Monday, October 7, 2002, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


TAL is the buzzword in this school
Geetanjali Gayatri
Tribune News Service

A view of the DAV Public School, Sector-8, Chandigarh.
A view of the DAV Public School, Sector-8, Chandigarh. — Photo Parvesh Chauhan 

D.A.V. Public School, Sector 8, a pioneer in introducing e-education in classrooms, made a humble start with just over 200 students from a site allotted by the Chandigarh Administration in 1979.

DAV Public School propounds the philosophy of Maharishi Dayanand, the basic tenets being to integrate the best the modern western research in education has to offer with the core values of ancient cultural heritage.

Evolving into a premier institution over the years, the school which began as a kindergarten, saw its first batch of class X students passout in 1989. Soon after, a computer education programme was launched and the focus has now entirely shifted to technology-aided learning (TAL).

Urvashi, class IX-B

Amit Aggarwal, class VIII-B

Roshini Rastogi, class V-A

To give a boost to teaching various subjects through software, a facet of the academic circle slowly gaining ground in educational institutions, the school has a well equipped and spacious computer lab and a multi-media room, attempting to take them beyond the confines of text books.

The staff of 48 teachers is well-equipped with knowledge on the use of technology. The students, over 1100, the number being consciously restricted by authorities to give individual attention, are given assignments that involve research work based on which they prepare a multimedia presentation. In the school’s endeavor to inculcate a habit of reading, it has developed a superbly equipped library with a collection of 12041 books to varied interest of students. Besides, the library has a rich collection of 165 audio-visual cassettes and 100 CDS.

A School News letter, introduced in the year 1997, is an outlet for student’s expressions and a forum for students to imbibe confidence. Various sports facilities provided by the school are basket-ball, football, gymnastics, tennis, cricket, swimming and athletics. The school sponsors students for inter-school, inter-state, national and international competitions.

The school runs a short duration day-boarding for the kindergarten and pre-primary classes under the supervision of the trained staff. The facility has been provided by the school to effect convenient commuting for students of classes KG, I and II. The day boarding entails time for play, tiffin, rest and relaxation.

It also offers considerable scope for stimulating disciplined adventure. The enthusiasts are taken on trips to the mountains, on treks and educational tours, within and outside the country. Also, to hone the skills of the students, experts from various fields impart training in music, public speaking, origami, doll making among others.



Education means training for life’

SUPERVISION, organising, planning and monitoring activities in school are some of the activities which sum up Principal Sarita Manuja's day at school. Though she staunchly believes in delegating her powers to the staff for smooth functioning of the school, her endeavour has been to raise the already high standards of her school.

Amongst the youngest principals to be appointed by the DAV managing committee, Ms Manuja banks on her experience of 17 years as head of schools in experimenting with studies to make these more interesting and useful for her students.

On the role of education

Education is not limited to reading books and passing examinations but acquiring lifeskills by qualifying tests, it training for life. It also implies that the thinking is developed in proportion to the classes passed. Also, the scope of education is much larger than it is made out to be, entailing the evolving of a thought process and physical behaviour of the child.

On bringing about discipline in school

Discipline is not about cracking the whip to be heard. Instead, it is about giving opportunity to be responsible. If a child is made responsible for his own behaviour, discipline automatically follows. Keeping this in mind, we have formed a students’ council where each child is given a chance to perform.

On the expanding horizons of computer education

We have adopted computer for application right across the curriculum rather than for theory alone. Leading the city schools on computer-aided teaching, we re in the process of building up our own computer project library in which all lessons would be taught using technology. TAL (technology-aided learning), is the buzzword in our school where, gradually, we are attempting to make not only students but their parents computer savvy.

On future plans for the school

Being the first school in the city to have got the ISO 9001:2000 certificate in recognition of ably managing our job, we are fired with greater desire to perform even better as the DAVPS family continues to grow. In an attempt to provide better services, we would be adding a new primary wing to our assets this year and introducing concept-based teaching on a bigger scale, thus creating an environment to suit the needs of mixed society. Though we are already using technology to supplement the learning process, the advantages of technology would be tapped even further and used to the best advantage of the students. — GG



My school

AS a student of Class X, I am proud that I have the privilege of being a part of DAV Public School. It has all what it takes to be an ideal school. Ever since its inception, DAVPS has evolved into a leading center of education for the younger generation of the city. This is reflected in its performance in the recent past.

However, studies are not the only sphere in which its students excel. DAVPS fosters all round development of its pupils, offering ample facilities for its students including a well-stocked library, a hygienic canteen, facility for indoor games, green lawns, aquarium and a sufficient number of buses for transportation of students.

DAVPS also emphasises spiritual development of its students. There is a separate subject of 'Dharam Shiksha' inculcating moral precepts in its students. Alongwith coverage of theoretical aspects, the school also endeavours to develop moral conduct and development of the students.

The school maintains contact with modernity (computers, multi-media, English medium--- the need of times) while preserving a link with the rich legacy of our glorious past --- the rich heritage of Indian culture. — Gillipsie, Class X



Week talk

Monday went to Tuesday

To see Wednesday

And ask Thursday

Whether Friday

Has told Saturday

That Sunday is the Holiday.

Rachna Sharma, class VIII-A

Keep smiling

Keep a smile on your face

As it adds to your grace.

Always smile, don’t be sad

Otherwise things will become bad.

A smile is like a ray of light

But is sharp enough to make dull conditions, much more bright.

A smile can change your life trends

And can even turn enemies into friends.

Greet others with a smile t create a good impression

Remember your smile is your first introductive impression.

Preeti Jain, class VIII-A

Are we willing?

Are we willing to share the burden,

of other fellow’s load?

Are we willing to help a stranger,

struggling on life’s road?

Are we willing to aid a neighbour,

asking not where he may live?

If we are not, then who will help us

If in life we fail to give?

Are we afraid to meet life’s problems

No matter how tough they may be

Are we afraid to take a stand

Afraid someone might not agree?

Are we spiteful and vindictive

Or willing to forgive?

If we are, then heaven help us,

For we will find it hard to, live.

Chandrika, class IX


What is D.A.V?

D.A.V is a school,

Full of brains

And also some fools.

Some are nice

And some are bad

Some are happy

Some are sad

Its also green

With flowers fresh and clean, Studies are hard

Teachers make them easy

We enjoy the classes

But homework keeps us busy

We make so many friends

But some are rude

Its special in some ways

I love my school

Specially in holidays!!

Charu, class VIII-A


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