Monday, October 14, 2002, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


The Stephenian magic is forever

Geetanjali Gayatri
Tribune News Service

Yashita, class VIII-B

Nitika, class IX-A,

Open pathways with cobbled stone flooring surrounded by a beautifully designed Japanese garden with waterfalls, a magnificent flight of steps leading to the reception and to the school building. Here, the child is the subject, not the object of education. The magic of St. Stephen's, Sector 45, affiliated to the ICSE Board is this and much more.

The school was started by a committee consisting of eminent educationists comprising Mr. Harold Carver, a former teacher of St John's High School, Mr. Pritam Singh, Ms. Molly Carver, Ms. G. Singh, Mrs. Surjit Kaur, Mr. Sohan Vir Singh and Rt. Rev. Gilbert Rego.

The school was started on April 12, 1982, on a very small scale in the form of a primary school from nursery to class V with a staff of 12 members. Initially located in three bungalows in Sector 8, arrangements were, later, made in Sectors 9 and 11 till land was allotted in Sector 45 by the UT Administration. While the first batch of Class X passed out in 1988, the school was upgraded to senior secondary level in 1997.

Today, the school is housed in its own four-storey building with a over 3000 students and 165 staff members. Having 53 classrooms, the complex is spread over four acres.

It is equipped with excellent laboratories for computers with 43 terminals, and sciences. The school also has Internet and Intranet (interlinking ICSE schools and Council) connections.

The library came up in July, 1985, with 30 books in stock. Today, the library has 7223 books, 39 multimedia CD-ROMs, 40 video cassettes and 30 audio cassettes, providing for general and specific information, use of reference books as well as CD and screen reading.

The school has a proud record in co-curricular and sports activities, evident from its contribution in the two fields. Abhinav Bindra (shooting), Jaideep Singh (under-19 cricket) and Muhammed Tanveer (Carrom) are all products of the school.

From football to karate and fencing to debating, the school has excelled in almost every field. While the school works its way up the success ladder, its contribution to society has comes by way of a class of nine students, the Divine Class, being run for special children at the premises where social skills are imparted to them.



‘Instilling the campus with a soul has set us apart’

He's a livewire, electrifying the entire place with his presence. A former teacher in one of the city's leading schools, Principal Harold Carver found certain things wanting in education and visualised an institution that removed those flaws. An academician, a friend, a strict disciplinarian, a doctor administering first-aid to his staff and students, omnipresent at the school campus and accessible to all, Mr Carver is all rolled into one. He has given a soul to his school and, says, "Have the faith and I've got the guts to complete my task."

On the meaning and role of education

* Education is taken to mean the process by which each child is helped to prepare himself for adult life. It implies all round development of the child which involves an amalgamation of academics, co-curricular activities and sports.

On imposing discipline in school

* Children are the basis of our school design. We follow a "humanistic approach", also referred to as the "Pupil approach". Once in school, everybody gets into a frame of mind where checks and counter-checks are not important and self-discipline takes charge. However, corporal punishment has no place in our setup.

On the ICSE curriculum being followed in school

* It is the best Board with a well-designed, excellent correction system. That ICSE is tougher than the CBSE is a myth. When students from the ICSE go out into the world, they are better prepared for the challenges, equipped to deal with competitive examinations.

On the role of co-curricular activities

* Academics, co-curricular activities and sports are all equally important and go side-by-side. At St Stephen's, we give weightage to every aspect. I don't want toppers in academics alone but toppers in every field.

On future plans for the institution

* An ambitious project of constructing a well-equipped, air conditioned auditorium with the latest state-of-art lighting and sound arrangements and a seating capacity of 1000 spectators has been undertaken. In addition, we plan to create a campus for separate academies of cricket, football and hockey. — GG



My school

My school has always lived up to its motto — SEMPER SURSUM which means always aim higher and has gone higher since all of us work as a family — the Stephenian Family.

Apart from academics a lot of stress is laid on extra - curricular activities and sports which in twin go a long way in enhancing our personalities. My school is like a good book, it teaches us so much.

