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Community colleges on the cards

A correspondent
Shillong, April 10: The Meghalaya Democratic Alliance Government on Monday informed the House that the State would have five Community Colleges in the rural areas.
Replying to a query during the Question Hour on Tuesday, State Education Minister Lahkmen Rymbui said the Ri-Bhoi College will be among one of the five institutions, which will be upgraded to a Community College.
When Opposition Congress legislator from Nongpoh Mayralborn Syiem sought to know what facilities and infrastructures or fincial support such Community Colleges would get, the State Education Minister said, “Such colleges will have Arts and Commerce streams, posts will be created as per UGC norms and one time grant of Rs 2 crore will be given for infrastructure development.” When asked on the difference between a government run college and a Community College, Rymbui told the House that in the former the maging committee is being looked after by the government, while in the latter the maging committee will constitute of stakeholders from the community.   
To a query from Congress legislator from Umroi George B Lyngdoh, the Education Minister said that a feeder higher secondary school was needed to run a Community College.
The Umroi MLA also said that having a Community College in the rural areas would help in decongestion of colleges and also stop the migration of students from rural to urban areas.