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  • Title: By the Brahmaputra (Vol:2) : Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES)
    Descriptive info: By the Brahmaputra (Vol:2).. | July 29, 2008 |.. Editorial.. A Vision and the Reality.. On July 3, 2008, at a packed hall in Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh launched Vision 2020, a compendium of various strategies, proposals and action plans for improving the condition of the NE Region and its people.. The document has integrated work done by the National Institute for Public Finance and Policy as well as the extensive field level surveys by the Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research in 2005-06 that reached 40,000 households in eight states in partnership with 20 civil society organizations.. That latter project was mandated by the North Eastern Council, the regional planning body, and was an effort to develop a participatory approach to planning and program implementation.. Such an effort, and on such a major scale, has not been done till date in the North-east and we were privileged to have been tasked with that mission.. The NIPFP was asked to write a fresh report and took nearly two years for the same, without even initially consulting our basic document.. It was only after I had pointed out at a meeting of that project’s Steering Committee that such a process that ignored the responses of such a large survey was unacceptable were the findings of the survey incorporated.. After public discussions of the NIPFP document last year threw up sharp criticism of the same as being out of touch with the realities of the NER, I was asked by the Minister for the Development of the North Eastern region, Mr.. Mani Shankar Aiyar, to head a Task Force to “enrich” the basic document and give it a strong North-eastern connection.. We completed our work in three months and the team included such distinguished figures as Dr.. Jayanta Madhab, economic adviser to the Assam Chief Minister, Dr.. Mahendra Lama, Vice-Chancellor, Sikkim University, Dr.. Udayon Misra, who has just completed his tenure in Dibrugarh University, Dr.. Lianzovi of Mizoram University and Ms.. Patricia Mukhim, editor of the Shillong Times.. Different members of the TF took different responsibilities and it was handed into the Minister, who then assigned a team of senior officials from his ministry to review the entire project.. The final project is therefore a combination of several efforts, although much of the data and tables are from the NIPFP.. The Minister referred warmly to C-NES’ survey and the efforts of the Task Force in his remarks at the launch of the project.. The Acknowledgements section also mentions the role of C-NES and the Task Force.. Volume I of the report runs into 298 pages and covers a range of issues, from Catching up with the rest of the country and the growth rates required for the same to structural transformation, poverty eradication, maximizing self-governance, harnessing resources for people and strengthening infrastructure.. It has proposed a practical approach to the Look East Policy, accelerating agricultural growth and developing sectors with comparative advantage.. Parts of our report have found their way in the final document although I am still to complete my perusal of the entire report.. It has been uploaded onto the Ministry’s website and it is now up to various stakeholders, scholars, media and civil society groups to debate the issues therein and then move from informed debate to action, especially through developing a plan for implementation.. The basic job has been done – now it is up to civil society groups keep up the pressure on governments and ensure that the vision is implemented through specific visible steps.. It is especially heartening to note that our recommendation for creating monitoring mechanisms for projects in the North-east have been accepted and finds a prominent place in the first chapter.. This is one of the most critical components of governance and will go a long way to giving people, deeply troubled by the extensive leakages of project funds, a sense of involvement in such programs and also force a sense of fiscal responsibility on governments.. Indeed, as both the Planning Commission and the Vision 2020 say, it is time for inclusive growth through inclusive planning and governance.. Good News for the Gangetic Dolphin.. One piece of good news was the announcement by Assam Chief Minster Tarun Gogoi on World Environment Day that the.. xihu.. or the Gangetic river dolphin would now be the State Aquatic Animal.. This announcement will strengthen efforts at conservation and was partly a response to sustained efforts by C-NES for the declaration.. The conservation of the highly endangered dolphin, through participatory efforts and weaning poachers away from hunting, has been one of the successes of a project we launched in 2006.. Indeed, it is a great joy to report that as a result of the work by our team of Manik Boruah and Bhaskar Jyoti Saud and the Binn community in Dhubri district, western Assam, which has embraced conservation, groups of dolphins have started emerging again after a gap of several years at Dhubri ghat, secure in the knowledge that they are safe.. Our efforts now must to be develop Dolphin Protection Areas, another goal of our project, to involve local communities not just in protection but in ensuring that the dolphin remains at the core of eco-tourism programs and development since it is at the apex of river ecology.. The former hunters have shown the way but they have done so because they are finding a benefit in conservation: their catch has improved three times with alternative oil for fish bait, instead of dolphin oil.. So have their incomes.. Thus, if eco-tourism and home stays benefit local communities by the river side, they will have a stake in developing protected areas for dolphins outside of wildlife sanctuaries and national parks.. That is why we have focused so much on building awareness among school children and young adults because they will teach the older generation about protecting the environment.. The Children’s Summit on Dolphins was a big success as the news letter says and we plan to have more of these in the future.. But in the meantime, please sign on to our Save Dolphin signature campaign.. We want more than 10,000 signatures which we will then send to the Union Environment Minister.. New Communications Officer.. This news letter has been largely compiled by our new Communications Officer, Ms.. Bhaswati Goswami, with inputs from Sandeep Vats, my assistant, in New Delhi.. Bhaswati has studied in Shillong, Itanagar, Kolkata and New Delhi and wrote for local media before joining us.. Her editing skills are a great help in putting numerous reports by our field staff especially into shape.. Sanjoy Hazarika Managing Trustee.. Programme Highlights.. 1.. Children’s Summit (4, 5 June 2008).. Coinciding with the World Environment Day (June 5), C-NES organized a two day.. State Children’s Summit.. with the theme “Save the river dolphin,” at Guwahati’s Shilpagram.. For two days Guwahati played host to nearly 300 school children from across the state more than half coming from remote villages.. The idea behind organizing this unique summit was to involve and mobilize the students and youth in the process of conservation of wildlife and natural resources- to focus attention on the grave threat to the very existence of the river dolphins.. Marked by (environment based) essay writing, drawing and quiz competitions, the summit witnessed a unique and vigorous.. interactive session between the State Chief Minister, Shri Tarun Gogoi, and the students at an hour- long programme where young boys and girls grilled the political leader on issues as varied as global warming, waste management and cutting of trees for highway construction.. Guwahati residents further witnessed a  ...   used in this communication process.. C-NES Managing Trustee, Mr Sanjoy Hazarika presided over the sessions attended by the entire C-NES staff.. In May 2008, a District Coordination Meeting was held in Morigaon chaired by the Deputy Commissioner of the district where the activities of the Boat clinic in the district for the last three months was presented by the District Community Organizer of Morigaon.. In June 2008 , Mr Chaman Lal, Trustee of C-NES, and former Special Rapporteur at the National Human Rights Commission and also former DGP, Nagaland, visited Dibrugarh and Tinsukia to review the activities of the Boat Clinics and interacted at length with staff and district authorities as well as NRHM.. 8.. Education.. C-NES has launched an education initiation from February 2008 with UNICEF support- that of.. up scaling education.. with reference to school dropouts in the char/saporis of Dibrugarh.. Children who are dropouts have been identified in the project location.. The main activities that are being conducted are bridge courses, starting four feeder schools, training of teachers and setting up of a school library in the existing schools.. The Education Officer is Ms.. Jurimoni Gogoi of Digboi.. The thrust of the project is on including children from all social groups, working with the community to generate ownership of schools and encouraging community engagements in activities relating to schools and education.. 