The State of Nagaland will soon have a Christian university open to everyone. Students will be able to choose high level and high-tech programmes in "an atmosphere of Christian ethics".
The university, to be named North East Christian University (NECU),
will be built on an area of 247 acres (almost a million square metres)
in Medziphema, a village some 30 km from Dimapur, the state’s largest
The initiative is the brainchild of the Council of Baptist Churches
of North East India (CBCNEI), which will also finance the construction.
The initial funding includes 1.8 billion rupees (US$ 27.5 million), most
of it from American donors.
Alemtemshi Jamir, retired secretary of Nagaland and member of the
NECU governing body, said that "1.2 billion rupees will come from
American friends, while the cost for the [Indian Churches] will only be
600 million rupees."
According to NECU Vice Rector Rev A K Lama, a "university with a
Christian ethos has always been the dream of the Council of Baptist
Churches of North East India".
To fulfill this wish, CBCNEI President K C Momin on 10 March laid the
first brick of the new campus in the presence of Deo Nukhu,
parliamentary secretary for Higher and Technical Education, and the
representatives of many Churches.
Mr Nukhu said that the State Government would provide logistical
support, in particular with regard to water and electricity supply.
Courses "will start in all likelihood in 2018, but our goal is to
complete the project in five years from now,” said Alemtemshi Jamir.
The construction of the Christian university highlights the importance of Churches in the Indian state.
According to the 2011 census, Nagaland had a population of 1,988,000, 90.02 per cent Christian.
Nagaland, Meghalaya and Mizoram are the only three Indian states with
a Christian majority (up to 90 per cent), a rare situation in a country
where Christians are 2.3 per cent out of a population of 1.2 billion.