IMPHAL, 12th June: Governor Dr Najma Heptulla informed that Non Resident Indians (NRI) staying in the United States of America are keen to visit Manipur and contribute something valuable for the development of the state.
Dr Heptulla said, she visited the United States recently to attend graduation ceremony of her granddaughter and had the opportunity meet several NRIs and many of them were interested to extend help towards development of Manipur when she discussed issues of the state.
During an interaction session held at Raj Bhavan Tuesday, Dr Najma Heptulla said Manipur’s uniqueness especially in art and culture and its scenic beauty are known to people abroad and tourism is one sector which needs to be developed as there are many tourist spots in the state which could be developed fully.
The Governor also claimed that she had done some research pertaining to development of tourism sector in order to enable the business community from Mumbai to invest in the state and some businessmen have expressed their desire to visit Manipur shortly. She also said that she had the opportunity to discuss various developmental works of the state regarding education, agriculture and other sectors at the Governors’ conference held recently at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi and apprised the gathering about state’s self-reliance as far as agriculture is concerned. During the discussion on improvement of education sector at the conference, the Governor said she stressed the need for more fund to develop the existing three universities in the state.
When asked about the ongoing crisis in Manipur University, the Governor said she is the rector of the university and had discussed the issue with the vice-chancellor. Being a Central university, issues confronting Manipur University need to be looked after by the Centre, she added.