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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Role of Schools in the Development of Personality of Students

V.P. Tandon
(Chairman Vandana and Kamal Group of Institutions)

I am of the concerted view that hard work provides knowledge, knowledge creates confidence, confidence improves performance and performance results in all faceted development of one’s personality. In the process of development of personality, the schools play a very important role. It is at the school level that students learn active habits, variety of knowledge-able things, creative skills and social values, which have a great effect on their thinking and doing. The contribution of the teacher as a role model also goes a long way to have long lasting impact on the personality of the students. That is why great schools had been producing known political leaders, thinkers, philosophers, educationists, technocrats and scientists.

Vandana and Kamal group of institutions has been activity engaged in providing moral and quality education with scientific outlook for the children of less privileged, deprived and poor strata of the society, which has been the Mission of Vandana & Kamal Group of institutions. This Group of Institutions includes, Vandana International Sr. Sec. School, sector-10, Dwarka, New Delhi, Kamal Model Sr. Sec. School, Mohan Garden, New Delhi, Kamal International School, Nangli Sakrawati, Najafgarh, Vandana Kinder Garten, Sector-10, Dwarka, New Delhi, Rishikul International School, Sector-7, Dwarka, New Delhi, Tiny Tulips School, sector-4, Dwarka, New Delhi. These schools have the rare track record of scholastic and co-scholastic achievements.

This Group of Schools also proposes to start a High-Tech World Class Sr. Sec. School on Dwarka Express way at sector -102, Gurugram from 2018-19.

The Group is also running with great success Kamal Institute of Higher Education and Advance Technology, Mohan Garden, New Delhi, which is conducting professional programmes in Education (B.Ed), B.B.A.(G), B.C.A. and B.Com(H) programmes For Example, the students of Institute have been giving exemplary performance in academics and winning gold medals at university level. In cultural field also the institute’s teams have begged 1st, 2nd & 3rd positions in university competitions as well as in college level competitions. This Group is also going to start Trinity Institute of Innovation and Professional Studies in NOIDA from the academic session 2018-19 and shall be offering Degree & P.G. professional courses in a campus with state-of-the-art infrastructure and other facilities.

In all the institutions of the Group, we have well qualified and experienced teaching faculty, expert coaches of games, sports, dance and music.

The visionary leadership of this Group of Institutions always keeps busy with thinking and implementing plans for the betterment of co-curricular and extra-curricular environment, which has enabled these institutions to bag many State and National level awards in cultural activities.


A five day ‘Summer Fiesta’ program organised by renowned Delhi Public School (DPS) Rishikesh to incorporate various lifestyle and health related skills among vacationing school children began at DPS Rishikesh campus today.

About 90 Students from DPS Rishikesh studying in class Nursery to 5th are taking part in the five day fiesta from May 23- 27, 2018 .The The progm is being organised in association with Quality Education Asia, an organisation working for imparting skills for bringing up strong next generation.

“ The Four hour daily unique program ' Parivartan' 9.00 AM to 12.00 Noon has been launched with aim to incorporate various skills and zeal to grow , celebrate life with loved ones. among school children . These skills include understanding family, honesty, care, incorporating moral values, fostering love, Fitness and healthy eating habits, mingling with parents, family values .incorporating other lifestyle skills.” Said Ms Rachna Pandit, Director DPS, Rishikesh while launching the program.

" Some of skills that will imparted include thinking skills, social skills, emotional skills, health and wellness skills, eduation, attitude and valuesand gender senistivity " Ms Pandit said.

“ The Summer Fiesta will provide them learning opportunities in the world of Innovation, Curiosity and Happiness and to utilize their summer vacation through various creative activities. This will also help children to pursue their dreams with full spirit, energy and positive attitude; and success will come back to them.” She said.

“ Some of major highlight of the program will include teaching children importance of family as on the last Two days of the fiesta parents of children will be invited and allowed to mingle with children and have feel of the program. The last Two days have been titled ‘ A day with parents –are you Ready for the Challenge and We promise we are always together “ Ms Pandit said.

This Sumer Fiesta program will help children and parents become emotionally balanced and spiritually strong At End of the program a certificate will be provided to the children.

Delhi Public School Rishikesh (DPS Rishikesh) is promoted by Pramiti Education and Knowledge Society (PEAKS) and is being run in collaboration with DPS Society, New Delhi.

The School is committed to provide the residents of Rishikesh and the neighboring towns with an excellent opportunity to educate their wards.

DPS Rishikesh is founded on the principle of Pramiti, meaning acquiring knowledge by proof. The emphasis of the School is to offer a stream of learning to the young scholars based on a ’learning by doing’ approach. Our core group is led by eminent and nationally and internationally recognized educationists and education administrators. Our leadership includes Harvard and IIT Alumnus and is committed to bringing the best in education to DPS Rishikesh and its students.

DPS Rishikesh is steered by an International Academic Advisory Body [IAAB] of a select group of eminent educationists and top education administrators to provide necessary inputs from time to time and for bringing international benchmarks to the curriculum structure and instructions.

The School is led by an eminent and experienced Director, Rachna Pandit, an IIT alumnus, who has spent over two and a half decades in the DPS family and a decade leading the DPS schools in India and abroad.

फैशन शो के माध्यम से "विदेशी छोडो-देसी अपनाओ" का दिया सन्देश

दिल्ली में पीएफटीआई के छात्रों द्वारा एक फैशन शो का आयोजन किया गया, इस कार्यक्रम का आयोजन समाज में फैली कुरीतियां, अंधविश्वास व विदेशी छोडो देसी अपनाओ को उजागर कर उनका समाधान करना था, छात्रों ने बड़ी ही ख़ूबसूरती से कार्यक्रम को अंजाम दिया और मंच पर चार चाँद लगाए, फैशन शो में भारतीय संस्कृति साफ़ साफ़ झलक रही थी मानो ज़मीन पर स्वर्ग की अप्सराएं उतर आयी हो, फैशन शो में विजयी रहे: लड़कों में निखिल प्रथम स्थान पर, हिमांशु दूसरे स्थान पर और रॉकी तीसरे स्थान पर रहे, वहीं लड़कियों में सुरभि प्रथम स्थान पर, अलीशा दूसरे स्थान पर और कनिका तीसरे स्थान पर रही. फैशन शो को कोरियोग्राफ किया था कोरियोग्राफर रौनक चंचल ने, कार्यक्रम में मुख्य अतिथि की भूमिका सीनियर जर्नलिस्ट श्री दयानन्द वत्स जी व फिल्म निर्माता-निर्देशक अजय शास्त्री जी और जर्नलिस्ट शिवानी जलोटा ने निभाई. कार्यक्रम बहुत ही मनमोहक और संदेशात्मक रहा. कार्यक्रम के आयोजक थे डीके भरद्वाज और कार्यक्रम को प्रस्तुत किया था पदार्पण फिल्म एंड टीवी इंस्टिट्यूट ने.

कार्यक्रम में छात्रों के अभिभावक अपने बच्चों को रैंप पर चलते देख बहुत ही उत्साहित नजर आ रहे थे प्रत्येक परफ़ॉर्मर के लिए हाल में तांलिया गूँज उठती थी. कार्यक्रम इतना जबरदस्त था कि हर कोई एन्जॉय कर रहा था.
कार्यक्रम के मुख्य अतिथि जर्नलिस्ट दयानन्द वत्स जी ने बच्चों को पत्रकारिता के बारे में जागरूक किया, वत्स जी पत्रकारिता में लगभग 35 वर्षों से कार्यरत है, वहीं फिल्म निर्माता-निर्देशक अजय शास्त्री जी ने कहा कि ग्लैमर से भरी इस दुनिया में पश्चिमी सभ्यता हम पर हावी होती जा रही है और हम अपनी सभ्यता को भूलते जा रहे है, वहां पर अपनी सभ्यता को मंच पर दर्शाना बहुत ही कठिन होता है क्योंकि आजकल हर कोई पश्चिमी सभ्यता में लिप्त होता जा रहा है. ऐसे माहौल में अपनी सभ्यता को मंच के माध्यम से देश और दुनिया के कोने-कोने तक पहुंचना बहुत ही साहस भरा कार्य है जिसके लिए दीपक भारद्वाज बधाई के पात्र है क्योंकि इन्होने इस तरह का चैलेंज स्वीकार करके इसको अंजाम देने में लगे है.

