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Social Samaritans, State Toppers felicitated by Gorkha Jagran Samaj

Posted by Ramesh Khati on June 28, 2009


GANGTOK, June 27: Two social workers and four State toppers were honoured for their achievements today by Gorkha Jagran Samaj (GJS) today during a felicitation programme organized at Tadong, Gangtok.
The felicitated social workers were Padmashree Kipu Tshering Lepcha from Sikkim and Dhano Marmu from Dooars.
Sikkim University Vice-Chancellor Prof Mahendra P Lama who was the chief guest in the function presented a shawl, a kukri and a citation to the felicitated duo.
Op Sonam Paljor from Human Development Foundation of Sikkim received the citation on behalf of Padmashree Kipu who could not attend the felicitation programme owing to her being in a Vipasna meditation.
Progressive writer Bijay Kumar Subba who was the special guest in the function presented a trophy and citation to the Class 10 and 12 ICSE board exam toppers, Dependra Oli from St. Xaviers (Pakyong) and Shreya Sharma from Tashi Namgyal Academy.
GJS president Bhawani Pradhan similarly felicitated the Class 10 and 12 CBSE board exam toppers, Julfisan Haq and Priya Bansal. Both the students were from Holy Cross School, Tadong.
In his address, Prof Lama congratulated GJS for felicitating the social workers and meritorious students. Both fields of education and social service are very important in the society and both activities should be well coordinated, he said.
Speaking on the education field, the Sikkim University Vice-Chancellor said that time has come to encourage the students of hills to ‘think big’ and be ‘competitive’. “All of us, the teachers and guardians must teach our students to think big. Our children are very talented but we must bring a new dimension in their thinking which is to think big”, he said.
Expressing his concerns over the lack of competitive streak among the hill students, Prof. Lama said that the stakeholders including the students must not be contended with mere pass marks. We must not be contended with the word ‘pass’ and we must remove this thinking and make our students competitive, he said.
Prof. Lama pointed out Sikkim posses three distinct advantages over other regions in education field. We have a stable and determined political set up, peacefulness and good weather and we must all take benefit and bring a sense of ‘excellence’ among our students, he said.
The GJS president in his presidential address highlighted the objectives and agendas of GJS which he said was a purely a non political body. The body has been formed to give our contributions to the society and uplift of our society, he said.
The felicitated social worker from Dooars, Dhano Murmu thanked the GJS for felicitating him and his work. This is not only my honour but it is the honour shown to those organizations working to cement the brotherhood ties among the Adivashis and Gorkha communities in Dooars, he said.
Mr. Murmu informed that he and his organizations are working hard to ensure that there is no communal disharmony among the Adivashis and Gorkha communities despite provocation from vested quarters. We will be successful in bringing the century old brotherhood ties back, he said.
Earlier, GJS member Bishal Gurung presented the objectives of the body. He said that GJS is purely a non political body and has been set up to do social service and promotion of communal harmony and solidarity.
Two talented poets, Tika Bhia and Ajay Khadka recited their poems on the occasion.

Source: The Sikkim Express


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