Samagra Shiksha, Sikkim starts Self Defence Training for Girl Students Identification, Assessment and Screening Camps for the CWSNs/Persons with Disabilities

Mangan Nov 19(IPR): The inaugural programme for conduct of self-defence training for girl students of elementary and secondary level students of all the government schools of Sikkim began here at Government Girls’ Secondary School Mangan, North Sikkim on November 18, 2019.
The programme was graced by the presence of District Collector North, Mr Tenzing T Kaleon as the chief guest followed by Deputy Director, Education Department North, Deputy Director, Sports and Youth Affairs Department, Gangtok and Principal, Mangan Senior Secondary School as the special guests. The training programme is funded by Samagra Shiksha and is implemented in collaboration with the Sports and Youth Affairs Department, Government of Sikkim, as per the guidelines of MHRD, Government of India.
The training is aimed to impart the basic techniques of self-defence for school going girls during their way to school, at school and in the society for their personal safety. The trained personnel from various sports disciplines are entrusted with the responsibilities of achieving those simple techniques of self-defence to all the girls of Government schools. A total of 114 such trainers have been assigned to conduct the training sessions in all the schools of Sikkim as per the prescribed syllabus.
The state level inaugural programme began with the welcome address by Deputy Director Education Department, North Mr Sebastian. The background and details regarding the training was briefed by Mr Laxuman Adhikari who is in-charge for the conduct of this training programme in Sikkim from Samagra Shiksha. Mr Jigmee Lepcha, Deputy Director, Sports presented a speech on simple techniques used for self-defence.
The Chief Guest, in his speech, laid stress on the empowerment of girls and importance of such training for them. He requested all the school-going girls of Elementary and Secondary levels to actively take part in such an important programme related to their personal safety. Speaking on the occasion Mr Kaleon stressed upon the importance of girls getting training in martial arts for self-defence. He appreciated the initiative taken by the Education Department and the cooperation and convergence by the Sports Department in this direction. During his speech Mr. Kaleon said that the young girls are often victims of violence, atrocities and abuse nowadays and it can be checked to a great extent by giving them training for self-defence.
The programme was attended by State level coaches, trainers, staff-members, students of Mangan Girls’ SS, parents and guardians. The programme concluded with the Vote of thanks by Ms Anjana Thapa.

In a further communication issued by the State Project Office of Samagra Shiksha, the State Project Director Mr Bhim Thatal has mentioned that the self-defence training for the girl students from Class 6 and above was started in Sikkim under the MHRD, Government of India sponsored scheme since 2018. This is the second continuous year such trainings are being provided to the girl students of Sikkim. He further has mentioned that all such programmes of the Education Department under the Samagra Shiksha will be carried out in close convergence with other concerned Departments. This programme is being done in convergence with the Sports and Youth Affairs Department

The SPD MR Bhim Thatal has also mentioned that another programme called Identification, Assessment and Screening Camps for the CWSNs/Persons with Disabilities is being carried out in all the four districts of Sikkim by Samagra Shiksha and Kalpataru Pratisthan, an NGO, in convergence with the Social Justice, Empowerment and Welfare Department and Health and Family Welfare Department. 26 such camps are being held across the State starting from November 11, 2019 till November 26, 2019 in Mangan, STNM, Rangpo, Ravangla, Namchi and Geysing hospitals. This programme aims at identifying disabilities among the school-going children from Classes KG to 12, those who are availing Home Based Education (because of their inability to attend the school) and out of school children. In the assessment camps, such children/persons will be screened and assessed for their percentage of disabilities and ID Cards will be issued by the competent authorities. Based on such identification, the children will be provided with appropriate management in order to continue their schooling so that no child is left out or deprived of education which is their Fundamental Right. This is a scheme under the Samagra Shiksha which provides inclusive education with provisions for inclusion of such Children with Special Needs (CWSNs) in education and for those who are severe to the extent of not being able to attend school, Home Based Education is being provided by the Special Educators. The SPD has also requested the parents and guardians to come up and bring their children to such camps for assessment and screening so that no one is left out.

