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Nagaland toppers awarded

Kohima, June 3: Nagaland governor Ashwani Kumar presented awards to toppers of higher secondary and degree examinations, conducted by the Nagaland Board of School Education and Nagaland University for the year 2013, at Durbar Hall, Raj Bhavan, here today.

In his address, the governor said successful students should thank their parents, teachers and be grateful to their alma mater.

Kumar compared examinations and a studentís life to Formula One race. He said victory would depend on the driverís preparation, where the students are the drivers. He said victory would also depend on the vehicle and the people who are a part of the team. Therefore, selection of vehicles, which means schools and colleges, is important in moulding oneís career.

He said the literacy rate in Nagaland was one of the highest in India but the quality of education imparted in government schools was gradually going down in the state.

The governor highlighted the fact that of the 55 toppers only nine had emerged from government institutions. He said educational schemes were well drafted but the problem lay with the implementation process.

He stressed on the application of modern management techniques in our educational system.

Kumar said what we become in life is the true value of our education and that humility and faith in God and one-self should be the guiding principles in life.

He expressed gratitude to the department of higher and technical education for giving the awards.

Altogether, 29 toppers were present at the function. All of them were awarded a citation, Rs 10,000 and a laptop.

The parliamentary secretary of higher education, Deo Nukhu, also spoke on the occasion. Commissioner and secretary, department of higher and technical education, F.P. Solo, delivered the welcome address.