Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu launched the Vidya Vistar (V2) Scheme of the prestigious Hindu College, New Delhi on April 25. It will partner with three colleges in the Northeast, namely the North Kamrup College, Guwahati, Assam, Nar Bahadur Bhandari College, Tadong, Sikkim and the Dorjee Khandu Government College, Tawang.
Attending the launch virtually, Khandu expressed gratitude to the Delhi University and his alma mater Hindu College on behalf of the people of the Northeast and Arunachal Pradesh in particular for accepting to collaborate and partner with the three colleges in the region as a mentor under the novel initiative of DU’s Vidya-Vistar.
“The Vidya Vistar initiative of DU will open channels of communication and exchange among academic institutions which has tremendous potential to improve outcomes. Best part is that affluent colleges like the Hindu College will be mentoring colleges in remote areas,” Khandu said.
“I call upon the authorities and faculty members of the Dorjee Khandu Government College, Tawang, to make optimal use of this opportunity so that our students, who are the future of our state and the country, benefit the most and add quality to the pool of human resource of the country,” Khandu added.
As the Vidya Vistar Scheme is based on the principle of mutual respect, cooperation and sharing between two academic institutions, Khandu expressed optimism that the three Northeast colleges will benefit a lot from the pool of resources, knowledge and expertise of Hindu College, one of the top-ranking colleges in the country.
The chief minister hoped that through this venture, Hindu College’s expertise in the field of sciences, humanities and arts, its resources in the library and several other academic activities, facilities such as participation in workshops and short-term value-added courses will be made available to the colleges.
As augmenting the capacity of faculty members is one of the primary steps for enhancing the academic capital of an educational institution, the chief minister suggested that the faculty members of the colleges be provided professional training and exposure to enhance their capabilities online as well as in offline endeavours.