Purpose is to encourage students, ease burden of parents:CM
Jamshedpur, March 27: The Jharkhand government rolled out a reward scheme to encourage meritorious students for pursuing higher studies, Chief Minister Hemant Soren said on Monday.
Under the scheme, the top three rank holders of board examinations of Class 10 and Class 12 are given cash rewards up to Rs 3 lakh, a laptop and a mobile phone.
“Even if a student from Bihar, Uttar Pradesh or any part of the country tops from any Jharkhand school, he/she will be rewarded by the state government,” the chief minister said at a prize distribution ceremony here.
As many as 68 rank holders of exams conducted by the Jharkhand Academic Council (JAC), Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE), besides toppers of Jharkhand Olympiad were rewarded on the occasion.
A sum of Rs 1.32 crore, laptops and mobile phones were distributed among 130 students.
Those who ranked first in the board examinations of Class 10 and Class 12 were given Rs 3 lakh, those who stood second in the tests were given Rs 2 lakh and those who secured the third rank got Rs 1 lakh.
Chief Minister Hemant Soren said that the purpose of the prize distribution scheme is to encourage the children doing well in the field of education in the state.
He said that at present, money is needed for enrollment in good schools and educational institutions and laptops and mobiles are essential for studies. Through this they can fulfill the technical needs.
“Our government is also trying to cooperate with the parents of these children, so that they do not have to worry much about the ladder after 10th and 12th and promising children can get help. In this era of competition, awareness about education was seen among the children here,” said Soren.
Hemant Soren said that Jharkhand has the ability to stay ahead not only on mineral wealth but also in intellectual capacity. This is the reason why the children who were sent abroad for free higher education by the government are now standing on their own feet. The Chief Minister said that many children who went abroad to study have got jobs abroad.
“The government wants to lessen the initial financial burden of the families of meritorious students after the board examinations. So, we have rolled out the scheme,” he said.
On this occasion, Chief Minister Hemant Soren inaugurated a coffee table book containing the information and achievements of the art festival organized under the Khelo Jharkhand and Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan organized for intellectual and physical development among the players.
The message sent by the State Education Minister Mr. Jagarnath Mahato was also read out at the prize distribution ceremony.