Bust of Dr TS Gangte, pioneer of higher education, unveiled

CHURACHANDPUR, 22nd Aug: The bust of Dr TS Gangte, founder of Churachandpur Govt College, was unveiled at Churachandpur Govt College campus by the principal, Dr Th Siamkhum, in a simple yet impressive programme on Saturday.
The event, organised under the auspices of Gangte Students’ Organisation (GSO), was attended by people from different walks of life including Dr PM Gangte, wife of (L) Dr TS Gangte and other family members. Standard Operating Procedure and other safety norms related to Covid-19 were strictly adhered to during the programme.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Th Siamkhum said that Dr TS Gangte deserved reverence considering the success stories scripted by the college thus far. It has produced thousands of graduates since its inception and many of the graduates are well placed in government, semi-government, private organisations/departments. He urged all concerned to follow the footprints of Dr Gangte who contributed his mite and resource for the betterment of the society.
Delivering a brief note about the project, Mangminthang Gangte, finance in-charge of the project, said that the project was purely funded through contributions from individuals transcending ethnicity and tribe, caste or creed. The fact that many individuals came forward voluntarily to contribute testifies the dynamism that Dr TS Gangte epitomizes – that is the brotherhood and unity of all communities, living in peaceful harmony and free pursuit of excellence in higher learning.
Explaining the idea behind erecting the bust, he said that it was to convey the message that Dr TS Gangte, known as the father of higher education among the hill tribes of Manipur, belonged to all communities of the state and his name deserved immortalisation.
Mangminthang remembered Dr Gangte as a dynamic and farsighted man whose life was driven by a burning passion to bring even/equal development and foster unity of all. He was an educationist and academician/scholar par excellence and a champion of unity and a mentor. It is the bounden duty of the present and future generations to promote his ideals and visions.
He said that Dr Gangte did not belong to the school of thought of “Me First” which is very much prevalent in today’s society, the syndrome which many not only idolised but tried to legitimize. He reiterated that the best tribute to Dr TS Gangte would be to contribute our mite and resources towards the realisation of his dreams of revolutionising higher education, to bring equitable development and usher in peaceful and prosperous Manipur where all tribes and communities live in harmony, without any fear and strive to achieve higher.
He dedicated the bust to be a symbol of love, peace, unity and progress among the people and for the society. He concluded by expressing his gratitude to the Principal, staff of the college and all donors for the success of the project.
Paying tribute to her late husband, Dr Priyadarshni M Gangte said that Dr TS Gangte had contributed a lot in the field of education not only among the hill areas but also in the entire state of Manipur. She said that Churachandpur College has done justice to its name and existence under many dynamic principals and dedicated staff, hardworking students and unflinching support of the local people.
It may be mentioned that the programme was first planned to be held on July 29, which was to commemorate his 13th death anniversary. However, extension of lockdown due to worsening of the pandemic situation had compelled the organisers to defer the programme.
Apart from selected leaders of GTU, GTC, GLS, GYO, GSO, the programme was attended by leaders of prominent student organisations like KSO-Ghq, KSO-CCp, SSPP-Ghqs, Zillai-Ghqs, GSO and CCpur Govt College Students’ Union; faculty members of the College, and others. The delegates offered floral tribute to Dr Gangte. Various speakers of the function applauded the pioneering works of Dr Gangte, who sacrificed the prestigious IAAS to work for the people as an educationist and a mentor.
Thangkhomang Selpho Gangte, fondly called “Mangcha”, and better known as Dr TS Gangte, MA, Ph D was born to (L) Lalzalien Gangte and Thangkhonieng on November 30, 1932. He had his early schooling up to Class VI at ME School in Ukhrul before and after the World War-II. He completed his matriculation from Johnstone High School, Imphal in 1954. He graduated from St Anthony’s College, Shillong in 1959 and obtained his Master’s degree in Sociology from Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi in 1963. He was awarded the Doctor of Philosophy in 1990 by the Anthropology Department, Calcutta University, West Bengal.
Dr TS Gangte was the founder Chairman of Council of Higher Secondary Education, Manipur; Director of Education (University and Higher Education); Chairman of Board of Secondary Education, Manipur; Founder Principal, Churachandpur Govt College - the first college in tribal areas of Manipur; Headmaster of Gandhi Memorial High School, Molnom, Ccpur.
A Fulbright scholar for the study of Higher Education System in the United States, Dr TS Gangte was also instrumental in setting up Moreh College, Moreh; Maram College; Bethany Christian Higher Secondary School, Ccpur and Rayburn College, Ccpur. He was married to Lhingjaneng Sitlhou (ex-MLA and the first tribal Padmashree awardee) and Priyadarshni Maisnam (Tingneihhoih). Since 2008, the Manipur University has awarded meritorious Anthropology students with the Dr TS Gangte Gold Medal Award for excellence in the subject.

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