Kohima, 27 October (MTNews): The 13th meeting of the State Council for Technical Education (SCTE) took place at the Directorate of Technical Education in Kohima on 27 October 2023 with Temjenmemba, the Advisor for Transport and Technical Education, and Chairman of SCTE, presiding the meeting.

Key discussions and developments at the 13th SCTE meeting in Nagaland

In his opening remarks, Temjenmemba stressed the significance of technical education in Nagaland. The Technical Education Department currently operates nine Polytechnics and aims to expand its scope through a consensus-based policy, which provides guidance for the department’s growth and clarifies its domain.

Key discussions during the meeting included: Renaming Computer Engineering to Computer Science and Engineering at ICIT and Fashion Design & Apparel Production to Fashion Technology at Government Polytechnic Kohima; Increasing the intake for the Civil Engineering course at Government Polytechnic Seithekema-C, Chumoukedima, from 30 to 60 seats; Introducing a one-year Interior Design course for skill training at Government Polytechnic Peren, aligning with the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 for vocational education; Discussing the potential progressive closure of all Diploma programs at Khelhoshe Polytechnic Atoizu, with a plan to upgrade and convert them into Degree programs if Civil Degree courses are approved; Ratifying exam results from December 2022 and May 2023.

It also addressed the formulation of a comprehensive Technical Education Policy in the state. The State Level Committee (SLC) will gather comments from relevant departments for government consideration.

Professor Rajendra B Kakde, Advisor and Representative of the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) in New Delhi, provided recommendations and insights. Anenla T Sato, IAS, the Commissioner & Secretary of Higher & Technical Education, and Er Vipulhou Lhoungu, the Director of Technical Education and member secretary of SCTE, contributed valuable input.

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