NAMCHI, October 14: The Chief Minister Pawan Chamling today inaugurated the Platinum Pillar of Government Senior Secondary School, Namchi, which is constructed in front of the school entrance here.
Mr. Chamling, accompanied by Mrs. Tika Maya Chamling also inaugurated the art exhibition put up by the school alumni followed by the inauguration of the ICT Building.
The Chief Minister was present as the chief guest of the Platinum Jubilee Celebration of the School lighted a ceremonial lamp and declared 2009 as Platinum Jubilee Year.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Chamling said, the mindset of the youths in the State is perplexed and imprudent and that they should prioritize their responsibilities in order to become focused in their lives. He said that career counseling is also one of the options in progress to be adopted by the state government, particularly aimed at streamlining the youths. “When it comes to education, students in Sikkim are far more fortunate as compared to students from other parts of the country. Education has always been the prime aim of the government to make the students the best ones in the country and provide them with quality education,” the Chief Minister stressed adding that academic qualification is not only the criteria for availing opportunities but capacity and skill are equally important at present to overcome the challenging opportunities.
In the same breath, he said balanced development and balanced education is what the government wants to provide to the students but unfortunately the outlook of the people towards development in Sikkim is limited to materialistic achievements.
Calling upon the teachers, the CM said that teachers’ job is not only to teach but also to help students become a good human being, which would then help the student to become the best in his/her future profession. “But this concept is being ignored in the schools and the studies have become certificate oriented,” Mr. Chamling said requesting the teachers to work in that front. At the same time, he urged the retired teachers and employees to keep themselves active and get engaged in creative activities like writing and social works.
On the recent issue of pay scale revision, the CM urged the people to have a broader outlook towards the sincere attempt made by the state government. In this context, he mentioned that the people of Sikkim should be satisfied that the global economic recession has not affected Sikkim when it comes to financial concern. He further appealed to the people not to get influenced by the rumours spread by the vested interests. He said that people should learn to accept satisfactorily what the state government has done for them and share the common interest when it comes to development of Sikkim as a whole and get better with their thinking and attitude.
In another announcement, the Chief Minister said training institutions of various types will soon be functional in the state to engage the educated and talented youths. He added that skilled rural artisans and craftsmen will be prepared in the state through trainings in each and every ward of the constituency.
Earlier, a memento was also presented to the chief guest by the school. The presentation of school report was done by the Principal YP Nepal according to which he informed that the school was known as a heritage school in the state and was established as a private primary school for endeavoring people of the locality. He mentioned that late Khamba Singh Limboo was the first teacher of the school. “In 1966, the school was taken over by the state government and later upgraded to higher level. At present the school has four streams in the plus two levels, the total enrollment of students in 2008-09 is 815 in which 615 are boys and 200 are girls,” the Principal detailed. He further said that Sanskrit study was introduced in the school in 2002 to give exposure to this subject.
The Principal also presented a proposal before the Chief Minister which included the overall development of the school and the necessary up-gradation needed by the school in various aspects. Representing the alumni, SM Limboo former advisor to the Chief Minister and also the ex- student of the school in his brief address talked about his bygone days and the memories related to it. Urging the students and ex- students to make contribution for the further development of the school, Mr. Limboo also thanked Mr. and Mrs. Chamling for making this celebration a success. Mrs. Chamling, it is informed is also the chairperson of the platinum jubilee celebration committee.
In his address, the State HRDD Minister NK Pradhan said that the government is determined to make the education system of Sikkim the best one in the country. “For achieving this goal, education sector is being given the top most priority by the state government,” he said adding that with the continuous efforts of the government, Sikkim would be the centre of excellence as far as education is concerned.
The minister also appealed to all to come forward to improve the education system and added that the civil society should specially come forward with positive suggestions and views and expressed the need for participation of taking forward the education system to greater heights. “Sikkim has the caliber and talent and practically everything to achieve success in the education sector,” the HRDD Minister said. He also asked the students to take full advantage of DNA Club and told them to implement it for their own benefit.
It may be added here that one of the highlights of the jubilee celebration was the launching of the DNA Club by the chief minister, a programme under the aegis of the State Science and Technology Department and sponsored by the Government of India.
On the occasion, the felicitation ceremony also took place wherein the State Topper (Commerce) from the school was felicitated as the ‘best student’ of this session, along with the ex- management committee and staffs, National Award recipient teachers of the school, former school heads were felicitated which was presented to them by the chief minister. The days’ programme also witnessed traditional cultural items presented by the school students which included dance and songs.
Others present in the programme were Cabinet Ministers, Advisor to the Chief Minister, Chairpersons, district officials, official dignitaries of other departments and organizations, Zilla Panchayat members, retired Principals of the school, ex- students, members of the alumni, teachers and students of various schools from in and around Namchi, principals and headmasters of different schools, local gentries and the general public