Namchi, 25 May [IPR]: Chief Minister Pawan Chamling, while inaugurating Namchi Government College’s summer festival 'Grishmautsav' today, emphasized Sikkim’s need to become a ‘knowledge-based’ State.

Organized by the college’s Student Representative Council (SRC), the inaugural function of the fest was also attended by Speaker, Sikkim Legislative Assembly, KN Rai, HRDD Minister RB Subba, Principal, Namchi Government College, Dr P. Paudyal, Chairpersons, Advisors, lecturers and students.

Addressing the gathering, the CM extended his best wishes on the commencement of the festival and urged students to focus on academic pursuit and stressed that education should be in an all-inclusive form.

He also underlined that students should inculcate critical thinking which will help them cultivate higher-order thinking skills. He further encouraged the students to analyze, interpret and select accurate information.

The CM called on the students to understand the objective of education and aim higher than just being ‘literate’ and strive to become an integral and productive part of the society.

Further, the Chief Minister assured that the construction of a boys’ hostel for the college will begin soon. He also announced that the road leading to the college and other infrastructural development will be sanctioned along with the demands placed by the NGC representatives.

He highlighted that education in Sikkim was free up to college level and that earnest endeavor to improve educational standards in terms of quality has always been the primary engagement of the State Government.

“Today, Sikkim has 27 colleges, six universities and other educational infrastructure made solely for the benefit of the students,” he pointed out.

He invited the students to avail free technical education in institutions such as CCCT-Chisopani and ATTC-Bardang. He also shared that the State Government, from this year onwards, will sponsor students for coaching classes to prepare them for competitive exams and encouraged the students to take advantage of the opportunity.

He also reiterated the State Government’s decision to include science and commerce stream in all the Senior Secondary Schools in Sikkim.

The CM maintained that the students are required to be imbued with the ethos of creative aspirations while selecting a career path for their future. He underscored that the students need to concentrate on emerging career opportunities that have a high demand in the domestic as well as in the global arena.

He also spoke that the forthcoming world awaits humans to work in collaboration with artificial intelligence and urged students to instill agility, adaptability and re-skilling to survive in this competitive world.

The CM also commented that lecturers of the colleges need to devise an interactive classroom environment and adopt a variety of modern teaching techniques and raise the level of education in the State.

Talking about organic farming, he urged the younger generation to embrace organic sustainable development by implementing various facets of business models with environmentally viable techniques.

NGC Principal, Dr Paudyal spoke in detail about the development of NGC in terms of education and other facilities under the State Government.

During the course of the program, the Chief Minister was felicitated by the students of NGC for his commitment towards uplifting Sikkim, leading the State-wide organic mission and strengthening the education scenario in the State.

The major attractions of Grishmautsav are open volleyball, inter-college badminton and table tennis competitions, dance shows, singing and poem recitation with many other activities to be held during the course of the festival.