Rural school debaters support “Made in India”

NURUL LASKAR

The Fifth Rural Inter School Debate Competition was held at Goroimari in Kamrup Rural District on Saturday amidst much enthusiasm and presence of over 1,000 students from greater Goroimari area. The event was organised by the ‘Stars of North East’ and hosted by Al Ameen Islamic Model School, Goroimari.

The topic of the debate this year was “Made in India products are better than foreign products.” The participants from ten schools who argued for and against the motion came after doing their homework well as a result of which the debate rose to great heights and young supporters cheered their respective school representatives with unprecedented enthusiasm. When put to vote at the end of the debate, the motion was through hands down.

Saleh Ahmed Choudhury, Secretary, Rotary Club of Guwahati, did a fine job as the Speaker of the Debate Competition and gave useful tips to youngsters so that they could hone their skills to become better debaters in future. Dr Shahnoor Rahman, Medical Officer, Boritopa MPHC (Nalbari); Salma Hussain, TAN Youth Icon 2016; and Rehana Choudhury, Managing Partner, Foresight India Communication were the judges for the competition.

The following were declared at the best three teams in the competition: 1st Mohimari Senior Madrassa (Ajmina Khatun, Mijanur Rahman), 2nd Al Ameen Islamic Model School (Monajirul Islam, Kamrun Nahar), and 3rd Brahmaputra Valley Academy (Tariful Islam, Ashik Ikbal Hussain. In individual category, Arifa Azad, Al Ameen Islamic Model School, was declared the best debater while the runner up position was taken by Ashfaq Choudhury, Hatem Choudhury Sishu Niketan.

The Lafiqul Islam Ahmed Trophy for the Best Debater was donated by Aman Wadud, alumnus of the host school; and the trophy for the 2nd best debater was given by RA SciTech Solutions. The team trophies were sponsored by Resonance Brand Communications. A lifetime contribution award was given to Rahmat Ullah, retired Principal, Sontoli HS School, which was sponsored by Rezina Begum, teacher, The Scholar School, Guwahati. Among dignitaries present on the occasion were Mohidul Islam, Education Secy, ABMSU; Rahena Sultana Ahmed, former Manager, SBI; Hashim Ali, Principal and Anwar Hussain, Vice Principal, Al Ameen School.

The first issue of the ‘Stars of North East’ newsletter was released on the occasion. Exclusive Advertising Pvt Ltd, Pran-RFL Group, Rahman Hospitals, Tangent Events & PR, and Unity Education Foundation extended support to the Star event.

Nurul Laskar

Nurul Laskar

Nurul Islam Laskar was born in Shillong on June 18, 1950. A University topper and gold medallist, he joined the State Bank of India as a Probationary Officer in 1972. In 1976, Laskar was awarded the Rotary International Group Study Exchange Scholarship to visit on home stay in the state of Oklahoma USA. He was conferred Honorary Citizenship of Oklahoma during this visit. Laskar served as the Chief Manager (Public Relations & Community Services Banking) at SBI Local Head Office (North Eastern Circle), Guwahati during 1994-2002. He was recipient of Loyola College Chennai’s Mother Teresa Award for outstanding Community Service in 2001. In 2002, he took voluntary retirement from SBI and served as Consulting Editor, The Sentinel (English Daily) from 2002 to 2004 and as Executive Editor, Eastern Chronicle (National English Daily) from 2009 to 2014. Around this time, Laskar set up CABSFORD PR, the first public relations agency of North East India. Laskar is the first PR practitioner of North East to get a post graduate degree in Public Relations. He teaches PR at BCMJ, Cotton University, Guwahati and conducts PR workshops at various universities and institutes as a visiting lecturer. Presently, Laskar is the Chief Adviser, Public Relations Society of India (PRSI) Guwahati Chapter and Founder Director of ‘Learning & Promoting Public Relations’ (LAP-PR), an organisation to promote the practice of PR among the youngsters of North East. Besides, he is also the Director (Corporate Communication) at University of Science & Technology Meghalaya (USTM) and Honorary Director at Tangent Public Relations Guwahati.