Meghalaya governor Satya Pal Malik has asked the North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU) to create a seat of research on U Tirot Sing and U Kiang Nangbah so that the entire country would come to know about other freedom fighters in the country.
The Governor, who is the Chief Rector of NEHU, visited the university and unveiled two portraits of U Tirot Sing and U Kiang Nangbah at a function in the university on Friday.
In his address, the Governor expressed his delight in visiting the premier seat of education in the Northeast.
Congratulating NEHU on recognizing the supreme sacrifices of the two warriors of Meghalaya, he said that in the Raj Bhavan too, their portraits are hung.
“I read up on the two warriors and was impressed that at a very young age the two achieved something that would continue to inspire generations to come,” Malik said, as he urged the Vice-Chancellor to create a seat of research on the two freedom fighters.
Terming education as a means of empowerment, the Governor credited his education for his achievements in life and called the five years of college life the best years of his life.
He also said that he would gladly give up everything if he could get them back.
“Education empowers you and societies that prioritize education, have progressed,” he observed.
On a lighter note, the Governor said that he was looking forward to having a cup of tea in the University canteen because that is where he would spend most of his time when he was a student.
Recalling the time as a minister when he was looking after Parliamentary Affairs, he lamented the fact that there has never been much debate on education.
“The quality of education suffers when wealthy and powerful people don’t contribute to the cause of education. The government alone cannot do everything if those with means do not pitch in,” he added.