HCM attended Lhabab Duechen Celebration in Namchi

Namchi, 19 November (IPR) :The Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) alongwith his spouse Smt Krishna Maya Rai attended the concluding day of three day long puja on Lhabab Duechen Celebration at Dechen Choling Gumpa in Namchi today.

The event organised by Duchi Committee of the monastery had the presence of Tulku Dawa Sangpo Rinpoche. HCM  alongwith his spouse offered prayers at the gumpa for the benefit of all sentient beings and for the prosperity of the state as well. On the auspicious occasion, the Tulku bestowed the devotees present with his immense blessings.

The Duchi Committee also felicitated with the Letter of Appreciation to Hon’ble Chief Minister and offered sincere thanks for his concern for the development and upliftment of the monastery.

Thereafter, the Chief Minister visited Urgen Tsheling Gumpa at Pabong in Temi Namphing Constituency. On the way to Urgen Tsheling Gumpa, HCM also visited Durga Temple located at Pabong in Namphing Village under Temi Namphing area. He interacted with the people and assured all possible support for the development of both Durga Devi Mandir and Urgen Tsheling Gumpa.

During his daylong visit, HCM’s entourage was accompanied by SP South Shri Prawin Gurung, Additional District Collector Shri Satyen K Pradhan and other concerned officials.

Hon’ble Minister Shri Lok Nath Sharma interacted with the people at Martam Ghaiyabari ward

Hee Martam, November 19(IPR): Hon’ble Minister-cum-Area MLA of Gyalshing Bermiok constituency Shri Lok Nath Sharma interacted with the people at Martam Ghaiyabari ward, this afternoon. The Minister lent a patient hearing to the grievances and assured early redressal of the issues discussed.

Earlier, he attended Shreemada Bhagawata Saptaaha Gyan Mahayagya being organised at the Premises of Block Administrative Centre, Hee-Martam and greeted the religious preacher and scholars.

The Balachaturdashi Mela Cup Open Football Tournament 2019 kicked off at community ground, Legship

Legship, November 19(IPR):The Balachaturdashi Mela Cup Open Football Tournament 2019 kicked off at community ground, Legship, today.

The inaugural match was played between Mini Boys Legship and YBFA Gyalshing.

Hon’ble Minister for Education and Sports & Youth Affairs Departments, Government of Sikkim Shri Kunga Nima Lepcha officially inaugurated the tournament.

Minister Lepcha, referring to the demands placed by the Hon’ble Minister-cum-Area MLA Gyalshing Bermiok constituency, assured to address demands of establishment of adventure sports of Rock Climbing. He stressed upon need to maintain fitness in life and said adventurous sports and culture can be considered as prime requirements in sports scenario.
He also encouraged players to play with real sportsman spirit and friendliness.

Minister Shri Lok Nath Sharma acknowledged the efforts made by local people for the establishment of Community Play Ground at the most difficult geographical terrain. He also proposed a demand for the establishment of Sports Hostel and Rock Climbing Centre to utilize a blessed geographical terrain at adjacent part of the play ground for adventurous sports development.
Further he extended his best wishes to the players participating in the tournament. The programme was also attended by Additional Director Collector, SDM and officials from District Administrative Centre Gyalshing

The Three day long Regional Vedic Sammelan concluded

Legship, November 19(IPR) :Three days long Regional Vedic Sammelan concluded with the Valedictory Ceremony at Kirateswar Shiv Dham, Legship, today.

Hon’ble Minister for Education, Law, Parliamentary Affairs, Land Revenue and Disaster Management and Sports & Youth Affairs Shri Kunga Nima Lepcha graced the occasion as the Chief Guest in special presence of the Minister-cum Area MLA of Gyalshing Bermiok constituency Shri Lok Nath Sharma who is also the Chief Patron of the organizing committee and President of Kirateswar Mandir Committee.

The Vedic Sammelan was organised by the Maharshi Sandipani Rashtiya Vedavidya Pratishthan Ujjain, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India in collaboration with the Shree Kirateswar Shiva Dham Committee, Legship, West Sikkim.

