Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio said that the state government was serious about the issues being faced by the students as “hope lies on our youth, particularly the educated youth”.
Addressing the graduation day programme of St Joseph’s College, Jakhama on Friday Rio said the government has accorded foremost priority to issues of non-payment of teachers’ salary, disbursal of students’ scholarship and encroachment of land of educational institutes.
He also said the government was trying to bring the students under the financial inclusion by disbursing scholarships through bank accounts as many economic activities nowadays are being done through the bank.
Congratulating the graduates of the college, the chief minister exhorted them to build holistic right values, maturity in emotions and right attitude to face challenges ahead.
Commending the institute for providing quality education to about 3,600 students and being one of the best colleges under Nagaland University, he lauded the college being graded A+ status by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council recently.
Stating that the Naga society was under pressure and terming the state’s economy as salary economy, Rio stressed the need for venturing into private sector.
Citing the example of Japan, South Korea and Singapore, he said the development of a country does not depend on the natural resources but on human resource.
The chief minister conferred various awards and certificates to meritorious students. Nagaland Assembly Speaker Vikho-o Yhoshü was also present on the occasion.