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In a bid to bring an overall development to its neighbouring rural community, the University of Science & Technology Meghalaya (USTM) on December 28 adopted the Jorbil village in the Baridua area to develop it as a “truly ideal village”.

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USTM authorities declared that Jorbil village will be a “truly ideal village” in the Baridua area of the locality within one year as the university is adopting the village.

USTM chancellor Mahbubul Hoque, after felicitating Ensath Sangma, headman of Jorbil village along with the social and community development activists of the village on the occasion of Christmas and New Year, said that the university will work for the wholesome development of the village.

Altogether 15 activists: five women, five youth and five elderly persons, including Narahari Boro Das, a 102-year-old man of the village, were honoured on December 28.

The women were small-scale entrepreneurs who also motivate other women to come forward. The youth activists were selected on the basis of their performance in education and sports.

USTM students prepared a Christmas cake and presented songs and prayers for the villagers. The programme was organized by the Department of Social Work & NSS Cell, USTM to felicitate the social and community development activists.

Addressing a large local community gathering at the Church field of Jorbil village, Hoque said that USTM is always ready to work for the benefit of all the nearby village people, mainly for the educational improvement of the villagers.

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“We are giving free education to the children of the village. The village must reflect the contribution of USTM on all developmental fronts. At the same time, we have to also work for the environment,” he added.

He welcomed all to collaborate with USTM and engage themselves in entrepreneurial work, sports activities and so on.

Speaking on the occasion, village headman Nitil Bangmr thanked Mahbubul Hoque and USTM for helping the village and its people. He said that the villagers are grateful as the children, women and menfolk of the village are always been welcomed by the university for help and support in different developmental activities.

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