9.. Internship Programme.. The KCCI “Knowledge Community on Children in India” is an initiative of UNICEF India that aims to promote information sharing on policies and programmes relating to children in India.. In partnership with the Government of India, UNICEF seeks to fill gaps in the knowledge base in terms of implementing successful programmes for children.. For this, there are UNICEF interns coming from different universities from the country and abroad to work on development issues relating to India’s women and children.. C-NES is partnering the implementation of the program, mentoring support for both health and education initiatives.. Four interns from different universities (from both India and abroad) are in to Dibrugarh from June 1, 2008.. C-NES is enabling the interns to complete research on the boat clinic program to ensure improved access to health and education on the river islands of Dibrugarh district and providing necessary logistic support and coordinating field visits for completing the internship.. The interns are Gabriel William Forrey from Yale University, US, Nino Gvetadze from Groningen University, The Netherlands, Ruchirang Goswami, Sardar Patel University, Vallabh, Vidyanagar, Gujarat and Jina Joan D’Cruz from the Tata Institute of Social Science, Mumbai.. Two other students, Liz Gross of Tufts University, and Anjali Krishnan of Singapore National University, took part in a briefer version of the program (June 1- June 20) and were sent by their universities.. Gross came through the International Global Leadership program of Tufts with which Mr.. Hazarika has been associated for over 14 years.. Gross later interned with the Centre for Science and Environment in New Delhi, on the publication, Down to Earth.. This has been facilitated by Mr.. Hazarika, who is the Chairman of the Governing Board of Down to Earth.. 10.. Itanagar Workshop.. A workshop on the Look East Policy at Itanagar, capital of Arunachal Pradesh, which was scheduled to be held on the 12th of June 2008 was postponed and is likely to be held later in the year.. The postponement was caused by the refusal of student organizations to allow Shri Hazarika to enter the state saying that he had called for the repeal of the Inner Line Permit.. Shri Hazarika said he had not made any such statement but, given the position of the organizations and on the advice of local organizers, the workshop was postponed.. Shri Hazarika’s team had included Dr.. M.. Rajarethnam of the Asian Dialogue Society of Singapore; Mr.. MP Bezbaruah, former Union Tourism Secretary, and Mr.. Lal Pudaite, former IFS and former Indian Ambassador to Myanmar and Bosnia.. 11.. Media Fellowship.. The second UNHCR- CNES Media Fellowship 2008 was awarded to the Guwahati-based freelance journalist Ratna Bharali Talukdar.. Talukdar, who has won a number of national and regional awards for her reporting, will work on the project “The need for a Refugee Specific Legislation in India with special reference to Chakma and Hajong Refugees of Arunachal.. ” and will hold the fellowship for three months i.. e.. 1 June to 31 August 2008.. The first fellowship went to another North-eastern reporter, Nava Thakuria of Guwahati.. 12.. Ships of Hope.. (Brochure).. Save the River Dolphin.. (Souvenir for the Children’s Summit, available from Guwahati and New Delhi offices).. The North East File.. a compilation of news clippings and articles from the North east print media.. (to be out in July).. Appointments and meetings of Managing Trustee,.. Shri Sanjoy Hazarika:.. April 2008.. 5 April 2008.. Attended seminar at India International Centre on ‘The recent events on Tibet: Implications for India” chaired by Mr Kanwal Sibal, former Foreign Secretary.. 20 April 2008.. Attended dinner for Swedish Ambassador in Guwahati, hosted by Dr.. Jayanta Madhab, Economic Adviser to the Chief Minister of Assam along with Finnish and Danish Ambassadors and their spouses.. 21 April 2008.. (Guwahati) Discussions with Ms.. Jeroo Master, State Representative, UNICEF, about the Knowledge Community on Children in India (KCCI) and UNICEF internship programme; also present were Mr.. Sanjay Sharma of C-NES, Dr.. Ajay Trakru of UNICEF and Ms.. Deepa Das, also of UNICEF (UNICEF office).. May 2008.. 1 May 2008.. - Attended lecture at Jamia Milia Islamia, New Delhi by HE Mr.. Esfandayar Rahim Mashaei, Vice President of.. Iran and subsequently met with Vice-Chancellor Dr Mushirul Hasan to discuss the setting up on a Centre for North East Studies at the University, which has been approved by the University’s Academic Council.. 2 May 2008.. Meeting with Dr.. Meena Radhakrishna, Director Research, National Commission for Denotified, Nomadic and Semi- nomadic tribes- Ministry of social Justice and empowerment: C-NES Office, New Delhi.. 3 May 2008.. Meeting with Shri Biswajit Saikia of the National Commission for the Unorganized Sector.. 9 May 2008.. Pervez Ahmad, Director, Max Hospitals,New Delhi, to discuss the possibility of a partnership with C-NES on health issues.. 12 May 2008.. Meeting with the VC Dibrugarh University, Dr.. Kandarpa Kalita.. 15-17 May 2008.. Seminar on “Revising the North East” at Shillong organized by Divya Jeevan Foundation Society.. June 2008.. 3-5 June 2008.. State Level Children’s Summit on “Save the River Dolphin” organized by C-NES at Shilpagram, Guwahati.. 7 June 2008.. (Dibrugarh) Dinner hosted for Mr Robin Borthakur, Additional Chairman, Bharatiya Cha Parishad and UNICEF Interns.. 13 June 2008.. , Guwahati: attended the presentation ceremonies of Srimanta Sankardeva Award to Shri BG Verghese, eminent journalist.. 15 June.. , Guwahati- Meeting with Shri Tarun Gogoi, Assam Chief Minister.. 16 June 2008.. , Guwahati-.. Attended the launch of the Branch Office of the Ministry of External Affairs in Guwahati which was addressed by Shri Pranab Mukherjee, Minister for External Affairs, Shri.. Mani Shankar Aiyar, Minister, MDoner, Shri O.. Ibobi Singh, Chief Minister of Manipur and Shri Tarun Gogoi, Chief Minister of Assam.. 30 June.. , New Delhi- First meeting of Centre–State Commission, chaired by Justice MM Punchhi and of the Task Force on National Security, chaired by Shri Ved Marwah at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi.. Like this:.. Like.. Loading.. Category.. :.. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to receive more just like it.. Subscribe via RSS Feed.. 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  • Title: By the Brahmaputra (Vol:1) -C-NES Annual Newsletter : Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES)
    Descriptive info: By the Brahmaputra (Vol:1) -C-NES Annual Newsletter.. | May 9, 2008 |.. April 2007 March 2008.. Editorial: Opening the Innings.. This is the first issue of our news letter which seeks to provide communications and information about C-NES, its people, work and activities.. We hope it will inform and interest readers whom we request to look at our websitewww.. c-nes.. org, which is being revamped.. We will, naturally, value response.. In addition to news about the organization, each news letter will have an editorial on an issue which is relevant to the NER.. I am grateful to Ms.. Ankita Das, Communications Officer at our Guwahati office, who has helped put this together and will be responsible for future issues as well.. A highlight of our programmes is the recent collaboration with the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), Government of Assam, where our specially-designed vessels are reaching tens of thousands of people living on isolated islands on the Brahmaputra in Assam state with health services.. We are covering five districts and plan to reach ten in 2008-09.. In this first number, we have flagged our activities of the last year and it is more in the nature of a brief annual report.. The next issue of this news letter will be in a quarterly format and will be issued in July 2008.. Editorial: A bandh on bandhs.. That the region, its people and especially its leaders need to look beyond itself and themselves is evident.. We need to get out of the morass of blame and counter-blame that political parties and armed groups, governments and self appointed guardians of the people in the guise of various forums have developed into a fine art, or rather business.. These groups and individuals waste no time in calling for bandhs at the cost of tens of thousands of crores of rupees and the disruption of millions of lives who depend on daily wages is disturbed and ruined.. The latest in this business of bandhs is the son of a former Chi Miniter of Assam.. We talk about the Look East Policy, of connecting to South East Asia.. But who will want to connect to us if we do not curb these swathe of protests on every issue that we feel we have a right to