Mangshila, 31 Aug:

Human Resource Development Minister, RB Subba today inaugurated North Sikkim’s first degree college ‘Government Arts College’ at Mangshila, North Sikkim. Mr Subba was accompanied by Sikkim Legislative Assembly Deputy Speaker, Sonam Gyatso Lepcha, Forest Minister, Tshering Wangdi Lepcha, Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha), Hishey Lachungpa and Kabi-Lungtsok MLA, Ugen Nedup Bhutia.

The college has 69 students in its first batch.

HRDD Director, DK Pradhan while delivering his welcome speech said that the department had always wanted a degree college in North Sikkim. He talked about the efforts and contributions of the state government in establishing the college in Mangshila.

SLA Deputy Speaker cum Area MLA, Sonam Gyatso Lepcha urged the people to maintain a ‘good and positive ambience’ around the college premises. He talked about Mangshila being an ‘educational hub’ and how the state government is focused on establishing several educational institutes in the area.

Mr Lepcha also addressed the delay in the completion of the polytechnic college in Mangshila and appealed to the HRD Minister to look into the matter and ensure the completion of the college in time. He also appealed to the HRD Minister to include Bhutia, Lepcha and Limboo languages as subjects in the college.

MP (Rajya Sabha), Hishey Lachungpa in his address urged the HRD Minister to initiate the construction of permanent infrastructure of the college soon.

Forest Minister, Tshering Wangdi Lepcha congratulated the students and the people of Mangshila for the inauguration of the district’s first degree college and said that the establishment of a college in the district ‘will help and benefit the entire district’. He motivated the students to work hard and aim high.

The chief guest, in his speech, said that the inauguration of the college is a historic milestone for North Sikkim.

“This year we have established three colleges in Sikkim and we are also planning to establish a Girls college in North Sikkim which is likely to be established by the next session,” he announced.

He further added that the government has launched vocational courses in 167 schools and also informed of having started Atal Tinkering Lab in school. The Minister responding to the demand of Area MLA, Sonam Gyatso Lepcha to introduce Limboo, Lepcha and Bhutia subjects said that he has directed the Director HRDD to introduce the subjects from the present session itself. He also assured to complete the ongoing construction of the polytechnic college soon.

Also present in the function were HRDD advisor, OT Lepcha, Zilla Adhakshya (North), Anguli Lepcha, District Collector (North), Karma R Bonpo and other officials of the district.

The panchayats and public of Mangshila also felicitated the HRD Minister and Area MLA in the programme.