Dimapur, January 31: Fifty-five students were awarded the Chief Minister’s Meritorious Students Fellowship Award in a function organized by the Nagaland Board of School Education on Friday at the Capital Convention Centre, Kohima. The awards were given away to the best 55 students in the top rank of HSLC Examination.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister, Nephiu Rio said the presentation of the Meritorious Students Fellowship was to recognize, encourage and motivate Naga students to grow in today’s world, which is becoming highly competitive. He said every recognition carries responsibilities and hoped that the students continue to take their education seriously.
Asking the students to become assets for their families as well as to the Naga community, Rio urged the students to maintain consistency in their studies and performances.
The Chief Minister’s Meritorious Students Fellowship (CMMSF) programme was constituted with the guidelines that it will be granted to the top scoring 50 individual students in the top rank in order of merit of the HSLC examination conducted by the NBSE selected on the basis of their rank/marks in the HSLC examination in order of merit.
The selected 50 students must belong to an indigenous Schedule Tribe of Nagaland; the number of persons to be awarded the CMMSF will vary in case of more than one person in one rank or place; fellowship to be granted to the meritorious students shall be made on annual/yearly basis; a citation along with cash award shall be given in the first year of grant of the fellowship and the grant of CMMSF shall be awarded for 5 years.
To achieve the desired objective of CMMSF, the annual academic performance of the 50 awarded students shall be continuously monitored. To continue to avail the fellowship, the students should continue to score not less than 80% marks in the promotion/annual/semester examination in the succeeding classes/grades every year. Non-fulfillment of the criteria will lead to the discontinuation of the grant of CMMSF.
Advisor, School Education, KT Sukhalu said Nagas need young boys and girls to contribute to the society and the award is one small contribution by the State Government to encourage the youths to give the extra push. (Page News Service)