Education Relieff by Ramakrishna Mission

The Sohra and Shillong centres of Ramakrishna Mission in a joint venture successfully demonstrated the technological capability of conducting online classes in a no-internet zone. On 14 September 2020 online academic classes of HIKAI(Hybrid Interactive Knowledge Assimilation Initiative) from classes 1 to 12 were inaugurated at Ramakrishna Mission Secondary School, Sohbar by Bah A S Mukhim, SDO, Sohra Civil Subdivision and other dignitaries. Esteemed guests witnessed the demonstration of the software and part
icipated in the teaching learning process being students themselves. Android tabs were distributed among the students. All the prerecorded sessions were well conceived, designed and presented through the blend of slides, audio-visuals and animations.
Moving away from the popular trend of sending notes and videos over social media platforms, RKM has come up with quality contents and a hybrid platform of their own that enables students to have a two-way communication in realtime and through an Android App even without an active internet connection, with the help of a WiFi zone and a local server.The HIKAI project is free for all the students of MBOSE. They can register at The project has the potential of helping lakhs of students across the state.

Khasi Authors’ Society : 41st Foundation Day Observed

The 41st foundation day anniversary of Khasi Authors’ Society was observed on 11th September, 2020 at the Arts and Culture Hall, State Central Library. The small but impressive occasion was graced by Mr A L Hek, Minister, Arts and Culture etc., as Chief Guest and Mr T Chyne, Chief Executive Member, Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council as the Guest of Honour. In his address, the Chief Guest Mr A L Hek reminded the Khasi authors about standardisation of Khasi words for every literature, in order to avoid any confusion from the aspiring students and conflict among the scholars. He acknowledged the role of his officials in the department for providing an office space for the Khasi Authors’ Society at the State Central Library complex. The Guest of Honour, Mr T Chyne emphasised on the need for a comprehensive dictionary in Khasi and announced the support of the Council towards the project initiated by the Khasi Authors’ Society. Adhering to the tradition in the Khasi Authors’ Society, book release is always held every year and this year three books were released by both the dignitaries along with Mr W Nongsiej, Director of Arts and Culture. The books are ‘Ki Sur Mieng Ka Ri Umsnam’ by Andreas Sun, a quiz book ‘Ka Jingkyntip na Kotbah’ by Hamles Mylliemumlong and two books by Kitbor W Nongrum, ‘Ki Khun Samla, Ki Longkmie Longkpa’ and ‘Ka Sor Shillong’. The keynote address was delivered by Dr D R L Nonglait, President, Khasi Authors’ Society, poetry recitation by Andreas Sun and folk song performed by veteran folk singer, Mr Chosterfield Khongwir. In view of the prevailing situation of the Covid 19 Pandemic, the attendance of members of the Khasi Authors’ Society was restricted to around fifty including invitees and media persons.

Mario Pathaw, Alumnus of IIT, Bombay Bagged Crystal Award 2020

Shillong: August 15, 2020: The Crystal Award 2020 for Excellence in Visual Arts was conferred upon Mario Pathaw by the State Governor, Mr Tathagata Roy at Raj Bhavan today after unveiling the portrait of Sardar Vallabhai Patel and the cultural paintings unveiled by the First Lady, Mrs Anuradha Roy. The Governor appreciated the effort of Riti Academy of Visual Arts for promotion of art and lauded the relentless pursuit of its Chairman, Raphael Warjri for the outstanding artworks that have adorned the Durbar Hall of Raj Bhavan. The award was conferred in memory of Crystal Gayle Kharnaïor, the theatre artiste that had passed away in 2017.

The ceremony was conducted by Raphael Warjri in the presence of Secretary to the Governor, Mr Pravin Bakshi, officials and staff of Raj Bhavan. In his address, Warjri expressed gratitude to the Governor for considering the Award function at Raj Bhavan in spite of the current fragile situation due to the COVID 19 pandemic. He wanted to place on record that the pictures at Raj Bhavan were painted along with his talented apprentices, Skhemlang Hynñiewta and Denis Marbañiang.
The meritorious award received by Pascal Mario Kmenlang Pathaw is the outcome of his dedication to art that he had grasped enormous amount of folk knowledge on Khasi cultural heritage and is well versed with the various elements of the contemporary society. It is observed that the family legacy is instrumental to nurturing and cultivating positive vibes that have motivated and inspired his works to attain commendable impact and excellence. The creative and original presentation of his graphic novel, film and other visual storytelling assignments is a testimony of his passion, dedication and distinction of his performance. Mario Pathaw is an IIT, Bombay Post-Graduate Degree holder in Master of Design and Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture and is an ardent expert of innovative and aesthetic deliverance.
In recognition of his outstanding role to the growth and progress of the prospective entity of Khasi visual culture and folk heritage, Riti Academy shortlisted his name among few nominees to honour his contribution with the Crystal Gayle Memorial Award 2020 for Excellence in Visual Arts.
In commemoration of the auspicious event, an Art Gallery and Exhibition of Mario Pathaw artworks was inaugurated by Mr F R Kharkongor, IAS, Commissioner Secretary Arts and culture at the newly opened MAD Gallery, Jaiaw Langsning. In his inaugural speech, Kharkongor spoke at length on the various aspects of visual art as a cultural expression and suggested for the formulation of the Art and Culture policy. As part of the exhibition, Mr Frederick D Hynñiewta, an expert of Art History delivered the lecture on the relevance of art with society and acknowledged the significance of the new National Education Policy, which stressed on the importance of art and culture in academic education. The MAD Gallery of Riti Academy is being patronised by Mrs Saihun Phanbuh of Kay Eem Dee Children Centre. The Exhibition is open to public till Saturday next, the 22nd August, 2020.

COVID-19 Relief by Ramakrishna Mission in Meghalaya

The Shillong centre distributed 10165 kg rice, 10165 kg potatoes and 1727 face masks among 2033 families in and around Shillong City and in remote villages of East Khasi Hills district from 1 to 18 April.
The Sohra centre distributed 3,74,575 kg rice and 74,915 kg dal among 14,983 families at their homes in East Khasi Hills, West Jaintia Hills, South West Khasi Hills, West Khasi Hills, North Garo Hills, West Garo Hills and South West Garo Hills districts in Meghalaya, and Dhubri district in Assam from 26 March to 12 April. The centre distributed 18,018 face masks, essential medicines to 852 patients and is transporting patients from villages to health centres.