Shillong, October 18: The closing ceremony of the Sesquicentennial Celebrations of Cherra Teachers’ Training Centre (CTTC) was held yesterday at Sohra. the event was attended by Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr Mukul M Sangma as the Chief Guest while Principal Secretary of Education, DP Wahlang was the Guest of Honour.
Sangma congratulated the management for its long innings of service in the Education scenario of the region and the state. He said “It would be difficult to evaluate the quantum of services rendered by the institution in the long period of 150 years. Given the history of the state, the seed of education has been planted in Cherrapunjee and it has borne fruits across the state”.
The CM also informed that the government has tried to align different programmes and interventions to live up to the name and fame of the state as the centre of Education. “The state has for long missed upon leveraging upon the legacy of being the hub of education and the opportunities that could have been generated out of it” he said. He further said that the government has to facilitate and create an enabling environment to promote quality and higher education, and to equip the children to ultimately become a member of the global community capable of competing gobally
He also placed on record a deep sense of gratitude to the missionaries who had been instrumental in setting a benchmark in imparting quality education in the state. He further stated that though there is a need of setting more teachers’ training institution in the state and the government has embarked upon a number of initiatives to encourage aspiring youth who want to become teachers by choice and not teachers by default. “There is a need to motivate the youth to look at teaching and the education sector as a viable and sustainable space, not only for imparting quality education but also for creating entrepreneurship and job opportunities” said Sangma.
The Chief Minister also released the celebration Souvenir during the occasion.
It must be noted that CTCC, established at Nongsawlia, Sohra is one of the oldest teachers’ training institutes in the state. Its origin can be traced back to the days when the present Northeastern states was a part of the then East Bengal Province. The CTTC is the project of the Khasi-Jaintia Presbyterian Assembly. As the sponsoring body, the Assembly constitutes the Managing Committee through the Human Resource Department and approved by the Directorate of Education Research and Training (DERT), Government of Meghalaya.