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Saturday, May 26, 2018

कामधेनु गोधाम में हवन एवं प्रवचन का आयोजन


Prof. Prasannanshu
National Law University, New Delhi

Teaching and learning are naturally a joyful process. However, many a time, we as teachers fail to preserve this nature of education, and somehow succeed in making it a burden if not punishment. I am reminded of Tagore’s following words, ‘Thus the greatest of educations for which we came prepared is neglected, and we are made to lose our world to find a bagful of information instead. We rob the child of his earth to teach him geography, of language to teach him grammar. His hunger is for the Epic, but he is supplied with chronicles of facts and dates.’

In a classroom, we often are talking about stories rather than enjoying them, and in turn forcing the students to cram and emit those facts in the examination without absorbing and relishing them.

I think in my early career, I followed the same practice, but soon realized that stories, plays, and poems are a very potent means of conveying strong messages and information that relates to the world, individual human being, the society, and culture. These pieces of literature are meant to be enjoyed like delicious food, and nourishment would be a natural consequence that will follow without even our noticing. One of the best ways of teaching literary pieces that I have discovered along the way is to let the students imbibe the message through all possible sensory modes, and media, including paintings, music, movies. They have to mingle their creativity into these inputs and express themselves in a holistic way by producing skits and plays.

I hope that more teachers find ways to teach their students this way by immersing them into literature.


Vijay K. Saluja

Senior Fellow, Institute of Social Sciences, New Delhi 
Ex-Chief Engineer[civil], New Delhi Municipal Council
DIRECTOR- Giraffe Heroes India

Construction of high rise building ,in India, is on the rise. These are for residential, commercial-[offices, hotel, institutional], purposes. New equipments, materials & technology are being used for the same, to make the same earthquake-proof, aesthetically nice, easily maintainable & with all fire prevention/protection measures. The need of the same, has come about, because of high demand of commercial/ institutional/ residential spaces in the various parts of the city, where cost of the land is very high.
Real Estate Developers are developing these places for providing much needed residential apartments as well as for institutional purposes, too.
As, these buildings are highly capital-intensive, house many people/offices et al,, it is vey imperative that maintenance of these buildings is excellent & all precautions are taken to make these `built- areas`. safe & well-maintained , at all times.


What is a High Rise Building?
There are many definitions of the same, by various bodies.
Some of these are-----------------

The New Shorter Oxford English Dictionary defines a High Rise- a building with many stories.
The International Conference on Fire Safety in High-Rise Buildings defined a high-rise as "any structure where the height can have a serious impact on evacuation"
Massachusetts General Laws define a high-rise as a building, higher than 70 feet (21m).
Most building engineers, inspectors, architects , define a high-rise, as a building which is at least 75 feet (23 m) high ..

Tallest High-rise Buildings in Continents
Sl. No.Continent Tallest Building City Height Floors Year

1.Africa Carlton Centre Office Tower Johannesburg 223m 50 1973
2.Asia Taipei Taipei 509m 101 2004
3.Europe Naberezhnaya Tower Moscow 268m 61 2007
4.North America Sears Tower Chicago 442m 108 1974
5.Oceania Q1 Tower Gold Coast City 323m 78 2005
6.South America Parque Central Torre Este Caracas 221m 56 1979

Ten Tallest Buildings in the World.
Sl. No. City Building Height in Meters Height in Ft. Floors Year
1.Taipei Taipei 509 1671 101 2004
2.Shanghai World Financial 492 1614 101 2008
3.Kuala Lumpur Petronas Tower 452 1483 88 1998
4.Chicago Sears Tower 442 1451 108 1974
5.Shanghai Jin Mao Tower 421 1380 88 1999
6.Hong Kong Two International Finance 415 1362 88 2003
7.Guangzhou CITIC Plaza 391 1283 80 1997
8.Shenzhen Shun Hing Square 384 1260 69 1996
9.New York Empire State Building 3811 250 102 1931

List of tallest buildings in India

Sl. No. Building Place Floors
1 The Imperial Mumbai 60
2 Ashok Towers Mumbai 53
3 Planet Godrej Mumbai 51
4 Shreepati Arcade Mumbai 45
5 RNA Mirage Mumbai -41
6 Belvedere Court Mumbai 40
7 Oberoi Spas Mumbai 40
8 Kalpataru Heights Mumbai 39

The vertical expansion in most of the Indian cities, began about four decades ago, with the exponential rise in land prices as a result of severe constraints on land & the demands of burgeoning population. Though, in Mumbai, Delhi & Kolkata, `High Rises` came much earlier in 60s-70s. The high-rise buildings, against the backdrop of the blue skyline, no doubt, provide an imposing sight & is a status symbol for the builders/users.. But, how safe are the residents of these buildings? This is the million- dollar question, being raised by public.

