Rangpo, 08 Jun [IPR]:
Senior Secondary School, Rangpo in East Sikkim hosted 15 exchange students from New Delhi along with two teachers, Prachi Jain [Trained Graduate Teacher, English] and Ravijot Sandhu [Post Graduate Teacher, Chemistry] and Deputy Education Officer, Vijay Pal, at the school auditorium today.
It may be mentioned here, the students and delegates are on a weeklong exchange programme under Ek Bharath Shrestha Bharat scheme. It is a flagship programme monitored by the PMO, New Delhi and initiated by the Prime Minister during the Rashtriya Ekta Divas on 31 Oct 2015, to commemorate the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhai Patel.
Under this programme, every year all the 36 States and UTs are paired with each other where students supervised by teachers and education officers are sent on an exchange programme. The main objective of the Ek Bharath Shrestha Bharath is to exchange the diverse culture, promote and celebrate and eventually form a bond with each other.
Principal of Rangpo SSS, Dr Hannah Yonzan, welcomed the gathering giving the guests a tour of the school campus and the classrooms. One of the students of Rangpo SSS gave a presentation on Sikkim while another student, Aashish Dangal, who had previously gone to New Delhi under the same exchange programme narrated a detailed account of his experience.
Deputy Director, Human Resource Development Department [Government of Sikkim], PR Dulal, spoke on the value of cultural exchange and the significance it bears in a student’s life.
The exchange students from Delhi performed a dance which was followed by the DEO’s address wherein he thanked the officials of HRDD, Central and State Government while praising the cleanliness and the hospitality of the State. He stated that he was amazed at the preparedness and confidence of the students in every field and admired the aspirations and discipline they held.
Dr Yonzan presented a memento to the teachers and the DEO and thanked them for participating in the programme.
The visiting teachers expressed that they will definitely return to Sikkim and will go on and tell others about the development and discipline of the people of Sikkim.