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 Five hundred students opened Dr. Kalam Home Library - Mahbubul Hoque, Founder ERDF

Barak Children Book Fair which was a part of the Winter Carnival held at Central Public School, Badarpur, had got the attention of the reading public not just in the Barak Valley, rather in the surrounding NE region as well. Three days Barak Children Book Fair at CPS Badarpur which had opened on 6th January by the eminent academician Prof. Dilip Chandra Nath, VC, Assam University, Silchar had just been concluded. Mr. Mahbubul Hoque, Founder ERDF had explained the objective of this book fair in his welcome speech “the idea is to inculcate the reading habit and to make available all the necessary study materials to the children which is key to their future success. While inspiring the school children present at the Book Fair, Mahbubul Hoque, founder ERDF had narrated one incident referred by late president Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam at North East College Principals’ Conclave in 2014 at USTM. Dr. Kalam was on a visit to 32nd Sharjah International Book Fair. After inaugurating the Seminar on “the birth of an author in you” he had gone to the book fair ground to select some books for his study and to his amazement he saw that His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qassimi, in the book fair complex. Thereafter he got to know that the Ruler was there to propagate his vision on knowledge without border and therefore he was there to encourage different families to create home library.
“Book is the only companion that will guide the students in the right way and pave the ground for your future success – commented Mr. Hoque, while addressing the students gathered at Barak Children Book Fair which was one of the attractions of CPS Badarpur Winter Carnival 2017. “It is the need of the hour to nurture the thousands of budding children especially those belonging to the rural areas of greater Barak Valley to face the challenges of the day and this Book Fair will create inquisitiveness or curiosity amongst them for acquiring knowledge” he said. Hence he had urged all the students that they must take a resolve on this grand occasion of Barak Children Book Fair to open Home Library with just ten books and dedicate it in the name of Dr. Kalam Home Library. And surprisingly, more than five hundred students have purchased 10 books from the book fair and started their own library at home. When the students reported to Mr. Hoque that the home library has already been created, he had promised them to offer ten more books for their home library.
The chief guest for the inauguration, Prof. Dilip Chandra Nath, Vice Chancellor, Assam University, Silchar had urged the students that they must imbibe a “ubuntu culture which means a sense of humanity or togetherness towards others”. He had referred to an incident in Africa where he had come across some school children where the marked difference between government and private school was eliminated through an egalitarian approach to education and this approach can only bring about democracy in education. Prof. Nath stated “if we need progress, we must develop the sense of ubantism amongst the school children who are the future nation builders of our country. Prof. Bibhash Deb in his speech reminded that children are the assets of our nation and we must take care of their development. Dr. Kamaluddin Ahmed, Director, Khairun Nessa Begum Women’s College said “schools are not factories and the mushrooming growth of fake colleges or schools are not a good sign of the progress or spread of education, so we must put a check on this scenario. The program was ended with vote of thanks extended to all concerned associated with ERD Foundation and dignitaries present on the occasion.
CPS WINTER CARNIVAL-2017 had also provided a unique occasion to the whole student community to showcase their talents in a competitive arena where hundreds and hundreds of students across the Valley and other parts of the NE Region had participated in competitions like science models, quiz, debate, extempore speech, painting, poem composition, qirat recitation and gazal/naat. In addition, entertaining events such as Water sports, Games, food stalls were available for the children during the occasion. The last day of the carnival (8th Jan) was followed prize distribution ceremony of different competitions. The names that hit those competitions were the first prize winners of different competitions like Juber Ahmed, Nafisa Anjum, CPSB for science model presentation, Sumaiyya Anjum, Nasima Aktar, Pranita Laskar, CPSB (scince model presentation) Tabassum Parbin CPSB & Umme Mumtahim, K.V. Karimganj (for painting), Jidan Farhad Islam, Purbogul LP School (for gazal), Swarnali Acherjee, Tiny Tots School, Silchar (patriotic song), Sajidul Haque Laskar, CPSB, (extempore speech) Isfaqur Rahman, Darul-Ulum Baskandi & Ashad Hussain CPSB (qiraat). The last episode that was a centre of attraction of the closing ceremony was community quiz where member of any community irrespective of age had taken part and this is meant to create awareness amongst the ordinary mass on different raging problems or social issues, to know about what is going on throughout the world”- sources from ERD Foundation informed. The winners of the community quiz are : 1st prize which was refrigerator had gone to Krishna Dey, 2nd prize winner was Ahmed Mashhud who had won a mixer grinder and the third prize was dinner set and the winner was Ebadul Islam Choudhury.


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