TODAY -

My journey from Senapati to Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC), Pune

Miss Reiveine *

Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC), Pune logo



It was a pleasant Sunday morning and an unusual buzz going around in the Church did take my attention towards this unassuming and friendly person in uniform attending the Church service, quietly listening to the Pastor. He had an imposing personality but was carrying it very humbly. The thing that crossed my mind several times was absence of any gun totting guards around him, for he certainly seemed a senior officer. Soon we heard the Pastor introducing him as the Commander of the Senapati Brigade, who had joined the Sunday Mass to give us all a message. He spoke in a very friendly manner and his genuine concern for the local population did draw an impressive applause.

I took it as a one odd interaction, but soon we realised that the Brigadier was persistent with his efforts at reaching out to us. He travelled frequently to the interior villages like mine and for the first time we could walk up to his office and meet him anytime. Very soon the entire Senapati & Tamenglong Districts saw the Army & Assam Rifles persons moving in the remote areas to create awareness about the job opportunities available. The army people were coming forward to help and guide the children. I was surprised to see Army persons reaching out to remote interiors like Dikuiram & Lyai (remote villages of Tamenglong and Senapati distts)

Soon, we came to know that a coaching center to guide the children for various competitive examinations is being started with the help of the army. It was named as "Tamjham Career Point". We all were excited to join this institute as Senapati and Tamenglong had no such facility. I was one of those fortunate students who belonged to the first batch of this Career Point. I fondly remember the day when I hesitantly entered the Tamjham Career Point being at the Senapati Brigade.

We were welcomed by the Senapati Brigade Commander, who introduced us to the teachers and army officers who would guide us on the various subjects. We were given books and study material free of cost. Mr Anthony and Ms Kaini, who were co-ordinators, gave us the program for the classes. Timings were strictly followed and teachers and the army officers put in extra efforts to guide us towards our destiny. This was the start of our journey.

All of us started dreaming to become doctors, engineers, civil services officers, army officers and nursing officers. Commander Senapati Brigade, every day would come and give us motivational talk. And since that day I have never looked back. I still remember the moment our batch of 70 students was flagged off from Senapati by the Brigadier for taking the written exams for Military Nursing Services at Guwahati. We were given free transport and our stay was arranged at Guwahati under Army arrangements.

Then, 12 of us who cleared the exams were provided with cost free transportation by the army to Lucknow where we appeared for our interview and medical exams. I had for long wanted to join the Military Nursing Services, but my ambitions and aspirations received wings only because of the solid support and motivation from Senapati Brigade. I realized that behind those uniforms there are soft hearted humans just like us, who want to reach out to us, learn from us as well as give back valuable lessons.

The only thing required is to open our hearts to them. All of this, made me realise that all Indians love us, want us to amalgamate with the multi hued cultural canvas called India. I now know that my services are of paramount importance for soldiers of my country, our brothers in uniform. Today, I stand a proud cadet of Military Nursing Service, in service of my great nation, looking forward to earn my stars and sure of a respectable position as an officer and citizen of India.

Today, as I look back at the persistent efforts of the Army in getting me and my friends' admission in Military Nursing Colleges, I feel nothing but a sense of deep gratitude. I am sure the feeling of gratitude will be in other thousands of children who have joined Civil Services, Armed Forces, and CAPF.

The concerted efforts of the Army persons have resulted in a unique trust and faith that has developed between the civilians and army. I still remember the day when as a young girl from Senapati, my mother allowed me to travel with my friends all the way to Guwahati for written exams and further to Lucknow for the Interview guided and accompanied by an Army man from Tamenglong to appear for my interview. That decision gave me this opportunity to join the most prestigious Armed Forces Medical College at Pune. I can now say that those twelve days in Lucknow have changed the course of my and my friends' lives.

The frequent Employment awareness Symposiums and Seminars organized by army have facilitated our understanding of immense opportunities available beyond the State for employment. The children from interior villages are now confident and better aware to exploit these opportunities, thanks to the persistent and genuine efforts of all the army persons of Senapati & Tamenglong. I and my friends owe gratitude to the units of Tamenglong and Senapati and have been privileged to have come in touch with these people.

