Imphal, Dec 8,
Education Minister Thokchom Radheshyam today inspected the Dhanamajuri College campus, upgradated to Dhanamanjuri University (DMU) along with the areas allotted for infrastructure development. The sites assigned for the construction of new library, canteen and academic necessities were inspected by the Ministerial team in accordance to the recommendations of the Government.
The Minister stated that developmental work will begin soon to meet the deadline set under Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) scheme. During the construction of the infrastructure, he stressed that focus will also be made to safeguard the already existing structure of the college. He said that all necessary, precautionary and preventive measures will be taken up avoid disturbance in the academic curriculums.
Th. Radheshyam said that library and canteen are two basic needs for the students. Looking into the existing library building, he added that a library for the University will be developed as per the guidance under the RUSA. He said that the library will be equipped with facilities that would help in meeting the academic and research needs of the students and academicians. He said that canteen is another key area which will be prioritized as cafeterias should maintain hygiene, providing healthy diets to the students.
The Minister highlighted that as per RUSA guidelines a Cluster University must consist of three to five colleges with an exception of two to three colleges in the North East region. However, for Manipur, it was urged to increase the number of cluster colleges from three to five as a special case.
The Manipur Legislative Assembly passed the Dhanamanjuri University Bill, 2017 on August 3, 2017. The Minister said that Dhanamanjuri University comprises of 5 institutions viz, Dhanamanjuri College of Science, Dhanamanjuri College of Arts, Dhanamanjuri College of Commerce, LMS Law College and GP Women’s College, which occupy common, adjoining or neighbouring physical spaces within 10 km range.
Th. Radheshyam said that seat intake of the Manipur University is low in comparison to the number of students graduating from the colleges of Manipur. He stressed that many financially sound students leave the State to pursue higher education. However many are unable to pursue due to financial restraint and limited seat intake in Manipur University.
The introduction of the Dhanamanjuri University, he added has come as an option for the students for admission to higher studies besides the Manipur University. This in return will also increase the number of student’s enrolment in Master’s Degree course in the State, he stated.
The Minister stated that the people of Manipur have huge inclination towards education. He said that the credit for Dhanamanjuri University is due to the commitment and dedication of every stakeholder of the higher education especially the faculties of the five colleges. He added that from the efforts and guidance of the present Government the education sector in Manipur is now moving towards a positive direction. He also appealed to all the concern faculties, students and public to render support and treat the properties of the institution as their own belonging.
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