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Model School?
A mockery of education system
G. S. Paul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 15
Poor sanitary conditions, stinking toilets, children sitting on the floor due to shortage of benches. Such are the conditions prevailing at Government Model High School, Sector 39, making a mockery of the city’s education culture.

A visit to the school revealed that the students were not provided safe drinking water. The school authorities told this correspondent that they had stored potable water in earthen pots. On inspection, it was found that some of the pots did not have lids. Even the water served to this correspondent was not ‘clean’.

Toilets used by the children were so stinky that one could not pass through the lobby without putting a handkerchief on nose. Moreover, the stagnant water in the sink was spilling all over because of logging in the outlet pipes.

But the headmistress Aruna Sharma had hundreds of reasons to justify all that. “We have shortage of sweepers. At present, there is only one sweeper do the cleaning. Today, she is on leave so there is no one to look after the cleanliness,” said the headmistress. “We have apprised the DEO office of our unhygienic conditions a number of times, but they never bothered,” she added.

It’s not that all toilets were dirty, there were some which were very well kept, but those were reserved for the teachers and headmistress. Who takes care of these toilets then?

This is not all. Deepak and Rakesh, students of Class IX, were made to miss their classes to check ‘indiscipline’ by other children. “We have been assigned this duty by our teacher. Our job is to see that the students should not create any ruckus,” they said.

Due to shortage of benches in the school, students of three language classes - Hindi, Punjabi and Sanskrit - were made to sit on the floor. The headmistress tried to hide this fact but later she agreed and tried to justify it in her own way. “Actually, there is acute shortage of space in our school. The department has sanctioned Rs 75 lakh for constructing more rooms but the work has not been started as yet,” she said.

One room of the school had been converted into a library storing hardly any books. The computer lab was having only one computer. The half-constructed portion of the top floor had iron bars lying outside which could cause fatal accidents. The headmistress said she had written to the DPI (S) office in March about their requirement of 10 computers, 12 computer tables, 150 benches for students and 20 chairs for teachers, but was still awaiting it.

“Some of our furniture has been shifted to the new school opened at Sector 56. I have sent my teachers, too, there. It is only with the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyaan teachers that we are carrying on,” agreed the headmistress. 



Teachers attend training programme
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 15
In-service teachers training programme for primary teachers of Chandigarh schools was conducted in the State Institute of Education, Sector 32, Chandigarh, today.

The training programme was inaugurated today by DPI (S) S.K. Setia. Prof S.L. Sharma, course coordinator, Institute of Correctional Administration, Dr Malwinder Ahuja, nominee of the Government of India for monitoring of SSA in Punjab and Chandigarh, and Chanchal Singh, assistant coordinator, vocational education, Chandigarh, were also present.

K.L. Sodhi, director, State Institute of Education, said as many as 1160 teachers were to be trained by the institute. These teachers would be oriented in many subjects like social studies, sciences, English, Maths and Hindi. The training programme was so designed as to enable the teachers to handle the course content of the changed syllabi in almost all subjects.

Prof S.L. Sharma in his keynote address said education was a dynamic process and could not exist in vacuum and that the quality of education depended upon the quality of teachers, more so on primary teachers.

Dr Malwinder Ahuja enlightened the participants about the ‘Sarv Shiksha Abhiyaan’ and its objectives. She also deliberated on the philosophy of the abhiyaan.

While inaugurating the programme, Setia called upon the teachers to seize the opportunity for brushing up their knowledge for the betterment of the pupils.



250 students attend animation course
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 15
At least 250 students attended a free three-day certificate course in animation — 'Edumation 07' — held at the ICSSR complex, Panjab University, today. The course is being organised by Animation Live, premium production resource for 3D computer animation and graphics.

Vinod Kapoor, CEO, Animation Live, said the centre had been set up to bring about a revolution in the field of multimedia and animation education.

Ravinder Sharma, senior faculty member, Government College of Art, was the chief guest on the occasion. He applauded the efforts of the management for organising the course.



