Annual Athletic Meet on 18th & 19th Feb, 2010

16 February 2010

College Annual Athletic Meet is being held on 18th and 19th February 2010. Mr. Ajoy Sharma, IAS, Director Higher Education cum Special Secretary Finance, Chandigarh Administration will inaugurate the meet at 10.15 am on 18th February, 2010.

Mr. M.L. Sharma, PCS, Director Sports & Transport, Chandigarh Administration has consented to give away the prizes and preside over the function on Friday, 19th February 2010 at 2.30pm.

Workshop on Grooming, Resume Writing & Interview Skills
28 January 2010
Resume Writing by Students

A two Day workshop on Grooming, Resume writing and Interview skills started off at Government College of Education, Sector 20D, Chandigarh with Ms. Kriti Kalia, Asstt. Prof. and Ms. Mona Gulati, Communication Skills Trainer, both from Regional Institute of Education, Sector 32, making their presentations on ‘Grooming: Essentionals & Expectations’ in the morning session.

The importance of effective and clear communication along with role of attitude, personal hygiene, spoken language, attire and body-language in soft skills repertoire was elaborated by Ms. Kriti Kalia.

Ms Mona Gulati, while speaking on ‘Work Ethics’ stressed upon the important aspects of knowledge, confidence, realistic expectations of self. For becoming a successful teacher one needs to have good communication skills in order to convey the knowledge and teach the necessary skills to the students. Along with this, discipline, leadership and good time-management are essential elements that need to be present in the skill set of a competent teacher.

In the post lunch session Mr. Shivinder Kang, an experienced soft skills professional spoke on conception and production of an effective resume. The session turned out to be a very interactive one with students taking part in queries and discussions. Citing numerous examples and illustrations the speaker covered all the aspects of resume creation like purpose, thought organisation, specificity and clarity, effective titles and appropriate qualifications etc.

The workshop has been organised by the College Placement Cell as part of its annual calendar events. Ms. Jasvir Chahal, incharge placement cell welcomed the speakers and Mr Shavinder Pal Singg proposed a vote of thanks.

On the second day of the two day workshop on Grooming, Resume Writing and Interview Skills organised by the college Placement Cell at Government College of Education, Sector 20D, Mr Shivinder Kang, a soft skills professional gave important suggestions and feedback to the students regarding their resumes. Mr Kang had delivered his talk on effective resume writing yesterday and the students had submitted their resumes in the morning before the session started. Mr Kang handled all the queries of the students as well.

In the later sessions Dr. Minhas, Deputy Director, Adult Education, Chandigarh administration delivered talk on Interview Skills. Based upon years of her experience in the field, Dr. Minhas provided invaluable insights on preparing for the interview, facing the interview panel, presenting oneself in a self-confident manner.

The valedictory session was chaired by Dr. Minhas. Mrs Jasvir Chahal, incharge Placement Cell, read out report of the proceedings of the two day programme. A vote of thanks was proposed by Mr Shavinder Pal Singh.

NSS 7 Day Special Camp
6 January 2009
Seven Day NSS Camp

A Seven Day Special NSS Camping Programme was inaugurated by Sh. Bikram Singh Rana, State Liaison officer (NSS), Chandigarh Administration at Government College of Education on 17 December 2009. Dr. (Mrs.) Harsh Batra, Principal of the college, presented the welcome address and congratulated the NSS volunteers for coming forward for the cause of social service. 150 NSS volunteers are taking part in this week long programme.

While addressing the NSS volunteers Sh. Bikram Singh Rana stressed that this camping programme will go in long way to improve the life skills and personality of the volunteers. He also dwelled on the importance of the community outreach programme during such camps. Mrs Poonam Bansal, NSS Programme officer presented the schedule of the various activities to be undertaken at the adopted village Kajheri. The core issues to be addressed are health, hygiene and sanitation. Villagers will also be educated to work for the eradication of social and environmental problems by various activities like street play and rallies etc. NSS volunteers were made aware about the waste management project and method of composting to be undertaken at village Kajheri during this camp by Mr.Vijay Phogat, NSS Programme officer. Dr.Anurag Sankhian, NSS Programme officer proposed vote of thanks.

