Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma on Tuesday said his government would continue to put thrust on social sector particularly health and education, which would ensure unprecedented progress in the state.
Sangma made this remark while inaugurating the newly constructed Williamnagar Polytechnic Institute in East Garo Hills, which would be second polytechnic institute in Garo hills, apart from the newly laid foundation for Ampati Engineering College and College of Urban Planning and Architecture.
He told the gathering that the government has accorded attention in the education sector, which has also led to the establishment of the first state sponsored university – Captain Williamson Sangma Technical University.
“The government has a challenge to ensure that the education ultimately provides employability and as per the demand mapping of knowledge and skill is being made to ensure space for employment,” he said.
He informed that the department has been instructed to map emerging opportunities, so that the youth of Meghalaya are not in the cross roads looking for jobs.
“We should not copy and follow conventional courses but should endeavour to set a new trend and provide necessary skills which are job driven,” the chief minister added.
As the 2018 election dates draws closer the chief minister, who is on a last minute state-wide inauguration spree stated that the beginning of growth and development has started, which has to continue.
“Different states in the country boost of oldest technical universities, institutes, medical colleges, we have just made a humble beginning and we are on the right track towards ensure accelerated growth and development,” he exhorted.
School education and literacy minister Deborah C. Marak, who accompanied the chief minister said, “The government has been able to ensure visible development in the past 10 years under the visionary leadership of chief minister who has worked hard to ensure that seed of development spreads to different nook and corner of the state.”
Sangma and Marak also distributed tablets to the students of Class XII of Williamnagar during the programme.
The chief minister announced that the tablet distribution to the students, which were limited to Class XII students, would also be given to Class XI students from this year onwards.