In a major move to augment technical education in northern bank of the Brahmaputra River, Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal laid foundation stone of an Engineering College at Jorabari in Balipukhuri under Behali assembly constituency in Biswanath district on Wednesday.
Addressing a public meeting on the occasion Sonowal exuded confidence that the proposed Engineering College would emerge as an institution of excellence in the realm of technical education. He also urged the local people to contribute in developing the institution as a centre of repute for technical education. He hoped that the institution would inspire the students of the north bank of the Brahmaputra River in their academic pursuits. Sonowal in his speech also criticized the previous Congress Government for neglecting the region in terms of development.
The chief minister highlighted the initiatives taken up for improvement of communication through construction of several numbers of bridges over the mighty Brahmaputra. He said that the proposed Behali Engineering College, B Ed College at Biswanath which would start functioning soon, ICAR at Gogamukh reflected the deep commitment of the central and state governments for ushering equitable development in the state.
He also urged people to stay alert against all divisive forces who were trying to foment trouble in the society and reinforce peaceful and harmonious coexistence.
Education Minister Siddhartha Bhattacharya while delivering speech said that the state government had taken steps to open science stream in fifty Arts and Commerce Colleges keeping in view the importance of science and technology in today’s age. He also informed that steps were also taken for setting up Engineering Colleges in different parts of the state. He assured the people to consider their demand to name the proposed Engineering College in the name of noted freedom fighter and social worker Chabilal Upadhyay.
Handloom, Textiles and Sericulture Minister and local MLA Ranjit Dutta, Minister of State for Education Pallab Lochan Das, Principal Secretary of Higher Education Maninder Singh, MLAs Padma Hazarika, Pramod Borthakur and Utpal Bora attended the programme.