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Int’l conference on indigenous knowledge and its sustainability

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HT Correspondent
DIMAPUR, Nov 28: The University of Melbourne, in
collaboration with Tata Institute of Social Sciences Guwahati,
Savitribai Phule Pune University, Stella Maris College and Tetso
College Chumoukedima, organised an international conference
“Leading Together Dialogues 2023”, focusing on indigenous
knowledge and its sustainability.
Hosted by Tetso College at its premises on Tuesday, the
conference also aimed at facilitating a meaningful discourse on
critical issues and key concerns of indigenous communities,
inculcation of appreciation for indigenous and tribal art, textiles
and crafts, development of leadership and problem-solving
skills to create young leaders and celebration of indigenous and
tribal heritage and culture.
Speaking at the conference as the special guest, Abu Metha,
adviser to Nagaland chief minister and chairman of Investment
and Development Authority of Nagaland, highlighted the global
recognition of indigenous knowledge and traditional practices,
emphasising that science is now studying various aspects of the
way tribal communities carry out agricultural cultivation and
respond to natural calamities.
Metha stressed the importance of sharing this knowledge with
the world through research and analysis.
Delving into Naga culture, Metha underscored the strength of
the close-knit Naga society, the social bonding and the tradition

of sharing in times of happiness and sorrow. He acknowledged
the challenges of preserving culture in a progressive and
modern world, urging the community to strike a balance
between adaptation and preservation.
Metha expressed confidence in the energy, ambition and
capability of the Naga youths. He urged them to strive for
excellence through unity and hard work. He also emphasised
the significance of working collectively to bring about real
peace and address societal challenges.
Prof Kate McNeil, associate dean of education and students,
University of Melbourne, highlighted the role of education in
acknowledging the short and long-term benefits of indigenous
knowledge.
McNeil exhorted the people of Nagaland to have an outward
perspective, not only within India but globally, fostering
collaborations, sharing knowledge and building partnerships.
She said even a small amount of economic activity among the
indigenous community could create huge opportunities.

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