On the second day of the camping programme volunteers were taken to the adopted village Kajheri. Working on the waste management project they made compost pits in the ground of Government High school, Kajheri to manage the waste. They segregated the waste materials in the school campus to be layered in the compost pits.

In the afternoon session Dr.Meenal Thakare, Assistant Professor, Department of the Community Medicine, GMCH-32 conducted awareness programme on Health, Hygiene and sanitation in context of swine flu. She spoke on the underlying causes, outbreaks, transmission phases, current situations and preventive measures of the swine flu. A documentary was also screened showing the method of washing hands and collection, storage and transportation of the patient samples. Volunteers’ queries were also addressed.

On the third day of the programme volunteers visited the adopted village Kajheri. Volunteers interacted with the members of the community and made them aware about the need and importance of the waste management in eco friendly ways. They also collected the waste from households, restaurants, road sides etc. The collected waste was segregated and then layered in the compost pits already dug by the volunteers in the Government High school, Kajheri.

In the afternoon session NSS volunteers were sensitized to the problems faced by the people with special need like orphans, physically challenged and senior citizens. They were divided in three groups and visited Old Age Home, Sector 15, Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity Home, Sector 23 and Blind Institute, Sector 26, Chandigarh. They interacted with inmates and distributed fruits and eatables.

On the fourth day of the camping programme a poster making and slogan writing competition was organised on themes like Health and Hygiene; Social problems like alcoholism, smoking and drug addiction; AIDS and blood donation. In the afternoon session open house discussion on the topics ‘Impact of Global Warming’, 3 R s (Reducing, Recycling & Reusing) of waste management’, ‘Use of Polybags’, ‘Problem of Female Feticide’ and ‘Problems related to Old Age Care’ was organised. NSS Volunteers came up on the stage and presented their views and suggestions on the given topics. The participation was enthusiastic and good intellectual thoughts and solutions to the problems were brought to the fore.

On the last day a valedictory function was organised to mark the closing of the camp. Prof. M. S. Bains, NSS Programme Coordinator Panjab University, was the chief guest of the occasion. Dr. (Mrs.) Harsh Batra, Principal of the college, presented the welcome address and gave a brief account of the activities undertaken by the NSS volunteers at village Kajheri. Prof. M. S. Bains exhorted volunteers to work for the development of the society and dedicate themselves to the service of the underprivileged. He laid stress on generating national integration and suggested volunteers to follow the path shown by the father of the nation, ‘Mahatma Gandhi’.

NSS Programme officers, Dr. Anurag Sankhian and Mrs. Poonam Bansal presented the camp report. Sh.Bikram Singh Rana, State Liasion officer (NSS), Chandigarh Administration was the Guest of Honour on the occassion. The Prizes to the volunteers were also distributed. NSS Volunteer Mr. Satish Kumar (Roll Number 101) was awarded Best NSS Volunteer trophy. A variety of performances were staged by the NSS volunteers. A group dance item, Bhajan, skit patriotic songs, Poems on NSS, Punjabi folk dance and stand-up comedy item were presented. The importance of education was brought home by a short skit. Mr.Vijay Phogat, NSS Programme Officer proposed the vote of thanks.

Students secure positions in PU Athletic Meet

Our students participated in the Panjab University Annual Athletic Meet held at the university grounds from 2-5 December 2009. Following medals and positions were bagged by our athletes:

  • Monica got Gold Medal in shotput
  • Rakesh Kumar got Silver Medal in javelin throw
  • Shefali got Silver Medal in 200M race
  • Aditya for fourth position in 200M race
53rd Annual Convocation
20 March 2009
53rd Annual Convocation

53rd Annual Convocation of Government College of Education was organized in the college premises here today. Sh. Ram Niwas, IAS, Home-cum-Education Secretary, Chandigarh administration was the chief guest for the occasion. Mrs. Raji P. Shrivastava, Special Secretary Finance and Director Higher Education, Chandigarh Administration was the guest of honour.

Sh. Ram Niwas congratulated the students on their entry into a new phase of their life where they would take up important responsibility of teaching the children of the nation. He equated a teacher with a master craftsman who can truly transform the personality of a student by imparting in him right kind of values and knowledge. The duty of a teacher, stressed Sh. Ram Niwas, does not end with imparting bookish knowledge. In fact, a teacher should always aim for all round multi-faceted development of the students. This is possible if a teacher constantly updates his knowledge. Today’s students need to be prepared for their roles as enlightened citizens and for this they need to be in touch with the all that is going on in the nation as well as the world.

