Ramesh Pokhriyal inaugurates Incubation Centre in M’laya; CoMSO stages protest

Ramesh Pokhriyal inaugurates Incubation Centre in M’laya; CoMSO stages protest
Ramesh Pokhriyal
Correspondent SHILLONG, FEB 14 | Publish Date: 2/14/2020 10:09:52 AM IST
Union Minister of Human Resource Development, Ramesh Pokhriyal on Friday e-inaugurated the Incubation Centre at the North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU) here in Meghalaya. Pokhriyal’s maiden visit to Shillong was however  marred with protest from the pro-Inner Line Permit group.
He was greeted with slogans demanding the implementation of Inner Line Permit Inner (ILP) in the state as he visited NEHU and National Institute of Technology, Shillong.
 Confederation of Meghalaya Social Organisation (CoMSO ) activists displayed placards at NEHU where the Union minister inaugurated the Incubation Centre. Similarly, when Pokhriyal visited the temporary campus of NIT at Laitumkhrah, activists of CoMSO  assembled near the campus and chanted slogans “No ILP No Rest”.
 CoMSO staged the protest during the visit of Union Minister to demand immediate implementation of ILP after the Union government implemented the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Act.
Inaugurating the Incubation Centre, Pokhriyal said the Centre aims to provide mentorship, knowledge networks, market access and financial support for entrepreneurial startups.
  He said that these centres will be helpful for the state of Meghalaya in both education and agriculture sectors. Appreciating  NEHU for the programmes and incubation centres which includes one Agri Business Clinic at NEHU Tura campus, Pokhriyal urged that central  university, being a premier institute of higher education in the state, should take the leadership in educational, economic and social development of Meghalaya. Highlighting various initiatives taken by the Union Government for student and teacher training, skill development, entrepreneurship through schemes and programmes like DIKSHA, Skill India, Start Up India, Make In India, USTTAD etc, the Union Minister said that the government has been working to ensure that talented youths get proper training through skill development programmes.
He also said that government has taken initiatives to provide them a platform to prosper. Pokhriyal hoped to see Indian products produced by Indian entrepreneurs all over the world stating that the Government’s ‘Make In India’ initiative can make this possible.
 The Minister also emphasized on the importance of promoting local products and strengthening the  local economy in order to reach the highest peak of development.
 Meghalaya Education Minister, Lahkmen Rymbui who also spoke on the occasion, said  the Conrad Sangma-led government is committed to the educational development in the state. Rymbui thanked the Union Government for supporting in different education initiatives of the state government.
After the inauguration programme, Pokhriyal along with Rymbui attended a meeting with senior officials of Department of Education, Meghalaya and the heads of different higher education institutes of Meghalaya to discuss implementation of various government schemes and projects. 

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