GOPHPUR, Sept 19: In a major move to augment technical education in northern bank of the Brahmaputra River, Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal laid foundation stone of an Engineering College at Jorabari in Balipukhuri under Behali assembly constituency in Biswanath district on Wednesday.
Speaking on the occasion in a public meeting organised by higher education department (technical), in association with Biswanath district administration at Jorabari, Sonowal exuded confidence that the proposed Engineering College would emerge as an institution of excellence in the realm of technical education. He also urged the local people to contribute in developing the institution as a centre of repute for technical education. He hoped that the institution would inspire the students of the north bank of the Brahmaputra River in their academic pursuits. Sonowal in his speech also criticized the previous Congress government for neglecting the region in terms of development.
He said that the proposed Behali Engineering College, BEd College at Biswanath which would start functioning soon, ICAR at Gogamukh reflected the deep commitment of the Central and state governments for ushering equitable development in the state.
Underlining various steps taken up by the state government for making education affordable for students of financially disadvantaged families, Sonowal informed that the Assam government implemented initiatives like free admission into Colleges, free distribution of textbooks, distribution of scholarships besides projects for strengthening infrastructure of educational institutions.
He also urged people to stay alert against all divisive forces who were trying to foment trouble in the society and reinforce peaceful and harmonious coexistence.
Education minister Siddhartha Bhattacharya while delivering speech said that the state government took steps to open science stream in fifty Arts and Commerce Colleges keeping in view the importance of science and technology in today’s age. He also informed that steps were also taken for setting up Engineering Colleges in different parts of the state. He moreover assured the people to consider their demand to name the proposed Engineering College in the name of noted freedom fighter and social worker Chabilal Upadhyay.
Handloom, textiles and sericulture minister and local MLA Ranjit Dutta in his speech highly appreciated the chief minister for his initiative to set up the Engineering College at Behali. He also requested the chief minister to take steps for setting up higher educational institutions in all the three assembly constituencies of Biswanath district.
Minister of state for education Pallab Lochan Das in his speech termed the day historic and beginning of a new era in technical education in northern bank of the Brahmaputra River. He also mentioned about several initiatives being implemented for improvement of academic scenario of the state.
Principal secretary (higher education) Maninder Singh while speaking on the occasion informed that 100 bigha land were allotted for setting up the Engineering College at Behali with a financial outlay of Rs. 55 crore as per DPR prepared by the Public Works Department.
While Biswanath deputy commissioner Dhirajjyoti Kalita delivered the welcome speech, the meeting was also attended by MLAs Padma Hazarika, Pramod Borthakur and Utpal Bora among others.