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Governor rewards toppers

Ranchi, Sept. 4: Governor Syed Ahmed today honoured undergraduate toppers and litterateurs in a first-of-its-kind recognition of meritorious and economically backward students by Raj Bhavan.

Felicitating university toppers and writers in the presence of a select audience at Durbar Hall in Raj Bhavan, Ahmed said the talent of achievers could neither be weighed or adequately rewarded.

“It is their quality, which can never be robbed off but will always remain with them. This is just a recognition of talent and an attempt to honour them,” the governor said, in keeping with a promise he had made during a meet on self-governance by tribal groups a couple of months ago.

Six students, three each in the general and Scheduled Caste categories, were honoured for topping in the streams of science, commerce and humanities in the 2011 batch.

Besides, four writers — two each from Hindi and Urdu — were also felicitated for their contribution to literature. They received a medal, a certificate and a cash award of Rs 50,000 each.

Hemant Kumar, a student of Vinoba Bhave University, Hazaribagh, was also given a special award for all-round achievement.

Hemant was selected not only for academic excellence but also for his notable performance in extra-curricular activities, said Aditya Swaroop, the principal secretary to the governor.

“Though my marks were less than the topper, I was a prominent NCC cadet and took keen interest in debating and elocution competition and won prizes for my university,” Hemant said, when asked about his interests besides studies.

Among general category students, Shoheb Akhtar and Kumar Abhijeet, both from Sido Kanhu Murmu University Dumka, were awarded for topping in humanities and commerce streams, whereas Devendra Kumar of Ranchi University bagged the award in the science stream.

Priyadarshini Sandilya (commerce), also of Ranchi University, Ashish Gopal (science) and Rashmita Kujur (humanities) were the awardees among ST students.

As regards the selection of litterateurs, Swaroop said a committee appointed for the purpose chose the writers from among nominations received earlier.

Ashok Priyadarshi and Rose Kerketta were felicitated for their contributions to Hindi literature while Siddiq Mojibi and Manzar Hussain were honoured for excelling in Urdu respectively.

Besides, Saroj Kumar and Mohammed Zakir were awarded for excellence in photography and painting, whereas 17 needy students were given financial assistance ranging from Rs 10,000 to Rs 50,000 for pursuing higher studies as well as medical treatment.

“A beginning has been made and I wish it continues,” said Ahmed, who, as the chancellor of the state’s universities, has initiated the move to raise the quality of higher education.

Incidentally, Ahmed also completed a year in office as the governor of Jharkhand. “But this function has nothing to do with that. It’s just a coincidence that it is being held today,” he pointed out humbly.