High Rise-Usages

High –Rises are mainly being constructed & used for the following end-usages Commercial/office use eg, Hotels, offices
Residential-Apartments, condominiums
Mixed Use ie part of it being used as parking & rest of the portion as commercial spaces/ offices/ residential
Though High Rises are able to provide much needed spaces for commerce purposes in the heart of the city-central Business District or plush residential spaces with good ventilation & view at the prized locations, but side by side of providing excellent amenities, it is literally a bundle of problems, as well, for the users, civic authorities, fire department, neighbourhood.
These vary from building to building & the way the said building is put to use, which is dependent upon many factors and this, is the subject matter of my present discussion.

Various problems especially related to maintenance, can be broadly, due to the following factors-

Due to faulty planning/design & architectural inputs
Due to constructional Defects
Due to Financial Constraints
Due to lack of knowledge/awareness on the part of users
Due to improper maintenance
Due to lax enforcement

(a)Due to faulty planning/design and architectural inputs

(i)Environmental Problems:
Construction of high-rise buildings gives rise to lot of environmental pro­blems. As the time period for the con­struction of these buildings some time extends to three to four years, there is proliferation of labour camps in and around the construction sites, tr­ucks carrying building material ply all the day/night very frequently. Even building materials are stacked on the sites nearby creating lot of inconveni­ence to the other users of the build­ing nearby. The sub-soil water is dis­charged into the nearest storm water drain/sewer resulting in chokage of the same at times creating water logging and thus creating mosquitogenic condi­tions, as the same contains bentonite slurry. During piling operations, there is big noise pollution in the vicinity. It is therefore, felt that sufficient forethought be given while sanctioning building plans of the high-rise build­ings in the built-up areas as the civic services viz water supply, sewerage, electrical and open spaces are strained to the maximum exten1. It must be ensu­red that the design of the sewer water supply/drainage services and electrical/digital loads are sufficient.

(ii)Sufficient Space not Envisaged for Parking:
High rise buildings, as I have stated earlier, caters to lot number of people for discharging their activities. This means, there is heavy ingress and egress of human traffic who come to these buildings for work, in all sorts of vehicles. In case sufficient fore­thought is not given to the area around these buildings viz approach roads and parking area, this is going to create lot of problems and has actually crea­ted lot of problems in Connaught Place area & other central business districts of Delhi & other metros, where most of the multi-storeyed buildings are concentrated. At times, it has been observed that when the sufficient parking space was not available and all open spaces, in the vicinity were fully cramped with vehi­cles, there has been difficulty by the fire fighting persons in taking their vehicles right near the building in case of fires, thus wasting not only lot of time in extinguishing fire but resulting in avoidable loss of life and property. It is therefore, very necessary that proper advance planning of services should be carried out and enough space be kept for the parking of the vehicles.

(iii)Water Requirement/Electrical Load/ Sewer Disposal:
Water: Proper and near accurate asse­ssment should be made well in advance of the total/future, water requirements, elect­rical load and sewer disposal arrange­ments for the high-rise buildings as it has been observed that this is a major cause which creates problems for the proper maintenance of the building. In case the water requirement is not asse­ssed properly, this would give rise to lot of unhygienic conditions in the toilets. Apart from that there is lot of unauthorised connections by way of adding overhead tanks in the toilets and thus lot of indiscriminate cutting/ breaking of original structure is invo­lved. 

Electrical: Similarly, it is very necessary to assess the electrical load, electrical point at various places right in the first instance. In the absence of the same, it has been observed that there is large scale unauthorised connections which not only strain the existing wiring to the extreme limits resulting in short-circuiting, power 'breakdown but also present a very ugly site on all the floors apart from being danger­ous, due to loose connections. 
Various electrical points from where the load is to be drawn should be planned properly, to avoid undue changes at a later stage. Non-assessment of the proper electrical-load in the first instance is one of the biggest cause of short-circuiting and electric­al breakdown, which not only is a big fire hazard, but is also one of the main money consuming area..

