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Ten thousand rural students assembled on the occasion of

National Education Day organized by ERDF

An unique four days extravaganza “Talent Fest-2014” was organized by ERD Foundation at Central Public School, Patharkandi in the Karimganj district to give the much needed exposure for the school students of greater Barak Valley. The event was organized from 11th to 14th November on the occasion of National Education Day which was commemorated to mark the birth anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, the first Education Minister of India. The event concluded with the celebration of Childrens’ Day, the birthday of Jawaharlal Nehru. More than ten thousand students joined the Fest from nearby one hundred schools of the valley.

The inaugural session was graced by Dr. N. V. Deshpande, Director of NIT, Silchar; Dr. P.G. Rao, Vice Chancellor of University of Science & Technology, Meghalaya; Principals of all Colleges and Schools of Barak Valley and other eminent academicians of the region. In his enlightening speech, Dr. Deshpande urged the students to be more inclined towards science and innovation for the overall growth of the nation. He assured full support and collaboration from NIT, Silchar to the schools run by ERDF at Barak valley. Also, the great contributions of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad towards the education system of India were recalled on the occasion as he was the main architect of UGC and IITs.

During the inauguration ceremony, the first ever “ERDF Rocket Shuttle” promoted by CPS students with the help of Academy of Aero Modelling & Robotics was also launched.

The main attraction of the Fest was the Science Model Exhibition where around one hundred twenty numbers of models on different interesting topics of Science were demonstrated by the students of Central Public School. The best model adjudged was “Conversion of CO2 to O2” demonstrated by the students of Central Public School, Badarpur. Other competitions like Quiz, Debate, Extempore Speech, Painting, Wall Paper presentation and Recitation were participated by the students of all the Schools of Barak Valley. The topic of the debate was “Use of Internet, Mobile and other electronic equipments, is a threat to the School Students”. The best debator award was begged by Pratik Shikhawat of Central Public School, Patharkandi speaking for the motion of the topic. Attractive prizes of Laptop, ipad and cash awards were distributed to the winners.

The concept of Talent Fest was conceptualized by Mr. Mahbubul Hoque, Chairman of ERD Foundation which will be organized every year as an annual event. Mr. Hoque believes that the students of Barak valley are very much brilliant but they are not properly guided. This fest was an approach to promote education specially Science education and to motivate the young talents of the region towards Science & Technology.




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