Monday, July 1, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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Teachers get lessons in reducing stress among students
Smriti Kak

Birla Vidya Niketan organised a three-day orientation programme for teachers from June 27 to June 29.

The exercise was conducted to understand and address the changing behavioural patterns as well as needs of the students and the increasing stress levels experienced by both the teachers and the students. The school had invited experts from the field of medicine and psychology to share their expertise with the staff members.

Dr Anju Virmani, pediatric endocrinologist from the AIIMS, laid stress on the need to attend to the physical and psychological well-being of the students through monitoring their growth whereby any deviation from the normal growth pattern would serve as an indicator of a problem that needs to be addressed.

While Dr Samir Parikh, eminent psychiatrist, dealt with the principles of learning and gave practical suggestions for stress management. Dr Pearl Drego, a psychotherapist and family counsellor, shared her concerns and communication strategy. She advocated a more human approach, which would determine not only the academic excellence of the student but also the future of the human beings.

Carnival for kids

S P Pre-nursery School at Saraswati Vihar organised a grand carnival for the kids. It was a perfect time for the little ones to shake a leg and let their hair down. Encouraged by the dazzling performance of the youngsters, the audience could not resist joining the star performers. So, breaking the barriers of age, the adults let the child in them loose.

There were competitions for kids of all ages from 0 to 12. Kids participated in competitions like healthy baby, photogenic baby, fancy dress and dance competition. Actor Sudesh Berry gave away the prizes.

Construction toys

Mention toys and there is a discernible difference in the countenance of children. Bogged down by the arithmetic sums and chemical equations, children need a break. Toys in whatever form are a welcome relief, but if these toys solve the twin purpose of play and education, their purpose is enhanced.

Thanks to the insight of the toy-makers. They have started manufacturing toys that help the children brush up their IQ and also satisfy their urge to play and unwind. Toys like blocks and other such games that put to test a child’s ability and imagination are good educative tools.

For the little boys and girls, who like to test their creative and building skills, there are a variety of toys available in the market. Technix, an entire range of construction toys, has just been introduced in the market. The toys enable the child to understand the aspects of framework and mechanism. A colourful instruction manual has also been designed to guide the child at every step.

The manufacturers of the toys claim that Technix allows the child to read the diagrams and convert them into exciting models. Aimed at children between five and seven years onwards, Technix is available in three variants - Solo for the five years and above, Primary and Expert for the seven years and above.

Lessons in CD ROMS

The IT boom has made its way into the classrooms also. Students are saved a whole lot of time and effort in looking for relevant information, thanks to the CD ROMS that contain information in capsules.

Navneet Group has launched a unique e-learning product, Navneet Top Scorer Digest Plus CD ROMS. There are more than 7,000 visuals in the form of graphics and animations along with a question bank of more than 25,000 questions. The makers claim that the products and services are a unique resource of high quality interactive educational content and are available on both the CD ROMS and the Internet.

Splash in rain

Children enjoying a shower
Children enjoying a shower in the Capital. — Tribune Photo Mukesh Aggarwal

The Met Department has announced that the monsoon is going to drench the city within the next 48 hours. Which means a lot of good news for those who enjoy dancing in the rain. Children are particularly happy during the rains, splashing in the puddles and dancing without an umbrella or a raincoat certainly gives a high.

With the monsoon expected to wet us and the schools reopening after a long break, the youngsters are set for a jolly time. Mothers being mothers will try to stop children getting under the rain and reprimand at the sight of dirty and wet shoes, but the joy of splashing in the puddles with your best friend in tow is overwhelming.

So, all you school goers, it’s time to take out your umbrellas and raincoats. After all, you’ll need them to save you from reaching school wet and dirty.

Punjabi concert

A Punjabi cultural and musical event, ‘Ronke Punjabi Diya’, was organised by Zee Times at Guru Tegh Bahadur Senior Secondary School at Mansarovar Garden in the Capital.

Punjabi singers Bhupi, Shankar Sahni, Shamsher Mehandi, Ashoo Punjabi and the Kaur sisters had the audience on their feet with their catchy numbers. The magician, Jitender Singh Babbar, was honoured on the occasion for his outstanding performance as a magician. (Input by Nalini Ranjan)



Principal speak
Begin your school not with a groan but with a merry laugh

Once upon a time, there was a beautiful princess who had everything that one could dream of. She lived in a magnificent castle, had maids who served her hand and foot and dined on delicacies served in gold plates. She had beautiful clothes, jewellery and all the possible means of amusement. However, none of these brought happiness for, she had forgotten to laugh. The king worried and the queen fretted as the princess soon fell ill and began to waste away. Finally, the king made a proclamation that “Whoever can make the princess laugh will be rewarded her hand in marriage and given half the kingdom”. This fairy tale poignantly carries the message that laughter is essential for our wellbeing and plays a powerful and vital role in our lives.

