EDUCATION TRIBUNE

Reading should be a pleasure
Amarinder Sandhu

“Esme, where are you?” calls out Kuldip Jakhar to her granddaughter. “I’m busy reading Fashion Show Fun of the Glitter Girls series and please do not disturb me,” comes the reply. Basking in the winter sun, this nine-year-old is on a whirlwind trip to the girlie world of fashion. Accessories, clothes and hairdos have caught her imagination and her school bag always has a book of the Glitter Girl series. Reading is her hobby and she is a member the local library.

Campus Notes
CCS Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar

Rice researchers felicitated

The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has felicitated nine rice researchers of Chaudhry Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University for their contribution to development of high yielding basmati varieties over the years. They are: D.V.S. Panwar, K.R. Gupta, Rishi Pal, Rattan Singh, Khushi Ram, Uma Ahuja, Chandgi Ram, S.C. Ahuja and Ram Singh. 

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Reading should be a pleasure
Amarinder Sandhu

“Esme, where are you?” calls out Kuldip Jakhar to her granddaughter. “I’m busy reading Fashion Show Fun of the Glitter Girls series and please do not disturb me,” comes the reply. Basking in the winter sun, this nine-year-old is on a whirlwind trip to the girlie world of fashion. Accessories, clothes and hairdos have caught her imagination and her school bag always has a book of the Glitter Girl series. Reading is her hobby and she is a member the local library.

The function of any language is to communicate and reading is one of the skills of this communication process. When young students enter school for formal instructions, they bring with them a unique style of communication complete with gestures and a rich vocabulary. The varied language of the children can be used to help the children to learn to read. Language should be used as a foundation on which learning to read can be based. The language experiences the child brings to the class needs to be incorporated in daily instructions and these go a long way in helping the child to learn to read. Reading can be used as a medium to merge the unique cultural experiences the children bring with themselves to school and those they encounter in formal teaching.

Reading basically starts in school and introduction to reading has to be pleasant .The language teacher has a big responsibility on her shoulders. Age appropriate literature has to be chosen. After students familiarise themselves with the alphabets the teacher introduces them to word formation, the young scholars learn to read names and then move on to short sentences .We all live in a print environment. Reading skills can be encouraged by asking the child to read labels on containers or hoardings. The young scholar can then graduate to the reading of newspaper headlines, horoscope and comic strips.

Bedtime reading enhances the oral-aural skills of the child and develops his interest in stories. After the child has attained a certain degree of reading skills, the bedtime reading becomes a ritual. The mother may read one paragraph and the child may read the next. Lots of dialogues and pictures make reading a fun activity. An experienced language teacher can create interest in reading among the children. Students soon learn to read for pleasure and not just for academic purposes. Age appropriate literature has to be chosen. The teacher introduces reading through the process of story telling. The teacher steps into the shoes of the characters and develops them by gestures and modulates her voice by letting it rise and fall. The scenes of the story can be funny or scary. The storyteller may have to squeak like a mouse or give the look of a sly fox. As the reading level advances children can be encouraged to read aloud in class. They can work in pairs like buddies and build their confidence. As vocabulary increases, children start using dictionaries to look up meanings and encyclopedias to find more information.

Reading is basically communication between the writer and the reader. The words in print appeal to the reader and he identifies with the characters. Reading thus becomes an enjoyable activity and people read for pleasure. If the reader possesses a varied vocabulary, he has the upper hand in comprehending what the writer is trying to say. As children move to higher classes, they develop cognitively and language becomes the medium of expanding their horizons of knowledge.

Madhurama, a senior English lecturer working with the Chandigarh Administration, has a few tips to offer on how to develop interest in reading among children. “As a mother, I read to my children when they were younger. The books had colourful pictures that captivated the children. As a teacher, I introduced story telling in class. Children are inquisitive and ask questions if they find the story interesting. Satisfy their curiosity and let reading be for enjoyment, not as a punishment. Books make good birthday gifts and a child enjoys reading if the books are his own. Through reading, there is structured vocabulary development which fosters fluency in the language.” 
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Campus Notes
CCS Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar
Rice researchers felicitated

The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has felicitated nine rice researchers of Chaudhry Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University for their contribution to development of high yielding basmati varieties over the years. They are: D.V.S. Panwar, K.R. Gupta, Rishi Pal, Rattan Singh, Khushi Ram, Uma Ahuja, Chandgi Ram, S.C. Ahuja and Ram Singh. Two other HAU scientists K.S. Kushwaha and Ajmer Singh who also contributed to the development of new rice varieties but could not be felicitated as both had died. Deceased scientists cannot be given awards under ICAR rules. However, the ICAR duly recognised their contribution.

Project to strengthen PG teaching

The Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, has sanctioned a Rs 40-lakh project to Haryana Agricultural University for strengthening postgraduate teaching and research in the Department of Soil Sciences of the university. Director of Research, Dr S.S. Pahuja, said under this project funds would be used for purchasing equipment, setting up a computer laboratory and procuring textbooks. He said the facilities created under this project would help in the upgradation of scientific skills of postgraduate students of the department and analysing soil samples for various soil and water pollutants. A five-member team comprising S.B. Mittal, A.K. Kapoor, S.K. Sharma, R.S. Antil and K.S. Grewal has been constituted to monitor the project.

Meet on dryland farming

Bottlenecks of barren and dryland farming were discussed at a meeting organised on the university campus recently. The meeting was convened by the Department of Agronomy of the varsity under the directives of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). Several scientists, progressive farmers from dryland areas, officers of the State Department of Agriculture and representatives of non-government organisations(NGOs) participated in the meeting.

Addressing the participants, Director of Extension Education, Dr H.D. Yadav, said there was a dire need for developing strategies for proper and judicious use of soil of dryland areas which were barren, thirsty and hungry. The farmers of these areas need to be enlightened about the ways of improving soil fertility and conserving soil health for better crop production.

The participants expressed concern over declining yield of crops in dryland areas due to poor soil and water management.

— Contributed by Raman Mohan
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