Modi administers oath to 1.5 cr students on Teachers' Day

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Ahmedabad, Sep 5 (UNI) Chief Minister Narendra Modi administered an oath to 1.5 crore school and college students to work for ''Golden Gujarat'' on the occasion of Teachers' Day today.

Mr Modi administered the pledge to the students from across the state by way of video-conference facility. A copy of the pledge was sent to all schools in advance so that its photocopies could be distributed among students.

He said the government was aiming to raise the human development index in the state as the industrial investments, its growth as well as infrastructure facilities had become an auto pilot in Gujarat.

''This is chiefly aimed at bringing about high and healthy standard of living of people. We have already done a tremendous job for industrial development in the past few years, the Chief Minister said in his address.

He also informed the students about the achievements made by the state and future planning for all round development of the state by 2010.

Discribing the work done during Healthy Child year, he said at least 35,000 schools in rural areas were well equipped with sanitation complex.

Children were given fortified chocolates and adolescent girls were given iron tablets in the schools. He said more than 12 lakh pregnant mothers were given free medical treatment during their pregnancy period.

The Chief Minister said the government would take up the issue of introduction of Naval NCC course in the schools located on coastal area of the State with the Union Government.

Mr Modi also felicitated the best teachers across the state in a dazzling function held at Town Hall in Gandhinagar, wherein the students from various districts questioned the Chief Minister about several issues such as benefits of knowledge corporation and governement's plans to improve health and education system in the state.

Besides Mr Modi, health minister Jaynarayan Vyas, revenue minister Anandiben Patel and finance minister Vajubhai Vala were also present in the function.

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