IIM Shillong, Nagaland Govt partners for skill development, NEP

Shillong: IIM Shillong, the Government of Nagaland forged a partnership marking a significant step towards providing accessible and high-quality education to the students of Nagaland aiming to create a positive impact and empower the youth of the North East.

TemjenImna Along, the Minister of Higher Education, Government of Nagaland, expressed his satisfaction with the collaborative efforts between IIM Shillong and the Government of Nagaland. He praised the expertise and knowledge base of IIM Shillong, emphasizing that it will revolutionize the higher education spectrum in Nagaland. The partnership aims to bring about positive changes in skilling, capacity building, and the implementation of the New Education Policy (NEP).

Speaking highly of the NEP 2020, TemjenImna Along described it as visionary and the best thing to have happened to the education system. The NEP is designed to bring out the best in students, providing them with a holistic and comprehensive education. Recognizing the potential and transformative impact of this partnership, the government will provide full support and cooperation to ensure its success.

Atul Kulkarni, a Member of the BoG, IIM Shillong, expressed the institute’s commitment to students from the North East region. He informed that while the Post Graduate Program (PGP) remains a flagship offering, IIM Shillong aims to encourage students from the North East to explore and enroll in various courses offered by the institute. By opening its doors beyond the PGP program, IIM Shillong aims to attract students from the region and provide them with quality education and professional development.

Highlighting the institute’s outreach efforts, Professor D P Goyal, Director IIM Shillong, acknowledged the immense responsibility towards the North East and the institute’s commitment to reaching out to all states in the region, stressing that the Community Immersion Program (CIP) of IIMS will play a pivotal role in addressing the specific needs and concerns of the local community.

The Director of Higher Education in Nagaland expressed his enthusiasm for this initiative, highlighting that this collaboration is the first of its kind in Nagaland. He emphasized the importance of aligning with the New Education Policy (NEP) and stated that this MOU will undoubtedly facilitate its successful implementation in Nagaland.

Nitin Sharma, Member BoG, IIMS, praised the MOU for opening doors for students of Nagaland to be a part of the prestigious IIM umbrella without the necessity of taking the Common Admission Test (CAT). He further proposed the introduction of certificate courses specifically designed for students of Nagaland, thereby expanding the range of educational offerings and opportunities. This collaborative initiative aims to facilitate capacity-building programs for faculty members and officials working under the Department of Higher & Technical Education of the Government of Nagaland.

Under the terms of the MoU, IIM Shillong will assume the role of a knowledge partner, providing extensive support in research, policy development, analysis, impact studies, and identifying and recommending necessary interventions. The institute will act as an “in-house” consultant, offering its expertise in project development and policy formulation.

One of the key objectives of this partnership is the formulation of institutional development plans for state-run higher education institutions in Nagaland.

Additionally, IIM Shillong will play a crucial role in the implementation of the New Education Policy 2020, ensuring that its principles and objectives are effectively integrated into Nagaland’s education system. As experts in the field, the institute will provide guidance and support to ensure the policy’s successful implementation in both its content and spirit.

Furthermore, IIM Shillong will leverage its expertise to assist the Government of Nagaland in establishing a state-of-the-art engineering college. By incorporating best practices and robust systems, the institute aims to help create a premier educational institution that meets the highest standards of excellence.

This partnership between IIM Shillong and the Government of Nagaland marks a significant milestone in the advancement of higher education and skill development in the region. It is a testament to the commitment of both parties to collaborate and create a brighter future for the youth of Nagaland.