The Department of Political Science , Govt. Serchhip College organised a week long international webinar on Politics and Religion in Mizoram: Negotiating Church-Secular Dichotomy with the kind support of the Principal and the Organising Committee from 21st-27th September, 2020.

The idea behind organising this webinar was to give thought to and discuss about the relation between Politics and Religion in Mizoram and deliberating the traditional belief that Church and state should be separated. It also tried to create an atmosphere where there could be an intellectual interaction in this much debated topic between interested persons, academicians and well-learned persons in these respected fields.

The Acting Principal, Associate Professor, Mr.C Laldintluanga delivered an introductory speech as head of the institution. He welcomed all the participants and the Resource Persons and even highlighted the motive behind the webinar.

The first session (21.9.2020) of the webinar was on Evolution of Religion and Politics Relationship among the Zo-ethnic group: Conceptual and Constitutional Dimensions with Special reference to Mizoram Prof. Jangkhongam Doungel, Dept of Political Science, Mizoram University, expounded the development of the relationship between religion and politics among the Zo-ethnic tribes from the pre-colonial to post independent period with specific reference to Mizoram.

On the second night of the session (22.9.2020), the resource person, Rev. Dr.K Thanzauva, Director, Greenhill Public School Aizawl, delivered a speech on Political theology for Mizoram. In this speech, the speaker meticulousy questioned and probed between the two dichotomised phenomena.

The third session was resumed on 23rd September, 2020. One of the esteemed Resource Person, Rev. RC Jongte presented a paper on The Church of The Poor: political but Non-Partisan. In his presentation, Rev RC Jongte underscored the importance of the church to give primacy or centrally to the poor and the responsibility of the church in the liberation of the poor from all sorts of bondage, be it spiritual, economics or political. So, the speaker here denounced the complete separation of Church from the state and shed light on the Church’s obligation in redressing the problems of poverty, injustices and any nefarious activities and its role in bringing social justice.

In the fourth session (24.9.2020), Dr Ayangbam Shyamkishor, Associate Professor, Dept,of Political Science, Mizoram University spoke on the topic of Monitoring Elections: Initiatives and Participation of Churches in Mizoram.In this session. Dr. Ayangbam Shyamkisor presented the constructive role of the different churches in Mizoram in monitoring the elections and its initiatives in maintaining free and fair elections.

The last session of the webinar was held on 25th September, 2020 at 7:30 pm. The Resource Person, Prof. Jangkhongam Doungel orated on the topic of Negotiating Church-State Dichotomy: Uniqueness of the Role of Church in Mizoram. The Resource person highligted the distinctive of the role Churches in Mizoram and also brought out the frictions that happened between the State and the Church in the past as well as in the recent years.He also emphasised the necessity of solving the differences between the two in order to prevail peace and tranquillity in the society and political system.

After the session , Dr. Zarzosanga ended the webinar with warm thanks. In his speech, he thanked the respected Principal for his constant support and keen interest in the webinar. Similarly he also thanked all the Resource Persons for their cooperation and sharing their intellectual and academic expertise to the participants. He also expressed his gratitude all his colleagues in the college and webinar thanked the participants for their active participation and involvement in the entire session without which the session could not have been successful.

There was an average of 295 participants all through the session.In each session after the Resource Person presented in speech , there was a time allotted for the participants to post their doubts and qeuries relating to the topic. This question and answer session was much appreciated and a lot of questions were raised from the participants. Tremendous positive feedbacks were received from the participants and the Department is also looking forward to organize such kind of events in the near future.

On the 23rd of September, 2020, the NSS in partnership with the Eco Club of Govt. Serchhip college organized a social activity for the welfare of street vendors across Bazar Veng. The college utilized old papers from the past year to make over 600 eco-friendly paper bags for the vendors, and plans for future production is still in anticipation within the coming week.

 

A webinar on the topic ‘Mizo tawng leh thu hla ril’ was held on the 7th September, 2020 till 11th September, 2020 by the department of Mizo, Government Serchhip College. This webinar which lasted for a week aimed on the upliftment and improvement of Mizo language and literature.

