Gangtok, 26 Aug:
Sikkim has developed well into a hub for education and established incredible academic institutions in terms of higher education as compare to the other northeastern states within a short span of joining the mainstream of the Union of India, said, Additional Chief Secretary Gyan Prakash Upadhayaya while addressing the Induction programme for the first year students for the academic year 2018-19 at Sri Ramasamy Memorial University Sikkim (SRMUS).
The SRM University Registrar, Mr Satish, informed that within a span of 5 years of its establishment, the university, which began with just a hundred students in its under graduate programme, has enrolled more than 1000 students and the highest number in this academic year.
He informed that SRM Sikkim University boasts 48% girl student enrolment, the highest in the entire country.
SRM has also offered ten Sikkimese students free education from this academic session as part of its CSR engagements in the name of its founder. These scholarships go to school toppers across the various courses and also students who come from under privileged backgrounds.
At present nine under graduate and 11 post graduate courses are being taught in SRMSU.
Meanwhile, inviting the newly admitted students to their new courses, the Additional CS pointed out that the establishment of seven universities - three in Public Sector and four in private sector – came about because of the progressive policies of the Government of Sikkim and the peace and tranquility that the Hill State nurtures.
Speaking on the present scenario, the Additional Chief Secretary pointed out that India still has huge potential to achieve growth if the younger generation capitalized its productive instincts through specialized in technological sectors.
While highlighting the various factors of academic performance and selection of programmes, Dr. Robin Chhetri, member of SRM Academic Council, said that SRM has adopted the best technological and job oriented programmes in under graduate and post graduate levels.
He said that the design of courses adopted in the SRM are thoroughly checked to be in step with the demands and present-day scenario.
Dr. Chhetri said that only 28% of the 18-23 years age groups are enrolling in graduate and post graduate level which compares poorly with international statistics, adding that Gross Enrollment Ration should hit at least 30% by 2020.