Providing better options for higher studies to its students and helping to reduce the exodus of students from the state are the increasing numbers of educational institutions in Assam.
Smita Mahanta and Srimanda Bokalia are studying at the Regional College of Higher Education in Guwahati affiliated to the North Eastern Hill University, Shillong.
Both of them are pursuing their bachelors' degree in social works.
After finishing their 12th standard, both Smita and Srimanda considered migrating to other cities for higher education. Later, they got courses of their choice in Guwahati and chose to stay back.
Mahanta said: "I thought of shifting to Delhi after my higher secondary. I was inclined towards social work and found the same course in NEHU. Apparently, there was no need to move to New Delhi. I am enjoying all the benefits of studying here."
Bokalia said: "Instead of migrating to some other place, it's a great opportunity for us to study in our own state."
Today, students in Assam look forward to complete their higher studies from the state itself as the numbers of institutions have increased considerably.
Many private universities have opened and offer advanced study curriculum's for a wide array of courses like B-Pharma, biotechnology, biochemistry, social works and environmental science, engineering and management, which were not available to the students earlier.
Approximately private investment of nearly rupees 400 crores was made already in the Northeast region. Numerous university and colleges are coming up in the region.
Mahbubul Hoque, Educationist, Regional institute of Science and Technology, said: "Educational infrastructure in Guwahati has improved due to investments by private investors in this field. And I hope that this investment continues for at least five years."
The new universities and colleges are a boon for the students and parents.
They are helping in uplifting the educational standards, attracting students from other northeast states. It enhances private investments and most importantly prevents the mass exodus of students from the region.
A K Choudhary, a parent, said: "Sending our children to far off places is not easy. Most of the parents cannot afford. And sometimes they face problems too. An immediate action at that time is difficult. So, if more of such good institutions are set up in Assam it will be good for the people."
Joseph, a student, said: "It is very good that many colleges and universities are being set up in Assam. Now, there are lots of facilities for students and instead of migrating we can study here."
The improvement in the security set-up in Assam has been a major reason for these substantial investments in the educational sector.
The state government is working on strategies to invite more institutions to help its students in order to groom and promote them so that they may compete at the global levels.