Shaheen Academy Guwahati celebrates Independence Day

NURUL LASKAR

The 72nd Independence Day of India was observed with due solemnity and merriment by the students and faculty of Shaheen Academy at Dispur Guwahati on Wednesday. A daylong programme of competitions and cultural performance followed the flag hoisting which was done in the morning.

A chess competition was held in which the top three winners were Sultana Begum Laskar, Reshmi Khatun, and Hasina Begum Choudhury. The two best performers in the extempore speech competition were Sultana Begum Laskar and Wahida Begum Mazumdar.

In the cultural function that followed, a one-act play in Hindi titled “Enekta me Ekta” was staged by the students that highlighted the secular and inclusive values of the country. While Masuma Khanam Barbhuiya and Afruja Khatun presented patriotic songs, a dance recital on “Vande Mataram” was jointly rendered by Rumana Begum Laskar and Afruja Khatun.

Rahena Sultana Ahmed, former Manager SBI and Kaniz Fatima Laskar, Mentor, Stars of North East, spoke on the occasion and recalled the sacrifices of our freedom fighters urging the young generation to pay homage to them by participating whole heartedly in the exercise of nation building. Sultanuddin Ahmed, Principal and Mehboobur Rahman, faculty, Shaheen Academy also addressed the students on the occasion.

Invited guests gave away the prizes to the winners of various competitions while fruits and sweets were distributed to all students. While making the concluding remarks, Nasima Parveen Aman, a youth influencer, announced that very soon a project will be launched under which the students of Shaheen Academy will be imparted training to master various skills to produce exquisite handicrafts not only to acquire a new knowledge but also to pave avenues for income generation for themselves in the coming days.

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.