Monday, March 10, 2003, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


DAV School installs solar lights 
Parbina Rashid

Chandigarh, March 9
In an effort to cut down on the increasing power consumption, DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, has taken the initiative by installing 12 solar lights on the campus. Mr Ravinder Talwar, Principal of the school, says alternative sources of energy can be useful for the purpose and it is time to bring these out of science books to day-to day-life.

The project of installation of 12 solar lights was completed just a few days ago. Spread across the school campus, outside the main school building and hostel, the lights are expected to cut electricity consumption at least by 10 per cent. “This is a eco-friendly move,” says Mr Talwar. “By installing the solar lights, we are going to save both power and money, besides maintaining discipline which tends to crop up with every power cut in the boys hostel,” he adds. The lights will be operational from tomorrow.

Mr Talwar, who is known for his eco-friendly moves, says the idea struck him when he saw a couple of solar parks in the country. He started with the installation of two solar lights on the school campus about three months ago. The experiment paid off and hence came the decision to install 12 solar lights.

“Though one solar light costs more than Rs 1 lakh, we got them at a heavy subsidised rate as 50 per cent discount came from Ministry of Non-Conventional Energy Sources, New Delhi, and another 25 per cent from the Department of Science and Technology, Chandigarh Administration, which ultimately came down to about Rs 9,600 per light,” informs Mr Talwar.

Dr Vikas Kohli, a senior teacher of the school who has also been the driving force behind this project, says this will help in generating awareness among students about alternative energy sources. “Students are getting interested in the technicalities as well as the benefits of these lights which will go a long way in generating awareness among people,” says Dr Kohli.

The school already has a solar water heating system which has been catering to the needs of hostellers. 



Tender hearts win hearts
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 9
Tiny tots of Ashiana Public School, Sector 9, wore colourful dresses and danced to the latest numbers as the school celebrated its annual day and sports day here today. It was not just colour and hues of the dancing figures which made the show spectacular. The children captivated their parents and visitors with foot-tapping songs, besides exhibiting their talents in a number of races — doggy race, pair race, backward race and hanky race.

According to Ms Lalita Prakash, Principal of the school, co-curricular activities were an important part of a child’s daily routine at school as music, dance, art and sports inculcated a competitive and creative spirit in children, brought out their hidden talents and made them complete individuals. She said Ashiana would be made a high school, with their new building coming up in Sector 46.



Emphasis at Dikshant is on learning not teaching

A classroom of the tiny tots in the school

Simreen Rai Class UKG

Arika Class LKG

Muskan Nursery

The emphasis at Dikshant is on learning and not on teaching. In order to realise this vision an ambience hods been created where children want to learn. Knowledge is not just imparted but students are trained to experiment, collate information, draw inferences and to arrive at their own conclusions. We believe that real learning comes from doing things, taking the knowledge thus learnt and applying it in other situations not on teaching.

Dikshant International School is unlike other formal schools where the system is loaded towards the "scholastic mind". In such schools only those children who easily grasp the concepts of maths, science and languages do well, but in this school it is recognised that children have many other strengths that must be inculcated, reinforced and used to develop a balanced personality.

The working day at Dikshant International School is long and our class strength is small. The staff use this longer working day and an excellent student-teacher ratio to implement the Multiple Intelligence theory, which recognises different types of intelligences. The teachers reinforce not just linguistic and logical-mathematical intelligence in each individual child but also, bodily-kinesthetic, spatial, musical, interpersonal and interpersonal intelligences.

The montessori system of education is both a philosophy of child development and a rationale for guiding such growth. It is based on the child's developmental needs for freedom within limits, as well as, a carefully prepared environment which guarantees exposure to materials and experiences. Through this, the child develops intelligence as well as physical and psychological abilities. It is designed to take full advantage of the child's desire to learn and their unique ability to develop their own capabilities. The child needs adults to expose him to the possibilities of his life, but the child must determine his response to those possibilities.

