Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Wednesday awarded laptops, cycles and Rs 25,000 each to meritorious students across the state.
A total of 16,879 students from Madhya Pradesh gathered at Lal Parade for the felicitation ceremony. About 39 students, who secured top 10 ranks in school board examinations, were awarded a laptop.
Students, belonging to the general category, who secured more than 85% in their 12th boards and students from scheduled castes and scheduled tribes who secured more than 75% were given Rs 25,000 each.
The amount was credited in the accounts of the students by additional chief secretary (ACS), education, SR Mohanty.
Most of the students said they would use the money to prepare for competitive examinations.
Aishwariya Malviya from Barwani said, “I already have a desktop at home, so I would pay my coaching fees with this amount. I am taking it as a scholarship and would utilise the amount in preparing for civil services examinations.”
During the programme, the CM asked the students to raise their mobile phones and switch on the flashlight taking a resolution that they would not compromise their ambitions if they do not have adequate funds.
He announced that he will soon launch a scheme of government scholarship for children who are not financially sound to go for higher education in premium colleges. He asked students to mail him their opinions and advises on the same.
He also shared his Facebook and Twiiter handle along with his email id with the students.
Chouhan revealed a scheme in planning, ‘Banker Capital Fund’ for those planning to launch their startups. The government will invest in these startups in the form of share capitals, he said.
Some students, called for the felicitation programme, complained about mismanagement during the ceremony and found faults in the facilities provided by the education department.
“The washrooms were not clean neither there were any blankets for the girls. There were around 110 girls staying in the hostel and there were only three washrooms,” said Anushka Tomar from Khandwa district.