protest about and disrupt life? This is worth thinking about because investors are particularly sensitive to stability and non-disruption; if they aren’t assured of it, then they just won’t come and will indeed bypass us just as India is trying to bypass Bangladesh with oil and gas extraction from Myanmar and also losing out there as well.. Do the governments of the North-east have the capacity and will to crackdown on such activities? Are the groups which make a living out of such bandhs and get such.. publicity willing to cut back?.. I doubt it, the latter because they know of no other way of functioning, its become second nature to them and the media gets an easy story, without questioning them but there is every need for those who believe in transparency and public rights to assert their views and insist that governments do what they are elected to do, and therefore, at the minimum expected to do by those who elected them: govern.. Or is that even too much to ask!.. Sanjoy Hazarika.. Managing Trustee.. C-NES.. March 2008.. C-NES activities are reflected through various campaigns and programmes in different sectors including health, livelihoods, dairy, dolphin conservation, education, and research on range of issues including regional trade.. Highlights of major projects and activities funded by various agencies and undertaken by the organization in 2007-08 are given below:.. Akha and Shahnaz health services.. C-NES has been providing health services to communities on the river islands of the Brahmaputra in Assam, groups which do not have any access to health facilities and services through SB Akha and SB Shahnaz.. Initially it was done since 2005 in collaboration with the District administration, district of Dibrugarh than Dhemaji and Tinsukia as well as Joint Directors, Department of Health Services, UNICEF and other departments.. The boats are specially designed floating clinics cum training centres.. Equipped with beds, saline bottle stands and other necessary medical gear, the vessels also provide facilities for treatment on board and enable the delivery of basic health services.. The teams, lead by District Community Organizers (DCOs), work extensively on health awareness issues like reproductive health, population control, sanitation, nutrition, malaria control and prevention with priority given to delivery of national immunization programme for children as well as pre and post –natal.. check ups for women.. Over 20,000 people, mostly children and women have been treated and immunized in 30 health and immunization camps conducted in the sapories (sandbar) of Dibrugarh district of Assam covering almost the entire resident populations of the islands.. Shahnaz made its first official trial run from Nagaghuli ghat, Dibrugarh (near Maijan TE) on 28th December, 2006.. Since than, it has been working on immunization and health check up activities in Dhemaji district, with a team of doctors, nurses and health workers.. Sengajan sapori, Baligaon,.. Panbari,.. Sonarighat, Badalpur.. chapori, Lamba Kankan Chapori,.. Lamba Apsara and Siyung Shree saporis have been visited by the health team, who provided health services to a total of about 800  ...   setting up of Dolphin Protection Area sites (DPAs) with local community/local resident supported participation and to declare the dolphin as the State River Animal.. The project has also launched an extensive eco-tourism/education campaign, using various media tools, audio-visual presentations, workshops and training programmes, targeting school and college students involving stakeholders and building a collaboration of local interests: communities, NGOs, researchers and scientists, media as well as policy makers.. Orientation on the conservation of river dolphin was also organized for frontline officials of West Kamrup division at Mirza with 23 officials.. attending the programme.. A major workshop was held in Gwuahati on December 3, 2007, on challenges before dolphin conservation especially in Assam, where the distinguished zoologist from Patna University, Prof.. RK Sinha was the keynote speaker.. The documentary,.. Children of the River, the xihus of Assam.. , shot at various locations of Assam, is one of the major tools of the C-NES campaign.. It was screened for the first time at the World Resource Institute, Washington DC, on September 10, officially released in India on November 15 at the India International Centre, New Delhi, and on December 3, 2007 in Assam.. The film was nominated for the Mumbai International Film Festival in February 8, 2008 and was also screened in Hyderabad as well as in various schools in Assam for purposes of dissemination and public awareness, especially among school children.. b.. Under the Dairy project, in 2007, a total of 295 dairy farmers were trained on dairy animal management, veterinary first aid and clean milk production and around 8000 cattle were vaccinated on Hemorrhagic Septicemia and Black quarter.. About 700 animals were treated for various diseases i.. Respiratory Tract Infection (RTI), Corneal Opacity, diarrhea, dermatitis (skin infection), enlargement of hoofs, agelaxia (low milk production), debility (weakness), lice, wounds etc.. Training at NDDB, Siliguri.. A batch of 20 dairy farmers from Darrang, Dibrugarh and Dhemaji districts in 2006 and a total of 47 new dairy farmers, community workers and local youths from Dibrugarh, Darrang, Dhemaji, Kamrup and Dhubri were given training on Dairy Animal Management (DAM) and Clean Milk Productions (CMPs) at NDDB in the year 2007.. Self Help Groups (SHGs)/ Entrepreneur Groups.. So far, more than 50 SHGs in all six project sites of the dolphin and dairy project in five districts Dhemaji, Dibrugarh, Dhubri, Tinsukhia and Kamrup disctrict, including two entrepreneur groups have been formed with C-NES support.. The entrepreneur groups from Kukurmara developed a boat and two cottages for tourists from the grant received by them and the SHGs are engaged in activities such as dairy, poultry, duck raising, piggery, mushroom and bee keeping.. Conferences/Workshops.. i.. A Regional Round Table on Federalism and the North-East was organized by the Forum of Federations, Ottawa, with the Inter-State Council Secretariat, New Delhi in collaboration with the Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research, from June 12 13, 2007 at Guwahati,.. which.. discussed the Challenges of Managing Ethnic Diversity, militancy and conflict in the Northeastern Region in a Federal setup.. Participants included Mr.. George Anderson, President, Forum of Federations, Shri Tarun Gogoi, Chief Minister, Assam, Mr Shyamal Dutta, former Governor of Nagaland, Lt.. Gen.. (retd) VK Nayar, former Governor of Manipur, Shri PK Mahanta, former Chief Minister, and other senior officials from various Central and State Government ministries and departments.. ii.. C-NES in collaboration with UNICEF organized a demonstration camp at Aisung Sapori, Dibrugarh district followed by an intensive daylong workshop in Dibrugarh on August 2, 2007.. Issues that were discussed in the program included strategies to upscale the C-NES model and expanding its bouquet of services by bringing in better technical support and services (diagnostic) on board.. The meeting also focused on the concept of “Hospital Ships” which could be the base for smaller ships.. Other social sectors such as education could be covered through such a unique effort.. Mr.. Cecileo Adorna, then Unicef’s India Representative, Dr.. Sayeeda Hamid, Member, Planning Commission, Government of India, Dr M.. K.. Sethi, Advisor, Planning Commission, Dr J.. B.. Ekka, Mission Director, National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), Government of Assam, were among those who attended the event.. Participants from NRHM in Dhemaji, UNDP, ONGC, IOCL (AOD), the district administration and Health.. Department, Government of Assam, as well as Jalan Industries Ltd.. were present.. As a result of this programme, the Planning Commission put the C-NES programme in the 11th Five Year Plan, citing it as an example of “inclusive” health care.. Media fellowship.. Through our CNES-Setu National Media Fellowship, launched in 2005, we have been providing support to metro and North East journalists to research, understand and communicate on issues relating to the NER and other parts of the country.. In 2007.. ,.. Neeraj Vagholikar was awarded the fellowship for his project,.. ‘.. Large Dams and environment in the North-East,’ which was published in several newspapers.. Publications in 2007-08.. Brochures on the dolphins of Kukurmara, called “Abode of Dolphins, Kukurmara”.. Dolphin car stickers.. Brochures on the documentary film, “.. Children of the river, the Xihus of Assam”.. Handbook for farmers on animal husbandry, “.. Pasupalan Samparke Kisu Nirdesona.. ” incorporating all types of diseases and preventive measures, farm management, improved breeds, vaccination schedule, issues relating to dairy farming, poultry, piggery farming, goat and duck rearing.. (Under preparation) Resource Manual for the North-east..