Earlier, Dr. (Mrs.) Harsh Batra, principal of the college welcomed the guests and read out the Annual Report of the session 2008-09. She highlighted the achievements of the students and the faculty in various fields. Around 307 students of B.Ed., B.Ed.(yoga) and M.Ed. were conferred degrees on the occasion.

13 students were awarded prizes and merit certificates for securing positions in the Panjab University Examination of B.Ed., B.Ed.(yoga), M.Ed., PG Diploma in Yoga Therapy.

M.Ed.: Hardeep Kaur, roll no. 398, 1st ; Harmanpreet Kaur, roll no. 400, 2nd ; Preeti Jindal, roll no. 401 and Deepti Singh, roll no. 386, 3rd .

B.Ed.: Manpreet Kaur, roll no. 5186, 1st ; Ranjeet Kaur, roll no. 5133, 2nd ; Yogita Joshi, roll no. 5232, 3rd .

B.Ed.(yoga): Ranju Kumari, roll no. 251, 1st ; Aarti Gupta, roll no. 256, 2nd ; Harwinder Kaur, roll no. 259, 3rd .

PG Diploma in Yoga Therapy: Vibha Jain, roll no. 3, 1st ; Shivangi, roll no. 8, 2nd ; Pinki, roll no. 9, 3rd .

Hands On Science
5 March 2009
Hands on Science

A demonstration of Science experiments “Hands-on-activities” was given by Prof. M.S. Marwaha, Head Deptt. of Physics & Director, Anveshika Laboratory, SGGS College, Sector 26 at Government College of Education, Sector 20D, Chandigarh. The function was organized in connection with the Science Day which is celebrated as a tribute to Dr. C.V. Raman’s achievement.

The principles of force, pressure, electricity, magnetism, surface tension etc were illustrated using everyday objects and their innovative usage. The session was very interesting and interactive with students being called upon the stage to participate in various experiments. The students were also encouraged to discuss out the possible explanations of the phenomenon demonstrated on the stage. Some of the seemingly tough concepts were clarified easily through these demonstrations. About 200 students and faculty member attended the session. Earlier Dr.(Mrs.) Harsh Batra, Principal of the college welcomed Prof. Marwaha.

54th Annual Athletic Meet
20 February 2009
54th Annual Athletic Meet

Vikas Kumar(220) and Manisha(09) were adjudged the best athletes on the concluding day of 54th Annual Athletic Meet at Government College of Education, Sector 20 D, here today. Dr. C.S. Grewal, University Director of Physical Education, Panjab University was the Chief Guest for the prize distribution function. Dr. Grewal while lauding the achievements of the winners congratulated all the athletes who had participated in the sports events. As witnessed yesterday the day's events were marked by good sportsmanship and enthusiastic competition. A fancy dress competition was also organized on the occasion. Students also presented a cultural dance item. Earlier Dr.(Mrs.) Harsh Batra, principal welcomed the chief guest and Mrs. Neelam Puri read out the report of sports achievements of the year.

Talk On Geeta By Mr. Sheojee Singh
13 February 2009

A talk on the theme "Geeta and Social Service" was given by Shri Sheojee Singh as part of One Day NSS Camp was organised at Government College of Education, Sector 20D, here today. Sh. Sheojee while speaking on the topic said that all problems arise from incorrect perception of truth of the situation. Lord Krishna's message in Geeta is focussed on attainment of true perception of social situation and deciding upon the correct action to be followed thereupon. By gaining a spiritual outlook based upon the knowledge of eternal existence of soul one can rise above the ego-centered perception of life and living. Lord Krishna, through his sermon on the battlefield of Kurukshetra showed Arjuna a true vantage point, attainment of which completely alters his perception of social relationship and orients him to a higher form of action emanating out of higher spiritual consciousness. Addressing the future-teachers of the Education college, Sh. Sheoji Singh stressed upon the need to be sensitive to social responsibility.

