Monday, July 8, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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Teachers get tips on how to use newspapers in classroom
Smriti Kak

Distinguished guests at the workshop of GHPS, Shahdara.
Distinguished guests at the workshop of GHPS, Shahdara.

A two-day workshop for the teachers was held at GHPS, Shahdara. On the first day, Ms Poona Chaddha gave an informative talk on using newspaper in the classroom.

Ms Chaddha gave tips to the teachers on how to derive the maximum from the newspapers for the benefit of the students. On the second day of the workshop, Ms Romilla Suri counselled the teachers on how to handle stress. Of late, the teachers and school authorities have been increasingly working on the issue of stress among the students and are devising ways to counter it.

The Principal, Mr J. S. Ghuman, also spoke about the benefits of a newspaper and how it helped to concise the world for the students. Thanks to the newspapers, students could read and augment their knowledge about the current happenings sitting right in their classrooms.

Classical dance

TINY-TOTS IN WONDERLAND: Young dancing enthusiasts perform at the launch of ‘Funkie Orbits’ in Vikaspuri.

India International Rural Cultural Centre (IRCEN) has been carrying out the task of bridging schism between formal system of education and India’s rich and varied cultural traditions. For the last 23 years, the IRCEN has been organising classical dance and music recitals in different schools all over the country particularly in rural India and tribal schools.

This year the IRCEN is launching the 23rd annual series of 300 classical dance and music recitals in different schools by eminent performing artistes including Charu Mathur (Manipuri), Prof K. L. Pandit, Hindustani Vocal, Vasundhara Doraswamy, Bharatnatyam.

In the Capital, the recitals would cover 100 rural schools in 10 educational districts, which include villages like Bijwasan, Chawla, Najafgarh, Tughlakabad, Khaira and others beginning 29th of this month.

Prizes for students

The students and the staff of Bal Bhavan Public School participated in the TV game show, ‘Neelam Ghar’ and did the schools proud by winning a number of prizes.

While the teachers Ms Rachna Jain, Ms Bhavna Vanjani and Ms Bela Pandey won gift vouchers worth Rs 40,000, Rs 20,000 and Rs 10,000 respectively the students Tanvi Taneja won a voucher for Rs 10,000 and a set of CDs. Another student Tanya Joshi won a gift hamper worth Rs 10,000.

But the star was the class three student, Deepanand, who walked away with Rs 1.5 lakh in his kitty.

Computer literacy

The government of India has plans of launching computer literacy in about 10,000 schools, Computer-Aided Learning in 1,000 schools and Smart School Concept in 100 schools.

The aim of these smart schools will be to provide a learning environment, where the children will be given an opportunity to learn computers and develop the ability to construct their own knowledge.

The students will be encouraged to enhance their ability through the use of computers.

The concept will focus on learning being the ultimate skill. And this skill alone can make schooling relevant to the changing nature of the work place. The teachers in theses smart schools will play the role of a navigator, who will guide the learning of the students.

The students will be given an opportunity to learn by thinking, solving problems and making decisions through collaborative efforts.

The class project and the smart schools will ensure that the students are IT-literate and learning technologies are integrated into the schooling process and children can benefit from them.

To ensure this, the government will provide grant to the schools to install the necessary infrastructure like computers, teachers and multi-media equipment. The schools will have to instate a library and media centre, individual intelligent client terminal PC for 30 users connected in LAN with the possibility of expansion. Internet connection, audio-visual facilities, video-conferencing facilities and a digital library of learning materials will also have to be provided.

The project has been started in Kendriya Vidyalayas, Navodaya Vidyalas and government-aided schools.

Workshop held

The Theatre in education branch of the National School of Drama, conducted a workshop at the Amity International School, Saket. Students in the age group eight to 16 attended the workshop.

The students were taught various aspects of theatre through improvisations and role-playing. The workshop was highly interactive and enjoyable. They were asked to think, express their thoughts and act and then enact. Exercises to teach voice modulation, tone control, and facial expressions were also held.


It’s not wealth but wisdom that makes men rich

In an increasingly commercial world, money is the most admired, appreciated and longed for materialistic thing. Today, the most toasted motto is ‘shop till you drop’ as your Dil mange more. And thus money has assumed the status of God.

People perceive it as the be-all and end-all of life and sell their soul in pursuit of money. They feel it decides their position, status and relationship and buys them comfort, power and happiness. In this mad pursuit of money, people have lost sight of the essence of life. Driven by greed they have become anxious, stressed and acquisitive.

Money, is however impermanent. It is the most unreliable, untrustworthy and short-lived of all-materialistic means of human pleasure. Money is the one thing that can slip out of ones’ hands as fast as grains of sand. One may be the wealthiest man one-day, only to find the next day that he is the poorest.

What stands by you firmly is your inner wealth - the morals enshrined in the chambers of your heart and mind, which enrich your personality, your character and life. These never get depleted and are an inexhaustible bank you can draw your strength from. Each experience matures your wisdom, which in turn brings unlimited happiness.

