By Our Staff Reporter
Dehradun, 26 Apr: At the initiative of Governor Lt General Gurmit Singh (Retd), scholarships were awarded to meritorious students in the “Path Pradarshak” programme organised in the auditorium of the Raj Bhavan, here, today.
Distinguished talent in the fields of art, folk culture, social service, music, self-help groups, women empowerment were also felicitated on the occasion. Thirty meritorious students studying in various institutions were given scholarships, as were 214 children by the district magistrates in the districts. A total of 244 students are being given scholarships under this programme.
The Governor also felicitated 5 winners of the National Painting Competition organised by the Uttarakhand State Child Welfare Council, Dehradun, with medals and certificates. For the state level painting competition, a total of 13 students in different categories were presented citations and medals.
Prema Mehta of Almora, Savita Nagarkoti of Bageshwar, and Prema Baseda of Pithoragarh, who have done commendable work in the field of women empowerment, shared their experiences. The students of Bhatkhande Sangeet Mahavidyalaya presented a Kathak dance, Yoga was displayed by the students of Devbhoomi Sanskrit University, and a classical dance was performed by Krutika Kukreja, and Morchang Vadan by RC Juyal.
In his address on the occasion, the Governor said the purpose of the “Path Pradarshak” programme is to nurture, nurture and inspire the talents of the state. Along with this, he said that today’s event was also to promote women empowerment and girl child welfare. He said that efforts are being made to fulfill the dreams, through scholarships, of the sons and daughters of Uttarakhand who want to study and are unable to for some reason.
The Governor said that women working hard in different areas of Uttarakhand under difficult circumstances needed to be acknowledged. Such “path-breaking” programmes would make India the Vishwa Guru. Women in the state are doing pioneering work in every field. Special efforts are being made on women empowerment and uplift of daughters in Uttarakhand. Five scholarships, each, for girls have been suggested in 20 private universities of the state.
Education Minister Dr Dhan Singh Rawat thanked Governor Singh for taking this special initiative. The Education Minister said that various schemes are being run by the government in the field of women’s welfare, education and health in the state. The New Education Policy is being implemented in the state. He urged the educationists of the state to give their suggestions to the government so that the schemes could be run in a better way.
Various speakers from the social sector shared their views at the event. First Lady Gurmeet Kaur, MLA, Lansdowne, Dilip Rawat, Secretary to the Governor Dr Ranjit Sinha, Additional Secretary Swati S Bhadauria, Additional Secretary, Education, Deepti Singh, Finance Controller Trupti Srivastava and a large number of students were present on the occasion.