During the INSPIRE-23 college fest at Nar Bahadur Bhandari Government College, the Chief Minister of Sikkim, Shri Prem Singh Tamang, presented The Northeast India Audio-Visual Archive Appreciation Certificates to four students: Samson Lama Yolmu, Aayushree Mishra, Solyop Lepcha, and Dorjee Ongmu Lepcha. These students from the college had actively participated in various workshops and field trips organized by the NEIAV Archive Nodal Center in Gangtok, Sikkim. The award ceremony took place on the occasion of World Environment Day.
More details regarding the event is below:
Gangtok, June 5 (IPR): Nar Bahadur Bhandari Government College, Tadong, celebrated its annual college fest INSPIRE-23 on the occasion of "World Environment Day."
Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang graced the grand occasion as the Chief guest alongside his spouse, Madam Krishna Rai. The programme had the presence of Forest Department Minister, Shri. Karma Loday Bhutia, MLA, Shri. G.T Dhungel, MLA, Shri. Sonam Venchungpa, Political Secretary to Chief Minister, Shri. Jacob Khaling, Principal Secretary, Shri. R. Telang and other dignitaries.
The programme started with the guard of honour by National Cadet Corps (NCC) welcoming the Chief Minister.
As part of the event, a plantation drive was conducted by Shri. Prem Singh Tamang on the occasion of "World Environment Day," #beatplasticpollution, by planting a sapling of Peach "Arucha" alongside his spouse, Smt. Krishna Rai, at Late, Dr. Mahendra Pradhan Memorial Botanical Garden, Dept. of Botany, NBBGC, Tadong, highlighting the initiative to reinforce the age-old bond of our society with nature.
In addition, Forest Department Minister, Shri. Karma Loday and other dignitaries also planted saplings to mark their respect for World Environment Day.
Chief Minister, Shri. Prem Singh Tamang, in his address, expressed his gratitude to NBBGC college for making the fest a grand success.
On the occasion of "World Environment Day," he briefed about the scheme, "Mero Rukh, Mero Santati," to show how plantation reduces and controls pollution, encouraging people to plant more. By doing this, the State can also have access to carbon credit for global support, he added.
The scheme of "Mero Rukh, Mero Santati," an initiative of planting 100 trees, was revised by Shri. Prem Singh Tamang. He said the scheme would now encourage planting 108 trees for every newborn child.
Furthermore, he congratulated all the college students for their active participation in the annual college fest INSPIRE- 23. He appreciated the enthusiasm of students who gracefully performed in the cultural programme.
He mentioned the government's progress in these four years in Education Sector. He spoke about the regularization of Adhoc teachers after 8 years of completion.
He also briefed on the schemes, like,
• "Nar Bahadur Bhandari Fellowship" where the scheme aims to provide opportunity for Sikkim’s brightest and most promising graduates to pursue higher studies in the world’s top 20 universities.
• "APATAN Fellowship Scheme," which provides aid and support for scholars who opt for PhD in any language used in the State.
Additionally, he urged NBBGC college to celebrate its Annual Fest each year on 5th June, as the day is also celebrated as "World Environment Day."
The Chief Minister also promised to build an auditorium with Air Conditioning facility for the college and declared to name the hall as "Inspire Convention Hall."
He assured of providing Laptops to first-year students from Education Department and final-year students from the Chief Minister's Fund.
The Chief Minister today officially launched the documentary book on 4 years of the State Government Formation written by Shri. Kiran Chettri.
Shri. Pradeep Kumar, Secretary of the Forest Department, in his address, highlighted the novel green initiative of "Mero Rukh, Mero Santati" (My Tree, My Child) that was conceptualized by the Chief Minister of planting 100 trees for every newborn in Sikkim. He appreciated the idea of strengthening the connection between parents, children and nature to commemorate childbirth.
He apprised his vision of the scheme as an initiative of selfless dedication with a long-term effect. Similarly, he described Sikkim as being branded as the only "Green State of India." Furthermore, the programme was taken forward with a song, "Mero Rukh, Mero Santati," presented by Vijay Mangar and Yogina Gurung, Forest Department.
Thereafter, a short film about the scheme was shared, which had an impactful message to the youth of Sikkim. It was to primarily focus on constituting a high-level Climate Change Impact and spread awareness on how the State has been intimate with nature since time immemorial.
Dr. Debabrata Purohit, Principal, NBBGC, in his address, welcomed the Chief Guest Shri. Prem Singh Tamang, along with other dignitaries. He informed that the main aim for the annual fest INSPIRE- 23 was to give an opportunity and a platform to showcase the achievement and versatility in different fields, like, sports, culture and literary activities.
Additionally, he highlighted the college as the first in the State to be accredited with the NAAC, which has recently completed the second cycle with a grade B++ credential.
He also mentioned his gratitude to the Chief Minister for providing financial aid for the reconstruction of the college campus.
The programme was taken forward with a cultural performance. A solo song was performed by Pranita Tamang and Netra Pradhan, followed by a Group Dance with participants from Lepcha Department , Limboo Department and Zoology Department.
Shri. Tashi Bhutia, Convener of the Culture Committee, also performed a Nepali solo song on behalf of the Cultural Committee.
The students of NBBGC also performed a special dance (Lion Dance) during the programme.
Shri. Biswa Hang Subba, President, SRC NBBGC, Tadong, thanked the Chief Minister and other dignitaries for their presence. He thanked the state government for providing facilities such as ambulance and scholarship schemes, excursion tours for final year students and construction of new toilets for the students.
The event then proceeded toward the prize distribution ceremony. For the quiz competition, the winners were Asmita Rai & Anup Rai. Similarly, Anup Regmi, Ugen Phunchok Bhutia, Bishes Subba & Darshan Rai were declared as winners of the Debate competition;
The essay writing competition winners were Samson Lama for English, Chandra Sheker Sharma for Nepali and Mikmar Dokmoo Lepcha for Lepcha.
Similarly, the winners of the poetry competition were Ayushree Mishra in English, Januka Sharma in Nepali, Dawa Wangchuk Bhutia for Bhutia and Mikmar Dokmoo Lepcha for Lepcha.
Winners of the story writing competition were Probin Rai in English, Chanchal Timsina in Nepali and Chopel Lepcha in Bhutia. Nikita Rai bagged the first prize in photography. Roshni Tamang won an Essay writing competition with a Special Prize as part of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsov, funded by the Government of India. Beraj Limboo won the painting competition with a Special prize as part of Azadi ka Mahotsov.
Samson Lama Yolmu, Aayushree Mishra, Solyop Lepcha and Dorjee Ongmu Lepcha were conferred with Northeast India Audio-Visual Archive Appreciation Certificate certificates.
Pranita Tamang was declared the winner of Voice of NBBGC.
For Inter-Departmental Dance Competition, the first prize was bagged by Phunal Lepcha & Group from Lepcha Department. Tourism Department (boys) and Commerce Department (girls) bagged the first prize for Sports Event Inter-Departmental Volleyball tournaments.
Similarly, for Inter-Departmental Football Tournament, Physical Education Department (Boys) and Physical Education Department bagged the first prize.
Dr. Shobha Sharma, Vice Principal and Associate Professor, English department, NBBGC, proposed the vote of thanks.
Source: IPR, Government of Sikkim