Imphal: Imphal Theological College and Seminary conferred Honorary Doctorate Degree for Lifetime Achievement in Humanitarian Service and Social Work to Dr I.K. Muivah IPS at the graduation ceremony administered by its President Rev Dr Wilson Telen today in Imphal. Previous recipients of the honorary doctorate from the Seminary include former Chief Minister of Manipur Dr Rishang Keishing, MLA Dr Chaltonlein Amo and former MBC General Secretary Dr Vumthang Sitlhou.
Dr I.K. Muivah, who is serving as Inspector General of Police, Manipur is well known for undertaking prisons reforms of Jails when he was posted as SP, for both Manipur Central Jail, Sajiwa and Manipur Central Jail, Imphal from 2011 to 2013.
Mention may be made that instead of only performing daily routine duties, Dr I.K. Muivah took up various positive initiatives for correctional and welfare measures for the prisoners which included large numbers of militants. Such measures was undertaken for improving the prison environment as well as reforming prisoners’ mindset and character. The welfare measures were warmly reciprocated by the inmates and had long-lasting results which could be seen even today.
Among some of them was the introduction of the Indira Gandhi National Open University inside the prisons which provides free education for the prisoners and can be continued free of cost even after they are released from prison. Improving the food quality and curbing of smuggling illegal items inside the prisons where the SP himself was made to be frisked by jail security was taken up. The First Prison Gym in India was opened in Manipur Central Jail, Sajiwa with the donation of equipment from CNN-IBN award winner RK Viswajit of Animal Gym.
Music section, painting section, handicrafts, tailoring and spiritual counselling were introduced besides sports, farming and gardening for inmates. Food quality was constantly checked and special regular arrangement of medicine for HIV inmates were arranged together with JNIMS hospital.
The prison Library was refurnished by allowing donation from individuals and institutions which received a wide response. More than 80 forty-five days modules of Art of Living Yoga courses were conducted through Roshni Sharma’s team for improving the health and well-being of the inmates.
The reform undertaken inside the prisons was ably documented in the film “Anouba Khongthang” (New Step) which was released in the year 2013.
As Commanding Officer, 8th Bn, Manipur Rifles, a new school for the children of Manipur Rifles personnel was constructed inside the Battalion in Chandel district under his initiative.
Dr I.K. Muivah did his graduation and post-graduation from St, Stephen’s Colege, Delhi University. He was a member of the College Social Service Society (SSS) which involves reading to blind students. He also served as college Chess Captain and was a prize winner of prestigious Delhi University Mukarji Memorial Debate in 1991.
Dr I.K. Muivah had undergone training with United Nations at Centre of Excellence for Special Police Units (CoESPU) in Vicenza, Italy in 2006. He has also undergone Mid-Career Training Programmes (MCTPs) in Sydney, Australia and Cambridge University, UK.
He was awarded the Police Medal for Meritorious Service in 2018 by the President of India.
Dr I.K. Muivah began his social service at the young age of 15 when he served as Chairman of Tangkhul Baptist Youth Fellowship, New Checkon in 1985. He is currently Advisor-II of Manipur Police Christian Churches Association.
After clearing UPSC Civil Services Examinationin in 2000 securing 199th rank, he was allotted IPS, Manipur-Tripura Cadre. He also served as elected Chairman of Officers’ Club, Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie in 2000 during the combined Foundation Course for IAS, IFS,IPS,IFoS and Group A Services.
Dr I.K.Muivah lifelong, deep concern for the poor and under-privileged sections of society is seen in his ongoing numerous contributions to society.
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