It was very thoughtful of Dr. Pratap C. Gine, Vice-Principal of Theology Department to think of publishing a festschrift at the sixtieth birthday of the Principal of the College, Dr. Lalchungnunga. It also coincided with his retirement from his services to the College as well. I may take note of the fact that it is first time that a principal is being honored such a way by his colleagues, though others too have retired from the College in the past. It shows the respect, affection and appreciation, Dr. Lalchungunga and PiHliri have earned through their association with the College. There is no doubt that Dr. Lalchungnunga came to the College during some troublesome times, a time of mistrust and efficacy of the College to continue good relations with the churches and society in the north-east. His coming to College had healed the wounds that the College had inflicted upon some of its constituencies in the north-east. He has brought some freshness to the college as he gave new colors to the College buildings and repaired the heritage Carey House. Re-establishment of relations with the William Carey University and Foundation is also one of his major contributions to the College. At this time, I wish to join many of his friends and admirers in felicitating him and wishing him continued life of active service to the church and society, as he always had, in the time to come. He hails from the north-east, I too have special bond of affection for the north-east, let me contribute this article by way of felicitation to him and Pi Hliri.
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