Inclusion of Thomas Jones Synod College under People’s College Scheme as Silver Jubilee’s gift from CM
Making the Silver Jubilee celebration of the Thomas Jones Synod College, Jowai a memorable and remarkable one, Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma announced the inclusion of Thomas Jones Synod College in upcoming second list of the People’s College’s Scheme.
The announcement made by the Chief Minister in the Silver Jubilee Celebration of the College was received with round of applause from the teachers and students of the College.
Sangma lauded the efforts and contribution of Thomas Jones Synod College for the past 25 years without any supports from the Government and urged the College to chalk out plans for the next 25 years and aims higher so that they will be able to excel and succeed more.
Stating that 75 percent of the State populations are below the age of 35 years, the Chief Minister said that it is the responsibility of Govt to create right environment to direct the youths in right direction and mould and shape them else it will be difficult for the State. He also informed that the MDA Government has come up with the Education Policy, the Sports Policy and the Youth Policy which was not there for the past fifty years.
Taking a dig on people who are politicizing the border issue, the Chief Minister admitted that it is not the perfect solution but the best solution with regard to the six areas of disputes which were settled by the Meghalaya and Assam Govt recently. The Govt will be solving the issue of Block-I & II and Khanduli- Psiar-Khatkasla areas in the days to time, Sangma reiterated.
The NPP National President informed the construction of the Jowai Internal Road at a total cost of Rs. 26 crores, which is a loan from World Bank will be starting soon while Rs.12 crore is allotted for Smart Town Beatification Project of Jowai and the mini secretariat will be constructed at a total cost of Rs. 20 crore and Rs. 30 crore has been allotted under the New Development Project of the Tourism Department for developing the Mukhla areas.
He also informed that the proposal for road linkage of Shillong to Jowai has been approved in principle by NHAI and the improvement of the road is likely to start in the next few months. The long awaited MCH Hospital in Jowai will be inaugurated very soon, he added.
Education Minister Lakmen Rymbui informed that the State has about nearly Sixty thousand teachers from primary till college level both aided or government teachers for a total population of 36 lakhs and the ratio of citizens per teacher is one teacher for 60 people not students. He also informed that the during the past four years more than 1500 people from primary schools to college level got regular jobs under the Education department, which are not highlighted by anyone.
Previous government questioned why the present government is weak, the Education minister said that the people of the state have seen in the past that the previous government lathi charged the teachers who protest “but our Government we tried to address the issue even though we may not be as successful.”
He also informed that for the last four years they have followed up issue of BEd College in Jowai but sometimes new regulations and new policies come up every now and then and he added that this morning and last week he spoke to the Secretary of NCTE and informed that the process is on for opening up the BEd College in Jowai.
The Amlarem MLA expressed concern over the use of money power to win election and appealed to the students and the church leaders to take up the responsibility for dissuading the general public against the cash for vote policy.
The Chief Minister inaugurated the Science Block of the College while Rymbui released the Silver Jubilee Souvenir.
Other who spoke included Jowai MLA Wailamiki Shylla, College Principal Dr DG Lyngdoh, KJP Synod Mihngi cum Chairman Governing Body Rev GS Lytan.
Thomas Jones Synod College started only as an evening shift college and was opened on 5th August, 1997 by then Chief Minister Salseng C Marak and after three years the day shift was started and was affiliated to NEHU. The College now offered courses in all three streams science, commerce and arts and was accredited with B- Grade by NAAC.
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