GANGTOK, July 3: Union Minister for Development of North Eastern Region, Bijoy
Krishna Handique inaugurated the programme named “Developing Managerial
Skills for Entrepreneurship (DMSE)” at IIM Shillong on 2nd July 2011.
Mr. Handique said in his inaugural address, “I am lucky to be here to inaugurate the first Programme which IIM, Shillong has taken the initiative to organize with the financial assistance of the Ministry of DONER. In fact, capacity building of youth and
officials of this Region has been identified as one of the critical areas for development. Ministry of DoNER and NEC have been focusing on this aspect for some time now”.
Handique lauded the efforts of IIM Shillong in establishing its Centre for Development of North Eastern Region (CEDNER) and said that this initiative would meaningfully contribute to the welfare of the society here. He also said that “The Ministry of DONER
with its main objective of development of the region and capacity building for the youth of the region according to the Vision 2020 has come forward to assist IIM Shillong in organizing such training programmes so that it can provide training of national level with a regional orientation to the local youths. Such opportunities will
enable the people and the region to move away from dependency on Government jobs since skill and confidence gained from such programmes will help to shape their own destiny and that of the region as a whole”. Handique also informed the gathering that another programme on hospitality management is coming up with IIM Shillong in association with North East Council (NEC) within a short time.
Like wise the Minister of State for Water Resources and Minority Affairs Vincet Pala along with Director, IIM, Shillong Dr Ashok Dutta, were also present during the inaugural programme.
The Ministry of DoNER has sanctioned an amount of Rs.79.15 lakhs for the programme for training 60 youth from the Region and the program is supported under the Technical assistance and Capacity Building Scheme” administered by the Ministry of DoNER.
Earlier in the day, Mr. Handique, who is also the Chairman of NEC, visited the Assam Rifles School at Shillong where NEC is Sponsoring the education of 100 students. Mr. Handique interacted with the students including the faculty members of the school.
NEC had accorded Administrative approval for Rs.3.16 crores to Principal, Assam Rifles Public School, Shillong on 30.3.2011.This is under the NEC Scheme “financial support to students of North Eastern Region” for sponsoring education for 100 children of NE States. As a pilot project, NEC to sponsor 23 students from Class VI and intake will
start from academic year 2011-12 and will continue till the first batch finishes Class X. Lt Gen Rameshwar Roy, DG, Assam Rifles and U K Sangma, Secretary, NEC were also present in the event.
(Courtesy: Sikkim Mail)