DIBRUGARH, June 6 - The city here has the potential to become an educational hub of the region. It has ample opportunities to convert itself into a big educational hub for the entire northeast region due to its geographical location and other logistics. This was observed by Dr Prasanta Goswami, Director of National Institution of Science, Technology and Development Study, New Delhi.
Dr Goswami, who along with Phanindra Jidung, Director of Higher Education, Government of Assam, inaugurated the new Science building of Manohari Devi Kanoi (MDK) Girls� College at Khalihamari here today, said that the city and particularly the premiere Kanoi colleges could play vital role in becoming leaders in the educational front for the region.
The Director of National Institution of Science, Technology and Development Study particularly laid emphasis on producing skilled manpower. He said that the world would need around 400 million skilled people by 2020 or 2030. �The world is looking up to India and China for this major chunk of the skilled manpower. But the question is what would be the contribution of Assam. How many skilled persons can the State create by then?� he asked.
The Director added that higher education must not be seen as luxury but as an investment. If a State or a community does not invest in higher education, it would remain the most backward among all, he said.
Phanindra Jidung, Director of Higher Education, Government of Assam in his speech urged upon the teaching fraternity, students, guardians and all the stakeholders to extend their cooperation in making the college and centre of excellence. He said that the State Government will do their part in helping the institution to become a model for the rest of the colleges in the region. He also asked educational institutions to focus on skill and quality.