Special kids put up sales counter
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 15
Children of the Government Institute for Mentally Retarded Children (GIMRC), Sector 32, installed a sales counter for selling self-manufactured spices at Government Model Senior Secondary School (GMSSS), Sector 32, here, today. The event was inaugurated by Dr B.S. Chavan, joint director, GIMRC-32.

Students of the school were motivated by their principal Anil Sharma to help in this noble cause by purchasing their products from their pocket money. “This will go a long way for the rehabilitation of mentally challenged persons and their families. The sale counter will be set up for a day every month in the school. It’s bound to change the way we live in this world,” said the principal.



From Colleges

SEMINAR: In an endeavour to help its faculty attain a better understanding and respect for human values and ideals, Rayat and Bahra Institute of Engineering and Technology, Sahauran, organised a seminar on the role of human values in management and society here.

Inaugurated by Prof G.P. Rao, Professor Emeritus and former chairman of the school of management, Madurai Kamraj University, seminar was attended by over 150 faculty members from different professional streams of the group's several institutions. Prof K.N. Pathak, former vice-chancellor, Panjab University, and director general, academics, Rayat and Bahra Group of Institutions, were the guests of honour.

Emphasising the necessity of human values Prof Rao said values had become absolutely important for all enterprises in the modern globalised economy and teachers and instructors could play a potent role as an instrument of change as they were responsible for imparting knowledge, skills and positive attitude.

The seminar was also addressed by Prof C.M. Bahl, managing director, Rayat-Bahra Group of Institutions.

DENTAL CAMP: Students and staff of Dental College and Hospital of the Desh Bhagat Group of Institutes organised free dental camps at Vishal Public School, Sada Ram Bansal Memorial Senior Secondary School and Government School, Mandhar Kala, Muktsar. As many as 300 students were examined and given tips on dental hygiene. About 200 patients from nearby villagers were also examined.

JAGRAN: Swami Vivekanand Institute of Engineering and Technology (SVIET), Ramanagar, Banur, organised a Maa Bhagwati Vishal Jagran. Shri Rama Krishna Mandli from Jaitu performed at the jagran and around 3000 devotees from all walks of life came to seek the blessings of Maa Bhagwati. Jasjit Singh Bunny, general secretary, All-India Youth Akali Dal, was the chief guest. — TNS



Bar Body
Office-bearers take oath

Chandigarh, May 15
Even as the controversy over alleged discrepancies in the High Court Bar Association’s poll rages, the newly elected office-bearers took oath of office today.

Importantly, the election committee, headed by R.S. Cheema and co-chaired by S.D Sharma and M.L. Sareen, today unanimously rejected complaints filed by candidates to the post of president, joint secretary and treasurer, as false and frivolous.

S.D. Sharma said though affidavits were filed by the candidates alleging discrepancies, it was observed that those were based on hearsay and nothing substantial was put forth for the committee’s consideration. — TNS



'Kaifi aur Main' on May 20
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 15
'Kaifi aur Main', a production put together by Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar, one of the most enduring and creative duos in the film industry, is scheduled to be staged on May 20 at Tagore Theatre. The play is being brought together by the Durga Das Foundation, Spice Telecom and The Tribune.

Relying not just on personal memoirs, but tracking Kaifi’s lyrics, bits of his life and anecdotes that are recounted by those closest to him, they have woven together a deeply moving account.

As a poet-activist-writer, his closest aide was his wife Shaukat Azmi.

The play relies heavily on her experiences. Knit together as a theatrical collage, it is scripted by Javed Akhtar and it sequentially tracks the poet's life from his humble beginnings to his falling in love and a marriage that lasted 55 years.



Manish excels in poster contest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 15
Manish Toor won the first prize in a poster-designing competition organised by the Blood Bank Society. The event was sponsored by the HSBC Bank and The Tribune.

Asha Kumari and Vandana Bhasin were awarded the second and third prizes, respectively. Meanwhile, Ashok Kumar, Kamaljeet Kaur, Usha Rani, Sunita Devi, Gurpreet Kaur, Praveen Walia, Satwant Singh, Harpreet Singh, Niharika Kamal and Amneet Kaur have been declared winners in the slogan-writing contest.



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