Minister states stand on reopening education sector
IMPHAL, 11th Jul: Education minister Th Radhyeshyam has revealed that plans are afoot for reopening of educational institutions after completion of the evacuation of all the stranded natives from other parts of the country and their mandatory quarantine process.
The minister made the revelation during a cleanliness drive conducted at Dhanamanjuri University (DMU) campus here on Saturday.
Speaking to media persons on the sidelines of the cleanliness drive, Radheshyam said that the decision for launching the cleanliness drive was taken during a meeting held as a part of Swachh Bharat so as to keep the university ready for reopening.
Observing that cleanliness drive will also make young minds realise the importance of involvement and participation in keeping the surrounding neat and clean, the minister asserted that students should regard the institutions as their own and protect the property.
He continued that the number of Covid-19 positive cases in the state is rising as many returnees are still coming back to the state. Once the evacuation of the returnees is over, the condition for lifting the lockdown may be favourable, he observed while adding that educational institutions might be reopened if the condition is favourable.
While acknowledging out that the demands made by FEGOCTA are legitimate, Radhesyam, however, maintained that resorting to protest is not a good choice.
In view of the current COVID crisis, the association should take decisions for the welfare of the students as the teachers who are members of the association were all good people, the minister added. Organised by DM University, the cleanliness drive cum social services covered all higher educational institutions and offices located within the premises of the DM University including DM Community College, DM College Teacher Training College, Hindi Teachers’ Training College, LMS Law College, GP Women’s college and the Education (S) Engineering Wing office. Higher & Technical Education commissioner M Harekrishna, Dhanamanjuri University registrar Dr Nivedita Lairenlakpam, principals of the colleges, administrative staff of Dhanamanjuri University, students and teachers participated in the cleanliness drive.