पीएफटीआई के डायरेक्टर दीपक भरद्वाज का भी ये ही मानना है कि भले ही हमारा इंस्टिट्यूट फ़िल्मी है मगर हम अपने बच्चों को अपनी सभ्यता व संस्कृति के बारे में नहीं बताएंगे तो उनको कैसे पता चलेगा ? हमारे बच्चे तो जो आज देख रहे है वो तो वैसा ही कर रहे है, लेकिन जब हमारे बच्चे विदेशी लोगो को हमारी सभ्यता में लिप्त देखते है तो उनके मन में ये सवाल आता है कि जब हमारी सभ्यता इतनी अच्छी है कि विदेशी लोग भी हमारी सभ्यता को अपना रहे है तो हम क्यों छोड़ते जा रहे है अपनी सभ्यता को ? हम क्यों अपना रहे है पश्चिमी सभ्यता को ? इन्ही कुछ सवालों को दिमाग में रखकर इस कार्यक्रम का आयोजन किया गया था जो आप सभी के आशीर्वाद से सफल रहा.इस मौके पर जर्नलिस्ट अजित के साथ बच्चों के अभिभावक भी मौजूद रहे।

3D Lab in The Indian Heights School

‘The amalgamation of technology and education opens vistas to arenas unexplored’.

In this era of progressive technology the students have become knowledgeable digital natives and their learning experience has been shifted from pen & chalk to variety of techno savvy educational aids. The Indian Heights School always endeavour to bring excellence in education. In an innovative venture, the school forged alliance with Eureka 3D lab to enhance superior facilitation and understanding of all subjects in a 3D learning environment. 

The students have wonderful experience when they entered for the first time in the newly built 3D Lab. Their joy knew no bound and they were captivated by the 3D images. Infused with amazement they tried to reach out for virtual objects with their hands. According to the students, “It seemed like a dramatization of a beautiful sci-fi dream.” This initiative will help students to gain in-depth knowledge of the subjects and enhance their creative and innovative skills.

Importance of Motivation to lead a successful life


Motivation is the characteristic that helps you achieve your goal. It is the drive that pushes you to work hard and reach whatever it is that you are after. It is the energy that gives you the strength to get up and keep going - even when things are not going your way.

Motivation can be intrinsic or extrinsic (internal and external) - With extrinsic motivation, you are motivated by rewards from an external source - you will be inspired by the recognition that you will get from external sources. Intrinsic motivation is something internal - you are motivated to reach your goal for your own internal benefits - Example - reading a book so that you can get the grade you are after versus reading a book so that you can learn something.

Intrinsic motivation is better than extrinsic motivation. But for many finding intrinsic motivation is not easy - it has to come from inside out. But once you get it, intrinsic motivation is much more powerful than the extrinsic.

Positive Motivation is where the focus is on what you want to achieve. You know where you're going. It is the result of positive thinking and will cause a sustained progress towards your goal. Holding the image of your goal in your thoughts will attract the inspiration needed to get you there. Its effect is strong and consistent and the results achieved are prolonged and steady.

Negative Motivation can best be described as wanting to get away from an existing condition. A good example is someone that has grown up in poverty and will do anything to not fall into it again. This is a strong motivation and can be an effective "Kick Start" but the results it achieves are markedly different from those of Positive Motivation. The effect can often be likened to a roller coaster ride. A classic example is the countless millionaires who make their fortunes and lose them time and time again. This type of motivation lacks the sustained results that come from Positive Motivation.

Self-motivation is a continuing process and the only way we become better and stronger is to create a few mistakes along the way and also face a few setbacks. In essence, you must take a specific sum of risk because it is the fantastic occasions and the bad that forces us to a better person.

The thing with us Personal Development types is, we're always talking about creating our best life.
We know that success is represented by different things for different people, but society teaches us that success is typically about money, position, attractiveness, power and influence There is are actually three effective ways on how you can easily motivate yourself and get things done easily.

First thing to remember, it is important to stay focused. Keep focused not on your things that you are facing with, but focus on the reward of that task once it has already been completed. Now, wouldn't that be much better if we know there is something waiting for us after completing that task? That is a pretty good motivation to think of. Keep your attention on your work and on your work alone - through this it will further help you to motivate yourself in completing the work rather than saving it for later.

Secondly, make sure that it is clear to you why you wanted to finish those things done. Preserve a clear vision of what you want. Visualize your wanted output and keep that in mind not until you are not yet done with the work. It is important that you are clear with the reason and you will simply get the motivation that you need.

And lastly, establish a daily habit in completing the things that needs to be done. Do the important tasks during a particular time every day. Make sure that you would only do important tasks during that time that you have set. Discipline yourself to follow to your own schedule, as motivation itself would always come with self-discipline below are great self motivation tips that are sure to help you become more active and productive every day.

Tips for Motivation
· Know what you want to do and what you want to achieve, be it a long-term or a short-term goal. Make sure they are achievable. Write them down and post it on your wall where you can see it every morning. Make it a habit to read them out loud. Visualize them and share them with your friends.
· Get yourself an accountability partner / coach.
· Share your dreams, plans and goals with your coach, create a realistic action plan and then get busy.
· Create a to-do list and do the stuff you've been avoiding, first.
· Consciously avoid making excuses.
When you feel an excuse climbing up onto your tongue... give yourself an uppercut.
· Have something to look forward to when you wake up each morning. Think of the happy and good things that are going to happen on that day. Doing this will surely set your mood and mindset for the rest of the day.
· Discover the best way to motivate yourself. Different people have different personalities and preferences. You just have to experiment and find out what gets you into action. You can get out and breathe some fresh air. You can play your favourite music as you do your early morning routine. You can think of a person that inspires you the most or probably a movie you have seen.
· Think less, do more.
Thinking and planning is great... but we should not over-think.
· Before going to bed, think of the great things that happened during the day. Never ponder on bad things as these will only keep you awake the whole night. Good sleep leads to good outlook the following morning. It will also keep you from waking up in a bad mood.
· Stop looking for easy and start doing effective.
· Visualize the result once the job is done. Just imagine the wonderful feeling you will have once your goals are achieved. Push yourself harder and focus on the positive results of what you are trying to reach. Nothing can beat the feeling of pride, satisfaction, and relief

Remember... if nothing changes (attitudes, decisions, behaviours), nothing changes (reality).

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Shiksha Bharati Global School held special assembly

Shiksha Bharati Global School, Dwarka held special assembly on 11th May 2018 on the occasion of closing ceremony of Self Defence Training Programme conducted by Delhi Police. 

The occasion was graced by the Guest of honour Ms. Nirmal, SHO. Sector 17, Dwarka, Mrs. Ramesh Kumari Bhardwaj, Chairperson of the school and Mr. Devender Singh, Director of the school. The guests were welcomed by Principal Mrs. Shuchi Goyal. 

A cultural programme was presented by the students of class VI with the theme ‘Unity in Diversity’. Certificates were given away to girls for this ten day training. 

Ms.Nirmal, SHO motivated the girl students for using self defence techniques not only to protect themselves but to help others as well. 

Mrs. Bhardwaj, Chairperson appreciated the initiative of Delhi Police and Ms. Shanu Wadhwa. Principal, Ms. Shuchi Goyal proposed a vote of thanks. The programme came to an end with the National Anthem.

The safe, secure & happy childhood: A word to parents

Anuradha Govind
J M International School, Dwarka

A warm welcome to the season of NURSERY ADMISSIONS with a hope that keeping all the dilemmas and confusions at bay, it is a pleasant experience for parents of our 3+ year olds.

While selecting the ‘right’ school for your kid, give a thought to the kind of development that you would like to see in your child. Explore the vision, curriculum, teaching methods & practices of various schools. Go for a thoughtful institution where the learning and growing up becomes an exciting and enriching experience for your little one and she/he develops into a confident and happy individual who can think, question , has opinion of her/his own and also has the courage to share it with others.

In order to conceive the vision for overall development of children, parents too are expected to go hand in hand with their kid’s school, visualizing the learning process with a progressive outlook. All the curricular games and activities relate the abstract concepts to real life. So please contribute promptly towards all such activities without a second thought.

Coming to academic approach, the ‘why’ is even more important than what and how to learn. So please don’t panic over 1 or 2 marks, A or B grades. Enjoy and acknowledge the process of learning. Believe me, particularly in this age group, ‘conceptual clarity’ and ‘developing a thinking mind’ are important, rather than the marks & grades.

Most importantly the school and the parents must work together to ensure a safe, secure & happy school and home - physically, academically, socially & emotionally, for children, where they develop love for learning & spread happiness in their lives and create a better world for everyone.

