attended by villagers of Pachin, students and teaching staffs of Abotani Vidya Niketan.
While conveying the idea behind organizing the outreach Programme, Co-coordinator Dr. Jumyir Basar explained that it was an attempt to reach out to the rural people and bridge the ever growing gap between the University community and the rural public. She emphasized that the overall development process of growth in terms of educational values, healthcare facilities and empowerment of women were to be ensured at all levels of the society especially beginning from the village level. Dr. Akin Tana Tara, MO, Community Health Centre, RGU, Doimukh delivered an effective talk on health and hygiene. He dwelt upon the benefits of maintaining personal hygiene, immunization from deadly diseases, child and mother healthcare, taking preventive measures to avoid reaching the curative stage of the diseases and significance of completing medicinal dosage by patients. Dr. (Mrs) Kesang Degi, Senior Assistant Professor, Department of Education, RGU spoke on ‘The role of parents in the education of their children’ with particular focus on the family environment of Tribal Society of capital complex and the psychological need of the children. She called for a joint effort on the part of both the parents and teachers in imparting right education to the children. Ms. Devi Baruah, Dept. of Commerce, RGU interacted with the self help group formed by the women of Pachin village and gave suggestions on how to invest their money for developmental activities and income generation activities. During the outreach programme an essay writing competition and poster drawing competition for the students of the Abotani Vidya Niketan were conducted by the M.Phil scholars of AITS. Attractive prizes and certificates were given away to the winners of the essay writing and poster drawing competition. It was a session of re-learning and re-gaining the knowledge again. As for the students of AITS, it was one of the fruitful educational field trip, informed the organizers. Mr. Sukumaran, Headmaster, Abotani Vidya Niketan, Pachin Village thanked the AITS, RGU and resource persons for their excellent speeches on important and relevant issues. He extended his thanks to the village members for their cooperation and participation in the session which triggered an intense session on many relevant and pertinent issues. He hoped that the knowledge gained in the session would be extended to various other village members and concluded that in future more such fruitful endeavors be held in the village.