Chief Minister, Meghalaya, Dr. Mukul Sangma, laid the base for the first ever engineering college to be established at Ampati in South West Garo Hills. The event was also graced by Deborah C Marak, the Minister for Education and Literacy. The engineering will be the second in Meghalaya and the base has been laid at Kebolpara for construction, which is approximately 4 kilometres away from Ampati.
Dr. Mukul Sangma also stated that Rs. 41 crore has been sanctioned for building the college. The establishment of this college will help in fulfilling aspirations of the residents in Garo Hills according to him and will also usher in positive change. Dr. Sangma talked of how Meghalaya is a developing state and hence there are several commitments that need to be addressed. There are several zones in the state, which do not have basic amenities and good roads even now. Meghalaya will be celebrating 50 years of statehood in five years and hence there are several things to be accomplished in order to catch up with the rest of India according to him. He talked of how educational institutions were valuable partners helping the Government come up with the most innovative solutions.
Dr. Sangma stated that productive people are the real strengths for any Nation and if they can do something positive and offer solutions, then continual knowledge acquisition becomes the focus for any institution. He also added that unproductive members of society were liabilities for their families and communities in general. Dr. Sangma also talked of how the educational sector required massive improvement in order to produce these responsible and highly productive citizens who would drive progress in Meghalaya. All children should be able to receive quality education and the scope to compete at a national level according to Dr. Sangma.
CM Sangma also confirmed that the foundation will be laid soon for the Captain Williamson Technical University at Tura, College of Science and Commerce, Mahendraganj. Deborah C Marak talked of how the Government remained committed towards boosting education in Meghalaya and added how dedicated educational institutions within easy reach of those underprivileged would help these students flourish in life. Marak stated how proxy teaching should be done away with in a bid to offer high quality education to all children. The Government Chief Whip also addressed the gathering, encouraging youngsters to develop an interest in mathematics and science.