Intra College Volleyball Match
6 February 2009

An Intra college Volley ball match between Vijay X1 v/s Neelam X1 was organised in the college campus today. Vijay X1 won the match in a tough fight by Neelam X1 by 5-3 sets. Neelam X1 won first set by 25-21 , then second set was won by Vijay X1 with score 25-22 and third set was again won by Vijay X1 by 25-21. Fourth set was won by Neelam X1 by 25-20 and finally fifth set was won by Vijay X1 by score 15-9.

Workshop on Resume Writing and Interview Skills
28 January 2009

A Two day workshop on Resume Writing and Interview Skills was inaugurated at Government College of Education, Sector 20 D, here today. Ms. Bittu Sandhu, Director, Strides & Social Counselor was the chief guest of the day. In her speech, Mrs. Sandhu spoke on proper preparation and planning for facing an interview panel. This included choosing a proper dress code for the occasion, reaching well in time, conducting oneself in a professional and confident manner and speaking out one’s thoughts in a truthful and convincing manner. A person’s conviction and passion for a field of work has a remarkable positive effect on the listener, she said.

Two technical sessions were held today as part of the first day’s proceedings. Mrs. Santosh Singh, Chairperson, Family Counselling, Women & Child Support Unit, Chandigarh Police acted as resource person in the first session. She spoke on the issue of Gender Sensitization and Entrepreneurship. Gender Sensitization was an issue which deals with developing a sensitive mindset of the society towards women, their roles and needs in the society. Under the larger issue of gender sensitization Mrs. Santosh dwelled on the topics of knowledge of constitutional rights, Social commitments and occupational biases, Gender Budgeting. While speaking on opportunities of entrepreneurship she informed the audience about various small project that a teacher would undertake at school, at home and in areas such as slum dwellings.

In the second technical session Mr. Shivinder Kang, soft skills professional and former lecturer RIE, chandigarh gave a presentation on preparation of a resume for a job. He explained various aspects like purpose of a resume, organising thoughts, being specific and clear, effective titles, and appropriate qualifications. He also discussed common mistakes done by candidates while writing their resumes. The session was of an interactive nature with students posing queries and discussing their individual points.

On the concluding day of the Two Day Workshop on Grooming Resume Writing and Interview Skills, Mr. Shivinder Kang, a soft skills professional discussed the ways to improve upon the resume prepared by the students at Government College of Education, Sector 20 D, here today. The students had been given tips for writing good resumes in yesterday’s technical sessions.

Mr. Kang also spoke on practical aspects of an interview. He focussed on the body language and spoken expressions. To give a more practical shape to what was being taught, mock interviews were also conducted in which Mr. Kang took interviews of volunteer students. This part of the session was especially enjoyed by the students. Giving their feedback students felt quite enriched with the whole experience.

In the after lunch session of the day Prof. Balram Gupta, former Head, Department of Law, Panjab University while delivering a talk on the topic reminded the audience that our constitution laid down fundamental duties for every citizen of our country. It was duty of every person to follow these duties. In the field of teaching it is vital for a teacher to learn good communication skills as these are the very backbone of the profession, he said. The professor termed the teaching profession as the most satisfying as one touched and moulded the lives of many. To be a good teacher one had to first become a good human being.

Mrs. Jasvir Chahal, coordinator of the workshop read out the report of the proceedings of the two day workshop. The workshop was attended by 325 students and 34 members of the faculty of the college.

Republic Day Celebration
26 January 2009

Republic Day celebrations were held at Government College of Education, Sector 20D, here today. As per the tradition of the college the oldest serving employee of this year, Shri Ram Singh was the chief guest of the day and he hoisted the National Flag. Students presented patriotic songs befitting the occasion. Principal, Dr. (Mrs.) Harsh Batra in her speech congratulated all present on the occasion and highlighted the significance of the day. She reiterated that it is the day of rejoicing as this day was instrumental in attaining the ‘status of world’s largest democracy’.

She brought forth the fact that the college was trying its best to contribute towards the consolidation of democracy of the nation by producing dedicated through excellent Teacher Education programme. Innovative and values are the key to the programmes being run in the college she stressed. Highlighting various academic achievements of the college, she stressed that the college subscribes to the National Goal of Inclusiveness as mentioned in the XI Plan. She reminded the audience that there is still much more left to achieve and she concluded with the message of Hon’ble President of India, ‘let each one of us take a pledge to bring glory to India and take our country to its destination of becoming a great nation that stands for human values’.

