Monday, November 25, 2002, Chandigarh, India

L U D H I A N A   S T O R I E S


G.G.N. Public School lays stress on moral education
Asha Ahuja

Physics lab

Manpreet Kaur, class IX

Gurleen Kaur, class VI

Amanpreet Kaur, class VI

Gujranwala Guru Nanak Public School has its roots in Khalsa High School Gujranwala, established in 1889. Feeling the need for an institution which laid equal emphasis on moral and academic education, the Khalsa Educational Council (Gujranwala), Ludhiana, started it again in January, 1985. The school is built near the beautiful and lush green environments of Rose Garden. The school has a well-designed building, a vast play ground and well maintained lawns.

Keeping the present-day needs in mind, the school is English medium, co-educational, affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). The school has classes from nursery to +2. The nursery section of the school is housed in a beautiful building keeping the requirements and comforts of the tiny tots in minds. To free the childhood from the shackles of examinations, there is system of continuous assessment through ‘weekly tests’. There is no annual examination till class V. The promotion of the child is based on the weekly tests only except for the board classes.

The school offers all the streams — science, commerce and humanities in the senior secondary classes. The school on its part strives to provide with the best of facilities — excellent staff, congenial atmosphere, all the modern inputs like computers with internet facility. Lecturers from varied professional fields are regularly arranged to provide career guidance to students.

To inculcate self-discipline among students, a students’ council has been formed comprising of School captain, vice-captain, house captains and prefects. It is this council which effectively controls and maintains discipline in the school. This is a good opportunity for them to experience responsibility and develop a keen sense of duty.

Moral education is compulsory as the school aims for all-around development of its students. Various inter house competitions are also organised so that proper exposure can be given to students’ talent and they mature into confident individuals with balanced personalities.

The school is 16 years old now. It has 1640 students on its rolls. The school got affiliated to CBSE in 1989 and since them 13 batches of class X and 7 batches of the class XII students have appeared in the board exams. This year once again the results in A.I.S.S.E. have been 100 %. In AISSCE our result has been 98.8%.. After passing the CET this year 22 students of the science stream have joined degree courses in various engineering colleges. Our student Amandeep Singh of class XI, A has the rare distinction of winning the NTSE both at the State Level and then at the national level. Only 8 students from Ludhiana district have this honour.



‘Standard has fallen due to ‘sifarish’ factor’

Rajwant Singh GrewalMr Rajwant Singh Grewal has been the principal of GGN Public School for the last 16 years.He has put in 43 years of service in teaching as a teacher in the beginning of his teaching career and later as principal of several Kendriya Vidalayas and finally as principal of GG N School. In his long span of teaching, he has observed that there has been a serious decrease in dedication on part of teachers. He said that earlier the teachers were admitted on merit and hence they worked for the betterment of education and welfare of students. But the teachers admitted on the basis of ‘sifarish’ work for that person, their benefactor

  • On discipline

Discipline ought to get even more priority than academics, says Mr Rajwant Singh Grewal. Discipline cannot be forced by inculcating the fear of punishment in a student. One creates discipline through the authority i.e. Principal, and through the teachers and the atmosphere in the school which would ultimately determine the discipline or indiscipline in any institution. 8On education

Lately, there has been a lot of controversy over syllabus of social studies. It seems the people at the helm use those authors that favour their view points. But in Mr Grewal’s opinion if the teachers are well read, they can present all views about the chapter. The board gives easy topics for external examination like X and X11 whereas for internal examination of 1X and X1 the syllabus is very tough Physics has been shifted to class 1X and only general physics is in the syllabus of class X.

  • On religion

Religion has done more harm than good . I feel that religion is between God and you, but there is interference from outside. In schools, religion is necessary to impart moral values like compassion, kindness, loyalty , respect and honesty and many other values. Only one religion should not be propagated but a secular face of religion should be unfolded. Since I have been principal of Sainik schools, we follow the prayers from a book that has prayers generally addressed for betterment of mankind. In the morning assembly whatever I say I have to follow it as students are very keen observers. Mere propagation will never bring out results. Students want live examples to imbibe the values which parents and teachers have to set as role models. — AA



Poems by students

Success for sure

Rajdeep Balwa, class viii

Read but write more

talk but think more

play but study more

I tell you success for sure.

Ride less, but walk more

eat less,but chew more.

Weep less, but laugh more

I promise you your health for sure

Hate less, but love more

order less,but obey more

teach but learn more

I tell you your respect for sure

Simran Kaur, Class V-A

Those days

Those days, now like dreams,

when we played with toys and ate ice-cream

those days were full of fun

when we danced and jumped in the sun.

Those days were free form pain

when we ran and played in the rain.

Those days we will remember them always

Dilpreet Kaur class IV


When Kaif makes runs

and public makes fun

when Ganguli hits fours

Hooper gets out with no score.

When Harbhajan makes a hat- trick

And Tendulkar hits a six

Dravid makes a world record

and a large score shines

on the score board.

There is happiness and cheer

a dream comes true.

But, now there is no surprise

when India wins the prize

Karanpartap Singh, class -IV

The plight of modern man

Tears streaming down my cheeks are lost in the rising dust

The pondering of a disturbed heart is lost in quivering of earth

My poetry., my creation, confined to pieces of papers,

My laughter is buried in the corner of my broken dreams.