The main premises of Montessori education are: Children are to be respected as different from adults and as individuals who differ from each other; The child possesses an unusual sensitivity and intellectual ability to absorb and learn from his environment that are unlike those of the adult both in quality and capacity. The most important years of a child's growth are the first six years of life when unconscious learning is gradually brought to the conscious level; The child has a deep love and need for purposeful work. He works, however, not as an adult for completion of a job, but the sake of an activity itself. it is this activity which enables him to accomplish his most important goal: the development of himself — his mental, physical, and psychological powers.

The primary goal of a montessori programme is to help each child reach their full potential in all areas of life. Activities promote the development of social skills, emotional growth, and physical coordination as well as cognitive preparation for future intellectual academic endeavours. The holistic curriculum, under the direction of a specifically prepared teacher, allows the child to experience the joy of learning, the time to enjoy the process, and ensures the development of self esteem. It provides the experiences from which children create their knowledge.

In order for self directed learning to take place, the whole learning environment — classroom, materials, and social setting/atmosphere — must be supportive of the child. The teacher provides the necessary resources, including opportunities for children to function in a safe and positive environment. Together, the teacher and child form a relationship based on trust and respect that fosters self confidence and a willingness to try new things.

Dikshant is a brainchild of Mr O.N. Dikshit who has a vast experience of more than 40 years in the field of education at the Scindia School, Gwalior and earlier. He has been an active member of the Round Square International Conference and attended the conference in Kenya, heading as one of the delegates from India in December 1996.

He has contributed with distinction in all areas of public school life for long years and, thus attained a legendary status in the field of Indian education. He has been a member of Madhya Pradesh Education Board for a number of years and also headed the course and syllabi committee. He has also contributed in convening and organising a variety of workshops on effective learning and training. As an academic head of the Scindia School, he contributed greatly in all areas of academic excellence there.



‘We make children enjoy education’ 

Garima DikshitShe is an intelligent administrator who believes in team work and leading from the front and has a strong belief that real learning comes from doing things, taking the knowledge thus learnt and applying it in other situation.

On education system

Role of a school is to develop raw child to perfect and bring out the best out of him. It should provide a clean environment of physical, mental and spiritual growth for the kids of various age groups. Education should be attractive that students enjoy study rather than feeling as curse to them. Education is a system that makes a child fit for future needs.

On present evaluation system menace:

Present evaluation system is that perfect (high marks) child is given a priority and opportunity to get enrolled to good schools. And if the child is less then the expectations, is asked to leave. It is school, which are responsible for child growth. I give a small example though it has no connection with this, that cubs learn in playing, lion or lionesses help them to learn in playful way and when the cubs grow, become best hunters to survive.

On need for career counselling

Children and parents should be educated on all options available to them; primary school students should be encouraged to come forward with the taste. Higher education should also mean to educate. If a child has sport instinct forcing medicine study will be purposeless.

On the main aim of the school

To create a caring environment in which students, staff and parents work together to enable students of all abilities to reach their maximum potential and develop self-esteem, confidence and maturity. Together with science and technology he should be trained to imbibe value of life like tolerance equipoise, patience, compassion and self-restraint etc.

On strength of the school

The working day at Dikshant is long and our class strength is small. We use this long working day and an excellent student teacher ratio to implement the Multi intelligence theory, which recognize different types of intelligences. Our teachers reinforce not just Linguistic and logical – mathematical intelligence in each individual child but also, bodily-kinesthetic, spatial, musical, interpersonal and interpersonal skills.



Brain teasers

Fill in the blanks:

1 Sachin Tendulkar’s middle name is ———

2 The South African team is also known as——

3 The final of the World Cup will be held in ———

4 Make hay while the—

5 Birds of a feather——

Ans 1 Ramesh, 2 Proteas, 3 Johannesburg, 4 Sun shines, 5 Flock together.

