Mathematics and science to be made compulsory at secondary school level from 2025: Rakkam

Education Minister Rakkam A Sangma on Wednesday announced that from the next academic year the state Government will make Mathematics and science a compulsory subject at the secondary school level.

The Meghalaya Government launched several key initiatives in Education sector as part of the National Science Day celebration in the state.

Promoting Chess Education

Minister Incharge of Education Rakkam A Sangma launched Queen’s Gambit: New Era  in Chess education. Introducing Chess education, Meghalaya Government  the Queen’s Gambit Chess offers plenty of lessons and puzzles to hone ones skills. Meghalaya is one of the few States in the country which promotes Chess education.

Meghalaya Star 30

Another initiative launched by the State Government is Meghalaya Star 30: Guiding aspirations for NEET/ JEE. The state Government is providing guiding support to the Medical and Engineering aspirants.


Another initiative launched was PULSE : Promoting, Understanding and Learning Science Education. The Education Minister stressed on the need to encourage  science Education in the state. He expressed concern that Students these days don’t want to study science and mathematics. Science and Mathematics are important in every moment of life. Sangma also asked students to be  updated with technology and if they don’t then tomorrow Artificial intelligence the technology will overtake human work.

Go Digital: Meghalaya launches Tech Tutor  Meghalaya

Going digital in the Education sector, Sangma also launched Tech Tutor Meghalaya: Exploring Science and mathematics in the virtual classroom. Taking advantage of the popularity of the virtual mode of learning, the Education department has come up with the concept of Virtual classroom. The advent of virtual classrooms driven by educational technology (EdTech) is expected to become a game-changing force in the rapidly evolving field of education.

An enormous shift is occurring in the conventional paradigm of education, which involves students sitting in a physical classroom, listening to lectures, and engaging with lecturers in person. Incorporating digital technologies, online resources, and creative teaching approaches—all of which serve as the virtual classroom’s foundation—are driving this evolution.

Addressing the gathering Rakkam A Sangma said that it is great to see the enthusiasm of educators and students for education and advancement of knowledge in science and technology.


The initiatives of the government and contributions of Indian Scientists indeed play a crucial role in motivating students and advancing technology. Keeping up with the latest technologies and having a global standard are key aspects of learning and innovation, he added.


The minister urged the students to not only learn but also apply scientific concepts in their daily lives to make learning more engaging and impactful. He said that supporting initiatives that make learning more enjoyable and meaningful, especially in science and mathematics can go a long way in nurturing future innovators and problem solvers. Sangma further encouraged the students to pursue their interests and passion in science and mathematics with dedication and perseverance which can contribute to the advancement of knowledge and society as a whole. He also informed that the government is committed in supporting initiatives that enhance science and technology education.


The State Council of Science Technology and Environment (SCSTE), Meghalaya in collaboration with the Shillong Science Centre and the Science Department of Shillong College today observed the National Science Day 2024 under the theme ‘Indigenous Technologies for Viksit Bharat’ at the State Convention Centre, Shillong.


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