NE Education Ministers to deliberate on brain drain

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Shillong, Jul 6 (UNI) Education Ministers from North Eastern states, including Sikkim, have decided to meet in Shillong next month to discuss how to combat the increasing brain drain from the region.

'' We have observed that almost all the meritorious students go out of the region for better education, career prospects and opportunities. Many of them never return home. We are a bit concerned about the trend, '' Meghalaya Higher and Technical Education Minister Manas Chaudhuri said.

Concerned with the acute shortage of high quality manpower in the state as well as in the region, the journalist-turned politician said top class professionals did not want come to this region as there was little opportunity for them to advance their career, and on the other, the region lacked quality and skilled manpower because there was a brain drain.

'' This issue needs to be sorted out in the interest of the state and the region. We would like to discuss this issue with other Northeastern states to know their views, '' Mr Chaudhuri told UNI here.

Apart from the staid issue, the Meghalaya Minister said the Education Ministers would discuss on tackling school and college drop outs, skills development and better infrastructure.

Each year, Meghalaya attracts thousand of students from all over the region as the State is viewed as a centre of quality education.

'' We want to build on the past success, and we are trying to develop the state as hub of educational excellence, '' he said.

IIM has just been launched with the first batch of Post-Graduate Diploma in Management in Shillong. An NIT and a centre of NIFT are in the offing.

Of course, there are concerns that the northeastern students lack in competitive spirit as very few get in the country's top academic, technical and professional courses.

For instance, out of the 60 students who were selected for the Post-Graduate Diploma in Management course in IIM, only three students from Assam could get in the list. The rest of the region has to catch up and for that opportunities have to be created here.

In order to further strengthen the educational resources, Mr Chaudhuri said, Meghalaya also approached the Human Resource Development Ministry for setting up an International Music University in the state, which, he claimed, was under active consideration of the Ministry.

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