Monday, November 25, 2002, Chandigarh, India

N C R   S T O R I E S


Afghan team seeks tie-ups in education
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 24
A high level delegation from the Ministry of Education, Afghanistan, visited Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) campus for exploring the possibility of collaboration between India and Afghanistan in the field of education.

Mr Abdul Labbar Nadir, general president, Teachers Training, Ministry of Education, Afghanistan, stated on the occasion that the present government of Afghanistan was making efforts to reconstruct affected buildings, improve education and agriculture.

“We are being supported by the international non-government organisations (NGOs), UN agencies and countries like India and Japan. In our efforts for improving educational standard in Afghanistan, we have high hopes of cooperation from India,” he said.

He said, “We have abundant natural resources. We shall be back to our earlier position once we have educational levels and technology required to tap the resources. We would like to use distance education system in Afghanistan in a large number of areas and specially to train teachers and upgrade their knowledge. We feel Indira Gandhi National Open University has the expertise to help in this effort.”

The delegation also visited the electronic Media Production Centre (EMPC) of the university.

The Vice-Chancellor of IGNOU, Prof H P Dikshit, assured the delegation that IGNOU would provide all possible help in the reconstruction of the education in Afghanistan.



GHPS celebrates Gurpurab with skits and shabads
Smriti Kak

GHPS, India Gate, celebrated Gurpurab, to mark the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev. The Chairman of Delhi Sikh Education Council, Vikramjeet Singh Sahney, lit the traditional lamp.

The school was illuminated for the occasion. Singing of shabads by the students was also organised. Impressed by their performance, Mr Singh announced a cash prize of Rs 1,1000 for the students.

The school also organised a Library Week, which was inaugurated by the Principal, Mr Inderjeet Singh Narang. Among the activities, which were organised during the week were recitation competitions, skits, talks and story writing.

The week was organised with an aim to invoke the interest of the children towards reading.

Foundation week

Palash Sen of Euphoria
Palash Sen of Euphoria at St Columbus School.

Viva chanteuse performing
Viva chanteuse performing at St Columbus School.

St Columbus celebrated 60 years of its foundation last week. The school came alive with memories of the yesteryears, as old students joined in the celebrations. Live performances by Euphoria, Viva, Joshilay and Parikrama had the crowds swinging.

The Old Columbans had contributed to make the event a success. The association had planned series of events and the Achiever’s Award ceremony was the highlight. The school honoured singer Palash Sen and hotelier Lalit Suri for their achievements in their respective fields.

Science fair

The school organised a science fair to encourage scientific temper in the students. More than 125 models based on the theme indigenous technology and sustainable development were put on display.

The school headed by Chander Mohini Chaturvedi has been focusing on the overall development of the students by way in organising extra-curricular activities and laying emphasis on quality education.

The school is also persuading the PWD to help them provide the necessary infrastructure to the school for efficient running of the school.

Annual Day

Governor of Rajasthan Anshuman Singh
Governor of Rajasthan Anshuman Singh at Harvard Academy.

Students present a cultural show
Students present a cultural show at Harvard Academy.

The school celebrated its 14th Annual Day last week. Governor of Rajasthan Anshuman Singh was the Chief Guest and inaugurated the eco-club. He also planted saplings.

The students put up an English play, ‘The Proposal’ and a ballet, portraying the different shades of a woman, from an embodiment of love and affection to an apostle of power.

The principal read out the annual report and the school’s director presented a copy of souvenir to the Chief Guest. Minister for Union Development Ananth Kumar also attended the function.

Vikram Dahiya and Umaina Jaffery were declared the best actor and best actress and Yasoda and Jago Zara were declared the best events.

CBSE Hockey

St Thomas School, Jalandhar, organised the North India CBSE Hockey Tournament, wherein 63 schools participated. GHPS, Loni Road was among the four semi finalists.

In the final match between GHPS and two time winners, Shah Satnam Ji School, the former scored two consecutive goals and won the match 7-6. The school team displayed immense zeal and mettle.

Talent competition

The school celebrated its Annual Day and talent competition by organising events like the fancy dress, drawing and colouring competitions and active baby contest.

The kids, dressed in their best performed with elan and earned themselves a thunderous applause. The parents were assured by the school authorities of their continued efforts to bring out the best in each child.

Principals Meet

The Amity Centre for Excellence in Mathematics held a Principals Meet for sensitising educators towards the special needs of the subject and for facilitating them in popularising the science in their respective schools.