It is nature’s greatest tonic. It rejuvenates, revitalises and de-stresses us. A good laugh immediately makes us feel better in every way. Laughter serves as a miracle cure for almost all ailments and has the power to fight even death. I recall a true-life story, which I had read a few years back. A man was diagnosed as being terminally ill. He was given six months to live. His chance of recovery was one in a thousand. His initial anger, worry and depression further aggravated his illness. This made him wonder, “If illness can be created by negativity, can wellbeing be created by positivism?” So, he decided to experiment on himself. He rented all the funny movies he could, read funny stories and called up his friends to share their funny experiences and jokes with him. His pain was so great that he could not sleep. Laughing for a few minutes, he found that the pain would get relieved for several hours and he could sleep. He soon recovered from his illness and lived for another twenty, happy, healthy and productive years (Anatomy of Illness). Thus, one thing is for sure. While some diseases and unhappiness are contagious, none is as contagious as the cure - laughter.

After the fun-filled and relaxed summer vacation, our mind and body are re-energised. Now, it is the time to bring all our stored laughter, fun and vitality into our work in the new session. So, begin your work not with a groan but with a merry laugh. There is nothing as inexpensive and easy to produce as laughter. So, laugh away your anxieties, fears and the resulting diffidence and lethargy. Without losing focus of your goals, pursue them with seriousness but fill your leisure hours with laughter, meet funny people, recollect funny experiences, watch good comedies, laugh not at others but with others and most importantly at yourself. Laughter will transform your life and enlighten you. Laughter is a prayer. If you can laugh, you have learnt to pray and would make the world a happier place.

Laughter is neither frivolity nor a waste of time. It is essential for our wellbeing and equilibrium and determines our attitude, character, and personality. Dostoveski writes in his novel, ‘The Adolescent’: ‘If you wish to glimpse inside a human soul and get to know a man, don’t bother analysing his ways of being silent, of talking or weeping or seeing how much he is moved by noble ideas, you’ll get better results if you just watch him laugh. If he laughs well, he’s a good man.’

Madhu Chandra, Principal, Birla Vidya Niketan



L-G to preside over Reddy Memorial Lecture 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 30
Mr Vijay Kapoor, Lt-Governor of Delhi will preside over the Seventh Annual Prof G. Ram Reddy Memorial Lecture, organised by the Indira Gandhi National Open University (Ignou) here on July 2.

Dr K.Kasturirangan, Chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), will deliver a lecture on “Connectivity through Space-A Boon for Developing India”. The programme will be telecast live on Gyan Darshan.Dr Krishnaswamy Kasturirangan, was earlier the director of ISRO Satellite Centre, where he supervised the activities related to the development of new generation spacecraft, Indian National Satellite (INSAT-2) and Indian Remote Sensing Satellites (IRS-IA & IB).

He was also the project director for India’s first two experimental earth observation satellites, Bhaskar-I and II and subsequently, was responsible for the overall supervision of the first operational Indian Remote Sensing Satellite, IRS-IA.

Prof Ram Reddy was a distinguished scholar in Political Science and Public Administration. He held various academic positions including the vice-chancellorship of Osmania University, Andhra Pradesh Open University (Presently Dr B.R.Ambedkar Open University) and Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), vice-president of the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), Chairman of the University Grants Commission (UGC) and Chairman of Indian Council of Social Science Research, said Prof H.P Dikshit, vice-chancellor of Ignou.



MDU’s ‘shock’ treatment to BEd entrance examinees 
Vipin Sharma

Rohtak, June 30
Thousands of examinees appearing in the entrance test for admission to BEd course conducted by Maharshi Dayanand University had to face undue hardships due to the ‘casual attitude’ of the university administration today.

According to information, the university had dispatched admit cards to a majority of candidates mentioning the start time of the examination as at 11 am. Later, the university authorities changed the time from 11 am to 3 pm but could not publicise it properly. Though the change in the exam schedule was published in the local editions of certain newspapers, candidates belonging to other parts of the state could not get the information.

The candidates along with their relatives thronged different examination centres in the town at 10 am today. They were shocked to know that the exam would be held only at 3 pm. After waiting for five hours in the scorching heat, they were informed that the exam would be conducted at 4 pm. Moreover, the question paper was reportedly leaked within 15 minutes after the start of the exam at several centres.



Health Dept Accountant sent to jail 
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, June 30
A former accountant of the Health Department, Mohd Anees, was sent to jail by a city court for siphoning of Rs 24 lakh. An inquiry by a former District Magistrate found the Health Department official guilty of committing a number of illegalities. A case was registered in the Sihani Gate police station.

The CJM’s court had passed an order for the attachment of the property of Mohd Anees for his failure to present himself in the court during the pendency of the case. To avoid attachment of his property, Mohd Anees, the guilty accountant, eventually presented himself in the court on Saturday, the Chief Judicial Magistrate sent him to jail.

Mohd Anees, who served in the Health Department for 22 years had recently been transferred to Aligarh. However, it is alleged that this is just one of the many illegalities committed by him.

He is alleged to have defrauded the Health Department in many similar cases. It is alleged that whenever officials came for inquiry from the headquarter, Mohd Anees was able to get the matter hushed up.

There are allegations that Mohd Anees used to pass fictitious bills and made payments against them.


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