Education Minister Honchun Ngandam accompanied by the local MLA Techi Kaso on Saturday inaugurated the Shikshak Bhawan and academic block of the Dera Natung Government College (DNGC) in Itanagar in the presence of senior departmental officers, college faculty members and students.
Terming the teachers and students “living assets” of the college who alone could bring name and fame and the concrete structures could be only centre for exposure for achieving excellence.
He emphatically told the students and the teachers that the responsibility of taking this reputed college to a higher pedestal of glory rests on their shoulders. A strong administrative leadership, like Principal Dr NT Rikam, would grease their efforts to achieve the goal of turning the DNGC into a centre of excellence, he said, and cautioned that without commitment and sincerity of the students it would be impossible to attain the goal.
He announced that the State has got approval for an engineering college at Tezu, one each model degree college at Longding and Namsai under the Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) Phase-II but assured to grant funds under the State Annual Development Agenda (SADA) and RUSA every year as DNGC is the face of State’s higher education.
Kaso congratulated the college community on getting useful infrastructures but urged the minister to meet all demands placed by the principals and announced to facilitate CC road within the DNGC campus. He, however, took exception to the remark of an agitating teacher to teach students Z in place of A, and exhorted them to mend their attitude.
The Higher & Technical Education Director Dr Tayek Talom urged the DNGC fraternity to work with commitment to fulfill the requirements of Bengaluru-based National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC).
Dr Rikam earlier said that Shikshak Bhawan, quarters (two Type-II blocks and two Type-IV blocks) were built with Rs 4 crore special plan assistance funds and academic block with Rs 4 crore fund of RUSA Phase-I, which also included maintenance and renovation of classrooms, security room, and new separate toilets for girls and boys, etc. He also enlisted various requirements of the college with funds and manpower for effective functioning.
The Vice-Principal, Kumar Tok, in his address, lauded the sympathetic attitude of the Government towards the college and also the contractor M/s Ananth Enterprises for its quality construction of all infrastructures.