Himachal to open top co-educational residential college of par excellence in Government sector in Shimla to impart international standard education

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The State Government was considering opening of a top co-educational residential college of par excellence in Government sector to be opened in East Shimla to impart international standard education in the State. This was revealed by Shri Virbhadra Singh, Chief Minister, while delivering his presidential address at the Annual Prize Distribution Function of Rajiv Gandhi Government Degree College, Shimla, here today.

Chief Minister said that the State was speedily heading towards creation of educational infrastructure of par excellence by opening higher learning centres in the State where top quality educational facilities would be available to the students. He said that the State had already declared the Government Degree College, Sanjauli, as the Centre of Par Excellence Learning where admission was being made on merit basis on cut off marks basis. He said that the State Government was actively considering opening up of a top co-educational college of par excellence in Shimla East which would be self contained in all respects upholding highest educational traditions in the world. He said that effort’s would be made to impart education of global standard and the teaching faculty would also be of highest merit in the country. He said that the admission procedure would be strictly limited to the capacity of the college purely on merit basis and was expected to match the top colleges of the country. He directed the authorities to identify suitable land for sprawling campus of college for materialization of the proposal of the State Government by according top priority.

CM said that the State Government had prepared a master plan for making the Rajiv Gandhi Government Degree College self contained in all respects. He said that best of the infrastructural would be created to cater to the educational requirements of the college. He said that after observation of the codal formalities, the Plan would be implemented in a time bound manner. He said that the city colleges would be provided best infrastructural facilities, which could help students in academic pursuits. He said that new educational blocks would be constructed for the college besides auditorium and library facilities.

Chief Minister said that his Government was contemplating the proposal to make provision of limited seats in different disciplines in every Government degree college in the State and implement the condition of cut off mark so that limited number of students were admitted to the specific course. He said that admissions to all the college courses would be restricted to cut off marks so that every student was able to maintain academic standard and teachers would also be able to pay attention to every student individually.

CM said that the State Government had created a vast educational network, which also consisted of 60 Government degree colleges. He said that the infrastructure had been created with a view to provide higher educational facilities to students near to their homes. He emphasized the need for dispersal of the students to colleges near to their homes so that optimum utilization of the infrastructure was made. He said that endeavour of the State Government had been to provide higher education facilities to the students of rural areas near to their homes so that they could get best education without spending much for studies outside their home.

Chief Minister emphasized the need to maintain best academic environment in the educational institutions for which joint commitment of the students and teachers was required. He said that the teachers also needed to devote themselves to teach their students discipline, moral values and respect for elders. He said that the teachers also needed to earn respect of their students by maintaining good teacher-pupil relationships to uphold the highest of ‘Gurukul’ traditions of the country.

Chief Minister also gave away the prizes to the meritorious and outstanding students in academics and extra-curricular activities.

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