Tura, October 19 : The Deputy Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Sniawbhalang Dhar, graced the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of the Meghalaya Board of School Education (MBOSE) as the Chief Guest at an impressive inaugural function held at Green Haven, New Tura on October 18, 2023.

The theme for the Golden Jubilee celebrations is “Celebrate the Past, embrace the present and rise to the future”.

In his address, the Deputy Chief Minister lauded the achievements of MBOSE over the past 50 years and stated that it is one of the best Boards in the whole country. He also acknowledged the significant progress and development in the education sector of the region inspite of various challenges.

Meghalaya’s Education Minister, Rakkam A Sangma, who graced the event as the Guest of Honour, also extended his warm congratulations to the entire MBOSE family on this auspicious occasion. He expressed his deep appreciation for every individual who had dedicated their service to the board over the past five decades.

Controller of Examinations, MBOSE, Tura T. R. Laloo, In a powerpoint presentation, Controller of Examinations, MBOSE, Tura T. R. Laloo outlined the milestones of MBOSE, tracing the journey from its establishment. He recalled the enactment of the Meghalaya Board of School Education Act in 1973, which was pivotal in regulating and supervising school education in the State of Meghalaya. The first High School Leaving Certificate (HSLC) Examination was conducted in 1973, with 3797 candidates appearing and a pass percentage of 38.3% while in 2023, the pass percentage has risen to a commendable increase of pass percentage to 78%. He also highlighted on the roles and functions of the Board including numerous reorganization and upgradation of different infrastructural activities.

Earlier during the programme, the Chief Guest had the honor of hoisting and unfurling the MBOSE flag, a symbol of the Board’s enduring legacy. The ceremony was attended by several distinguished dignitaries. Lighting of Dongmusa /Bilcham, Release of Souvenir by host of dignitaries and colourful cultural items performed by various schools of Garo Hills enthralled the gathering. The chief Guest along with other dignitaries also cut the marvelous Jubilee Cake during the inaugural function.

Executive Chairman, MBOSE, C P Marak, Secretary to the Education Department, Ambrose Ch Marak, Joint Director (Administration), Shillong Regional Office, Macdonald Marbaniang were among others who spoke during the function.

The inaugural function was also attended by MLA, Rangsakona Constituency and Chairman, Meghalaya Khadi and Village Industries, Subir Marak; Adviser to the Education Department, H M Shangpliang; Eveningstar Teron, MDC and Executive Member, JHADC; Deputy Commissioner, West Garo Hills Jagdish Chelani; Superintendent of Police, West Garo Hills, Abraham T Sangma; Former Chairman, Dr. T T P Marak; Former Chairman, B N Lamare; Chairman TMB, J D Sangma; Director (Administration) MBOSE, Tura Rikse R Marak; other distinguished dignitaries, Heads of Institutions, teachers, and students.

In the later part of the programme, “Academic Discourse by prominent speakers delved into the historical roles of various missionary groups in the spread of education in Meghalaya. Sundar A Sangma, President of GBC, Tura, addressed the “Role of Baptist Missionaries in Spread of Education in Meghalaya.” Reverend V. T. S Langstieh of the Bible Society of India, Shillong, discussed the “Role of Presbyterian Missionaries in the Spread of Education in Meghalaya.” Fr. Bivan Mukhim, Principal of Don Bosco College, Tura, shared insights on the “Role of Roman Catholics in the Spread of Education in Meghalaya,” while Swami Anuragananda, Secretary of R. K. Mission, Sohra, explored the “Role of Rama Krishna Missionaries in Spread of Education in Meghalaya.”

Further, Spelling BEE, Quiz and Music display was also organized for the students and everyone present.