Monday, January 13, 2003, Chandigarh, India

L U D H I A N A   S T O R I E S


From humble beginning to a school of repute
Asha Ahuja

Sakshi Mehra, class IX

Students in a relaxed mood before school closure

Jatinder Kaur, class VIII

Mohanjit Kaur, class IX

Muskan, class VIII

Government Model Senior Secondary School, the only model school started in Ludhiana in 1956, has the privilege of producing many a fine personality. It proves that no ostentatious buildings are necessary to churn great men. Great men can be produced in humble surroundings too.

The school began its life in tents and was taken over later by Punjab government in 1956. In those days it was headed by a very dynamic lady, Ms Daljit Kaur Thandi. Her dedication towards the school and the achievements made by her for the school can not be put in words. These can be felt when people today come to the school and enquire whether it is ‘Thandi Wala’ school. Later on the flagship was taken over by a number of five educationists. Some of these were Ms Hardeep Tiwana, Davinder Sandhu and Prem Lata Jindal. Under their leadership the school reached to its new heights.

The poor financial condition of the school was no hindrance to the students’ great achievements both in academic and co-curricular activities.

The old building was given a new look under Davinder Sidhu’s stewardship. The height of glory was further maintained by Ms Prem Lata Jindal from 1997 to 1999 and discipline of the school was the talk of the town during her tenure . The old sheds were converted into new rooms, and the lawn tennis court was made with donations from people like Lala Lajpat Rai, MP, and many unknown people. A pump was also installed with their cooperation.

Today again the school has taken a new step by being upgraded to senior secondary from high school.

Today there is need for monetary help to provide students a laboratory, library and class rooms for higher classes, which have not yet been provided.

Mushrooming of public school and people’s craze to send their wards in those schools has resulted in the decline of students in government schools. Students of this school achieved merit positions in board examinations. The results have never been lower than the board results. Rather most of the times they have been 100%. The school library is well furnished with 6516 books. Magazines and newspapers are also there. The students come in the library regularly and gain knowledge.

The school is doing very well in games and sports with the untiring efforts of DPE. The students participate in different games like in swimming, judo, cricket, badminton, table tennis, lawn tennis and badminton. The students achieved first and second positions in the district and state level. This school started a team of girls for cricket and at the district level they got first position.

The school feels proud when the old students come back to their alma mater after making a niche for themselves in society as doctors, engineers, IAS officers, police officers, and journalists of repute

At present though the school is being run without any Principal, it is at its glorious heights under the leadership of officiating Principal Mrs Harminder Kaur.



Nationality is the biggest religion

Harminder KaurMs Harminder Kaur is the officiating principal. Earlier, she had been teaching in the school for the past many years. She says that the government upgraded the school from High to Senior Secondary School in October, 2001. That is it. No laboratories have been set up, no rooms have been built and hence no principals. Till the classes plus one and two start functioning, she would be the officiating principal. She says till 1985 before big public schools came on the horizon of the city, this school was on the top both in academics and sports. Yet they have tried to maintain their glory. Now the students from lower middle class study, but their results still are good.

On religion

Since it is a government school, the school propagates a secular outlook. All the important functions are celebrated with zeal and the stress is on making good human beings. Humanity is the biggest religion. The teachers pick out nuggets of wisdom from books, newspapers and the thought is elaborated. Even students are asked to contribute their thoughts. Class teachers also lay stress on moral education. Importance of considering the body as a temple is emphasised. The students are asked not to take drugs as God resides in every one.

On education

Dedication on the part of teachers has dwindled no doubt. But our school has a dedicated staff, maintains the Principal. Education should be such that students should benefit from it and hence should be vocationalised. The students should be able to make a living after they complete their school education. Drawing is an important subject as it helps in creativity and better understanding and can help students in getting into varied courses, but the government instead of expanding it has rather compressed it. The board follows syllabus that is out of sync with present needs. The education system needs revamping.

On discipline

Studies can be learnt at home but discipline is taught in the school only. Laxity of discipline leads to deterioration in every activity of school life — be it academics, or sports. The sports teachers and house captains maintain discipline of the school. Each house has to be responsible for discipline for a fortnight. They check the late-comers and note the names of students not in uniform. In case of severe discipline problems, the parents are also consulted during parent-teacher meetings. Discipline problems arise as the school is a co-educational one. Only very rarely corporal punishment is resorted to.



Poems by students


Examination is a botheration,

from generation to generation.

If one gets no success

father gives angry looks

while mother gives consolation.

Better to have education.

Go for cultivation

and directly serve the nation

Amrinder Pal Singh, class - IX B

The child

My home is a house

near a wood

the lanes are so quite

oh, dear!

I do wish that someone

lived near

there is no one to play, with

at all.

The trees are so high

and so tall

and I should be lonely

for hours.

Were it not for the birdsand the flowers.

I would have been bored to death

I wish that I lived

in a town

to travel in all the trams

going down

a twinkling street

that is bright

with wonderful colours.

at night!

Uma Chaudhry, class - IX A

Sound pollution

Too much of noise

is called pollution of sound.

Some type of pollution is everywhere,

wherever you look around

it is in the sky, space

and on the ground.

We have to do much of it.

If we want to live safe and sound,

Better control it.

For if we overlook it

abnormal and deaf people

are going to abound.

Rajveer Kaur, class - IXB

Why you feel tired

Because in 24 hours

your heart beats 10368 times,

your blood travels 1088000000 miles

you respire 23000 times

you speak about 4300 words

then it is no wonder that you feel tired.

Manpreet Kaur Bedi, class - X B

Happiness lies in

Happiness lies in

caring for somebody, and knowing that someone cares for you

happiness lies in

doing good to others.

And knowing that you are liked for that.

Happiness lies in making new friends in life

and knowing that they will always

stand by you.

Happiness lies in

loving the entire mankind

and knowing that human beings are basically

the same despite the glaring difference.

yes, happiness lies in everything: just about every thing,

in life its only a matter of knowing.

Prince Khanna, class - IX B



Employees, teachers announce stir
Our Correspondent

Ahmedgarh, January 12
The SCBC Employees Coordination Committee and the SCBC Teachers Union (Punjab) have announced a state-wide stir from January 16 to impress upon the government to implement the 85th constitutional amendment and meet other pending demands.

Mr Gurmel Singh Chandhar, state president, coordination committee, said besides demanding implementation of the 85th constitutional amendment, unions had been urging the state government to meet the demands for 27 per cent reservation, special recruitment to fill backlog and withdrawal of fee enhancement.

He said district-wise protest rallies and dharnas would be held from January 16 to 31 and a state-level rally at Chandigarh on February 5.

As per the schedule finalised, rallies would be held on January 16 at Patiala, January 17 at Ludhiana, January 20 at Sangrur, January 21 at Mansa, January 22 at Bathinda, January 23 at Nawanshahr, January 24 at Fatehgarh, January 27 at Gurdaspur, January 28 at Jalandhar and Amritsar, January 29 at Ropar, January 30 at Hoshiarpur and Kapurthala and January 31 at Moga, Faridkot and Ferozepore.


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