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  • Title: Mumbai business to back NE opportunities : Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES)
    Descriptive info: Mumbai business to back NE opportunities.. | January 16, 2005 |.. Mumbai, January 16 Representatives of industry and business in Mumbai, the country s financial capital, encouraged by recent steps to promote investment in the North-east of India have agreed to try and boost the region?s economy of India after a two-day workshop on business opportunities in the North-east which ended here today.. In specific terms, the Indian Merchants Chamber, one of the country s oldest and most influential chambers of commerce, said it would send a high-level group to the North-east to explore specific areas of investment and also to help promote the region s unique business opportunities.. It also said that the IMC was could consider partnerships with business organizations in the North-east and also focus on public and corporate governance.. The President of the IMC, Nanik Rupani, announced on the opening day that he was prepared to take a group of senior industrialists from Mumbai to the region to take a hard look at ground realities and opportunities.. In addition, said Kiran Nanda, the chamber s financial advisor, the organization could connect raw material producers in the region, such as limestone producers and those with medicinal and aromatic plantations with manufacturers and exporters here.. Other business representatives and leaders described the presentations by political leaders, top officials, businessmen and journalists and the Governor of Assam as an eye-opener because  ...   and the opportunities to trade with Bangladesh and Myanmar: If these subsidies and opportunities are there, then it is just incredible.. I want to see this for myself.. The workshop, organized by the Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research in collaboration with the IMC, drew over 100 participants who interacted with senior area representatives including Lt.. -Gen.. (Retd.. ) Ajai Singh, Governor of Assam, the economic advisor to the Assam chief minister and cabinet ministers from Assam and Tripura.. Other participants were Kamal Taori, the secretary of the North Eastern Council, the regional planning body, and Surajit Mitra, Joint Secretary in the Ministry for the Development for the North-eastern Region in New Delhi.. Those who attended included bankers, financial specialists, executives from the corporate world such as Reliance Industries and ITC, business specialists from the United States and Taiwan as well as senior editors, local traders and environmental activists.. Assam s Planning and Development Minister Hemanta Biswa Sarma was at pains to point out that insurgency was on its way out and the state government was determined to pull out all stops for investors.. Tapan Chakrabarty, Tripura?s industry and agriculture minister, spoke of his state s strengths in governance and its focus on rubber, bamboo and medicinal plant products.. Encouraged by the response, conference organizers said that more interactions between business and government are planned, to sustain the proposed initiatives..

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  • Title: Comment on Draft National Policy for Tribals : Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES)
    Descriptive info: Comment on Draft National Policy for Tribals.. | October 25, 2004 |.. A Draft National Policy for tribals is indeed overdue.. But it would be a huge mistake if the Central Government seeks to assimilate and mainstream ST communities.. This is a clear contradiction: you cannot assimilate groups (in this case a larger group is seeking to ?bring STs into the mainstream? without destroying their distinct culture.. The reason is simple: there are huge differences between tribal groups within a region as much as in different regions, not merely in their demeanour and attitudes but also in their culture, traditions and religion.. The tribes of Central and Western India are completely different from tribal communities in the North East, where there is better education and other facilities and indeed, where tribal political elites have been in power for nearly 50 years as in the case of the Khasi, Jaintia and Garo Hills, which became Meghalaya in 1972.. One could remark that the so-called primitiveness of the tribes is more in the Fifth Schedule states where education, political awareness and empowerment as well as health facilities are extremely poor and income levels at the bottom.. The mainstreaming of these groups, where their lands have been taken over by plains settlers and others, has not really helped them very much.. Indeed, it has devastated their culture, their environment and their social standing as well as economic status.. There have become politically influentially in real terms only in the past few years with the formation of states such as Chattisgarh and Jharkhand.. Others have benefited at their expense.. Thus, a national policy for tribals can make general observations for the main, which would include feel good factors such as better education, non-interference in their essential lifestyles, improved health facilities and infrastructure without rpt without destroying the ecosystems upon which they depend.. However, it should develop specific Policy framework for those of the Sixth Schedule and the Fifth Schedule.. At the moment, the Draft Policy is confusing and unclear in its basic approach for it lumps all these groups together.. As a start therefore, the National Policy must divide the tribal groups into the Fifth and Sixth Schedule communities and make specific recommendations for each group.. The work of the National Commission to Review the Working of the Constitution (Consultation Paper on Empowering and Strengthening of Panchayat Raj Institutions/Autonomous District Councils/Traditional tribal governing institutions in North East India) would be helpful in this exercise.. Overall, the Draft Paper should avoid nomenclature which is I cliched and which tribal groups would find offensive and which are also not politically correct.. Phrases and words such as mainstream , primitive and others of a similar lexicon should be abjured because they give the impression that government regards such groups as outside the pale of civilized society.. It raises questions about the so-called mainstream of other parts of India.. What is this mainstream ? what language does it speak, what faith does it espouse, what history does it hold, what is its politics? To regard groups as outside the mainstream is, in my view, quite incorrect.. Those who see themselves in the supposed mainstream may regard themselves as better than others: this is a wrong approach, which should be rejected forthwith.. It should be noted that many tribals are as advanced and developed as the so-called mainstream ; they find such definitions offensive as also descriptions of them as PTG (Primitive Tribal Groups this is how others see them and not as they see themselves).. One is not aware where the phrase Nehruvian Panscheel evolved from.. (page one of Draft) The two forewords by Pandit Nehru to Verrier Elwin s book, A Philosophy for NEFA (Directorate of Research, Government of Areunachal Pradesh) of 1957 ammd 1958 clarify that he believed in five fundamental principles.. Points two and three are quite specific while the others are not: 2.. tribals rights in land and forests should be respected (Fifth and Sixth Schedule) and 3.. In Nehru s words not of the Draft Policy) We should try to train and build up a team of their own people to do the work of administration and development.. Some technical personnel from outside, will, no doubt, be needed, especially in the beginn ing.. SPAN style= mso-spacerun: yes > But we should avoid introducing too many outsiders into tribal territory.. ? The fact is that in most of the North-eastern states such as Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh where tribals are a majority, it is the tribal officers and specialists who are running the administration.. The number of ?outsiders? is a bare handful.. Specific comments:.. Formal Education:.. The data relating to formal education is not correct as far as the North East  ...   