Monday, August 11, 2003, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


CBSE team meets to finalise textbook
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 10
A 10-member material production group of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) met at Hansraj Public School, Sector 6, Panchkula, to give shape to text selected for a book on functional English for Class XII.

While the selection of the text was done in Delhi, the book being brought out for the next academic session is being given the final shape. With Prof K. Kapoor from Delhi as a subject expert, the Dr A. Prashar is representing the CBSE while Principal Sarita Manuja of DAV Public School, Sector 8, is a local member of the team.

The subject of functional English was introduced in Class XI from this academic session. Under the new option, made available instead of elective English, the students are being given practical training and this learning is being given textual shape through the compiling of an activities-based book.



Students all set to step into shoes of leaders
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 10
Her rich tradition and zillion legends, folklore and exuberant dance forms, myriad cultures and mouth-watering cuisines — children of Delhi Public School, Sector 40, are getting a peek into all that makes India — beginning August 25.

Using entertainment as a medium, “India Week”, as the name suggests, would showcase everything synonymous with the country to educate the students through participation. The programme will see students of nursery to class VI giving presentations. The grand finale on August 29 will have a procession of tableaux of all states.

“We are observing this week to keep children well-versed with their past and alive to the spirit of India. It will not only break the monotony of school work but also ensure that children learn from this blend of history, geography and general knowledge,” says the Principal, Ms Sunita Tanwar.

With teachers helping out in this exercise, students have their hands full as they rehearse their parts in the show.

While the tiny tots from nursery will be seen in traditional attires of different states, those from the kindergarten are all set to step into the shoes of great leaders.

Imitating great legends, past and present, from different fields will be students of classes I and II, while learning about India for students of Classes III and IV will come by way of quiz and postermaking. Students of classes V and VI will imitate great Indian leaders by presenting great speeches by them.

While all this will be held on separate days, the last day will see everything coming together. “This will be a collective effort of all classes to reinforce all that they will have learnt during the week. It will also be a lesson in working together,” says Ms Tanwar.



Preparing students for knowledge explosion
Tribune News Service

Anoop Kiran, Class VII

Pushpinder, Class IV

Sharanjit Kaur, Class VII

Bridging the gap between imagination and reality, words and deeds, promises and performance - that is exactly what Shivalik Public School believes in. Since the time of inception, the immense service that the school has rendered to the students community, is noteworthy. SPS, aims to generate an environment where students endeavour to ensure stability, happiness, discipline and become a caring community. The emphasis is on the balanced and integrated adults who are physically, mentally and spiritually mature enough to handle and face the vicissitudes of life with optimism, courage and fortitude. The knowledge explosion demands continuous upgradation of facilities, skills and training. To support the academic network of schools and to uplift the standard of instruction according to the present scenario, Shivalik Institute of Education and Research has been conceptualised. This is another leap to make our students a face in the crowd, generating a highly language rich environment and access to latest Information Technology. The idea is to let children be in the pursuit of knowledge and not knowledge in pursuit of the child.

Shri D.S. Bedi, the Director-Principal of Shivalik Institutions is a well known visionary in the field of education and has been the guiding beacon and motivating force in turning these institutions into ideal oases of education and development.

With its motto “Victory With Determination”, the school has been providing unique education to children. There is hardly any domain of education where the school has not played a significant role. Our students have been disciplined, bright and hardworking individuals who have not only excelled in the academic field but have also brought laurels to the school in literary, cultural and sports activities.

The goal of students can only be achieved by their active participation and serious commitment. Hence great emphasis is lead on co curricular activities. Opportunities are provided to the students to participate actively in various activities. To enhance the creativity of the students, the Art & Craft section plays an important role. Students are taught to develop their skills by the way of making Origamy, thumb painting, coin painting, mask making, etc. The school creates a euphoria of activities to channelise the energy of the students who in turn steer the school to a glorious sublime horizon. 



Children are being led into tuitions

Mrs. Satvant BediOn computerisation of education: Computers have become an integral part of the curriculum, be it for computer assisted teaching or computer assisted learning. With the change in frontline curriculum in place the CBSE has been regularly introducing new areas of knowledge in the curriculum to empower the students to meet challenges of globalisation, privatisation & liberalization. Keeping in mind the urgency of the computer awareness, we have introduced Information Technology (IT) as a subject at the secondary level for examination

On classroom teaching: The true purpose of school education is to transform the innocent and uninhibited child into an inquisitive and well informed adolescent, equipped with the analytical ability and relevant knowledge to pursue further studies. This achievement is dependent to a great extent on the status of teacher - student communication. In addition, teacher must understand the dynamics of globalisation. They must adopt & adapt to the latest technologies themselves and positively contribute to the teaching learning process. Teacher has to play a multi-dimensional role of a friend, guide and a facilitator.

On tuitions: Parents set lofty goals and ideals without realising the capability and potential of their wards. The children are led into the tuitions. As a result, they do not get time for an independent thought process and remain under lot of stress and strain. They fail to make a success time table with two different nuclei. Working parents also do not have enough time to listen to their children. Thus, most of the children are led into a fruitless exercise. It also plays heavily on their harmonious development-of body, mind and spirit.

On value education: The process of inculcation of values among learners is more a matter of teaching-learning strategies and not content. In addition, an awareness of a desirable value system & of the ways & means to evolve its implementation, will help the teacher & the school reach out to the children. Acknowledging the need for values is the first step towards the creation of a society firmly founded on a strong & wholesome value system. 



Poems by students


Jasmine, Class VIII

Friends are not people who complain and shout.

They don’t blabber secrets out

friends are not people who buy you gifts and toys

they are the people who give you love kindness understanding and joys

boy or girl doesn't matter don’t hurt their feeling or they’ll become sadder

friend can be best or just buddies

friend can be cruel or perfect honeys.

Meenu Rai Class IX

“Be different”

If you are different don’t worry or care

Be round when the world is square

For it means that there’s just one of you

And hat makes you precious rare

Be prepared to stand up and fight

For the fact that there is black and white

Though the views of people are so strong

But they can all be wrong

You all alone could be right

So, be different

Aditi Class IX


Pollution Pollution Pollution

everywhere is pollution

a child is crying because of cough

the trees are drying whole world is crying because of pollution

pollution pollution pollution

we always have to take care

if we look here and there

we see pollution everywhere it is not fair

Varunpreet Class VII



Teej celebrated at Press Club
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 10
Traditional ‘jhulas’, ‘kheer’ and ‘malpuras’ added to the festivities at the Chandigarh Press Club where members of the club along with their families celebrated Teej here today.

As Punjabi folk singer Harleen Kohli entertained the guests with her Teej related songs and Malwa Cultural Society troupe presented giddah, about 500 women who took part in the festivities had fun time getting their hands adorned with mehndi in the free stalls erected for the purpose.

While comic characters kept the children busy, traditional swings, songs and dances helped the women to forget their worries for once. Lovekesh and Ashok Bali of The Tribune, won the trophy in the doubles dart competition at the Press Club Teej celebrations here this evening. The singles trophy was won by Rajinder Chawla of Indian Express. 


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