Cuncolim: Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar on Monday said that a strong network in the field of education has propelled the state on the road to development and urged educational institutions to plan for the next five decades to meet challenges in the field and provide new courses to the students.
Speaking at the launch of the golden jubilee year of Cuncolim Education Society, the chief minister said the state has left the rest of the country behind because of the good network of schools in villages.
He said the first chief minister Dayanand Bandodkar was a visionary, and that, Goa has progressed leaps and bounds despite missing out on three five-year plans from the Centre.
Praising the Cuncolim Education Society, he said today it is easy to run an educational institution as government provides grants for construction, maintenance and even salary grant, but 50 years ago when the CES was started it had no support and yet it made effort in providing quality education to people of Cuncolim and surrounding areas.
Parsekar said that the rest of the state and even country will soon be looking upon Cuncolim as a centre of education as the National Institute of Technology is set to commence in Cuncolim. He also called upon CES to explore the possibility of expansion by providing science and post graduate courses.
The chief minister said that educational institutions should keep provision for expansion as land will be an issue in the future and small plots of 3000 square metre will not be sufficient. He said ‘specialised’ education can prosper even in interior areas as people will travel to avail of quality education just as is the case with the newly started agriculture institute in Quepem.
Earlier, the chief minister in the presence of local MLA Rajan Naik, trustees of Cuncolim Education Society, principal of higher secondary Tilroy Fernandes among others unveiled the plaque to mark the inauguration of the golden jubilee year at the college premises.
The chief minister also felicitated the founder members of the Cuncolim Education Society along with former principals.
Speaking at the function, Rajan Naik said there is an urgent need for having an institution with technical training to provide better job opportunities to the youth in Cuncolim and surrounding villages.
Paying tributes to the founders of the Cuncolim Education Society, he said after Goa’s liberation, freedom fighters came together with the vision to provide good education for the people of Cuncolim and the state.
He said at the time of liberation there were very few educational institutions but today people from Cuncolim have spread their wings in different fields not just in Goa but even internationally. He said the Sports Minister Ramesh Tawadkar too is an ex-alumnus of CES and that the society succeeded due to dedicated teaching and non-teaching staff. He urged the youth to avail of the NIT courses.