Shillong, Aug 7: Lok Sabha member from Shillong, Vincent H. Pala has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to create two additional departments at the North Eastern Hills University (NEHU) to complete the formation of the School of Planning and Architecture (SPA).
The University is to create the Transport planning and Town and Country planning in the Architecture department.
“The proposal for setting up of the SPA at Shillong inline with the SPA, New Delhi is the need of the hour for the people of the North Eastern Region,” Pala said in his letter to the Prime Minister.
He said that once these departments are created, the Architecture department in the University would constitute the SPA.
“The two departments may kindly be started in the University immediately after providing the necessary infrastructure and manpower syllabi etc. and approval from the All India Council for Technical Education and reorganization by the Institute of Town Planners India,” Pala said.
The Shillong MP also said that SPA is one of the eminent institutes of the country that offers courses on planning such as regional, urban, transport, housing, environment planning and others, adding that these are all “job-oriented.”
He also informed the Prime Minister that the proposal requires the push and initiative by the Human Resources of Development.
“With the present pandemic situation which has affected the economy at the national and international level, another alternative proposal is the creation of two department namely, the Transport Planning and the Town and Country Planning Departments in the University since the Architecture Department is already in existence thereby will form/constitute a SPA within this central university,” Pala stated.
Pala said that students who complete the postgraduate degrees are easily employed in the government and private sectors, and the SPA generates employment and enhances skills and professional capabilities of the people.