Draft Policy talks about when it becomes ?absolutely necessary? ? ?in the larger interest? ? this is too sweeping a statement.. Who decides what is in the ?larger interest? : a few politicians and bureaucrats.. This must be specified without any obfuscation and must involve the people who are directly affected so that they have a say in their own future, instead of letting their lives be controlled by others who have little stake in how they live or indeed where they live.. How are the displaced to be provided ?a better standard of living? (para four).. This should be clarified.. Forest Villages:.. The proposal to convert forest villages into revenue villages appears well-iontentioned but likely to lead to more problems.. These are the issues, which should be discussed with local leaders and representatives of affected communities.. At no point during this section of the Draft Policy, does the policy say anything about improving forest cover, improving forest-based ecosystems etc.. The emphasis is on building roads (which is a clear sign for felling and official nexus with contractors) and legitimizing the illegal.. What should be developed is a compromise, which takes care of local concerns and also the regeneration of forests, not their destruction.. Also it is unclear what is meant by ?integrated area development programs should be taken up in and around forest areas?.. New settlers have encroached heavily into a National Park such as Kaziranga and the Nambhor Reserve Forest in Assam, destroying habitat for wildlife and the natural balance.. Why is the Draft Policy silent on these issues? It must make clear that such violations will not be tolerated and that government will back resourceful officers who fight such depredations.. Shifting Cultivation:.. Again a broad brush sweep paints all tribals at the same level of development and agricultural production.. There may be some groups, which are not committed to the land, but as the paper itself says ? most tribals only have land as their only possession and despite the complex pattern of land tenure, this is what they see, naturally, as their birthright.. So, if there is anything to be done, it is along the lines of modified land tenure acts which will allow investment and a return on the lands for the owners as well as moving farmers to settled agriculture.. Much research has already been conducted in this field.. Land Alienation:.. Anti-alienation laws already exist and must be tightened to plug loopholes, which allow non-tribals to hold lands as non-owing ?sleeping partners?.. But lands belonging to non-tribals, which is hereditary, must also be protected.. You cannot have laws, which favour groups, which are already a majority (tribals in Meghalaya and Mizoram for example) to the detriment on non-tribals, who also have been there for decades.. All land records and holdings must be computerized and be accessible through the Internet to the public.. The Freedom of Information Act guarantees this and is a basic right of every citizen.. The traditional systems of governance such as the dorbars, Dolois, Nokmas in Meghalaya and village gaoburas in Arunachal and Nagaland apart from similar systems among the Nagas (different tribes have different systems) and other groups should become the third tier of governance in tribal areas.. Women and non-tribals should also be accommodated, the latter where their populations are substantial.. This is applicable here and in this section under the heading Scheduled Tribes and Scheduled Areas.. Intellectual Property Rights:.. The Draft appears unaware of the ongoing work of the Law Research Institute under the auspices of the Guwahati High Court, Guwahati, which is working on codification of tribal laws.. ALL REFERENCES TO PRIMITIVE TRIBAL GROUPS SHOULD BE DELETED AND BANNED.. Scheduled Tribes and Scheduled Areas:.. A fourth point should be added: Traditional forms of democratic governance among the tribes, especially after involving women and ensuring representation to other ethnic groups, should be involved and strengthened as the third-tier of governance.. (see recommendations of NCRWC, Consultation Paper on the North East).. Administration of the Policy should clearly say that recognized and respected non-government groups should also be involved in policy formulation and review of implementation of the objectives.. Participatory Approach:.. Last paragraph must be changed to involve recognized NGOs and VAs in all aspects of policy formulation, prioritization of strategies, fixing of goals and monitoring/review mechanisms across state and sectors to ensure transparency and proper implantation of policies and projects.. The segment on Assimilation to be dropped and replaced with a more visionary approach, deleting such offensive language as ?primitive traits? and including wording that speaks of the need to preserve and protect forest habitat and ecosystems on which many of their traditions are rooted.. Indeed, the ?primitive traits? may be more visible in the so-called ?mainstream.. ?..

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  • Title: Too many pieces to this puzzle : Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES)
    Descriptive info: Too many pieces to this puzzle.. | September 2, 2013 |.. The Congress’s tactical errors on the Telangana announcement and an ill-prepared State government have allowed full play to the multitude of separatist movements in Assam.. The Congress Working Committee’s decision to create Telangana has set off seismic activity on the political front, not least in Andhra Pradesh — tremors which are rocking many parts of the country.. These are generating new fissures, opening old debates and scouring unhealed wounds.. Battlefronts are being created along ethnic, regional and linguistic lines and the amalgam of old and renewed demands appears almost unsolvable, especially in the north-eastern States, already fragmented, ethnically complex and driven by deep discord among groups and mistrust of Delhi.. In restive Assam, especially, the Telangana factor and two other reasons have sharpened divisions and deepened mistrust.. One was the Centre’s refusal to include six ethnic groups on the Scheduled Tribes list, saying the groups did not meet requirements of the ST criteria.. The other is that for several months now, there has been a major tussle between Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, who won a third term to office last year, and his one-time close aide, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.. Senior officials say that despite the Congress’s large mandate, the administration’s response to politically sensitive issues is slow.. Dissidents have been camping in New Delhi and have met with the party’s central leadership seeking a change; this has not helped governance at a time of political stress.. Complex groupings.. The groups seeking ST status reacted swiftly to the Centre’s rejection by calling bandhs and protests, accusing both the State and Central governments of bad faith and warning of major agitations.. A quick look at the alienated groups shows the difficulty in moving forward with any quick fixes or even a well-meaning middle-path approach in a State with a demography as complex as Assam and a region as diverse as the North-East.. In this case, those wanting to join the ST list include the Tai-Ahoms, a group that ruled Assam for six centuries before the advent of the British (Mr.. Gogoi and several prominent Assamese are Ahoms); the Morans;  ...   social backwardness and poverty.. Post-Telangana announcement, most movements seeking separate States in Assam were quick off the mark with bandhs, crippling normal life in most districts.. However, the powerful All Bodo Students Union (ABSU) has sought to reduce public hardship by resorting to hunger strikes.. But are such campaigns sustainable?.. Non-inclusive process.. While announcing the decision to break up Andhra Pradesh, the Congress made three fundamental errors: first, it did not consult or even informally warn others — even those with whom they were in discussions — in places like the North-East that this was coming; it could have tactfully promised to hold discussions with them in the future, which could have reduced the sting of the announcement.. Second, New Delhi, as is wont, kept the State governments completely out of the loop, catching them flat-footed and vulnerable to attack.. Third, it appears that no thought has been given to possible constitutional changes that would deal with issues facing the North-East and other parts of the country.. An over-reliance on Article 3 of the Constitution which enables the Centre to dismember or create States is not good.. While the Centre has gained a breather by calling the protesting groups to Delhi for discussions in September, this will not be enough.. Adopting the usual tactics of negotiated delay will not work.. Certainly talk to individual groups but separately call for brainstorming among the region’s top thinkers, scholars, researchers, writers, independent field organisations and creative minds.. Perhaps through such a process, which must be truly representative, something truly sustainable, long-term and acceptable to all sides will emerge.. Could it be a new mini-Constitution within the Constitution?.. The issues are far deeper than the Centre can handle on its own: it needs to put its cards on the table, while recognising the failure of consent manufactured by shotgun marriages and short-term agreements.. Such ‘consent’ can never go far enough and will always alienate those shut out of the process.. (The writer is director of the Centre for North East Studies at Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, and founder of the Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES) in the North-East.. )..

