Gangtok, April 1:
Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang has time and again in public speeches said that he wanted to bring ‘one university in one constituency’ in the state and in order to achieve the same the two new bills for university were introduced today on 4th day of ongoing Budget Session. Two new bills are Netaji Subash Chandra Bose University of Excellence Bill 2022 and Capital University Bill, 2022 were introduced today by Kunga Nima Lepcha, Minister for Education department. Discussion on both the bill will be held tomorrow that is final day of Budget Session. Must tell here in Sikkim at present 17 State government institutes with 12452 students, 4 Central universities /institute with 3389 students, 9 private universities with 6733 students (of which three is academic session yet to commence), 4 private colleges with 1279 students, 2 poly-technique with 1323 students, 3 ITI with 405 students are there so altogether 39 institutes are there with 25581 students are pursuing their education son if we add today’s introduced two new Universities then Sikkim will have total 41 universities.
The aim behind introducing the new Netaji Subash Chandra Bose University of Excellence is to establish a global university par excellence by the name “Netaji Subash Chandra Bose University of Excellence” under a Public Private Partnership, in the state of Sikkim, sponsored by NSBUOE-SIBIN Society at Chakung, West Sikkim. The aim for establishing the University is to provide quality higher education leading to excellence and Innovations in such branches of knowledge as may be deemed fit at under graduate, post-graduate and research degree levels leading to empowerment and fostering entrepreneurship in the community. It shall offer opportunities for Instruction and learning in areas of Liberal Arts, Science, Engineering Technology, Management studies, Medical Sciences, Para-Medical Courses, Dental Sciences, Health Sciences, Travel and Tourism studies, Legal studies, Environmental studies, Design and Fashion Technology, Visual Communication, Yoga and Health Education and related courses which are relevant to the current needs of the society, alive to the long term requirements and responsive to the anticipated changes and developments in terms of breadth of diversity and depth of specialization. Such educational and research opportunities will be offered to all the deserving students desirous of pursuing such course of study, without any discrimination of nativity, religion, caste or creed through regular, online, part-time, and distance education mode. It will have a special focus on the heritage, culture and ethnicity of Eastern Himalayan region. Further, establishment of the University in Chakung, Soreng District, West Sikkim, will provide necessary momentum for overall development of the area.
Similarly, Minister, Education Department, Kunga Nima Lepcha also introduced the Capital University Bill, 2022 with an aim to establish a self financing Private University under the name of “CAPITAL UNIVERSITY” in the state of Sikkim sponsored by Ch. Charan Singh Educational Foundation (CCSEF) at Zoom, Salghari area, West Sikkim. And whereas, establishment of this University shall provide a major boost in terms of academic upliftment as well as overall economic development of the younger population of the State keeping in view a rising demand for services like transport, accommodation, demand for other goods and services etc.
Minister Kunga Nima Lepcha also introduced the Sikkim Board of Indigenous Languages (SBIL), Sikkim Bill, 2022 with an aim to facilitate learners of Indigenous Languages of Sikkim like Rai, Tamang, Gurung, Sherpa, Newar, Mangar, Sunwar (Mukhia), and Bhujel to enable them to pursue education in their respective languages at Secondary and Senior Secondary levels.
The establishment of this Board shall provide a legal platform for learning different Indigenous languages of the state at the school level which will greatly help in their conservation and development. Since this board is one of its kind in the entire country, it will also facilitate learners of these languages from other states of India. This will also pave the way for starting degree courses in these languages