Nagaland Assembly passes bill to set up a University
The Nagaland Legislative Assembly on Saturday passed a bill that proposes the setting up of a church-backed university to impart high quality education that encompasses many academic disciplines. The proposed university will offer courses on arts, science, commerce, medicine, agriculture, engineering, theology and required disciplines for human resource development. It will be sponsored jointly by Nagaland Baptist Church Council (NBCC) and Council of Baptist Churches in Northeast India (CBCNEI).
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Minister for Urban Development and Higher & Technical Education Shurhozelie Liezietsu told media this week that the North East Christian University (NECU) will offer a broad range of subjects leading to the award of certificates, diplomas, degree of bachelor, master, doctoral and post-doctoral levels and other academic distinctions. Liezietsu said the main objective of the university is to provide high quality professional, formal and informal course and programme of study to the students hailing from sponsoring bodies/states in such areas and field of study which are generally not offered by other institutions in northeast India.
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He expressed hope that once the university was established many Naga students need not go outside the state for further studies to acquire professional and technical proficiency . "Moreover, students from outside the state will want to study at the proposed university because of its excellent reputation. The enactment of the bill will, therefore, be beneficial not only to the students but also to the people of Nagaland and northeast India as a whole," a Times of India report quoted Liezietsu, as saying. Liezietsu also said the North East Christian University Bill 2012 entrusts the governing council with the power to regulate and determine matters concerning the university.