Aizawl: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday inaugurated the Mizoram Engineering College (MEC) at Pukpui village in south Mizoram’s Lunglei district.
The institution was inaugurated along with 10 other professional colleges and 136 important higher education Institutions across the country in a digital launch held in Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir.
The digital launch, which was held through video conferencing at the secretariat conference hall, was witnessed by state health minister Dr R Lalthangliana, Mizoram University vice-chancellor KRS Sambasiva, officials of state higher and technical education, students leaders and students.
Mizoram Engineering College is perched within 24.9 acres of land at Pukpui village, about 12 km from the district headquarters of Lunglei.
The institution is constructed at a cost of Rs 26 crore through a centrally sponsored scheme Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abiyan (RUSA).
The college, designed to cater about 300 students, is equipped with state-of-the-art technology and has administrative block, academic block, laboratory, workshop, library, cafeteria, students common room, and boys and girls hostels.
According to officials, the institution will open its gate with three departments — civil engineering, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering.
On being instructed by Union ministry of human resource development to begin classes from 2019-2020 academic session, the state higher and technical education department has proposed to start temporary classes on civil engineering, officials also said.
The state government is now required to do black topping of a 3-km-long approach road to the college, water and electricity connection and installation of water storage and transformer at an estimated cost of Rs 9 crore.