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Shoniu Shiu accepting her award from Dr. Renu Swarup, secretary, department of Bio Technology, Government of India.
DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 10/10/2018 11:46:36 AM IST

 Nagaland students outshine all other northeastern states

School students from Nagaland made the state proud at the India International Science Festival held in Lucknow from October 5 to 8 by winning one first prize, two second prizes, two third prizes and a consolation prize at the North East Students Conclave which was a part of the four day long largest science festival of Asia. By winning a total of six prizes at the prestigious event, Nagaland marched ahead of the sister NE States in the NES conclave.

A press release from director of School Education, Wonthungo Tsopoe stated that 37 presentations were made by students from the seven North Eastern States on the theme “Developmental Prospects of North East” at the conclave. Shoniu Shiu, class 11 student of Baptist High Kohima secured the first position in the presentation. Lemchila Sangtam, a class 11 student from Government Higher Secondary School, Tuensang and Kikasangla, a class 12 student from Holy Cross Higher Secondary School Dimapur, secured the second prizes. Metsongmalem M Chang, a class 11 student of GHSS Tuensang and Yaikomba Thingujam, a class 10 student of Holy Cross Higher Secondary School Dimapur, bagged the third prizes, while Anushka Bhattacharjee, class 11 student of Pranab Vidayapit Higher Secondary School, Dimapur, received the consolation prize.

The NE students’ conclave was inaugurated by Union Cabinet Minister, Dr. Harsh Vardhan on October 7. The Union Minister highlighted the vast natural resources and potentials available in NE India and listed various initiatives undertaken by the Government of India to bring prosperity and development in the NE region. He conveyed the warm greetings of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the young student participants of the NE States and also shared on the special directives given by the PM to all the union ministers to give importance to developmental projects in NE India.

Eminent scientists from premier institutions of the country who were jury for the presentations were impressed by the talents exhibited by the students from Nagaland and encouraged them to pursue scientific research as careers for the development of the region and the country. They also assured the students of all possible help to guide them in pursuing studies in various research oriented programs.

The Nagaland team comprised of 25 students and five teachers from Government Higher Secondary School Dimapur, Kohima, Mokokchung, Ungma, Phek, Mon, Tuensang, Holy Cross Higher Secondary School Dimapur, Pranab Vidyabith Higher Secondary School Dimapur, Baptist High Kohima, Mezhur Higher Secondary School Kohima and Queen Mary Higher Secondary School Mokokchung. They were coordinated by assistant director, Nellayappan. 

On the closing day of the program, the winners of the events were awarded by Dr. Renu Swarup, secretary, department of Bio Technology, Government of India.

Principal Secretary, School Education, Menukhol John, director School Education, Wonthungo Tsopoe, and chairperson NBSE, Asano Sekhose, congratulated all the winners and participants for bringing laurels to the State and appreciated the efforts and support of the guide teachers, school authorities and parents. Wonthungo Tsopoe added that the department of School Education has intensified its efforts to strengthen the Mathematics and Science Education from the grass root levels and hoped that the State would witness more of such achievements in the coming days.

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