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Dr. Shürhozelie launches Project Alpha-II
Correspondent KOHIMA, JUN 11 (NPN):
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Published on 12 Jun. 2011 12:38 AM IST
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Nagaland minister for higher education and urban development Dr. Shürhozelie Liezietsu Saturday underlined the necessity of accreditation and assessment of colleges by national accreditation and assessment council (NNAC) as per new rules in order to lift quality education.
He said escalation of state’s literacy rate from 66.59% to 81.11% in 2011 should not be taken with complacency.
Speaking at the launching programme of Project Alpha-II and commissioning of Project Alpha-I at Kohima Science College, which was initiated by college’s alumni association, Dr. Shürhozelie said one of the many pre-requisite conditions to award of grades during assessment and accreditation was establishment of an alumni association of the college.
With regard to this, the minister lauded science college alumni association for going ahead with laudable activities for development of the college.
Dr. Shürhozelie said their activities had demonstrated strong leadership of the association and team spirit of the members, and expressed optimism that their association would impress the council then the college is assessed.
Dr. Shürhozelie informed that Kohima science college along with Japfü Christian college and Nagaland college of teachers’ education were in line for accreditation.
Till date, only three colleges out of 52 secular colleges in Nagaland have been assessed, he said.
The three colleges include Patkai Christian college, which was accredited in 2010 with A grade, St. Joseph’s college accredited in 2005 with B grade and Fazl Ali college accredited in 2009 with B grade.
While maintaining that state government was not in a position to provide sufficient fund for development of colleges due to fund constraints, Dr. Shürhozelie said it was a wise step for KCS alumni association to come forward to share the burden of the government for the welfare of their students.
Advisory board member of KSC alumni association Theja Therieh apprised the gathering that Project Alpha II was aimed at raising Rs.one crore for construction of a girls’ hostel in continuation to the successful conclusion of Alpha I.
He stated that project would start in October 2011 with a plan to complete within 24 months. He appealed to all alumni and well wishers to contribute generously to realize their dreams.
Jotsoma village Village elder Krurovi Peseyie said within 50 years, Science college had produced many worthy and capable citizens who are shouldering heavy responsibilities to bring about better change to the state in various fields. He stated that it was time to plan constructively to move forward to make greater achievements.
The day was marked by launching of Project Alpha II, which is aimed at constructing a 50 bedded girls’ hostel for the college. Dr. Shürhozelie Liezietsu laid foundation at the project site near Leone Hostel, Kohima science college campus. He also led in commissioning Project Alpha I at the library reading hall. Through Project Alpha I, which was launched in 2010, 100 sets of computers and 30 laptops were interconnected and enabled on high speed broadband service.
Earlier, executive member of alumni association Dr. Vizovol Mekro led in felicitating founding members and well wishers.
Guests present at the gathering included NSMDC chairman Kipili Sangtam; commissioner and secretary higher education F.P. Solo; officials from higher education department, alumni association members and well wishers.

 
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