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Unique academic initiative by District Legal Services Authority in Lakhimpur

Although the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has ushered in a new era in the academic arena of the State

District Legal Services Authority

Sentinel Digital Desk

A CORRESPONDENT

LAKHIMPUR: Although the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has ushered in a new era in the academic arena of the State with online classes for students, such classes are a dream for an economically weak section of the society.

Keeping in view the interest of such students, the District Legal Services Authority (DLSA), Lakhimpur came up with a unique idea of taking up online classes for the students of Class X (under SEBA) through the Common Service Centres (CSC) all over the district. Accordingly, as a joint venture of District Legal Services Authority, Lakhimpur and the office of the Inspector of Schools of the district, online classes were started from August 6. At the first phase, classes of four subjects have been taken up for four days i.e. on 6th, 7th, 10th and 11th August.

Keeping in view extensive response from the students to the classes, the organizers are thinking of extending the duration of the classes. The schedule has been prepared and attendance of students has been ensured under the supervision of Mridul Kumar Nath, the Inspector of Schools, Lakhimpur and Nibharani Saikia, Regional Secretary, SEBA.

On August 6, the classes were started with a virtual inaugural session, where Bichitra Dutta, the secretary of DLSA, Lakhimpur, Nibharani Saikia, the regional secretary of SEBA, and District Managers of CSCs, Uday Saikia and Chandan Jyoti Saikia participated. The teachers also participated in the inaugural session. Eight teachers from different parts of the district - Keshob Borthakur, Kasturi Sonowal, Golok Sharma, Amrit Sharma, Dipankar Bora, Lakhi Dutta, Gunakrishna Kosh and Sukumar Payeng have been engaged in the academic drive. Social distancing and COVID-19 precautionary measures are strictly maintained among the students at the CSCs while conducting the programme.

Justice NK Singh, the executive chairman, Assam State Legal Services Authority conveyed best wishes to the District Legal Services Authority, Lakhimpur for this unique effort. Nayan Shankar Boruah, the Member Secretary of Assam State Legal Services Authority, has expressed immense satisfaction over this programme and praised the efforts of DLSA, Lakhimpur of engaging CSCs for taking up classes for economically-deprived students as CSCs are available even in the remotest areas of a district and they work at the grassroots level. Notably, this idea was originally expressed by Nayan Shankar Borauh during a discussion with Bichitra Dutta, the secretary of DLSA, Lakhimpur. The DLSA, Lakhimpur has also been streaming the classes live on its Facebook page.

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