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Sonowal gives away Anundoram Barooah awards

By Our Staff Reporter
Guwahati, Sept 13: Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal formally gave away Anundoram Barooah awards to 15,738 meritorious students of the State who secured 75% or above marks in the High School Leaving Certificate, High Madrassa, Senior Madrassa, Sanskrit Pravesika and Pali Examinations, 2017 at a programme held at Veterinary College playground, Khanapara, here on Wednesday.
The award carries a laptop with free internet connection for 2 years, course curriculum of 5 subjects of Arts, Science and Commerce streams in text, audio as well as video form and free high quality software containing preparatory material for MBBS and engineering examinations.
Speaking on the occasion, Sonowal said the award will inspire the young students to take part in nation building and develop a life of dignity. Stating that the future of the nation depends on young minds, he urged them to work with harmony, transparency and integrity. He also urged the students not to get lost in the crowd and called upon them to consider the award as a stepping stone for future success in life
Stating that knowledge is power, Sonowal said that in this age of globalisation, information technology has significantly altered many aspects of life, and urged the young students to take maximum benefit of the digital medium in their academic life. He also cautioned them about the dangers of cyber crime and advised them not to get trapped into it.
The CM further said the State government is taking up an ambitious plan to make Guwahati the gateway to Southeast Asia, and not just limiting the city as the gateway to the Northeast. He said Assam is the corridor through which the nation can capture the markets of ASEAN countries.
State Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma in his address urged the meritorious students to follow in the footsteps of Anundoram Barooah to build successful and socially-committed careers.
Sarma said the State government will provide scooters to first 1,000 successful girl students of HS examination from this year. He said Dispur is working to strengthen the elementary education system of the State and has appointed around 31,000 TET qualified teachers within one year. He also mentioned about opening of universities in the names of Madhavdev, Bhattadev and Rabindra Nath Tagore in Lakhimpur, Barpeta and Hojai districts as well as new medical and engineering colleges in the State.
Director of Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati Dr Gautam Baruah also spoke on the occasion, while Commissioner & Secretary, Secondary Education, RC Jain delivered the welcome speech.
Chief Minister’s Legal Adviser Santanu Bharali, several MLAs, Chief Secretary VK Pipersenia, Deputy Commissioner (Kamrup Metro) Dr M Angamuthu, AMTRON Vice Chairman Ritubaran Sarma and AMTRON Managing Director, among others, were present on the occasion.