Pawan Chamling, Chief Minister of Sikkim, recently laid the foundation stone of the first government engineering college in Chisopani, Sikkim.
The name of the upcoming college will be Sikkim Institute of Science and Technology (SIST) and will be set up in Chisopani, South Sikkim premises.
While addressing the audience in the inauguration program, Chamling said "the government was making efforts to bring about a paradigm shift in the primary level of education in the state and urged teachers and stakeholders of the education system to equip the students for the modern day competitive and demanding education system".
He further said that the new educational institute will provide the various employment opportunities for the youth and the people of the surrounding area. The commencement of vocational college at Dentam, an arts college at Mangshilla and a girl's college at Khamdong were also announced during the event.
Principal Secretary to the HRD department G P Upadhyaya said "SIST is being constructed at a cost of Rs 18.2 crore and will be affiliated to Sikkim State University and supported by Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan".
Course in civil engineering and computer science will be offered by the institute and the institute will enroll 60 students each year.