The function was attended by the students, faculty, office and administrative staff of the college.

Professor Ghanshyam Dass speaks on Communication Skills
10 January 2009

Professor Ghanshyam Dass, former Secretary to Vice Chancellor, Panjab University and former Deputy Registrar, Panjab University gave a talk on Communication Skills at Government College of Education, Sector 20D, here today.Professor Ghanshyam elaborately explained the importance of communication in life. Communication, he said is as important as food and water these days. Life is all about human relationships and communication is the basis on which all relationships are built. Good communication builds good relationship whereas as bad communication builds bad relationship.

Pointing out characteristics of a good communication, the professor said it should be aimed at the other person and should take into account the other person’s perception and understanding. Without the other person understanding what has been said, one cannot say that good communication has taken place. In addition to this, the language used in a communication should be based on sound grammatical structure and should incorporate appropriate vocabulary and proper pronunciation of the words as well as intonations of the sentences. It is best to avoid usage of too many technical words.

In an interview one should speak with conviction. A talk delivered with conviction is bound to be forceful and cogent. The best communication comes not from the mind but from the heart. In an interview one needs to ‘wake up’, ‘hook up’ and ‘warm up’ the audience. Besides this, for a successful communication one should avoid usage of flattery and criticism.

Earlier Dr. Rakesh Agnihotri, vice principal of the college welcomed the guest speaker. Mrs. Jasvir Chahal, Incharge college placement cell thanked the speaker.

NSS Unit Organises Slogan Writing on AIDS Awareness
28 November 2008
NSS Slogan Writing

NSS Unit and Fine Arts Department of the Government College of Education, Sector 20 D, Chandigarh organized Slogan Writing Competition on AIDS Awareness today i.e. 28.11.2008. Dr. (Mrs.) Harsh Batra, Principal, Government College of Education,Sector 20D, Chandigarh presided over the programme. Thirty Eight selected students from various tutorial groups of the college participated in the competition. Following students were declared winners:

S.No. Name Roll No Position
1 Deepika Pundher 13First
1 Dhanpreet Kaur 22 Second
3 Aditi 97 Third

Slogans

  1. “Your single wrong step can change your fate;it can lead you from heaven to hell”
  2. “Always remember ‘ABC’ of AIDS Prevention A- Abstain from pre- marital sex;B- Be faithful to your spouse; C- When A and B not practiced, don’t forget Condom.”
  3. “Protect yourself from AIDS. It doesn’t take much, just your life.”
Role of Newspapers in Changing Contexts of Punjabi Language
11 November 2008
Extension Lecture Punjabi

Shri Sham Singh, former editor Punjabi Tribune gave a talk on Role of Newspapers in Changing Contexts of Punjabi Language to the pupils-teachers at Government College of Education, Sector 20 D here today. Speaking on the topic Shri Sham Singh emphasized on the importance of the written word. In the field of newspaper journalism editors have to face many peculiar situations in which decision of using or changing a word has to be taken on the spot as the matter has to be printed overnight and reach the readers next morning. In such a situation it is very important that the editors have correct knowledge of the language, its vocabulary, the different shades of meaning found in its words. Editors have to decide upon the most appropriate word for conveying exact shade of meaning. Shri Sham Singh cited many examples of errors commonly found in Punjabi newspapers.

In any creative process the role of imagination is of great importance. Same is mthe case with literature and literary creations. In journalism too a balance has to be found between commercial word-usage and a literary word-usage. it helps a lot if a person is well read and knows many languages, especially International languages. This not only helps in acquiring deep knowledge of language and its issue but also helps in evolution of its vocabulary and expression. Citing an interesting example Mr Sham Singh said that the commonly used word ‘balti’ (bucket) is actually of an Italian origin.

Due to migration and settlement of Punjabi population all over the world very different styles of language usage are evolving. It is the job of people like editors and teachers to give this evolution a proper direction. Due tio this fact it was important that teachers should come in the field of newspaper editorship and journalism.

Earlier Dr. (Mrs.) Harsh Batra, principal of the college welcomed the guest on the occasion. Mr Shavinder Pal Singh, lecturer Punjabi thanked the guest for sharing his valuable thoughts and experiences.

