GUWAHATI, Dec 24 � Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Friday inaugurated the ceremonial distribution of computers and conferring of Anundoram Borooah award to the students securing first division in the HSLC, High Madrassa, Sanskrit and Pali Praveshika and F.M (Sr. Madrassa) examination 2010 at a function held at the Veterinary College play ground here.
The award giving function marked by a display of technical marvel was attended by hundreds of students accompanied by their guardians.
It needs to be mentioned here that the scheme for distributing computers was initiated in the year 2005 by the State government to encourage the meritorious students. This year as per the decision taken by the government, a total of 19352 students securing first division will get laptops. This will include 19124 HSLC pass out, 142 High Madrassa pass out, 50 FM examination pass out and 36 Sanskrit and Pali Praveshika examination pass out.
Assuring that the government�s topmost priority was the welfare of the student community, Gogoi said that education was the benchmark of a society�s progress and the State was moving in the right direction towards ensuring quality education for all to achieve the desired social growth.
�In keeping with the changes across the globe, we have introduced the relevant subjects and opened new educational institutions so that our students can compete at the all-India level,� said Gogoi adding that in the coming days, the government will introduce several new schemes for the betterment of the students.
Education Minister Gautam Bora speaking on the occasion announced that the school students of Assam will get the new textbooks adopted and translated from the National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT) syllabus on January 1, 2011.
He also said that the government will set up 18 model colleges in the State that will have all the non-conventional subjects and he observed that these new educational institutions will be able to retain the brilliant students who prefer to pursue their studies outside the State. �We will set up 81 new model schools at the block level and this will be run by society formed with the membership of experienced educationists,� said Bora.
The function was attended by many eminent citizens including Prof Gautam Barua, director, IIT, Guwahati. He urged the students to work hard and with dedication to succeed in life. Stressing the need for more research based activities here, Barua said that the students could opt for careers related to teaching and research which will prove beneficial to the development of the State.