Guwahati, January 08, 2020: West Point Senior Secondary School and North Sikkim Academy have won the first places in Zonal Level Band Competition held today in Guwahati. The girls of West Point Senior Secondary School have won this in the girls’ category while the boys of North Sikkim Academy have made it in the boys’ category. These two teams were selected for the Zonal Level during the State Level Competition held on November 15, 2019 held in Gangtok. Both the teams have been awarded cash prizes of ₹10,000/- each at the Zonal Level.
The West Point Senior Secondary School and North Sikkim Academy will now participate at the National Level Band Competition on January 22, 2020 at National Bal Bhawan, New Delhi.
The Hon’ble Minister for Education Department Shri Kunga Nima Lepcha has congratulated the winning teams and has also mentioned his best wishes for their success at the National Level. The Additional Chief Secretary Shri GP Upadhyaya, IAS also has congratulated the winning teams. He has further mentioned that since the competitions started at the National Level, Sikkim so far has stood second and first in the earlier two consecutive years in boys’ category only. He has wished both the categories success at the National event this year.
In a press statement, the State Project Director of Samagra Shiksha, Education Department Shri Bhim Thatal has mentioned that the Band Competition is an annual feature under the Samagra Shiksha and this is the third consecutive year that such competitions are being held. He further added that during the first year of introduction of Band Competition in 2017, Sikkim won the second position in boys’ category at the National Level and first in the same category in 2018. This is the third consecutive year of such competitions and this time Sikkim is representing in both the boys’ and girls’ category. The competitions (boys’ and girls’) are open to both the government and private schools as per the instructions of the MHRD, Government of India. This is the first time that a private school is also representing Sikkim in this mega event.