Jury meets on school awards

A daylong meeting of the jury members to identify the recipients of the first edition of The Telegraph School Awards for Excellence, 2018, in the Northeast was held here on Wednesday.

By OUR BUREAU in Guwahati
  • Published 13.09.18
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(From left) Amitabha Dutta, chairman, TTEF, chairman awards committee, K.N. Hazarika, Pradip Acharya, Amiya Sharma and Amit Choudhury at the meeting on Wednesday

Guwahati: A daylong meeting of the jury members to identify the recipients of the first edition of The Telegraph School Awards for Excellence, 2018, in the Northeast was held here on Wednesday.

The awards function will be held on September 29 at Pragjyoti ITA Centre in Machkhowa here.

The main objective of the awards, which has had a successful run in Bengal since 1996, is to acknowledge and celebrate the contributions and achievements of schools, teachers, parents and students.

The jury's meeting was attended by chairman of the Awards and Scholarships Committee (NE) Kashi Nath Hazarika, English teacher and translator Pradip Acharya, Rashtriya Gramin Vikas Nidhi executive director Amiya Kumar Sharma, Gauhati University's Institute of Distance and Open Learning director Amit Choudhury, The Telegraph Education Foundation (TTEF) chairman Amitabha Datta, under whose aegis the awards will be given, TTEF trustees Barry O'Brien and founding member of TTEF Biswanath Dasgupta.

The TTEF was formed in 1999 to support needy schoolchildren and help them pursue education. "A range of scholarships - Rs 10,000 a year to a student - will be awarded to students who are fighting the odds, both financial and otherwise, besides recognising the contributions of educational institutions and individuals who have done exemplary work in the school sector. Wednesday's meeting identified the recipients," Datta said.

Hazarika, who is a member of Assam State Innovation and Transformation Ayog and former chairman-cum-managing director of NEDFi, lauded TTEF's initiative and hoped the awards would go a long way in "inspiring" more success stories in the field of education.

"These awards are not only about acknowledging and celebrating academic success but also about those who triumphed against all odds. We came across some real inspiring stories while identifying the recepients," Hazarika said.

Other jury members echoed Hazarika.

There will be awards in twelve categories, including schools excelling in maintenance and eco-friendly initiatives, excellence in academics, excellence in extra-curricular activities and a school that cares.

Barry O'Brien, a trustee of the foundation, who explained the objective of the awards to the jury members as well as shared the overwhelming stories of some of the recepients said he was "very happy" that the awards have "spread" to the northeast.