While addressing the teachers, students, parents and other dignitaries on the occasion, the Chief Minister congratulated the meritorious students for getting laptops on the occasion. He said that an educated citizenry was the biggest asset for any democratic society and students are known for their readiness to fight for all right causes since their thoughts are pure and honest. He said that this feat of the students would motivate the other students to excel in academics and win a laptop next time. He said that Himachal Pradesh has made unprecedented progress in the field of education.
In an excellent occasion held at Paddal Ground in Mandi today, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur started a laptop distribution scheme to distribute free computers to nearly 20,000 deserving students across the state under the Srinivasa Ramanujan Student Digital Scheme. A total of Rs. 83 crore was spent on this project. All of the Ministers were present at the ceremony in their various districts, where they gave laptops to deserving pupils.
The Chief Minister said that the students were the future of the Nation and thus it was vital to focus on their education. He said that the laptops provided by the State Government to the students would go a long way in assisting the students in their studies. He said that the corona pandemic has delayed the distribution of these laptops, but now the State Government has provided these laptops to the students. He said change in technology has brought a sea change in the education system as well.
He said that Himachal Pradesh has even surpassed Kerala in several parameters in the field of education, which was an honour for all of us.Jai Ram Thakur said that the State Government was giving topmost priority to provide quality education to the students, with special focus on education of girl students. He said that in earlier days people took girl education casually, but now the times have changed and girls were excelling more than the boys in studies. He said that this has ensured women empowerment.
Thus, modern equipment like laptops, computers, mobile etc. have become necessary tools for studies, he added.The Chief Minister said that the State Government has opened a new State University in Mandi to facilitate the students of nearby districts to get higher education nearer to their homes. He said that this University would start functioning with full strength at the earliest. He said that the University and college teachers would be provided UGC scales soon.Jai Ram Thakur also interacted with the meritorious students of different districts.