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Why A Boarding School? And How to prepare your child for it?

Dr. Rishi Khurana
Shanti Gyan International Sr. Sec. Boarding School,
Goyla,Nr. Sec-19 Dwarka

There are many reasons for parents and children to choose residential schools such as: -

· Better Education/High Academic Standards
· Better at Meeting Personalized Needs (tutors, sports, extra-curricular)
· Better Preparation for University
· Physically and Emotionally Safe Learning Environments
· More character, morals and values
· A well-rounded education

Normal day schools have often been criticized as elitist, class-conscious in a nominally class-less society, where those who could afford to pay the fees sent their children to meet others of the same class and values and to make contacts to serve them for the rest of their lives. This emphasis is intended to leaven the mixture of students and spread the effects of a day school education throughout the society.

During a period of rapid change in education, some parents are concerned at the values and ethics to which their children are being exposed. By choosing a day school, they may be able to select more directly the qualities they prefer for their children's environment. Discipline and academic achievement are often emphasized in day schools and combined with athletic and artistic endeavours to fulfill a more traditional curriculum. A residential school will also focus on the need for inter-dependence and social skills to allow faculty and students to live together in harmony, acknowledging the needs of ethers in a more or less protected setting.

Residential schools have often been the academic choice for families who are mobile, either because adequate education doesn't exist in their present location, or because educational and psychological continuity that increases in importance as children mature may be compromised if the family re-locates. For some of these young people, the school becomes their most stable physical environment, since if the family moves, the central element of 'home' has changed. Visiting the family in the new environment is important, but some allegiance will have been transferred if adaptation to the school has taken place.

Some of the students at any residential school will be there because of problems, either within their families, with society or in academic subjects. Each school will deal with these issues in its individual way; some schools specialize in helping children with their difficulties, and some rely on a tightly structured environment and low teacher-student ratio to keep problems under control.

In examining a school it is essential to be open in discussing your reasons for looking for a new educational environment, since the right school for the child must rely on a 'good fit' to be successful.
Tips for Preparing Children for the Boarding School

Remember that going to boarding school is a major transition—for the child and the family. Learn all you can about the skills needed to handle other transitions in life successfully and seek to apply them when facing the transition to boarding school.

Be sensitive to the individual needs of your children. Children are not all ready at the same age to face separation from parents. If one of your children seems particularly insecure and fearful of the separation, investigate other options for that child’s education to allow for additional maturity. A year or two delay may prevent many years of difficulty later.

Get as much information as possible about the boarding school before sending your children. Find out about its purpose, philosophy, discipline, rules, the expectations/privileges/restrictions for you as parents. If you don’t understand something, seek clarification from appropriate sources. Prefer schools which are exclusively boarding as there will be no any discrimination among day scholars and boarders.

If at all possible, visit the boarding school and meet the boarding home parents with your children before you have to leave them there. This will give you, as a family, an opportunity to talk specifically about what it might be like for your children to go there, and they will be able to go to a place that is at least somewhat familiar. You as parents will also be able to visualize your children in their setting when they are away from you. All of these things make it easier to maintain a sense of being “connected” even when you are physically separated.

Talk about the boarding school experience well in advance—be realistic about what will be enjoyable and what will probably be difficult. Express your feelings honestly, and encourage your children to do so as well—without trying to talk them out of feeling the way they do or telling them they shouldn’t feel a certain way.

When your children go to boarding school, allow them to take along some reminders of “home” that are meaningful to them—family pictures, favorite toys or books, pictures to hang, a special pillow or blanket.

Provide your children with some tangible reminder of your love to take along to the boarding school. Affirm your love to them and be sure they understand—and feel—that you are not sending them away because they are a bother to you or keep you from doing things that are more important to you than they are.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Shakespeare’s Day – ‘The Bard of Avon’ Celebrations @ Sri VIS

The students of Class VIII of Sri Venkateshwar International School, Sector 18, Dwarka celebrated ‘The works of Shakespeare – The Bard of Avon’ on May 19, 2018.

The Chief Guest for the day was Major General Ranjan Singh Chand, VSM. He was accompanied by his wife Ms Radhika Chand, an educationist and a theatre aficionado. The august gathering included the School Chairman Ms Sailander Solanki, the Head Learner Ms Nita Arora, Headmistresses of the three wings and the elated and proud parents as well as grandparents. 

The event commenced with the ceremonial lamp lightning by the guests followed by the felicitation of the school chairman on winning the Educationist of the Year Award. The show started with the amalgamation of the plays of Shakespeare Oeuvre followed by Merchant of Venice, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, Julius Caesar and The Tempest. The School Principal Ms Nita Arora addressed the parents by complimenting them that everyone has a lot of positive traits, look on the positives and learn to avoid negativity. It will lead to a happier and a peaceful society. She encouraged the students to enjoy their childhood with mirth and laughter. 

The audience was left spellbound as they awarded a standing ovation to the young performers. The Chief Guest appreciated the efforts of the students who preferred real literature over trivia to celebrate learning the finer aspects of life.

The school also appreciated the arduous efforts of its teachers who mentored the students and enabled them to put up a grand show. 

The show was witnessed by select students and teachers of VIS sector 10, St Mary School, Mount Carmel, N.K. Bagrodia Public School, Maxfort School and DAV Public School.

The show culminated with the National Anthem as the resplendent young learners and proud parents left the precincts of the institution with joy and pride.

New Disease - Nipah Virus Encephalitis

Dr KK Aggarwal
Padma Shri Awardee
Vice President CMAAO
President HCFI

The cause of death of two people, ostensibly suffering from fever, in Kozhikode has been confirmed to be due to the Nipah virus (NiV), spread by fruit bats and which caused severe disease in both animals and humans. The virus has been confirmed by the National Institute of Virology, Pune.

Transmission of Nipah virus takes place through direct contact with infected bats or from other NiV-infected people and people have been also cautioned that they should not consume fruits that have fallen to the ground.

Nipah virus caused an outbreak in pigs and humans in Malaysia and Singapore between 1998 and 1999, and has caused recurrent human outbreaks in Bangladesh and West Bengal, India since 2001.

Nipah virus was initially discovered when it caused an outbreak of viral encephalitis among pig farmers in Malaysia. The virus was named after a village in Malaysia, where the infected patient lived. Since then, there have been several outbreaks of acute Nipah encephalitis in various districts in Bangladesh, in the neighboring district of Siliguri in India, and in the Southern Philippines

The natural host is believed to be fruit bats of the Pteropus species, four of which have been demonstrated to have serologic evidence of infection with this virus. The virus has also been isolated from fetal tissue and uterine fluids of these bats

Nipah and Hendra viruses are two related zoonotic pathogens that have emerged in the Asia-Pacific region. Both are RNA viruses that belong to the Paramyxoviridae family.
The viruses jump the species barrier and infect a secondary animal host (eg, pigs or horses), and transmit infections to humans. In addition, the Nipah virus may be able to spread from human to human.

Nipah virus primarily causes an encephalitic syndrome with a high mortality rate. The characteristic MRI abnormalities are multiple, small (less than 5 mm), asymmetric focal lesions in the subcortical and deep white matter without surrounding edema.

The incubation period ranges from 7 to 40 days. The initial presentation is non-specific, characterized by the sudden onset of fever, headache, myalgia, nausea and vomiting. Meningismus is seen in approximately one-third of patients although marked nuchal rigidity and photophobia are uncommon. Patients infected with Hendra virus have presented with fever and influenza like illnesses, or with meningoencephalitis.

The diagnosis of Nipah virus can be established using an enzyme-linked immunoassay (ELISA). Supportive care is the mainstay of treatment and infected patients may require intensive care monitoring.

In the Malaysian outbreak, anti-thrombotic agents, aspirin and pentoxyfylline, were administered in some patients based upon the recognition that arterial thrombosis may play an important role in the CNS disease.

Ribavirin, a nucleoside analogue, was also given empirically as it has a broad spectrum of activity against RNA and DNA viruses. In the Malaysian outbreak, 140 treated patients were compared to 54 control patients who did not receive ribavirin. Fewer treated patients died (32 percent versus 54 percent) . However, treated patients were identified later in the outbreak so it is possible that they were given better general medical care compared to untreated patients seen earlier. Subsequent animal models found that ribavirin, as well as chloroquine, were ineffective.