Students bring laurels to the College in PU Athletic Meet
6 November 2008

They have brought laurels to the college in Punjab University Annual Athletic Meet for the session 2008-09 from 1.11.2008 to 4.11.2008

Name Roll No Section Event Position
Vandana 143 E 100 mts 4th
Monu 196 D Discus 1st
Tejinder Kaur 149 E Discus 4th
Vikas 220 D High Jump 2nd
Paramjeet 59 E High Jump 3rd
Raj Kalia 83 E Javelin 3rd
Reena 180 D Javelin 2nd
Vandana, Urmila, Paramjeet & Iti Relay (Women) 4th

We Are Pround Of Them. Keep It Up!

Punjab University Zone-A Youth Festival, 19-22 Oct. 2008
23 October 2008

Panjab University Zone-A Youth Festival was held at G.M.T. College of Education, Ludhiana from 19th to 22nd October, 2008. The College participated in 29 items in which 61 students took part. The contingent of 61 students travelled to the venue daily staggered according to the Programme Schedule of the festival. Mrs. Jasvir Chahal acompanied the group as Contingent Incharge.

The following are the positions attained:

FIRST PRIZES
S.No. Item Participants Roll Nos.
1 Group Song Harwinder, Mandeep, Aditi, Dommety, Kanika, Anita 38, 47, 97, 164, 177, 296
2 Group Shabad Harwinder, Mandeep, Gargi, Dommety, Ikmeet, Kanika, Rajni 38, 47, 51, 164, 176, 177, 239
3 Geet Prabhdeep Kaur 109
4 Classical Vocal Prabhdeep Kaur 109
5 Classical Instrumental Naresh 224
6 On the Spot Painting Rupinder Singh 87
7 Poster Making Deepika Pudeer 35
8 Drama Pallavi, Neha, Manpreet, Paramjit, Raj, Nitin, Shikha, Vikas 22, 25, 56, 59, 83, 205, 208, 220
9 Drama(Individual) Manpreet 56
10 Debate Vidhi Gujrani 24
11 Knitting Urmila 276
12 Quiz Madhu, Megha, Sakshi 43, 185, 277
SECOND PRIZES
S.No. Item Participants Roll Nos.
1 Collage Making Paramjit 33
2 Clay Modelling Aneeta 13
3 Debate Tegmeet Kaur 207
THIRD PRIZES
S.No. Item Participants Roll Nos.
1 On The Spot Painting Monika Rajoria 256
2 Still Life Deepika Pundeer 35
3 Clay Modelling Paramjit 33
4 Poem Recitation Sukhpinder Kaur 37
5 Skit Jyotika, Rajesh, Sunil, Sunil, Vikas, Ravinder 11, 165, 216, 219, 220, 234
6 Skit(Individual) Jyotika Raizada 11
N.S.S. Blood Donation Camp
15 October 2008
Blood Donation Pic

A Blood Donation Camp was organized by the NSS unit of Government College of Education, sector 20D in collaboration with Rotary and Blood Bank Society, sector 37 at the college campus today. Around 115 students volunteered and 80 were found to be anaemic and unfit for blood donation. Thirty five students donated the blood. Dr.(Mrs.) Harsh Batra, principal of the college inaugurated the camp. Mrs Kamna Sharma and Ms. Anu gave motivational talks to the NSS volunteers regarding personal and social benefits of blood donation. In the post-lunch session students shared their experiences regarding importance of social service and blood donation camp.

Ten Day NSS Camp (27th September to 6th October 2008)
6 October 2008

A Ten Day NSS Camp was organised at the College from 27th to 6th September 2008. The camp was inaugurated by the principal Dr. (Mrs.) Harsh Batra. The year the theme of this special 10 days camp programme was “Healthy youth for healthy India ”. One hundred and fifty NSS volunteers participated in the camp under supervision of three programme officers Dr. Anurag Sankhian, Mrs. Poonam Bansal and Mr. Vijay Phogat. During the camp various activities like talks related to the theme and other social issues, interaction with the community and awareness programme were organized in the adopted village ‘Kajheri’.

On the first day NSS volunteers were divided into various managing committees after orienting them about ten day special camping programme. Mr.Vijay Phogat, NSS Programme Officer gave a motivating talk on ‘Not me but You’ and also threw light on ‘Healthy Youth for Healthy India’. He also initiated and modulated a discussion on ‘Role of NSS in Youth Development’ during which students participated enthusiastically. Volunteers presented cultural programme in the evening.

