Gangtok, 10 Jun (IPR): Sikkim Government College, Tadong, recently renamed “Nar Bahadur Bhandari Government Degree College,” celebrated the grand finale of “Bliss 2018” at the college campus today with Chief Minister Pawan Chamling among the students as chief guest accompanied by Ministers, HODs and other dignitaries. The 15-day event had started on 25 May.
The Chief Minister, in his address, explained that re-naming the college was a tribute to former Chief Minister, the late Nar Bahadur Bhandari, and in recognition of his contributions to the State. He shared that the Late leader has left indelible marks in the history of the State and should never be forgotten for his contributions to Sikkim.
He added that the State Government has always put education as the number one priority and this can be seen in the State Government's decision in allocating 20% of the annual budget to this sector.
He assured the students that the State Government will leave no stone unturned in providing all the facilities to help them achieve a bright future and that it was up to them to utilize this assistance earnestly.
The Chief Minister reiterated that education should be life-orientated rather than just a pursuit of degrees, commenting that the present system was making the youth carry the burden of degrees rather than making them self-reliant.
The students and staff were assured that the demands placed by them will be fulfilled in all earnestness.
The CM also urged the audience to explore classless educational institutions and advised the students to move out from fixed mindsets and develop a growth mindset.
Stressing on the fact that the 21st century will be an innovation driven world and organic driven world, he encouraged them to work hard and be self sufficient
The Chief Minister talked about the many schemes which has been implemented in the State in the education sector and said that the government has gone a step further by deciding to grant free education in Pharmacy College, the polytechnic institutes - CCCT and ATTC - as also free MBBS course in the upcoming State Medical College.
These welfare schemes for our students have been implemented for the benefit of students belonging to the rural areas and hailing from middle class families, he said.
The Chief Minister also informed them about the recently passed Bill in the State Assembly for the creation of a National Law University in the State, stating that these developments have been decided keeping in mind the future of the younger generation.
Focusing his address towards the students and youth, he urged them to use their analytical skills to decide what is right and wrong and not be swayed by negative opinion makers.
He added that the Government has laid highest priority on education and that an environment has been created in which the poorest of the poor get access to quality education. He reiterated that Sikkim is steadily moving towards becoming a 100% literate state and called upon them to work towards making the society here knowledge-based and not caste-based.
Additional Chief Secretary, HRDD, GP Upadhaya, congratulated the college on its achievements and gave full assurance that HRDD would take every possible step to help the students. During the function the CM was also felicitated for having become the longest serving Chief Minister.
Earlier, the welcome speech was presented by the college Representative Council president, Nishant Chettri, who thanked the CM for providing free education and presented a list of demands on behalf of the students. This was followed by a speech by the Principal of the college, Dr Bina Pradhan, who presented achievements of the college.
The vote of thanks was proposed by Dr Gita Niroula, HOD, Nepali Department.