BYRNIHAT, Sept 17 - With a mission for the development of its neighbourhood and the people, the University of Science and Technology, Meghalaya (USTM) on Saturday held a meeting with the headmen of different villages as well as principals of the schools in Baridua area under Ri Bhoi district, a Press release said.
The University also announced a co-curricular festival for the children and others to promote education and entrepreneurship among the people. Named the �USTM Neighborhood Mission Festival�, it will take place in December.
�By the next five years, all the villages surrounding USTM must be transformed into ideal villages. We put most emphasis on education and ensure to provide all support so that students from these villages can avail higher education�, said M Hoque, Chancellor of USTM.
The representatives from the villages of the area put forward the problems they have been facing and also suggested some possible solutions to them. They said that school dropout has been a major problem and this is happening due to many factors like poverty, lure for easy money, etc.