Building an Inclusive India - Citizens Conclave

Sunday, May 20, 2018


Pedagogy or the Discipline or the Art or the Science of teaching.

Nita Arora
Head Learner
Sri VIS, Sector-18, Dwarka, New Delhi (India)

In the present times, can we say that the teaching methodologies that worked in the past will still apply or do we have to change the focus of our practice?

In order to answer that, we need to delve in the history of teaching practices. We shall take the example of GURUKUL SYSTEM IN VEDIC PERIOD in India

In Gurukuls, The initial education will be generally given in homes, up to the age of 8 years and later in Ashrams or Gurukuls, followed by education in Centres of higher learning such as Takshila.

Gurukuls were free and were not dependent on parents paying fee but students could offer fields, livestock and/or elements of daily needs to Gurus or even nothing, as per their economic condition. Students would seek alms and offer to the Gurus for running the ashram. In general, the whole society would promote education.

Gurukuls were residential, separate for girls and boys, students of different social classes studied together. Different shastras were taught and students were allowed to specialize in a field of their interest.

The objectives of education were:

1. Development of Self-control
2. Development of character
3. Generation of sociability or social awareness
4. Integral development of personality
5. Propagation of purity
6. Preservation of knowledge and culture

We find that the scholars have found the Gurukul System the best and it did give many scholars of unparalleled learning and repute to India.

In the present times, the pedagogical innovations are needed to shift the focus from what and how to teach to “How to learn”.

We have to empower our students to feel the need for learning and then be guided to learn the art of learning. Create a need and then teach, how to fulfill that need, rather than equating education as filling of an empty vessel.

Students must be encouraged and empowered to seek and create knowledge.

The learning that a teacher has amassed, cannot be transferred in the time spent in schools and colleges, similarly not the entire body of knowledge could find its place in the prescribed text books , hence, we have to make our learners , proficient in how to read and read between the lines.

In the age of technological era, how to search for the information, how to conduct empirical and research studies from upper primary/middle classes onwards.

The teaching focus has to shift to integrated rather than subject-centric, collaborative as well as individualized, hands- on learning rather than theoretical, flip learning from home to school, from learner to class, rather than school/teacher to learner/home.

Education has to be related to real life rather than abstract teaching being applied later in life. The Abstract will lose its relevance for the children, if not related to life.

In the present context, till Secondary stage, there is fixed curriculum in most schools, and only a few schools allow children to choose other subjects.

Even in the subjects made mandatory, most students may not find relevance of the complex concepts/terms they are made to learn; in terms of application in life; now or later. Also, unfortunately most of the teachers are unable to link the relevance themselves, and insist on learning for the sake of examination results or the job market; as the ultimate reward/goal of learning; leaving the learner losing interest. Some students drop out of formal schooling for this very reason as without interest, results also do not materialize.

We have to create a need for the learning and also arouse interest in learning. It can only happen, if there is sustained joy in learning not only for its own sake but the learner experiences a deep love and need for learning. We need excited and joyful teachers, who infect their students with a lot of their own enthusiasm and also share the joy of newer learning themselves constantly. Such a teacher will relate concepts to life, making schooling joyful, igniting, sustaining interest, arousing creativity and empowering the learner, for assuming the ownership of his learning.

It has to move away from exam based system to either fulfilling a career aspirational need or of pure academic interest for seeking and creating knowledge

Many schools have put considerable efforts in developing newer models of learning. Some schools have developed the concept of Learning Minutes, or the time allotted to self- learning time given to each student per subject, during school hours.

Some schools use the phrase ‘Leading me to lead my learning’ for setting and meeting personal learning goals.

Our school has developed the idea of ‘external/play tool of learning strategies’ in which learning continues from playgrounds and external visits to classes.

What is needed is a stronger emphasis on integrated and/or inquiry based learning.

We also need to empower the teachers to allow them to innovate and try newer ideas. Teacher Education and training has received the maximum focus in this training and has generated small pockets of Action Research in each so called progressive school and even traditional school. Teaching as Inquiry should be adopted, if not already done. We may implement it by having a regular time slot for teachers to think together and share their professional inquiries, every week. It may be in curricular or cross -curricular groups.

Sri VIS has the rare distinction of having nine of its teachers acknowledged and awarded for innovative teaching practices in Science and Mathematics by the Directorate of Education in 2017-18, the only private school from the district South West. 4 teachers and the Head teacher were selected by NDTV, India Today and Educomp for innovation at National level in 2016-17 and again in 2017-18. We need to continue to rediscover potential and create centres of excellence and integrate the best practices in the whole school pedagogy, then only we shall do justice to all.

It is the need of the hour to address the malaise the society faces- of nepotism and administrative slumber.

Education must receive its due and should be recognized as the only force for developing and nurturing the human potential. It is high time country sees its population as a resource and provides opportunities to the young generation and adults to contribute responsibly; rising over narrow self-interests and differences.


Dr. Seema Ahuja
Vedas International School
Greater Gurgaon

Raising a happy, healthy child is one of the most challenging task a parent can have - and also one of the most rewarding. There is no well defined definition of raising children, a few suggestions could go a long way in ensuring the standard rule for children. Different children may need different levels of attention, expression of love and toughness.

1. You should not try to consider your child an investment of your future. In fact you should just see how to enjoy, nurture and support him. Let him become what he wants to become. You should not try to mould your child according to your understanding of life.

2. You should not spoil your child with too much of pampering. It is usually the consequence of giving a child things in place of love - things like leniency, lowered expectations or material possessions.

3. You should be involved in your child s life which means you will have to rethink and rearrange your priorities. You will have to be with him mentally as well as physically. Being involved does not mean doing your child s homework.

If you are doing your child s homework or correcting it then you are not letting the teacher know what the child is learning.

3. You should set limits which would help your child develop a sense of self - control and self - direction. You should establish and set rules and it should not vary from day-to-day in an unpredictable manner.

4. The most important disciplinary tool is consistency. You should never hit your child, those who are spanked, hit or slapped are more prone to fighting with other children. Best way to be firm with your child or give him 'time out' which work better and do not involve aggression.

5. The best way to get respect from your child is to treat him respectfully. If you are genuinely interested in giving your child a good upbringing then you should first transform yourself into a peaceful and loving human being.

6. You should model a healthy lifestyle and good habits such as regular exercise and proper nutrition in front of your child.

7. You should support spiritual or religious development and participate in spiritual or religious activities so that your child will also automatically have the same inclination.

8. You should take precautions to protect your child and maintain awareness of the child s activities and friends.

9. You should maintain a healthy relationship with your spouse.

10. Most importantly you should keep a minimal use of mobile phone in front of your child.

These 10 good parenting skills would help parents to see their child blossom.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

हम रोज़ा क्यों रक्खें ?

रईस सिद्दीक़ी (भा. प्र. से. )पूर्व केंद्र निदेशक , आकाशवाणी भोपाल

रोज़ा या उपवास के बारे में सभी जानते हैं मगर चूँकि रोज़ा पूरे माह रक्खा जाता है इस लिए बहुत से लोग सोचते हैं की मुस्लिम समाज अपनी भूक छुपाने के लिए रोज़ा रख लेता है। यह धारणना अभी भी लोगों के बीच पायी जाती है. आज ही मैंने किसी शायर का एक शेर पढ़ा :