Sewerage: With the number of users[ many times more] than in a building of low height, more garbage/sewage is generated due to more consumption and thus, more strain on the services. It is, therefore, very important that the sizes of various pipes whether it is that of water supply or the sewerage, should be designed properly and adequately. Apart from that proper workman­ship viz proper filling up of the lead joints, use of material of standard quality is very very imperative. It has been observed that as and when proper care had not been taken, considering these aspects, maintenance of these services thereafter became one of the biggest headache for the maintenance personnels. The improper filling of lead joints and fastening of inspection bends gave rise to constant out-flow of wat­er/sewerage in the pipe shaft result­ing in the course of time, seepage/ wetness, in and around the walls. including the pipe shafts. Sogginess of the walls further gave rise to other allied pro­blems. It has been observed that the Architect normally earmark the space around these pipe shafts for station­ing electrical cables/control panels. With the walls around the electric panels getting wet, there is short circuiting in the electric wiring/ cables resulting in frequent power ­breakdown. This causes not only incon­venience to the users but impairs the efficiency of the offices too, as in high-rise buildings the illumination in the various offices is not natural, but is mainly with the electricity.

(iv)No ventilation in Pipe Shaft:
Pipe shafts in the buildings, therefore, assume a very great import­ance. The dimension of the pipe shafts, its proper ventilation, its approach­ability at various levels, to attend to the defects in the pipes must be there­fore, properly taken care of, at the time of design of the building. Inade­quate dimensions, improper ventilation and absence of working platforms/ step-ladders in pipe shafts in most of the high-rise buildings is one of the prime cause for the maintenance per­sonnels not being, able to attend immediately to, various leaking pipes thus resulting in damage to the surround­ing areas. The design aspect, therefore of the pipe-shaft should be given maximum attention by the Architect.

(v)Cinder in the Toilet Floors:
Seepage/leakage from the embedded pipes is another major problem which one faces during the maintenance of the building. This is most prominent in ttoilets. In this connection, it is felt that the present practice of use of cinder in the sunken floor should be avoided as far as possible as the cinder is a major culprit in holding much quantity of seeped water. In certain toilets where this problem was felt, relief was given by inserti­ng GI pipes in the cindered portion of the floor to draw away the contain­ed water. A suitable alternative filler needs to be evolved. In certain cases we have used lime-concrete filter instead of cinder with better results.

(vi)Provision of Proper Spaces for Various Services:
On every floor of the high-rise building which is used for offices, there are lot number of persons work­ing. Apart from these, there are lot of visitors too. The number of visit­ors increase if the office is catering to some public utility services. It has been observed that on almost all the floor in all the commercial build­ings, one or two corners of the corri­dor have been converted into a tea corners. What one sees here is that an unauthorised electrical connection is taken from, some electric point and ele­ctric heaters are installed for prepar­ing tea, resulting most of time in loose electric wires with improper connections which is not only a big fire hazard but also presents a very ugly look to the surrounding area. The area around this corner was found dirty most of the time .as water for wash­ing tea cups and used tea leaves were spilled all around the place.. Even des­pite best efforts to stop this menace, positive results could not be achi­eved. As this is inevitable, it is suggested that architects must keep this aspect, also in mind while design­ing the building. Let this-tea spaces, be also included in the services to be render­ed in the building. This is also more important because of the general lazy attitude of most of the individuals who do not use the normal canteens, provided a few floors above or below. 

(vii)Ramp Leading to the Basement: 
Most of the high-rise buildings, as per the building requirement nor­mally provides basement for parking the vehicles. Entry to this is made through the ramps. During rainy season it has been observed that if adequate care is not taken water enters into basement. It is therefore very necessary that proper properly designed/fastened drain channels are made not only across the basement at the junction with the building but, also along the length of the ramp. There must also be stand­by pump for draining out rain- water.

(viii)Proper Spaces for Coolers/ Other Services:
India, is a country with varying climate, around the year. While at one time, it is very hot, other time it is very cold. Therefore, architects must keep the provision of suitable spaces for provision of coolers, air ­conditioners for summer season and spaces/provision for heaters for winter. It has been observed that where the, spaces are not kept initially, unauthorisedly glass panes are taken out and the coolers/ACs are installed. Water from the same keeps on drip­ping below, resulting not only in spoil­ing the facia and the exterior finish of the building but creating lot of inconvenience to the users/passers by, below. There are puddles of water [right below where the coolers/ACs are installed] due to constant dripping of water. Similarly unauthorised tapping of electrical points for putting electric heaters/computers etc, has also been observed. Proper design of various services, right in the beginning, will obviate to a great extent this problem.

