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Results today, Nasa beckons

Guwahati, June 14: Successful candidates in the matric examination, the results of which will be declared tomorrow, can look forward to much more than marks and percentages.

For the first time, toppers who secure the first, second and third positions at the state level will visit National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) on a study tour.

The award, which was announced by Dispur in this year’s budget, has been instituted in honour of late Deba Kumar Bora, a former student leader, AGP legislator and press adviser to the chief minister. He passed away in a road mishap before the Assembly elections last year.

Also for the first time, those securing 50 per cent can look forward to computers — an honour enjoyed by first-division holders (those who get 60 per cent and above) since 2005-2006.

Jayant Narlikar, the mission director of Rashtriya Madhyamik Siksha Abhijan, told The Telegraph that the NASA trip would add to the excitement of the results tomorrow.

“We are in touch with Nasa which has cleared the trip. It will be of six to seven days. We will finalise the dates after discussing with the toppers as we don’t know how many will bag the first three positions. The government wants the best for the students so that they come back enlightened and are inspired to do well in future,” Narlikar said. The government has earmarked around Rs 20 lakh for the trip.

Sources in the education department said the government has earmarked Rs 50 crore for the Anando Ram Baruah computer scheme but has decided not to equate the first-division holders with those getting 50 per cent. “Those getting 50 per cent will get notebooks while first-division holders will get laptops. It will be both for matric and madarsa candidates,” a source said.

Last year, of the 2,73,701 candidates who took the matric test, 19,084 got first division, 50,853 second division and 1,92,639 third division. The total pass percentage was 70.38.

However, the Board of Secondary Education, Assam (Seba), which conducts the Class X examinations, has this time decided to prune the merit list to the first 10 position holders instead of 20. The results will be announced at noon, and not at 11am as done in the past.

The run-up to the result, however, has not been without the usual anxiety among students and parents as SEBA missed the Supreme Court deadline of announcing it by June 10 because of a series of disruptions which Dispur has promised to fix the next time around.