Monday, March 17, 2003, Chandigarh, India


L U D H I A N A   S T O R I E S


The school with cent per cent result
Asha Ahuja

Kushal, class V

Jaspreet, class X

Harmeet, class VII

Priyanka, class X

Gagandeep, class X

New Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana, has three branches — one at Sarabha Nagar and the two at Dandi Swami Chowk, Civil Lines, Ludhiana. About 2000 students are receiving education at these branches. The motto of the school is ‘Aspire, Act, Achieve’, which is fully adhered to, and students are so taught and guided as to fall in love with the school motto.

The school is run by the parents’ body. The present chairman of the school managing committee is Mr Sunil Maria, who is steering the wheel of the school with the guidance of his senior colleagues and other members of the school managing committee. He is a rose with an iron stem who acts benevolently and affectionately.

The school is creditably honoured with 100% results every year in the board examinations i.e. VIII, X and XII classes. About five students are placed in the merit scholarship list and have been awarded national open merit scholarship. The results of internal examinations are excellent, varying between 98% and 100% every year.

Admissions to all the classes are done purely on merit and on first-come, first-serve basis. All the candidates seeking admissions are required to produce their previous school transfer certificates, date of birth certificates, details marks card and migration certificates as per the requirements of the Punjab School Education Board. Admission is done to all classes from Playway, LKG, UKG and up to +2 classes depending upon the availability of seats. Not more than 35 students are admitted to any section.

The teacher-pupil is ratio is 1:20, which is necessary for providing quality education.

The school has the unique privilege of allowing free studentship to orphans, fatherless children and destitutes. About 100 students are availing this benefit. They are also given free books, bags and uniforms.

The whole school is divided into four houses — Tagore House, Subach Bose House, Laxmi Bai House and Nehru House. All the houses work under the seniormost house masters. Each house has a captain and a vice-captain, who in turn have their own team to look after the affairs of this school.

The school adopts a proportional system of marks in the examinations. Every year, two unit tests and three house tests are conducted. The marks of the previous unit tests and house tests are carried forward in the ratio of 2% : 80% of the final examinations. Setting of question papers and marking of answersheets are carried on under fictitious roll numbers.

Games both outdoor and indoor are arranged. The school has provisions for outdoor games such cricket, volley-ball, badminton etc and indoor games such as table-tennis, carom, chess etc. Often inter-house and inter-class matches are held.

The school has a complete network of audio-visual system of education. All kinds of visual aids are used to impart the best education. The school has its TV sets and VCRs and VCPs and CD players to meet with the latest techniques of education.

The school has a mini theatre named after the great son of Ludhiana, Shaheed Sukhdev Singh Hall. It is used for providing facilities for all kinds of recreational activities, including broadcast and telecast of national films and educational films.

The school also has a well-equipped library with the teachers’ corner. It as more than 5000 books and has a seating capacity of about 100 students at a time. The library is properly lighted and furnished. All kinds of newspapers and magazines are available. Reference books are also available.

With a view to enhancing the values of moral education, the school has developed a complete network of imparting moral education through studies of environment, lectures, teaching of small habits, video and audio cassettes etc. Charts and models are also prepared by the students on this topic.

On the persistent demand of the parents, the school management has taken a final decision for starting home science subject for girls from this session in 2003-2004.



Disciplinarian for all-round development

Mr Harish Chander GuptaMr Harish Chander Gupta, principal for last 11 years of New Senior Secondary School, Sarabha Nagar, is the educationist to the core having been in the field of education from 1959. He climbed rung by rung and presently is Deputy Director of the three schools run by the management. He was awarded life time best teacher award by Mr Satpal Gosaian, the then Speaker of Punjab Vidhan Sabha in April, 2001.He believes in extra-mural activities and all-round development of a child. He is of a strong opinion that if the ratio between students and teachers does not exceed more than one to thirty to thirty five students, the discipline problems can vanish.

On education

The three words, punctuality, regularity and quality, are the essence of education. Obviously with regularity and punctuality the product will be of quality. All these coupled with discipline are the fountain heads of education. Education should aim at all-round development of a student. The focus should be on moral education right from lowermost classes as good habits once formed will serve well throughout life. When children see and hear, they retain better. For this reason a special theatre to show films, multimedia aids has been constructed. The children are shown movies based on national heroes and patriotic themes. At times the primary children are also shown cartoons.

