| Retired lecturer of Dhubri Bholanath College, Nagen Chandra Roy, hands over a cheque to a student in Dhubri on Wednesday. Picture by Bijoy Kr Sarma |
Dhubri, Feb. 15: The All Assam Students Union (AASU) offered one-time scholarships to 43 meritorious students of Classes IX to XII in a function held at the Dhubri Asom Sahitya Sabha auditorium here today.
Speaking on the occasion, district AASU president Jagadish Chandra Roy said the fund for the scholarships was generated from contributions made by members and veteran leaders of the organisation. The students were awarded the scholarships for outstanding performance in their examinations.
Roy said though many AASU leaders and office-bearers had been extending assistance, including financial help, to many promising students, this was a formal scholarship being given to the students this year onwards.
Former AASU leader Enamul Haque said the students’ body was a pioneer in changing policies of education in Assam and it was its tireless efforts that a planned education policy was being implemented by the education department.
“Contrary to common belief that AASU is an organisation which protests all the time, it has set milestones at various levels by changing the notion of the people and policies of the government to lead Assam on all fronts; offering scholarships to talented students has been one of the milestones,” Haque said.
Expressing serious concern over the deteriorating moral values of society, retired lecturer of Dhubri Bholanath College, Nagen Chandra Roy, said students should cultivate good moral character along with education.
The meeting was also addressed by former vice-president of Asom Sahitya Sabha, Pachugopal Chakraborty, AASU chief organising secretary Putul Roy Pradhani and Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chhatra Parishad vice-president Hemen Chakraborty.
Talking to The Telegraph, Pradhani said the organisation had generated Rs 31 lakh from members’ contributions.
“Scholarships will also be offered to meritorious students in all other districts of Assam. The students were selected on the basis of marks secured in the last examination. Rs 2,000 was given to those who scored between 60 and 70 per cent, Rs 3,000 to those who scored between 70 and 80 per cent and Rs 4,000 for those who scored above 80 per cent marks,” Pradhani said.