Monday, March 3, 2003, Chandigarh, India


L U D H I A N A   S T O R I E S


This school offers true education
Asha Ahuja

Students of SDP Sr. Secondary School at their science lab

Sumit Siddhu, class +2

Vikas Kumar, X

Rishi Pal, VIII

Manjesh Thakur, +2

The Sanatan Dharam Parchark School, a century-old institution and pioneer in the field of education, was established in 1904 in the heart of the city. This school runs under the patronage of the SDP Sabha. It started as a “pathshala”. This school has played a pivotal role in imparting education to Ludhianvis when there were hardly any schools. The school had unbelievable strength of 5000 even in the sixties when people were not that aware of education and the population of Ludhiana was just one lakh.

Inspite of several public schools, SDP School has not lost its popularity. The school has strength of 3000 students. Delving into the history of the school, one comes to know about many achievements. For this the credit goes to all members of the management and staff who have contributed selflessly and generously. From 1931 to 1972 , the students of the school had bagged I, II and III positions in the Punjab School Board examinations. Several principals and headmasters visited this school to see its working , such was its fame.

This institution has passed through a long journey watching various upheavals. Hans Raj Thapar was the founder President who started it as a medium school. It was later converted into a Hindi medium school. After the demise of H. R. Thapar, Mr Nav Rattan Chand assumed charge and later Mr Salij Ram and Lala Nagar Mal took over. In 1979, the Late O. P. Gupta, MLA, remained the Manager and then the President of the school for nearly 20 years. The school has one branch at Basti Jodhewal, known as Bapu School, and has a strength of 1200 students. This branch came into existence with the aim of educating poor inhabitants of Basti.

Mr Gurdit Chand was the first Headmaster of the school. Principal Baljeet Singh Khosla played a pivotal role in raising the standard of the school and brought many laurels to the institutions. He served in the school as a teacher and then assumed the charge of Principal for nearly 30 years. He tried to purchase ground for sport near Quilla Mohalla. He was succeeded by Mr Hari Krishan Khanna who served as Principal for six years. In 1979, Mr Sohan Singh Walia succeeded him from 1986 to 1991.

The former principals provided education in the real sense and believed in the philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi that “True education is that which draws out and stimulates the spiritual, intellectual and physical faculties of the children. ”

The school has an exquisite building with well-ventilated rooms and an impressive campus. It caters to the educational needs of not only the surrounding localities but also from far areas because it provides good education at cheap rates. The school has well-furnished laboratories for physics, chemistry and biology. The modernised computer laboratories are well maintained.

This school was covered under the grant-in-aid scheme in 1967 by the Punjab Government and given permanent recognition. The school has the distinction of the second highest staff strength in Punjab and has 77 government-aided posts.

The school has produced several eminent personalities like Chaudhary Sat Parkash, former Mayor, the late Mr Sardari Lal Kapoor, and the late Sat Pal Mittal (Health Minister).

The school has scaled heights not only in the field of academics but also in sports and co-curricular activities. It won several championships at the state and national levels. Extra emphasis is laid on outing, tours and excursions.



Modern education seems to lack soul

Mr R.C. KaliaMr RC Kalia , Principal of S. D. P. Senior Secondary School had been teaching in the school from 1975 and was appointed Principal in May 2002. Been here for a long time, he knows the school’s weaknesses and strengths. He has paid attention to computer education, the need of the hour. “I feel proud to say that charging a fee of Rs 110 only, we impart computer education to students from class VI. Inspite of the school being located in a congested area, we are proud that in 13 sections of each class, we impart good education at very affordable tuition fee”, he says.

On education

These days when the general norm is to have a single child, we educationists have to realise that we are teaching the whole family and not a child as a single child is the sole representative of the family. Since parents focus their attention on the child, we teaches have to see that the child gets an education that aims at his/her all-round development. We have to provide an atmosphere that is conducive to the child’s growth. We feel that examinations at primary and middle schools should be discontinued. They cause a lot of stress and a number of teaching days are wasted. The syllabi should be revamped and moral education should be included. Modern education seems to lack “soul”.

