GUWAHATI, May 1 - With a view to providing vision and guidance in higher education for the girl students of Barak Valley, ERD Foundation of Guwahati in association with Khairun Nessa Begum Women�s College of Badarpur organised a day-long motivational and counselling programme titled �Barak Valley Girl Students� Conclave� for Class-X and XII students at Badarpur recently.
The conclave was joined by more than 1,000 girl students from the valley which saw the launch of several ERDF scholarships, freeships and fellowships, including five BA scholarships in the name of eminent reformist from Barak Valley, late Dr Tayeebur Rahman Barbhuiya.
The event was marked by expert counselling and motivational sessions and participation of ACS and HSLC toppers.
Speaking on the occasion, Professor Rajat Gupta, Director of NIT, Mizoram, said that knowledge was the seed, and economy the fruit. He urged the students to excel in whatever career they followed and appreciated ERDF�s efforts to support poor and brilliant students from primary to higher education.
Addressing the students, Dr Shaheen Ara Begum, Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science, Assam University, Silchar said, �Girls have to be determined to stand on their own feet. Nothing can stop you from achieving your dream. You have to create a vision and decide what to become after five or ten years from now. Visualising your dream is very important � it is the bottom line from where you start,� she said.
ACS topper Maria Tanim, while addressing the gathering, said that hard work, patience and dedication executed in the proper direction always led to success. HSLC topper Sarfaraz Hussain, who was also present at the conclave, gave study tips to the students.
Mahbubul Hoque, Chancellor of USTM and chairman of ERDF, said that education was the only tool for progress and prosperity of the region.
The students were apprised about various academic programmes and facilities offered in ERDF institutions to meritorious students, including coaching for competitive examinations.
Earlier, the welcome address was delivered by Dr Bibhash Dev, Academic Advisor to ERDF while the vote of thanks was delivered by Dr Afsana Amin Soma, Principal of KBWC.