Free textbooks to Class-XI students
GUWAHATI, Aug 10: “Parents and teachers have a vital role in nurturing students as quality human resource for the future and both these sections must fulfill their responsibilities to create good citizens for the country by harnessing the individual qualities of the students,” said State’s chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal while speaking at the launching ceremony of free text book distribution to Class XI students of the state at B Borooah College here on Friday, a government communiqué said.
Notably, today’s programme kick-started the distribution of 14,92,600 free text books to 1,71,065 students enrolled in Class XI in various colleges of the state in arts, science and commerce streams. Right after the state level programme, free text books were also distributed in the districts headquarters today. Assam State Textbook Production and Publication Corporation has already published textbooks in Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, English, Nepali and Manipuri mediums for distributing to the Class XI students in 2018-19 academic year.
Saying that the state government is sincerely working for equally developing all 33 districts of the state for making Assam one of the top states in the country, Sonowal stated that education system has been playing an important role in building human resource and the state government has initiated schemes like free admission into colleges, free textbook distribution, infrastructure development of educational institutes, providing scholarships to the students and ‘Gunotsav’ for holistic development of academic environment in the state. He urged the students to properly utilise the government schemes for individual as well as collective growth of the society and the nation.
Referring to the success of Advantage Assam: Global Investors’ Summit in catapulting the state as a global investment destination, the chief minister highlighted expansion of Guwahati city for building State Capital Region, decision to erect 65 storied twin tower in the city, setting up of foreign consulates in Guwahati as some of the remarkable achievements of the state government. Calling on the young generation of the state to empower themselves to take advantage of the changing environment, Sonowal said that to realise Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of making Northeast the new engine of growth and ‘astalaxmi’ of the nation people must join hands with the government.
Urging the teachers to work with commitment and dedication to provide right education to the students and shape their lives, Sonowal underlined the need for facilitating a conducive environment by the educational institutes for achieving the 17 sustainable development goals of the United Nations. He also called on the students to utilise the free textbooks to make themselves capable of taking part in governance and urged them to study history and geography of the state thoroughly for taking pride in their motherland.
Education Minister Siddhartha Bhattacharyya, MoS of Education Department Pallab Lochan Das also spoke in the meeting where Chairman of Assam State Textbook Production and Publication Corporation gave the welcome address. Vice Chairman of Assam State Textbook Production and Publication Corporation Jitu Goswami, Commissioner and Secretary of Secondary and Elementary Education Pritom Saikia, Secretary of Secondary Education Samsher Singh were also present in the meeting among other dignitaries, the communiqué added.