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Counselling children for studying abroad
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 8
With the travelling bug biting all age groups and phoren travel getting hep with kiddos, BGS World, an immigration counsellor and guide for securing admissions in colleges of US, Canada and Holland, is organising trips for school children to these countries.

Mr Kulvinder Singh Bawa and Ms Raspal Kaur of BGS World say that they are now having consultations with various schools in the city for organising their trips to Vancouver in Canada. “The school will have to approach us with 15 students, who will be accompanied by an official of BGS World, for their trip. We tie up with families in Canada, and the children will be staying with the Canadian families, to know about their culture, and get experience of the life there,” says Mr Kulvinder Singh.

BGS World was started by Mr Bawa about 10 years ago. A lawyer by qualification, he diversified from his business of running an authorised Maruti workshop to setting up the consultancy. “We realised that a lot of students wish to go abroad, but do not get the right counselling for securing admissions, and thus we set up the consultancy,” he says.


300 students given books, stationery
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, May 8
A total of 300 students from different government schools were given books, stationery and bags by the local chapter of the Bharat Vikas Parishad, during its annual function held at Parishad Bhavan in Sector 12-A here today.

Mr KB Bandu, honorary secretary of Pt Niranjan Dass Educational and Charitable Trust, Panchkula, who was the chief guest, distributed the articles among the students. He also lauded the role of the parishad and donated Rs 10,000 to it.

Mr K.C. Sharma, secretary of the local chapter, informed that under its project, ‘Sahyog’, the parishad had pledged that no child in the country would be left uneducated due to lack of resources and financial assistance.

Besides parishad members, residents of the area and parents of students were also present, said Mr Vinod Jaidka, press secretary of the local chapter of the parishad.


Entries invited for Saboo awards
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 8
The Jan Seva Trust has invited entries for the third Tara Chand Saboo Excellence Awards in school teaching for 2004. Addressing a press conference, M R.K. Saboo, Chairman of Saboo Business Group and Chairman of the trust, said entries from Panchkula and Mohali had been included this year onwards.

The awards were instituted in 2002. He said Mohali and Panchkula had been added to reach more deserving teachers and recognise their services.

He said four awards would be given to schoolteachers. The highest award — Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence — comprises a citation, a trophy, and Rs 50,000 in cash. The application procedure had been changed from this year. For the above award, any teacher can apply or can be nominated by another individual.

The other awards carry an amount of Rs 20,000, a citation and trophies for school teaching, for teaching in slum and for teaching in extracurricular activities like sports, art and craft and music.

Mr Saboo said application forms and other details had been circulated to 256 schools in the city, Panchkula and Mohali.


Summer camp from May 24
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, May 8
Taking into consideration the overwhelming response of its last year’s summer camp, The Gurukul, Sector 20, has decided to conduct a ‘Summer Workshop’ from May 24 to June 11.

A press note issued by the school states that the three-week camp would teach new skills to children besides helping in creative growth of the children. Activities like dancing, personal grooming, theatre, English language skills, karate and culinary skills would be a part of the camp.


Purest form of love in mother-child relationship
Ruchika M. Khanna

THE bond between a mother and her child is the purest form of love. They share much more than the bloodline. Mothers have not just brought you to the world, but nurture you with the right set of values and morals — they are responsible for making you what you are.

From doctoring you when you are sick to playing your games, keeping awake with you while you study for your exams to being your friend, mothers are your guiding angels. As city residents celebrate Mother’s Day, we take notes from their personal diaries, examining the mother-child relationship, how the relationship passes through different phases, smooth when the child is small, rocky when in the teens, and slowly how mothers and their children (and not just daughters) become the best of friends when the child grows older. Ronit Kapoor,16, says that his mother is the most important person in his life. “My whole life revolves around her, and I don’t care when my friends call me a mama’s boy. I don’t like being away from her for long. It’s not that we spend a lot of time together, but I have to know all the time that she is there for me,” he says.

His mother, Ms Gita Kapoor, says that when she conceived a second time after Ronit was born, she had wanted to have a daughter, because daughters are more affectionate than sons. “Gone are the days when the social role for boys demanded that they do not show signs of affection. My sons might not show many gestures to express their love, but in their own thoughtful ways, like helping me around the house, or simply pampering me, they show their concern for me. They discuss about their career plans and girlfriends with me, and I discuss most of my problems with them,” she says.

Indu Malhotra and her daughter, Jyotsana Malhotra, reveal how they have become more of friends than a parent and child over the past couple of years.”In school and later in college, your life revolves around your friends. It was only after I moved in with my parents that my bonding with my mother was re-built. Now, she is part of my friend circle and I am a part of her friend circle,” says Jyotsana, now a single mother herself.

Chips in her mother, Ms Indu Malhotra, “It’s not that we do not have our share of disagreements, but then who doesn’t? My daughter is as much our support system as we are hers. Being a working mother, I brought up my children very independently. Open communication, and giving space to each other, is what has worked best for us in having a healthy relationship”.

Jyotsana says “We are not a bedroom family, rather spend our time in the family den, which goes a long way in strengthening the family ties”. But is there one thing she wants to change in her relationship with her daughter vis-a vis her own relationship with her mother? “ I feel my mother reared us with love and the right set of values. Since she was a working mother, I missed her as a child, and have thus refrained from taking up work so that I am there for Pia.”

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