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Burning issues come under scanner 
Smriti Kak

Blue Bells school beat 28 other schools to win the 1st Dr Amidas Goradia Inter-School Debate. Dr Goradia scored the highest marks in the first five-year degree course in Allopathic system of medicine in 1858, making him the first doctor to qualify in India.

Organised by the Indian School, the debate saw students put forth their views on issues like ‘Gender equality is a myth even today’, ‘MTV, ‘Mixed values and materialism-the new mixed generation’ and ‘Indian nationalism is not an illusion’.

Sarthak Prakash and Aparna Mudiam of Blue Bells were the best team and were followed by Utsav Das and Anirudh Sharma of Air Force Bal Bharti, Subroto Park.

The best speaker trophy went to Bini Philips of Mater Dei, Aman Kumar if Springdales, Dhaula Kuan and Aakriti Pahwa of the Indian School were first and second runner up.

The best interjector trophy was bagged by Payal Bathija of Blue Bells. Certificates were given Shahana Sheikh of Sardar Patel and Shruti Goyal of Jesus and Mary.

Comonomics Carnival

Students participating in the ‘Comonomics Carnival’ organised by theCommerce Association of Manav Sthali
Students participating in the ‘Comonomics Carnival’ organised by the Commerce Association of Manav Sthali. 

The Commerce Association of Manav Sthali school organised the ‘IXth Manav Sthali Annual Inter-School Comonomics Carnival’. The two- day event saw participation by 38 leading schools.

The carnival was inaugurated by the country head, Samsung Telecom, Mr Anuj Kapoor. He dwelled on the issues of concern under the WTO and applauded the students for their in depth knowledge of issues related to the WTO and the ability to discuss them.

The carnival provided a common platform to the students to interact on current developments in the field of Commerce and Economic. HAM or ‘Half-a-Minute’, was where students tried to out wit each other. Other events included panel discussion on WTO, seller to customer (S2C), based on creativity and salesmanship and ad-mart, the ability to churn out winning advertisement.

Ms Vijaya Ghose, editor, Limca Book of Records, was the chief guest on the second day. Tushar Arora of the host school stood first in the panel discussion, followed by Pavini Singh of Sanskriti School and Shatnam Ray of Gyan Bharti.

In HAM, the first prize went to Manvi Jain of the host school, while Kthyati Gupta of St. Thomas and Aditya Pujari of Sardar Patel Vidyalaya won the second and third prizes respectively.

In S2C, the first prize went to Sonam Jain and Yoshit Bhamba of St. Thomas, Pulkit Khanna and Kriti Awasthi of Sardar Patel Vidyalaya and Nakul Kapoor and Sujoy Jain of the host school were the other winners. In Ad Mart, Mehak Thareja of the host school shared the first place with Vidit Narang of DPS, Dwarka, while Kunwar Ankush of Gyan Mandir and Meenakshi Bansal of Mont Fort bagged the second and third place respectively.

e-learning for schools

Mysmartschool.com online interactive virtual school has collaborated with the Indian School to provide Computer Aided Learning (CAL) and e-learning for all classes and disciplines. This collaboration provides comprehensive e-learning to students at the school level in India.

Mysmartschool.com is a beneficial tool that helps the school students, teachers and parents as it provides a unique virtual lab feature, which comes with chapters on Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics, where concepts can be visually explained.

Speaking on the occasion, Mrs. Anjali Roy Choudhary, managing director, Super Infosoft said, “Mysmartschool.com is a beneficial tool with unique features like provision such as online examination system that helps teachers to carry out regular evaluation of students. The generation of question papers and its results are done within a few seconds. Question bank can be prepared not only in English but also in Hindi. Online contests, cultural results and performance tracking and global languages also form a part of the website”.

The portal provides Computer Aided Learning (CAL) and e-learning for all classes and disciplines. Under this synergy, computer labs of schools have been divided into three levels, namely pre-primary, primary and senior labs.

Sangathan at Amity

Students of Amity presenting a guard of honour to Dr Ashok Chauhan, founder-president of the institute
Students of Amity presenting a guard of honour to Dr Ashok Chauhan, founder-president of the institute. 

Children of Vanasthali School, Madhu Vihar, performing a cultural programme as part of the Divali celebration
Children of Vanasthali School, Madhu Vihar, performing a cultural programme as part of the Divali celebration. 

Participants at a workshop organised by Bal Bhavan, Laxmi Nagar
Participants at a workshop organised by Bal Bhavan, Laxmi Nagar.

The valedictory session of ‘Sangathan 2003’, the founder’s day celebration, was held in Amity Campus, Noida, with over 1,800 students participating in various events, including basketball, squash, karate, judo, cricket and other sports to take home the trophy.

Students from the primary, secondary and higher sections came together with folk dances and other events. The exuberance of the students was matched by that of the school management that joined in the celebration.