The second day of the NSS Camp started with a talk by Dr. Anurag Sankhian, NSS Programme officer on the topic ‘Orientation of future teachers regarding organising NSS activities in the schools’. He exhorted volunteers to adopt the philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi and dedicate themselves to the services of the needy and underprivileged. He assured the volunteers that the values they will imbibe during the camp, will not only make them better human beings but also help them in their future endeavours. Mrs.Punam Bansal, NSS Programme Officer, delivered a talk on ‘Mass Immunisation and Role of NSS Volunteers’. She emphasized the active role NSS volunteers can play in mass immunization programmes. Later on she also made volunteers aware about World Heart Day which falls on last Sunday of September month every year. To commemorate 101st Birth Anniversary of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, NSS president Mr.Rupinder Singh threw light on the life and contribution of freedom fighter Shaheed Bhagat Singh. He stressed all the volunteers to follow the path shown by our freedom fighters. Patriotic songs were sung and thoughts and speeches on the life and sacrifices of Shaheed Bhagat Singh were presented. In the afternoon session a cleanliness drive was undertaken at the college campus. All the volunteers participated enthusiastically in the drive.

Dr. Sunil Kumar Arora, Additional Professor, Department of Immuno-Pathology, PGI, Chandigarh delivered a talk on the theme ‘Know AIDS for No AIDS’ on the third day. He described the causes of the HIV virus infection and prognosis of the disease. The talk was enriched with multimedia presentation slides. Giving pertinent data on the spread of AIDS globally and in India , he said that approximately 33 million people are infected with AIDS world over. Out of these around 24 million are living in Saharan countries, 4 million in South-east Asian countries while 2.4 million are in India .HIV virus usually spreads through unsafe sexual inter-course, use of infected syringes, infected blood transfusion and from infected pregnant mother to child. Although there is no known cure for the disease, the patient can be helped with medicine in order to prolong life-span and live life in a normal way. Various high-risk groups were also identified and described. A question answer session was held after the talk. In the afternoon session discussions on the topics “Impact of Global Warming’, ‘Extinction of Species’, ‘Use of Polybags’, ‘Relevance of Gandhian Values in Modern Day’, ‘Problem of Female Foeticide’ and ‘Problems related to Old Age Care’ were organised. Students came up on the stage and presented their views and suggestions on the given topics. The participation was enthusiastic and good intellectual thoughts were brought to the fore.

On the fourth day of 10 Day NSS Camp at Government College of Education, Sector 20 D, Chandigarh a workshop on Yoga and Youth Health was organised by Mr. Mohinder , Yoga Instructor, Govt. Yoga College , Sector 23, Chandigarh . NSS Volunteers were given tips on balanced diet, various asanas and meditation to lead healthy and peaceful life. In the evening a poster making and slogan writing competition on Gandhian thoughts, Polythene free Chandigarh , Blood donation and Health and hygienic living was organised. 30 NSS Volunteers are also participating in ‘Candle Light March’ on Blood donation awareness from U.T. Guest House to Sukhna Lake , Chandigarh .

On the fifth day the volunteers participated in a rally to spread awareness on Gandhian Thoughts, Polythene free Chandigarh , Blood Donation and Hygienic living at village Kajheri. Dr. Harsh Batra, Principal flagged off the rally. Volunteers interacted with the villagers on Social and Environmental issues. Cleanliness drive was also undertaken by the volunteers at Government High school , Kajheri. In the evening Mr.Vijay Phogat, NSS Programme Officer delivered a talk on ‘Social Equality and Future Challenges’. He stressed on the development of healthy attitudes towards democracy and the role NSS volunteers can play in bringing the change at grass root level.

On the sixth day of the camp, Professor N. K. Goyal, Head, Department of Community Medicine, Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh , delivered a talk on Communicable diseases. He made NSS Volunteers aware about the causative agents, preventive and curative measures of the diseases like HIV/AIDS, Acute diarrhoeal diseases, tuberculosis, Malaria and Dengue fever. He also motivated the volunteers to spread this awareness among the members of community. During interactive session NSS volunteers’ queries were addressed. In the afternoon session groups of NSS volunteers visited Old Age Home, Sector 15, Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity Home, Sector 23 and Blind Institute, Sector 26, Chandigarh. They interacted with inmates and also distributed fruits and eatables.