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  • Title: Transporting HOPE : Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES)
    Descriptive info: Transporting HOPE.. “Where There Are No Roads” is as much a statement on the might of the Brahmaputra as on the promise held out by a boat clinic project that delivers healthcare to a million people living by the river.. Fresh thinking has often delivered.. Where There are No Roads.. , a 48-minute documentary screened at the India International Centre in New Delhi to a packed hall recently, has yet again driven home the point.. The film, directed by FTII-trained Assamese filmmaker Maulee Senapati, is about a public-private best practice being carried out in 13 districts of Assam since 2005 by the Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES).. The project is in collaboration with the State Government’s National Rural Health Mission.. C-NES and NHRM run 15 boat clinics to provide basic health facilities to a million-strong population living along the 760 km course of River Brahmaputra, cut off from the rest of the State, and therefore from several essential services.. These people — estimated to be over 2.. 5 million of which one million have access to the boat clinics — are some of the poorest who distribute themselves in about 2,500 small islands created by the ever shifting river.. Their situation worsens during the yearly floods; several succumb to their illnesses for non-availability of medical care at a critical time.. Senapati and his crew, for a year, has chased this story of C-NES planting hope in a seemingly hopeless situation, throwing at viewers frames, some so pretty and evoking beautifully the silence of the river, some grabbing with innovative camera angles its monsoonal fury which sweeps away people, their home and hearth ruthlessly almost every time.. It also brings to us the human story, the dedication of the staff of the clinics, from doctors and nurses to the boat drivers and helpers, how they remain away from  ...   producer, is taut in the narration, from the germination of the brainwave back in 2004 to being an example of best practices from a region otherwise seen as militancy infested by mainstream India.. The idea hit Hazarika on hearing the defenselessness of the river people during medical emergencies and how they often die because of no means to reach the nearest doctor.. “Such a situation was unacceptable,” he felt.. That access is the key to delivering basic health services to them was clear in his mind.. “I felt the simplest and the best way to reach those in need was by the very transport that they have used for ages, the boat.. But they should be designed to carry medical teams, medicines and equipment,” recalls Hazarika.. That his design for the boat soon won a World Bank competition helped him to fund his dream in mid 2005 complete with an OPD, a laboratory, cabins for the medical staff, medicine chest, kitchen, toilets, crew quarters, a general store, a generator set and a 200 litre water tank.. C-NES tied up with Dibrugarh Administration to make that boat go with basic medical services to people in the district.. “Using the same strategy, the service was soon expanded to Dhemaji and Tinsukia districts.. ”.. C-NES soon got a much-needed fillip when UNICEF wanted to help in capacity building of the staff.. NHRM saw in it an opportunity to reach the unreached and proposed a collaboration.. “We entered into partnership with NHRM in January 2008,” says Hazarika.. Rest as they say is history.. Hazarika now proudly states, “We are now building a boat hospital.. It will have an operation theatre, a delivery room and separate wards for men and women among other facilities.. (The documentary, funded by Population Council of India, will have its North East premiere in Guwahati this Friday).. SOURCE:.. http://www.. thehindu.. com/features/cinema/transporting-hope/article4739576.. ece..

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  • Title: Villages swallowed as river erosion accelerates in Bangladesh : Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES)
    Descriptive info: Villages swallowed as river erosion accelerates in Bangladesh.. “We had two hours in which to remove everything from the school – benches, blackboards, books, everything,” says Mohammad Abdus Salam.. “The river broke the bank and the village is no more.. Do you see that fishing boat in the distance? That’s where our village was.. Two years after that catastrophe, the headmaster of Bahuka’s primary school remains a worried man.. “Now we are here under a tin shed.. The children are scattered, some families have gone elsewhere.. We are a kilometre from the riverbank.. But we don’t know how long we can run the school here.. All we know is that the river will definitely break the bank here as well.. The river is the Jamuna, formed by the confluence of the Teesta and the mighty Brahmaputra in northern Bangladesh.. By the time it reaches Bahuka in Sirajganj district – about 150 kilometres north-west of the capital Dhaka – the many-braided river is already over seven kilometres wide.. And it keeps cutting into the banks all the time.. Jamuna_Location.. Since 1968, the residents of Bahuka village have seen 10 embankments washed away.. Now the eleventh is being built, and they are sure it will be washed away too.. The Bangladesh government sanctioned a scheme worth 276 crore Taka (US$35.. 5 million) a year ago to build a cement embankment, says local council member Jael Hossein, but the work has not been started yet.. Half a kilometre downstream on the same right bank, South Korean experts are trying out a new form of embankment using synthetic materials, and it seems to be holding.. But the pilot project does not extend up to Bahuka.. The villagers look on enviously.. Mashfiqus Salehin, professor at the Institute of Water and Flood Management in the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, says that it is in the nature of such large braided rivers as the Brahmaputra and the Jamuna to erode banks and at the same time to deposit silt on the riverbed, so that  ...   the same or even a slightly accelerated rate.. The first hypothesis is largely accepted by hydrologists in India and Bangladesh, who say that over the last two decades, they have been measuring higher water flows between March and May.. Scientists at the Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research – a Chinese government organisation – have said that the plateau has been warming at a rate three times higher than the global average.. The result is a faster melt rate of glaciers, and consequently more water in the river, so there is more erosion downstream.. Asked about the second hypothesis of silt flow being reduced due to hydropower projects upstream, scientists say they do not have enough data to prove or disprove it.. Residents of Bahuka are however convinced that riverine islands (known locally as char) are not being built as often as before.. Atiq Rahman, executive director of the Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS), says that as more and more people are displaced by erosion and other effects of climate change, the only solution is to teach people how to live with floods and similar calamities.. At a media workshop and field trip organised this month by the third pole and BCAS, Rahman said, “Climate change will hit the poor earliest and hardest, because they have the least capacity to withstand shocks.. ” He described the various ways in which BCAS was helping people adapt to climate change – building various structures including a homestead garden on a raised plinth, rain water harvesting, building floating gardens on a water hyacinth base, even building floating houses using bamboo and tin fences to protect from erosion and so on.. Ayesha is a 15-year-old resident of Bahuka who has no option but to adapt – she has already been displaced three times as the Jamuna undermined her family home.. Every time, she has missed months of schooling.. As she prepares for her board examinations next March, she is hoping her school will still be in the same place till then.. SOURCE:.. thethirdpole.. net/villages-swallowed-as-river-erosion-accelerates-in-bangladesh/..