छुपाता था वो ग़रीब अपनी भूक को ग़ुरबत में
अब वो भी फ़ख्र से कहे गा मेरा रोज़ा है

इसी तरह का क़िस्सा बचपन में मेरे वालिद साहब सुनाया करते थे, आप भी सुनिए:
किसी दूर-दराज़ के एक गाँव में एक ग़रीब, अनपढ़ मज़दूर मुस्लमान रहता था..वह भी रमज़ान में पूरे महीने रोज़ा रखता था. एक बार का वाक़्या है की एक विदेशी गोरे आदमी से उस मज़दूर ने पुछा ,क्या आप लोग भी हमारी तरह रोज़ा रखते हैं ?
उस विदेशी गोरे आदमी ने कहा : ये क्या बाला है ?
मज़दूर ने बड़ी मासूमियत से समझते हुए कहा :
हम लोग हर साल रमजान के महीने में सुबह से शाम तक कुछ नहीं खाते ,पानी भी नहीं पीते ,यहाँ तक की बीड़ी भी नहीं पी सकते हैं !
गोरे आदमी ने पुछा : क्या तुम्हारे गांव में खाने पीने का अकाल है जो भूके- प्यासे रहते हो, हमारे पास सब कुछ है , फिर हम रोज़ा क्यों रक्खें ?
वास्तव में आज भी यह सवाल किया जासकता है जिसका जवाब है :
रोज़ा और नमाज़ का मक़सद भूक को छुपाना या वक़्त गुज़ारी यानी टाइम पास नहीं है। ख़ुदा को खुश रखने और नमाज़ का काम आदमी को हर तरह की नापाकी और गुनाहों से दूर रखना है जबकि रोज़ा खुदा को खुश रखने के साथ साथ समाज की भूक और प्यास का गहरा एहसास ज़िंदा रखता है। रोज़ा आत्म- सयंम, धैर्य ,हमदर्दी, दूसरों की तकलीफ़ और दुःख -दर्द को समझने का मौक़ा देता है।
रमज़ान शब्द रम्ज़ से बना है जिसका अर्थ है गर्म रेत यानी ये महीना शरीर को सहन शक्ति प्रदान करते हुए जिस्म की गंदगी को दूर करता है , रोज़ादार को रूहानी गर्मी से तपा कर अपने नफ़्स पर काबू पाने की ट्रेनिंग देता है। हर तरह की लालच और ख्वाहिशों पर नियंतरण की आदत डालता है और आदमी का जिस्म और रूह तप कर कुंदन बन जाता है।

हज़रत मुहम्मद साहब (सल्लल्लाहो अलैहि वसल्लम ) फ़रमाते हैं:
इस मुबारक महीने में अल्लाह अपने बन्दों के गुनाह बख़्शता है और जिस्म में नयी जान अता करता है।
रोज़ा, प्रातः तीन बजे उठ कर चार बजे से पहले -पहल सैहरी करना, शाम सात बजे तक पानी की एक बूँद और अन्न का एक दाना मुंह में लिए बगैर इफ़्तार करना यानि 15 से 16 घंटे का रोज़ा रखना, पांच वक़्त की नमाज़ के अलावा रात नौ बजे से ग्यारह बजे तक २० रकअतें तराहवी की जमाअत के साथ नमाज़ पढ़ना, दिन में जब भी मौक़ा मिले क़ुरआन-ए -पाक की तिलावत करना और इन सब के साथ अपनी नौकरी, रोज़ी - रोटी के लिए काम करते रहना, रोज़ादार के लिए एक ऐसा अवसर है कि इस दौरान आत्म- निरिक्षण और आत्म सयंम की बेहतरीन ट्रेनिंग हो जाती है । जो लोग अपने नफ़्स पर क़ाबू नहीं कर पाते , वो लोग ज़िन्दगी भर कभी चैन और सुकून नहीं पाते और समाज के लिए भी वो कुछ नहीं कर पाते बल्कि समाज उनकी अनियंत्रित गतिविधियों का शिकार होता रहता है

माहे -रमज़ान में पर्शिक्षण के तौर पर , बेसहारों, बेकसों, मज़लूमों,यतीमों,बेवाओं ,ग़रीबों, महाजिरों , बीमारों के साथ विशेष हमदर्दी करने का एक सुनहरा मौक़ा है।
आलिमों,दानिश्वरों, तिब व मेडिकल के माहिरीन और वैज्ञानकों वग़ैरा, सब इस बात पर सहमत हैं की जिस्म और रूह के लिए पैग़ाम -इ- शिफ़ा है
उर्दू शायरों ने भी रोज़ा की बरकतों को अपने अपने अंदाज़ में शेरी जामा पहनाया है। पेश हैं कुछ शायरों के चुनिंदा अशार :

ख्वाहिशों को दिल में बंद करने का महीना आगया है
मुबारक हो मोमिनों , रमज़ान का महीना आगया है
---सिदरा करीम

ख़ैरो - बरकत बढ़ी ,माहे रमज़ान में
रब की रहमत हुई , माहे रमज़ान में
एक नेकी के बदले में सत्तर मिले
लाटरी लग गई , माहे रमज़ान में
फिर गुनाहों से तौबा का मौक़ा मिला
रूह रौशन हुई , माहे रमज़ान में
नियाज़ ,जो जिसने माँगा , ख़ुदा ने दिया
सब की क़िस्मत खुली, माहे रमज़ान में

चलो, रब को राज़ी कर लो
गुनाहों से तौबा कर लो
नेकियों से दामन भर लो
चलो, रब को राज़ी कर लो
-----उज़्मा अहमद

कितने पुरनूर हैं रोज़ादारों के चेहरे
दिन-रात वो रब से बस नूर कमाते हैं
------वसी अब्बास

महाभारत का रहस्यमई पात्र - युयुत्सु !

आर.डी. भारद्वाज "नूरपुरी "

यह एक सर्वविधित सत्य है कि महाभारत का युद्ध आज से लगभग 5200 वर्ष पूर्व कुरुक्षेत्र में हुआ था । इस युद्ध के मात्र दो ही कारण थे, एक तो यह कि हस्तिनापुर के दृष्टिहीन राजा धृतराष्ट्र के बाद उसकाउत्तराधिकारी कौन होगा, क्योंकि धृतराष्ट्र के सबसे बड़ा पुत्र दुर्योधन तो अपना हठ त्यागने को हरगिज़ तैयार नहीं था और वैसे उस वक़्त के प्रचलित नियमों व रिवाज़ों के हिसाब से सबसे बड़ा पाण्डु पुत्रयुधिष्ठर को दुर्योधन से बड़ा होने के कारण उत्तराधिकारी बनने का सौभाग्य प्राप्त होना चाहिए था, और दूसरा - जुये में कौरवों के हाथों हुई इतनी बड़ी शर्मनाक हार और उसके पश्चात दुशासन द्वारा भरीसभा में द्रौपदी के चीरहरण से उत्पन्न हुई इतनी बड़ी लज्जापूर्ण त्रासदी , जिसमें सभी पांडवों के हुए शारीरक और मानसिक उत्पीड़न और अपमान का बदला तो केवल और केवल युद्ध से ही लिया जासकता था। शोधानुसार, जब महाभारत का युद्ध हुआ, तब श्रीकृष्ण की आयु तकरीबन 83 वर्ष थी और इस युद्ध के 36 वर्ष बाद उन्होंने अपना नश्वर शरीर त्याग दिया था । विद्वान लोग यह भी मानते हैंकि इस यद्ध के बाद ही कलियुग का आरंभ हुआ था ।

महाभारत का यह युद्ध 18 दिनों तक चला था। इस युद्ध के प्रारंभ होने पहले दोनों पक्षों के वरिष्ठ सदस्यों ने बैठकर इसके कुच्छ नियम बनाए थे - जैसे कि प्रतिदिन युद्ध सूर्योदय से लेकर सूर्यास्त तक हीरहेगा, सूर्यास्त के बाद युद्ध नहीं होगा, युद्ध समाप्ति के पश्चात सब प्रकार के छल-कपट छोड़कर सभी लोग प्रेम का व्यवहार करेंगे, रथी रथी से, हाथी वाला हाथी वाले से, घुड़सवार - घुड़सवार से ही औरपैदल पैदल से ही युद्ध करेगा, एक वीर के साथ एक ही वीर युद्ध करेगा, भय से अपनी जान बचाकर भागते हुए या शरण में आए हुए लोगों पर अस्त्र-शस्त्र का प्रहार नहीं किया जाएगा, जो वीर निहत्था होजाएगा उस पर कोई अस्त्र नहीं उठाया जाएगा, युद्ध में सेवक का काम करने वालों पर / युद्ध में घायलों को उठाकर इलाज़ के लिए ले जाने वालों पर भी कोई अस्त्र शाश्त्र नहीं उठाएगा, इत्यदि ।

यूँ तो उस वक़्त के इस सबसे भयानक युद्ध के अनेकों ही दिलचस्प किस्से और पात्र हैं, मगर इस लेख द्वारा कौरव पुत्रों के बारे में एक रोचक तथ्य पर ही विचार करेंगे । धृतराष्ट्र के पुत्रों का जब भी जिक्रआता है तो ऐसा ही कहा और लिखा जाता है कि उसके सौ पुत्र थे । लेकिन यह एक अधूरी सच्चाई है , दरअसल राजा धृतराष्ट्र के एक सौ एक पुत्र और एक मात्र पुत्री दुशाला थी । उसके एक सौ एकवें पुत्र -युयुत्सु का नाम अक्सर लोग भूल ही जाते हैं , शायद इस लिए कि धृतराष्ट्र की पत्नी गांधारी ने उसको जन्म नहीं दिया था ।

