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English is a widely used and globally accepted language. Be it government job or a job in corporate sector, knowledge of English language holds paramount importance. Understanding the importance of English, Shri Narendra Modi launched a novel initiative to help people learn the language; the initiative which is called SCOPE (Society for Creation of Opportunity through Proficiency in English). Through SCOPE, the state government aims at building English language proficiency among youth of Gujarat, thereby, enabling them to seek employment opportunities from a wider canvas.

Since its launch in 2007, SCOPE has trained around 3, 00, 000 learners of different age groups. Further, the initiative aims at training 5, 00, 000 youths in business English.  SCOPE is spread wide in the entire state with its learning centers aiding the youth in the remotest areas of the Gujarat, including the prisoners in jails. The program helps the learners to develop their skills in listening, speaking, reading and grammar.

Education and Skill development have always remained among the top priorities for Shri Modi. This can be visualized in the reduced number of school dropout rates through Kanya Kelavani and Shala Praveshotsav, and the rising numbers of Skill development initiatives in the state like eMPOWER, iCREATE, ITIs etc.

Also Read: Read & Write: Gujarat shows the way

Do read an experience of a person who says SCOPE has touched his life in a great way.

"During my two and a half years association with SCOPE(TMPL), I came into contact with many students and parents. One thing was common amongst all, even in physically challenged students. I would always feel the vibe they are saying “Do not stop me, there is too much SCOPE”. I feel immensely happy that through SCOPE, I became instrumental in fulfilling the desires of aspirants."

Arvind Raval

Center Co-ordinator,

Ayurved Gramudhyog Mandal

Surendranagar.

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PM to inaugurate India's longest bridge in Assam
May 25, 2017
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Road connectivity in the North-East will see a major transformation: PM to inaugurate India’s longest bridge
Dhola-Sadia Bridge to provide efficient road connectivity to remote and backward areas which have poor road infrastructure
Dhola-Sadia Bridge to give a major boost to overall economic development in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh

Road connectivity in the North-East will see a major transformation when Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi inaugurates the country’s longest river bridge –the Dhola- Sadiya Bridge in Assam tomorrow. This new, three lane, 9.15 kilometre bridge has been built over river Lohit, a tributary of the Brahmaputra, linking Dhola in Assam to Sadiya in Arunachal Pradesh. The bridge will fill a huge connectivity gap that has existed in the region. Till now, the only means to cross the Brahmaputra at this location has been by ferry only in day-time and even this is not possible during floods. The last bridge over the Brahmaputra was the Kalia Bhomora Bridge at Tejpur. This will however change from tomorrow with the Dhola-Sadiya bridge ensuring 24X7 connectivity between upper Assam and Eastern part of Arunachal Pradesh.

The bridge will also reduce the distance from Rupai on NH- 37 in Assam to Meka/Roing on NH-52 in Arunachal Pradesh by 165 KM. The travel time between the two places will come down from the current six hours to just one hour – a total five hour reduction. This will result in saving of petrol and diesel worth Rs 10 Lakh per day.

The Dhola-Sadiya bridge promises to usher in prosperity in the North-East. It will provide efficient road connectivity to remote and backward areas which have poor road infrastructure. This bridge will also give a major boost to overall economic development of the areas north of Brahmaputra in upper Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. It will also cater to the strategic requirements of the country in the border areas of Arunachal Pradesh, besides facilitating numerous hydro power projects coming up in the state , as it is the most sought after route for various power project developers.

The total length of the Dhola-Sadiya Bridge project, including the approach roads on each side, is 28.50 km. The length of the bridge itself is 9.15 Km. It has been constructed on BOT Annuity basis at a total cost of Rs 2,056 crore, as part of the Arunachal Package of Roads and Highways under the Ministry’s SPECIAL ACCELERATED ROAD DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME for NORTH EAST (SARDP-NE). The objective was to bring the people of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh closer to each other.