GUWAHATI, Jan 5 - NPS International School, Guwahati has bagged the coveted CBSE Special Award for its pro-active role in creating awareness on skill development and empowerment among the underprivilege section of society. The award was presented at a function held in New Delhi on Monday.
NPS International School has become the first institution in the North East to win the award for its overall initiative in its adopted village Bakarapara under Rani development block in Kamrup district. The award carried cash and a merit certificate.
Altogether 17 schools from across the country took part in the national competition in its final round on �Skill Awareness and Empowerment�.
Some prominent features of the NPS Project in Bakarapara village include, maximum involvement of students, duration of activity, number of beneficiaries, programme for awareness generation, process of implementation, impact indicators, evidences and the challenges faced during the programme.
The literacy rate in the village has also gone up considerably following its adoption by NPS International School, Guwahati.
�As per information received from the office of the education officer, CBSE, more than 250 schools from across the country had sent their projects for the award. Out of these, 17 were selected nationwide. NPS International School was the only school from the entire North East to win the prestigious award,� Jitendra Nath Das, founder director of NPS International School, Guwahati, said.
Das further informed that other prominent schools which were also felicitated during the event included Scindia Kanya Senior Secondary School, Gwalior; DPS, Srinagar; Amity International School, Noida; St Pauls, Sasaram, Bihar; Ryan International; DPS, Delhi; Fatima Central Senior Secondary School, Saidapet, Chennai and two schools of Apeejay, Kolkata .
�In Bakarapara village, we are trying to create awareness and empower people on various issues ranging from skill development to waste management. Now, the use of plastic bags by the villagers has been considerably minimised. After working for so many months in the entire village, efforts of our students and teachers are bearing fruit as the villagers of Bakarapara have already said �no� to plastic. They are very organised in case of waste management and other social issues,� added Das.