Divali creativity

Bal Bhavan School, Laxmi Nagar, organised a workshop for children wherein they were taught the art of making diyas and candles. Students of classes V to VIII participated in the event.

Apart from lamps and candles, the students were also taught to make greeting cards. Students enjoyed making candles from the moulds and also kept their promise of saying no to crackers.

In Vanasthali School, Madhu Vihar, students decorated the building with hand made festoons. 

The chairman of the school performed a ‘Laxmi Poojan’ and cultural events highlighting the life of Lord Ram were also staged. Students also participated in Rangoli competition, deepak decoration and card making contests.




The gift of compassion and love needs 
to be enjoyed

There is festivity in the air and as we celebrate, we thank God for having blessed us with a wondrous family, where we are linked to each other not only by blood, but also more importantly through bonds of humanity. We cherish the warmth of receiving and extending love. Yet, we know that there is a deep divide between the rich and poor, the deprived and the privileged. Can we not extend our warmth and love to them also? Giving alms, that one rupee thrown into the begging bowl is not an act of compassion; what is required is to feel the suffering of others and reach out to them in every way possible.

Compassion is the act of opening your heart. It means to approach the world with your emotional barriers lowered and your ability to connect with others intact. We need to break the barriers that create a distance between us and others. The first thing to do is dissolve the barrier created by the words ‘them’ and ‘us’ and embrace everyone within the word ‘us’. By doing so, their problems will become our problems and their concern, our concern. Our love, care and concern can be expressed in many ways and a whole lot of things can be set right by bringing the rainbow in other’s life with our love and compassion.

Contentment is within the reach of a person who is compassionate and can overcome his greed, which entangles one in a vicious circle of desires of a bigger house, a bigger car, and a bigger destination… In chasing this mirage we cast aside humanity, relationships and our ego comes in the way of respecting God’s gifts. One does not need to give up wealth or renounce the world, all one needs to do is awaken one’s conscience and open one’s heart. We should not let power and position, name and reputation, wealth and possessions make us look down on others–a little help, a smile and a bit of empathy will reassure troubled people and reinstate in them the faith that good hearted people still exist in this world.

Love and compassion are signs of an evolved life. These emotions are God’s unique gifts to man and not using them amounts to a callous rejection of God’s precious gifts and “obstructing the flow of his grace”. One good deed gives way to another and links humanity through its ever-widening circle.

One day, Fleming, a poor Scottish farmer, heard a cry for help. He dropped his tools and ran to the bog. There a terrified boy was struggling to free himself from the mire he was caught in. Fleming saved him from a terrible death. The next day, an elegantly dressed nobleman came to repay him for saving his son’s life. When the farmer refused to accept the payment, he offered to educate his son. He said, “If the lad’s anything like his father, he will no doubt grow to be a man we both will be proud of”. The son grew up to become Sir Alexander Fleming, the discoverer of Penicillin. Years later, the nobleman’s son, who had been saved from the bog, fell ill again with Pneumonia. What saved his life this time? Penicillin…

Love and compassion make us perform acts which bring happiness for us and for others. “Compassion is not a passion; rather a noble disposition of the soul, made ready to receive love, mercy and other charitable passions. “(Dante), We need these large dollops.”

Madhu Chandra, Principal Birla Vidya Niketan



Time for ‘Days of Russian Culture in India’
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 2
The close cultural ties between India and Russia continue to bring cheer when one watches the Russians break into an Indian ditty. On the occasion of the opening ceremony of ‘Days of Russian Culture in India’, which was inaugurated by Tourism Minister Jagmohan last night, strains of Raj Kapoor’s ‘Mera Joota Hai Japani’ echoed as a troupe from Moscow’s Musical Theatre of National Art sang from their hearts.

A spirited applause from the audience only went on to prove reciprocation of love and warmth from the Indian side. Apart from the song, the evening also encapsulated excerpts from all the performances, which will be included in the festival.

Ethereal ballerinas, gravity-defying acrobats, folk songs and dances by artistes in colourful ethnic attire, the show has it all and the audience would be tempted to ask for an encore.

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, visiting Russian Deputy Minister of Culture Anatoli Ismailovich Rakhiev, who read out Russian President Vladimir Putin’s message, said that the Indo-Russian relations had stood the test of time and proved that it was not based on transient political calculations.

Mr Rakhiev pointed out the immense popularity that the Indian artistes enjoyed in his country and specially singled out the melody queen Lata Mangeshkar, actors Amitabh Bachchan and Mithun Chakraborty and renowed sitar exponent Pandit Ravi Shankar.

The Russian President’s message contained the hope that the Russian participants and their Indian guests would be left with bright and unforgettable impressions.

He added that the history of friendly relations between the two countries is centuries-old, and it is culture which has brought the two nations closer and played a special role in the strengthening of Russian-Indian co-operation.


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