A Gold for Education

By on September 08, 2016
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A Gold for Education

As Goa’s most popular professional institute Goa Engineering College and the state’s first ICSE school Sharada Mandir celebrate their 50th anniversaries this year, VIVA Goa takes a look at the journey of these two educational endeavours and how they have progressed over the years

Change is inevitable, but the success of a venture is known by its stability. Crossing milestones instils confidence and boosts motivation to surge forward. Two educational institutes of repute – Goa Engineering College (GEC), Farmagudi, Ponda and Sharada Mandir School, Miramar, Panaji – are celebrating golden jubilees this year, with much progress in the field of education. For Goa, which itself celebrates barely 55 years of freedom from colonial rule and 29 years as a state, this milestone is commendable.

GEC came about as a vision of Goa’s first chief minister Dayanand Bandodkar, who wanted to take education to every nook and corner of Goa and also cater to the technical needs of the state’s promising population. Despite starting with shared lecture rooms and rented apartments to house students traveling from afar, the college has made immense headway over the years.

Its now huge campus in Farmagudi, Ponda, is home to more than 2000 students each year, with as many as 8000 alumni proudly calling GEC their alma mater. From three branches when it first started, GEC now offers undergraduate engineering programmes for electrical and electronics, civil, mechanical, electronics and telecommunication, computers, information technology, and mining. 

It also offers post-graduate programmes for foundation engineering and structural engineering (civil
department), industrial engineering (mechanical department), micro electronics, electronic communication and instrumentation, industrial automation and radio frequency (electronics and telecommunication), power and energy engineering (electrical and electronics), and computer engineering.

The GEC campus is also home to one of the largest libraries in Goa, with a multi-media section and a book bank facility. It is now taking things further following the organisation of its first TED talk last month. TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is an international non-partisan, non-profit devoted to spreading ideas through short, powerful talks on a range of topics, and speakers have included entrepreneur Bill Gates, anthropologist Jane Goodall, author Elizabeth Gilbert, business magnate Sir Richard Branson and others.

Read the full article in 'Viva Goa' magazine copy.
Viva Goa magazine is now on stands. Available at all major book stalls and supermarkets in Goa.

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