Beyond the Horizon
By Pradeep Kumar
Arunachalee daughter Moti Pangkham is a true example of “Fly with wings as high as you can, but never forget your roots and culture being daughter of Mother India or else beware you would be a fish without water!
Working now as assistant professor (journalism & mass communication department) of Odisha’s state university Fakir Mohan University since February 2020, she was selected to present a paper on “Korea-India 3020 Forum” online at a event, organized on March 30 last by Institute of Indian Studies (IIS), Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Seol, as certified by its director Prof Chanwaha Kim.
“It was a rare and golden opportunity to get global exposure,” she told this editor from my native place Balasore over telephone on Thursday.
Interestingly, born in Upper Siang’s remote Karko village to Jomlong Pangkam & Mumnyuk Pangkam, after completing B.A. (journalism, Pol Sc & sociology) from Bangalore University and a diploma in human rights studies from South India cell for Human Rights Education & Monitoring from Bengaluru in 2012, she had joined Rajiv Gandhi University same year to pursue MA (mass communication) to secure gold medal.
She completed M. Phil (Masscom) from RGU in 2016 and enrolled for PhD same year. After almost a year, she was selected through interview and joined Delhi School of Journalism, University of Delhi in North Campus as a guest assistant professor. After working for six months, she was selected among large number of candidates to join Fakir Mohan University at its new campus at Nuapadhi, near Balasore.
Is it not intriguing that my birth place is Moti’s karma bhumi now and her birth place is still my karma bhumi. Who knows whom destiny would take where?
In fact, admiring her, Health & Family Welfare Minister Alo Libang, who represents Tuting-Yingkiong seat in state assembly, had lauded her as a role model for this tribal state. Kombo village resident Dr Rajesh Kombo, OSD project of TRIHMS, had also appreciated her for excelling in education field.
“She was a hardworking, studious and good natured students and had utmost respect for the teachers. I remember whenever we meet, her usual question would be: Sir, can I ask you something? She would undoubtedly rise to higher pedestal in her career,” says her teacher RGU mass communication assistant professor Dr Sunil Koijam.