The “teachers’ exchange programme” was one of the initiatives for northeastern people staying in Mumbai, says Padmanabh Acharya.
Mumbai: Two students of Kamala Raheja Institute of Architecture and Environmental Studies last month designed a monastery in Kohima district, in a bid to bridge the gap between Mumbai and the northeast. Jay Shah and Tanmay Nawar, on the suggestion of the governor of Nagaland, Padmanabh Acharya, stayed in Kohima for two months for a community-based organisation called Japfuphoko Pfutsana Kesiko and ended up designing a prayer hall, multipurpose hall and rooms in Lerie Colony, Kohima. After completion of designing, they have sent their proposal to various ministries for the latter to sanction the budget required for construction.
Mr Acharya cited the example of “Upananagar Shikshan Mandal’s VidyaNidhi Educational Complex” and said that the “teachers’ exchange programme” was one of the initiatives for northeastern people staying in Mumbai. As part of the teachers’ exchange programme, three teachers of VidyaNidhi School, Juhu, visited Nagaland and went to schools in three different places there. In September this year, around eight teachers were scheduled to be in Mumbai.
“The aim of the initiative is to build bridges and reach out to people to make them understand the importance of building relations with the northeastern states. The school has identified 15 northeastern families in the city for teachers to reside whenever someone among them is in the city,” said Mr Acharya.