LAKHIMPUR: Chandra Mohan Patowari, the Minister for Environment and Forest, Act East Policy Affairs and Minority Welfare, ceremonially inaugurated the distribution of Bani Kanta Kakati Merit Awards among the meritorious students of Lakhimpur district on Thursday. As mark of the award, a scooter under Pragyan Bharati Scheme has been presented to each student who cleared the Higher Secondary Final Exam this year by securing 75 per cent and more marks. In Lakhimpur, a total of 1523 students have managed to grab the award this year.
In this connection, a ceremonial programme was organized at Tyag Kshetra of North Lakhimpur town under the auspices of the Education Department and Lakhimpur district administration. It began with the presentation of Asom Sangeet under the management of DIPRO Office. Lakhimpur district Nodal Officer of Pragyan Bharati Scheme-cum-Principal of Panigaon OPD College Dr. Suresh Dutta delivered the welcome address in addition to explaining the objective of the programme. He also highlighted the aims and objective of the said scheme and said that launching of Bani Kanta Kakati Merit Award had encouraged the students for better performance.
Attending the event as chief guest, Minister Chandra Mohan Patowari shed light on the life and works of scholar Banikanta Kakati and his contribution to the academic, literary arenas of the State. He extended heartfelt congratulations to the award winners and advised them to work hard for better performance in future in comparison to the past. He called upon the students to cultivate a scientific mindset while sheding light on how science, from the invention of radio to the present use of Artificial Intelligence, had changed the human life. He asked the students to be a human resource in the real sense by enhancing their talents and qualities. He also eulogized Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Assam Chief Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma for ‘leading the nation and the State respectively with strong leadership and innovative thoughts’.
Bihpuria MLA Dr. Amiya Kumar Bhuyan and Lakhimpur MLA Manab Deka also delivered lecture in the event by encouraging the students for their advancement and asked them to leave no stone unturned in order to achieve unique success in life. The event was attended by District Development Commissioner Utpal Borah, representative of Dhakuakhana MLA Bajra Kumar Doley, Lakhimpur Zila Parishad chairperson Manju Borgohain along with many other dignitaries.
A total of 35,770 students across the State have managed to grab the Banikanta Kakati Merit Award. The Government of Assam has determined an amount of Rs. 25,954.29 lakh as total budget for the initiative this year.