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Dr. Shürho concerned by poor enrollment in Govt. colleges

Minister for Higher & Technical Education and Urban Planning, Dr. Shürhozelie addressing the function of All Nagaland College Teachers’ Symposium at Kohima Science College, Jotsoma, Tuesday. (DIPR)
Correspondent KOHIMA, FEB 3 (NPN):
Published on 4 Feb. 2009 5:41 PM IST
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Though the overall enrolment of students in the state has increased, the actual enrolment in some of the government colleges has decreased which is disturbing, said Higher and Technical Education & Urban Development Minister Dr.Shurhozelie and urged upon the concerned principals of the colleges to evaluate the cause behind it. He said this while addressing the inaugural function of the daylong Symposium of the stake holders of Higher Education in the state on “Enhancement of Higher Education in the State” jointly organized by All Nagaland Government College Teachers’ Association and Kohima Science College, Jotsoma at the Conference Hall, Kohima Science College Jotsoma Tuesday. Dr Shurhozelie also stressed the need for the colleges in the state to tap more resource from the UGC and regretted that colleges in the state could not avail their due share from the UGC funding during the last five years. While encouraging colleges to apply for the UGC schemes, he also assured that the state government was ready to extend all possible help to the colleges in the form of preparing DPR and also executing physical work through experts. He revealed that the state had earmarked Rs 1.65 crore and disbursed the same as grant in aid to the different colleges in the current financial year. He further informed that the state government had constituted College Assessment committee and quality assessment committee. Prof. Asok Barman, General Secretary of the All India Federation of University Teachers Organization (AIFUCTO) who was also among the resource persons on the occasion pointed out that Nagaland had rich potential of becoming the hub in IT sector. He said that the people could serve the country and the world while being stationed in Nagaland. He also pointed out that the state has various advantages in the development of IT sector as the state does not have traditional based industry but offers good basic education resulting in high literacy rate and fluent in speaking English. Later, reacting to queries from the pressmen on the sidelines of the symposium, the AIFUCTO General Secretary said that unlike the past when there used to be problem in funding for the development of universities and colleges, the government’s response now was positive and that there was no dearth of fund in the ministry.

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