GUWAHATI, Aug 10: Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal has launched the free text book distribution programme to Class XI students of the state at B. Borooah College here on Friday.
Altogether 14,92,600 free text books were distributed to 1,71,065 students enrolled in Class XI of various colleges of the state in arts, science and commerce streams. The free text books were also distributed in the districts headquarters.
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.
Speaking on the occasion the chief minister said, “Parents and teachers have a vital role in nurturing students as quality human resource for the future and both these sections must fulfil their responsibilities to create good citizens for the country by harnessing the individual qualities of the students.”
Saying that the state government is sincerely working for equally developing all 33 districts of the state for making Assam one 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.
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 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.