Gangtok/Guwahati, December 7: Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling was today conferred the Doctorate of Literature (Honoris Causa) by the Shri Ramasamy Memorial (SRM) University.
Chamling who has had a long stint as the Chief Minister of Sikkim said that the state is all set to become a fully literate state by 2018. He said that his government has given utmost priority to the education since assuming power in 1994 in order to safeguard the future of the young generation.
“It is because of our sustained efforts for more than two decades that Sikkim is set to become a fully literate state by 2018,” Chamling said at the first convocation of the University in Sikkim where Governor Shriniwas Patil conferred the D.Litt on Pawan Chamling.
The Chief Minister went on to add that education in Sikkim was no longer a privilege enjoyed by few. He said that the tremendous increase in the number of educational institutions in the state over the last two decades powered by their policy of free education up to college level was a reflection of their success in making education accessible to one and all, irrespective of caste, creed or economic background.
Stressing on the importance of education in shaping the future of the succeeding generations, he said “Education plays an important role in shaping the new generation not only in professional career, but as human beings too.”