(ix)Provision of Ledges in the Building:
In high-rise buildings, one of the difficult thing is to replace the window panes, due to height. Provision of ledges,\ as working platform, for the same is therefore necessary. All the entrances to the building must have a proper canopy. In absence of the same, it has been observed that lot of inconvenience is felt by the persons who uses the said entrances due to falling of cer­tain objects from the upper stories. From the safety point of view, this aspect is very necessary.

Similarly, care is also very necessa­ry while putting claddings on the building. Right type and size of stones and proper clips go long way in giving long life to the cladding/ building. ,besides taking care of aesthetics/maintenance.

(xi)Dado in Lift Lobby:
It is a common tendency among the users to lean against the wall, while waiting for lifts. Proper care and choice of surface which can be proper­ly cleaned and does not get spoilt by dirty and greasy hands, is very impor­tant.

(b)Due to constructional defects/ improper workmanship
(i)Inadequate and Improper Water Proofing:
If the treatment of water proofing is not given proper attention, right at the time of construction then this is going to be another major headache for the purpose of maintenance, there­after. Right type of water-proofing­ and proper workmanship is, there­fore very necessary. All the more, care is required for water-proofing in the lift pits. In case, proper care is not taken, it can make the lifts inoperatable for quite some time,when pits get water- logged.

(ii)Proper Choice of Exterior Surface:
Architect must pay proper attention in choosing the exterior surface. It has been observed that in certain buildings where stone cladding was provided, with the passage of time certain numbers of stone, continue to fall. Thereafter, it takes lot of time in replacing the same, due to the inaccessability. Even vinartex treatment given to the sur­face of the building gets spoiled by the constant dripping of water from the coolers. This aspect, therefore, needs due thought by the architect/planners.
This is also very necessary from the aesthetic point of view as one, two or three fallen stones at various heights start giving a very ugly look to the building despite its excellent initial exterior, as replacement of the same[missing stones] is a very costly/difficult exercise.

(c)Due to improper maintenance
(i)This is another major problem in high rise buildings. Normally, in all high-rise buildings, as discussed earlier, basements are pro­vided for parking. In case, adequate care is not taken at the time of construction some sort of seepage continue occurring resulting in inundation in the basement especially in rainy season. It is therefore, very imperative that proper cause of leakage should be observed immediately and suitable steps taken to plug the necessary leakage/seepage spots immediately. In this connection, in certain buildings difficulty has been experienced especially in lift pits, where during fixing of buffer springs for the lifts , guniting got punctured, result­ing in constant source of leakage. Proper care is therefore, very necessary while installing the springs in lift pits. Maintenance people must know this aspect and take proper care while making any repairs in shafts.

(ii)Clogging of Pipes/Strips:
If the maintenance staff is not regular and vigilant, there is recurring problems of clogging of pipes. This is more so '.in the canteen and ladies toilets. In canteens, t ash some times is used for washing the utensils and then same is disposed off in the sinks, thus clogging the pipes. In ladies toilets, some times sanitary napkins are disposed through wc traps. At times the napkins being not of right material viz disposable type, get clogged in the pipes resulting in chokage of various pipes and thus constant pressure on the pipe joints. It is therefore, very necess­ary that suitable baskets should be kept in ladies toilets and sweeper should make a regular round for clean­ing. 

(iii)Lack Of Adequate Water:
It has been experienced that water in various toilets/bathrooms, keeps on running as there was no check to close various taps resulting in lot of wastage of water thus emptying the overhead tanks. Proper vigilance in this case is very necessary by the maintenance staff. In this connection it is felt putting up of that suitable Request Boards indicating 'Close the taps after use, or Do not· waste water' would help in reducing this problem. Incidents of thefts are also there.So, proper & vigilant security also is required to be put in place.

(iv)Stacking of Broken Furniture and Waste Papers etc.:
A portion of the most of the base­ment in high-rise buildings and terraces, corners of corridors, often [is observed] being used for sta­cking broken furniture and waste pap­ers etc. This is a big fire hazard. The same presents an ugly sight too. More so, if the said material is stacked on the terraces. Suitable system, therefore, needs to be evolved, for early disposal of broken furniture and waste papers etc.

