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Posted on Dec 05, 09:01PM | UNI
Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma today inaugurated the Institute of UN Studies (Meghalaya Chapter) here.
"When you think of setting up a larger structure of the United Nations in the country, please keep Meghalaya in mind," said Dr Sangma.
Stating that this was but a small beginning, the Chief Minister drew comparison with Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Imphal of which he is an alumnus.
According to him, RIMS had a similar small beginning but has now emerged as one of the premier medical institutions in the region, if not the country.
Dr Sangma also informed that the allocation of a larger plot of land is currently under process even as he reiterated the importance of this new institute in bridging the gap between a developing Meghalaya and a developed one.
He also pointed out the possibility of the UN lending its experience and expertise to the Integrated Basin and Livelihood Programme of the state government.
Suresh Srivastava, Secretary General, Indian Federation of United Nations Associations (IFUNA), New Delhi gave a historical account of the United Nations while adding that a diploma through this institute may not ensure a job in the UN but it will definitely go a long way in making the students of the institute better people.
Meghalaya Principal Secretary K S Krofa said "We will now be part of a global venture through this small step." The institute will offer six-month diploma courses on the United Nations and the curriculum will cover UN bodies such as UNICEF, UNESCO, the World Bank and such these courses will commence from December 15.