Addressing the Valedictory Ceremony Minister Shri Kunga Nima Lepcha expressed happiness on being part of the programme and elaborated invaluable wisdom and doctrine of human life. He also expressed concern over proliferation of devastating energy globally in the name of modern science and appealed everyone to support vision for sustainable peace through Vedic education. He also touched upon knowledge of Buddhism philosophy.

Area MLA Shri Lok Nath Sharma proposed welcome address and spoke on the objective and purpose of the programme. He also underlined wisdom of Vedic culture and motivated gathering to imbibe religious teachings in practice. Minister came out with enlightening knowledge and encouraged everyone to live for the unconditional service and welfare of others. He also acknowledged contributions extended by every individuals and thanked for accomplishing assigned responsibilities significantly to make the programme, a grand success.

During the programme, the organising committee presented souvenir to all the dignitaries and participants from outside the state.

The programme was also attended by Former Minister Shri Tulshi Pradhan, SDM, District Administrative Centre (West) Shri Tushar Nikhare, officials and devotees.

Hon’ble Minister Shri.Kunga Nima Lepcha announced Scholarship worth 47 lacs for 50 IAS Aspirants

Hon’ble Education Minister Shri Kunga Nima Lepcha has announced scholarship worth 47 lacs which has created an opportunity for 50 deserving and talented IAS aspirants of Sikkim to undergo free cost coaching from ALS IAS.
National Sales Head ALS Shri Prateek Bhattacharya also announced Scholarship worth 23 lacs for 25 aspirants under ALS CSR Initiative for Youth of Sikkim.
Together this announcement has created an opportunity for 75 IAS aspirants of Sikkim to avail of scholarship sponsored by Government of Sikkim and ALS.
The Scholarship Exam will be conducted on 1st December, 2019 in all District Headquarters of Sikkim under the supervision of District Collector of each district.
Application forms will be made available from 19th November, 2019 in all District Collector office with last date of form submission being 28th November. Results of the Exam will be generated on 5th December and batches will commence from 10th December at Nar Bahadur Bhandari Degree College. However, there is a minimum age criterion where the candidate should be born before 1st August 2000 to apply for this Scholarship.
Selected candidates shall undergo training via cutting edge VSAT Technology where LIVE Transmission of classes being conducted in ALS Delhi campus would be given and students will learn from the best IAS mentors of the country.
Dedicated academic mentors from Delhi will also be sent by ALS to Gangtok to monitor, motivate and guide the students during their training along with monthly visits which will be made by IAS/IPS officers serving in Sikkim to inspire the candidates.
ALS hopes that this path breaking initiative taken by Hon’ble Chief Minister of Sikkim will be able to transform the youth of Sikkim and produce results in Civil Services in the coming years.

DC, North Inaugurates “Child Friendly Room” in Ringhim Nampatam GPU, Mangan

Mangan, November 18(IPR) :The District Collector, North, Shri.Tenzing T. Kaleon inaugurated the Child Friendly room in one of the Child Friendly GPUs i.e. Ringhim Nampatam, GPU of Mangan Block today.

The room was decorated and designed by the members of the Block level Child Protection Committee of Mangan Block with the Village Level Child Protection Committee of the GPU.

The District Collector appreciated the effort of the Committee and hoped that the Committee would serve as the first point of contact and a gateway for children in need of care and protection/children in distress to reach the relevant authorities for any assistance they required. He asked the Committee to make the community also aware of the existence of such child friendly provisions in the GPUs through Gram Sabhas.

The inaugural program was coordinated by the Chairperson, BLCPC, Mangan, Shri Mark Tshering Lepcha, DCPO NORTH, Smt Wendy lepcha, CWC Chairperson and member, VLCPC and BLCPC members and staff of DCPU, North.

HCM attended the Regional Vedic Sammelan at Legship

Legship, November 18 (IPR) :The Hon’ble Chief Minister of Sikkim Shri.P. S. Tamang(Golay)attended the Regional Vedic Sammelan as a Chief Guest along with HCM Madam Smt.Krishna Rai at Kirateswar Shiva Dham, Legship, today.

