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Assam: Female PG Students To Receive Rs 10,000 Stipend Money For Studies

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The government of Assam shall explore the possibility of distributing electric scooters to awardees of Dr. Banikanta Kakati Merit Award from next year.
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Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma

Guwahati: Assam government has been planning to bring up a fresh scheme for female postgraduate students of the state in which they would be provided with a monthly stipend for their expenses.

On Wednesday, chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma while distributing scooters to meritorious candidates who cleared the last higher secondary examinations conducted by the Assam Higher Secondary Education Council with a percentage above a certain threshold said that the upcoming scheme would not only help female students to meet with their expenses during their PG studies but would also encourage more female students to pursue post-graduation courses.

Sarma said, “Through this upcoming scheme female students pursuing post-graduate programmes in educational institutions of the state would be provided a yearly stipend of Rs 10,000 each. This would be helpful in covering their commutation and other related expenses.”

He informed that the female PG students would receive Rs 1000 as a stipend monthly for 10 months in a year since the universities and PG colleges remain closed for some two months annually due to academic reasons.

He appealed to those females pursuing post-graduate programmes to apply for the same in the portal to be launched by the state’s education department in a few weeks from now.

This year Dr. Banikanta Kakati Merit Award, under the Pragya Bharti scheme, was awarded to a total of 35,800 beneficiaries, of which 6,052 are boys and 29,748 are girls. To be eligible for the award, the male candidates of higher secondary examinations conducted by Assam Higher Secondary Education Council had to score a minimum of 75% while that for female candidates has been fixed at 60%.

While on Wednesday, eligible students from Kamrup (Metro) and Kamrup districts received the scooters, students from other districts would receive theirs within December.

Adding that digitization would be the mantra for development for the next few decades, the CM asked them to focus on innovation, as the world of innovation offers tremendous opportunities for all to thrive and grow. Innovation would ensure one becomes employment-provider, rather than remaining employment-seeker, he remarked.

He further added that youths of Assam must have at least the basic idea about new-age technologies such as augmented reality, virtual reality, blockchain, quantum computing, artificial intelligence, big data, advanced genomics, etc.

Sarma added, “Remaining ignorant of these would be detrimental to their career in the long run as youths of states such as Karnataka and Maharashtra have already made themselves a part of this technological revolution.”

Meritorious students should always aim to touch the sky, the CM said, adding it would be a waste of their talent if they were to limit their aspirations to grade-3 and grade-4 jobs in days to come.

The government of Assam shall explore the possibility of distributing electric scooters to awardees of Dr. Banikanta Kakati Merit Award from next year. This would do away with students having to spend money on fuel, he added.

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