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Odisha chief Minister gave away ‘Mukhyamantri Shikhya Puraskar’

Bhubaneswar:31/1/24: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday gave away ‘Mukhyamantri Shikhya Puraskar’ to districts, blocks, students, teachers, alumni committees, gram panchayats, district and block education officers for their contribution in making education a social movement and bringing in a revolution in the education system under the 5T initiative.

The awards were given in two categories— individual and institution. As many as 7,519 prizes were given in 16 departments. Prizes amounting to a total of Rs 138 crore were given.

In the Individual Prize (Secondary) category 2,027 meritorious students, 700 teachers, 419 headmasters, 58 Regional Resource Center Coordinators, 10 Block Education Officers, and 3 District Education Officers have been awarded for best performance in matric examination.

Similarly, 350 headmasters and 319 teachers were awarded in the Individual Prize(Primary) category.

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Besides, in the Institution (Secondary) category, 4 districts, 10 blocks, 1057 schools, 419 school management committees, 419 alumni committees, and 414 gram panchayats have been awarded.

Further, 1307 schools have been awarded in the Institutional (Primary) category. Apart from this, in the district education and training institutes category 3 Institutional prizes were given.

These prizes were given for the overall development of school education and the intellectual development of the children.

Along with the Chief Minister, Minister of School & Mass Education Sudam Marndi, Minister of Scheduled Tribes, Scheduled Castes, Minorities and Backward Classes Jagannath Saraka and Panchayati Raj, Drinking Water, Information & Public Relations Minister Pradeep Kumar Amat were present during the programme among others.

Addressing the students, teachers, students, and others present in the program, 5T and Nabin Odisha Chairman Kartik Pandian said that seeing the problem of children’s education since the time of Covid, the Chief Minister thought about the system of online education and then began the 5T high school transformation. So far about 8,000 schools have been transformed.

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He said that the high school transformation is a unique example of teamwork. Alumni, people’s representatives, and administration all worked as a team. All of you are one pillar of Odisha’s development. You have planted the seeds of transformation in children. He thanked everyone for this.

This has increased the enthusiasm of children today. Today’s ‘Mukhyamantri Shikhya Puraskar’ has boosted the enthusiasm and morale of everyone involved in education. This prize will help in boosting the confidence of the children to reach higher and achieve their dreams. He said that it would not be an exaggeration to say that there has been a revolution in the field of secondary education in Odisha. He said that today everyone has become a champion towards building a new Odisha, an empowered Odisha of the Chief Minister’s dream. Along with secondary schools, higher secondary and colleges are also undergoing transformation. He said that these institutions will be dedicated soon.

Commissioner-cum-Secretary of School and Mass Education Department Aswathy S. gave the welcome address and Special Project Director of OSEPA proposed the vote of thanks.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.
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