महाभारत के युद्ध शुरू होने से पहले जब कौरवों और पांडवों की सेनाएं कुरुक्षेत्र रण भूमि में आमने सामने खड़ी थीं, इसी दौरान भीष्म पितामह ने एक घोषणा करते हुए युद्ध होने के कारण सभी को फिर सेस्पष्ट रूप में बताये । उन्होंने ने यह भी घोषणा की कि अगर वहाँ पर उपस्थित और युद्ध में भाग ले रहे सभी योद्धायों और सैनकों में से कोई भी ऐसा योद्धा या सैनिक जो अपनी बुद्धि और विवेकानुसार यहअनुभव करता है कि इस युद्ध में कौरवों का दृष्टकोण गलत है और यह इतना बड़ा युद्ध खामखाह ही पांडवों पर थोपा जा रहा है, तो वह योद्धा अभी अपना पाला बदलकर पांडवों के खेमे में जा सकता है। औरइसी प्रकार, यदि कोई योद्धा अभी पांडवों के खेमे में खड़ा है, लेकिन वह ऐसा अनुभव कर रहा है कि इस युद्ध में पांडव गलत हैं, तो वह भी कौरवों के खेमे में अभी जा सकता है । ऐसी घोषणा होने के पश्चातपूरी युद्ध सेना और योद्धायों में से, केवल धृतराष्ट्र का एक पुत्र युयुत्सु ही था जिसने अपने कौरव भाईओं के घुटन भरे बर्ताव और माहौल से परेशान होकर और सुख की साँस लेते हुए उनका खेमा छोड़करपासा बदल लिया और वह पांडवों में शामिल हो गया था। उसका पाला बदलने का एक और कारण यह भी था कि सभी कौरव भाईओं ने युयुत्सु को कभी दिल से इज्जत, मान, सम्मान नहीं दिया था, ना हीउसे अपना भाई माना, बल्कि वह अक्सर उसको "दासी पुत्र" बोलबोल कर जली कटी सुनाने वाले / चिढ़ाने वाले व्यंगबाण चलाते ही रहते थे । ऐसा युधिष्ठिर और दुःशासन के क्रियाकलापों के कारण हीसंभव हुआ था। महाभारत का यह यद्ध १८ दिन चला और जैसा कि श्री कृष्ण ने यह पहले ही घोषणा कर दी थी कि यह एक धर्म युद्ध है और इस युद्ध के अन्त में अधर्म की डगर पर चलने वाले कौरव बुरी तरहहार गए और धर्म के रास्ता पकड़ने वाले पाण्डवों की जीत हुई। और ऐसे एक सौ एक कौरव भाईओं और धृतराष्ट्र के एकमात्र दामाद, जयद्रथ में से केवल एक युयुत्सु ही जिन्दा बचा था ।
इसका कारण : धृतराष्ट्र और पाण्डु भाईओं में से धृतराष्ट्र बड़ा था , समय आने पर उसका विवाह गांधार के राजा सौभाली की पुत्री गांधारी से रचा दिया गया था और पाण्डु की शादी राजा कुन्तिभोज कीपुत्री कुंती से हो गई थी । कुदरत की करनी कुच्छ ऐसी हुई कि धृतराष्ट्र की शादी के दो वर्ष पश्चात भी उनके घर कोई सन्तान नहीं हुई, जबकि पाण्डु की पत्नी कुंती ने अपने बड़े बेटे युधिष्ठर को जन्म देदिया था । इसी बीच , धृतराष्ट्र को एक सुखद समाचार मिला कि उसकी पत्नी गांधारी भी गर्भवती हो चुकी है । गांधारी के गर्भकाल के दौरान राजा धृतराष्ट्र की व्यक्तिगत आवश्यकतायों को पूरा करने केलिए सैवाली नाम की एक दासी को नियुक्त किया गया । और यह बात भी जगजाहिर है कि राजा महाराजायों और मंत्रियों की दासियाँ या सेविकाएँ केवल नौकरानियाँ ही नहीं होती थी, उनका असली दर्जाऔर रिश्ता अपने स्वामी की इच्छानुसार ही बनता / बिगड़ता रहता था ।

तो ऐसे धृतराष्ट्र की यह दासी सैवाली (कुछ इतिहासकार इसका नाम सुगधा भी बताते हैं) का सम्बन्ध धृतराष्ट्र से दासी से कुछ ज्यादा ही था । और जब गांधारी ने अपने बड़े बेटे दुर्योधन को जन्म दिया तोउसके कुच्छ समय बाद दासी सैवाली ने भी एक बेटे को जन्म दिया, और धृतराष्ट्र के इस पुत्र का नाम युयुत्सु रखा गया । युयुत्सु दुर्योधन से तो छोटा था, लेकिन अपने बाकी कौरव भाईओं से बड़ा था । जैसे२ कौरवों के बच्चे बड़े होते गए और दुर्योधन और उसके भाईओं को युयुत्सु और उसकी माता के बारे में और जानकारी मिलती गई, उनका विवहार और बर्ताव युयुत्सु के साथ प्यार मोहब्बत का ना होकरथोड़ी नफ़रत, कड़वाहट और भेदभाव वाला ही बनता चला गया । दरअसल, बाकी कौरव भाई उसका उसी तरह निरादर करते रहते थे जैसे करण की जिन्दगी में उसके जन्म सम्बंधी रहस्य खुलने से पहलेपाण्डु पुत्र करण को "सूद्पुत्र २" बोलकर उसका अपमान किया करते थे । (वैसे, एक सारथी अधिरथ और उसकी पत्नी राधा करण के पालक माता पिता थे) यही कारण था कि युयुत्सु भी बाकी अपने सौकौरव भाईओं के साथ अक्सर परेशान ही रहता था और उनके बीच का यह फासला समय के साथ चलते २ बढ़ता ही चला गया , जबकि इसके बिलकुल विपरीत, पांडव भाईओं ने उसके साथ कभी कोईभेदभाव वाला रिश्ता नहीं निभाया ।

कौरव भाईओं में युयुत्सु का स्थान लगभग वैसा ही था जैसा कि रावण के दरबार में विभीषण का था । यह बात और है कि करण सूदपुत्र होने के बावजूद भी कौरवों का चहेता बन गया था, क्योंकि - दुर्योधनको उस वक़्त के सब से बड़े धनुर्धर -अर्जुन का मुक़ाबला करने के लिए एक ऐसा बहादुर योद्धा चाहिए था जोकि उसको पराजित कर सके और जो युद्ध होने की स्थिति में दुर्योधन की जीत सुनिश्चित कर सके। केवल और केवल इसी वजह से ही दुर्योधन ने करण को एक सूद्पुत्र होने के बावजूद भी केवल उसे अपना पर्म मित्र ही नहीं बनाया, बल्कि अपने हिस्से का इलाका - अँग प्रदेश (आजकल के हरियाणा में -करनाल) भी उसे देकर, करण को वहाँ का राजा नियुक्त कर दिया था, जोकि एक तरह का एक गूड़ा राजनितिक छड़यन्त्र या फिर चाल मानी जा सकती है, क्योंकि आने वाले वक़्त में दुर्योधन ने करण कोपांडवों के ख़िलाफ़ इस्तेमाल करना था ।

युद्ध की समाप्ति के बाद सबसे बड़ा पाण्डु पुत्र युधिष्ठर तो मात्र पन्द्राह वर्ष तक ही सिंहासन पर बिराजमान रहा, क्योंकि वह तो बहुत बार महाभारत युद्ध में मारे गए लाखों वीरों / अपने करीबी व सखेसम्बन्धियों और दोनों पक्षों के लाखों सैनिकों के बारे में सोच २ कर अक्सर परेशान / विचलित हो जाया करता था । क्योंकि लाखों लोगों ने इस इतने भयानक युद्ध की त्रासदी झेली और तीस पैंतीस लाखलोगों को मौत की नीन्द सुला दिया गया | फ़िर, अपनों को खोने का ग़म और असली दर्द तो केवल उनके घरों में शेष बची औरोतों और बच्चों को ही झेलना पड़ता है | एक और बात, प्राण गँवा चुके लोगों काअन्तिम सँस्कार करने के लिए लकड़ियाँ और बाकी सामग्री भी उनको नसीब नहीं हुई थी |

