Most Rev. Dr. James Thoppil, Bishop of Kohima diocese, Nagaland laid the foundation stone for the Peace Center (A Centre for Education, Research and Community Action for Peace and peace studies) at St. Joseph Hr. Sec. School Campus Chumukedima, Nagaland on the 9th of March 2019. The historical event was witnessed by fathers, sisters, 120 catechists representing various local churches form the diocese, church, community and village leaders, faculty members, and students from North East Institute of Social Sciences and Research (NEISSR), and staff and members of Peace Channel respectively.
Bishop Thoppil in his message informed that Peace Centre Dimapur, Nagaland, is an amalgamation of the NEISSR in one wing, which will provide academic courses in graduation and post-graduation in peace and allied subjects to address the needs for developing professionals and academic human resources in taking up social changes and another wing will be the secretariat of Peace Channel Movement, which would engage in institutional and community level peace building. It is conceptualized to address the unique nature and need of the state and the region, considering the protracted conflicts that defined the socio-economic life of the people for past several decades. The church has been consistently striving to bring succour to and hope to the people who needed our services in the field of education, health and social services, especially in her mission to reach the unreached in the remotest part of the state. He appreciated Fr. C.P. Anto and his team, for the noble initiatives and the contribution that the both institutions have been rendering to the well being and growth of the people in the region.
Fr. Dr. C.P. Anto, in his welcome address, said that the Peace Centre is envisioned as an institution that would herald and promote professional education for social change, develop theories, facilitating mediation and dialogue, promotions of peace education among the children and youth and mobilization and capacity building of the church, community leaders and engaging different communities to build peace and strive for sustainable peace. It also will have peace museum, peace library, dialogue and cultural centre respectively. He also appreciated the agencies who are supporting the cause partially like Catholic Bishop conference, Diocese of Kohima and some philanthropists and is looking forward to having patrons, government and nongovernmental agencies to accomplish the construction of peace centre mission in Nagaland by 2020. Rev. Fr. John Poji, the Administrator NEISSR, proposed vote of thanks.