Main idea of the webinar: The widespread erroneous usage of vernacular language amongst the localpopulation is a grave concern. There are many, who does not know the importance of how Mizo language developed in time and how to use it in the correct form even amongst the indigenous people of Mizoram; who are using this language as their mother tongue. And then there is the absence of interest, whatsoever regarding the origin, the evolution and development of our very own Mizo literature amongst certain section of the society.

As there is a broad connection between language and identity, our social identity is also created by our language. Our future possibilities and our existence as Mizo culture are determined by this very language of ours. Therefore, creating general awareness with regard to the importance of vernacular well as the importance of development, upliftment and promotion of the Mizo literature and the language itself is highly critical.

Day 1:
The first day of the webinar was held on 7th Sept 2020 and was started at 7:30 pm which was hosted by Pu Vanlalchanchinthahrilmawia, the Assistant Professor, Head Department of Mizo. He started the programme by giving a short introduction of the attendees and the people on the panel list. He addressed the main idea of the webinar and the sequence of the programme which was followed by a brief introduction about the resource person- Pi Ruth Lalremruati, Assistant Professor Deptt. Of Mizo, Mizoram University. He then requested the resource person to talk about her paper on the topic ” India ram tawng puia Mizo tawng hi telh a nih theih nana hma lak dan tur leh telh anih chuan Zofate tana a hlawkna leh thatna turte’ in which she gave a short elaboration on her paper and the efforts they had made to include the Mizo language in the 8th Schedule of the Indian Constitution and the works still needed to be done. She also added on how they faced certain obstacles along their way but also explained how beneficial and advantageous it would be if the Mizo language is added in the 8th Schedule of the Indian Constitution. It was very enlightening and an informative note for listeners.

Day 2: 6th September 2020
The second day of the webinar was hosted by Pu C. Ngurdingliana, Assistant Professor, Govt Serchhip College. He started off the programme by mentioning the purpose of this webinar and giving off informations which the attendees needed to know. The programme was soon handed over to the resource person- Pu C.Chhuanvawra, Padma Shree Awardee to elucidate his paper on the topic, ‘Tunlaia mizo tawng kan hman dik loh langsar zualte’ in which he talked about the various errors made by the youths of Mizo in using the language and how to use it in the correct form, He also mentioned about the vernaculars being used differently in different parts of Mizoram. It was a fruitful source of information for the attendees.

Day3: 9th September 2020
The third day of the webinar was hosted by Pu RLC Khawlianthawma, the Assistant Professor of Govt Serchhip College. He started the programme by giving a short information about the Resource person Pu Rozama Chawngthu about his vast contribution to the upliftment and conservation of the Mizo language and his publications. The host then later handed aver the programme to Pu Rozama to talk about his paper on “Mizo tawng thumal tihdanglam dan’. The modifications and development of certain Mizo words, the merging of other languages with Mizo language was talked about in this programme.

Day 4: 10th Septernber 2020
The Resource person for the fourth day was Dr Zoramdinthara, the assistant professor, Dept of Mizo, Pachhunga University College Aizawl. His paper was on Thawnthu tawi, nihphung leh hlutma’. This programme was hosted by Miss Lalnunthari Sailo, Dept of English, Govt Serchhip College and she started by giving a brief information about the speaker- Dr Zoramdinthara and handed over the time to latter. The speaker of the programme talked about how the Mizo fictional stories developed in time and how it was classified into different genres. He alsa elucidated the origins and the development of certain Mizo short stories. The trend of the first Mizo short story i.e, ‘Hawilopari’ and the progression of the short stories in the Mizo literature was also vastly elaborated by the speaker. It was a very informative and an illuminating programme.

Day 5:11th September 2020
On the fifth night, the topic an Lengkhawm zaiin zofate hnam zia leh nunphurng a humhalh dan’ was about by Pi Enid H.Lalrammuani, the assistant Professor ,Dept of Mizo, Pachhunga University college Aizawl. It was hosted by Pu Vanlalchanchinthahrilmawia. The speaker talked about the emergence of ‘Lengkhawm zai’ and how it acted on the sentiments of the Mizo people which thereby contributed to the wholeness and unification of the people. She enlightened us about the importance of the ‘Lengkhawm zai’ in harmonizing the culture.

