GUWAHATI, Sept 13: Marking the beginning of a new era in technical higher education in the state, chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Thursday laid the foundation stone of Bongaigaon Engineering College at Sanyasi Pahar of Bongaigaon town. Later speaking at the public meeting at Jelkajhar, Bongaigaon, the chief minister said that the Engineering College situated amidst the lush green surroundings would become one of the premier technical institutes in the days to come.
Calling on the people residing in the five villages near Sanyasi Pahar to keep a strict watch over the functioning of the engineering college, Sonowal directed the Education and Tourism Departments to make the institute a place of tourist attraction by putting in place world class infrastructure. He also directed for making the a aqq a a lkkl guest house of the college at par with the modern standards of the one in Tezpur University. During the last 55 years India got only underdevelopment due to conflict among
various sections of the society and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘sabka sath sabka vikash’ motto of governance has given a new impetus to the developmental activities in the country, he stated.
Saying that the infrastructure development in the Northeast region has got a new lease of life under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi, the chief minister said that the central government has already approved construction of 7000 km of roads in the state which would greatly boost the rural economy. Tender for the 18 km long bridge to be constructed over Brahmaputra connecting Dhubri and Phoolbari has already been called which would boost connectivity of the 5 districts of Goalpara, Dhubri, Kokrajhar, Bongaigaon and Chirang, he informed. The chief minister also assured of looking into the demand of the people to set up a campus of Gauhati University at Bongaigaon.
Sonowal also assured to name of Bongaigaon Engineering College after the name of Vir Chilarai as per the wishes of the people of Bongaigaon. Referring to several engineering colleges in Channai which have been in a position to produce good quality human resources, chief minister Sonowal said that the new engineering college in Bongaigaon would be transformed into a state of the art technical hub and State government will provide all support in this regard. Terming Bongaigaon as a land of unity, chief minister Sonowal said that without peace, development is not possible. He at the same time urged upon all the people belonging to all communities and ethnicities to respond to State government’s peace initiatives and make Bongaigaon an ideal district based on the tenets of peace and development.
Education minister Siddhartha Bhattacharya while speaking on the occasion said that during election though the erstwhile Congress government promised to set an engineering college in Bongaigaon, even after several years, the previous government could not fulfil its promise. However, the BJP led dispensation as per its budget promise on Thursday laid the foundation stone of the engineering college in Bongaigaon in less than five months from the budget announcement. He also said that the construction of the college would be completed within two years and academic activities would also be started accordingly. He also said that as per budget promise the Golaghar Engineering College has already been completed. He also hoped that being set up in a scenic location, Bongaigaon Engineering College would be one best of its kind in the recent times.
Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department Phani Bhusan Choudhury while speaking on the occasion said that during the Congress regime the people of Bongaigaon besides getting baseless assurances, no substantial achievement has touched Bongaigaon. Under the present government, people of Bongaigaon besides getting this engineering college also received budgetary allocation of Rs. 100 crore as development fund and Rs. 40 crore from PWD for development of infrastructure.
Tourism Minister Chandan Brahma speaking on the occasion said that even a couple of years ago an engineering college in Bongaigaon was beyond imagination. But under the new government the district besides turning out to be a seat higher learning is all set to convert the 200 bedded civil hospital into a medical college.
Former MLA of North Abhayapuri Bhupen Roy, DC Bongaigaon Babulal Sarma and a host of dignitaries were present in the meeting where Principal Secretary of Higher Education Department Manindra Singh gave the welcome address.