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.