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‘Need to move beyond traditional education’

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By Our Reporter

SHILLONG: Shillong, once known as the educational hub of the North East, still lacks behind in the field of technology and this has immediately called for the need to upgrade to new civilisation, for the state and the region as a whole, says Parliamentary Secretary Dr PW Khongjee.

“With the growth of technology, there is also a need to prepare our youth with the latest technological developments and to move beyond the traditional education”, Dr Khongjee said.

Dr Khongjee was addressing a career seminar on ‘Global Trends & Career Opportunities in cloud computing and electronics and communication’, organised by the University of Technology and Management (UTM) here at its campus in Bijini Complex on Friday.

While expressing great expectations from this newly established university in the state, the parliamentary secretary said, “We hope that this university will deliver the best to its students and to try its best like its parent university, University of Petroleum & Energy Studies (UPES) in Dehradun in imparting quality education.”

Speaking on the theme, Dr Khongjee said it was foreseen that through cloud computing, over 14 million jobs would be generated world-wide and about 2 million in India by 2015. “This is a good opportunity for the youth to transform their passion, skills and knowledge in this particular field into something worthwhile and useful”, he added.

Meanwhile, presenting a brief note on the performance of the university, Pro Vice Chancellor of UTM Dr SN Suri said that till date, the university has enrolled about 76 students joining various courses including journalism, management, fashion, event management and the likes.

UTM is established under the Meghalaya Act (No. 3 of 2011) Legislated by Meghalaya Assembly and has been acknowledged by UGC on July 28, 2011.

“The University aims to offer world-class education, training, research, consultancy, and outreach services to impart life-skills and ensure upward mobility of the professionals”, he said. Adding that it aimed to be a university that imparts intensive, high-quality technical and management education and has set for itself rigorous standards that lay premium on self-governance, regulation and excellence.

“We will be able to make a mark in the state and the region as a whole despite many challenges”, he added confidently.

The other dignitaries present at the function included UTM VC Dr SJ Chopra, Registrar, Deepa Verma, UPES vice president Dr Satya Sheel and faculty members and students from various schools and colleges of the city.

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