Monday, December 16, 2002, Chandigarh, India

L U D H I A N A   S T O R I E S


Education neither cramming nor 
sharpening of intellect
Asha Ahuja

Students display models at an exhibition


Shikha, class VIII-A

Robin, class VIII-C

Bharatiya Vidya Mandir School (BVM), Kitchlu Nagar, was inaugurated on April 23, 1993. At present the school is running classes from pre-Nursery to class IX. The magnificent school building stands on 5.2 acres with 90 rooms, spacious modern library and a reading room, a fully equipped science lab. Computer lab is equipped with 1 P-III system. The school has the strength of 2,300 students, 75 teachers, five office/administrative staff and 26 Class IV employees.

“Education is the manifestation of the perfection already latent in man.” It necessarily follows that education is neither cramming of information nor sharpening of the intellect.

Systematic attempts are being made with the avowed objectives of development of six-fold personality of a child viz the physical, mental, intellectual, emotional, spiritual and social. As such games, creativity, arts, fine arts crafts, are as important as learning books. To ensure that students get an equal opportunity to participate in different co-curricular activities, the school encourages them through regular session of training in music, dances, arts, crafts etc.

In order to promote their talents, competitions are held periodically. Importance is given to the physical fitness of both boys and girls. A 10-day sports camp was organised during the summer vacation in this regard.

Students were engaged in activities like — football, volleyball, basketball, kho-kho and athletics besides bhangra, giddha and music. In the morning students were taught different Yoga Asan techniques by the Vishva Yog Sansthan.

Different workshops were conducted from June 1 to 10. At least 748 students participated in the camp. Dance, music, art and craft, soft toy-making, cooking, science model making, computer programming and English speaking workshops were also conducted.

Sport events are organised at zonal and state level. Here also school teams have participated and won.

At Vidya Bharti Golden Jubilee celebration at Chandigarh, in ‘‘chaupaee gayan’’ the school bagged both first and second prizes and one consolation prize in fancy-dress competition.

The school is associated with the Sarva Hitkari Educational Society, Punjab, and through it to the Vidya Bharti, an educational institution in New Delhi.



‘Discipline is the backbone of successful educational process’

Goutam GuptaGoutam Gupta has been teaching for more than a decade and has been the Principal of BVM for a year and a half. Being sensitive to the needs of students, he believes in positive counselling and says that it has brought excellent results. Since the school is growing, he tends to its needs as tenderly as a fond gardener would look after his flower garden.

  • Discipline

“Discipline and corporal punishment are divorced faculties. Otherwise, criminals who undergo severe physical punishment, would have become grade one citizens of the country, but the reverse is true. So corporal punishment is a strict ‘no-no’ in the school.

Mr Goutam believes discipline is the backbone of successful educational process.But he feels that necessary discipline is self-discipline or self-control, and that can only be achieved by support from parents in particular and society in general, because they will be the real beneficiaries if they cooperate with the education institutions to produce disciplined citizens.

  • On education

Bhartiya Vidya Mandir gives generous encouragement to the artistic talents of the students through regular session of training in music, dances, arts, crafts etc.

In order to promote their talents, various healthy competitions among students are conducted periodically. Great importance is given to physical fitness for both boys and girls. In this regard besides regular practice in the evening a 10-days sports camp is organised during summer vacation. Needless to say that the school is associated with Sarva Hitkari Educational Society, Punjab and through it to Vidya Bharti, an educational institution New Delhi.

In sports, events are organised at zonal and state-level. Here also school teams have participated and won.

  • On religion

The greatest among all services rendered by man to the Almighty is the education of His children in matters of religion. The purpose of education for individuals is to develop the powers and capacities latent within them, so that they may contribute their share in the advancement of the country. The school has a secular approach and helps the children to know all religions by celebrating religious functions. — AA



Poems by students

Winner vs loser

Robin, class VIII-C

The winner is a part of the answer;

The loser is always a part of the problem

The winner always has a plan’

The loser always has an excuse.

The winner says, “Let me do it for you,”

“The loser says, “That ‘s not my job”

The winner sees an answer in every problem

The loser sees a problem in every answer.

The winner sees green near every sand trap

The loser sees a sand trap near every green

The winner says, “It may be difficult but it’s possible”

The loser says, “It may be possible but it’s difficult

Gaurav Kalia, class VIII-C

Tree plantation

We need fresh air

through the year,

for a healthy living

of every being.

To avoid pollution

ban deforestation,

encourage afforestation

in the coming generation.

So let us make a resolution

To grow more trees

Close to the ocean and the seas.

Plant a tree on every occasion

this should be our determination.

To fulfil-our greed

lets not cut trees.

Instead to fulfil our needs

lets plant more trees

Pushkar Vohra, class VI-C


Oh, my teacher

you are my future.

You are my dearest

and everyone’s finest friend.

I was not a good child

but you made me the best child.

I was reading a story book

but you gave me the text book.

I was not so intelligent

but you kept me diligent.

I was not so good in reading

but you kept me on going.

What love can I render

to you , oh1 so tender ?

I promise you my teacher

to follow you in future.

Mukti Gupta, class VIII-B


Hope is a beautiful flower

which gives off its fragrance.

Hope is the light

which shows way in the darkness.

You come to me as to your nest

Hope is an inspiration

which leads to success.

Hope is a companion,

which stands by in all circumstance.

Hope is a thought

which consoles in tough moments

Hope is an entertainment

which passes time

Hope is a force

which helps us to survive.

Dimple, class VII-A



Sur Tal programme
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 15
The Punjab Government has launched an ambitious programme, Surtal-2002, to promote culture and bring out the hidden talent among all age groups.

The competitions for participants from Ludhiana, Ropar and Moga districts will be held from December 20 to 22 at 10 a.m. at Ramgarhia Girls College, Ludhiana, and will be dedicated to renowned Punjabi singer Lal Chand Yamla Jatt. Age will be no bar in song and painting competition.

Information regarding entry can be had through letters addressed to Principal, Ramgarhia Girls College, Ludhiana, or fax nos 0161-2538228, 0161-2536245 up to December 18, the screening of folk songs will be on December 19 at 11 a.m. at Ramgarhia Girls College; the competition in folk songs and folk orchestra on December 20; the competition in giddha and painting on December 21 and the contest in bhangra is on December 22.


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