Meghalaya rewards meritorious students with laptops

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Shillong, Jul 8 (UNI) The Meghalaya government today rewarded laptops to 96 students, including a physically-challenged student, for their outstanding educational performance this year.

Gregory Pyngrope is the face of determination and perseverance, who cleared his Secondary School Leaving Certificate Senior Secondary Leaving Certificate (SSLC), Higher Secondary School Leaving Certificate (HSSLC), ICSE and CBSE examinations.

Pyngrope, who has been rendered immobile with polio since he was 5 years old, passed the SSLC this year in the first division with distinction in five subjects appearing in private.

''It is not an easy task to achieve success. To be a topper in itself is not an end but it is the first step to the beginning of a career,'' Chief Minister Dr Donkupar Roy told the students at the Meghalaya IT awards ceremony.

The award was instituted at the instance of the State information and technology department and this is the second year the Meghalaya IT Awards Ceremony.

Dr Roy urged the students to work with determination to reach their set goals and hoped that more students pursue careers in information technology.

Lamenting that Meghalaya students could not make it to the IIM Shillong, the Chief Minister said, ''Out of 65 seats the students of Meghalaya could not gain a single seat. Therefore, it is time that students of the state should strife hard and be able to make a career in management.'' Higher and Technical Education minister, Manas Chaudhuri lauded the initiative of the IT department in awarding the toppers. ''This will definitely inspire the students,'' he was hopeful.

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