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2 declamation contests: 6 emerge winners out of 8 participants
Chitleen K. Sethi
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 21
Probably for the first time in the history of Panjab University the prestigious. K.K. Grover Goodwill Declamation Contest and the A.C. Bali Memorial Declamation Contest ended up as no contest at all.

Only eight students from across the state landed up for the contests, six out of whom walked away with the top three positions in the two contests. While the judges cried hoarse over the virtual ‘gifting’ of the prizes, the organisers insisted that university rules be followed and all six prizes given.

The contests were organised by the Department of Hindi here. The head Dr Neerja Sood said the lukewarm response was due to the fact that the date of the contest had been changed from February 2006 to December this year. With elaborate arrangements for the contests at the Gandhi Bhavan in the university, obviously the poor response had come as a shock to the organisers as well.

“Examinations are also on at the various affiliated colleges and it would have been difficult for student teams to come from long distances in such cold,” she added.

The judges were, however, not impressed. Dr Akhsay Kumar of the Department of English, PU, who judged the contestants during the K.K. Grover Goodwill Declamation Contest said since the number of participants was very few, only one prize would be announced. “Over the years the number of students participating in such contests had been steadily going down. We should realise that there is a need to widen the scope of such contests. Also participants should be better prepared. Instead of making a declamation look like a dramatic performance, strength of conviction should reflect in the ideas being projected by the contestants,” he said declaring the result.

Disagreeing with Dr Akshay Kumar, Dr Satyapal Sehgal, convener of the contests said this was the first time the number of contestants had been so low.

“Each year we have over 40 participants each and there have been occasions when the contests have continued till late evening,” he said.

The two contests which find a mention in the Panjab University Calendar were instituted decades ago and are considered to be the two most prestigious annual competitions. The best students from the university and affiliated colleges are called to participate in these contests and winners are given cash prizes awarded during the annual convocation.

The contests were inaugurated by Prof Veer Singh, Dean, University Instructions, who said such contests provided students with a rare opportunity to cultivate skills of effective communication. Presiding over the K.K. Grover contest, Radhey Shyam Sharma, Director, Haryana Sahita Academy, highlighted the importance of good expression in daily life.

Presiding over A.C. Bali Memorial Declamation Contest, Mr Sanjiv Tewari, Director, Public Relations, PU, remembered his days as a student when participation in such activities was the most prestigious thing for a brilliant student.

The winners of the K.K. Grover contest are: Anupama Thakur of the Department of Hindi, PU, Aarti of Dev Samaj College for Women, Ferozepore and Ms Barinderjeet Kaur Mangat of Khalsa College for Girls, Kottan, Ludhiana.

The winners of the A.C. Bali Memorial Declamation include Gaurav of Government College, Sector 11, Chandigarh; Balvinder Kaur of S.D.P. College for Women, Ludhiana, and Sheraysi Chatrapatti of Dev Samaj College for Women, Ferozepore. 



Celebration time in schools
Tribune News Service

Students of Maharishi Dayanand Public School, Daria village, wait to perform in the annual function on Wednesday.
Students of Maharishi Dayanand Public School, Daria village, wait to perform in the annual function on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph
Tinytots of Sri Aurobindo School perform at the annual day function of the school organised at Tagore Theatre, Chandigarh, on Wednesday.
Tinytots of Sri Aurobindo School perform at the annual day function of the school organised at Tagore Theatre, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

Chandigarh, December 21
Fun and frolic marked the annual cultural-cum-prize distribution function of Guru Nanak Public School, Sector 36, here, today. The programme commenced with the lighting of the diya by Mr D.R. Yadava, Joint Secretary and Regional Officer, CBSE, Chandigarh, who presided over the function as the chief guest.

The cultural extravaganza of the junior wing started with the pre-nursery toddlers giving a dance performance. Rain dance was presented by the KG students. Putting forward the social message of preserving the environment were the students of class I. Dancing their way towards unity, a dance item, including the dances of various states, was highly applauded by the audience.

The song "We are the World" was presented by class III students. The theatrical skills were aptly represented by the students in an English play. In addition to this, a Hindi play "Anokhi Samasya", depicting the importance of hard work, and the Goan dance was also appreciated. Last but not the least a foot tapping Bhangra performance enthralled the audience.

X’mas celebrations

With Christmas bells already ringing high in the city, the school kids too are in a festive spirit. Keeping up to its tradition of praying in a special way for the bereaved, the helpless and the needy, the Carmel kids today shared their joys generously with the others as they celebrated Christmas with the students of Little Flower School, Manimajra.

The celebrations began with `Gloria in Excelsis Deo’, a tableau aesthetically depicting the birth of Lord Jesus, with Christmas Carols in the backdrop. Various races were also organized for the kids. Blankets, towels, woollens, soaps, biscuits and sweets were collected by the students of the school for the needy.

Meanwhile, Christmas was also celebrated by the primary and the middle school wing, at Delhi Public School. The programme included a talk show explaining the significance of Christmas, followed by a play and Christmas carols.

