Guwahati, 08 Jan [IPR]: West Point Senior Secondary School and North Sikkim Academy won first places in Zonal Level Band Competition held in Guwahati today.
The girls of West Point SSS won this in the girls’ category while the NSA boys aced their category.
The two teams were selected for the Zonal Level at the State Level Competition held on 15 November, 2019 in Gangtok. Both the teams bagged cash awards of Rs 10,000 each at the Zonal Level.
The two schools will now participate in the National Level Band Competition scheduled for 22 Jan at National Bal Bhawan, New Delhi.
Education Minister Kunga Nima Lepcha has congratulated the winning teams and has also conveyed his best wishes for their success at the National Level.
Additional Chief Secretary, GP Upadhyaya, also congratulated the winning teams and mentioned that since the competition started at the national Level, Sikkim stood second and first on two consecutive years in boys’ category.
In a press statement, the State Project Director of Samagra Shiksha, Education Department, Bhim Thatal, informs that the Band Competition is an annual feature under Samagra Shiksha and that this is the third consecutive year that it is being held.
He added that on the first year in 2017, Sikkim won the second position in boys’ category and first in the same category in 2018. This is the third consecutive year of such competitions and this time Sikkim has fielded both boys’ and girls’ bands.
The competition is open to government and private schools as per the instructions of the MHRD. This is the first time that a private school is also representing Sikkim in this mega event.