Sharfaraz Hussain of Shankardev Shishu Niketan, Guwahati, a school run by Vidya Bharati, a wing of the Sangh parivar on Tuesday secured the first position in the High School Leaving Certificate – Class 10 final – of the Assam Board of Secondary Education, with the overall pass percentage standing at 62.79.
Assam education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said one Vidya Bharati-run school would be set up every gram panchayat area in the state.
Altogether 2.39 lakh students have passed the examination, among whom 54,197 secured first division, 96,568 second division and 88,849 third division. The total number of candidates who had taken the exam stood at 3,81,585.
Board sources said while the pass percentage among male candidates stood at 64.11, the pass percentage among female students was 61.56. Altogether 232 candidates have found place in the top 20 positions.
Assam education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, while felicitating Sharfaraz Hussain in the Shankardev Shishu Niketan at Betkuchi, a locality in south Guwahati, announced a grant of Rs 5 lakh to the topper, who hails from a poor family. The amount would be kept in a fixed deposit in the student’s name, the minister said. Sarma also announced that no admission fee would be charged from Hussain while taking admission in Cotton College, oldest college of the entire Northeast.
Education minister Sarma also took pride in the fact that the Shankardev Shishu Vidya Niketan was run by Vidya Bharati – “an organization that subscribes to our ideology” – and said that he would ensure that one such school was set up in every gram panchayat area in the state.
“It is very important to imbibe Indian values among students right from the very beginning, and setting up one such school in every gram panchayat will immensely contribute towards better grooming of the young minds,” Sarma, who had joined the BJP in September 2015, said.
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