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Lt-Governor faces embarrassing moments at IIT awards
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 21
All was not well at the Indian Institute of Technology’s three-day International Conference on E-Governance (ICEG), which ended here last evening.

There were not too many enthusiastic winners rushing up the podium steps as the chief guest, Lt-Governor Vijai Kapoor, stood patiently awaiting the winners
who were conspicuous by their absence.

The conference, which was inaugurated by President A. P. J. Abdul Kalam on Thursday, had a total of 14 technical sessions and three industrial ones and saw about 137 experts of national and international repute present their viewpoints.

However, the ceremony to honour the best papers and the brains behind them fell flat when more than half of the winners were not present to receive the honours.

To add insult to injury, even representatives from sponsors like Oracle, Hewlett Packard, Birlasoft and CMC were absent when they were called on stage in acknowledgement of their financial support to the event, which authorities said cost about Rs 35 lakh.

Mr Kapoor left the venue as soon as the event ended, skipping the slated high tea programme. IIT officials, though visibly perturbed by the absence of so many awardees, tried to put up a brave face.

A poor cover-up job by the IITD was a statement made by an official. He is reported to have said, “I think credit should be given to the way the selection of the winners was done.

It was no secret that even those who finally won were not aware that they could come out tops.

Therefore, many of them did not turn up”.

The explanation seems hard to digest when the awards are considered a ‘’big honour’’.

In his customary speech the Lt-Governor spoke about the slow pace of e-governance implementation in the country as well as asked the students to take initiatives to bridge the technology gap so that more and more people become e-literate.


GNIIT students get titles from Sheila

New Delhi: NIIT held its convocation for GNIIT students from Delhi graduating in the academic year 2002-03. The Chief Minister, Ms Sheila Dikshit, awarded successful candidates titles.

GNIIT titles were awarded to 1041 students out of whom 660 were girls and 381 were boys. Twenty toppers were also felicitated for their achievements. Speaking on the occasion, the Chairman of the Academic Council, NIIT, Mr R. S. Pawar, said, “The resurgence of IT job opportunities is great news for GNIIT graduating students, especially when one year of work experience has made them industry ready”.

Chess wizard Vishwanathan Anand, who was also present on the occasion, advised students to “practice what you have learnt and perform in the real world”. TNS


Seminar to take stock of school education
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, December 21
A debate-cum-seminar will be organised here on the topic ‘Methods to check the ongoing commercilisation of education and improve the standard of teaching in government schools’, on December 28.

According to a spokesperson of the ‘Faridabad Abhibhavak Ekta Manch’, which is organising the programme at Prernadhan Community Centre in sector-15 here, the motive behind it was to create an awareness and involvement of people on the issues of common interest.

As the field of education was being thrown open to private players, there was increasing example of managements and owners of privately owned educational institutions to fleece the public in the name of quality education.

There was a need to check the monopoly and the tendency to make education a costly affair, the spokesman said.

Blaming the “short sightedness” on the part of the government, he claimed that the private schools had taken over in big way due to the lack of improvement and poor standards in government schools.

In these circumstances, the common man had been left with no alternative.

A large number of experts were expected to participate including Dr Janaki Rajan, Director, State Council for Education Research and Training, Mr M M Jha, Joint Secretary, Union Ministry of Human Resources, Prof B. N Arora, Mr O. P. Sharma, a retired official of the Education Department and Prof Devender Singh, president of ‘Sampooran Kranti Manch’, Haryana.


‘Take a leaf out of Swami Vivekananda’s book’
Smriti Kak

Vivekanand Public School organised its annual day function, Sankalp 2003. The Chairman of the All India Sports Council and spokesperson of the BJP, Mr Vijay Kumar Malhotra, was the Chief Guest on the occasion. He advised the students to learn from the life and teachings of Swami Vivekananda.

Students took part in various events including drill, Yoga, lazium and exercises. Principal of the school, Ms Rashmi Khanna gave the welcome address.

Ramjas annual day

Ramjas Day Boarding School, Anand Parbat celebrated their annual day at Talkatora Indoor Stadium. The Chief Guest was Mr Shiv Khera, the founder of Qualified Learning System. The Guest of Honour was DCP, North West District, Mr Sanjay Beniwal.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Beniwal said that the secret of success is reverence to elders and dedication to duties, which are the values, all children should imbibe.

Principal Ms Anita Shah read out the annual report and highlighted the achievements of the students in various fields. Students presented ‘Essence of India’, a dance drama showcasing the Indian culture and heritage on the occasion. The junior students presented a ballet based on a Russian story.

Entertaining show

Gyan Devi Public School, Gurgaon celebrated its annual day with the students putting up an entertaining show on the occasion. The Chief Guest on the occasion was the Deputy Speaker, Haryana Vidhan Sabha, Mr G C Gehlot.

Students put up a dandiya number and also danced to the chart-buster, the Ketchup song.

A prize distribution ceremony was also organised and the Chief Guest gave away the prizes to the winners.

Human Rights

Manav Sthali celebrated a week-long programme for Human Rights from December 4 to 10. Also, the English Nuances and Creative Talent Society ENACTS organised a three-day literary fest.

The classroom theoretical concepts and teaching were combined with practical and oratorical skills on stage by the students. An inter-school debate, a one-act play, on the spot poetry competition were part of the programme.

