The old students who have passed out from the schools of the state and now holding top positions in various establishments in corporate world should act as role models, motivators and guide for the students to enable them to excel in their lives.This was stated by the Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while presiding over the function held here today for felicitation of dignitaries who have studied from the schools of the State and were now holding high positions in corporate world under the ‘Akhand Shiksha Jyoti-Mere School Se Nikle Moti’ programme organised by the State Higher Education Department.The Chief Minister said that this initiative of the State Government would not only help in tackling decreasing enrolment in Government schools, but would also inspire students studying in Government schools to work hard. He said that these dignitaries should also visit educational institutions of the State and help the students in career counselling and sharing success stories as an inspiration. He said that there was no dearth of talent in the State and the only thing required was to give them a direction. He said that the Government has decided to provide rupees one lakh each to 500 meritorious students of the State for preparing for various competitive examinations like IIT, NEET, IIIT, IIM, JEE, IAS, HAS etc. under the new Scheme Medha Protsahan Yojana.
Jai Ram Thakur said that the entrepreneurs would also provide information and support to the youth regarding meaningful job opportunities in corporate world and in career profiling of these youth through Centre of Excellence-cum-Incubation Centres established in ten selected colleges of the State to tackle problem of growing unemployment in the State. They would also act as friends of the college students and guide and help in mentoring them for job in today’s dynamic job markets, he added.The Chief Minister said that the Government schools have contributed immensely towards development of the State and society by producing bright students who have created a special place for themselves in different fields. He said that today there was craze among the parents to admit their children in private schools. Now, in order to motivate the parents to admit their children in Government schools, the State Government has decided to start primary classes in 3391 Government schools in first phase.He said that the State Government soon after assuming the reins of the State started several schemes for every section of the society.
He said that Akhand Shiksha Jyoti-Mere School Nikle Moti was one such scheme aimed at honouring the old students of the Government schools of the State and associate themselves with their alma mater.The Chief Minister honoured twelve senior executives of corporate world and former students of schools of the State on the occasion and thanked them for contributing their bit for the youth. Education Minister Suresh Bhardwaj said that the ‘Akhand Shiksha Jyoti-Mere School Se Nikle Moti’ programme was the brainchild of dynamic Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur who wanted to honour and acknowledge the school pass outs of the State who have created a special niche for them in the corporate world. He said that once our nation was known as Vishwa Guru, but due to centuries of slavery, this status got faded away. Now it becomes duty each one of us to work collectively to regain this status and glory, he added. Director Higher Education Dr. Amarjeet Sharma welcomed the Chief Minister and other dignitaries’ present on the occasion.Additional Chief Secretary cum Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Dr. Shrikant Baldi, Director Industries Rajesh Sharma and Principals of various colleges of the State were present on the occasion among others.