Mathematician and educationist, Dr S. V. Eswaran of Deshbandhu College, Prof Phoola Kaul of Jamia and Prof V. P. Gupta of Delhi University addressed the forum.

Pointing out the dwindling number of students who take mathematics, Dr Eswaran said, “Mathematics needs to be suitable redesigned to bring it in line with modern technological devises and train users in applying mathematical knowledge and skills to solve real life mathematical problems.”

Principals were also shown model mathematics laboratory, which contained teaching aids, charts and models and where students can verify and discover mathematical results.



Learn to say ‘No’ when necessary 

I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is to try and please everyone,” said Bill Cosby.

In trying to please everyone, we finally please none, are labeled as nice but weak characters and are ruthlessly exploited. Most of the people find it difficult to say ‘no’ even though they have neither the time, potential, inclination or belief in what they agree to do.

Even though their heart says ‘no’ they are bound by social and professional obligations, a certain amount of timidity and lack of conviction. The resulting conflict within is stressful and gives rise to negative emotions. The work is rarely up to the mark and draws no or little appreciation. Life becomes much simpler when you say ‘no’. Each of us has a capacity to do a certain number of things at a time and we must remember our limitations. If we are to reduce our pressures we must keep this fact in mind, while accepting assignments.

Saying ‘no’ may hurt, but frankness shows honesty and though initially it hurts others, eventually it helps in building your reputation as a person of convictions. Gandhiji’s ‘no’ to the British governance brought freedom for a nation.

Giving into wrong things because you cannot say ‘no’ is wrong. ‘No’ is the least used word and becomes a root cause of many problems. Just because you fear being called a sissy by your peers, should you bunk classes and do what you think is wrong. Just because you belong to an aggressive people, should you join a riot, when you think violence is bad. The answer is always ‘no’.

Remember a ‘no’ at the right time brings happiness and a sense of pride. If you foolishly say ‘yes’ to what your conscience says ‘no’ to, you will be filled with guilt and your self-esteem will berate you for the inability to stand up for yourself.

People who lack conviction take the middle road and inevitable get run over. They go along, to get along, because they lack confidence and courage. They conform in order to get accepted and lose their sense of right and wrong. They behave like a part of the herd and such yes-men are weak. Often a clear and distinct ‘no’ can save a hundred heartaches, thus learn to say ‘no’- tactfully.

Madhu Chandra, Principal, Birla Vidya Niketan 



GDA Secy gets 6-month jail term 
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, November 24
How much the Ghaziabad Development Authority cares for the interest of the common man or how seriously it takes the orders of the courts can be gauged from the fact that one of its key officers, the Secretary, has been awarded a six-month jail sentence each in five cases over the last two months by the Ghaziabad Consumer Court. These all came for non-compliance of its orders. However, he has not been arrested yet in any case.

The Consumer Forum punished Secretary U. N. Thakur with a six-month jail sentence each in two separate cases yesterday alone. Chairman of the Consumer Forum S. P. Tyagi and members Kanhya Lal Duwedi and Veena Singhal handed over this order in case No 751/95 of Jagram Vs GDA and case No. 429/99 of Satinder Singh Vs GDA. The Forum has sent the arrest warrants through the SSP, Ghaziabad for compliance by the GDA Secretary.

Mr Jagram had applied for the allotment of a land, enclosing therewith the required amount to the GDA. He brought the matter before the forum when he was not allotted the said plot. The forum in a decision on July 15, 1998 had ordered the GDA to allot him an alternate plot and till then pay him 15 per cent interest on the money deposited by the complainant plus Rs 2,000 for the mental torture till the allotment of plot to him.

Instead of complying with the order, the GDA went in appeal before the state and later the National Consumer Forum, where its appeals were rejected. At this, the Consumer Forum had sent a show cause notice to the Secretary, which too was not replied to by the GDA. The District Consumer Forum has now awarded six month’s simple imprisonment to Mr Thakur in this case.

In Satinder Singh’s case, the forum had ordered the GDA to refund Rs 2,460 to him two years ago, along with 8 per cent interest plus Rs 100 as expenses of the suit. But the GDA had paid the complainant only Rs 731.

On Satinder Singh’s complaint, the forum again sent a show cause notice, which THE GDA had chosen to ignore. In this case TOO, the Consumer Court has punished THE GDA Secretary with a six-month prison term.


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