Monday, February 24, 2003, Chandigarh, India


N C R   S T O R I E S


PIL opposes deputing teachers for poll duty
Notices to Delhi Govt, MCD
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 23
The Delhi High Court has issued notice to the state government and municipal authorities on a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) against deputing government schoolteachers for official campaigns like election and census duties and pulse polio programme.

The Division Bench comprising Justice Usha Mehra and Justice Pradeep Nandrajog issued notices, returnable on March 4, to the Delhi Government, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi and the New Delhi Municipal Council on the petition which opposed deputing government schoolteachers on such official campaigns without assigning substitutes.

The petition, filed by the principal of St Mary’s School through counsel Jayant Bhushan, said the absence of teachers was affecting the studies of their students.

Out of about 200 teaching days in schools, government schools generally have only about 100 teaching days. As a result, the pass percentage in government schools was 26 compared to 86 in public schools.

In another PIL seeking steps to check the ‘continuously falling standards’ of education in government and municipal schools, the Delhi Government had opposed comparisons between government and unaided private recognised schools.

It had said that it could be justified only if the input in both types of institutions was similar and the background of students was also the same.

It was stated that parents of students studying in unaided schools took pains in the studies of their wards, who were admitted in such schools after an interview and intelligence test. 


Drills echo the joy of being alive
Smriti Kak

A series of drills echoing the theme of ‘Celebration’ and the joy of being alive on the planet were put up by the students of the Loreto Covent as part of their sport day celebrations.

The Magical Mushrooms were Class V students dressed like mushrooms and the bumblebees were their Class IX counterparts. From the bamboo drill of Nagaland to the Caterpillar race, the students participated in a series of activities. The students gave a fine display of their skills when they built the ‘pyramids’, with each one performing the balancing act with precision.

The mascot ‘Peeku’ designed by Shimona Rudra, a Class X student, was a delight to watch. The chief guest was Ms Madhavi Kukreja, a social worker, and an ex-student of the school.

New school building

Punjab and Sind Bank Chairman N. S. Gujral laid the Foundation stone of the new building of St Mathew’s Public School in Rajouri Garden.

Speaking on the occasion Mr Gujral said that he hoped that the school would provide quality education to students and help them broaden their vision. He also appreciated the efforts made by the school in trying to inculcate the virtues of love, character and charity in the students.

The Bank has lent support to the school society for the construction of the new building.

Beastly tunes

The school celebrated its annual day at Kamani. The programme began with the Buddhist chants and yoga exercises performed by the students of the preparatory.

A musical, ‘Beastly Tunes’, composed by Rashmi Nandkeolyar showcasing the idea of respecting each individual for his special talent and co-existing in harmony, was also staged. The event concluded with the prize distribution ceremony.

Principal felicitated

Mr M .I. Hussain, Principal, DPS, Mathura Road, was felicitated by the Governing Council of Balkan-ji-Bari International, an NGO. Mr Hussain was awarded the Distinguished Academician and Outstanding Administrator for his achievements.

skilful strokes

Ryan International, Noida, won the Taekwondo Championship held at Modern Montessori Public School, Rishab Vihar. The team displayed fine and skilful strokes. The school also bagged the winner’s trophy with six gold, one silver and five bronze medals.

Fancy dress

The school organised a fancy dress competition where children came dressed as freedom fighters and national leaders. More than 350 students participated in the event and prizes were given to the winners.

Talent meet

A talent competition was organised by the Usha Shriram Brita Water Purifiers at Central School III, Delhi Cantt. The theme was ‘Pure water, Healthy Living’. The students took part in activities like painting, card making, essay writing. Mr Anupam Bhagat, Managing Director, Usha Shriram Purifiers, gave away the prizes.

Annual day

The Circle, a pre-nursery school in Alaknanda, organised their ninth annual day celebrations.

The chief guest was Ms Indu Pillay, Director, Mother’s International and the Guest of Honour was Mr V. N. Singh, ex-commissioner of the Delhi Police.

The students enthralled the audience as they danced to Wordsworth’s Daffodils and rendered Una Paloma Blanca. Dressed as Eskimos, Red Indians and Moroccans they also took part in races.

Sports day

Vishwa Bharti Public School celebrated the annual sports day at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. Satyam House was adjudged the best in the primary section whereas in the secondary section the Sundram House occupied the first place.

The programme began with the welcome song played by the Rajputana Rifles Regimental Band followed by flag hoisting. All four houses participated in the march past followed by an oath taking ceremony.

The students also participated in various events, like drills, aerobics, rainbow dance and the pyramid formation. The event was inaugurated by the Minister of State for Human Resources Development, Mr Ashok Pradhan.

(Input by Parminder Singh)



Bulbul Negi whose poem A Tryst with Destiny was published on February 10 is a student of Sanskriti School and not Vansathali Public School, Madhu Vihar as was published inadvertently. The error is regretted.Back


Never give up when things go wrong

Life is a continuous process and each phase will automatically pave way for the next. This is known to all of us, yet when the going gets tough – its difficult to believe this black period will pass some day. It seems like an extremely stressful situation, one that does not seem to end. We are over powered by such negative thoughts and at such a period in life - all problems look like unconquerable mountains. These thoughts give rise to tension and deep anxiety, leading to a stressful situation.

We need to analyse this problem so as to be able to counter it. All our unconscious or sub-conscious actions are reflective of that anxiety, which is taking away our peace of mind. The approach can both be clinical and non-clinical. Doctors suggest some simple ways to over come it.

Consciously try to eat less. The scientific reason being that every time you eat, the food requires digestion so that the blood can absorb it. The focus of all activity within the body thus shifts to digestion - hence more blood is sent to the stomach walls and the flow of blood to other parts of the body, including the brain is reduced. Thus, the body gets lethargic and sleep sets in. As a result, the valuable time that we would have otherwise utilised in studying is wasted - leaving one feeling guilty for having slept.

Whenever there is some bottled up emotion, anger or resentment over some issue, it will lead to anxiety and stress. The solution here is to relieve the tension by finding other ways of expressing resentment - may be talking to someone - your teacher or parent or a sibling - one who would have the time and inclination to help. If necessary, even professional help can be sought.

Thus, we find that while it is good to experience some stress, it is always advisable not to get over stressed. A little anxiety can serve as a catalyst – helping you to put in extra effort and excel. However, over anxious students will nullify whatever little bit they may be imbibed. Confidence comes from preparation, which involves planning and practising. Winners should put the pressure of preparing on themselves and not worry about winning. As Vincint Combardi has said, “Everyone has a will but very few have the will to prepare to win”. So, you must work hard and be sincere with your daily study, leaving the rest to the Almighty.

“Never give up when things go wrong or when seemingly insurmountable problems arise. Failures simply are practice shots for success. Creativity put to work can turn a problem into a gold mine.”

Madhu Chandra, Principal, Birla Vidya Niketan 

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