Increase your vocabulary

1 A pencil used to darken eyelids.

2 The highest point of something.

3 A raised surface used in a religious ceremony.

4 A dancer’s spin balance on the toe.

5 Vivacity and vigour

Ans 1 Kohl, 2 Apex, 3 Altar, 4 Pirouette, 5 Elan.


Homonyms are words that sound the same but have different spellings e.g there, their. Write five such homonyms.

Asha Ahuja



Poems by students


The rainbow is a road

from the Earth to the sky

It stands like a door too big

It has seven colours like a diamond

It comes after the rain like a snake comes out of its hole

I like the rainbow as our mothers loves us

Made by nature no one can blind

Yet it looks like a real road up in the sky.

Amandeep Kaur Class IV

My School

I love my school

I love my teacher

I love every moment

which I stand here

Oh! God bless my school

Bless my teacher

Bless everyone

Who is studying here.

Nitin Kalra Class I



Paradigm shift in education

Education plays the greatest role in diffusing or cleansing national character. There was a time when ours was not an independent country. In that state a particular kind of education was imposed on this country. It was not in tune with Indian culture and life of the people. In spite of realizing this, it was not possible to reject that education, because a subjugated person or nation has to accept everything that they are made to by those who rule.

It is true that education plays a major role in changing the atmosphere in the country. The country would be shaped only on the basis of the “Sans Kara’s” imbibed by millions of students. From this point of view, it is necessary to give education a concrete shape. Many people are of the view that our system of education is faulty. My view is somewhat different. I think that the system of education is not faulty, but incomplete. The present system leads to intellectual development, some attention is also paid to physical development, but mental and emotional development is nil.

The ever-changing and challenging face of the educational world with all its complexities has driven us to a point when we really need to take a fresh look at our educational needs and closely examine if the system requires some kind of overhauling. Changing educational system, if not guided by adequate theory of educational systems change, will be haphazard at best. The consequences of mistakes can adversely affect the lives of students, teachers, administrators and their communities. Without an adequate theory of educational systems change, we will continue to restructure education largely by trial-and-error. It is no wonder that educational practitioners often distrust, resist and undermine the efforts of educational reformers. The stake is very high. The consequences of mistakes can be devastating – particularly when changing a whole system of education. People will need to learn new thinking patterns.

It is no use saying that we resist any kind of change in any system to avoid the pain of legitimate suffering and thus fail to develop a correct and meaningful perspective. One reason that it is meaningless is that parent themselves are indisciplined role models for their children. They are the --“do as I say” not “as I do” parents. They may frequently fight with each other in front of their children without restraint, dignity or rationality. They may be slovenly. They make promises, they don’t keep. Their lives are frequently and obviously in disorder and disarray, and their attempts to order the lives of their children seem, therefore, to make little sense to these children. When parents and teachers do things a certain way, it seems to the young child the way to do them, the way they should be done. If the child sees his parents and teachers day in and day out behaving with self restrain, dignity and a capacity to order their own lives, then the child will come to feel in the deepest fibres of his being that this is the way to live. In view of the above, it is wrong to believe that the education of a child is just a one dimensional affair only because what is bred in bones cannot go out of flesh so easily.

Encompassing all such factors will go a long way to develop a correct and meaningful perspective to deal effectively with all complexities of modern systems of education. As children grow in discipline and love and life of experience, their understanding of the world and their place in it naturally grows apace. Conversely, if children fail to grow in discipline love and life of experience, so does their understanding fail to grow? Consequently, any person with a discerning eye can find among the groups of students in a school, an extraordinary variability in the breadth and sophistication of what life is all about. Thus, it is very vital to any system of education to keep reinforcing the child’s view. Exposure to a variety of situations in the classroom or outside would provide them with an opportunity to deal with each of them in their individual way largely depending on their training of minds.

