The event was attended by chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal and education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. Students, who secured 75% or above in the High School Leaving Certificate (HSLC) examination, 2020, were chosen for this assistance.
Though the money for buying laptops was directly transferred to the bank accounts of 16,944 students by the CM through the press of a button, he ceremonially presented cheques and certificates to five students. A total of Rs 34 crore has been released by the state government for the scheme.
“Students must strive hard to acquire knowledge, which is power in this age of globalization, to achieve success. Even fertile lands must be tilled for increasing agricultural production. Therefore, youths must harness their latent talents. The successful students in HSLC must consistently endeavour to achieve excellence in the future as well,” said Sonowal.
He added that the youths of the state must try to take advantage of the conducive environment for business, cultural and other exchanges brought about by the Act East Policy.
Education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that the Anundoram Borooah Awards, which were started in 2005, have benefited a total of 3,73,855 students till date. “Our students have shown better performance in national level exams in recent years and Assam has become one of the top states in spending up to 6% of its GDP for education and health sectors.”
He added that the state government is committed to handing over a scooty to each girl student who passed the Class XII state boards with first division this year.
Principal secretary of the education department, B Kalyan Chakarvarthy, gave a welcome address in the programme which was attended by MLA Angoorlata Deka, advisor to the education department Mihirkanti Choudhury, Board of Secondary Education, Assam chairman RC Jain and Assam Higher Secondary Education Council chairman D Borgohain, among others.