CM meets local scholars, assures all help to support research

Gangtok, 7 Dec:

Chief Minister Pawan Chamling today announced a hike in stipend paid to research scholars from the present Rs 8,000 to Rs 15,000 from January 2019 onwards.

He made this announcement while meeting more than 80 research scholars and M. Phil students at Samman Bhawan here today.

Reiterating the State Government’s commitment to supporting academic research in the State, the CM also announced today that Travel Allowance will be provided to research scholars from the State travelling out to submit their subject papers.

He also handed over Rs 2 lakh to representatives of Sikkim Scholars’ Forum.

In his address, the CM also informed that the State will have its own Agriculture and Horticulture College in the near future.

As for the demand of introducing new subjects at school, college and university levels, the CM informed that he has already discussed the matter with the Sikkim State University's Vice Chancellor to look into the matter.

"We are also trying to make our state university the best green university in the world," he further informed.

The Chief Minister also gave a positive response to the demand for a research centre for social sciences and introduction of Nepali language in B.Ed and SLATE.

As for the demand of 30% reservation for Sikkim students in Sikkim University, the CM, while offering to all that the government could do towards this end, pointed out that the matter does not fall under the state list since SU was a central university.

The Chief Minister also urged the scholars to look beyond means of survival and contribute to the larger interest of the state, country and the planet.

He stressed the need for proper implementation of government schemes and shared that the bureaucracy was the biggest challenge he has faced.

“Knowledge, skill, innovation and dignity of labour are the new identifiers of the modern world,” he said, while inviting the scholars to expand the horizons and strive for excellence.

The research scholars also felicitated the CM on having become the longest serving Chief Minister in the country.

During the session, research scholars and M. Phil students also spoke on the present day education system. They submitted a memorandum containing suggestions for academic growth of the State. Suggestions were also put forth to make education more qualitative.