I believe that our school is heading for still glorious days in the future.

This is unfortunately my last year in this school and I dread that particular day when I will have to leave this wonderful place. Thinking about studying in some other school brings tears to my eyes. I will revere whatever this hallowed institution has given me to develop as a complete person.

— Himshikha Bhutani, class X-C



Poems by students

I would miss my school.....

The thought of leaving my school leaves me sad,

Away from the school would indeed be bad.

I would miss my friends and classmates,

Who helped me with etiquette.

How would I forget my teachers,

Who were excellent preachers

They always taught me to aim very high,

To never loose heart and always try

I would not forget my revered principal

Who left an impression deep and indelible

Life is a journey, is a strict rule,

But I'll cherish the moments at my school.

—Prachi Sharma, class X-E

Just a gift

Some are well known,

Some remain unknown.

So close to my heart,

Using words as a dart.

Still making me a fool,

Yet, they seem to be too cool.

For you it increases my desperation,

As I hear that Tintinabulation.

They can be gifted to past, never,

As they are needed here for ever and ever

Since, forgetting them is not a game,

They know? Still they are taking

away their identity and name.

I beg, I request, I plead, I warn,

dare not forget me,

One staying in my soul, I yet don't

know who is he.

—Shikha Bishnoi, class IX-E

The lost paradise

Once known as "Paradise on Earth",

Where's its beauty, what's it worth?

Yes, it's Kashmir, I'm talking about

Where pall of gloom now travels in bouts.

Once where the sounds were heard,

Of music famous all over the world

The scenes of joy are now bygone,

Leaving empty streets and lanes to mourn.

Where cute children played and enjoyed,

Those lanes and grounds lie lonely and void.

The valleys still beckon the people who care,

Only if we could end this nightmare.

with the return of those who have gone,

This Paradise would indeed be reborn.

—Prateek Sharma, class X-E



DPS to open branch in Pinjore
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 13
Delhi Public School will open at Himshikha, Pinjore, from the next academic session.

This was stated by Mr Narendra Kumar, Chairman of the Delhi Public School Society, while laying the foundation stone of the school today.

While the junior wing from pre-nursery to Class II will function from Sector 12-A here, the senior wing (from Class III to Class VII) will start functioning from the new branch at Pinjore from the session of 2003- 2004.

He said one of the main features of this school would be distance-education through satellite. This meant the best teachers of Delhi Public School would prepare the lessons, which would be beamed to other DPS school students. As many as eight laboratories, including three science labs, mathematics, computer science, social science and home science laboratory would be established here.

Mr Kumar said academic and human resource support would be provided by the Education Management Centre of Delhi Public School along with the Environment Education Council for Children, which created environment awareness amongst students.

He said that DPS, Pinjore, would also fulfill its social responsibility by adopting a village school for the weaker sections of society. This project would be managed by Dr D.R. Arora and Dr B. Arora of Shemrock Group of Schools, Mr Kumar added.



Seminar for civil services aspirants
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 13
As many as 150 college and university students attended a free counselling seminar for getting into the civil and state services in Sector 35, here today.

Organised by KK Institute of Advance Studies, Sector 24, in collaboration with Vaid’s ICS, New Delhi, the Directors of the institute, Mr Brij Mohan Kohli and Mr Avinash Kaul, said their institute would provide coaching to students who, until now, were forced to travel to Delhi to avail themselves of the specialised coaching at Vaid’s institute.

The former Principal Secretary, Tourism, Punjab, Mr Niranjan Singh, highlighted the need of good coaching institutes in this region.

The seminar was attended by various heads of departments of Panjab University and principals of city colleges of the city, Panchkula and Mohali. Members of the Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana High Court were also present.

Rally: A rally to spread the message of “water conservation” was organised by the NSS volunteers of Government College of Education, Sector 20, on the fourth day of the ongoing camp, here today.

The rally was flagged off by Ms Surinder Kaur Tangri, Principal of the college. The volunteers went through Kajheri village conveying the message on water conservation through placards in their hands.

