DyCM: Vital infrastructures to transform Mahabodhi Centre

DEOMALI, Nov 27:  Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, underscoring commitment to providing a holistic approach to human resource development, inaugurated pivotal infrastructure expansion of Mahabodhi Centre in Natun Basti, near here Tirap district on Monday to transform the centre.

 This was during 38th Annual Poi Kanto Sangha & Maha Kathina Ceremony that marked birth centenary of Venerable Dr. Acharya Buddharakkhita, founder of Mahabodhi Society in India.

. The infrastructures were extended Venerable Acharya Buddharakkhita boys’ hostel with a dining hall and enhanced amenities, newly built meditation hall for monks and students.

Mein also launched second phase of Mahabodhi Rising Wisdom School, inaugurated new classrooms, a library and a computer lab to  offer students modern facilities for their academic journey. The school imparts both monastic teachings and NCERT curriculum.

While underscoring the importance of education, Mein assured continued support of the GoAP for infrastructure development. Pointing out that the GoAP supports all initiatives to preserve ancient culture and heritage, he highlighted Buddharakkhita’s life and stressed the need to preserve age-old culture and traditions.

He recalled Acharya’s dream to set up a Buddhist University in the state and attempted to draft the plan. While a college named Mahabodhi Lord Buddha College was set up at Namsai, he said that a Buddhist University in the state toeing legacy of institutions Nalanda University would be set up soon where education and culture would coexist harmoniously.

Mein lauded  Mahabodhi Educational & Cultural and Social Welfare Society of Arunachal Pradesh for their humanitarian service to impart value based education.

Venerable Buddharakkhita, born in Imphal and an engineering graduate from Kolkata, had played a pivotal role in Indian Freedom movement. After experiencing violence of World War-II during his military service, he renounced worldly pursuits and embraced Buddhism to seek peace and later known as Venerable Buddharakkhita. He devoted his whole life in study, practice and teaching of Buddhism by setting up Mahabodhi Society at Bengaluru.

Later, Mein visited Adhyayan, learning pavilion of NTC Deomali Govt upper primary school and its Digi-kaksha (smart  classroom), a unique initiative of Deomali ADC Vishakha Yadav, Wangcha Rajkumar Govt College here and interacted with students and teachers.

The Digi-kaksha is a digital class room that focuses on integrating digital tools into the curriculum, ensuring that students’ access to technology-enhanced learning experiences, and preparing them for a tech-driven future. Mein lauded ADC Yadav for her unique initiative and assured Govt support for manpower and infrastructure requirements of Govt schools and the college. (PRO)

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