(v)Placing of Trash Cans/Spittoon:
At places in Delhi and in other parts of the country, habit of eating pan is very prevalent. It has been observed that people are very indis­criminate in spitting. Most of the corridors, staircases walls, are full with pan spittle. We are not very much conscious about the sense of cleanli­ness. It is felt, that placing of spittoons and trash cans at strategic pla­ces especially near stairs/landings, would help in minimizing this problem.

(vi)Exhaust Fans/Odonil in Toilet Blocks

Despite best efforts to keep ade­quate water in toilets, there is shortage of water due to indiscriminate wastage of water. It has, therefore, been felt that exhaust fans and odonil and regular cleaning etc. in toi­lets go a long way in keeping the stink away.

(vii)Adequate Security/Care Taking:
Another most important point in the proper maintenance of the building is adequate security. In case this as­pect is not taken care of, there are large incidences of theft in toi­lets, as mentioned earlier, and in common areas which not only results in wastage of water due to theft of bib cocks etc but is also a big strain on maintenance funds. It has been observed that when security was not mounted, even the fire alarms which were installed near the staircase were broken by unscrupulous persons. The fittings were stolen from the toilets and all sort of filthy language was scribbled on lift door. To check this menace, adequate security and proper care taking is very very imperative. It is also felt that there should be immediate and ready arrangements for attending to the minor repairs like pipe-chokage, electrical complaints, replacement of glass panes by jhula arrangement and rubbing.clearing of filthy lan­guage etc. Care taking staff must also take proper care in closing windows, as and when any squall occurrence is noticed. If this is not done, windows bang resulting in breakage of panes" causing inconvenience to the users apart from being unsafe. It must also be ensured that the wind­ows are properly secured with the han­dles. Though this is a very small asp­ect but if not taken care of, is a cause of very major inconvenience especially during winter. This can also be danger­ous at times especially if the canopy is not there in the entrance and the windows, are stationed right above the entrance to the building.

(d)Due to lack of knowledge/awareness of the part of users
Certain problems arise due to lack of knowledge on the part of the users, though the same would not have occurred if the users had known about various systems available in the building. These are mainly:

Fire System : It has been observed that in most of the buildings, various fire fighting systems viz dry system, wet riser system, fire alarms are available and are duly in operation but as the users are not aware and conversant of its usage, they are not able to take advantage of the same, in case of emer­gencies. To make an effective use of the fire fighting system installed in the building, proper training/awareness about the same to the users is very very necessary. A regular drill [half yearly] be carried out to ensure that all the systems installed are in operation and the people inhabiting/using the building, are in the know of these systems. In this connection, suitable sign boards with instructions for the use of these said equipments should be installed, on all the floors, too. The way one has to operate various equipments ,in case of emergency should be duly displayed in simple words, as presently, various services which are provided in the high-rise buildings are fairly of complex nature. Care taking staff/maintenance staff should be well conversant with the same. They must have complete knowledge about the way, a lift is to be operated in case of its stoppage mid way because of electric break-down and otherwise, operation of DG sets, fire fighting systems, booster pumps and other allied services. A complete line diagram indicting various services/route of pipes may be duly made out and displayed in the room of the care taker and the maintenance staff should be well conversant with the same.

(e)Due to Financial Constraints
Finance plays most important role in keeping the various services properly. attended. Despite best efforts and intentions to keep a building in proper maintained order, lack of funds, at times, create a major bottle-neck in proper maintenance of the building. Mounting of security, engagement of care taking staff, keeping the maintenance team in readiness with sufficient equipment/ materials, requires lot of finance. At times proper maintenance is also not possible because of lack of co-ordination between the various users. The way the various expenses to be incurred, are to be distributed among various users/occupants-areas, creates another big hurdle in maintaining the building properly.

(f)Due to lax enforcement
All designs and architectural care would be set to nought, if proper care is not taken while making use of the various spaces, earmarked in the building. There is also a tendency among the owners of the buildings to convert a part of the basement which actually is meant for parking, for commercial use and thus lot of unauthorized construction occurs in the area. Recently a big fire occurred in one of the high rise buildings in Delhi. It was reported that the same was from the welding work going on, in the basement of that building. It was also observed that number of basements were being used as departmental stores/sale outlets, for clothes. Strict enforcement therefore is very necessary to check this menace. Proper enforcement is very necessary and it must be ensured that the purposes for which the building has been designed, is actually met with
A Few Critical Issues
Fires in high rise buildings, have emerged as a critical issue in urban planning, due to the rising frequency of fire accidents, leading to huge losses of life and property. While the Uphaar Cinema Fire Tragedy of June 1997 due to negligence that led to the death of 57 people out to enjoy a movie show is one stark example, the Sadar Bazar [in Delhi] Fire was another of the many examples of mishap due to uncontrolled urban growth. High-rise buildings can/may become raging inferno any moment., due to many causes sometime even minor negligence. While fire-fighting facilities are essential, they are basically curative measures. Preventive measures like land use zoning, land sub-divisions, implementation of building regulations are required to address this issue effectively.

