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Indian priest urges social work graduates to be change-makers

The North East Institute of Social Sciences and Research (NEISSR) organized a farewell program for the Master of Social Work 2021–2023 batch on June 1 at Peace Centre Hall, Chümoukedima, Dimapur, Nagaland.

Father CP Anto, Principal, NEISSR, urged the outgoing students to uphold the institute's values and expressed hope that they would cherish the new indigenous learning, enhancing their competency and benefiting people. 

He applauded the outgoing students for inspiring the juniors and faculty. 

Anto motivated them to be well-prepared to face challenges and bring about changes in Nagaland and Northeast India. 

The priest also encouraged the seniors never to quit but to be change-makers and voices for the poor, marginalized, and vulnerable communities wherever they work. 

Dr. Aby P. Varghese, Vice Principal of Mar Athanasius College, Kothamangalam, Kerala, who was present as a special guest, told the outgoing students to be kind and compassionate and never forget the values instilled by the faculty.

He emphasized embracing diversity and the differences that make the world beautiful.

Addressing the gathering, Fr. Anthony Dukru Rozu, Parish Priest, St. Joseph’s Parish, urged students to be confident and contribute to their family and society by following the institute's motto, "Excel in knowledge and service." 

Miss Irangsa Cerai thanked the institute's management on behalf of the outgoing batch.

Sister Rincy Lukose invoked God’s blessing, and the welcome address was delivered by James Phanungkiu, President of SCSC, NEISSR. 

Father Khing, Vice Principal, NEISSR, led a prayer for the success of the departing students to conclude the program.

The management of NEISSR, Peace Channel staff, and faculty and non-faculty members attended the program.

Seven batches of professional social workers have graduated from NEISSR since its inception in 2014. 

NEISSR is a professional social work institute affiliated with Nagaland University, offering a Master of Social Work (MSW) and a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW). 

It also offers coaching courses for the Union of Public Service Commission (UPSC) and other civil service exams under VEDHIK Academy.
The Diocese of Kohima in Nagaland, northeast India, oversees NEISSR. – Santosh Digal with a report from NEISSER


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