June 8, 2013
Chief Minister felicitates Madhyamik and HS toppers at Town Hall
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on appealed to Madhyamik and HS toppers to stay in the state after completing their education. She urged the “future doctors“ not to leave the state after attaining their degrees as there is a dearth of medical practitioners in the state.
Addressing a programme to felicitate the toppers of Madhyamik and Higher Secondary examinations at Town Hall, the Chief Minister said, “Don`t leave the state after you become doctors. I want to depute more doctors in hospitals but I have failed as there is an acute shortage of good doctors. If you render service in villages for one year, we will facilitate your higher studies, I promise you.“
For those who did not want to become doctors, the Chief Minister had the same plea: stay back and look after the needs of the state. “Eighty per cent candidates told me that they want to be doctors. The rest will study Chemistry Honours and will probably go on to pursue research. Many will go outside West Bengal pursue higher studies. Take care of yourself wherever you are and whatever you do. But don`t forget the state and come to us whenever you face any problem,“ the Chief Minister told the students at the programme, where 38 Madhyamik toppers and 37 Higher Secondary toppers were felicitated. They received a laptop and four books each from the Education Minister. The Chief Minister handed over flower bouquets to everyone and spoke to them about their future plans.
The Chief Minister also of advised the students to never give in to depression. “Life is never a cakewalk. You will have to face hard times. Learn to take everything sportingly,“ she said. Extending a helping hand to all toppers, Miss Banerjee said, “If there are any obstacles in your higher studies, please come to us. The officials of our school education department will write down your names and contact numbers and will help you.“
Later, eight students sought financial help from the government.