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Govt takes 400 school kids on Delhi tour

Jorhat, Dec. 10: The Assam government will take 400 schoolchildren selected from across the state on an exposure trip under the Bharat Darshan scheme in February next year.

The state-level advisory committee for students and youth welfare, headed by Nazira MLA Debabrata Saikia, is the executing authority for the project started this year.

Saikia told The Telegraph over phone from Guwahati that since this is the first tour, they would most likely keep the programme confined to New Delhi, where the students will visit places of historic and economic importance besides the Raj Bhavan, Parliament House and some other spots.

Saikia said children only see pictures and read about the historic significance of places like the Red Fort, India Gate and Qutub Minar, but they would be able to understand them better once they see these buildings for themselves. “Similarly, lessons on political history will become more interesting once they get to see Parliament House.”

Constituted in 1994, the committee has submitted 19 schemes this year, out of which the Bharat Darshan tour is one.

Jorhat district inspector of schools Kamal Jyoti Gogoi said for selection of students from each district, a selection committee with the deputy commissioner as chairman, inspector of schools as member secretary, the sub-divisional officer (civil) and the district sports officer as members, has been constituted.

“According to the guidelines, meritorious students who have shown proficiency in district-level sports, culture and social work would be given preference. From each district, 16 students — 10 boys and six girls — would get a chance to go on the trip,” Gogoi said.

For a student to be selected for the tour, an application form would have to be filled up stating their details. Parents need to fill an undertaking form, while the students require a medical certificate of fitness. The selection of students in Jorhat district is already under way.

In Assam, another such scheme is Gyan Jyoti, where students from lower Assam have been taken on a trip to Jorhat and those from Upper Assam have gone on a Guwahati tour this year.

Another scheme is the Debo Kumar Bora Memorial Nasa Visit Award, in which the toppers of matric and high madarsa examinations are taken on a tour of the US space agency.

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