The Vedic Sammelan was organised by the Maharshi Sandipani Rashtiya Vedavidya Pratishthan Ujjain, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India in collaboration with the Shree Kirateswar Shiva Dham Committee, Legship, West Sikkim.

The Chief Minister Shri P.S. Tamang(Golay), in his address, recalled the most decisive role played by the people of Sikkim to register victory of SKM party in Assembly Election 2019 and articulated on the strength of people’s power in democracy. The state govt. believed in secular freedom and fully committed to honour all religions and communities with equal priority.

He outlined achievements made by the ruling government and informed that the stagnant project of Thankur Bari Mandir is in the verge of completion and will be inaugurated on 30th January 2020. The state government has allocated fund to take up Vrindavan project at Dodak, West Sikkim. The Chief Minister also drew lights on the scope of the Sanskrit Language and informed that the state government has planned to establish Gurukool School in all four districts of Sikkim. The monthly salary of Sanskrit teachers in the State will be enhanced from next budget session 2020.

The Chief Minister Shri Tamang(Golay) articulated to motivate people towards a common goal of all round development and prosperity of the state. He also informed that the state government will launch a programme of Sikkim Garib Awas Yojana and asked the concerned officials to identify most deserving beneficiaries from respective areas.

The Government is also committed for various developmental works in the West District and directed concerned District Collector to identify land for construction of Helipad in Gyalshing. The Government has allocated fund of Rupees three crores for the up gradation of Kyongsa play ground, Chief Minister informed. Referring to the demand submitted by the organizing committee, the Chief Minister assured to establish statue of Lord Shiva in identified location.

Shri.Tamang marked the Vedic Sammelan, a historic occasion and applauded a nature of unique initiative of promoting Hinduism philosophy by the Chief Patron of different religious inclination.

Minster-cum- Area MLA of Gyalshing Bermiok constituency Shri.Lok Nath Sharma who is also the Chief Patron of the organizing committee and the President of Mandir Committee, proposed welcome address and extended heartiest gratitude to the Chief Minister for gracing the occasion as the Chief Guest. He marked the event of comprehensively chanting four Vedas from the Sanskrit experts at one stage made the programme, historic and impactful for the devotees.

He also touched upon the need of self-realization of secular freedom in the society and urged to believe on vision and capacity of addressing the issues and work delivery.

He also underlined historical and religious significance of Kirateswar Mandir and proposed for upgradation of Mandir with the establishment of a Statue of Lord Shiva and a monastery in the premises.

Minister also informed that Bhavishya Puran will begin from 20th November and much awaited celebration of Bala Chatturdashi Mela is scheduled to be held on 24th November along with other components of Open Football Tournament and Cultural programme will be continued till 2nd December 2019 at Legship.

Dr. A. Venkataswar Rao, Representatives of Government of India from Maharshi Sandipani Vedvidya Prathisthan, Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh mentioned that the programme is being organised for the preservation, conservation and development of Vedic culture. He also elaborated various programmes and activities being organised by the Prathisthan in the country. He also assured to support initiation of a Gurukool Pathshala at Kirateswar Shiva Dham, Legship.

Dr. Ravindra Bhattacharya from Kolkata University also addressed the gathering in Sanskrit language.

The programme was filled in spiritual tone of chanting the most sacred scriptures all four Vedas; Rig Veda, Yajur Veda, Sama Veda and Atharva Veda, and its interpretations by the experts from Varanasi and Assam.

Earlier the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Sikkim Shri P.S Tamang and madam Krishna Rai took part in puja ceremony and offered prayers for peace and prosperity of the state and well being of the citizens.

During the programme the Chief Minister along with the dignitaries were presented souvenir by the organizing committee.

