Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma today inaugurated the State’s first Engineering College–Shillong Government College of Engineering in presence of Education Minister Lahkmen Rymbui.
The prestigious project was undertaken by Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) and constructed at the cost of Rs 26 crore. The college is located on a campus area of about 7.8 acres, within the campus of Shillong Polytechnic (16.11 acres) at Mawlai Kynton Massar in East Khasi Hills District.
The college cater to Degree course of three Technical Branches i.e. Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Mining Engineering with intake capacity of 30 for each branch.
The government has created 55 posts which include 36 teaching and 19 non-teaching posts. The SGCE has applied for grant of permission and affiliation from NEHU to start, which is under process.
During the Academic year 2022-23, the college made an online application for Approval from AICTE for starting the Technical Courses, wherein the portal generated certain deficiencies that are being addressed prior to applying for the next approval process, for the Academic year 2023-24.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that the focus of the government has been the youth for the past five years. He said that government has surveyed and interacted with over 90,000 youth and has come up with a road map to channelize their potentials.
He further informed that different programmes related to entrepreneurship, sports and music that are being initiated by the government has been drawn from such studies.
“Youth is an asset and power we have, if we use their energy in right manner, we can ensure that Meghalaya can be the best State in the country, as the youth will play an important role in driving the future of our State,” the Chief Minister added.
The Chief Minister also elaborated on the robust upgradation of education scenario by introducing programme and integrating it with health and mental well-being of a child.
He said that if we plan to upscale learning at the age of 20s, we will not be able to get the best, hence, the government has initiated programmes that ensure proper nutrition of a child and early education in a systematic manner.
He further informed that government will continue to focus on human capital development as an investment for Meghalaya’s growth.