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Brief breaks must during exams
Shivani Bhakoo

Ludhiana, February 25
Keeping in mind the number of parents seeking counsellors advice to control anxiety level among their wards during examination days, several child psychologists and psychiatrists in the city feel that worrying will not, in any case, improve the performance of children in the exams. Rather, parents and teachers should stop pressurising them to work harder.

Dr (Ms) Kala, Counselling Expert, Secretary General, ROSHNI, an NGO, suggests that instead of worrying, children should use their psychological energy to plan their study routine and try to carry out the targets set for the exams. They should ask the parents or elder sibling to give them short tests for portions covered. The students, specially ones appearing for X and XII board exams, should try to study 8-10 hours per day. Short breaks should be taken after every two hours.

“Besides studies, the students should balance their life by taking walks and doing meditation/prayer for 10 minutes everyday. TV and Computers are psychologically tiring. Avoid these as much as possible. Listening to calm music during breaks really helps”, opines Dr Kala.

Dr Krishnanand, a clinical psychologist in the department of Psychiatry at Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) says he often himself finds helpless in treating the stress level among children. “They suffer from sleep disturbances, stomach ailments, fear, memory loss, anxiety etc. Parents should keep in mind that even identical twins are not similar. If one is unique or intelligent in music, he may be very dull in maths or an other subject. There should be no comparisons. The children have started believing in rote whereas basic intelligence is missing. Too much pressure is very harmful for the child. The parents should keep in mind that the sleeping cycle of the child should not get disturbed”, Dr Krishnanand adds.

Dr Rajeev Gupta, another city-based psychiatrist says anxiety and depression among children has increased because parents’ expectations, syllabus and competition have increased manifold. “It is shocking that a majority of parents pressurise their children to tell lies even if they score less marks in exams. They force them to say that they have got 70 per cent or more marks The child gets confused. Such pressure brings inferiority complex among them. This unethical aspect brings aggression or withdrawal symptoms in children, which hampers growth”, Dr Gupta says.

There should be a practical and rational approach towards studies. “Unnecessary pressure brings many abnormalities among children. Citing an example, Dr Gupta says teachers often encourage children, who got their projects made with the help of professionals. On the other hand, the child who has made all the efforts himself gets less marks.

Dr Kala says parents should not scold or criticise the child constantly. Talk to them calmly, sit with them and reward them with their favourite eatables. The parents should never express their anxiety to the child by saying,”I am tense for you or you are useless.” Such statements disturb concentration.

“Be supportive and extra caring, give the child balanced food, vegetables and proteins. Supervise and monitor their studies. Do not put the child in a room for long to make him study alone. Develop home rules for everyone watching TV, he says”. 


IGNOU students get degrees
Our Correspondent

Doraha, February 25
Indira Gandhi National Open University, Regional Centre, Khanna , organised its 15th convocation for the students of Punjab and Chandigarh at the ITI building in Bulepur, near Khanna, recently.

A press note issued by Dr V. C. Pandey, Regional Director, Punjab and Chandigarh, said nearly 5,000 persons, including students and educationists, attended the convocation.

Prof S. P. Singh, Vice-Chancellor Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, was the guest of honour. He gave away the degrees and diplomas to the students.

A total of 242 students from different parts of Punjab and Chandigarh received their degrees and diplomas in the convocation.

The special feature of the convocation was that the function at Khanna was linked to the main function at the Main Headquarters at Delhi.

Dr K. Kasturi Rangan, former Chairman, ISRO, was the chief guest on the occasion. He delivered the convocation address. The degree of doctor of letters (honoris causa) was conferred by IGNOU on Field Marshal S. H. F. G. Manekshaw and his highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa, Prime Minister, Sultanat of Bahrain.

Prof S. P. Singh congratulated the passouts of IGNOU. Highlighting the importance of distance education programmes for meeting the educational requirements of the underprivileged people, he appreciated the role of IGNOU in the field.

Dr V. C. Pandey, Regional Director of IGNOU for Punjab and Chandigarh, while presenting the report of the Regional Centre gave a detailed account of the activities of IGNOU in the region. He said IGNOU would be getting the support of NGOs in a big way. The NGOs have already been employed in rural areas to sensitise people and make academic services available at their doorstep. Dr Pandey also disclosed the plans, policies and strategies available to creating awareness among industrial workers. He said IGNOU was gaining an overwhelming response from the public in Punjab and a number of new study centres would be opened shortly. All the study centres will very soon be equipped with the video-teleconferencing facilities, A/V CDs and other infrastructural facilities.


Luxor brings in exam package
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 25
With examination time round the corner, Luxor Writing Instruments Private Limited, one of the leading names in writing instruments industry, has launched an entire range of ball pens for ‘Luxor Fusion’, ‘Luxor Rocky Designer’, ‘Trendy Grip’ and new fineliners called “Luxor Experto.”

A company spokesperson said that priced at Rs 25, Luxor Fusion was targeted at young students, executives, and businessmen. Available in blue ink colour, this ball pen with jotter refill came in five different assorted body colours like blue, red green, pink and purple.

Luxor Rocky was priced at Rs15 and was available in nine different barrel designs. With specially formulated ink, these ball pens had a rubber grip and a 1.0 mm tungsten carbide tip for crisp, smooth and skip-free writing.


College organises car rally
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 25
As part of Ehsaas-2004, an inter-college literary and cultural festival to be held at Punjab College of Technical Education (PCTE) on Friday, a goodwill car rally from Ludhiana to Khanna was organised here today.

Students and faculty member participated enthusiastically in the rally which consisted of 40 cars. It started from Ludhiana in the morning and moved towards Khanna. At Khanna, it was flagged of by Mr Yash Mahajan, Managing-Director of Sewakunj Hyundai. Halting for a while at Mandi Gobindgarh, the rally came back to Ludhiana.

Mr H.S. Gill, chairman of the college, said a Pakistan delegation comprising 17 students and three faculty members from Islamabad would participate in the festival.

Mr Gill said as many as 40 teams from colleges of Punjab, Haryana and New Delhi would compete for 15 events. Mr Bir Devinder Singh, Deputy Speaker, Punjab Vidhan Sabha, would inaugurate the function. 

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