At various sites in the village, nukkad nataks on themes of dowry and alcoholism were staged by the volunteers. The villagers, especially the young ones, enthusiastically participated in the programme by raising slogans and water need for water conservation.

In the afternoon session, skits, songs and dances were staged as a part of the NSS programme.



MAAC to hold creativity contest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 13
Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics (MAAC) will be conducting a competition in creativity across all its 20 centres in the country. In order to provide a wide base to the competition, the MAAC has already invited entries.

Mr Naveen Gupta, regional head and master franchise of the MAAC for the northern region, said today that a test in general knowledge and creativity was being conducted at the MAAC centres. In the larger perspective, the contest would feature competitions in general knowledge update, on the spot sketching and storyboard writing.

The merit list for each centre will be prepared separately and the topper from amongst the 20 MAAC centres in the country will be given a scholarship for studying in any advanced course at the MAAC.

The toppers from each centre will get a scholarship worth 75 per cent of the course fee, while other participants will also receive scholarships ranging between 50 per cent and 15 per cent of the course fee based on the merit list.

The participation tickets can be collected from the MAAC centre at SCO 58-59, Sector 34 C.



School kids celebrate Dasehra
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 13
A colourful programme was organised by the tiny tots of Ajit Karam Singh International Public School, Sector 41-B, Chandigarh, to mark the Dasehra celebrations in the school premises.

The children burnt an effigy of Ravana and were reminded of the dictum, “triumph of good over evil”. Sweets were also distributed among the children. The children took a vow to always follow the path of good and shun the evil. Children gave speeches highlighting the numerous deeds of kindness, generosity, bravery and true dedication towards one’s duty from the Ramayana.



Justice Roy to take oath today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 13
Mr Justice Binod Kumar Roy of the Allahabad High Court will be administered oath as the Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court tomorrow at Punjab Raj Bhawan. The ceremony will take place nearly a month after Justice Arun B. Saharya retired as the High Court Chief Justice upon attaining the age of superannuation.
The ceremony, scheduled to be held at 10 a.m. will be attended by the sitting and retired Judges of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, besides other dignitaries. With Mr Justice Roy’s appointment, the number of High Court Judges will increase to 32 as against the sanctioned strength of 40. 



Kishore Kumar comes alive on stage
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 13
Carrying on with its tradition of paying rich musical tribute to the legendary Kishore Kumar, the Majlis Journalists and Artists’ Association today organised the eighth All-India Kishore Kumar Nite at Tagore Theatre.

Riding on the crest of Kishore Kumar’s timeless melodies, the following participants today won laurels: Joginder Singh Bhalla, Madan Tanwar were declared first and second, respectively, in the adult male category. The third prize in this section was shared by Ravinder Bhardwaj and Harpreet Singh. In the adult female section, Rimi Chopra and Anju Gupta bagged the first and second prizes, respectively. The third prize was again bracketed between Richa Sharma and Prerna. In the children’s category, there were only two participants, hence two prizes went to Parantap Sharma and Vishal Kambhoj. The winners received cash prize of Rs 5,100, Rs 2,100 and Rs 1,100 for standing first second and third, respectively.

The contest, which was announced earlier, attracted about 150 entries from all over the country, including Vanarasi and New Delhi. Most entries came from Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh. The screening process featured three rounds, requiring each participant to sing three songs of Kishore Kumar. Finally, 15 finalists were short-listed. These finalists today performed in the presence of chief guest Mr K.N. Pathak, Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University. Mr Suresh Kumar, Excise and Taxation Commissioner, Punjab, presided over the function.

Apart from the contestants who fought for the titles under three categories: adult male, adult female and children, the association had also arranged guest singers Brijesh Ahuja and Madan Thapa who kept the mood of the evening alive. Right from the outset, great melodies of Kishore Kumar resonated in the arena. The hot favourites were “Hawaon pe likh do”, “Woh shaam kuchh ajeeb thi”, “Ghungroo ki tarah”, “Zindagi ek safar”, “Mere naina sawan bhaado”. Perfect musical arrangement added to the flavour of the show, which was conceived and directed by Ms Reeta Sharma.


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