Mizoram was one of the partakers of Sunday’s nationwide digital launch hosted in Srinagar of Jammu & Kashmir where Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated 11 professional colleges and 136 projects funded under the Rashtriya Uchchattar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) scheme.
The Mizoram Engineering College (MEC) was one of the 11 colleges under the RUSA scheme and is the first professional engineering college to be established in the state.
The construction for the college was started in June 2016 and was completed in November 2018.
The launch was witnessed through video conferencing by important officials of the Mizo government including the Higher & Technical Education Secretary, Biaktluanga and Mizoram University Vice Chancellor KRS Sambavisa Rao at the Chief Secretary’s Conference Hall, New Secretariat.
While the college is still in its initial stage, as per the request of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, the first department to start functioning will be the Civil Engineering Department due to popular demand in a temporary mode for the 2019-2020 academic session.
The engineering college is located at Pukpui in Lunglei district which is the second largest district in Mizoram population wise and the largest district area wise.
The college occupies a total area of 24.9 acres, and was built with a budget of Rs. 26 crore.
The buildings in the college include an academic block, laboratory, workshop, library, cafeteria, students common room and boys and girls hostel.
The college has an enrolling capacity of up to 300 students. The college will have three departments – civil engineering, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering.
For the college to be able to function, the state government is expected to construct an approach road of 3 kms, to set up water connection and water storage, and provide a transformer and electric connection, a total of which will require an expenditure of Rs 9 crore.