Urban areas suffer from constant environmental hazards, which may take the form of a disaster at any point of time. Quality of air, water, sanitation and infrastructure often pose to be health risks. Delhi is the world’s fourth most polluted city. The health costs of ambient air pollution in Delhi alone is reported to be US$ 100-400 million.
Location of industrial units within cities leads to urban pollution and increased risk from toxic emissions and effluents. While the Bhopal Gas Tragedy of 1981 is a moot case of an industrial disaster with far-reaching impacts, small-scale and hazardous industries in urban villages (Laldora areas) are veritable storehouses of hazardous chemicals.
Location of high rise building in a city thus, is another very important parameter. Sick building syndrome and building related diseases are more likely in large commercial spaces, because of the complexity of the HVAC systems, variety of tenants, their usages, space constraints and the surrounding area. As buildings age, the potential for isolated problems increase .
Mold is the area of greatest concern. Breaking or leaking pipes, condensate, roof leaks, flooding and window leaks, are the most prevalent cause of mold growth, resulting in problems of air quality in high rise buildings.

A few special points reg air quality.

1.Location: Heavy commercial or industrial area with carbon monoxide, diesel exhaust, dust and smoke stack emissions has negative effect on the air quality in the high rise building located in & around this area.
2.Air Intake Locations: Location of intake on ground level adjacent to loading docks or below ground intakes where water and mold can be present. Presence of vermin: rats, mice, birds and pets can/do spread germs and disease.
3.Building age: Over the time, buildings and building systems deteriorate, become inopertable or accumulate debris.
4.Varied occupancy: Combining offices, computer equipment, printers, health care facilities, day care, restaurants, schools and studios all in the same building each with different environmental needs, results in air quality differences for numerous tenants.
There is thus regular need for frequently checking the air quality in the high rise buildings & taking timely corrective/preventive measures for maintaining proper quality of circulated air. This is very important for the health, of the users of the building.

Whatever, I have discussed above is not a complete and exhaustive list of all the problems which one faces during the maintenance of high-rise buildings.

Having been incharge of the maintenance of the central most area of New Delhi and also of a few high-rise buildings located in the said area, I have briefly summed up some of my experiences and difficulties, I, faced for the proper maintenance of the same and have offered a few suggestions to surmount the said problems. On the face of it, though, problems may look very minor and trivial but actually are big source of headache for the maintenance personnels. If these are taken care of properly & attended to, immediately, it is my belief and experience too, that this shall go a long way in improving the longevity of the high rise buildings, but also will provide more comfort/financial relief, to the users & thus better quality of life.
There will be saving of maintenance funds too & the maxim `A stitch in time saves nine` holds very aptly true, here.
I have in this paper, only talked about the problems/maintenance of [`medium-height`] high rise buildings, which are presently coming up /have come up in our cities, in India & not about the sky-scrapers/tall buildings which exist in many cities of the World, as mentioned earlier in my paper.That is another big topic in itself!



Friday, May 25, 2018

The Screening Premiere of the Art-Music Digital AV Album “EUREKA”

“The EUREKA” is the Art-Music Digital AV Album produced by Artist Uday Kulkarni and Music Composer Bart Woodsprut from Illinois, USA. For last one year they were working on this art project. Artist Uday Kulkarni collaborated with Music Composer Bart Woodsprut for creation of this Art-Music Digital AV Album. The Album contains 7 music tracks with 120 paintings by Uday Kulkarni. The Digital Music is composed by Hollywood Fame Music Composer and Computer Artist Bart Woodsprut. The music tracks are composed as per the character & theme of the paintings series. It’s 50 minutes duration AV Album. It is produced at Space & Sound Institute, Illinois, USA. Uday Kulkarni is in the field of art for last 4 decades, starting his Art-journey with Debut show at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai in 1976. He has several solo exhibitions to his credit at Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore, Singapore & London and got rave reviews and acclaims for his contribution to the contemporary Art. His is the unique style of painting. It is a combination of contrasting style of Abstraction & Expressionism. His Coffeetable Art Book, “Romancing with Colours” is published by Times of India in 2015. 