CONCLUSION:
After each and every webinar, an open discussions on the respective topics were made. The attendees too, participated in the discussions where questions were raised for the speakers to answer. It was a prolific webinar for the attendees as well as the speakers. 527 members were registered which marked the success of this webinar.
The one week webinar on ‘Mizo tawng leh thuhlaril which lasted for five days (7th sept-11th sept 2020) was held successfully by the Grace af the God. We would like to give a heartfelt gratitude and thanks to all the attendees, the speakers, our respected Principal and to all our colleagues who sincerely and patiently paticipated in this webinar.

A 5 day International Webinar on ‘Science and Technology: Mitigating Current Challenges’ was successfully conducted during 7th to 11th September 2020 using Zoom Video Communications platform organised by the Department of Botany, with the keen support and encouragement from the Principal Mr PC Lalremsiama, and the Webinar organising team. 424 participants registered for this event, and the whole event was streamed live in the College Official YouTube channel. Positive feedbacks from participants ensured the success of this event, and e-certificates were provided to the active participants.

The main objective of this Webinar was to help interpret how Science and Technology is engaging in situations met with crisis hindering human welfare. The Webinar topics included vast areas in Science and Technology, and resource persons from various backgrounds were invited. We are extremely thankful to our esteemed resource persons for their lucid presentations where they shared their research experiences which widened our views in dealing with covid-19 as well as the manifestation of diseases altogether be it human or animal, and also acknowledged us in the use of online tools for communication and collaboration, an emergent requirement in the covid- 19 era.

Mr. C. Laldintluanga, Associate Professor, Department of Economics commenced the event with a welcome speech on the first day. The event was hosted by Dr. Lalremsiami Hrahsel, Organizing Secretary and by Dr. K. Lalhmingsangi, Co-ordinator of the event, with active participation from participants resulting in successful interaction round which occurred every day after each presentation. The entire event was taken up by the active participation and co- operation of the Botany department faculty members. A vote of thanks was delivered by Dr. Lalhmangaihzuali Ralte, Head of Department, Botany on the last day.
ABSTRACT
Day 1 (7 Sept, 2020)
Resource person- DR. N.SENTHIL KUMAR, PhD Professor, Department of Biotechnology,
Mizoram University (A Central University), India.
Topic: Intervention of Science and Technology for Human Health
Highlights: Epidemiology, Genomics

To understand these changes or variations that exists globally, few databases have developed by cataloguing and interpreting them to apprehend their roles in disease manifestation and also to have better treatment regime through precision medicine. Here we report some of the research finding on those changes in human diseases like Cancer: gastric, breast, colorectal and pediatric leukemia, Diabetes and Tuberculosis in Mizo population. There are certain variants that might confers a diagnostic or prognostic implication from our study which ultimately merits for large scale genetic association studies and subsequent functional validation.

Day 2 (8 Sept, 2020)
Resource person- MR. C. VANLALCHHANHIMA, MTech CSE IIT GAU
Assistant Manager (S ystems)
SBI Global IT Centre, Mumbai, India.
Topic: Collaboration and Communication in the time of Coronavirus
Highlights: Online teaching tools, Online security
The prevalence of fast and affordable internet has resulted in more and more people using the internet. This is accelerated by the Covid pandemic which results in the adoption of the internet in record number. The disruptive nature or the pandemic also necessitates the use of online tools for communication and collaboration unlike any time in history. More people online means more security risks due to negligence and risks from sinister forces. The talk focuses on the various online tools available to ease the communication and collaboration activities with emphasis on learning and teaching tools and highlights several cyber security risks and safety measures against such risks.

Day 3 (9th Sept, 2020)
Resource person- DR. RITA ZOMUANPUII, PhD
Research Associate, Department of Environmental Science, Mizoram University (A Central University), India.
Topic: Different Covid-19 Tests used in Mizoram
Highlights: RT-PCR, RAT Tests

The presentation focused mainly on the different diagnostic test for Covid-19 in Mizoram. A brief summary on the structure of SARS-CoV2, its environmental and characteristics of infection progression was made. The diagnostic tests for Covid-19 includes: firstly, the molecular confirmatory test via real time PCR, which utilises the Taq Man assay. Second, the Rapid Antigen test (RAgT), which is an immunochromatographic test through antibodies coated on nitrocellulose membrane. It utilizes the monoclonal anti-SARS antibody extracted from mouse in the Test line and IgY antibody extracted from chicken on the control line. Third, Truenat machine employed in different districts of Mizoram, excluding Aizawl District, also utilizes the TagMan assay. However, both molecular and RAgT test had been described to have their limitations on their efficacy, quality control and accuracy. Rapid Antibody Test kit, previously discarded as diagnostic test, is not employed currently in the state.

