GUWAHATI, July 25 - Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal who today chaired the governing body meeting of State Level Advisory Committee (SLAC) for Students and Youth Welfare in his conference room at Janata Bhawan, was given a presentation on the functioning of the committee and its future programmes.
The Chief Minister asked the committee to hold regular events of quiz, debate, etc., in the colleges and provide funds to the colleges for the purpose. Saying that such competitions would increase the visibility of the committee among the students of the State, he suggested that winning speeches of the debate competitions could be video recorded for uploading on the SLAC website and could also be published as compilations.
When informed about the international exposure tours planned by the committee for students, the Chief Minister urged the committee to give opportunities to meritorious and talented students to go on these tours so that they present the best picture of the State in front of the world and also bring back memories which they could use to propel the State�s development.
The Chief Minister also directed the committee to engage student volunteers to keep their localities clean in the spirit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi�s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. Saying that students of local colleges could be drafted for carrying out cleanliness activities in their respective neighbourhoods, Sonowal suggested providing incentives of national exposure tour to different states in the country to the best student volunteer groups. A sense of belonging for their localities would be inculcated among the students and they would feel empowered for playing a role in keeping their cities clean, he opined.
During the meeting, the Chief Minister was apprised about the regular activities of the SLAC such as organising free coaching for underprivileged UPSC and APSC aspirants along with coaching for medical and engineering streams, conferring of CM�s Sports Award, providing grants-in-aide to coaches and players among others.
Education Minister Siddhartha Bhattacharya, Minister of State for Sports Naba Kumar Doley, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Sanjay Lohia and Member Secretary of State Level Advisory Committee for Students and Youth Welfare Lakhya Konwar were also present at the meeting among others.
The SLAC also presented a cheque of Rs 2 lakh to Sonowal as contribution to the Chief Minister�s Relief Fund.