Govt to set up five community colleges in rural areas

SHILLONG, Apr 10: The Meghalaya Democratic Alliance Government on Monday informed the House that the state will have five Community Colleges in the rural areas.

Replying to a supplementary query during the Question Hour on Tuesday, state Education Minister, Lahkmen Rymbui informed that the Ri-Bhoi Colleges will be among one of the five institutions which will be upgraded to a Community College.

When opposition Congress legislator from Nongpoh, Mayralborn Syiem sought to know what facilities/infrastructures or financial support will such Community Colleges get, the state Education Minister said, “Such colleges will have Arts and Commerce streams, posts will be created as per UGC norms, one time grant of Rs two crore will be given for infrastructure development.”

When asked what is the difference between the a government run college and a Community College, Rymbui told the House that in the former the managing committee is being looked after the government while in the latter the managing committee will constitute of stakeholders from the community.

To a query from Congress legislator from Umroi, George B Lyngdoh, the Education Minister said that a feeder higher secondary school was needed to run the Community College.

The Umroi MLA also said that having a Community College in the rural areas will help in decongestion of colleges, stop the migration of students from rural to urban areas which has let to drop out cases in the graduation courses.

“These Community Colleges will solve in increasing graduates from the rural areas,” Lyngdoh said.