The blood flowing in my veins has frozen

I am the modern man, and all this happened to me when I lost the human touch

Harkanwar S. Sodhi, class VII


I am known as a tree

I provide shelter free,

I am lush green

I give air clean.

I am laden with fresh fruit

To all they taste tangy and sweet.

I get all energy from soil

My stem’s peal is known bark

Cat’s climb on me when dog’s bark

I give a cool shade.

From me many things are made

I am known as a tree

I provide shelter free

Harkanwal Singh,

class VII-A



2 PAU departments merged
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 24
The Department of Home Science Extension Education and Extension Education have been merged and would work as one department. The new department would be known as Department of Extension Education and come under the College of Agriculture of Punjab Agricultural University.

The decision to merge the two departments was taken by the academic council of the university which met with Dr K S Aulakh, Vice-Chancellor, in the chair.

Dr (Miss) Geeta Goel has been appointed Head of the Department of the merged department. Earlier two separate departments were working in the College of Home Science and the College of Agriculture. This step has been taken as economy measure.

According to Dr V K Sharma, Registrar, PAU, the academic council also approved the grant of various gold medals to the following students for their overall best performance. These medals would be presented at the next university convocation.

Sardar Kartar Singh Kahlon Gold Medal will be awarded to Miss Anupreet Kaur for her overall best performance in M.Sc (agricultural sciences ) for 1999.

Dr S C Dutt gold medal will be given to Miss Barinderjit Kaur-MVSc. for 2001. Lala Sriramji Gold Medal for MBA-2001 to Mr Kavish Dhanda.

Sardar Iqbal Singh Dhillon Gold Medal for 2001 to mr Brahamdeep Singh, M.Sc (Plant Breeding), Sardar Bahadur Lal Singh Gold Medal for 200 to Mr Gurdarshan Singh (Pamology).

Dr Sardara Singh Gold Medal for 2001 to Mr Gaurav, M.Sc (Entomology) and Bhai Balmukand Gold Medal- for 2001 to Miss Kirti Jindal (Physics).



Schools celebrate founder’s day
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 24
Students and staff of Gupta Model High School, Club road, celebrated founder’s day of the school by organising a function here today.

Mr Rakesh Pandey, Minister for Printing and Stationary, was the chief guest and Mr Bachittar Singh, DEO, Ludhiana, was the guest of honour on the occasion.

The function started with ‘jyoti prajawalan’. It was followed by a cultural programme in which students danced to the tunes of various Hindi, Punjabi and English numbers. Tiny tots also presented a parody on the occasion.

An exhibition of glass paintings, nib paintings, wall-hangings, diyas, cotton baskets, dolls, bags, pots, tie and dye dupattas etc made by students of classes IV to X was also arranged.

Mr Pandey appreciated the efforts of the staff and the management of the school for constantly making improvements. He said it seemed that dreams of Late Surinder Gupta were being fulfilled now. Mr Bachittar Singh said mere bookish knowledge was not enough. For, overall development, sports and proficiency in co-curricular activities was also important. “Despite the school being English medium, the students have not forgotten their own culture and values,” he said.

The Principal, Ms Simmi Gupta, thanked the guests and the parents.

The founder’s day of St. Thomas School was celebrated on the school premises yesterday. Meritorious students were awarded prizes at the function. These students of classes X and X11 had excelled in studies and done well in school board examinations. The teams that had bagged prizes in chess and boxing championships at the district level and silver medals at national level were also honored by the chief guest Rt. Rev. Joel.V.Mal, Bishop of Diocese of Chandigarh Church of North India.

The cultural programme began with a Sarasvati vandana and a bharatnatyam dance.Junior students presented a song ‘We are the world’ whereas a popular folk tale ‘Hansel and Gretel’ was dramatised by senior students. The dances were a riot of colours and displayed well synchronised movements of the students. Dances covered a broad spectrum and ranging from a Japanese dance to Rajasthani to Gujarati Dandiya to a Western number and bhangra.

The two-hour programme had a Hindi and an English play staged well and showed the dramatic talent of the students.The students displayed their skills in playing musical instruments. A miming item was done perfectly and made the audience laugh. Around 200 students had participated in the cultural programme.

Mrs Hannah Malaki, Principal of St. Thomas School, assured the parents and guests that she and her team of teachers would always follow the principles of St. Thomas and take the school and students to pinnacle of success in future.

Annual day: The sixth annual day was celebrated by Child Heart Day Boarding School, Gobind Nagar, here today. Mr Malkit Singh Birmi, MLA, was the chief guest.

A prayer dedicated to Lord Krishna was presented in the ''aarti''. The culture of Punjab was showcased in a cultural programme. A blend of pop and Punjabi music was presented in ''Nach le Sham kure'', which was greatly appreciated. Budding poets recited poems in different manner. Mono acting on drugs was presented by a student. Giddha and bhangra were the other attractions.

Certificates were given to the best students for the academic year 2001-2002. Vikas was selected as the best student, Sonia best dancer and Nitish best athlete of the year.


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