KOHIMA, JULY 28: The Nagaland Government has started ground works to set up the much awaited engineering college in the State.
Chief Secretary J Alam convened a meeting of heads of several Departments yesterday to make a joint effort to start the degree engineering course at Khelhoshe Polytechnic Atoizu in Zunheboto district. Up-gradation of this Polytechnic has been the demand of the people for many years. But due to various reasons this could not be happened till recently when this institute was accredited by Central Government, to facilitate for up-gradation.
The National Board of Accreditation (NBA), New Delhi, has granted accreditation to 3 Programmes at Khelhoshe Polytechnic Atoizu. The accredited Programmes are Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Electrical and Electronics Engineering.
Prior to the State Cabinet’s decision to upgrade this institute in 2007, former Chief Minister, Dr. Hokishe Sema, who was then Chairman of Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) Government in 2003, demanded that this Polytechnic be upgraded to degree engineering college. This issue was raised in the State Assembly from time to time by the Members. Even during this 13th Assembly, former Home Minister and now NPF Lawmaker, Imkong L Imchen has raised the matter, at least twice in the Assembly.
The student unions and civil organizations have also been demanding that Khelhoshe Polytechnic be upgraded.
Minister Temjen Imna Along, when he was in charge of technical education, also, pursued the matter with Central leaders.
Nagaland, the second oldest State in the Northeast is still for an institute worth its name. The The Centre has already sanctioned 2 Medical Colleges but they would most likely take time to function. (Page News Service)