बाद में, जब पांडवों ने अपना राजपाठ त्यागकर , वाणप्रस्थ जाने और अर्जुन के पोत्र परीक्षित को राजगद्दी सौंपने का निर्णय ले लिया, तो उन्होंने युयुत्सु को परीक्षित का मुख्य सलाहकार और संरक्षक नियुक्त कर दिया था । मगर यह बात भी गलत नहीं है कि कौरवों ने युयुत्सु को भी उसी तरह गद्दार माना और जाना था जैसे कि रावण के दरबार में विभीषण को माना जाता था। लेकिन, अगर हम युयुत्सुके जन्म से लेकर बड़े होने तक उसके जीवन में घटित होने वाली अनेकों स्थितियों और प्रस्थितियों की पूरी श्रृंखला पर थोड़ा गंभीरता से विचार करें कि तथाकथित अपनों के बीच रहते हुए भी यहाँ आपकीसोच और धारणा को दूसरे हमेशा नकारते ही रहे हों , कोई आपको इज्जत, मान - सम्मान ना दे और और वक़्त - बेवक़्त आपके भाई आपको नीचा दिखाने में ही लगे रहें , तो ऐसी निन्दा और अपमान केघूँट पीकर कोई कितने दिन उनका साथ निभा पाएगा ? आत्म-सम्मान किसी भी तर्कशील / संवेदनशील व्यक्ति की एक ऐसी पूँजी होती है जिसे वह किसी भी कीमत पर गँवाना या खोना नहीं चाहता । सोऐसे में युयुत्सु द्वारा कौरवों का ख़ेमा हमेशा के लिए छोड़ना, वोह भी तब , जब उसके अपने खानदान के बड़े बजुर्गों ने ही इसके लिए युद्ध शुरू होने से पहले ही उसके समेत सभी योद्धाओं को एक विकल्पदिया हो , तो ऐसे फ़ैसले को गलत मानना कोई उचित और तर्कसंगित विश्लेषण नहीं कहा सकता । हकीकत में, युयुत्सु भी उसी तरह अच्छा, संवेदनशील, बुद्धिमान , विवेकशील और प्रगतिशील व्यक्ति था,जैसे कि रावण का छोटा भाई विभीषण !

Friday, May 18, 2018

Be in your child’s life: TODAY

Jaspreet Kaur, Vice Principal -Bal Bhavan International School, Sector 12,Dwarka
Today the Youngsters need to know and understand themselves first, their potential, their feelings and emotions, their position in life and in society and their strengths and weaknesses. They need to have a clear sense of their own identity.

“Parents are a child’s first teachers and role models” They are responsible for shaping up the child’s behavior and implementing positive values in them. Children listen, observe and imitate their parents. So it is important that they should be good role models the kids would want to follow.

All parents want to raise their children in such a way that they grow up to become happy and functional adults. As a parent we try to provide everything to our children. However, along with facilities and luxuries there are many things in life that are very important. Education is very important in one’s life, but to be self-sufficient adult, our child should learn some life skills, which is need of the hour.

The term life skills describe a set of basic skills acquired through learning and/or direct life experience that enable individuals and groups to effectively handle issues and problems commonly encountered in daily life. They include creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving, decision-making, the ability to communicate and collaborate, along with personal and social responsibility that contribute to good citizenship.

Many of us take life skills for granted. But the fact is life skill helps children become independent and live life smoothly. Here are some life skills,that parents can take up to bring up a positive turnover:

· These days there is cutthroat of competition in outside world and we need to prepare our child face it effectively. For this he or she should be able to think critically so that he or she is capable of observing and analysing any kind of situation to come up with smart solutions.

· Let’s make our child understand the importance of being organized and set some rules for them. We might feel tempted to set up a messed room, but resist; let your child take responsibility and be organized.

· Social skill is the basic life skill that should be taught right from the time child is a toddler. Let your child learn how to play well with others because when he will grow up he will be able to handle teamwork successfully and interact with other more efficiently and impressively.

· Respecting elders is something we would want a kid to build as his etiquette. Help him via setting an example.

· Parents should practise what they preach to their children and avoid hypocrisy at all times when it comes to various situations, dealing with other people in the family or relations.

The parents’ role should be to expose children to various situations and people that build their confidence, self-esteem and boost their power to distinguish between the correct and incorrect to build their integrity.

The formal education system, today has also tended to prioritise knowledge at the expense of other aspects of our personalities, believing that an increase in knowledge will automatically lead to positive changes in attitudes and behaviours.

Parenting is nothing short of a challenging experience and it isn’t a smooth road, lot of turbulence on the way. But we will be able to handle everything wonderfully if we just keep calm and deal with our child in the right way. Always be mindful of the fact that being too strict or too easy isn’t going to help. Finding a balance is the best way to handle any situation. Be Communicative. Remember that your child’s good habits always begin at home. A good habit for children helps your child grow up soon and be a wonderful and successful human being. Be a mentor to your child always.

Remember: Children close their ears to advice, 
but open their eyes to example.


Union Ministry of Steel waiting for the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) policy on the end of life of commercial vehicles likely to be announced on October 2 this year is all set to set up 20 scrapping centres in various parts of the country to produce steel from the scrap.

“The ministry of steel will introduce a steel scrap policy this year which, in conjunction with the much-awaited vehicle scrappage policy by MoRTH , will lay out the rules and regulations for using scrap from old vehicles to produce steel.” Said Ms Aruna Sharma , Secretary , Union Ministry of steel while speaking at a seminar on ‘Opportunities for Indian Steel Mills in Infrastructure sector’ organised jointly by Ministry of steel along with Steel Guru here today.

“We have been waiting for the transport department to come out with its policy on the end-of-life of commercial vehicles. The steel scrap policy will be based on this . Once this policy is in place, India will start producing steel from scrap. For a steel producer, it doesn’t make a difference whether you make steel from iron ore or scrap. The National Steel Policy’s target of 300 million tonnes (mt) of steel production by 2030-31 includes steel made from both iron ore and scrap.” Ms Sharma said .

“The scrap policy will reduce dependence on imports .Local scrap reduces dependence on imports for secondary steel plants in India. These scrap units will be set up either by the private sector or as public-private partnerships because the business proposition for scrap makes it attractive to the private sector.” Ms Sharma added.

“With India targeting a 300 million tonnes a year steel production capacity by 2030-31, the focus of steel ministry is on domestic consumption and making the sector globally competitive.. Ministry of steel has identified construction and manufacturing sectors like rural development, urban infrastructure, roads and highways, and railways for maximum consumption of steel.” Said Chauhary Birender Singh, Union Minister of steel in his video message to the conference .

"The government has made a budgetary allocation of about Rs. Six lakh crore for infrastructure this year. We have to ensure that the maximum steel produced in the country is used domestically, , The new Steel Policy seeks to increase per capita steel consumption to 160 kg by 2030 from the existing around 64 kg” said Mr Vishnu Deo Sai the Union Minister of state for Steel Minister while inaugurating the conference.

The Minister said since India was one of the fastest growing economies in the world, extensive use of steel in areas like construction, infrastructure, power, aerospace, industrial machinery, and consumer products, is of strategic importance to the country.

The others who spoke during the inauguration ceremony included Mr P K Singh, Chairman , Steel Authority of India Ltd, Mr P Madhusudan, CMD, RINL, Mr Peeyush Gupta , VP steel marketing and sales , TATA steel, Mr Vinay Shroff EVP, Sales and Marketing , JSW Steel and MR Yatinder Pal Singh Suri, MD , Outokumpu India.

Moulding Digital Generation into global leaders with Human Values

Dr. (Mrs) Rajee N Kumar 
N.K.Bagrodia Public School, Dwarka

As an educationist, through this eternal journey in pursuit of educational excellence, we encourage the students to bear a great sense of belongingness, responsibility and compassion for the fellow human beings. We believe that, children are born with innate talents and potential, which just needs to be chiseled with the investment of motivation and guidance to bring their shimmering qualities to the fore.

With advancement in science every year, new technology renders the latest gadgets obsolete. Nothing is permanent and change is the reality of life. Keeping this in perspective, even the teachers who do not change with time could become obsolete, as the gadgets of bygone years. To keep ourselves abreast with the changing pace of time, we, the educationists need to update ourselves and be in sync with the thoughts and ideology of the new generation, “Learning is a journey from the womb to the tomb". Learning never stops and teachers should concentrate on psychoanalytical techniques to impart proper knowledge flow without encouraging rote learning to boost students’ morale and intelligent quotient. For teachers the three R’s- Respect, Rapport and Recognition are the cardinal principles of teaching the adolescents. Always leave a mark in their lives by being an approachable teacher and a mentor whom they will remember fondly throughout their life.

