SHILLONG: Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma on Wednesday inaugurated the new extension school building of Synod Higher Secondary School under the ‘Supporting Human Capital Development in Meghalaya’ programme assisted by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
Delivering the inaugural address, the Chief Minister said that an amount of Rs 3.69 crore was spent which included not only the building but also computer laboratories, furniture and other infrastructures.
“There are many such schools which have been developed throughout the State under the programme,” he said, adding that 62 schools have been completed and 55 more are in progress. He also stated that four DIET and Teachers’ Training Institutes, ten pilot projects for Science laboratories and 10 pilot projects for computer laboratories, teachers training and training for youth are being taken up under the ‘Human Capital Development Programme’.
“For us as a government also, human development is going to be the biggest challenge and adequate importance must be given to the human development programmes. Realizing the importance of human development, the Government is keen to take forward the second phase of this programme,” said the Chief Minister.
He further said that around four to five lakh youth will join the workforce in the coming years and it is important to provide them with the right skill and to ensure that jobs are created for them.
“With the kind of enthusiasm, support and work put in by all the stakeholders we can achieve and overcome all the challenges of developing the human resource,” stated the Chief Minister.
“It is sad to see so many assets that have been created lying unutilized in various departments; but whatever investment we have put in this building the returns will be multi-fold because the return that education institutes give back to society is immense,” he added. Earlier, the Chief Minister also launched the school website.