Monday, February 10, 2003, Chandigarh, India


L U D H I A N A   S T O R I E S



Founders’ aim was to promote Sanskrit
Asha Ahuja

Anju , class-XI

Harsimran, class-XI

Shruti, class-XII

Satwant Singh, class-XII

The founders of Arya Samaj, Model Town, started this school in 1956 with the aim of teaching Sanskrit, a beautiful language almost dying out. That is why the school was named Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyalaya. It started as a primary school and followed the Punjab School Education Board’s syllabus. In 1959 it was upgraded to Middle School and was recognised in 1964. In 1965 it was upgraded to High School and got permanent recognition on April 1 1976. Its name then became R.S. Model High School (Rashtriya Sanskrit Model High School). It is a recognised and aided school affiliated to the Punjab School Education Board.

Till October 1979, this school was housed on the premises of the Arya Samaj, Model Town and was working in two shifts — morning shift for high classes and evening shift for primary classes. The school was shifted to the present sprawling building in October, 1979. It is spread over 5 acres. The school has been continuously making tremendous progress in the field of academics, sports , as well as moral and religious fields. The growth of this institution has been possible due to the continuous guidance of the members of the Arya Samaj, the executive committee of the school and the personal involvement of our president Mahatma Satya Nand Ji Munjal.

The dedicated staff has made it possible for the institution to reach its present glories. Not only this our principals - Mr Mangat Ram Mehta (retd.) and Mr Mohan Lal Kalra (serving) have been awarded with the state as well as National Award for teaching, in the years 1997 and 1998, respectively but this is the only school whose principals have consecutively been awarded with state and national awards.

This dream, visualised by Late Sant Ram Ji Sayal (the founder of the school), Mr Bal Mukand Ji Munjal, Mr Sarup Narayan Ji Bajaj, Mr Mohinder Pal Ji Sayal, all past presidents and Mr Keshav Ji Thekedar has now materialised. The school management introduced +2 system for girls under the new education policy in the session 1987-88. Now, from the academic session 2001-2002, the school’s management feels proud to start the Class XI and Class XII for the boys also. Our school is progressing day by day.

The aim of the school is to encourage pupils to develop their latent capabilities to the fullest extent and to cope successfully with the challenges of their future life. We also aim to give due emphasis on establishing the value of moral fibre in the development of an effective personality. The school also knows the importance of sports in the balanced growth of students and also provides periodic counselling to help the students to achieve their fullest potential.

The results for the past 20 years have been 100 per cent . Maximum number of students pass in first division. No student of the school has ever passed in third division ever.

School is running NSS unit, Scouts and Guides units for all round development of student. The school encourages reading habits and has a well-equipped library and computer labs to make students proficient. School reviews its methods of teaching and keeps introducing modern training aids to help better comprehension of the subject matter.



Discipline should percolate from
Principal to staff and students

Mohan Lal Kalra Mr Mohan Lal Kalra, Principal, R.S. Model School, Shastri Nagar, is a seasoned educationist working in this field for past 34 years. Mr Kalra, has won the Best Teacher Award at national level in 1999 and received it from the then President of India, Mr K.R. Narayan. Mr Kalra has written a book on mathematics. He has worked as a mathematics teacher in R.S. Model School for few years before becoming its Principal in 1996. He took special interest in sports.

On education

Mr Kalra felt that the examination at Primary and Middle School should be dispensed with as the other boards do not hold examinations at these two levels. The examination puts lots of stress on students. Even the National Education Policy does not mention the examinations. The other problem is that in certain schools, the examinations are conducted in English medium, In schools with mixed medium i.e where teaching is carried out in both English and Hindi, the board does not give papers in English like subjects of Mathematics, Science, etc., and students find difficulty in solving papers. Remedial classes for weak students are held for board students. No tuitions are encouraged in the school.

On discipline

Discipline begins with the principal of an institution. Only if the principal is disciplined , automatically, discipline will filter down to the staff members and from them to students and other workers of the school. The students in our school are taught to be disciplined without outside force, as the discipline that comes from within is better than external discipline. Discipline is chiefly responsible for everything — good academic results, success in sports and cocurricular activities. House Council members and disciplinary committee also helps in maintaining discipline. We rarely get cases of indiscipline, and when they arise, experienced teachers counsel the students. Only in rare cases help of parents is sought. For late comers, we levy a fine of Rs 2.

On religion

Daily havan is performed in school. After the havan , the students are given ‘dharmik shiksha’. Mr Kalra said,” example is better than percept”, so we the teachers have to follow good values like tolerance, kindness, to be just and be helping so that the students imbibe these basic human values automatically. We celebrate all functions with great enthusiasm. Patriotism is put at premium. The students had participated in the Republic Day function held at district level. The Deputy Commissioner had appreciated the students for their singing talent. I love to quote the following lines to my students.

