The Meghalaya State Government will be sanctioning Rs. 50 crore for establishing 9 community colleges with the aim of increasing higher education access for people living in rural zones. According to Dr. Mukul Sangma, Chief Minister, Meghalaya, there are the green field and brown field categories of community colleges. The latter indicates colleges which have already been established and these will received a one-time allocation of Rs. 2 crores each while the former category has colleges which will be newly established with an allocation of Rs. 10 crores each.
Dr. Sangma stated that the capital expenditure on a one-time basis will be Rs. 50 crore for these community colleges and Rs. 53.106 crore will be the recurring expenditure. The latter involves teacher salaries adhering to the UGC regulations. This will enable the Government to attract the best academics and brains to these community colleges and teachers will have non-transferable posts.
Under the first phase that has been approved by the Cabinet, colleges in the brownfield segment include Tirot Sing Memorial College, Nongstoin College, Shangpung College, Ri Bhoi College and the Jaintia Eastern College, Khliehriat. Areas, where the new colleges will be established, include Chokpot, Tura, Rongjeng and Ampati and these colleges will be offering sections on Arts, Science and Commerce. Dr. Sangma stated that this is one of the best ways to offer quality higher education to people living in rural zones. The approach of the Government is to look beyond the capital of the State with regard to offering higher education facilities to citizens.
Dr. Sangma also stated that a governing body will be appointing teachers drawn from the community and government alike.