EDUCATION TRIBUNE Tuesday, September 10, 2002, Chandigarh, India
‘Schools must produce personalities, not bookworms’
Poonam Batth
S Madhu Bahl, Principal of Kailash Bahl DAV Centenary School, Sector 7, who has been awarded by the CBSE for the year 2001, says: "Hard work and determination is the key to success and anyone can be successful in life. Develop a positive attitude towards life and remember in the middle of every difficulty lies an opportunity.’’


Schools must produce personalities, not bookworms’
Poonam Batth

MS Madhu Bahl, Principal of Kailash Bahl DAV Centenary School, Sector 7, who has been awarded by the CBSE for the year 2001, says: "Hard work and determination is the key to success and anyone can be successful in life. Develop a positive attitude towards life and remember in the middle of every difficulty lies an opportunity.’’

She received the award consisting of a Certificate of Merit, a shawl and a cash prize of Rs 15,000 from the Minister of Human Resource Development, Dr Murli Manohar Joshi, at the India International Centre, New Delhi. Ms Bahl, who has to her credit 27 years of useful service to the cause of public school education, is a recipient of various other awards. She has, indeed, done the teaching community proud and earned a name for herself for her sincerity, devotion and hard work.

Q: How does it feel to receive this coveted CBSE award? And what is the criteria for getting this award?

A: I feel satisfied that my services have been recognised. And I do feel honoured to be selected for it from the Chandigarh zone. But I have a long way to go. The emphasis, as always, will be on maintaining the academic standards and high ideals for which I have strived all along. Awards only boost the morale and enhance the prestige of teachers.

Teachers are selected for this award on the basis of their academic efficiency, genuine interest in and love for children and involvement in social life. The CBSE started giving these awards in 2000 to distinguished teachers contributing their bit to serving independent schools affiliated to the board.

Q: What do you think went in your favour for your selection?

A: I look at this award as a recognition of my services as a devoted and dedicated teacher. Of the 1,600 applicants, 12 have been given this award. The outstanding 100 per cent CBSE results of Class X for the past two years, emphasis on co-curricular activities, all-round development of the school, the honours of awards received in the past few years and co-operation with the CBSE helped me get this award. Good luck and God’s blessings also worked for me. Hard work never goes unrewarded.

Q: Did you take up teaching by choice or chance?

A: I always wanted to be a teacher. Though I was a housewife for the first 10 years of my married life, after that the aspiration to do something in the field of education drove me to do Bachelors in Education from PU in 1987. The very next year, I took up teaching and have not looked back since.

I had never thought I would head an institution and I was not mentally prepared for the responsibility when I was made the founder Principal of the DAV Centenary School. The school, which started in 1994 with mere 70 students and four classrooms today has more than 1700 students on its rolls in 40 classes up to Class X.

Q: What message do you have for teachers?

A: They should be dedicated to their profession since they are responsible for shaping the destiny of hundreds of students. They should not think that their duty ends once they leave the school. They should focus more on planning, maintenance of discipline and reaching out to students.

Q: More and more students are taking to tuitions? How can the menace be checked?

A: Yes, the menace of tuitions is spreading like a disease. Students, teachers and parents are collectively responsible for this. While in some schools teachers do not do justice to their profession, in other cases parents do not take interest in the studies of their wards. Of course, students have a tendency to lean on the coaching centres.

Besides, commercial coaching centres leave no stone unturned to lure students and assure them of all possible results. Parents, too, find it convenient to spend money than time with them.

I am of the firm belief that tuitions need to be banned. The Education Department with the help of schools should do the needful by sending notices to stop this practice. All emphasis should be on developing the intellect of children by adopting creative methods.

Q: Any message or words of advice for the students?

A: Keeping in view the exposure of students towards western culture, the emphasis of parents and teachers should be on inculcating in them a strong value system of life. Constant counselling is the need of the hour to bring out the best in them.

Q: What are your future plans?

A: I want the school to reach the plus two level by next session. To begin with, we will start with medical, non-medical and commerce streams and add other vocational streams later. However, the focus will always be on maintaining the high academic standards.

I also plan to computerise classroom teaching which is a must in this era of science and technology. Schools should equip themselves with the latest gadgets, which will help develop a scientific temper in students.

More emphasis will be laid on producing personalities with attitudes than bookworms. Good students make good citizens and tomorrow belongs to them.

Ms Bahl has also received the PTA National Award in March this year and Women of the Year Award by the American Biographical Institute, North Carolina, USA.





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Sep 13 State Institute of Science Educn, Pb, SCO 66-67, Sec 17A, Ch’grh

National Talent Search Preliminary Examination

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Sep 15 Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore 560012

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Indian Institute of Industrial Engineering, Sec-15,

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Sep 17 Indian Assocn of Physics/Chemistry Teachers

National Standard Exam

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