I was pleased to inaugurate the newly- constructed Sikkim Government College Gyalshing at Arigaon, Yangthang, West Sikkim, and thereafter, attend the valedictory function of the College Fest 2019.

Addressing the gathering of students and local gentry, I informed that in the past 25 years, our state has witnessed a complete transformation and unprecedented development. Moreover, when the modern world is rife with unrest and turmoil due to differences of caste, creed and political turmoil, Sikkim stands as a model of peace. Our inclusive politics and good governance have ensured that our people, including the students have the best possible environment to live in and flourish.

Education has been a priority sector. Sikkim had a solitary college when we took office in the year 1994; but today there are 28 colleges and 8 Universities in the State. We have also been able to create plenty of opportunities for our students, starting from free education till college level. Various schemes have been initiated to encourage our children to be competitive and capable individuals, equipping them to be able to take on the challenges in life. The Chief Minister’s Meritorious Scholarship scheme is one such policy, under which more than 900 students are studying in best schools across the country and the State for free.

I urged the students and the youth to be determined and focused in whatever they do and set goals in life. The only purpose in life as students should be to gain knowledge and pursue their education. They must value the importance of time and use it in a constructive and productive manner.

I called upon the younger generation to come forward and contribute to make Sikkim better in all aspects and to see the State march ahead with greater accomplishments in future. I also exhorted them to take up agriculture, particularly organic farming as their profession.

I expressed my heartfelt gratitude to the land doner for providing the land to construct the college infrastructure. I assured the students of the college that top priority will be given in building the campus of Gyalshing college, where an academic block, boys’ hostel, staff quarters, Principal’s quarters will be included.

Earlier in the morning, I inaugurated the newly constructed 50- bedded integrated Ayurveda Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) hospital at Gyalshing. This is the biggest Ayurvedic hospital of Sikkim, where all kinds of Ayurvedic treatment will be provided to the patients. I also announced for the construction of Ayurvedic College in Gyalshing.