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264 Schools Identified For Augmentation

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GUWAHATI, Nov 29: Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Wednesday said that the development of 264 schools in the state under the PM Shri School scheme will help in taking the New Education Policy (NEP) forward.

”The state government has selected 264 schools for development and it is a ‘red letter day’ in Assam’s education sector,” the chief minister said while launching the scheme here.

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“These schools will also impart a discovery-oriented way of teaching and provide leadership to nearby schools in encapsulating the full spirit of NEP,” he said.

PM Shri school is a centrally-sponsored scheme intended to develop more than 14,500 schools across the country and more than 20 lakh students are expected to be direct beneficiaries of the scheme.

The scheme will be implemented over a period of five years beginning from 2022.

The chief minister also presented on the occasion the Anundoram Barooah award, comprising Rs 15,000 each, to 27,183 students who had passed the Class 10 examinations with 75 per cent and more marks.

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He said that from next year this award will be converted to a scholarship to bring an environment of competitiveness among our students.

”The state government will invest Rs 45 crore for this project with 30,000 students from Class 5, 8 and 10 eligible to receive Rs 15,000 each after appearing for a competitive examination”, he said.


The Secondary Education Board of Assam (SEBA) which conducts the Class 10 examinations and the Assam Higher Secondary Education Council (AHSEC), conducting the Class 12 board examinations will be merged to form a single body from next year and it will conduct the higher secondary examinations, the chief minister said.

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“According to the NEP, the earlier importance given to class 10 examinations will be done away with and we are trying to make the journey from Class 10 to 12 smooth. We will also introduce a comprehensive report card for all institutions to track the performance of students who appear in the HS exams in a given year”, Sarma added.


Education Minister Ranoj Pegu and Environment and Forest Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary were also present on the occasion. (PTI)


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