Shillong, August 11, 2017: Call it a good news or just another stone laying tantrum before the elections, but one thing is certain. The state will get its first Government Engineering College at Shillong Polythecnic Campus, though the period of completion is yet to be known.
CM Mukul Sangma on Friday laid the foundation stone of the 1st Government Engineering College at Shillong Polythecnic Campus, a project which is funded under Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan. (RUSA) is a centrally sponsored scheme which aims at providing strategic funding to eligible state higher educational institutions.
The central funding (in the ratio of 60:40 for general category States, 90:10 for special category states and 100% for union territories) would be norm based and outcome dependent.
In his speech, Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma said that it is an irony that after 45 years since the state attained its statehood, we are capable of laying the foundation stone of a repute institute only now. “We have missed out but its never too late. Hope complete within record time,” Sangma said.
While asking the youth to follow their dreams, Sangma said that there is a need to courage the young minds to pursue their dream. “We politicians don’t just have our dream, but we dream to the wide spectrum of people. Stagnation will not allow us to grow. Dream is the way out to get rid of stagnation,” he added.
Furthermore, the CM stated that the government has been able to complete many projects on time. “We have come a long way and there are no short cuts in the process of development — as we follow the approach of Identifying, evaluating, diagnosing and dismantling the challenges to achieve our target,” said the CM.
Hihglighting on the importance of having an engineering college of our own, Sangma said “Shillong Polythecnic already has qualified teachers and engineering is very crucial field,” while expressing hope to reinstate the legacy of Meghalaya as a ‘centre of education’.
“We need to have a dream to make Meghalaya an educational hub and I called upon all the stakeholders to create a social and secure environment to ensure not only quality education to our children but also attract students from outside,” said the chief minister while maintaining that education can be a game changer and can help boost tourism in the state.
Meanwhile, Mawlai MLA Embhah Syiemlieh said, “The dream of upgrading Shillong Polytechnic to Engineering college finally fulfilled”. Minister PWD Ampareen Lyngdoh assesrted, “Shillong has technocrats that can contribute tremendously and with this, the next generation of institution will not have to spend 4 to 5 years studying outside but within the state”. “This is a red letter day for students and the state. It was a long cherished dream of the people to have an engineering college. We are grateful to the Chief Minister”, opined Roshan Warjiri, Minister in-charge education.