There efforts has transformed the outlook of the society towards them and has brought peace and joy in Senapati and Tamenglong. People forgot bandh and blockade and started channelizing their energy towards better future. We could see vehicles moving at night which could never happen earlier. We were not scared to meet and interact with the army and Assam Rifles persons, Who were helping us?

Today, on this occasion of Republic Day, when I saw the name of Brigadier SK Sharma (We used to call him Senapati Tiger), being awarded Yudh Seva Medal. I felt a sense of responsibility to pen down my wonderful experience with the Army for the benefit of many of those who still feel hesitant in approaching the Army. I feel proud and thank god for bringing him to Senapati Brigade. I am sure; the people of Tamenglong & Senapati join me in congratulating him on this achievement. Thank you Sir for being there and changing the way we looked at the Army.


* Miss Reiveine wrote this article for The Sangai Express
The writer is from Tungjoy, Senapati Manipur. She is presently undergoing Military Nursing Training in College of Nursing, AFMC Pune
This article was posted on February 13 2014



* Comments posted by users in this discussion thread and other parts of this site are opinions of the individuals posting them (whose user ID is displayed alongside) and not the views of e-pao.net. We strongly recommend that users exercise responsibility, sensitivity and caution over language while writing your opinions which will be seen and read by other users. Please read a complete Guideline on using comments on this website.




