Northeast’s first of its kind College of Architecture and Urban Planning to come up in Meghalaya

Tura, December 02: Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma in the presence of Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Zenith Sangma yesterday laid the base for the first state sponsored university – Captain Williamson Sangma State Technical University, Tura and College of Architecture and Urban Planning at Jewilgre in South West Garo Hills. He also informed that the College of Architecture and Urban Planning would be the first of its kind in the North East and that Rs 26 crore had been sanctioned for initial infrastructure development.

 “The university will cater to the state of Meghalaya and its campuses and study centres will be established in different parts of the country and globally” said Sangma.

It must be noted that a Bill to set up the university was passed in the Meghalaya Assembly in 2011. “The delay in the establishment of the University was primarily because of various political upheavals in the state. In our state, it is difficult to keep our MLAs together, almost on a daily basis our legislators make attempts to shift their loyalty” Dr Sangma said on a lighter note. He also informed that Rs 19 crore has been sanctioned for construction of University building at Jewilgre, about 20 km from Tura in an area which spans over 100 acres. “The construction of the university has already begun and efforts are being made to ensure that it is completed soon” he added. RD Shira and KR Marak has been appointed as the Pro Vice Chancellor and Registrar of the Captain Williamson Sangma State Technical University.

“We have to ensure that the state is capable of nurturing the young ones and pave the way to enable the generation next to realize their dreams as per their true potentialities” Sangma said. He lamented that Meghalaya is yet to have its own Medical College and that many aspiring young people have to leave their dreams for want of admission, which was precisely the reason that the government has laid its base for the Medical Colleges at Jowai and Tura. “There is something wrong in the medical education sector in India. In hospitals there would be more than 10 surgeons but not a single anesthetist. In absence of an anesthetist, how can a surgery take place? We have to ensure that our health sector is balanced, which is the reason that we are establishing two medical colleges at the same time, so that we have the required many power” he added.

“We have to ensure that there is equal development. If something is established in Eastern region (Khasi hills), it has to be there in western region (Garo hills) too” Sangma said.  He said that the establishment of the University, Medical and Engineering college in Meghalaya would not only educate the youth but would inspire them to dream higher.

“Urban planning is a lucrative profession and the need of the hour. Look at cities like Delhi, Mumbai and Guwahati, where an hour of rain is enough to disturb everything, as it leads to flooding of roadways that was otherwise preventable. We invite all our educated people working outside the region to come back with their enriching experiences and join our universities and institutes and contribute for the welfare of the state” the CM said.

North Tura MLA NR Marak, Raksamgre MLA LD Sangma and GHADC CEM Boston Marak were among others present at the gathering.

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