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Vidya Bharati schools excel again in Odisha
Shishu Mandirs have set an example for other schools—State Education Minister Pratap Jena
Saraswati Shishu Vidya Mandir schools run by Shikhya Vikash Samiti affiliated to Vidya Bharati, continued to perform exceptionally well in higher secondary examination of Odisha. The Shishu Mandir students excelled in the State High School Certificate Examination this year by notching up the 54 ranks in the top 100 list. There are 20 students in top 10 list, out of which 12 students belonged to Shishu Mandir schools.
According to Sikshya Bikash Samiti, a total of 10, 528 students of Saraswati Sishu Mandir schools appeared in the Board Examination. The Shishu Mandir schools recorded pass percentage of 98.05, which is much higher than the overall pass percentage of the State. This year the overall pass percentage of the State is 70.80. According to reports, 97 Saraswati Shishu Vidya Mandir schools have recorded 100 per cent result. The percentage of students achieving first class is 70.12 per cent.
Sikshya Vikash Samiti organised a function, Medhabi Abhinandan 2012, at Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology Auditorium in Bhubaneswar to felicitate 54 students, who secured place in the top hundred list. Addressing the gathering, School Education Minister of the State Shri Pratap Jena, praised the role of the Sikhya Bikash Samiti for providing quality education to the students. “It is due to the commitment of the teachers that the Shishu Mandir schools are doing so well. The Shishu Mandirs have set an example for both government and private schools in the State,” he said.
Sikshya Bikas Samiti State secretary Dr Saroj Kumar Hati said the value-based curriculum, an edifying atmosphere, strong teacher-student relationship and strict monitoring system are the main reasons for the success of the Vidya Mandir schools. Dr Ramkrishna Rao, national vice president of Vidya Bharati, Prof Devi Prasad Ray, Vice Chancellor of Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology and Dr Prafulla Mahapatra, eminent educationist, also spoke on the occasion. Vidya Bharati zonal organising secretary Shri Govind Chandra Mohanata also shared the dais.
Intellectuals should join the fight against corruption—Justice RC Lahoti
Lecture on national character by Bharat Vikas Parishad in Gwalior
"The intellectuals and good people of the society, who are reluctant to join the agitation against corruption, are also responsible for this menace to take new forms. Need of the hour is that the honest people must join this fight,” said former Chief Justice of Supreme Court of India Justice Shri RC Lahoti. He was delivering a lecture on national character in Gwalior on June 26. The function was organised by local unit of Bharat Vikas Parishad. Former governor of Himachal Pradesh and retired justice of Rajasthan High Court Justice Shri Sadashiv Kokje was also present on the occasion.
Referring to national character, Justice Lahoti said the country might have achieved political Independence but we have to still get the real Independence. “We got the country but still to get the nation. It is not possible until we remove the deficiency of national character. Today, the national character is the worst hit, because the intellectuals and good people are inactive in the fight against corruption,” he said.
He expressed concern that the whole government machinery is engaged to frame and defame the people who raise voice against corruption. “When one commits an offence or stop following the law why the government agencies including the CBI, FB, income tax department, etc. keep sleeping,” he asked. Expressing concern and anguish over the burgeoning corruption in the country he said India was at 74th rank in 2004 with regard to honesty but now it has reached at the 87th rank,” he said further expressing concern over the declining time for moral education in education.
Justice Kokje said man making is must for building national character. He said the joint character of the people basically forms the national character. He stressed the need to strengthen the organisations dedicated to the cause of man making. “During the monarchies the character of the king and the upper castes used to be regarded the national character. Nobody looked at the character of majority people. But the Constitution has given every citizen the equal rights. Therefore, the joint character of the majority people is the national character,” he added.
SJM dharna in Delhi against Novartis
Swadeshi Jagran Manch activists staged a dharna at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on July 10 to protest against Norvatis pharmaceutical company. The demonstrators demanded the Government of India not to award Novartis a patent for its anti-cancer drug, Glivec. Similar demonstrations were organised at many places across the globe including Cape Town in South Africa the same day. Many organisations all around the globe are pursuing Indian government not to succumb before the Novratis.
The SJM urged the government to depute Attorney General to appear and argue in this case, so that this case is handled effectively. The workers also demanded an immediate ban on the acquisition of Indian pharmaceutical companies by foreign companies. At the same time the Swadeshi Jagran Manch warned the Novratis to withdraw its case in view of its likely impact on the public health in the country.
It is to be noted that a legal battle is on between Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis and Government of India in the Supreme Court. Final hearing and arguments of this case began on July 10. Many companies in India manufacture a drug named Glivec. This drug is effective for blood cancer. The price at which Novratis sells this drug is Rs 1,20,000 per month (four tablets per day), whereas the Indian companies manufacturing this drug sells the same at rupees 10,000 per month. If monopolised, this drug would be unaffordable to most of the users (blood cancer patients) and will cause death for them. (FOC)
One day camp for new writers by Sahitya Bharati
Indraprastha Sahitya Bharati, a unit of Akhil Bharatiya Sahitya Parishad, organised a one day camp for new writers in Delhi on July 8. The whole day camp was divided into three sessions. First session was presided over by Dr Devendra Arya and editor of Sahitya Parikarma Shri Murarilal Gupt was the chief guest. The second session was presided over by Dr Malti Jain and Dr Kamal Kishore Goenka and Smt Mridula Sinha guided the writers. Former Union Minister Dr Subramanian Swamy was the chief guest at the third session. The topic for this session was “Freedom of expression in social media”. Organiser editor Dr R Balashankar and chairman of Sudarshan news channel Shri Suresh Chavanke were the chief speakers. In his speech, Dr Subramanian Swamy said since the mainstream media failed to discharge its responsibilities properly the social media had to take the responsibility of educating the people. Smt Tina Sharma of BJP and Shri Pravin Arya of Sahitya Parishad were also present. (FOC)
South African teacher thanks RSS for helping him to find his roots in India
A South African national, Parvesh Gangaram Hardin Parmeshwar Nepal Singh, visited his ancestor’s Nimia village under Sasaram district of Bihar on July 10. A great grandson of a Girmitia labourer, Parmeshwar Singh, the descendant, interacted with his relatives during an emotional reunion a century after the Singh Sr. had boarded South Africa-bound ship to work there as an indentured labourer on November 16, 1902.
“I am overwhelmed for getting an opportunity to meet my kin,” he told reporters. Singh, who is based in Durban and works there as teacher, thanked the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh for helping him find his roots and meet his relatives during his sixth visit to India. “I had come earlier on five occasions and ran from pillar to post to find out my relatives, but to no avail,” he said, adding “as a last hope I contacted the RSS, which found my kin,” he said. Singh is also associated with the RSS’s branch back home.
Stating that his was a hazardous journey in search of his relatives, the South African teacher of Indian origin urged the Government of India to set-up a mechanism which can find out the native place of the migrant people and identity their relatives to facilitate a reunion. (VSK, Karnataka)
Tree plantation by ABVP on foundation day
Delhi unit of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) planted saplings on July 9 to observe its foundation day. ABVP activists planted saplings in the Arts Faculty and also resolved to protect and preserve the trees. ABVP National Executive Member Dr Sanjay Kumar was also present on the occasion. He appealed to the workers to promote the constructive activities in the society. (FOC)