LATEST IN E-PAO.NET
  • Khangkhui Cave, Ukhrul #2: Gallery
  • Chhungthianhoih, Agui :: eMing
  • Identity crisis : @Somorendra Lecture
  • Reflection on Tour of Dubai & Abu Dhabi #2
  • Khangminashi - II : Report
  • Globalization & its impact on our culture
  • District Demand 2011-2018 :: Timeline
  • Dishonouring the Constitution of India
  • From EVM to floor test Onus on BJP
  • Curtain Raising- Sangai Fest 2017: Gallery
  • 4th MCA Plate Tournament : Gallery
  • International Nurses Week #1
  • Story of Silence : @Somorendra Lecture
  • Apiculture (bee-keeping) #2
  • Khangminashi - II : Invitation at Thoubal
  • IBSD-ILS Centre set up in Bhubaneswar
  • Of 3 Ws - Beware
  • Forming the Govt : Office of Governor
  • Lainingthou Lai Lam thopka #2 : Gallery
  • Manipur Fight League Season 1 : Gallery
  • Prison Diary of Lamyanba NK Sanajaoba #3
  • Rights of indigenous people & merger
  • Manipur's tryst for a native Chief Secretary
  • Marxji, Modiji & Birenji
  • Naga Peace Process :: News Timeline
  • Reasoning without disparities
  • Regulate movement of auto rickshaws
  • Healing Touch: A case of still to outreach
  • Re-visiting Khangkhui caves in Ukhrul
  • Sandrembi Cheishra :: Book Review
  • Homecoming & Other Stories :: Review
  • Kuki-Zomi Insurgency in Manipur #2
  • Cry of a Dying River - 29 :: Poem
  • Shija Hospitals MOU for RBSK Nagaland
  • Are we waiting for the "Go-dot"
  • Understanding with KSO : Reaching to all
  • NNC observes 67th Naga plebiscite anniv
  • Event on martial art ends
  • Garlic Festival @ Ukhrul #3 : Gallery
  • Dr. Cesarczyk drizzled harmonics in the rain
  • Tlanglhungbung Leikol - Tourist destination
  • Manipulative skill pays in usurping power
  • Khonzel TV : New Manipuri Streaming TV
  • Naturopathy as career option
  • Free Eye Camp at Wangoo
  • Khongjom Day: OK to observe on Apr 23, but
  • Outside Manipur after Class XII
  • TRAU Vs Langsning FC : Gallery
  • Ngasepam Nalini : State Akademi Award
  • Construction of Ima Keithel
  • Inner Line Permit (ILP) Demand :: Timeline
  • Dreaming :: Poem
  • Test for dengue fever
  • Home Coming & other Stories : Book [upd]
  • Eco Tourism as alternative to Timber Trade
  • Go to Village - boon .. but a scourge for PRI
  • Citizenship Bill ... on basis of religion!
  • Gardening @Ema Keithel #2: Gallery
  • Front Page Photo 2018 #2: Gallery
  • Course in Book Publishing at IGNTU, Kpi
  • Reflection on Tour of Dubai & Abu Dhabi #1
  • Gurudev :: Poem
  • Counseling to Delhi University Aspirants
  • Poumai Purul Hiimai Paoki #1 : Gallery
  • Eyek Tamba :: Learn Manipuri script
  • Apiculture (bee-keeping) #1
  • Entrepreneur find ways to recycle plastic
  • Social impacts of Mapithel dam
  • Cyber crime defined: The Bhopal case
  • Timber banned but no ban on firewood
  • Traffic chaos : Regulate not ban entry !
  • Cheiraoba Thabal by LGBTQ #2 : Gallery
  • Culturals @Shirui Lily Fest : Gallery
  • Kuki-Zomi Insurgency in Manipur #1
  • Civil Service as a career option
  • The plight of education in Manipur
  • Appeal to Stop Oil Exploration
  • TechExpo at IIT Guwahati
  • Awaiting- a light at end of the tunnel
  • Wanted : Responses not reactions
  • Kabo Valley: A brief history
  • 'Autonomous Naga council'- a major hurdle
  • Cry of a Dying River - 28 :: Poem
  • Admission :: SAIRAM college at Patsoi
  • Khangminashi :: Lecture series at KKT
  • CASO conducted at Mantripukhri
  • PRI & the Mission- "Go to Village"
  • Final pact likely soon : Stand of CSOs
  • Pakhangba Cheng Hongba #2 : Gallery
  • Steelheart @ Shirock , Ukhrul #3 : Gallery
  • The Killing Fields - 2013-18 : News Timeline
  • A village "wall" a destruction for others
  • Thank you Mangaal Rural...
  • Lack of proper investigation- minor girl case
  • Nagaland Cong shelved plans to contest LS
  • Employment drive through Afforestation
  • Bid to attract the brightest
  • A. Halim Chowdhury: A Profile
  • Gardening @Ema Keithel #1: Gallery
  • Occupational hazards of journalists
  • Election: The greatest weapon of the people
  • Community Gardening in memory of Belinda
  • Politicians need a thorough headbanging
  • Beauty essentials for your holiday
  • NPF will not attend meeting..
  • A view on "Go to Village" Mission
  • Littering Shirui peak after Lily Fest
  • Polo ground & institute in Manipur
  • Khangkhui Cave, Ukhrul #1: Gallery
  • Dance competition @MANFETE #2 : Gallery
  • Bracing for monsoon madness
  • When I'm sick :: Poem
  • 1949: Story of India's Takover of Manipur
  • You can't defile a Judge like that
