Friday, December 18, 2009

HSLC/AHM 1st division holders to get laptops from next year

GUWAHATI, Dec 18: Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today said that the State Government would give laptops instead of desktops to first division holders in the High School Leaving Certificate (HSLC) and Assam High Madrassa (AHM) examinations from next year.

Giving away the Anundoram Barooah Award, 2009 at its inaugural function in Guwahati today, Gogoi said since desktops are not portable, students find it difficult to use them, and to put an end to this difficulty, the Government is going to give them laptops.

“This time around, 17,362 students will get computer sets. We have been successful in generating a mindset of competition among the students by implementing the Anundoram Barooah Award. This is the reason behind better results nowadays. The thrust of our government is on human resource generation in the State. Our students are talented and they can compete anywhere,” Gogoi said. He appealed to the student community to give up the bandh culture and help create an atmosphere that is conducive for education and development.

The Anundoram Barooah Award was instituted in 2005 since when as many as 66,288 students have been presented computer sets.

Speaking on the occasion, State Science and Technology Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said: “Other States are also contemplating on implementing awards like the Anundoram Barooah Award, but they are afraid of the financial burden involved. We feel proud that we have been able to continue with such an award, and now we are going to take a step forward by giving students laptops instead of desktops.”

Education Minister Gautam Bora, Social Welfare Minister Akon Bora and AMTRON Managing Director MK Yadav were also present at the function. THE SENTINEL

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