Monday, April 15, 2002, Chandigarh, India


N C R   S T O R I E S


Reach out to the global village, sitting at home
Smriti Kak

Divine Public School celebrated its first annual function last week. The Minister of State for Health, Dr. A K Walia, was the chief guest at the function.

The tots of Divine Public School  presenting a cultural show.
The tots of Divine Public School presenting a cultural show.

Addressing the audience Dr Walia said that the information technology has brought the world closer and thanks to Internet we can now access world information sitting at home. We must all learn computer skills, he added.

Elucidating the benefits of the computer, Dr Walia said that one does not require to accumulate books and files and neither does one require to hire extra people to take care of these books, because information stored on the computer is not only kept safe, but can be accessed any time anywhere.

He also said that more schools would be opened in east Delhi so that education and its benefits reach the maximum number of people. Dr Walia also inaugurated the Divine Computer Education Centre.

Apart from the declaration of annual results and the prize distribution, the students also presented a cultural show on the occasion.

DPSS schools

The Delhi Public School Society adopted three schools in the Nuh, Tarau and F P Jhirka regions of Mewat thereby creating a discernible change in the education scenario of the region. Along with the Haryana Government, the Society has brought about a sea change in the sphere of primary and secondary education.

Owing to the efforts made for the development of education particularly for women, the region is now being addressed as the ‘cradle of a new generation of Indian women’.

Since the time the DPSS took over in 1997-98, over 1,411 scholarships and free education to outstanding rural children has been provided and the combined enrollment stands at 2,839, which is twice the number since the drive began.

The workshops conducted by the teachers have also helped arrest the drop out rates and prompted the parents to send their children especially their girls to school.

The DPSS’s efforts have yielded results. Some schools that did not even have the basic infrastructure are now fully equipped with furnished classrooms, libraries, computerlabs, and other amenities.

Quality education at affordable rates has encouraged the parents to send their children to school. DPS Mewat has also undertaken various projects to ensure multidimensional progress. These include vocational centre for women, child project development projects and a girls hostel among others.

Apart from the support and contribution of members of the DPS Society the project has succeeded due to the efforts put by Ms. R. William, Director of DPSS-run modern schools.

Deeply moved by the plight of rural children, she has taken the bold initiative to bring in a spirit of co-education and a healthy intellectual interaction in an extremely conservative environment.

Annual day

The kids of Kamla International performing a dance drama show.
The kids of Kamla International performing a dance drama show.

Kamla International Public School, Sector 15, Gurgaon, celebrated its annual day function last week. Mr R. N Mangla was the chief guest at the function, which was attended by Prof N. C Goyal and Ms Sandhya Sangai of the NCERT, Mr Vazeer Chand Garg of HCS and the trustee of Kamla Public School, Mr Ramesh Chand Gupta.

The students also presented a cultural programme. The function began with an invocation to Goddess Saraswati. Then the tiny-tots fascinated the audience with their swinging and foot tapping dance numbers. A patriotic action song followed and next came a dance drama on Lord Krishna. The show concluded with the students performing the lively Bhangra. A prize distribution ceremony was also held.

Hidden talent

Ryan International, Ghaziabad, celebrated its annual day and Montessori graduation ceremony last week.

Tiny achievers: The students of Ryan International, Ghaziabad, at the Montessori graduation ceremony.
Tiny achievers: The students of Ryan International, Ghaziabad, at the Montessori graduation ceremony.

The function showcased the hidden talent of the students. Taking the audiences’ mind off the troubles and strifes confronting the world today, the students presented a dance programme.

They presented the dances of various countries including Japan, Russia and UAE.

The Montessori graduation saw the junior most students of the school being awarded degrees for completing their informal education. They will now move forward to formal education.

The guest included Mr Arun Kumar, DIG, Meerut, Mr Patric Beck, Director Education Service, Embassy of France and Mr Debashish Panda, District Magistrate, Ghaziabad.

The director of the school, Ms Grace Pinto, released the school magazine, Zenith 2002. Principal, Mrs. Jyoti Dhar read out the annual report.

Winner’s day

Lord Jesus Public School organised a Winner’s Day to honour the staff of Post and Telegraph and the Fire Brigade for their outstanding work. Former Air Vice-Marshal, Mr V R Mehta honoured the employees of P&T, Mr Daulat Ram, Mr Ranbir Singh, Mr Dhai Ram, Mr Subash Chander, Mr Hari Om, Mr Rameshwar Dayal, Mr Mahabir Singh and Mr Het Ram.

Former Vice-Chancellor, Mr V R Mehta honoured the firemen, Mr Karan Singh, Mr Laxmi Narain, Mr Ramesh Kumar, Mr Harish Kumar, Mr Lalit Kumar, Mr Mohinder Singh, Mr Sukhbir Singh and Mr Ramzan.

The school also honoured the students and the staff members for the excellence in their respective fields.

Archers honoured

Gurgaon Archery team comprising Shivani Sidhu, Poonam Sharma, Pragati and Manju Yadav were honoured by the Vice-Chancellor of Mahrishi Dayanand University, Mr Bhim Singh Siag for their excellent performance at the Archery championship held at Punjabi University, Punjab.

Painting contest

The students of classes I to VIII of Our Lady of Fatima Secondary School, Gurgaon won a computer for their school in an International painting competition organised by Max sweets in Delhi. The students also won individual prizes apart from collecting the grand prize for their school. (Input Abhay Jain)


‘Character building is life building’

“In oneness lies the whole world”. As our thinking is, so is our act. As our act is, so is our habit. As our habit is, so is our character and as our character is so is our destiny.

A poll was recently conducted among high school student on what is that they most desire. And the overwhelming response was character.

Character indeed is the most essential thing in life. In this harsh world, dishonest and rich men seem to prosper and honest men seem to be marginalised.

However, this is a chimera. Wealth and power wrenched through unfair means are a mirage, which make people go off the right track. Rich men have friends, who are in real sycophants. They are all fair weather friends.

Character is like a glass, even a single crack shows. It is essential to build it, cherish it and uphold it.

In turbulent times, the onus is on us to preserve our character, structured on good values.

Honesty, kindness, compassion and tolerance are the essentials of a good character. Life being a crucible of difficulties and these qualities are constantly put to test.

Character defines a person’s approach to life and society. People with strong character become good leaders.

How we build our character decided how we would play our role in the society and how the society will respond to us in turn.

It may take years to build a strong character, but having done that you are certain to create a niche for yourself.

Courtesy: Birla Vidya Niketan, Pushp Vihar

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