Jorethang, 28th July (IPR): SLA Speaker cum Area MLA Poklok Kamrang Mr.K.N Rai inaugurated the commencement of courses at Sikkim’s First Engineering college, Sikkim Institute of Science and Technology(S.I.S.T) at CCT Chisopani premises today.
Present on the inaugural event were Minister of HRDD and Law Mr. R.B Subba, Additional Chief Secretary, HRDD Mr. G.P. Upadhyaya ,IAS, Special Secretary, Higher & Technical Education, HRDD Mr. D.K Pradhan alongside CCCT and SIST Principal Mr. Pravin Pradhan, SDM Jorethang Mr. Tshering Bhutia, BDO Jorethang Mr. Prem. K. Rai along with South district HRDD officials, Panchayat members, HOD’s, Heads of Schools and students of CCCT and SIST Chisopani.
Chief Guest of the event, Mr. K.N Rai extended his warm greetings to the newly inducted students and the administration of SIST on the historic occasion of being Sikkim’s first ever Engineering College. Mr. K.N Rai stayed that the overall development of the country largely depends on technological advancement and Technical Education in the State has a big role to play in this regard. He also added that the education sector of Sikkim has risen phenomenally in the last few years under the State Government and blessed leadership of Chief Minister Pawan Chamling. With more than 1500 government schools, 471 private schools and 12 colleges that impart good professional education, the Chief Guest stated that Sikkim is witnessing a imposing advancement in all spheres. Mr. Rai also called for collective coordination and cooperation between the locals of Chisopani and the administration of SIST for sustainability of the educational institute that will bring about further development in the region. He also urged the students to realize the possibilities at all educational levels and incorporate hard work, dedication, and sacrifice in their lifestyle to attain success in their lives.
Guest of Honor Mr. R. B Subba also addressed the gathering wherein he conveyed his best to the students and parents alike who have their children enrolled in the first Engineering Institute of the state. Showing keenness and optimism that the college will churn out successful computer and civil engineers in the future, the Minister imparted the key ingredients of an ideal education system.
Additional Chief Secretary, HRDD Mr. G.P. Upadhyaya presented a brief report on the establishment of SIST where he mentioned that the college was established under RUSA, a project of MHRD, Government of India on 1st December 2015 and is a technical establishment approved by the All India Council for Technical Education (A.I.C.T.E). He also spoke about the quest of the institute to generate competent human resource and the idea of reinforcing stimulus to achieve desirable results from the students studying under SIST.
At the onset of the program, the Chief Guest and dignitaries present visited the various facilities at the SIST campus and interacted with the newly enrolled students of the engineering college.