GUWAHATI, Feb 16 - Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today inaugurated the Chief Minister’s Gyan Jyoti Scheme at the Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra’s International Auditorium here today.
Sonowal said that the Gyan Jyoti Scheme is designed especially to stimulate the knowledge base of the students by enabling them to undertake educational tours, which have been instrumental in increasing the mental horizon of the students.
He asked the students to study for at least eight hours a day and dedicatedly pursue their career. He asked them to inculcate good habits, practise them in life and be disciplined.
Referring to a pledge on Swachh Bharat that they took on the occasion, the Chief Minister appealed to the students to turn the pledge into a promise and dedicate themselves to cleanliness. He also asked them to be ambassadors of the Swachhata Abhiyan and motivate people towards cleanliness.
Referring to John Keats who said “A thing of beauty is a joy for ever”, Sonowal asked the students to be admirers of beauty and try to do things that have permanent value. He also asked them to write about the experiences they will have during the four-day Gyan Jyoti educational and exposure tour.
The Chief Minister said that considering the key role to be played by Guwahati in the changing situations, the areas of Guwahati have been increased and have been named as State Capital Region encompassing areas up to Tihu, Sipajhar, Chhaygaon and Morigaon.
Sonowal later flagged off the buses that will carry students to different places as part of the educational tour.
Education Minister Siddhartha Bhattacharya, who also spoke on the occasion, gave a brief description of different policies that the State government was executing for the development of elementary, secondary and higher education.
The four-day programme in which 1,000 students and their teachers participated from 18 districts will culminate on February 18.