GUWAHATI, Aug 10 - Parents and teachers must play a vital role in nurturing students as quality human resource for the future and both these sections must fulfil their responsibilities to create good citizens for the country by harnessing the individual qualities of the students, said Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal while speaking at the launching ceremony of free textbook distribution programme for Class XI students of the State, at B Borooah College here.
In today's programme, 14,92,600 free textbooks were distributed among 1,71,065 students enrolled in Class XI of various colleges of the State. Free textbooks were also distributed in the district headquarters towns of the State today.
Assam State Textbook Production and Publication Corporation has already published textbooks for Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, English, Nepali and Manipuri mediums for distribution among the Class XI students in the 2018-19 academic year.
Saying that the Assam government is sincerely working for equally developing all the 33 districts of the State, Sonowal stated that the education system has been playing an important role in building human resource and the State government has initiated schemes like free admission into colleges, free textbook distribution, infrastructure development of educational institutes, providing scholarships to the students and 'Gunotsav' for holistic development of academic environment in the State.
Calling on the young generation of the State to empower themselves to take advantage of the changing environment, Sonowal said to realise Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision of making the North East the new engine of growth, people must join hands with the government.
Urging the teachers to work with commitment and dedication to provide right education to the students and shape their lives, Sonowal underlined the need for facilitating a conducive environment by the educational institutes for achieving the 17 sustainable development goals of the United Nations.
Education Minister Siddhartha Bhattacharyya and MoS of Education Department Pallab Lochan Das also spoke in the meeting where the Chairman of the Assam State Textbook Production and Publication Corporation gave the welcome address.
Vice Chairman of Assam State Textbook Production and Publication Corporation Jitu Goswami, Commissioner and Secretary of Secondary and Elementary Education Pritom Saikia, Secretary of Secondary Education Samsher Singh were also present in the meeting, among other dignitaries.