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Outstanding individuals feted at award ceremony of Omprakash Pramila Devi Memorial Charitable Trust

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Hojai, July 3: The Charitable Trust established in memory of Late Omprakash Pramila Devi organised ‘Award Ceremony and Felicitation Program’ at the Lankeshwari Natya Mandir Auditorium in Lanka on Saturday last. The event was attended by hundreds of well-wishers, family members, family friends, and notable individuals from various walks of life. Krishna Kinkar served as the anchor for the program, while Subash Chandra Das, retired IAS officer and vice chancellor of Assam Skill University Mangaldoi, graced the occasion as the chief guest. Other esteemed guests included Devojyoti Mukherjee, IPS officer and IGP CR Nagaon; Ramkrishna Ghosh, MLA Hojai; Sourabh Gupta, IPS officer and SP Hojai; and Dilip Kumar Borah, principal of Ramanujan Junior College, who attended as guests of honour.

The distinguished guests praised the efforts of the trust and provided motivation to the students. Dr Khasrul Islam, director of Ajmal Foundation, was felicitated for his lifelong selfless contribution to education. Ratna Kanta Bora, vice principal of Lanka Sankardev Vidyaniketan, received recognition for his dedicated lifelong service in preserving the cultural heritage of Lanka and its surrounding areas. The Omprakash Agarwalla Memorial Excellence Award was presented to Anurag Devnath of Lanka for achieving the highest marks among boys in the HSLC exams in Hojai district this year. Shreya Paul of Hojai received the Pramila Devi Memorial Excellence Award for securing the highest marks among girls. The top performers in the Assam HS Examinations of 2023, including Sankalpajit Saikia (Arts), Nikhilesh Dutta (Science), and Zilik Shill (Commerce, 2nd rank), were also felicitated during the event.

Furthermore, several outstanding individuals from various fields of society were felicitated. Prabin Das, a student of National Higher Secondary School Lumding, overcame physical challenges and secured first division marks in the Higher Secondary Examination, demonstrating the power of determination. Md Nazrul Huk, son of Late Sirajul Huk and the village Gaonburah of Shyambari 2 No., was felicitated for his honesty and hard work in his role as a gaon burah. Md Nasimuddin, who is a person with disabilities, defied all odds to pass the HSLC Examination using only his two fingers for writing. Ramija Iyasmin, daughter of Md Jamsed Ali of Pipalpukhuri, became an inspirational figure as she resumed her studies after 19 years and passed the HSLC examination with second division marks, with the support of her husband and children.

Prateek Agarwal, son of Lawanya Kumar Agarwala and Pramila Agarwal of Hojai, received recognition for setting a world record by capturing a photograph of 10 one horned rhinoceroses in a single frame. Rajdeep Bhowmick of Lanka town embarked on a cycling journey of over 3000 km from Lanka to Kedarnath and Badrinath in Uttarakhand, spreading awareness about environmental protection, tree conservation, and an anti-drugs campaign. Subhankar Das (Biky), son of Nilu Das and Shima Das of Lumding, made significant progress and achieved success at the national and international level in bodybuilding. Janmoni Devi, daughter of Ibungmasa Singha and Sunita Devi from Baluhander in Hojai district, won a Bronze medal at the 66th National School Games held in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.

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In addition, six student organisations and associations, namely Doboka Press Club, Hojai District AMSU, Oikko Sena Hojai, AJYCP Hojai, AASU Hojai District, and Hojai Zila Journalist Association, were felicitated for their efforts in protecting the 13-km road connecting Hojai district to Karbi Anglong. This stretch of road is famous for its Bagan with Sal trees, many of which are nearly a century old. The program commenced with a mesmerising Radha Krishna Nritya performance by Manas Jyoti Borah and Pankaj Borah and concluded with a short skit on anti-drug awareness by the group led by Prabin Saikia of Kaki.

Rohit Agarwala, the trustee cum chairman, expressed gratitude for the overwhelming appreciation and response received from prominent individuals in the area, the academic community, VIPs, and the general public. He considered this event as a small step taken by his family to honour the memory of his parents.

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