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CM highlights Assam's drive to champion meritocracy with educational programs

BNE News Desk , June 19, 2024
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Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Tuesday reiterated the state government's efforts to encourage meritocracy and assist students through measures targeted at improving educational access and incentives. 

In the 2023-24 academic year, the state implemented multiple programs aimed at benefiting millions of students across Assam. The Chief Minister shared some information on X regarding how Assam is rewarding meritocracy. He mentioned the following initiatives in a post on X (formerly Twitter): 

Bicycle Distribution Program: A total of 3,69,454 students received bicycles in the past year. This initiative aims to reduce dropout rates by providing students with a reliable means of transportation to and from school.

Arohan Mentorship Program: The Arohan mentorship program has also seen success, with 9,700 mentees benefiting from guidance and support from experienced mentors. This initiative is designed to nurture talent and provide students with the necessary skills and knowledge to excel academically and personally. Mentors play a crucial role in shaping the future of these students, offering them insights into various career paths and opportunities.

Anundoram Borooah Award Scheme: Under the  Anundoram Borooah Award scheme, 27,183 students received a cash reward of Rs 15,000 each. This award is given to meritorious students who have performed exceptionally well in their board examinations, encouraging them to continue striving for academic excellence. The financial incentive helps students invest in their education, whether through purchasing study materials or enrolling in advanced courses.

Fee Waiver Initiative: The Assam government waived fees for 17,19,306 students so that financial constraints do not hinder their educational journey. This initiative covers students across various educational levels, from primary to higher secondary, making education more accessible to all sections of society.

Scooter Distribution Scheme: Additionally, 35,770 students received scooters, enhancing their mobility and ensuring they can commute to educational institutions without hassle. This program is particularly beneficial for female students, promoting gender equality in education by addressing one of the significant barriers to their continued schooling.

Earlier this month, the state government rolled out a scheme, 'Nijut Moina', to curb child marriage under which monthly stipends will be provided to all girl students from Class 11 to post-graduation.

The scheme, which will cover around 10 lakh beneficiaries, has been approved by the cabinet and a budget of Rs 1,500 crore has been earmarked for it.

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