At Shishu Niketan too, Santa Claus visited the students and distributed gifts. The school was tastefully decorated.

At Delhi Public School, Sector 40, the young toddlers displayed the festive mood by celebrating Christmas at the school. While the entire school building was decorated in red and green with Santas, bells, mistletoes, wreaths and Christmas trees, the young ones too came dressed in bright vibrant clothes.

The nativity scene from the Bible was enacted by the pre-nursery kids. The function concluded with the coming of the Santa Claus.

Alumni reunion: The first reunion of ‘DAVES’, the alumni association of KB DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 7, will be organised on December 24 under the banner ‘FIERN’ on the school premises. According to the Principal of the school, Ms Madhu Bahl, all former students of the school who are highly placed professionally and are excelling in their respective fields will be felicitated on the occasion.

The passes for the event can be collected from the school reception before December 23 and the registration details are also available on the DAVES official website: www.planetdaves.com.

Maharishi Dayanand Public School, Daria: Celebrated with great zest and fervour, annual function of Maharishi Dayanand Public School, Daria, at Kalagram was a fun filled day. The function was presided over by former District Education Officer Brahamjit Kalia and former chief manager of Indian Express Santosh Kumar.

The cultural extravaganza began with welcome song followed by various group songs and a bhajan recital. Toddlers draped in vibrant and colourful clothes attracted the attention of the audience. A scintillating performance by the tiny tots on various melodious rhymes like ‘Johny Johny Yes Papa’ and ‘Lakri ki kathi’ were appreciated by those present.

Manav Mangal School: “Every teacher must inculcate the best of discipline, confidence and morality among the students to be an ideal citizen, capable of competing with anyone,” said Chander Mohan , Deputy Chief Minister of Haryana, while addressing the staff, students and parents at the annual day celebrations of Manav Mangal School here. He also gave away prizes to the students for excellence in academics and sports. The school Principal, Mr Sanjay Sardana, presented the annual report of the school. A cultural programme was also organised on the occasion.

British School: The tiny tots displayed their skills with bright colours on the star shaped cutouts of Father Christmas and Christmas bells with prosperity leaves and fruits at the British High School here today. Many students prepared X-mas cards for their parents. Face painting was the main attraction of the day. Children danced and played with Santa who told the life story of Jesus Christ to them.

Sri Aurobindo School: Fun and frolic marked the annual day celebrations of Sri Aurobindo School of Integral Education, Sector 27, today. The function was presided over by Mr D.S. Mangat, DPI School. The function began with the invocation of Goddess Kali and a welcome speech by school Principal Amrita Vatsayan.

This was followed by a cultural extravaganza, which included various dances by the toddlers.

During the function, students of the previous batches were also honoured.



X’mas celebrations at Euro Kids
Tribune News Service

Mohali, December 21
Students of Euro Kids, Phase IV, here, celebrated christmas with fervour and enthusiasm. The arrival of Santa Claus brought in smiles on the students faces.

Distributing gifts and books, Santa also cut the cake for the tiny tots. The tiny tots played games and danced as they partied around.

Sangeet Growar, Principal of the school, said the children had earlier gone to the Mother Teresa’s Home, Sector 23, Chandigarh, to distribute fruits and cakes to the inmates. She said, “Our concept is to inculcate social tolerance and sharing spirit in our students. We believe in learning while doing things which are natural process of learning for the children.” The children decorated the entire school with bells, streamers and colourful balloons. 



Teachers to hold dharna on Dec 23
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 21
The joint action committee of the Government Teachers Union, UT Chandigarh, held its general body meeting on the Masjid Grounds, Sector 20, today. All leaders and various members expressed resentment over the working style of the UT Education Department. The members resolved to hold a dharna on December 23 from 11 am onwards at the Matka Chowk to voice their discontentment against the Education Department.



School board ordered to pay Rs 10,000 to student
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 21
The Panjab and Haryana High Court has ordered the Punjab School Education Board to pay Rs 10,000 as compensation to a matric candidate for having “wasted” his one year. The student had appeared for the exam from the board in March 2004 and the board “lost” his mathematics answersheets and declared him ‘fail’.

Taking up a petition filed by the student Pushpinder from Mansa, a Division Bench headed by Mr Justice J. S. Khehar further ordered that an FIR be lodged for the missing answersheets and an enquiry headed by an officer not lower than the rank of a DSP be conducted into the matter.

Noting that the board had wasted more than a year of the candidate, the Division Bench further ordered that the board allow the student to sit for the mathematics examination again in March 2006, free of cost.

Pushpinder had appeared for the matric examination in 2004 and got eight marks in mathematics. Since he thought he had fared much better in the examination, he applied to the board for a re-checking of the answersheets. However, when there was no response from the board for over a year, Pushpinder knocked at the doors of the High Court.

In October 2005, the court ordered the board to provide the student with his answersheets but they were said to have been lost.


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