*Former Principal, The Scindia School, Gwalior



Hi Kids! check out your vocabulary with this

Down 1 He voluntarily relinquished his claim (6) 2 A salad plant also called escarole (6) Sol-one relax your rules (6) 4 A basic silicate of magnesium that forms the body of talcum powder (4) 5 English name for the simple Indian langot (1-6) 6 Things that are of same measure (5) 7 Its a Hebrew letter and also a woman who belongs to a religious order (3) 8 The Roman number 3 (3) 9 Columbia Broadcasting Service (3) 15 A large building (7) 18 The atom bomb was made in the labs at this Los (6) 19 Principle, belief or doctrine (6) 20 Please display clearly (6) 22 To imply without actually expressing (5) 25 A long-legged animal, looks like a rabbit (4) 26 A hole made in one stroke in golf (3) 27 One who sponges off others and avoids work, also a vulgar reference to bottom (3) 28 Abbrv. for aboriginal, considered disparaging (3)

Across 1 A ridge caused by a sharp blow to the body, also the name of a double edged seam in a garment (4) 5 Relating to a gene (5) 10 Its common to anomia, aolian and oarsman (4) 11 A small firecracker (5) 12 Idolators worship this (4) 13 Capital of Tunisia (5)14 An internal organ of the body located in the cavity of the trunk (7) 16 Adam's consort? (3) 17 To expand, describe in detail (6) 21 The hard material on teeth (6) 23 100 Stotinki in Bulgaria (3) 24 The currency of Afghanistan (7) 26 Plural of abacus (5) 29 An interjection expressing faith (4) 30 Relating to a cube (5) 31 Reserve Officers' Training Corps (4) 32 To give expression of emotion (5) 33 Just the word esse (4)

Solution to last week’s crossword: Across: 1 Coco, 5 Spa, 8 Rural, 9 Pulp, 11 Aboriginal, 13 Jet, 14 Outcry, 15 Abut, 17 Nat, 18 Nor, 20 Luna, 23 Adduce, 26 Roc, 27 Tripartite, 29 Mate, 30 Owner, 31 Bye, 32 Sags. Down: 1 Cubeb, 2 Orotundity, 3 Car, 4 Olio, 5 Spital, 6 Puncturing, 7 Alar, 8 Raja, 10 Ply, 12 Gun, 16 Toupee, 19 RCA, 21 Notes, 22 Acer, 23 Atm, 24 Drab, 25 Eros, 28 Twa.



How well do you read The Tribune?

Answers to the following questions are hidden in the last one weeks’

Tribune. Happy Hunting!!!!

1. Which Uttar Pradesh politician was in the eye of a storm last week for Videotape scandal?

2. Which Court has ordered the excavation of the disputed site at Ayodhya?

3. Who is the new Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh?

4. How many matches did Bangladesh win in the World Cup?

5. Which Philippines city airport was bombed last week?

The first ten correct entries received will be published in this space next week. Your entries should reach us by email at by March 14, 2003

Answers to last week’s quiz: 1Indian National Congress 2. Jaswant Singh 3. Non Aligned Movement 4.S outh Africa 5. Al Samoud 2. Correct entries sent by :Anil Charu, Aditya Nagpal, Sonal Jain, Jasleen Singh, Pooja, Dipesh Sethi, Sheena Arora, Chander Sethi, Sunidhi Sharma, Gulzar Singh, Hitesh, Blessy Ahuja, Kunal Mahajan, Shimpi Singh, Imandeep Singh Randhawa, R.K. Kansal, Arvinder Pal Singh, S.Katial, Mrinal Tiku and Ashok Pasrija.



All-India Fine Arts show opens
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 9
The All-India Fine Arts exhibition which opened at Government Museum and Art Gallery, Sector 10 yesterday has a huge collection to boast of. You hardly see such a wide spectrum of works under a single roof.

After a long time the city has witnessed a collective show by artists from all levels — some like Dr S.S. Bhatti, who are established and mature, some like Rahul Bakshi who have learnt to air their talent in the face of physical odds and some like Rahi Mohinder Singh, who are literally born into art, as they say.

