Staff Reporter –
Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister, Pema Khandu, on Saturday inaugurated a sports stadium at the Don Bosco College at Jollang near Itanagar. The stadium, built at a cost of Rs 1.80 crores, is named in memory of chief minister’s late father and former chief minister, Dorjee Khandu, and would be used for hosting various state-level events and sports. Chief Minister Pema Khandu lauded the efforts of Fr C C Jose, Director, of Don Bosco Colleges and other authorities of the institute for the successful completion of the stadium despite fund constraints. He said it is an example for others to follow across the state and urged the students to learn and adopt their indigenous culture and speak one’s mother language as much as possible. “We are very thankful to Chief Minister Pema Khandu’s support in constructing the stadium. He had visited Don Bosco College in 2017 and had felt the need for a stadium in the college premises for the overall and harmonious growth of students. This stadium will now, not only be an asset of the college, but also of the entire state,” said Fr C C Jose. The chief minister welcomed the gesture of the college authorities to allow the use of the stadium by the state government and other
organizations for conducting various state and national level events. The Chief Minister has also called for a “feasibility study” for further expansion of the stadium so that it can host state, regional and national level events in the future. Commenting on the recent 2021-22 state budget, Khandu said 2021 has been declared as the ‘Year of Education’. He said the government’s top priority this year would be overhauling the education sector. “We have kept budget provisions of about Rs 1,000 crore for education. We will develop and create infrastructure wherever needed, especially in rural and interior places,” he said. The chief minister expressed his gratitude to the Don Bosco College and organizations like the Rama Krishna Mission, Vivekananda Kendra and others for producing many thinkers, doctors, engineers, civil servants, scholars and entrepreneurs. He appealed to the students to come back to the state after completing their professional and university courses and serve the people of the state.