Gangtok: Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling , who was conferred Doctorate of Literature (Honoris Causa) by the private Shri Ramasamy
Memorial (SRM) University, yesterday said the state is set to become a fully literate by 2018. Pawan Kumar Chamling said that his government has given
utmost priority to the education since assuming power in 1994 in order to safeguard the future of the young generation.'It is because of our sustained efforts
for more than two decades that Sikkim is set to become a fully literate state by 2018,' he said at the first convocation of the university in Sikkim where Governor
Shriniwas Patil conferred the D.Litt on Pawan Kumar Chamling.
'Today, it is heartening to see that education in Sikkim is no longer a privilege enjoyed by a few. The tremendous increase in the number of educational institutions
in the state over the last two decades coupled with our policy of free education upto college level and other facilities have ensured that education is accessible to
one and all, irrespective of caste, creed or economic background,' the chief minister added.