  • Legal provisions for misusing Social Media
  • Bill for non-local: Need to learn from 2015
  • Heart OPD Camp at Youth Club Brahmapur
  • Flood in Imphal [06 May ] : Gallery
  • Gudui Ngai @ Ragailong : Gallery
  • Ode to Inle (in Myanmar) #2
  • AFSPA Repeal from Meghalaya, Arunachal
  • Reclamation of eutrophicated water bodies
  • Hey smartphone! Free me from your spell
  • Job Positions at VITSOFTS, Canchipur
  • Lainingthou Lai Lam thopka #1 : Gallery
  • Phumdigi Tantha Dance Drama : Synopsis
  • Speaker List at Seminar on Atomic Energy
  • The making of village republics
  • The Sunset Blues :: Poem
  • Rio for development on eastern corridor
  • Welcomes decision on mini hornbills
  • Good show only from Imphal
  • 'ZB (AMN) President creating confusion'
  • Zeme Nagas aggrieved at 'non-inclusion'
  • Class XII Exam Toppers : Gallery
  • Prison Diary of Lamyanba NK Sanajaoba #1
  • Communal Harmony in a Multicultural ..
  • Community Gardening Event at Ema Keithel
  • Usurped Domain
  • Fruit stalls : Who gave them the license ?
  • 60 best social media practices
  • Pakhangba Cheng Hongba #1 : Gallery
  • Class XII Result : Science Toppers
  • Class XII Result : Arts Toppers
  • Class XII Result : Commerce Toppers
  • HSE Result 2018 : District Wise
  • HSE Result 2018 : Highest Marks
  • HSE Result 2018 : Science Stream
  • HSE Result 2018 : Arts Stream
  • HSE Result 2018 : Commerce Stream
  • Scholarship for Civil Aspirants : Gallery
  • The Streets Of Imphal
  • Civil Aspirants Scholarship Announcement
  • Vandalizing of fruit seller- protecting identity
  • Free Heart OPD Camp at Manipur University
  • Go to Village Mission: Another first for Govt
  • Khongjom Day - April 23 #2 : Gallery
  • 16 out of 18 clears IIT/JEE Mains
  • RIST Talk-36 : Enchanting Light of Firefly
  • Cry of a Dying River - 27 :: Poem
  • World Veterinary Day - 2018
  • Halt oil exploration work in Manipur
  • Snakebites and Uniformed Saviours
  • SRDP funds: NDPP calls for investigation
  • National PR Day at Guwahati
  • The only way towards salvation
  • Haudonggi Lamchat :: Funga Wari
  • Mukada: Eroding Festival of Kharam Tribe
  • Steelheart @ Shirock , Ukhrul #2 : Gallery
  • 'Go To Village mission' launched at Yaiskul
  • Quality assurance management as career
  • Test for Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
  • UCM, MPP making clear their stand
  • Kh Sanjita & Saikhom Mirabai :: Gallery
  • May Calendar for Year 2018 :: Tools
  • How India Restrain NE Extremist Outfits
  • Sr. Liaison Officer wanted at KEN Manipur
  • Liangmai disassociate from Zeliangrong #2
  • Act East Policy: A boom or doom for locals
  • Neuro OPD at SKY Hospital, Porompat
  • Shirui Lily Fest: Attract more outside tourist
  • AR conducts Security Meet at Andro
  • Climbing the Shirui Hills #1 : Gallery
  • NE Guide to Thailand : Gallery
  • Prof N Irabanta : Doyen of Aerobiology
  • Celebrating Karang: A cashless village
  • STDCM gi chahigi meefam pangthokhre
  • Clarification by TR Zeliang: Reg. MNREGS
  • Seminar: Mental Health, Social Work
  • CM Rio attempted to divert Funds
  • Paintings @Imphal Art Camp : Gallery
  • Opening: Shirui Lily Festival : Gallery
  • Floral tributes to PLA members #3 : Gallery
  • Ode to Inle (in Myanmar) #1
  • Mental health & suicide: Global health issue
  • Sr. Web Developer wanted at Mobimp
  • Mega Ex-Servicemen rally
  • Religion as Weapon of politics
  • Final Naga Accord : acceptable to all?
  • Steelheart @ Shirock , Ukhrul #1 : Gallery
  • Wrong Teaching
  • TRAU Vs Bengaluru FC #2 : Gallery
  • Edge of self determination #3
  • Shanglen for Ima Panthoibi at Khumbong
  • 'HUN' Thadou Cultural Festival #2 : Gallery
  • Liangmai disassociate from Zeliangrong #1
  • Khongjom Day - April 23 #1 : Gallery
  • Northeast Indian Guide to Thailand
  • Interaction with Steelheart @Imphal: Gallery
  • Khongjom Numit: Last battle of Manipur
  • Battle of Khongjhom :: Read about it
  • Teinem Luira Phanit #2: Gallery
  • Naorem Kalimohon Singh : A Profile
  • Cheiraoba @ Kolkata : Gallery
  • Manipuri speaking diaspora in Assam
  • Cheiraoba Chak Katpa [14 Apr] : Gallery
  • Md Awaysh Khan: Mr. India : Gallery
  • Mahesh Thounaojam #2 : eRang Photos
  • Mnipur Ima :: Seireng
  • Tributes to Khelen Thokchom : Gallery
  • Sanakhya Ebotombi Haorokcham: Biography
  • PM Narendra Modi @Imphal #2 : Gallery
  • Enakta Leiringei (Film) #2 :: eRang
  • Temples of Manipur : Gallery
  • Recipients of Akademi Awards for 2014
  • Old Manipuri Movie #1 :: eRang Classic
  • SPONSORED ADS