Sikkim Scientist to attend Global Conference in Lepcha costume
Scientist LP Sharma to wear indigenous Lepcha costume in the 13th Global Geospatial Conference at Quebec, Canada.
Gangtok, May 9, 2012:
The Speaker of the Sikkim Legislative Assembly (SLA), KT Gyaltsen also the Chief Guest for the programme, today presented a set of traditional Lepcha costume to Scientist LP Sharma who will be promoting the Sikkimese Cultural Tourism through indigenous Lepcha costume for the 13th Global Geospatial Conference scheduled to be held from May 14- May 17, 2012 at Quebec, Canada.
The programme was organized by the Mutanchi Lom Aal Shezum [MLAS], an NGO from Dzongu, North Sikkim in collaboration with the Sikkim Lepcha Association/ Renjyong Mutanchi Rong Tarjum (RMRT). Scientist Sharma will be wearing the offered attire during his presentation at the said international conference amidst 200- 300 Scientist assembled from all corners of the world.
The Speaker foremostly congratulated and conveyed his best wishes to the Scientist for the forthcoming conference on behalf of the Sikkimese people. Quoting the lines “Manche ko jaat nai Manche”, from a poem written by the Chief Minister, Pawan Chamling, the Speaker explained that it does not matter from which community we belong to, for the ground reality is that we all are human beings in the end as humanity stands above all. And as far as Sikkim is concerned, the unity in diversity in the State is our biggest strength, he added.
People should take Scientist Sharma as a role model for he, though coming from a different community has opted to showcase a part of the Sikkimese culture by flaunting the traditional Lepcha costume in an international forum. This in a way will let the world know and build the people’s inquisitiveness about the community, State and the diverse culture and tradition of the nation as a whole, he added. Advising the elders of the society belonging to different communities to work towards preserving the rich cultural heritage of their respective communities, Gyaltsen said that the youth shall learn from what their elders teach them. Further, mentioning that the natural resources and natural society gave birth to the States’ culture and nature tourism, he added that it is a must for every individual to contribute in their own ways in conservation of the resources and society in order for the said tourism sections to flourish.
Similarly, the Chief Guest also addressing the students present during the programme talked about the importance of education. Also mentioning that the present Government under the dynamic leadership of the CM has laid numerous opportunities for the people of Sikkim especially to the students, Gyaltsen directed the students to make wise use of these opportunities for it will definitely help them in building a bright future. Quoting that “so are your thoughts, so shall you become”, he asserted that in order to gain positive results, a positive change in mindset is required for attitude and perception plays one of the major roles. Along with all these opportunities and a positive mindset, hard work and value of time is also a must, for without any struggle and time management one cannot prosper, he underlined. Lastly, appealing the students to make education their priority and study hard the Chief Guest again quoted, “knowledge is power and positive knowledge is absolute power”.
The Speaker also remained hopeful that in the coming future more delegates from the State will get an opportunity to represent the State and the country as a whole in international level where they can promote the culture and tradition of other communities residing in the State.
Scientist Sharma during his brief address expressed his gratitude to the Speaker along with the MLAS and RMRT for presenting him the traditional Lepcha costume. Also acquainting a brief report on his scientific activities, he informed that he has been working in the field of IT since the past 18 years. Notifying that his research work on land management and land services has been placed in 2nd position in Asia, the Scientist mentioned that he has introduced 7 new methods in his PhD thesis in addition to already proposed methods by the Senior Scientists. His research works has also been published by international publishers, he added.
Furthermore, the Scientist explaining on why he chose to wear a traditional costume in an international conference said that through such activities he is trying to make the State’s and the nation’s presence felt in a global level. It also helps gain recognition as a distinct identity through our rich culture and tradition. He had once worn traditional Nepali attire during a similar international conference earlier, said the Scientist. He will also present a special package of cultural heritage of India comprising of brochures and write-ups by the Tourism and the IPR Department to the Minister of Natural Resources of Canada, Joe Oliver during the inaugural session of the said conference.
The MLA Menlom Lepcha and former MP of Rajya Sabha OT Lepcha were also present during the programme. The President of MLAS Mika Lepcha gave a brief review of activities of the NGO while the President of RMRT spoke about the importance of Lepcha Culture. The General Secretary RMRT, Dr OT Lepcha delivered a brief introduction of Scientist Sharma to the gathering. The welcome address was delivered by RMRT General Secretary, TT Lepcha while the vote of thanks was given by RMRT Joint Secretary, Amos R Lepcha