Three things to respect

Old age, Religion and Law

Three things to prevent

Idleness, Falsehood and injustice

Three things to cultivate

Sympathy, cheerfulness and contentment. 



Poems by students

New Generation

Natasha, class-XII

We are the new generation

bubbling with the light of life-

to spread the message of love is

for what we all strive.

As crusaders we have been born

and we go marching on and on.

Our motives are pure,

our endeavours bold,

to storm of reform.

No one can now hold

challenging all destinies,

changing the world

we go marching on and on.

We are the new generation.

Gagandeep Kaur, Class-XII

Spring is Here

When the sun shone merrily

and the breeze did gleefully blow,

when the trees in the breeze did gently wave

and the stream did bubbling flow.

When the lovely golden daffodils

daintily stirred in the wind

then the merry cuckoo pronounced low

the welcome arrival of spring!

Harshinder Kaur, Class-XI


If we look into our hearts

we have so much to share

but even if we wish to

we do not find time to spare.

We live in a materialistic world

where there is no place for feelings

here even souls are sold

and ‘they; call it business dealing.

For years that man has been

begging in the street,

but his voice is unheard

and tramped by busy feet.

His children live in bungalows

and do not care for him anymore

this is because he is old now!

And has given them all he has in store

Hema Sehgal, Class-XII

Little Smile

A little smile cost nothing

yet can it brighten a cloudy day

if life is a journey we undertake

why not go smiling all the way?

I wish I would stop all passersby

to offer them a little smile,

and ask them to try and learn

to smile, smile and always smile,

for its never too late to start

all you need is some love in the heart

Jaswinder Singh, Class-XII



Experts attend multi-speciality CME
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 9
The Christian Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana, is celebrating 50 years of its starting the MBBS course. As part of year-long celebrations, a multi-speciality continuing medical education (CME) programme was held at the college today. The programme was inaugurated by Dr J.D. Wig, Professor and Head of the Department of Surgery, PGI, Chandigarh, Dr K.K. Gombar, Professor and Head of the Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, Government Medical College and Hospital, Chandigarh, Dr R.C. Garg, president of the Punjab branch of the Indian Medical Association, and Dr Gursharan Singh, president of the Ludhiana chapter of the Indian Medical Association.

Eminent doctors with vast experience in their respective fields took part in the programme. Scientific discussions were held to help formulate a strategy on basic clinical and operational course of action being presently followed.

Dr Mohan Verghese, Principal of the Christian Medical College and chairman of the organising committee delivered the welcome address. Speaking about the history of the institute, Dr Verghese said the MBBS course was started in 1953. Before that, only women were given medical training regarding healthcare of women.

Dr Sanjay Bedi, Assistant Professor (Pathology) Sri Guru Ram Das Institute of Medical Sciences, spoke on ‘Computers and the medical profession.’ Dr Vivekanand Jha, Associate Professor (Nephrology), PGI, Chandigarh, spoke on ‘Optimisation of care of patients with chronic kidney disease.’ Prof K.K. Gombar, Professor and Head of Anaesthesia Department at the Government Medical College and Hospital, Chandigarh, talked about intensive ‘care management in head injury cases.’

Prof J.D. Wig gave a lecture on ‘Acute pancreatitis management.’ Lieut Col (Dr) A.K. Rajput, Pulmonologist, Army Hospital, R.R. Centre, Delhi, told the gathering about his experiences in bronchial asthma cases.’ Dr Naveen Chitkara, Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at the Pt B.D. Sharma Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Rohtak, talked about ‘Minimal invasive neurosurgery.’

Scientific discussions between the faculty for the CME and the audience were held after each lecture. Dr Basant Pawar, Deputy Director, Christian Medical College and Hospital, presented the vote of thanks.



Colourful show by students 
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 9
The students of Sutlej Public Senior Secondary School, Rahon Road presented a cultural programme at their annual function here yesterday. Various items presented by students, including folk songs, giddha, skits, qawwali and bhangra mesmerised the audience. Rhymes sung by tiny-tots of nursery class received a huge applause.

School Principal A.K. Sur read the school’s annual report and highlighted its achievements.

Mr Nahar Singh, city Mayor, was the chief guest. He praised the efforts of the school authorities in providing good facilities to students in rural area.

“I am pleased to see the latest facilities like computer laboratory and auditorium with latest audio-visual gadgets in the school,” he said. Ms Amrit Varsha Rampal, MC Councillor, was also present.



Extravaganza of fun, frolic
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 9
“Fate-2003” was organised on the premises of Kamla Lohtia Sanatan Dharam College Subhash Nagar, Daresi Road, Ludhiana, today. It was an extravaganza of fun and frolic. Students put up different kinds of stalls, displaying items ranging from D.J, games, eatables and cold drinks.

Mr Jagmohan Gupta, known philanthropist of the town and President of the college managing committee, presided.

Principal B.D. Budhiraja asked students to imbibe qualities of discipline and courtesy in their lives and congratulated the staff and students for their effort to make the event a success.


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