On the first day of December, the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Meghalaya Dr. Mukul Sangma laid the foundation stone for the Captain Williamson Sangma State Technical University, Tura and College of Architecture and Urban Planning at Jewilgre in South West Garo Hills. The state Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Zenith Sangma was also present at the event. The proposed university would be a state-sponsored one and first of its kind. To quote Dr. Sangma, “The University will cater to the state of Meghalaya and its campuses and study center will be established in different parts of the country and globally.”
Dr. Sangma established the fact that although a bill was passed in the state Assembly way back in 2011 regarding setting up of the university, the same was delayed due to various political disturbances in Meghalaya previously.
According to Dr. Sangma, the much-anticipated university has been allowed a sum of Rs. 19 crores to be set up. The edifice would be constructed in an area spanning more than 100 acres. He assured that the preliminary works have started and are likely to be completed soon. Dr. Sangma further informed that the new university would have R D Shira and K R Marak as the Pro Vice-Chancellor and the Registrar, respectively.
In the next five years, Meghalaya would be commemorating the 50th glorious year of statehood; hence, people greatly look forward to the state. Dr. Sangma stressed the fact that Meghalaya, in spite of its humble roots has a lot of development and welfare activities for its people in the pipeline. Empowering the youth is also among their major expansion plans since young minds bring a lot of hope and possibilities.
However, Dr. Sangma expressed the need for a medical college for Meghalaya and for that purpose, the state government has laid the foundation for medical colleges at Jowai and Tura. He said that the health sector should be balanced, and so, two medical colleges are imperative.
The Chief Minister said that the reason Meghalaya is simultaneously taking up the establishment of medical and engineering colleges in Khasi and Garo hills is because of equal development. Both the eastern and western regions of the state should have equal development, and hence, the university, medical and engineering college in Meghalaya would train the youth and boost them advance their career and dreams.
Dr. Sangma also intimated that the College of Architecture and Urban Planning would be the first of its kind in the North East and for that, Rs. 26 crores have been sanctioned for early infrastructure development. He further said that all qualified people working outside the state should return home with their enriching experiences and join the state universities and institutes, which would contribute to the welfare of the state.
Dr. Sangma went on to say that nothing should destroy the peace and harmony of Meghalaya and that the state should be perceived as a very safe place. To quote Dr. Sangma, “The situation is such that parents have been fearful to send their children outside for higher studies. It is our responsibility to ensure that we provide an atmosphere for our children to get the best of education in their own backyard.”
The Meghalaya government has charted an agenda where the state would be self-reliant, and not depending on other states for any assistance.