On religion

Our old values and heritage should be perpetuated and new scientific means should be adopted. Old religious rituals should not be followed blindly and superstitions should be done away with. We should follow Swami Vivekanand’s advice when he said,” I have to build a western society with Indian soul. “ In the morning assembly, the students chant “Shlokas” from the Gita and read sermons from Gurbani. Through prayers internal discipline is maintained. . Moreover, and teachers’ life should be like an open book whose examples the students can emulate. The teachers should broaden their knowledge of world cultural heritage and impart it to students.

On discipline

The discipline of a school rests mainly on the Principal and staff of the school. Needless to say that if they are disciplined, the students will imbibe discipline. If the teachers are on time and have prepared their lessons, a lot many discipline-related problems would disappear. The students are given mild punishment but never given punishment that is humiliating and could undermine their confidence. The more co-curricular activities the students are engaged in, the more disciplined they become.



Brain teasers

Who said it?

1. We have made a tryst with destiny?

2. A single step for man - giant leap for mankind

3. If winter comes can spring be far behind?

Answer Key: 1. Pandit Nehru 2. Neil Armstrong 3. Shakespeare

Fill in the blanks with right words

1. Ramesh invited me —————— dinner. ( to, on, for)

2. Sudhir fell ————a pond. (in, into)

3. He congratulated him————-his success ( on, at, for)

Answer Key: 1. to 2. into 3. on. 

Choose the correct answers

1. Blood is purified by —a) liver, B) kidneys c) pancreas

2. Hyde Park is in ——a)Newyork, b)London, c)Paris.

3. Garba is famous folk dance is associated with —a) Rajasthan b) Himachal Pardesh c) Gujarat

4. Dialysis is used to perform the function of -a) heart b)kidneys c) liver

5. Olanga is a Test cricketer from—a) South Africa b) Zimbabwe

Answer Key: 1. kidneys 2. London 3. Gujarat 4. kidneys 5. Zimbabwe. 



Poems by students


Vineet Vijay, +1

Love is a dream everyone should have to see it.

Love is a river everyone should fall in it.

Love is a risk everyone should take it

Love is life everyone should accept it.

Love is a sea everyone should swim in it,

Love is a life everyone should feel it.

Love is a music everyone should listen it.

Sunny Chauhan, XII - Arts

Oh! these examinations

Oh! these examinations are coming,

How fast the time is turning.

Will I be able to complete the course?

I am frightened ,of course.

If only all this long year

I had been sincere,

And if only I had paid

attention to my teacher.

I would certainly have a different future,

But I was so busy with other activities.

The only thing, I took lightly was my studies.

I was so engrossed in the merry atmosphere.

Naturally, I had no far

now, in my sleep I hear exam bell.

The life is becoming a bit hell,

But even then I will try my best

and the Almighty will do the rest.

Rohit Batra, XII - Arts



Budding singer felicitated

Ludhiana, March 2
Arshpreet, a student of plus I of Ramgarhia Girls College has received no formal training in music except what she learnt at the college. A function was held on Sunday at Maharaja Regency to felicitate her and other singers who had participated at the national level.

She came first among 30 other participants in the junior category and secured third position among 260 participants at the All-India finals which were held at Talkatora Stadium, New Delhi. She received a trophy from Anu Malik. OC



Narulas promote ‘Gwandi Munda’
Tribune News Service

Mickey and Jaspinder Narula at the pre-release of their cassette
Mickey and Jaspinder Narula at the pre-release of their cassette “Gwandi Munda” at Dhoda House in Ludhiana on Sunday.

Ludhiana, March 2
“We do not like vulgarity in video cassettes and do not like showing scantily dressed girls in video clips, but it is beyond our control,” said the sister-brother duo of Jaspinder and Mickey Narula, playback singers. They were interacting with the media on Sunday at the pre-release of their album titled “Gwandi Munda”.

The cassette has eight songs to suit the taste of all sections of people They said the album has a sufi number “hijre vich mein mar gayeen ha” sung by Jaspinder. The song was shot at the Haji Ali Mosque in Mumbai. The other songs sung by Mickey had good melody along with scantily clad girls.

Under fire from media that they were not promoting Punjabi culture Mickey and Jaspinder replied that they were helpless.


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