“The EUREKA” is the digital transformation of his paintings with the embellishment of Music and Narration of Art Themes. Thus, creating a Cinematic Experience. He has reinvented his Art & Relived his Art Journey and presented it in an Innovative State-of-the-Art Album. The Album is concluded with the mesmerizing Golden Voice Vocal presentation of “Pasayadan” by Dr. Padmaja Phenany-Joglekar, adding a Spiritual Dimention to the Album. This is First-of-it’s-kind Art-Music Album. Uday Kulkarni has dedicated the Album to his Art-Idol M.F. Hussain.

The Screening Premiere of the Art-Music Digital AV Album “EUREKA” by Artist Uday Kulkarni and Music Composer Bart Woodsprut from Illinois, USA is organized at India Habitat Centre on 2nd June, 2018 (Saturday).

The Eminent guests/Guests of Honours invited for the Premiere show are:-
Hon’ble Sumitra Mahajan, Speaker of Lok Sabha
Hon’ble Dr. Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, President, ICCR
Hon’ble Babul Supriyo, MoS Heavy Industry and Eminent Singer
Hon’ble Sr. Artist Prof. Niren Sengupta, Fmr. Principal, College of Art, Delhi
Hon’ble Sr. Artist Jatin Das

Be a good role model for your kids

Nidhi Kataria

There are many different things that I take into consideration when it comes to parenting.Parents have many different responsibilities but there are three in particular that I think are very important.Being a good role model is important, as well as listening to your children and disciplining them appropriately.If you want to be a good parent you have to put your kids first.The first responsibility that I think is very important is being a good example for your kids.Parents are examples for their kids whether they like it or not.My kids watch watch and copy everything that I do, and even if I don't think their listening they are listening.If they see me finishing school and working good job thats what they will expect to do themselves because that is all that they know.Children are like sponges.I want to show my kids how to be a good person by being a good person myself.As a parent I want my children to know that they can be anything they want to be, but at the same time I am controlling their physical and moral environment so that they can be good people.Iwant them to be in an environment where they can develop habits of honesty, generosity,and responsibility.I think one of the greatest things that I can do for my kids is to take them seriously and listen to them.My seven year old is constantly showing me everything that he learns and its easy to tune out sometimes, but I think its very important not to.It is important to listen because if you dint give your kids enough attention they might try and seek it in a negative way.It is important to listen to your children when they have learned something new or want to tell you something that they are proud of.Children seek your approval, and that gives them confidence.Lastly discipline is another very important responsibility.The best thing to do is to pick your battles, because if you are constantly saying "no" your child will tune it out.You have to be consistent

Giraffe Heroes India invites nominations from all over India

The Giraffe Heroes India Program

A Giraffe Hero is a person who sticks his or her neck out on sustainable basis, for public good, at huge personal risk. Giraffe Heroes India Program is an off-shoot of non-profit Giraffe Heroes Project which was started in USA in 1984, by Ann Medlock. The aim of starting this Project was to find out unknown heroes of the society, commend them as Giraffes for sticking their necks out & get their stories told on radio, television & in print. Giraffe stories would tell the people that there was headway being made on the problems of the world, that there were individuals who had solutions & the courage to move into action. The stories would move people`s souls & get them moving on public problems that mattered to them.

Some days back, a brief write up, about Giraffe Heroes India Programme (GHIP) was published in Dwarka Parichay, our media associate.
This Programme, as some of the readers may recall, is about throwing light on UNSUNG HEROES of INDIA.
How it is done?
Details about it (criteria for giraffedom,nomination form,et al) are available at

GHIP is an associate of Giraffe Heroes Project of US.

May I invite all the readers to visit the website & thereafter send nominations of deserving candidates.

A jury consisting of eminent persons will appraise the recd nominations & then recommend COMMENDING the Giraffe Heroes

Vijay K. Saluja

Happy Birthday- Karan Johar

Thursday, May 24, 2018



India today, has become ripe as a nation to come up with dedicated allocations of budget on cybersecurity. Earlier, cybersecurity was never given such an importance in the budget but owing to the historical events that have taken place in India, post demonetization, specific allocations on cybersecurity budgets is a sine qua non if any actions are to be taken against the massively increasing cybersecurity breaches. Not just specific allocations, but spending heads within different categories of cybersecurity spendings in the budget need to be allocated, so that there is more clarity on the appropriate financial support and various capacity building measures in this direction.