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  • Title: News You Can Use : Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES)
    Descriptive info: Category: News You Can Use.. On Assam s River Islands, Family Planning Clashes against Religious Tradition.. MAZERCHAR CHALAKURA, Assam — On the banks of the Brahmaputra River, off the coast of Dhubri town in the northeastern state of Assam, lie a few hundred villages that seem stuck in time, difficult to reach from the mainland and undeveloped for decades.. These “char,” the name given to the more than 2,000 riverbank villages [ ].. Uttarakhand floods a “man-made disaster”.. Experts argue rampant development and poor disaster planning has exacerbated flood damage, as a massive rescue operation is under way to reach survivors.. First NE Green Journalism award given.. | June 8, 2013 |.. Promising journalist Ratnadeep Choudhury who is working for Tehelka bagged the first ever Northeast Green Journalism Award, 2013 instituted by assamtimes.. org, a community e-paper on Wednesday on the occasion of World Environment day.. His story which exposed the illegal stone mining in and around Kaziranga National Park in Assam was selected for the award.. It was published [ ].. Sanjoy Hazarika nominated to NEHU Executive Council.. | June 1, 2013 |.. The Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt.. of India, Department of Higher Education has conveyed the nomination of Sanjoy Hazarika, in his capacity as Director, Centre for North East Studies Policy Research, Jamia Millia Islamia, to the Executive Council, of NEHU (North Eastern Hill University) by the President of India in terms  ...   Sheila Longkumar,Tata Institute of Social Sciences(TISS), Mumbai, 2010 Health Logistics : A Report by TISS Intern Sukhreet Bajwa in March 2012 Through American Eyes: The C-NES Boat Clinics.. A Messy Democracy: Burma’s challenges.. | April 4, 2013 |.. The unraveling of ethnic strife in neighbouring Myuanmar or Burma as some of us would prefer to call it but especially the sharp escalation of anti-Muslim violence, first, against the Rohingyas or Muslims of the Arakan and then against Muslims elsewhere in the country, represents one of the key challenges that face its rulers and [ ].. Involve NE in Look East Policy: ASEAN leader.. | March 11, 2013 |.. If India wants its northeast to benefit from the much publicised Look East Policy, it must bring top leaders of south east Asia to that region and encourage dialogue and discussion there, says Surin Pitsuwan, till recently the secretary–general of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN).. “India can call a meeting of the [ ].. C-NES at Tufts University’s International EPIIC Symposium.. | March 5, 2013 |.. The 28th Annual Norris and Margery Bendetson Education for Public Inquiry and International Citizenship (EPIIC) International Symposium, organized by the Institute for Global Leadership (IGL), Tufts University, Boston officially commenced with a workshop led by experts in global health and security on 21 st February 2012.. EPIIC is a year long, interdisciplinary colloquium designed to [ ].. Previous Page..

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  • Title: Photos : Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES)
    Descriptive info: Workshop on ‘Conflicts in the Northeast: Internal and External Effects’.. July 27, 2010, New Delhi.. Sanjoy Hazarika at Tufts University, USA.. Akha.. Events.. Akha Vactination Program.. Northeast..

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  • Title: CM dedicates floating hospital : Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES)
    Descriptive info: The floating hospital is being built by the Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES) with the financial support from the North Eastern Council (NEC).. According to an official press release here, the Chief Minister further said that education can make the people aware of the importance of sanitation, family planning,  ...   individual immune systems.. He also laid stress on development of the riverine route to bring about all-round development of the society.. The 130-foot-long floating hospital has a modern operation theatre and a labour room, besides a laboratory and ultrasound and X-ray facilities.. Source: Assam Tribune.. More links:.. Telegraphindia.. com.. Rediff.. Tribuneindia.. Tags:.. featured..

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  • Title: C-NES at Tufts University’s International EPIIC Symposium : Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES)
    Descriptive info: A packed Sunday afternoon crowd watches the presentation with rapt attention.. Bhaswati Goswami,Communications Officer,C-NES speaks about the organization during her presentation.. The symposium gets going.. Mr Jason Clay,Vice President WWF receiving the Dr Jean Mayer Global Citizenship award from Alex Zorn.. With a group of Tufts students at a break out session on C-NES and the Boat Clinics on 23rd February 2013.. Ron Haviv,famous photojournalist introduces his slides at the symposium.. Bhaswati Goswami introduing North east India while delivering her presenatation on the C-NES Boat Clinic health initiative.. The 28.. th.. Annual Norris and Margery Bendetson Education for Public Inquiry and International Citizenship (EPIIC) International Symposium, organized by the Institute for Global Leadership (IGL), Tufts University, Boston officially commenced with a workshop led by experts in global health and security on 21 st February 2012.. EPIIC is a year long, interdisciplinary colloquium designed to prepare students for active engagement with their world through the rigorous study of critical global issues.. Each year EPIIC culminates in an international symposium that brings together a vast range of practitioners, academics and journalists from around the world engaged in today’s most urgent issues.. Leading global health practitioners and experts arrived from around the world to discuss issues such as food insecurity, sexual violence, mental health, bio-terrorism and more.. The Symposium from 21.. st.. to 24.. February 2013 took an intensive and multidisciplinary look at Global Health and Security in today s world.. The four day event was made up of a series of student moderated panels that focused on this year’s theme,”Global Health and Security” The symposium featured dozens of prominent panel speakers including Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins, coordinator for Threat Reduction programs for the US Department of State as well as Surgeon general of Israel Yitshak Kreiss and Laurie Garrett, Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist; Author, The Coming Plague.. A number of Tufts faculty members from various graduate programmes and Tufts students who partook in the EPIIC programme this year also spoke.. IGL Director Sherman Teichman, who founded the EPIIC programme at Tufts said that he chose this year’s theme not only because it is a crucial issue but also because it resonated with the expertise of other departments and schools of the university.. This year’s conference covers a variety of issues ranging from global health and security to women’s issue.. Tufts has a huge number of students interested in community and global health, development, international collaboration and security all directly relevant to the symposium.. Some of the panels include “A state of well-being-Metal health and security”, “Food Insecurity: Hunger, the Environment and Conflict” and “Bystanders, Perpetrators and Survivors: A global Health perspective on Sexual Violence”.. IGL Associate Director Heather Barry explained that this year’s theme was relevant in the light of the changes around the world.. “If you take a look at climate change and look at populations and everything that’s happening, the interconnectedness, you realize that how health is provided for globally becomes really important”.. C-NES’ Communications Officer Bhaswati Goswami, represented the organization at the symposium and took part on the panel on 24 th February at the session: “Bringing care where it’s needed most: health care delivery system” to discuss the possibility of sustainable health care systems in developing countries.. She presented the organizations unique Boat Clinic health outreach initiative on the remote Brahmaputra River islands to a packed Sunday afternoon crowd at the Cabot Intercultural Centre, Fletcher School at Tufts Medford Campus.. The presentation was widely appreciated as was C-NES’ work in the other