I also urge the parents to interact with their children with love, not with anger and use total positive thoughts instead of negative emotions. It is always seen that, whenever, children commit mistakes we, as adults, let off steam and the children only develop skills to cope with parental pressure and teachers’ anger, by hiding facts and in the process, everyone loses sight of the main issue. So remember, children will listen and learn only if you deal with them lovingly and rationally. Parents must listen carefully to their wards and give quality time and have patience to remove the behavioral viruses entering their homes. This can be done, by having family lunches or dinners together with healthy discussions without the television and internet intruding your conversation.

21st century skills are the skills today’s children need to thrive in school, college and beyond. The 3R’s- learning basic Reading, Writing and Arithmetic is still a must. But this is not enough, as our children need additional cognitive skills to withstand today’s competitive world. They need to synthesize information to communicate effectively and to collaborate in the process of development. The world has transformed into a knowledge economy. Apparently, the present generation, needs to be differently motivated as they are brought up on internet. To this purpose, employment of technological advancement is quintessential!

We venture far beyond narrow thresholds; in a global community consequently, comprehension of global issues besides the importance of health and wellbeing is indispensible. Hence, nurturing 21st century skills such as adaptability, leadership, collaboration, flexibility and self-direction, we ensure global survivability. As a 21st century teacher, one needs to pull oneself to be a role model for the students, advocating positivity to inculcate self belief. A modern day teacher can make a difference in the lives of children playing multifarious roles nurturing young minds to be an agent of change.

Let us enlighten ourselves with the vibrant colours of education so that we bring up the digital generation who will develop into global leaders with human values.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Selective Behaviour: Good or Bad?

-Commander VK Jaitly
Have you heard about selective listening? The concept may be clear or not. Let me narrate an incident. A speaker was explaining the ill effects of alcohol to an audience during a talk on wellness. In order to re-inforce his point, he took two transparent glasses and poured clean drinking water in one and whiskey in the other. Then he took an earth worm and slowly put it into the glass with clean water. He then held up the glass to show the audience as to how the earth worm was enjoying swimming and diving in the clean drinking water. Next, he exhorted the audience to look at the glass full of whiskey and put another earth worm into it. 
“Look! What happened?” 
The earth worm disintegrated and disappeared in the glass of whiskey. 
“Now, you understand how bad whiskey is for your health?” 
Everyone in the audience was nodding his/her head in total agreement. The speaker looked around the hall and was satisfied that he could prove his point convincingly and then suddenly he saw one man smiling mischievously in one corner. 
“Why are you smiling, my friend?” asked the speaker. 
“Sir, now I understand that if you drink Whiskey regularly, you will never have worms in your stomach.” replied the man smilingly. The full hall burst into a loud laughter. 
This gentleman was totally selective about the message he wanted to derive from the talk of the speaker irrespective of its objective. This is what we call Selective Listening. 

I think when we listen to someone, we must listen fully, with an open mind. After that we can think about the message and then use our intellect to accept or reject totally or partially, that is our choice. But we must weigh the pros and cons of the message. Its utility for us, for the organization, for the society, for the nation and even for humanity and then take the decision. The conditioning of our mind plays a big role in such decisions of Selective Listening and then Selective Actions. 

I have a friend who is a foodie and reasonably overweight and spends almost 12 hours in front of the TV. Recently, he crossed 60 years of age and decided to have a routine medical check up. The doctor after all the tests, found his cholesterol level to be a bit high. Rest everything was OK. So the doctor told him not to worry. Enjoy life. Eat what you like but in moderation. He also suggested that he maintains an active lifestyle with 4 to 5 kms daily walk or a bit of yoga or exercises for about half an hour. My friend came home and told his wife that doctor has told him to eat whatever he likes. He didn’t mention anything about the walk and the exercise and eating in moderation to his wife. So he was selective in his thoughts and actions as well as selective in accepting and conveying the message. 

These days you’ll find that some TV channels and even the print media are very selective with their news coverage. That is totally against the ethics of journalism. They show what is dictated by their political masters and their funding agencies. And keep mum when they don’t wish to show some important news. I fail to understand why Indian media was highly selective and silent when about three lakh Kashmiri Pandits were forced to leave their ancestral homes of centuries in the year 1990. Their ladies and young girls were either raped or killed in scores and hundreds. The Indian media was a meek spectator or we can say totally ineffective in highlighting their plight. Same media suddenly becomes hyper for some incident of rape or arson in some part of India or the world and remains selectively silent for many other equally cruel incidents at some other places. 

This type of selective behaviour is not good for any society or any organization. Some organizations openly demonstrate favouritism for select employees and have prejudice against another set of employees due to their caste, creed, colour or religion. There are times when discrimination is based on gender also. Many times people behave with you in a particular way depending upon your financial status or the model of the car that you drive or the wrist watch you wear or the mobile phone that you carry. They make an impression about you based on your materialistic belongings and accordingly behave with you selectively.

Many times some bosses demonstrate selective behaviour towards some of their subordinates totally based on their whims and fancies. They develop a strong liking for some and a strong disliking for some other. Such selective behaviour is not good for any organization in the long run. We’ve got to be inclusive in our behaviour, always and everywhere. As we go up the ladder of leadership, higher and higher, our responsibility to demonstrate our inclusive behaviour with all also increases. We just can’t afford to be selective in our behaviour. 

There are times when you don’t like somethings about a person who is incidentally quite close to you. He/she could be your friend or a relative or even your spouse. So one option could be to avoid him/her. But in case of your spouse, you can’t avoid him/her ;-). So the best thing in such cases should be to selectively focus on the good qualities that the other person has. None of us is perfect. Each one of us has short comings. Accept the other person as he/she is. Be selective in knowing the good things about others and ignore the so called not so good things. When you look for good things in others and either ignore their short comings or highlight them in such a way, so as to help them overcome those shortcomings, in those situations, selective behaviour is good. 

Sometimes, in schools and colleges, teachers develop special liking for some students. Normally, it’s because these students are good in studies and their performance is a shade better than others. They start giving them a lot of responsibility and visibility in various programs and activities. The behaviour of the teachers becomes a bit selective. There is nothing wrong in it. All students in any class are not equal. These brighter students can become future top scientists, doctors or engineers or excel in any field that they chose. So teachers may go a bit out of their way to guide such proactive students. The only thing they should keep in mind is that other students should not get a feeling of neglect. In fact, the teachers should take the help of such sharper students to engage even the other students who may be a bit shy or slow in their studies and other extra-co curricular activities.

Inequalities are a part of our life. All are not equal in any part of the world in any society or in any religion. We can’t be close to everyone. We can’t be friends with everybody. All of us have a tendency to mix around with people of our own strata, our own standing and may be even the language we speak plays a great part here. We are selective in choosing our friends based on our likings and common interests. There is nothing wrong in it. We may be cultivating a special interest with some people but showing even the smallest signs of hatred against anyone because of his/her colour or caste or religion or financial status is not acceptable in a civilized society. The cultures that spread hatred in the name of religion or colour or caste and even advocate annihilating others who don’t follow their dictum are a blot on this humanity and are a burden on this earth. 

When God (and the nature for atheists) is not selective while showering his blessings or even the wrath on humanity, why should we be? When the severe storm came yesterday (13th May, 2018) in Delhi and surrounding areas, its wrath was same for everyone. If there was a lightening at some place, its impact was same for the rich and the poor, for the white and the black, for a Hindu or for a Muslim. At 4:30 pm, I was on the road and it became pitch dark and all vehicles were moving slowly with headlights and blinkers on. By 5:30 pm everything calmed down, the Sun beams started coming from behind the clouds and cool breeze was blowing all across for the rich and for the poor without any discrimination. We are all same in the eyes of that Supreme Creator. That is why, the Hindu Philosophy says: “Vasudhaiv Katumbkam”, meaning: The Whole World is One Family. Thanks to those Hindu Rishis who gave this message thousands of years back. 

I feel sorry for some self styled, so called messengers of God who started the policy of reservation in heaven. They became selective in their behaviour to the extent that they said heaven was only for their own followers and all others who don’t follow them will go to hell and even scared them with the stories of fire of hell. What a degradation of thought process? Why can’t we treat all human beings equal? In fact, why not all the creations of God? If we are all sons and daughters of God, we are all equal. This thinking can only bring peace and harmony in this world.

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