GANGTOK: The lone Lok Sabha Member of Parliament from Sikkim, Indra Hang Subba, during his speech at the ongoing session of the Parliament on Wednesday, apprised the House and the Union education ministry of the neglect of faced by the history, geography and culture of the northeast states by rest of the country.

“I request the ministry to include, in the syllabus of schools, the northeast states in a more elaborate manner. The syllabus given by the Central Board for Secondary Education (CBSE) and other National Education boards do not give the history, culture and geography of the northeastern India. It seems the students from mainland India fail to understand where the northeast states are and how they belong to India, so that the northeastern states don’t feel the exclusion from rest of the country.”

During his speech in support of the demand for grants for the Ministry of Education 2021-22, he emphasised on the importance of upgrading existing colleges and empowering them with enough logistics to run post-graduate and PhD programs.

“This will help in creating standalone autonomous institutions as envisioned in National Education Policy. There is also a need for creating better facilities in the schools of rural area,” Subba said.

Subba also stressed on gross enrolment ratio in Schedule Tribe community to be just 17 per cent, against 23 per cent for Schedule Caste community and the National Average of 26 percent.

Taking Sikkim into context, the MP highlighted how about 46 per cent of Sikkim’s land is protected. “Unfortunately, there’s not a single institution on forestry and wildlife studies. I request the Ministry to consider establishing one such institution for research and development,” he said.

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