The exhibition was inaugurated by the UT Home Secretary, Mr R.S. Gujral.

In the company of Mr P.S. Verma, principal, City Beautiful Fine Arts and Fine Arts Hobby Centre, Mr Gujral went through the gallery, witnessing the art creations on display.

The show which will be on till March 16, comprises 112 works.

Also present on the occasion was the UT Deputy Commissioner, Mr M. Ramsekhar.

The striking part of the show is 15 portraits of eminent people.

Mr Gujral also gave away prizes to the winners in various categories.



Thousand visit Spring Fest
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 9
The Panchkula Spring Fest organised by Haryana Urban Development Authority each year has once again failed to get out of the shadow of Festival of Gardens held at Chandigarh.

Though the festival concluded amid the usual festivity at Town Park today, residents were left somewhat wanting for more. There was nothing new in the competitions or the cultural extravaganza offered. Bhangra and gatka were performed and stick and rope walkers were roped in as has been done during the past several years.

Thousands of people visited the Spring Fest for the past two days from all over the region. Speaking at the prize distribution function today, the Administrator, Headquarters, Mr. M.P. Bansal, said Panchkula would be developed into a beautiful place. He went around the fest and appreciated cultural performances and the flower show.

He said they were striving to maintain a balance by increasing greenery and developing infrastructure. He informed that as many as 2,500 entries had been received for various competitions. People from Chandigarh, Punjab and Haryana had participated in the festival.

The results for various competitions are as follows :

Healthy Baby Show (six months to one year):Boys: Itish-1and Saksham P. Kumar and Mayank Bhatnagar- 2.

Girls: Naina Vij-1 and Raisel Nanda-2.

(One and a half years to three years):Boys: Aashman Verma -1 and Shrome-2.

Girls: Rhea Sangari-1and Satvik and Maya Grover-2.

(Three years to four years):Boys: Arnav Sharma-1 and Saksham Kackria-2.

Girls:Riya Sethi-1 and Priyanka Sharma-2.

Solo Dance: ( Below 10 years): Govind Arora-1and Suchitra and Pranjal-2

(Above 10 years) : Nancy-1 and Ashish and Ishan- 2.

Mono Acting : ( below 10 years): Vikramaditya -1and Alisha Sharma-2

(Above 10 years): Aparajita-1and Ishant and Jaiminepreet Singh-2. 



7-yr-old and 4 serials under her belt
Our Correspondent

Pragati TrikhaChandigarh, March 9
Pragati Trikha is just seven-year-old but she wants to enter showbiz and has lost no time in this regard. This young girl has already acted in four serials and signed a Bollywood production“Sanso ka Sargam”.

A class II student of DAV Model School, Sector 15, Pragati's tryst with destiny began when she enrolled herself for a four-month course in acting with the DAC Acting Lab in Sector 35. After completing the course she surprised all with her mimicry in “Kaun Banega Star” by copying Shatrughan Sinha's style which later paved her path for other serials like G.S.Channi's “Nakush’on DD-I, “Duriyaan” on Star Plus and the latest “Sarfarosh”. “I want to be an actress and act like Rani Mukherjee” says this budding actress. A bright student, Pragati, got hooked to glamour when she started taking part in various dance competitions along with her elder sister Mridul, who is also acting in a couple of serials.

A good dancer,she has also bagged a music album “Nimantran” but her ultimate goal is the big screen. “I want to keep working in serials till I get better offers” says Pragati. She has also sent her resume to Yash Chopra.


Contest organised

Participants of Manhunt 2003 at KalagramChandigarh, March 9
Flash Media today organised the preliminary round of Manhunt (North) 2003 — a personality contest for men at Kalagram today.
The contest was divided into two rounds — physique round and formal round. In the formal round, the contestants were required to introduce themselves and answer questions of the panel of judges. Eightyfive contestants were shortlisted. OC
Participants of Manhunt (North) 2003 at Kalagram, Mani Majra, Chandigarh, on Sunday.


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