Port Blair, Sept.27: It was a proud moment for the students of the Isles who received medals and certificates today for their exceptional performances in the CBSE (Class 10th and 12th) examinations-2018. At an award ceremony organized by the Education Department at Raj Niwas this morning, the Lt. Governor, A&N Islands, Admiral D K Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.) felicitated the 5 top rank holders in 4 different streams of AISSCE (Class XII) and 5 toppers of AISSE (Class X)-2018. The function was also attended by the Chief Secretary, A&N Administration, Mr. Chetan B. Sanghi, PBMC Chairperson, Smt. Anusia Devi, Senior Officers of the A&N Administration, students, parents and educationists from across the spectrum of govt. and private.
Addressing the gathering, mostly students and their proud parents, the Lt Governor, at the outset, congratulated and complimented the students who have won different awards and the schools, for their brilliant performances.
The Lt. Governor opined that now a days, the field of education is changing more rapidly than any other field; hence no investment can ever be counted as too much in the sector of education. “I cannot think of a sector where a State or a Govt. can make better investment than in the sector of education, because the youth of today, the young citizens of the country, are the future of tomorrow”, he said.
The Lt. Governor exhorted the students and youth to set their goals early in life and work hard to achieve them. “Youth should focus more on skill development instead of merely acquiring more and more degrees”, said the Lt Governor, adding that the Govt of India is also emphasizing more on skill development of the country’s youth. The Lt Governor conveyed his best wishes to all the students for their future endeavors.
The Lt. Governor also handed over the Ajay Mathew Memorial Gold Medal to Kumari Karandeep Kaur of Carmel Sr. Secondary School, the Island topper of AISSCE(class XII)- 2018 who scored 98.2 percent marks.
The Navy Children School, Minnie Bay was awarded the Best Secondary School (Urban) while JNV Panchavati, Rangat as the Best School (Rural). The best Senior Secondary School (Urban) was also awarded to Navy Children School, Minnie Bay while Crescent Public School, Wimberlygunj was awarded for being the Best School (Rural). Govt. Girls School Port Blair, GSSS Rangat and GSSS Lapathy, Car Nicobar received awards for the Best Senior Secondary Schools under A&N Administration in South Andaman, N&M Andaman and Nicobar District respectively. The Navy Children School, Minnie Bay also bagged the award for the Overall Best Senior Secondary School in A&N Islands.
In his keynote address, the Chief Secretary congratulated the students for their brilliant performance in the Board examinations. He complimented the students for their hard work, teachers and the proud parents for their collective efforts in producing good results in the class 10th and 12th Board exams.
Expressing happiness that most of the medal winners are girl students, the Chief Secretary stated that the remarkable performance of the girl students in academics shows that the ‘Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao’ programme of the Central Govt. is implemented in these Islands in its true spirit.
Acknowledging that the Govt. Schools have done well in the CBSE exams, the Chief Secretary complimented the teachers for putting their best efforts in shaping the lives of the students. He said, the Administration will ensure that the teachers get the basic infrastructure facilities while being posted in remote Islands. Efforts are also on by the Administration to introduce good courses and bring good University campus in these Islands, the Chief Secretary added.
Welcoming the chief guest and others present on the occasion, the Director of Education Deptt, Mr. Shubhankar Ghosh said that Board exams are very important for the CBSE and the students. He further said that it is not only the students, but the entire academic-eco system which includes the teachers, the school environment and efforts of parents, that contribute towards producing good results. The Department of Education not only felicitates the individual students but also the schools which have performed well as a Unit, said the Director conveying his best wishes to the students for their future endeavors.