‘Universities should be involved at the highest level of research’

SHILLONG, Aug 2: Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Kongkal Sangma said that Universities should play an important role through research and collaborate with the government.

“Our Universities should be involvement at the highest level of research to assess the impact of different policies of the government. They should play a bigger role and report to the government with constructive suggestions so that the government is able to take an informed decision for the greater interest of the society,” the Chief Minister said.

Conrad was speaking at a felicitation programme, organised by University of Science and Technology, Meghalaya (USTM) in Shillong to felicitated Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) examination toppers of Meghalaya Board of School Education (MBoSE).

He enlightened the gathering that Meghalaya has envisaged a mission to transform education system.

“The Education Policy conceived by the government is in final stage of completion and will be out soon. We are committed that the policy will guide us in our mission to enhance education facilities and services for the student community,” he added.

The Chief Minister said that the government has collaborated with institutions in the state to ensure that students from Meghalaya qualify in Indian Civil Service Examination.

“Lack of coaching facilities poses hindrance for our students to qualify in civil service examination. It is our responsibility that we channelise our resources in finding a way forward to empower our student for such examinations,” Conrad said.

He lauded initiative of USTM in creating an enabling environment for higher studies for the students of Meghalaya and rest of North East India.

Congratulating the toppers of SSLC examination, he motivated them to soar higher in life. “In our journey, we will have to face success or failure. Our failure should not dither our spirit. We have to challenge ourselves and rise up. Failure is when we give up. Failure is a mindset,” the Chief Minister said, while urging the students to be prepared with all situations.

Talking at length on entrepreneurship, the Chief Minister said that the potential of the youth has to be harnessed through entrepreneurship.

“We are trying to create an environment for our youth to be engaged in meaningful livelihood opportunities by promoting entrepreneurship,” Conrad added.

Lauding the initiative of USTM for establishing Entrepreneurship Research Centre, he said that our young people can progress only through entrepreneurship and necessary facilities have to be provided to them.

State Education Minister, Lahkmen Rymbui was also present at the felicitation programme.

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