On Religion

Every religion has its own symptoms and own system which vary but all religions teach moral values which do not vary. In schools the teachers should lay emphasis on moral education. They should be imparted education in playway methods. Teachers should be good role models so that the senior students can emulate their examples. We arrange talks, lectures by people of eminence who talk about how to inculcate moral values.

On discipline

Mr Harish Chander Gupts is so punctual, an important part of discipline, that the students and staff can set their watch according to his presence in office. He says that discipline is the backbone of an individual’s life and since an individual is at core of everything, discipline is a must for every organisation for its synchronised growth. He says if you split the word discipline and total the letters as they appear in order of alphabet, they total 100.



Brain Teasers

Answer the following questions:


1. Name the album that won Norah Jones Grammy Award.

2. Which cricketer is called 'Kohinoor Diamond'?

3. Which bowler was declared the best bowler of the century by Wisden?

4. What does MoU stand for?

5. Name the founder of Microsoft Corp?

Answer key

1 Come Away with Me.

2. Sachin Tendulkar

3. Muttiah Muralitharan

4. Memorandum of Understanding

5. Bill Gates


Choose correct meanings of the proverbs

1. To kick the bucket.

2. A crown is the fountain of honour

3. To do the things by halves

4. Keep your hair on

5. From pillar to post

Answer key

a. being driven from one difficulty to another.

b. to die.

c. don't lose the temper

d. imperfectly

e. all the honour belongs to the ruler.

Answer key

1. b, 2 e, 3d, 4c, 5a.



Poems by students


One word ‘Mother’

Compare it with no other

she is kind and forgiving

Love her while she is living

the first word of an infant

the last word of the brave

there is no friend like mother

from the cradle to the grave

Gurpreet Kaur, Primary wing, Civil Lines branch

Education today

Education is good, education is great,

It’s just the system I terribly hate

sometimes the teachers unqualified

many times the lessons too long

for twelve years we ‘study’

from black board to ‘copy’

and after a year one examination

to spill out all information

so legislators! change and heat our voices or else tomorrow you will count the losses

Gurneet Singh Riat, XII

The humble heights

Try to be like a moon

and you will learn to shine soon

the moon does not seek its own light

but sees in a dark night

even at this heights, it gives others its light

so go hard and achieve; only to make others bright

Jatinder Pal Singh, XII, Sarabha Nagar branch



Awareness about WTO

Mandi Gobindgarh, March 16
Desh Bhagat Institute of Management and Computer Sciences (DBIMCS) organised a seminar on ‘WTO - the next ministerial meet’. Mr P.K. Vasudeva, Director Bharti Vidhyapeeth stressed the need for labour reforms and greater awareness about WTO rules.

Ms Shalini Gupta Director DBIMCS stressed on corruption-free governance. OC



Kashmir beckons Sunita
Vimal Sumbly
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 16
Sunita Raina is a poetess from Kashmiri. Having left the valley 13 years ago, the place keeps on calling her again and again. And the irony is that she cannot visit her home that nourished her dreams for so many years. Her imagination does not rest on nostalgia. She wants to fly on the wings of imagination. She has already penned over a hundred poems, which have appeared in literary journals, magazines and newspapers.

She says, while she would love to write in Kashmiri, but she goes for Urdu, rather Hindustani. “Because, that presents you with the greater audience”, “The greatest casualty of the militancy in Kashmir is not just the ethos of amity, but the creativity of people over there.”

Sunita points out, “there is no dearth of Kashmiri poets but they have been gagged up by militancy”. But she is hopeful that the freedom would dawn in her homeland.

The world outside Kashmir has been a rewarding challenge. Some of her ghazals have been hailed by critics.

Her recent poem which concludes with “mehnat wa mashakat kay baad mila, bahut kuchh mila...binna koshishoon kay mila, taqdeer say mila, to kya mila...?”.

Sunita’s compositions are not without pathos and longing either. She says, “mein ik dukan hoon toote khilonoon ki, kabi to kash koi dekhne ko ayay mujhe”

Sunita started composing poetry when she was in seventh or eighth standard in Kashmir. “I don’t think I have made a beginning yet and I “miles to go...”


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