The 10% figure of allocation to cybersecurity in the entire IT Budget is extremely meagre. India is a different ballgame altogether, and if it has to become a digitally empowered nation and a global IT superpower that it aims to be, then there needs to be a bigger percentage figure allocated to cybersecurity, of the total IT Budget in order to be able to create a mechanism that will survive the growing attacks by state and non-state actors on the Indian Critical Information infrastructure. The need for more spending in India on cybersecurity is higher than the global average because of India’s high aspirations and hopes in the Digital India program. Cybersecurity is the foundation fulcrum and if that is not adequately addressed, the entire Digital India Program may be prejudicially impacted.

India needs adopt a ‘leapfrogging method’ rather than a traditional one. With emerging technologies like IoT (Internet of Things), AI (Artificial Intelligence), Blockchains etc., spending needs to be done in the said emerging sectors, both the corporate and government level. By insisting on government departments on having CISOs in place, India can instantaneously put focus on the significance of cybersecurity.

A hybrid approach needs to be taken by keeping in mind the existing technologies as well as putting focus on new technologies. As a growing digital power, India cannot exclude concentration on newly emerging technologies like IoT, blockchain and AI, as they are more critical and can help in becoming catalysts to further India’s growth.

The Author Pavan Duggal, Advocate, Supreme Court of India, Internationally acclaimed Authority and Expert on Cyberlaw and Cyber Security Law, Chairman of the International Commission on Cyber Security Law and President of Cyberlaws.Net can be reached at his email address: – and More about Pavan Duggal is available at

In Service Teachers Training Program held at N.K. Bagrodia Public School

Professional development is about life-long learning and growing as an educator. It is an important part of creating a culture of continuous improvement to maximize students’ holistic development. N.K. Bagrodia Public School, Dwarka is committed to the continued progress and involvement of all educators so that they can constantly improve their skills and become more proficient in the profession. In Service Training program for Teachers was organized from 14th May, 2018 to 17th May, 2018 in the school premises. The program was organized to update teachers about new-child centric teaching methodologies, meet challenges of educational reforms, and learn innovative subject enrichment activities and classroom management strategies for special need children. Our customized teacher training program focused on improving the quality of teaching-learning process, so that students achieve increasing level of proficiency. 

Multifarious workshops were organized for the facilitators, in the school. These included: Fitness exercises for teachers by Dr. Shilpi Singh, Yoga by Mr. Sunil Singh and Stress Free Living by Art of Living.

Subject based workshops by Renowned Experts were held to upgrade the content knowledge and pedagogical skills of teachers. Workshop on ‘Writing without Tears’ was conducted by Mrs. Satinder Kaur Singh, Headmistress, N K Bagrodia Public School, Dwarka. The workshop focused on developing fine motor skills of children in order to make their pencil grasping correct. Various strategies to improve student’s writing skills were also discussed.

Creative workshops were organized to gain fresh ideas to liven up classrooms and to apply creativity into different subjects. Resource Persons from different organizations like DOMS explained importance of different colour techniques, Ms. Alka Gauba from NIE taught interesting Paper Craft works, Ms. Vandana Gupta an Art Expert made beautiful masks and puppets that can be used as interesting teaching aids by teachers. The experts helped teachers to enhance their creative skills.

Motivational Workshop on ‘Failure is the First Step to Success’ was conducted by Principal Dr. (Mrs) Rajee N Kumar. The workshop highlighted the need of guiding the students how to master fear of failure and to know the actual meaning of SUCCESS. 'Teachers as innovative mentors' workshop was conducted by Mr Kamalneet Singh from Promise Group. The aim of the workshop was to help educators to hone the skills and techniques that can be incorporated in teaching methodologies for better classroom management. Workshop on ‘Professional Etiquettes and Presentation skills’ was conducted by Ms Saadia Rahman. The workshop was engaging and interesting and emphasized on imbibing professional etiquettes as these help in working professionally, maintaining proper manners and engaging with colleagues in a spirit of cooperation and respect.

Professional Development Training helped teachers to become better at planning and staying organized. It enabled them to expand their knowledge base in different subjects in today’s changing world of ever-emerging technologies. Educators found the training program very insightful, inspiring, informative and engaging.

Happy Birthday- Rajesh Roshan

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.

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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.

Thanks for your VISITs

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