KOCHI: Emphasising on the importance of education in modern society, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy urged students to overcome challenges through determination and hard work. “With the opportunities available to students, the competition has risen. To overcome these obstacles and to rise above the rest, we need to acquire knowledge,’ he said.
He was speaking during the inauguration of the Talent Meet 2014 held at CUSAT in Kochi on Friday. During the programme, he honoured students from schools in Kalamassery constituency who excelled in SSLC and Plus-two boards. At least 300 students were honoured during the programme.
The felicitation ceremony was part of the Unarvu Samagra Vidyabhyasa scheme initiated by PWD Minister V K Ibrahim Kunju. Honouring students through this scheme is a way of encouraging the students in lower primary classes to do their best.
Chief Minister Oommen Chandy added that the scheme should be extended to all constituencies in the state. Ibrahim Kunju said that the Kerala government was striving to make the state an education hub.
As part of the Unarvu Samagra Vidyabhyasa scheme, the schools that showcase exemplary performance will be granted `10 lakh from the MLA fund. Along with the Unarvu scheme, the Kalamassery constituency has also benefited from the Samagra Vidyabhyasa scheme where nutrient-rich noon meals are provided to at least 13,000 students in aided and government schools.
The PWD Minister added that a total of `24 crore has been spent in the past three years to construct more classrooms, labs, smart classrooms and toilet blocks. A total of `6.28 crore has been allotted for the scheme this year.
In order to maintain good health among students, Akshaya scheme, wherein mothers are also roped in to cook meals at schools, has been strengthened.
Also, campuses in Kalamassery are being actively monitored to prevent the sale of drugs among students. Meanwhile, a novel scheme to provide scholarship to students who have lost their parents has been started. At least 325 children will benefit from this scheme.
District Collector M G Rajamanikkam, education deputy director and vice-chairman M K Shinemon, Pro Vice-Chancellor of CUSAT Poulose Jacob, chief manager of Cochin Refineries George Thomas, Cochin Shipyard general manager V V Varghese were also present on the occasion.