Meghalaya is steadily taking giant strides towards improvements and developments in its education sector and also with regard to future readiness for the next generation of learners. The Pine Mount International School will come up across three locations in Meghalaya. The foundation was laid for building the Pine Mount International School near Tura at Doldegre. The event was graced by several dignitaries like Noverfield Marak, the MLA for Tura North, Ram Singh, the Deputy Commissioner for West Garo Hills, M.G. Raghavendra Kumar, SP, Tura and S.G. Momin, the President of Nokma Council.
The event was also graced by several local leaders and Nokmas along with parents, academicians, teachers and several students. The Chief Minister also handed out tablets to Class XII and XI students as part of the Students’ Digital Learning Aid Scheme in tandem with other dignitaries who attended the event. Dr. Sangma was delighted at taking forward this project which was overdue for a long time and talked of how Meghalaya wishes to build its own education brand and how it is the right time to tap into the Pine Mount brand. However, Pine Mount International will be a co-educational institution and will have non-residential and residential options according to the Chief Minister unlike the Shillong-based Pine Mount School.
Land acquisition was a major hurdle when these schools were sanctioned and hence the project was put on the backburner previously. He also thanked the Nokma of Doldegre A’king and her entire family for generously donating their land for establishing this school. Dr. Sangma talked of how several government establishments and institutions are coming up in the region including the Integrated Farmers’ Market and Tura Medical College. This will ensure easy access to international standard education for students in an environment which is healthy. Parents will not have to spend tons of money to educate their wards in cities where there is huge pollution.
The three Pine Mount International Schools will be set up in Garo Hills, Khasi Hills and Jaintia Hills. Dr. Sangma was hopeful of the school creating a better environment in Doldegre and how the education sector could ultimately boost the tourism prospects of the entire area. He also distributed tablets to students under the Students’ Digital Learning Scheme and talked of how education is the catalyst for bringing about positive economic and societal change and urged the students to judiciously use the tablets since they had everything they required for future preparation by way of content. Dr. Sangma also stated how the scheme was launched in 2013-14 for empowering students digitally but funding limitations led to implementation based gaps in 2016-17.
However, the Government managed to have additional sanctions for the Class XII and XI students this year according to Dr. Sangma. He also emphasized on continual upgradation of the courses by the educational department in order to ensure that students can be employable in the future. Ram Singh, the Deputy Commissioner, also addressed the gathering and talked of how the Chief Minister conceptualized the setting up of the Pine Mount International School located strategically in close proximity near Tura along the river. He talked of how the students would steadily acclimatize to the quaint rural lifestyle.