SHILLONG: Nongrah Presbyterian Secondary School in Shillong today made another gigantic leap to provide quality education with the laying of the foundation stone of the new school building at Dong Nonglum locality under Nongrah by Lok Sabha Member, Vincent H. Pala, who represents the Shillong Parliamentary Constituency. The school was started way back in 1925 by the Jaiaw District of the Presbyterian Church with the Nursery School, which was later upgraded to Primary School Level, Upper School Level, High School and Secondary School Level. During the last ninety four years, the school which is presently located within the vicinity of the Church has to be shifted to this new location due to rapid academic expansion.
The school has to be relocated to the new site at Dong Nonglum due to the Central Right to Education, which bars the establishment of education institutions within the places of worship. This educational institution was upgraded to the Lower Primary Level, when it celebrated its Diamond Jubilee in 1964 and it was now felt that the new school building located in an area of about 18,000 Sq. ft at an estimated cost of Rs.8.0 crore should be completed when it will celebrate its centenary. All efforts will be made to complete the ground floor of the build at the earliest possible, so that the other storeys of the building could proceed further. Words of appreciation were poured out from the Church authorities to Mrs. Aitinora Kharkongngor for her generosity to part with her 18,000 Sq. ft of precious land at Rs.85 Lakh only, which could have been sold at Rs.1.0 crore.
Speaking at the stone laying function of the new school building, Lok Sabha Member, Vincent H. Pala informed that around 85 per cent of his MP Local Area Development Scheme was given for educational purposes, such as making school buildings and improvement of educational infrastructures. Pala also said God and education should go hand in hand to ensure for a corruption free society. He said education is imperative for any person who wants to be the master of wealth and all that it encompasses. He also called on teachers, religious leaders and locality leaders to work together in the fight against the menace of drugs, which has crept into the society. The lauded the Hynnietrep community, which was deeply impressed by foreigners who came for the funeral of Archbishop Dominic Jala, when they saw that lakhs of people attended the funeral, which was unlike in the be seen the Western countries.
Meghalaya Legislator, Charles Pyngrope informed that since he was an MLA in 2003 he was involved in the development of school. Speaking on the Headman of Nongrah, B. Pyngrope termed God and education as the essence human life and added that the Christian Missionaries were deeply concerned in imparting education to the Hynniewtrep community, so that they could also read the World of God. Among those who spoke on the occasion was the Church Elder of Jaiaw District of the Presbyterian Church, who is also the Secretary of the Education Committee-F.J. Mairom who gave a brief history of the school. The Member of Education Committee, A.S. Kharsohnoh expressed deep appreciation to Vincent H. Pala, Charles Pyngrope, church authorities for sparing their valuable time to grace the function.