Shillong, December 13: Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr Mukul M Sangma distributed M-Tab, under the Students Digital Learning Aid Scheme 2017, to Class XII students of East Khasi Hills at a function held yesterday at Dallang Stage, 5th Ground Polo, Shillong, which was also attended by Minister of Information Technology Dr M Ampareen Lyngdoh as the Guest of Honour.
Speaking to a large gathering of students, CM Sangma expressed happiness that the government continues to implement the Digital Learning aid programme to the students. “The programme that was initiated on Oct 02, 2013 continues for the larger benefit and empowerment of students” he said. He also said that the state of Meghalaya had faced a lot of challenges in the field of Education and dealing with the issue of access to quality education at the elementary level while at the secondary and higher levels, it is the challenge of having professional colleges and institutes in the state itself. “We have struggled to fight back against the problem of school dropouts. Dropout rates in the elementary and secondary levels have fallen significantly between 2006-07 and 2011-12 from 30% to 9.5% and from 39% to 11.5% respectively. We shall continue to work out to ensure that the dropout rate comes to 0%” he added.
Sangma also informed that the government has invested in having institutions of higher and professional courses across the state and urged students to take advantage of the institutions available in their own backyard to pursue their studies. “With the coming up of two medical colleges, two engineering colleges and a college of Architecture and Urban Planning in the state, the challenges of pursuing studies outside the state will be minimized and it will also reverse the process of flight of capital” he said, while adding that Education is an economic stimulus and everyone needs to collectively endeavor and resolve to make Education remunerative and sustainable.
Also speaking during the occasion Minister of Information Technology Dr M Ampareen Lyngdoh said that the world has become highly complicated with cut throat competition and students no longer have time for leisure and family bonding. She also said that Class XII is a crossroad for students in their life and with access to the tablets, young students of Meghalaya will join the global information technology students. The Minister urged the students to work hard, investing time and attention to studies, and also to use the tablets wisely.
The tablets distributed on earlier occasions came with Android operating system while the tablets distributed yesterday are Windows based. They also come with Microsoft Office Word, Excel, Power Point, etc. Keyboard and Sleeve have been provided this time to make it more convenient to use the tablet and specially Microsoft Office. The tablets contain Class XI & XII syllabus for Arts, Science & Commerce with NEET & JEE study and preparation materials, along with practice papers for self evaluation with latest technology of multimedia and interactive content. The government has selected iBall, one of the leading Indian Electronic Brands, through an e-tendering process for procuring the tablets.
All registered students of Cl XII will receive the tablets in other parts of the state.