DIMAPUR, JULY 19: Fifty-one students who secured top ranks in the High School Leaving Certificate (HSLC) Examination 2020, conducted by the Nagaland Board of School Education (NBSE), were awarded the Chief Minister’s Meritorious Students’ Fellowship (CMMSF), during a virtual felicitation programme held on Monday.
Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio congratulated the students and expressed hope that they will bring more laurels to the State in future.
“I am also glad to know that, in spite of the hard times we have been passing through due to COVID-19, and the consequential lockdowns and SOPs etc., our students are seriously pursuing their studies through online and other available means. The result of the last Board’s Examination has shown that the pass percentage has improved. This is quite encouraging … I urge the whole student community of Nagaland to be committed stay focused, and not allow the present pandemic situation to stand in the way of their studies, or their future careers”, he said.
Rio also advised the students to strive to maintain sound physical health through proper diet and exercise. “This will also help you in dealing with the pandemic times better”, he said.
The Chief Minister further said: “In this competitive world, it is important that you select your line of study carefully; after considering your talents and subjects of interest so that the academic knowledge you gain supplement these and help you in reaching out for your dreams, and build a successful career. The employment avenues under the State Government are limited, so, I would like to advise you not to limit your arena to a government job in the State”.
At the same time, he said it is “quite worrying” that of late there are less and less Naga youth qualifying for the IAS and Central Services. These premier civil services are the best and shortest route available for Naga youth to occupy powerful and important positions in the Central Government, as well as in various States, including Nagaland, he said.
“For the academically gifted students, I want to advise you to prepare for the various competitive examinations under the UPSC”, he said.
Rio also pointed out that the Centre has launched a mission to skill the youth force. “The State is also participating, and pursuing this mission seriously. We have already introduced various skill/vocational subjects at secondary and at higher secondary levels in 35 Government Schools and 3 Private SCHOOLs. In the present-day world, education without practical life skill is an incomplete education. Many of you may also like to avail of these”, he said.
Advisor to School Education, KT Sukhalu commended the awardees and called them to be torchbearers for all the students who will be following their footsteps.
Chairman of NBSE, Asano Sekhose highlighted about the CMMSF and the eligibility criteria for the award. NBSE grants fellowship to students in the Top 50 of HSLC examination. The fellowship is available for Indigenous Scheduled Tribes of Nagaland.
It provides financial assistance to the selected students for further studies and is valid for 5 years, and will depend on the performance of the student, which would be continuously monitored. (Page News Service)