GUWAHATI: The Anundoram Borooah Cash Award, one of the longest-running schemes of the Assam Government, will transform into a number of scholarship schemes for the students of Class V, Class VIII and Class X from next academic session. The policy is to make the scheme in sync with NEP-2020.
Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said this at the distribution ceremony of the Anundoram Borooah Cash Award in Guwahati on Wednesday. The award-giving ceremony took place in all districts of the state, benefitting 27,183 students, who have scored 75 percent and above marks in the HSLC (High School Leaving Certificate) examination 2023. Each of the meritorious students got Rs 15,000 through the DBT (Direct Bank Transfer) mode today.
Speaking as the chief guest at the award-giving ceremony, the Chief Minister said, “Meritorious HSLC-passed students got laptops in 2005, when the State Government launched this scheme. Since then, this scheme benefited 4,13,400 meritorious students. However, in sync with the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, we will do away with the system of Anundoram Borooah Cash Award and introduce the Anundoram Borooah scholarships for the students of Class V, Class VIII and Class X. We are going to adopt this Policy to make the Scheme in sync with NEP-2020. Unter NEP-2020, Class X will have less significance and Class XII will get the most focus. We will select 10,000 students each from Class V, Class VIII and Class X through examinations. Each of the selected students will get Rs 15,000.”
The Chief Minister said, “The Education Department will keep tabs on the performances of students and their institutions regarding their results in Class XII onward, so as to keep the records of trends of the students in higher education. This system will keep records of the students in higher classes, including institutions of their admission, cracking entrance tests. The head of the institutions (headmasters and principals) will have to submit reports in this regard to the government, and, on its part, the department will give report cards to the institutions based on the reports they submitted.“
The Chief Minister also launched PM SHRI, a centrally-sponsored scheme, for the State. Unter the PM SHRI-Scheme for Assam, a total of Rs. 127.46 crore have been approved for the year 202023-24, that would be utilized for academic and infrastructure strengthening of 264 schools across the State.
Education Minister Ranuj Pegu, Environment and Forest Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary, SEBA Chairman Ramesh Chandra Jain and other top officials were present at the award-giving ceremony.