Shillong, Oct. 6: The Meghalaya government has expressed concern over the inability of its students to make a final cut for admissions to the National Institutes of Technology.
This was one of the issues which featured at a meeting held here yesterday between chief minister Mukul Sangma and Ashok Thakur, Union secretary (higher education) in the ministry of human resource development.
“We need to embark on better initiatives to enable our students clear the joint entrance examination (JEE) so that they qualify for admissions to such institutes,” Sangma said after the meeting.
He also said chief minister’s career counselling and guidance programme is required to be implemented in a more aggressive way to enable students gain the right kind of knowledge and expertise before they appear for such examinations.
Though the state has an allocated share of seats in the NITs, Sangma expressed regret that none of them have been filled by prospective students from Meghalaya because of their inability to stand out in the JEE.
“Our youths are talented but they need more support from the government to enhance their learning capabilities and prepare well for such examinations,” Sangma said.
He pointed out that the issue was deliberated at length with Thakur to explore ways and means to assist the prospective candidates who intend to pursue their studies in these national institutes.
Sangma drew Thakur’s attention to the need for an early completion of campuses of IIM Shillong and NIT Sohra. Thakur reportedly sought more support from the state government and Sangma assured all possible help.
Sangma exhorted Thakur to set up more Navodaya Vidyalayas for the benefit of the marginalised section.
“Many students from poor families have come out with flying colours from these residential schools and done exceptionally well in life. The government wishes that more such schools are set up by the Centre that will ultimately benefit the underprivileged,” he said.
Community college: The Centre has agreed to accelerate the implementation of centrally-sponsored “community college” programme in Meghalaya. Sangma said New Delhi would support the state after existing colleges are identified for introduction of the programme. “The Centre will extend support for courses and faculty while the state government will take care of everything else including infrastructure development.”
Community college programme requires identification of potential employment avenues in a particular sector which will be followed by an introduction of tailor-made courses for the youths who can then enhance their employability prospects. “Our youths need to have adequate access to available job spaces as well as appropriate capacity building and education. The government is now contemplating on mapping the potential areas of employment in the state so that accordingly courses will be structured and introduced in the community colleges,” Sangma said.
Existing colleges located across all the districts will be identified so that the programme can be initiated at the earliest.