Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee felicitated 45 toppers of the Madhyamik and Higher Secondary examinations at a function in Town Hall on Thursday. Education minister Bratya Basu and mayor Sovan Chatterjee were present at the function.
The students were given an uttorio (celebratory scarf),flowers and a hamper comprising a notebook (Classmate PC),sweets and a bag with information on scholarship schemes.
The CM,flanked by Basu,Chatterjee and other heads of the education department,spent two hours interacting with students and their guardians. She asked them what they wanted to do in life and the students sang,danced and recited poetry. Pritam Sen,a Madhyamik topper from Purulia District School,said he wanted to be an IAS officer,to which Mamata said there were very few from Bengal. It is because of the lack of infrastructure in the state, retorted one of the guardians.
In her speech,Mamata spoke of the importance of determination. She assured help to the students in pursuing higher studies. There will be problems in life and only dealing with them fearlessly will help in moving towards your goal, she said.
Referring to brain drain,Basu urged students to keep in mind that they need to live and grow in Bengal and assured them the government would create a conducive academic atmosphere.
One Dipanjan Kundu from Khatra High School in Bakura was about to mouth his grievances when Mamata stopped him: Not over the mike. You look like you are in a lot of depression. Come over to me. Kundu went to her and said his father was a tailor and he was having trouble sustaining studies. Later he told reporters that the CM had assured him of help. I want do higher studies in English, he said.