Assam scheme for poor students

Assam government has been providing desktop computers to the Class X students securing 60 per cent marks for the last few years

Guwahati: Brilliant students belonging to economically poor families in Assam have something to cheer about. The state government is planning a new scheme to ensure that poverty does not become impediment for brilliant students to continue their education.
Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has said a new scheme would soon be formulated under which students who are good at studies but their parents economically poor would be provided with financial assistance to help them pursue higher education. “We are working out a plan exclusively for the students belonging to poor families. We want to make sure that even children of a poor farmer or a daily wage earner can pursue higher education and establish themselves in life. We are giving equal focus to ensure that poor students in both towns and villages are not deprived of higher education,” Gogoi said while felicitating toppers of 2010 class X examinations here.
The CM said schools and educational institutions doing good results would be categorised and provided with special government support. “Government would also felicitate and give recognition to teachers who contribute to good academic records of their schools and students,” he announced.
This year Assam recorded highest ever pass percentage (little over 63%) in Class X examination, the results of which were declared last week. The results showed that some of the students belonging to poor families finding positions among top 20. Daughter of a daily wager from Barpeta district secured third position in the class 12 examination.
Gogoi said government was giving much emphasis on promotion of science, mathematics and English subjects in the schools and educational institutions. “We are focussing more on education to fight the problem of poverty and unemployment. Our stat has several problems including the problem of insurgency but we are taking special care and encouraging our young generations to pursue latest educational courses and career prospects.” He added.
Assam education minister Goutam Bora said the department would provide all possible assistance to improve results and students scoring 80 percent marks at class 12 level would be provided scholarship of Rs. 10,000 under a centrally-sponsored scheme. Besides, Bora said the state government was seriously considering to offer laptop computers to the first division holders in the Class X examination. Assam government has been providing desktop computers to the Class X students securing 60 per cent marks for the last few years.