The India Post, Chandigarh: As part of the ongoing ‘Nonviolence Week’ initiated by Education Departmetn and Yuvsatta in the city, with support of Gandhi Smriti & Darshan Samiti & Peace Club of Govt. Model Sr. Sec. School, Sector 33 D, Chandigarh,
5th Inter-School Gandhi Quiz was organized to strengthen the gandhian values amongst the students. A total of 20 teams from different Schools of the city participated in the quiz contest. The five round quiz was conducted by students of Dev Samaj College of Education, Sector 36,
Chandigarh and Chanchal Singh, Dy. DEO, Edcuation Department was the Chief Guest.
Chanchal Singh, Chief Guest of the day honoured the winners of Gandhi Quiz. And Winners were; 1st Prize in the form of A Rolling Trophy, Memento, Rs. 1000/- cash, Gandhian Books & Certificates went to Kashish Vij & Pulkit Sood of AKSIPS, Sector 41, 2nd Prize, a Memento, Rs. 750/- cash, books & certificates was awarded to Apoorva & Ankit of Govt. Model Sr. Sec. School, Sector 16C and Ishita & Aakriti of Govt. Model Sr. Sec. School, Sector 35D won the 3rd Prize of Memento’s, Rs. 500/- cash, books & certificates. Two teams of Moti Ram Arya Sr. Sec. School & Govt. Sr. Sec. School, Sector 45 got the consolation prize. All the remaining participants were also given gandhian books and certificates.
The significant thing of the programme is that the winning students of AKSIPS (Ajit Karam Singh Sinternational Public School), Sector 41 will now compete for the prestigious President R. Venkataraman Rolling Trophy, gracefully instituted by the former President himself. Nationals will held at Gandhi Smriti, Tees January Marg, New Delhi.
Addressing the youngsters Chanchal Singh said that in the environment of general decline of values and all its accompanying ills, Mahatma Gandhi is suddenly emerging as a possible answer to the global crisis of human values and numerous other unresolved contradictions, such as between affluence and poverty, freedom and repression, technology and man, social relations and alienation, etc. He advocated the students to emulate the gandhian ideals in practice in their daily lives. All students and teachers should read autobiography of Mahatma Gandhi which costs less than a scoop of Ice-cream, a chocolate or even branded gel pens and ‘is a joy for life’ was the advice to young students by Chanchal Singh. He narrated many incidents from Gandhiji’s life and introduced his multifaceted personality to the students.
Dr. Surendra Singh, Principal of the GMSSS-33 shared concerns for lasting peace and harmony in his introductory remarks. He said that youngsters have to work towards making the society tolerant. This state of disorder is affecting the innocent minds of children. Therefore the need to nurture Gandhian values of truth and nonviolence in the hearts and minds of young children has arisen as an urgent issue.
Giving information about the Gandhi Quiz, Mr. Parmod Sharma, Coordinator of Yuvsatta and organiser of the programme said that the Gandhi Quiz is now being organized in several parts of the country. It is an attempt to develop a knowledge base amongst students on the life and works of Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhiji’s Autobiography ‘The Story of My Experiments with Truth’ forms the reference material for the competition.
Students were also shown a documentary film ‘Freedom is not Free’ written & Directed by Shiv Khera.