areas for the overall development of the Brahmaputra river island communities in Assam.. The panel had expert panelists from across the globe: Zheng Xie,Lecturer,Department of Public Health, Peking University, Jean Kagubare, Principal Technical Advisor, Rwanda, David Chiriboga, former Minister of Health, Ecuador and Anne Goldfield, Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School.. The panel was moderated by EPIIC Colloquium member JessicaMuganza, a freshman.. The Dr.. Jean Mayer Global Citizenship Award was presented to Anne Goldfeld, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and co-founder of the Cambodian and Global Health Committees, to begin the event.. Goldfield discussed her work on expanding access to HIV and tuberculosis care in Cambodia.. “We began the work with the philosophy that everybody wants to be well, no matter what their economic level, and that with access to medicines and the proper support, you can complete a difficult therapy,” she said.. Former Minister of Health in Ecuador David Chiriboga presented on the topic of Western health care for the indigenous people of a town in Ecuador called Zumbahua.. “The most important aspect of our work there was the respect for the people,” he said.. “It was because of the trust that we built between each other that western medicine was able to work there.. ” Lecturer at Peking University, Zheng Xie emphasized that people should re-evaluate the relationship between development and health.. “In developing countries, we had emphasized for a long time that health contributed to development, but recently we have thought that health should benefit from development,” Xie said.. Jean Kagubare, principal technical advisor of management sciences for health and former director of the Health Planning Institute in Rwanda, insisted on the importance of non-governmental organization (NGO) goals for successful global health projects.. Bhaswati Goswami, discussed how the success of the boat clinic which services the  ...   Epidemiologist, International Emergency and Refugee Health Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.. Justine Hardy.. , Founder, Healing Kashmir.. Giuseppe Raviola.. , Director, Program in Global Mental Health and Social Change, Harvard Medical School; Director of Mental Health, Partners In Health.. Terri Tanielian.. , Senior Social Research Analyst, RAND, where she co-directed.. Invisible Wounds of War: Psychological and Cognitive Injuries, Their Consequences, and Services to Assist Recovery**.. • Violence: A Global Public Health Challenge, 8:00pm.. Kassam Dawood.. , former National Security Adviser, Iraq.. Richard Horton.. , Editor,.. The Lancet.. **.. Bernard Lown.. , IPPNW*.. Gregg Nakano.. , former Development Outreach Coordinator, Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences; former Military Liaison Officer, Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, USAID.. Merrill Singer.. , Professor of Anthropology and Public Health, University of Connecticut.. Gary Slutkin.. , Professor, Epidemiology and International Health, University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health; Founder and Executive Director, Cure Violence**.. Richard Sollom.. , Deputy Director at Physicians for Human Rights.. • Lunch Break, 1:00pm.. • Biosecurity and Bioterrorism: How Significant a Threat?, 2:30pm.. Hillel W Cohen.. , Professor of Clinical Epidemiology Population Health.. , Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshiva University.. Amb.. Bonnie Jenkins.. , Coordinator for Threat Reduction Program, US Department of State.. Ali Khan.. , Director of Public Health Preparedness and Response, Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention.. Sam R.. Telford III.. , Professor of Infectious Disease and Global Health, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University.. • Breakout Sessions, 4:30pm (still tbd).. • Dinner Break, 6:30pm.. • Health and Human Rights in Complex Humanitarian Emergencies, 8:00pm.. Ezra.. Barzilay.. , Lead Epidemiologist, Health Systems Reconstruction Office, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Commander, U.. S.. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.. Marine Buissonnière.. , Director, Open Society Public Health Program; former Secretary-General, Médecins Sans Frontières International (MSF)*.. Daniel Holmberg.. , Senior Humanitarian Adviser, Sudan, USAID.. Brigadier General Yitshak Kreiss.. , Surgeon General, Israel.. Jennifer Leaning.. , Director, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health.. Sunday, February 24.. • Health Care Delivery Systems: Bringing Care where it’s Needed Most, 1:00pm.. David Chiriboga.. former Minister of Health, Ecuador; former President, Health Council of the Union of South American Nations.. Lachlan Forrow.. , Director of Ethics Programs and Director of Palliative Care Programs, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.. Anne Goldfeld.. , Associate Professor of Immunology and Infectious Disease, Harvard School of Public Health; Cofounder, Cambodian Health Committee.. Bhaswati Goswami,.. Communications Officer and Program Management Unit for boat clinics, Centre for North East Studies.. Jean Kagubare.. , Principal Technical Advisor, Management Sciences for Health; former Director, Health Planning Department, Rwanda.. Mona Mowafi.. , Epidemiologist; Research Fellow, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard School of Public Health; Cofounder and President, Egypt Negma**.. Ali Sindi.. , Minister for Planning, Kurdistan Regional Government, Iraq; former Deputy Minister of Health and Social Affairs; former Head, Health Sector Committee, UN Oil for Food Program.. Student presentations.. Kosovo.. Kerala.. Cambodia.. Rwanda.. Colombia.. • New Technologies at the Juncture of Health and Security, 3:30pm.. Ira M.. Herman.. , Professor and Director, Tufts Center for Innovations in Wound Healing.. Hugh Herr.. , Associate Professor, MIT-Harvard Division of Health Sciences and Technology and Director of the Biomechatronics Group, MIT**.. Daphne Moffett.. , Deputy Director, Health Systems Reconstruction Office, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.. David Walt.. , Robinson Professor of Chemistry and Director of the Walt Lab, Tufts University.. Someone from Johns Hopkins mHealth – waiting for recommendation from the head of it.. Professional Workshop.. A Response to the.. Report on.. Privacy and Progress in Whole Genome Sequencing.. from the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.. Thursday, February 21, 9am-4pm.. Conveners.. Juan Enriquez, Founding Director, Harvard Business School’s Life Sciences Project; Board Member, Excel Venture Capital.. Jonathan Moreno, Professor of Medical Ethics and the History and Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania; former President, American Society for Bioethics and the Humanities.. Participants.. George Annas, Professor of Medicine and Law, Boston University.. Jason Bobe, Executive Director of PersonalGenomes.. org; Director of Community, Personal Genome Project.. Robert Green, Founder, Genomes 2 People (G2P); Faculty, Research Institute Division of Genetics, Brigham and Women’s Hospital.. Christian Macedonia, Program Manager, Defense Sciences Office, DARPA; former Chief of the Medical Staff, 115th Combat Support Hospital, Iraq.. Debra Matthews, Bioethicist; Assistant Director for Science Programs, Berman Institute of Bioethics, Johns Hopkins University.. Mike Rugnetta, Writer, Science Progress.. Kayte Spector-Bagdady, Associate Director, Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues; Lead Staffer, Privacy and Progress Report.. Nancy Wexler, Geneticist; Higgins Professor of Neuropsychology, Columbia University School of Medicine.. Dr.. Jean Mayer Global Citizenship Award Lecture.. New Global Health Challenges.. Peter Piot.. Tuesday, February 26, 8:00pm, Cabot Auditorium.. Peter Piot MD, PhD is the Director of the London School of Hygiene Tropical Medicine and Professor of Global Health.. He was the founding Executive Director of UNAIDS and Under Secretary-General of the United Nations from 1995 until 2008.. Professor Piot co-discovered the Ebola virus in Zaire in 1976, and led research on AIDS, women’s health, and public health in Africa.. He was a Scholar in Residence at the Ford Foundation and a Senior Fellow at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.. He held the 2009 chair “Knowledge against poverty” at the College de France in Paris..

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