STATE-LEVEL CONSTITUTION DAY OBSERVED


HIGHLIGHTS

  • The distribution of Smart TVs to 37,000 students kicks off. The Smart TVs are being provided to students of Classes 8-11 under the Prime Minister’s e-vidya programme. One TV will be provided to one household with free 3-year maintenance service.

  • Salary hike for Part Time Instructors under SamagraSikshaAbhiyanfrom Rs. 7000 to Rs. 15000.

  • 50 free MBBS seats under Sikkim Manipal Universityfor Sikkimese students.

  • Ex-gratia cheques presented to family members of three COVID warriors who have lost their lives.

  • Felicitation of National Awardee teachers.

  • State and commendation awards presented to 15 teachers and cash awards to CBSE toppers of class X and XII in Sikkim.

  • Chief Minister's Meritorious Scholarship scheme for students from classes 6-8 in reputed schools within the State while students from classes 9 till college level will get scholarships to renowned schools, colleges and universities outside the State.

Gangtok, 26 Nov:

Constitution Day was observed across the state on Thursday with many schools, colleges, government and non-government organizations marking the day with various programs.

The Constituent Assembly of India adopted the Constitution of India on 26 November 1949, and it came into effect on 26 January 1950.

The state-level function was organized by Education Department at ChintanBhawan which had Governor, Ganga Prasad as the chief guest and Chief Minister, PS Tamang as the guest of honour, an IPR release informs.

It may be mentioned here that because of COVID-19 lockdown in September and the demise of the former Chief Minister of Sikkim, SanchamanLimboo, programme for the Teacher's Day and Children's Day events were also incorporated in today’s programme, the release mentions.

The function witnessed the felicitation of National Awardee teachers, Dr Hannah Yonzon, Principal of Rangpo SSS for year 2019 and to ArchanaGurung, Principal of Jorethang SSS and Lomas Dhungel, teacher of Makha SSS for year 2020 and presentation of the state and commendation awards to 15 teachers and cash awards to CBSE toppers of class X and XII in Sikkim.

On the occasion, the Governor’s Medal was also presented to 26 NCC cadets and the function has also witnessed the felicitation of eminent sports personalities of Sikkim and release of a book titled ‘First Generation of Eminent Sports Personalities of Sikkim’ by the chief guest and guest of honour.

The Governor presented ex-gratia cheques to family members of three COVID warriors who have lost their lives, Late BasantiSundas who served as Assistant Nursing Superintendent in STNM hospital, Late AB Biswakarma who served as MPHW in the Health department and Late Dil Kumar Rai, Head Constable of Sikkim Police.

In his address, the Governor highlighted the importance of a democracy and the need to observe Constitution Day. He congratulated the NCC cadets, the students, teachers and sports personalities who received the awards.

He also urged the people to work together in combating COVID-19 and also emphasized not to take the pandemic lightly. He expressed his pleasure at having the opportunity to interact with the students and teachers and particularly commended the discipline and achievements of NCC cadets.

Chief Minister, Mr Tamang stressed on the democratic rights of the nation and in the same tone, reminded that with fundamental rights and democratic freedom, one should have an equal sense of responsibility to the nation.

He spoke about the significance of Article 371F and assured that the State government works sincerely to safeguard the rights of the Sikkimese. He further said that the government believes in the unity of all communities in taking the state forward.

The CM remembered the frontline warriors who have lost their lives while helping the state combat COVID-19. He also thanked and applauded the sports personalities from the past for laying a strong foundation in sports, which will surely play an effective role in the future of the state.

He also extended his gratitude to the teachers for helping shape the future of the students. He also informed the benefits and advantages of digital education under the PM eVidya scheme and urged the students to make proper and complete use of the Smart TVs that were distributed for learning and enhancing their minds.

He also announced that under the Chief Minister's Meritorious Scholarship scheme,students from classes 6-8 will be admitted in reputed schools within the State while students from classes 9 tillcollege level will get scholarships to renowned schools, colleges and universities outside the State.

He further announced that Sikkim Manipal University will provide 50 free seats for Sikkimese students for M.B.B.S from next year, the release mentions.

He concluded his address by assuring to develop each and every sector in Sikkim earnestly and also announced that the monthly salary of Part Time Instructors under SamagraSikshaAbhiyan would be enhanced from Rs. 7000 to Rs. 15000.

Additional Chief Secretary, Education Department, GPUpadhyayaurged the students to make full use of the Smart TV for online classes. He also said that free three-year maintenance service will be provided for the TVs.

He reiterated that the recently launched additional facilities at the Science Centre would help students to hone their Science and Mathematics skills. He also announced that all colleges in the State have high-speed internet connection.

The ACS said that soon seven new Masters courses in three colleges at Nar BahadurBhandari Degree College, Sikkim Government College, Kamrang and Sikkim Government College, Gyalshingwill be added to the curriculum.