Money can buy you luxuries and positions of power but it cannot buy you respect, maturity and true love. Surely, an affluent mafia don does not command the same respect as a respectable industrialist. Inspite of all his wealth he can snap his jaws only in the underworld, he cannot win the respect of a society that lives in sunlight. Money fails to enlighten his existence and he lives in the constant fear of losing his wealth and his power. Ethics, however, enriches commerce and builds the reputation of an industrial house.

What brings happiness is good values, which build your self-esteem and win respect of others. Gandhiji, who believed in simple living but high thinking, is venerated world-wide for being a man of principles – a man who truthfully upheld universal values – freedom, equality, justice and respect for all. His morality grew and influenced the whole world – enriching the world with his policy of non-violence.

It is definitely not wealth but wisdom that make men rich. Thus it is important to air-condition your heart and mind, instead of air-conditioning your house. Richness is in the mind and brings true happiness.

Henry Ford bought flowers for his wife from a shop every Friday evening. Once he asked the old florist, “Gentleman, you have a good shop. Why not open another branch?”

The florist said, “Sir, then what?” Ford; “Then all over the USA”. Florist: “Sir then what?”

Ford replied angrily, “Damn it, then you will be happy.” The florist said, “That is what I am now!” Ford walked away sheepishly.

The florist’s happiness came not from money but from his sound values, which made him wise and contented.

Madhu Chandra, Principal,
Birla Vidya Niketan



Pro Vice-Chancellors of Ignou appointed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 7
Mr D C Pant and Prof S C Garg have been appointed as Pro Vice-Chancellors (Pro-VC) of Indira Gandhi National Open University (Ignou).

Before taking over this coveted position, Mr D C Pant has been Advisor, Ignou and Prof Garg, Director of School of Sciences of Ignou.

Mr D C Pant held various positions in IGNOU, namely Prof-VC during 2000 and Director, Student Registration and Evaluation (SR &E) from 1989 to 2000. In addition, he also held the charge of Registrar, Ignou during 1994-95 and Director, Computer Division, Ignou during 2000.

Before joining Ignou, he was Registrar, North Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Shillong during 1986-89, Finance Officer, 1985-86 and Controller of Examinations, NEHU, during 1984-86. Widely travelled abroad, Mr Pant also worked in Himachal University, Shimla, Ministry of National Education, Government of Tanzania.

Mr Pant has been founder member and Member Executive Committee, Association of University Administrators, New Delhi. Member, Examination Committee, Establishment Committee and Administrative Advisory Committee, National Open School, New Delhi. Member of Board of Management, Dr B R Ambedkar Open University, Ahmedabad. Member, Advisory Committee, MP Bhoj Open University, Bhopal. Convener, Committee for Reviewing Examination and Evaluation System, HP University, Shimla, Member Examination Advisory Committee, SCERT, Delhi. Member, Planning Board, Kota Open University, Kota.

Mr Pant did his MSc and Master of Science (Additional) from the University of Rajasthan, Jaipur.

Prof Garg obtained his Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Physics from the University of Delhi. He started his career as a lecturer in physics in Hindu College, University of Delhi and he moved to Ignou as Reader in Physics, School of Sciences in 1989. He became Professor of Physics in 1993.

He is member of several national and international educational bodies like CASTME-Asia, ICTJP-India, a JSPS scholar among other. He is a member of various academic bodies in several Universities in India. He has been Commonwealth Distance Science Expert at the University of the South Pacific, Fiji from 1996 to 1998.

He has co-authored two books in physics, edited three books on Distance Education and published several research papers in the fields of his specialization in national and international journals of repute. Since 2001, he is an Editor of Global E-Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Education and Guest Editor of Staff Educational Development International. He is recognized internationally as an expert in distance science education.


Haryanvi folk singers enthral audience
Nawal Kishore Rastogi

Rewari, July 7
A function devoted to Haryanavi folk music (Haryanvi Lok Sangeet Samaroh) was held in the community hall here on Saturday by the Youngmen’s Association of India. The Financial Commissioner of Haryana, Mr K.C.Sharma, was the moving sprit behind the programme. Mr Sharma is a fan of the late Lakhmi Chand, the luminous bard of Haryana.

Renowned folk singers of Haryana and Rajasthan including Mrs Jyoti, Mr Arjun Jaipuri, Mr Zahoor Khan, Mr Gulab Singh, Mr Prem Dehati and Mr Sat Narain Vashishtha entertained the audience with select pieces (Poetical compositions) of Lakhmi Chand.

Alongside the fascinating presentation of Haryanavi composition, Mr Tahir Hussain, Mr Jhamman, Mr Ram Kishan and Mr Majid Khan performed on instrumental music. District officials and music lovers of the area were among the audience. Mr K.C.Sharma conducted the entire function like a professional.

Later, addressing a press conference, Mr Sharma asserted that Mr Lakhmi Chand was a prodigious bard of Haryana who virtually strode like a colossus in the domain of folk music, during the first half of the twentieth century. (From 1922 to 1945).

He greatly enriched the Haryanavi folk music with his superb and innovative tunes, melodies and other poetical compositions. As a result, it can be said that various classical tunes and melodies are rooted in the folk tunes of Haryana. He also asserted that Mr Lakhmi Chand was a mirror image of the cultural roots of Haryana, who like a master musician, touched almost all aspects of life in his poetical compositions.

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