Students also tested their literary knowledge in the quiz Kaleidoscope 2003. Vice-Admiral Venkat Bharathan AVSM, VSM was the Chief Guest on the occasion. Addressing the students, he said, “Teaching can be received, but education has to be achieved through some medium”.

‘Rainbow 2003’

Krishna Nagar-based Lovely Public school today organised its annual sports day and cultural extravaganza ‘Rainbow 2003’ at school’s stadium. The newly elected Education Minister of Delhi, Mr Arvinder Singh Lovely, was the chief guest on the occasion.

In his inaugural speech, he said this school has never compromised with quality education and that is why this school is deemed as the best school in trans-Yamuna area. The school focuses not only on studies but extra-curricular activities also.

In a day-long programme, the students participated in many sports events and presented colourful cultural performances. The talented performers did not let any mood slip out of their items. From the rhythmic choreographed drills to the elegant march past, the spirit of friendship, fraternity and goodwill prevailed throughout. The cultural heritage of our country could be seen in the folk dance presentation.

The students who showed outstanding performances at this event were given awards by the school principal, Mrs S. D. Malik. Parliament Secretary to the Chief Minister, Mr Naseeb Singh presided over the function.

‘One World’

DPS International organised a cultural evening ‘One World’. Students from over 126 DPS branches participated in the event. A unique dimension of the programme was the exhibition stalls showcasing the art, literature and history of various countries. These stalls had been put up with the help of various embassies.

Danseuse Shovana Narayana and sitar maestro Pandit Debu Chaudhry accompanied by his son Prateek and pop singer Shankar Sahney also performed at the function.

Annual sports meet

Ahlcon International School, Mayur Vihar organised its first annual sports meet at the National Stadium. The programme was inaugurated by Mr Morad Ali Khan, member of the Indian Shooting team, which won the first ever-gold medal for the country at the Trap Shooting. A six times national champion, Khan has also received the Asian gold medal and a gold medal at the Common Wealth Games, Manchester 2002.

Students participated in various events, including the drills and the PT. There were races, march past and drill formations by the juniors. Also present on the occasion were Mr Ashok Kumar, Hockey Olympian and Dronacharya Gurucharan Singh along with Director Team Selection, Mr M P Ganesh.

Input Nalini Ranjan 


God is in Heaven, all is right with the world

There is a beautiful story that has inspired me to view the mess and confusion around me with a smile for it reminds me that there is always a brighter side to everything. This is how the story goes. “When I was little, my mother used to sew a great deal. I would sit at her knees and look up from the floor and ask what she was doing. She informed me that she was embroidering. As from the underside I watched her work within the boundaries of the little hoop that she held in her hand. I complained to her that it sure looked messy from where I sat. She would smile at me, look down and gently say, “Son, go about your play, and when I am finished with my embroidering, I will put you on my knees and let you see it from my side.”

When she finally put me on her knees, I was thrilled to see a beautiful flower. I could not believe it, because from underneath it had looked so messy. My mother explained that while I had seen the mess and tangle, I had not realised that there was a plan on the top. It was a design. “Now you see it from my side….”

Many times through my life, I have looked up to heaven and said, “Father what are you doing?” He has answered, “I am embroidering your life”. I have said, “But it looks like such a mess to me. It seems so jumbled. The threads seem so dark. Why can’t they all be bright?” And he tells me, “My child go about your business of doing my business, and one day I will bring you to heaven and put you on my knee and you will see the plan from my side.”

The other side is always bright, beautiful and provides the inspiration to go ahead with our work diligently, with commitment, for on the other side of the entangled mess of our life unfolds a beautiful design. The first thing this hope depends on is ‘faith’; an unshakable faith that everything will go right as long as we don’t give up. We must invest in this wonderful faith that ‘God is in Heaven, all is right with the world’.

We all throw up our arms ever so often and go on strike, but if God above went on strike we would then really know what a mess we’d all be in. Thank God he does not protest against our ingratitude and say, “That’s it! I am through. Here is what I will do. I will give my orders to the sun – cut off the heat supply and then run the oceans dry, turn off the vital oxygen till every breath is gone.” But He is truly magnificent and in spite of all the disdain and abuse from the world, He carries on, supplying you and me with all the favour of His grace, and everything is free.

Thus, we should repay our debts to Him by being good to others without seeking selfish ends or gratitude. This is a crucial part of the divine design. Help others. You won’t succeed because other people fail. To help, one has to go out of the way. It doesn’t happen by the way. Helpfulness is not an exchange of favours. It is God’s lesson to us. He takes nothing to help us. We should move on to the path designed by Him by building an honourable character – by becoming a person of integrity.

Life may be a bit of a mess, but remember that messy is optional. If you make a mistake, say you are sorry and be patient when someone else makes a mistake. Don’t re-experience other people’s mistakes. Learn from them and avoid your own. Most important — constantly strive to keep your conscience alive..

Where there is faith in God, there is confidence in all our actions for we know His governing hand is constantly guiding us. It will bring the right shape and colours in our life. Faith, Hope, Love — you need all of these. If you want to live, then you have got to be positive.

Madhu Chandra
Birla Vidya Niketan

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