The Chief Minister Dr Mukul attended Sesquicentennial Celebration of CTTC at Sohra

Dr Mukul in SohraShillong, October 17: The closing ceremony of Sesquicentennial Celebrations of Cherra Teachers’ Training Centre (CTTC) was held today at Sohra which was attended by Chief Minister, Dr Mukul M Sangma as the Chief Guest while Principal Secretary of Education, D P Wahlang was the Guest of Honour.

Speaking to the gathering, Chief Minister, Dr Mukul M Sangma congratulating the management for its long innings of service in the Education scenario in the region and in the state said that it would be difficult to evaluate the quantum of services rendered by the institution in the long period of 150 years. “Given the History of the state the seed of Education has been planted in Cherrapunjee and it has borne fruits across the state”, said Dr Mukul M Sangma.

Dr Sangma also informed that the government has tried to align different programmes and interventions to live up to the name and fame of the state as the centre of Education. “The state has for long missed upon leveraging upon the legacy of being the hub of Education and the opportunities that could have been generated out of it,” he added. He further said that the government has to facilitate and create an enabling environment for Education to promote quality and higher education to equip our children to ultimately become a member of the global community capable of competing at the global scale.

The Chief Minister also placed on record a deep sense of gratitude to the missionaries who had been instrumental in setting a high benchmark in imparting quality Education in the state. He further stated that though there is a need of setting more teachers’ training institution in the state the government has embarked upon a number of initiatives to encourage genuinely aspiring youths who want to become teachers by choice and not teachers by default.

“There is an need to motivate the youth to look at teaching and the Education sector as a viable sustainable space not only for imparting quality Education but also for creating entrepreneurship and job opportunities”, said Dr Sangma. He also said that the approach to Education needs to be revisited and Education centers need to look at other associated courses and go beyond the normal courses of Educational courses so that the children are groomed and molded into productive citizens while infusing in them moral values which is missing in the courses of studies.

Further, he urged centers of learning to be capable of identifying the capabilities and capacities of every student and providing them the guidance to pursue their career based on their potentialities. Go beyond the normal courses of Education by inspiring the students added Dr Sangma.

The Chief Minister also released the celebration Souvenir during the occasion.CTCC established at Nongsawlia, Sohra is one of the oldest teachers’ training institutes in the state. Its origin can be traced back to the days when the present North Eastern states was a part of the then East Bengal Province.

The CTTC is the project of the Khasi-Jaintia Presbyterian Assembly. As the sponsoring body, the Assembly constitutes the Managing Committee through the Human Resource Department and approved by the Directorate of Education Research and Training (DERT), Government of Meghalaya.

Among others who spoke during the function were Guest of Honour, D P Wahlang, Rev N S Phawa, Senior Administrative Secretary K.J.P. Assembly and Mrs M B Nongbri, Principal, CTTC, Sohra who delivered the Welcome Address. Also present was MDC, Sohra, Donevan Kharwanlang and other officials of Sohra Civil Sub Division.

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