New Delhi, November 22, 2019 (IPR): The Education Department, Government of Sikkim, today was conferred with two awards in New Delhi by the India Today Group. Sikkim received the Best Performing State in the Small States category in Education Sector and Most Improved Small State in Governance in the Small States category.
In an award giving ceremony held in New Delhi today of India Today Conclave 2019, the Education Minister Sri Kunga Nima Lepcha and Additional Chief Secretary Sri GP Upadhyaya received these awards from Sri Prakash Javadekar, Minister, Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises (formerly Human Resource Development Minister).
These awards are conferred on Sikkim on the bases of several surveys carried pout by the India Today Group in Sikkim in Education sector. Innovative and best practices of Sikkim in the Education Sector like dust-bin-free schools in which students carry their own garbage bag and collect all the garbage to take back from the school and dispose off at designated garbage area has made some schools dust-bin-free. Concepts of pocket-money-free schools has helped students avoid buying junk food and eat freshly cooked healthy meal at schools. Swachh Bharat for a healthy mind and clean environment, energized textbooks and textbooks for primary classes with embedded Sustainable Development Goals of the UNESCO-MGIEP, 20% investment of the State budget in Education Sector, community participation and collaboration with the PRIs, introduction of KG Classes in pre-primary education, adoption of the schools by the Chief Minister, Ministers and eminent persons for all round development, organic farming and school kitchen gardens for vegetables in midday meals have been some of the prominent factors contributing to receiving these awards.
Sikkim is followed by Mizoram and Goa in the Best Performing State in the Small States category in Education Sector while Goa and Arunachal Pradesh followed Sikkim in Most Improved Small State in Governance in the Small States category.
The Hon’ble Minister, Education later in the evening participated in a panel discussion on several policies of the State Governments leading to such progress in education, health, tourism and other sectors including governance.