GUWAHATI, June 6 � Knowledge-based education is the need of the hour and that is why the State government has attached added thrust to it. With the coming up of several educational institutions of repute, there has been a qualitative change in the education scenario of the State, said Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi. He said this while addressing the first convocation of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Guwahati Campus at the Guwahati Town Club here today as the chief guest. TISS, Guwahati Campus was set up on July 23, 2012.
According to an official press release, the Chief Minister said the educational environment in the State has changed for the better due to the coming up of several educational institutions of repute. �We want to make Assam, or for that matter the North East, a knowledge-based educational hub. That is why we have encouraged the participation of private partners through the PPP mode to bring about qualitative change in the education scene,� he said.
Terming the new age as of �innovation and new concepts�, the Chief Minister said new innovative ideas have to germinate among the youth in the backdrop of a fast advancing world.
In his convocational address, eminent economist Dr Jayanta Madhab underscored the need for arresting the high dropout rates from primary to secondary and from secondary to higher secondary stages in the State and to improve further the quality of teaching.
The noted economist emphasised on the need to motivate the rural people to take up skill training to gain employability. He also advocated for an alternative development strategy for augmenting the industry sector in the North East. �Despite transportation bottlenecks, our products have to be competitive. Industry cannot survive on subsidy for long,� he added.