CM assures support for academic pursuits of underprivileged students

Gangtok, 14 Nov [IPR]: Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang attended the State Level Children's Day celebrations here at Saramsa Garden, Ranipool today.

Every year, Children’s Day is celebrated on 14 November in India to commemorate the birth anniversary of the country's first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru. Nehru had a special place for children in his heart and believed that children of today would make the future of the country.

One of the highlights of the programme was the presentation of Sulabh Sanitation Club, commendation/State Awards to teachers 2021, mementos and cash awards to national awardee teachers 2021 and certificates and mementos to CBSE toppers.

The programme included songs presented by school children and teachers to mark the occasion.

During the programme, copies of Rashtriya Indian Military College (RIMC) prospectus were handed to students of Poklong Kamrang constituency, along with retirement benefits to teachers and students.

Likewise, the programme saw the screening of a documentary film by Sulabh International and a documentary on Smart TV distribution under E-vidhya FLN and NIPUN Sikkim.

The programme also included launch of private school registration portal, STET portal, NIPUN Bharat, Sikkim Chapter, AAGAZ (Covid-19 Readiness project). The objective of the portal was to make it easy for students and teachers to take full advantage of various schemes provided by the Government.

Earlier, the Chief Minister flagged off new buses for Government colleges.

Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang, in his address, extended a heartfelt congratulations to both the teachers and awardees for receiving their awards.

He said that the teachers should receive their well-earned recognition for their contributions towards the society. Further, he added that Sikkim's holistic development is only possible through good quality of education. Touching on the same subject, he said that the first priority of his administration is the good quality of the education system in the State and the objective is to provide the best campus, competent lecturers and provide best facilities to students in the State.

To achieve this, the Chief Minister expanded on the introduction of new subjects in school curriculum and construction of new schools and universities with good infrastructure.

The Chief Minister highlighted the initiatives of the Government during the pandemic and said that more must be done to improve the quality of education in Sikkim.

The Chief Minister announced that vehicles would be provided to one principal in each district. These schools are Hee Gyathang Government Senior Secondary School (North), Rolep Government Senior Secondary School (East), Lingee Government Senior Secondary School (South) and Khecheopalri Government Senior Secondary School (West).

It was also announced that there will be a maternity leave of one year to female teachers and a paternity leave of one month to male teachers.

All requests from the Teachers Association which are legally fit will be granted and the Government will leave no stone unturned in its efforts to aid teachers and students, he added.

The Chief Minister also said that one hundred and five pre-primary/ primary school buildings will be constructed soon.

He further added that the underprivileged students who want to pursue education will get all the benefits from the government. Further, he informed that the education expenditure of 11 MBBS students and 129 students from other disciplines is being met from CM's discretionary fund.

The Chief Minister also assured that Geyzing Degree College will be completed within a year and also Sikkim State University will be renamed as Kanchenjunga State University. Also, more private universities are coming up in Sikkim to uplift the education system.

The government has also planned an exposure tour to foreign and within India for the school principals so that the state can exchange ideas and learn from the good practices.

Education Minister KungaNima Lepcha in his brief speech emphasized on the relationship between teachers and students which should be friendly in nature. He said that this relationship defines intensity at which the student learns. He further highlighted the achievements and various schemes provided by the Government during the pandemic.

The programme was also addressed by Additional Chief Secretary, Education Department, GPUpadhyaya.

The programme had the presence of Cabinet Ministers, MLAs, MP LokSabha, Deputy Mayor, GMC, Counsellors, Panchayats, Founder, Sulabh International, BindeshwarPathak, members of Sulabh International, Heads of Departments, officers of Education Department, College and School Heads, teachers and students from various colleges and schools.