The programme was also attended by the Hon’ble Deputy Speaker Shri Sangey Lepcha, Hon’ble MLA Rhenock Constituency Shri Bishnu Khatiwara, Hon’ble Political Secretary to HCM Shri Jacob Khaling, Press Advisor Shri CP Sharma, Chairman State Bank of Sikkim Shri DB Gurung, Dr. Prafulla Kumar Mishra, Chancellor, Dr Rajendra Prashad Central Agriculture University, Pusa, Bihar, Secretary to HCM Shri S. D Dhakal, Special DGP A. Sudhakar Rao, District Collector West Shri Karma R Bonpo, officials and large number of devotees.

HCM arrived at Legship Kirateswar Shiva Dham to attend Regional Vaidik Sammelan

Legship, November 18(IPR : Hon’ble Chief Minister of Sikkim Shri.P. S. Tamang(Golay) arrived at Legship Kirateswar Shiva Dham to attend Regional Vaidik Sammelan along with madam Smt. Krishna Maya Rai and other dignitaries.

He was accorded warm welcome by the Hon’ble Minister-cum-Area MLA of Gyalshing Bermiok constituency Shri.Lok Nath Sharma and large number of people and the devotees.

The Importance of Sanskrit in Human Civilisation and present Scenario

17th November 2019(IPR):Hon’ble Chief Minister of the State Shri .Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) graced the function of “The Importance of Sanskrit in Human Civilisation and present Scenario “at Manan Kendra along with Hon’ble Minister Shri.M. K Sharma, Minister Health & Family Welfare Department, Social Justice Empowerment & Welfare Department, Shri.Y. T Lepcha, MLA Gangtok, Shri.Vishnu Kumar Khatiwara,MLA Rhenock, Mukul Kanitkarji, Organisation Secretary of Shri Shri Duttatraya Seva Sangh, Swami Narayan Chaintanya, Professor Hari Prasad, Shastri Yoganandaji, Dr. Gyanendra Sabkota, Dr. Deepak Koirala, dignitaries, officials and the members of the Sangh.

The Chief Minister while addressing said that Sanskrit is vital to Indian Culture because of its extensive use in religious literature, primarily in Hinduism and because most modern Indian languages have been directly derived from, or strongly influenced by, Sanskrit. He stated that post Vedic religious text as well as text on medicine, astronomy, philosophy, art and architecture and important literary work are written in Sanskrit inspite of the development of religions language. Adding to his address he said that the importance of the study of the Sanskrit goes far beyond the aesthetic value of its literature and the Sanskrit is the key to the most of the branches of the study of Indian Civilization and the contribution of this civilization to the development of human thought and culture is considerable. He further added that the Sanskrit has the most detailed morphological system and its ideally suited for the computers programmes.
Lastly the Chief Minister said that Sanskrit served as a link language not only within India but even outside in the South East Asian countries and its influence on foreign languages and even on modern Indian languages has been vast and immense.

Swami Narayan Chaitanya said that Gurukul in India has always a rich tradition of learning since ancient times and it is still practiced today. It is where the students are taught how to live a cultured and discipline life. He stated that the main focus of the Gurukul is imparting learning to the students in natural surroundings where they lived with each other with brotherhood, humanity, love and discipline with essential teachings in subjects like language, science, mathematics through group discussion and self learning. Not only this the focus is given on arts, sports, crafts, singing that develops their intelligence and critical thinking which helps in their personality development and to increase confidence, sense of discipline, intellect and mindfulness such is necessary even today to face the world that lay ahead.
He further quoted various hyms of religious text and urged all present there to become a better human being with richness by thought and not by wealth.

Earlier the Governor message was delivered by Deputy Secretary,
PRO to Governor Shri Khemraj B.

Shastri Yoganandji, Deepak Koirala, Gyanendra Sabkota and Hariprasad Adhikari and Shri Mukul K. shared their views on the importance of Sanskrit and Gurukul.

Earlier Shri.Tika Ram Dhal and Shri.Bhawani Shankar Neupani were facilitated for their contribution in Sanskrit Language .
The teachers association also presented a citation to Hon’ble Chief Minister for appointing 170 Sanskrit teachers.
Later all the guest Swamiji were presented with memento by the Chief Minister.