| Students enjoy themselves on the opening day of Tarang 14 in Patna on Sunday. Picture by Picture by Ranjeet Kumar Dey |
A fireworks show and a march past marked the inauguration of the Bihar Sub-Junior Sports Meet, Tarang 14, at Moinul Haque Stadium on Sunday.
The second edition of Tarang is bigger in scale in terms students taking part and also number of events. In the march past, 62 pupils, representing each team from the 38 districts, put up a great show. The teams were arranged alphabetically with Araria leading the brigade. Each team wore different coloured tracksuits and white sports shoes. This year, 13,000 students from classes VI to VIII, would compete in the school-level sports meets.
This year, painting, quiz and sugam sangeet (musical events) would be part of the meet. The event would conclude on February 13 with a karate demonstration by 10,000 girls at Gandhi Maidan in the presence of chief minister Nitish Kumar.
Stressing the need of an all-round development of students, education minister P.K. Shahi said: “The education department organises such events to promote an all-round development of students in government schools so that they do not lag behind their counterparts in private institutes.” The major events in which students would compete include kabaddi, quiz, long jump, high jump, race, volleyball, sugam sangeet, painting, relay race, karate and others.
The minister added that chief minister Nitish Kumar, on February 13, would launch construction work of 1,544 higher secondary schools to strengthen the infrastructure facilities at government institutes.
Education department principal secretary Amarjeet Sinha was impressed with the march past and the presence of thousands of girls in martial art dresses. He said: “The martial art demonstration on the final day by 10,000 girls would send a strong message that our betiyan (girls) are not only talented but are well trained in self-defence.”
The education department secretary urged the students not to leave studies midway as the state government is giving importance to their all-round development.
Tarang 14 is being organised by Bihar Education Project Council. The events would be held at Patliputra Sports Complex, Kendriya Vidyalaya, Kankerbagh, Raghunath Balika Vidyalaya, Kankerbagh and others.