West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday honoured all 248 toppers of Class 10 and 12 examinations of various boards and announced a scholarship of INR 10,000 to each of them.
“All the toppers who are present here will get INR 10,000 deposited in their bank accounts. I have discussed the matter with Chief Secretary Malay De,” Mamata said.
The chief minister further said that all toppers will receive scholarships so that no one needs to worry about continuing their studies as they had been doing for the past years with sincerity.
“Ours is a poor government. This is a small initiative to felicitate the meritorious students. I have taken a decision to open up bank accounts for all these students with a balance of INR 10,000 which may help them in the future,” she added.
She asked her officials to process applications for scholarships for higher studies by students at the earliest.
The chief minister acknowledged these students who topped the Class 10 and 12 examinations conducted by the boards of West Bengal, the ICSE, the ISC, the CBSE and the WBJEE.
“The state government will always stand beside a student whenever they are in any problem and at the same time, steps have also been taken so that our students can compete at the national level,” she added.
Urging them to stick to the values imparted by their teachers and parents, the chief minister asked the students to consider the scholarship as an asset for their entire life.
“Securing a rank in the merit list in this age of tough competition is no mean feat. There are many stories of struggle, we must salute those. There are students whose parents may not be well-to-do, and they have to make ends meet to buy them books,” she said.
Recalling her days as a student, Mamata said that there was a time when teachers used to think twice before giving full marks to students.
“But our students have to compete with the world now. So, I had requested our education minister to ensure that our students also get marks on a par with ICSE or CBSE students. They have done really well,” she said.
As part of the felicitation, all 248 students received books, laptops, wristwatches, and sweets. The chief minister interacted with the students freely and listened to their problems, ensuring that their issues get addressed at the earliest.
State Education Minister Partha Chatterjee, Power Minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay, Chief Secretary Malay De and senior officials of the state education department were also present.
The West Bengal Board of Secondary Education (WBBSE) on June 6 had announced the West Bengal Madhyamik (Class 10 board) results 2018. Over 8 lakh students have passed the exam.
According to the WBBSE, a total of 11,02,921 students had appeared for the WBBSE examinations of which the number of girl students was higher than the boy students. The number of girls who appeared for Class 10 board examination was 6,21,366, while the number of boys who have appeared for the examination was 4,81,555.