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Mukul doles out tablet PCs

Tura, July 30: Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma today distributed tablet PCs to 1,000 Class XII students at Tura in West Garo Hills under a government scheme to aid digital learning.

The tablet is preloaded with course software on science, arts and commerce subjects. It also contains sample papers for medical and engineering entrance examinations. “Students should take advantage of the support system to prepare themselves for their boards and entrance exams for various competitive courses,” Sangma said.

The state department of information and technology had launched the scheme in 2012. At least, 45,000 students have benefited from it in the last two years. At least 4,000 students in West Garo Hills will benefit this year. By August end, students from across the state will avail its benefit.

Expressing distress over the low pass percentage figures in matriculation and higher secondary examinations, Sangma said, “We have identified the problem and are making efforts to overcome the challenge. The government has earmarked its highest budget for education”.

He said the government was willing to provide grants to institutions for facilitating higher standards in education and was also committed to bridging the rural-urban gap in education.

He said most of the students were from the “first generation” as their parents were not educated hence it was important for institutions to mentor them for their future.

On the chief minister’s career guidance programme launched in partnership with New Sachdeva PT College, he said the institute will hold sessions in higher secondary schools to draw up a career map to help students prepare for higher studies.

A representative from New Sachdeva PT College, Mala Deb, said coaching for various courses would be launched in the state. In an hour-long counselling session, Deb informed students about career options after Class XII and graduation.

Sagma gave away felicitation awards to Don Bosco College principal Father P.D. John, headmaster of Sherwood School, Tura, Tyron D’Brass, and Aerovile School headmistress Sane B. Sangma.

He also enrolled students as “green ambassadors” so that “they understand the meaning of green and clean living.” He said schools and colleges in the state would be given assistance for setting up nurseries so that students could lead a green campaign.