Guwahati, January 12: In a bid to accelerate women empowerment and acknowledge the good results of the first 1000 girls who excelled in the Higher Secondary School Leaving Certification Examinations- 2017, Chief Minister Sarbananada Sonowal launched the distribution of 1000 scooties to the girl students at a function held at GMCH auditorium here today.
It may be noted that starting the scheme of giving free scooties to the girl students in recognition to their good results in the higher secondary examinations was one of the budget promises of the State Government. Fulfilling the budget promise, Chief Minister Sonowal handed over allotment certificates along with keys to the girl students in the city today in presence of Education Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma.
Speaking on the occasion Chief Minister Sonowal said that ever since has the new dispensation been in power, quality has become the only criterion for getting government jobs and other government incentives. He also said that his government has been striving hard to sustain the atmosphere and make quality the only tool for selecting the beneficiaries into the fold of government programmes.
Sonowal also said that the state government is committed to quality higher education and through education the much deserved qualitative changes will be brought about in the society. He also said that the government’s decision to introduce ‘Gunotsav’ in the education system was primarily done to bring in qualitative changes in education. He also requested the education department to include sapling plantation as an essential component of ‘Gunotsav’ to complement the state government’s efforts of adding life to bio-diversity in the state.
He also asked the recipients of scooties to use them (scooties) as a medium or launch pad to scale high in their career. Sonowal also advised the students to work hard and stay with the positive people and avoid negative companies. He also said that he felt happy to have launched the scheme on a day synchronising with the National Youth Day, the birth anniversary of Swami Vevekananda today. Swami Vivekanada a youth icon has tremendous influence on the youths and he called upon the young generation of the state to emulate the mission and vision of Swamiji for a robust country based on the tenets of humanism.
Health and Family Welfare, Education etc Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma while speaking on the occasion said that the idea of giving free scooties in recognition to the merits of the girl students is a small gesture of the state’s government’s efforts towards women empowerment. He also said though this year the state government has decided to give free scootys to 1000 students, next year the number of beneficiaries would be increased to 5000.
He also said that considering the problem of many students belonging to below poverty line in getting admission in the higher secondary and degree level, the state government has decided to give free text books and waive off the admission fees for them. It may also be noted that those students who opted for cash instead of scooties were given Rs. 35000 as a part of the programme.
Principal Secretary to Higher Education Ajay Tiwari, adviser to education department Prof Mihir Kanti Choudhury, principal of Cotton University Prof Bhabesh Goswami, director higher education Babulal Sharma and host of other dignitaries, teachers and students were present on the occasion.