Day 4 (10h Sept, 2020)
Resource person- DR. C.LALREMRUATA, PhD
Subject Matter Specialist (Animal Science), Krishi Vigyan Kendra – Lunglei, Hnahthial, Department of Agriculture, Govemment of Mizoram, India.
Topic: Animal husbandry practices during disease outbreak with special reference to Mizoram
Highlights: Recent pig diseases, Biosecurity

There is an increased protein demand which could be met from Animal products. Recent outbreak of Covid19 led to reduction in the supply of eggs, meat, dairy coming from outside Mizoram. If this continues, it could lead to deficiency in eggs, milk and meat products. Therefore, proper and scientific management using good technology plays an important role for sustaining livelihood of people. Farmers must know how to formulate animal rations by searching the non-conventional feed stuff, locally available feedstuff in order to feed balanced rations for sustaining the productivity. Since pig industry is one of the most popular and profitable income source in Mizoram, people should be aware against recent pig diseases and their methods to prevent the diseases will prevent huge loss of pigs in the state. Efforts must continue to check border areas to prevent animal entry. At the same time, the local breeders must emphasize in the field of Animal Husbandry practices for meeting the demand.

Day 5 (11 Sept, 2020
Resource person- DR. RAVENDRAN VASUDEVAN, PhD
Department of Plant Science, University of Cambridge, UK.
Topic: Synthetic Biology and its Applications in Plant Biology
Highlights: Advanced Bioengineering

Current advances in synthetic biology research have been underpinned by the exponential increase in available genomic information and proliferation of advanced DNA assembly tools. The subsequent adoption of vector assembly standards and parts libraries has greatly enhanced the reproducibility of research and exchange of parts between different biological systems. Development of an easy-to-use system called CyanoGate that unites cyanobacteria with plant systems, by building on the established Golden Gate MoClo syntax and assembly library for plants that has been adopted by the OpenPlant initiative (www.openplant.org) and iGEM competitions as “Phytobricks”.

Firstly, the toolkit has novel genetic parts (level 0) for use in cyanobacteria, chloroplast and mitochondrial research, including 43 promoters, 21 transcriptional terminators, 4 different markers. The toolkit also included the current gene knockout tools such as CRISPR/Cas9, CRISPR/Cpf1, the transcriptional gene silencing tool CRISPRi/dCas9, and translational gene silencing tool srRNA System. Secondly, there are additional level of acceptor vectors (level T) to facilitate integrative or replicative transformation. Within this toolkit, presence of another system that uses promoter Ptrc10 and BBa_231 19 series of promoters truncated to the transcriptional start site (TSS) with different strength of Ribosomal Binding Site (RBS) to modulate the gene expression based on the strength of RBS. Further, using this system, operon system was developed that drives multiple operons using single promoter. Finally, system to generate multiple gene knockout/knockin (homologous recombination) in cyanobacteria, chloroplast and mitochondria. Current works on construction of SynPLASTome (Synthetic Plastid Genome) with gene foundry will enable us to achieve this goal in a very short period of time. The synplastomes are expected to result in an extremely high expression platform for desired genes of interest and will lack of transgene positional effects, meaning impro ved consistency of trait expression. Synplastome will be generated with several feature standard CRISPR based genome editing sites and will allow for further modification. Current synthetic biology could significantly advance the field of plant metabolic engineering and help produce a path toward more economical, sustainable bio-based products.

Fit India Freedom Run programme organised under National Service Scheme (NSS Unit) Govt Serchhip College was conducted on the 4th.September 2020. There are participation of NSS Volunteers from college students in Fit India Freedom Run Campaign. The programme was undertaken by Mr.C Lalramliana NSS PO & Assistant Professor of the college. The NSS volunteers performed marathon, volleyball and exercise.