Chief Minister Pema Khandu today visited the newly established Government College here in Tawang , which began its classes from July 25 last for its first academic session 2017-18.
The Chief Minister inspected the facilities in the college campus, which is functioning from its temporary campus at Tsangyang Gyatso High Altitude Stadium and Govt. Primary School.
In a simple function held in the campus to celebrate the commencement of the first academic session, the Chief Minister said the establishment of the college had to be done in a hurried manner, as absence of institute of higher education in the district took great toll on children’s education.
He said students from Tawang earlier had to go outside the district for higher education, which many poor families couldn’t afford. He said the absence of college led to many students seeking education outside making them vulnerable morally and culturally.
The Chief Minister hoped that with the college now at the doorstep of the people, parents, elders and guardians could keep in touch with their children and monitor their progress.
He appreciated Principal-in-charge, Dr Yeshi Gyesen for showing great leadership skill in arranging good faculty team for the college and for giving up his earlier posting to serve in Tawang College.
The Chief Minister informed that state government has allocated Rs 10 crore for the college and requested the administration and the department to speed up construction works for academic and hostel buildings in the permanent campus. He also informed that education department has been requested to forward immediate funds for running the classes at the temporary campus and to depute Assistant Professor for History subject.
Speaking on state govt’s initiative in education sector, the Chief Minister informed that education department has been directed to come up with a policy to absorb SSA teachers into the state government service as regular staff. He said the job regularization of SSA teachers is a burning problem as many of these teachers have given more than 10 years of service and many on the verge of crossing their age limit to apply for job in govt sectors.
He said the education department has also been instructed to fill up the vacancy for teachers created in schools and colleges due to the up gradation. He informed that in July cabinet sitting, the 67 posts of Assistant Professors has been sanctioned for which the recruitment drive will be carried out soon. Also he informed that more than 1500 posts of teachers in govt schools are being created.
The Chief Minister donated Rs 5 lakhs from his personal expenses for the college. He also assured to donate funds through Dorjee Khandu Trust to Tawang Monpa Employees Society (TMES) for establishment of a coaching centre in Tawang to train students to appear for various competitive exams.
The Chief Minister also gave away ‘pen’, which symbolizes the power of knowledge, to the college faculty members and students wishing them good luck and best wishes for the new academic session.
Earlier speaking on the occasion, Tawang MLA Tsering Tashi lauded the Chief Minister for brining college in the district. He also appreciated the efforts of Lumla MLA Jambey Tashi in this matter. He fervently appealed the students to bring good name of the college being the first batch.
Principal Dr Gyesen in his speech informed that college has 153 students in its roll with more students likely to join after the results of the Class XII compartmental exams are out. He informed that the college has good number of faculties to teach English, Economics, Geography, Political Science and History subjects. He also informed about the college staff position.
The programme was attended by Zilla Parishad Chairperson Jambey Tsering, DC Tawang, Dr Sonal Swaroop, SP Tawang Dr GS Sidhu and public leaders.