Arunachal Pradesh’s Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein says Catholic education has made him what he is today. “All that I am today, I owe it to the fathers and brothers at my school,” said the former student of Don Bosco School in Guwahati, Assam on March 3. He was speaking at the first convocation of Venerable Uktara Bethany Collegein Namsai, the first Catholic college in the eastern part of the north-eastern Indian state. Mein was the chief guest at the function in the colleges that sits some 325 km northeast of Itanagar, the State capital.
The minister also hailed Catholic contribution to the education sector in the region, particularly in Arunachal Pradesh. According to him, Catholic institutions render yeomen service without looking for profit and without much support from the government. Mein recollected the difficulties he had faced to complete his education because of lack of transport facilities and good educational institutions in his neighbourhood. “We had to travel by mules and boats for days to reach our college. You are so lucky to have graduated from this college.” He told the graduates.