Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, Raman Singh recently awarded MacBooks to 27 tribal students who have cracked the IIT JEE examination this year. This will encourage other tribal students to perform well in the future in these entrance examinations. Praising the students who have made it in the tough engineering entrance test, Raman Singh said that it is a big milestone for the state as students from remotest parts of the state have succeeded.
The students from interior tribal areas belonging to Gond, Muria and Bhatra tribes have cracked the IIT JEE examination this year. Bastar, which is more known as the breeding ground of Naxalites, have produced such gems, who have cleared one of the toughest engineering entrance examinations this year. Singh turned emotional while handing away the MacBook to the successful students stating that it is a proud moment for him to see such students achieving success at a national level.
The success of the students were indebted mostly to the ‘Prayas Programme’ initiated by the state government, under which special coaching were given to the tribal community students of the state. During the occasion Singh said, “In 2006, 2007 and 2008, it was surprising to even find one or two students from the tribal areas cracking the engineering entrance examinations. It used to be big news then. But now the situation has completely changed. It is a big achievement for all of us. You have created a milestone. Today, it is not that only you (students) have passed. It was an examination for me and with you; even I have passed off with flying colors. We will try very hard to ensure that this number of 27 soon reaches to 100 and many more.”
He asserted that the students need not to worry about paying their fees for the institutes as the state government will provide them loans on zero percent interest as it wants them to flourish and make name for the state. The Prayas Programme was launched in the month of July, 2010 by the Chhattisgarh government. It was initiated to help accommodating tribal students from the extreme left wing zones of the state in hostels and in the state capital and provide them coaching along with regular higher secondary level studies, under one roof.
Emotional Raman Singh concluded by saying, “We want that we produce many engineers, doctors and bureaucrats so that they serve our state, their native places and become the central points of bringing about change in the whole state.”