Chief Minister, Meghalaya, Dr. Mukul Sangma, stated that the Government will continue highlighting social sectors such as education and health for ensuring rapid progress in Meghalaya. Dr. Sangma inaugurated the newly built Williamnagar Polytechnic Institute at East Garo Hills. This will be the second such polytechnic institution to be built in Garo Hills after the foundation stone was laid for the new Ampati Engineering College and College of Urban Planning & Architecture.
Dr. Mukul Sangma addressed the gathering at the event, stating that his Government has always devoted attention to education in the State which also led to the setting up of the Captain Williamson Sangma Technical University, the first state-sponsored university in Meghalaya. He also added that the Government faces a major challenge when it comes to making sure that education ultimately leads to higher employability. He also added that based on overall demand, there is the continual mapping of skills and knowledge in order to ensure higher employment opportunities.
Dr. Sangma also stated that the education department had been directed to keep a track on new opportunities that are emerging in Meghalaya with a view towards offering more avenues for job seeking youth. He talked of how the State should never copy regular and standard courses but should strive to create new trends by way of learning and also in terms of skills which make aspirants absolutely job-ready.
The Chief Minister is busy inaugurating several developmental projects prior to the onset of the 2018 elections. He also stated that these developments signal the starting point for large-scale development and growth in Meghalaya which should be continued. He added that there are some of the most renowned and oldest institutions, technical universities and medical colleges in various Indian states but Meghalaya has started humbly and is definitely on the best path towards skyrocketing progress and growth for the future.
Deborah C. Marak, the literacy and school education minister, was also present at the event. She stated that there has been visible progress ensured by the Meghalaya Government over the last 10 years and credited the Chief Minister for his futuristic and development-oriented vision. She talked of how the Chief Minister and the Government have put in hard work with regard to ensuring that development touches every part of Meghalaya.
Dr. Sangma and Marak also handed tablets to Class XII students in Williamnagar during the event. The Chief Minister also stated that tablets will now be given not just to Class XII students but also to students in Class XI from 2018 onwards.