Ten thousand rural students assembled on the occasion of
National Education Day organized by ERDF
An unique four days extravaganza “Talent Fest-2014” was
organized by ERD Foundation at Central Public School,
Patharkandi in the Karimganj district to give the much needed
exposure for the school students of greater Barak Valley. The
event was organized from 11th to 14th November on the occasion
of National Education Day which was commemorated to mark the
birth anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, the first
Education Minister of India. The event concluded with the
celebration of Childrens’ Day, the birthday of Jawaharlal
Nehru. More than ten thousand students joined the Fest from
nearby one hundred schools of the valley.
The inaugural session was graced by Dr. N. V. Deshpande,
Director of NIT, Silchar; Dr. P.G. Rao, Vice Chancellor of
University of Science & Technology, Meghalaya; Principals of
all Colleges and Schools of Barak Valley and other eminent
academicians of the region. In his enlightening speech, Dr.
Deshpande urged the students to be more inclined towards
science and innovation for the overall growth of the nation.
He assured full support and collaboration from NIT, Silchar to
the schools run by ERDF at Barak valley. Also, the great
contributions of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad towards the education
system of India were recalled on the occasion as he was the
main architect of UGC and IITs.
During the inauguration ceremony, the first ever “ERDF
Rocket Shuttle” promoted by CPS students with the help of
Academy of Aero Modelling & Robotics was also launched.
The main attraction of the Fest was the Science Model
Exhibition where around one hundred twenty numbers of models
on different interesting topics of Science were demonstrated
by the students of Central Public School. The best model
adjudged was “Conversion of CO2 to O2” demonstrated by the
students of Central Public School, Badarpur. Other
competitions like Quiz, Debate, Extempore Speech, Painting,
Wall Paper presentation and Recitation were participated by
the students of all the Schools of Barak Valley. The topic of
the debate was “Use of Internet, Mobile and other electronic
equipments, is a threat to the School Students”. The best
debator award was begged by Pratik Shikhawat of Central Public
School, Patharkandi speaking for the motion of the topic.
Attractive prizes of Laptop, ipad and cash awards were
distributed to the winners.
The concept of Talent Fest was conceptualized by Mr. Mahbubul
Hoque, Chairman of ERD Foundation which will be organized
every year as an annual event. Mr. Hoque believes that the
students of Barak valley are very much brilliant but they are
not properly guided. This fest was an approach to promote
education specially Science education and to motivate the
young talents of the region towards Science & Technology.