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Public address system in schools

- Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi to launch scheme today

Jorhat, Jan. 6: All government and provincialised higher secondary schools in Assam will have a public address system, a sound system which is a common feature in private English-medium schools, to help organise extracurricular and cultural activities in the schools smoothly.

The scheme, Mukhya Mantrir Xabdajyoti Asoni, will be formally launched tomorrow by chief minister Tarun Gogoi at a function to be held on Borhola College premises in his home constituency Titabar.

Sources said Dispur has taken a leaf out of the English-medium private schools where better-quality sound systems are available and are used regularly for morning assemblies where prayers, important announcements by the authorities and presentations on various topics are made by students. A variety of cultural programmes, too, are organised in such schools with the aid of modern sound system that contributes to the development of personalities of students.

Minister for information and broadcasting, printing and stationery and fisheries, Basanta Das, who was on his way to Jorhat from Guwahati today told this correspondent that the scheme was aimed at helping the students of government andn provincialised schools to excel in extra-curricular activities.

Tomorrow, Das along with information and broadcasting department secretary A.K. Roy, director Ranjit Gogoi, will attend the inaugural function. “Apart from providing quality education, our government under the leadership of Gogoi wants to help the students excel in other fields too,” Das said.

He added that a public address system will help the schools in conducting morning assemblies before the classes and also be of good use to make important announcements during school time by the authorities.

Das said the public address system kit will have loudspeakers, microphones, an amplifier and other necessary gadgets and the system will be of latest models.

He said co-curricular activities like debating, quiz, recitation, making extempore speeches, and cultural programmes can be organised more frequently in a better way.

The minister said most of the government and provincialsed schools do not have public address systems. Hiring such a system to organise any function is costly and the organisers has to face difficulties in managing funds .

Das said the government has sanctioned Rs 2.2 crore for the first phase of the scheme under which 137 schools will be benefited across the state.

For implementation of the project, tender was floated and a private firm had bagged the contract, Das said.

The minister said Gogoi would also lay the foundation stone of the first branch of the Assam Government Press (in Guwahati) at Titabar tomorrow.

He said Rs 4 crore has been sanctioned for construction of boundary walls and building of the press.

More funds would be sanctioned later for installation of machinery.

Last month, the education department had asked all government and provincialised colleges of the state to send proposals regarding introduction of two new relevant subjects in the degree course from the next academic session beginning August .

There are five government colleges in Assam and the government plans to set up 12 more in the next few years. There are 189 provincialised colleges in the state.

The decision to introduce new subjects was taken in adherence to the announcement made by Gogoi in his budget speech.