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Rare honour for NE Bishop in UK

ITANAGAR: A Catholic bishop from Arunachal Pradesh received the Bharat Gaurav Award at a ceremony in UK  on Friday fetching huge glory for the north east.
 
He is none other than Bishop (Dr.) George Palliparambil of Miao diocese in East Arunachal, who is the first Catholic Bishop to have received this award.

“This award felicitates people with extraordinary excellence in their fields and make India proud,” says Pt. Suresh Mishra President of Sanskriti Yuva Sanstha an NGO working with the vision of promoting Indian culture and society.
Mr Mishra added, “Bharat Gaurav Award is lifetime achievement award where Indian people from all over the world who achieve a landmark in their working area and made India proud, are being awarded in grand ceremony with a Coffee Table book launch.”
 
Started in 2012, the Bharat Gaurav Award” is in its sixith year.

In his award acceptance speech Bishop George underlined his lifelong commitment and conern for young people’s education and health; promotion of indigenous methods for enviornment conservation, and upholding of traditional tribal vaues of valour, dignity and honest work.

Alumnus of Salesian College Darjeeling 1977 batch, Bishop George, 63 years, heads the remotest diocese in northeast India.

Born in Kerala south India, Bishop George has been working in northeast India for over 40 years. From 1979 to 1982 Brother Geroge organised the migrant tribal students from Arunachal and Tripura who were in Shillong to get admissions, find rented facilities and mediated with the landlords to help them.

After his priestly ordination, in 1983 Fr George started the first residential school at Tinsukia to train tribal youth from neighbouring Arunachal state in schooling habits.

In 1990 he started Seva Kendra, an NGO for developmental activities. He also started first private school and hostel in Borduria village in 1992.

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