SHILLONG: Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma inaugurated the Green School with Smart Classroom under Project Star at New Tura Secondary School in Tura on Monday.
Adviser to the Chief Minister and MLA North Tura, Thomas A Sangma, West Garo Hills, Deputy Commissioner Ram Singh, other dignitaries, teachers and students of the school were among others present at the function.
Appreciating the efforts of the Deputy Commissioner, West Garo Hills, Ram Singh and his team for initiating the renovation of the school building and introducing smart classroom for students under Project Star, the Chief Minister Conrad Sangma congratulated and urged him to continue his noble initiative in his future endeavours.
Meanwhile, recalling his late father P A Sangma’s words he said “If you want to see changes and progress in the State, then it can be done only through education since when people are educated they become responsible citizens in future. Added to this he said that most of the social problems in our society happens due to illiteracy which leads to many related problems in a person’s life.
Therefore, contemplating on all these problems, the government is focusing and giving priority to the education sector and have earmarked 1400 crores for education and related matters in the State of Meghalaya, the Chief Minister said. Stating that the State has 60,000 teachers and 12, 000 schools, he said that it is almost difficult to attend all their needs at one go but, informed that the government is trying their best to provide necessary infrastructure and other related matters gradually in due course of time.
Futher, advising the students to study hard and to take the opportunity of the smart facilities being provided to them, he urged them to focus on their studies and dream big and become responsible and productive citizen so as to make their parents as well the state proud for their valuable contribution in future.
While addressing the gathering as Guest of Honour, Thomas A Sangma said the the first of its kind and unique Smart Classroom being provided for the students is hoped to help them learn and understand better and improve their knowledge capacity and make them smart citizens in future.
Deputy Commissioner, West Garo Hills Ram Singh in his keynote address informed that the renovation of the school and installation of smart classroom had been done by the District Administration in collaboration with IBDLP, SCSTE and NHIDCL under corporate social responsibility.
Recalling his visit cum inspection of the school last year, he said that the school was in deplorable condition and almost on the verge of collapsing and added that there are many such schools in and around the district few of which had been renovated and has invited if anyone wants to adopt a school and help in its renovation process for the benefit of the students.
Further, he informed that the present school has made low cost roof-top rain water harvesting, organic kitchen garden in the school premises, installation of Solar lights and necessary infrastructure repairing is completed and added that the smart classroom would provide much needed tutorials for students.
During the inaugural function, the President, School Managing Committee K A Sangma highlighted the brief background and history of the school and informed that the school has been started in the year 1974 with the initiaive of Late Limbert K Sangma and other members while the land for the said school had been donated by Nazing Nokma, Nokma of Danakgre A’king land. The Chief Guest along with other dignitaries also unveiled the plague for Smart Classroom and handed over the potable water filter to the students during the function.