Rural schools to debate over ‘Made in India’ at Goroimari

NURUL ISLAM LASKAR

The Annual Rural Inter School Debate Competition that is held at Goroimari in Kamrup Rural District every year enters into its fifth year in 2018. The event keenly awaited by debate enthusiasts from Goroimari and adjacent areas will take place on Saturday January 27 this year.

The debate has always generated a lot of heat as the topics chosen over the years have been very current and issues of concern to the country. The past topics were – Rural life is better than urban life (2014), Population is a boon for India (2015), Social media is beneficial for students (2016), and Politicians are taking India backward (2017).

Keeping in view the present government’s focus on “Make in India” initiative, the topic for the current year’s debate has been selected as “Made in India products are better than foreign products.” Incidentally, The Make in India initiative was launched by Prime Minister in September 2014 as part of a wider set of nation-building initiatives. While preparing for this year’s debate, the participants would be able to have a better understanding of India’s present day economics while the audience at the programme will return home richer with better understanding of the Government’s scheme.

This year’s debate is being organised by the “Stars of North East” (SoNE) and hosted by Al Ameen Islamic Model School, Goroimari. The SoNE is a group of professionals, mostly youngsters, who are engaged in unearthing, mentoring, nurturing, and showcasing of talents across the North Eastern region.

The notable recent projects undertaken by SoNE include programmes for felicitation of young achievers, conducting career guidance and skills training among youngsters, helping the differently abled sections of the society, and organising motivational sessions for the students of remote and interior areas of the North East. One outstanding project undertaken by SoNE was the “Secret Santa Mission” in which members fanned out to the streets of Guwahati in the midnight of Christmas eve and covered with blankets destitute who were sleeping on the streets without a cover on them.

This year’s debate competition is also being supported by Exclusive Advertising Pvt Ltd, Rahman Hospitals, RA SciTech Solutions, Resonance Brand Communications, Tangent PR, and Unity Education Foundation.

On the sidelines of the Debate Competition, Rahmat Ullah, retired Principal of Sontoli Higher Secondary School, will be given the “Star Honour” for his lifetime contribution to the cause of education and youth empowerment in Kamrup Rural District.

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.