State Education Minster Addresses BOSSE’s First Foundation Day

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New Delhi, October 25, 2021: Today, the first foundation day of the Board of Open Schooling and Skill Education (BOSSE) Sikkim was addressed by Minister of State for Education Subhas Sarkar. The open school board organized a nationwide conference on the theme “NEP 2020! Towards India-Centric Holistic Inclusive Quality School Education” during the inaugural foundation day ceremony.

The first foundation day meet featured Dr. Subhas Sarkar as the Chief Guest and KungaNima Lepcha, Sikkim’s Education Minister, as the guest of honor. Dr. Sarkar congratulated the Sikkim Board of Open Schooling and Skill Education on completing one year and said he was pleased to know that on their foundation day, the board held a national conference on a topic of major national importance.

“The initiative of the Sikkim government is commendable,” Dr. Sarkar continued, “since BOSSE focuses more on giving quality, inexpensive, and flexible education so that our students may fulfill the aspirational demands of the twenty-first century.

“In the coming years, I hope the team can reach out to more students across the country who have missed out on school education for various reasons and assist them in completing their secondary and senior secondary education as well as providing them with career opportunities through job-oriented vocational and skill education courses,” he added.

BOSSE was established in September 2020 to provide universal school education, as well as skill and vocational education, to reinforce the social fabric of democracy by providing high-quality education.

Addressing the conference, Sikkim Education Minister KungaNima Lepcha said, “I am immensely thrilled to be part of the conference to celebrate the achievement of BOSSE. The board has succeeded in uplifting and improving school education and developing pathways to further studies through diverse forms of learning through its flexible education system, which combines academic and vocational courses.”

He further said, “I wish the BOSSE team continued success in fostering equality and justice in society, as well as providing possibilities for dropout students to complete their education and become job-ready.” “I applaud the devotion and hard work that each member of BOSSE has put in to make it a success,” the Sikkim Education Minister remarked.

According to an official release, the open school has served more than 2,000 students in Secondary, Senior Secondary, and Skill and Vocational education from Sikkim, Bihar, and West Bengal since its establishment. BOSSE aspires to serve an increasing number of students who have dropped out of school around the country, encouraging them to enroll in BOSSE to complete their schooling and return to mainstream education. Alumni of BOSSE can pursue higher education at any of the recognized national and foreign institutions, according to the statement.

Hemant Goyal, Chairman of BOSSE, said, the board was established by an act passed by the Sikkim Legislative Assembly last year. This is the first board established under the reforms recommended in NEP. We currently offer skill training in 11 trades, with plans to expand to eight more shortly.”

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