Swami Brahmeshananda, Secretary Ramakrishna Mission Ashram, Sector 15, gave an enlightening talk on ‘Modern Day Spirituality and Stress' to the NSS volunteers on the seventh day. Swamiji, himself a senior doctor before entering monkhood, gave very insightful information on stress in modern day. Stress has been identified as a fatal factor in human life. Referring to Ramayana and Mahabharata, Swamiji opined that Dashratha suffered from acute stress( psychological), Rama from chronic stress (physical and psychological) while Sita suffered both from acute as well as stress.All the religions of the world are basically stress relieving systems. Great spiritual personalities of history such as Buddha, Guru Nanak, Guru Gobind Singh, Swami Ramakrishna and Swami Vivekananda were all completely free from all kinds of stress. They were able to face greatest of crisis with complete tranquility and stability of mind. Espousing the concept of ‘Stithaprajna’ Swamiji explained that such a personality is one which is able to remain calm and stress free in the face of greatest of calamities. Outlining two main techniques of fighting stress with a religious approach he said that a doing Asanas, Pranayama, Dhayana etc are pscho-physiological ways of combating stress while approaching like with a spiritual outlook, developing a sense of devotion towards God, accepting God’s will, are philosophical ways of countering stress. Focusing especially on students Swamiji emphasized that in order to increase one’s concentration one needs to stay away from distractions such as too much of television. Students need to conserve their energies and not let them fritter away in needless pursuits.

A fire fighting demonstration was given by a team led by Sh. Sham Singh, Sub Fire Officer, Fire Station, phase I Industrial Area in the morning session of eighth day of the camp. The team gave detailed information about types of fires such as liquid fires, gas fires, metal fires etc and the correct ways of handling such situations. The students were informed all about rescue operation, fire fighting first aid. Various fire fighting equipments were also shown and their usage was explained to the NSS Volunteers. The firefighters gave a demonstration of a rescue operation in which a volunteer was rescued from top of the building with the help of ropes. Besides this, usage of water cannon was also shown. Students showed great interest in the demonstration and were keen in actual handling of the equipment. NSS Programme officers Dr. Anurag Sankhian and Mr. Vijay Phogat thanked the team for their skillful demonstration. In the afternoon session of the day 150 NSS volunteers undertook cleanliness drive in the college campus.

A valedictory function was organized on the concluding day of the 10 Day NSS camp. Prof. C.L. Duggal, Programme Co-ordinator, NSS, Panjab University , Chandigarh was the chief guest on the occasion. He praised the activities done throughout the ten days of the camp and lauded the good efforts of the volunteers. Stressing upon the importance of social service he said that social service helps promote a feeling of communal harmony and universal brotherhood. In a developing country like India where financial resources are always under pressure social service assumes added importance and through this one could contribute greatly to the betterment of one’s society and nation. Dr. Anurag Sankhian and Mrs. Poonam Bansal, NSS Programme officers of the college read out the report of the ten day camp. A variety of stage performances were given by the NSS volunteers. A group shabad marked the beginning of the performances, followed by a group song filled with spirit of patriotism. After this a stand-up comedy item was presented sent waves of laughter amongst the audience. The audience was then treated with a spirited and colourful dandiya dance. A short skit was presented in which the message of importance of literacy was communicated through a rural social scenario. A Haryanvi dance item followed by ‘sammi’, Punjabi folk dance was the highlight of the occasion which set the audience feet tapping. Mr. Vijay Phogat, NSS programme officer, thanked the chief guest for gracing the occasion.

Prizes were also distributed on the occasion:

Best NSS Volunteer: Ravinder (234).

Poster making & Slogan Writing : Nisha Talwar(116) first, Aditi (94) second, Nancy (10) third.

N.S.S. Student Body Elections(9/9/2008)
09 September 2008

First One Day N.S.S. camp of the new session was organised at Government College of Education, Sector 20 D here today. Elections to various offices of the Student NSS body were held in which students participated in a very enthusiastic manner. After the elections a cleanliness drive of the college campus was organised in which the students whole heartedly took part. While speaking on the occasion principal Dr. (Mrs.) Harsh Batra congratulated the students on their enthusiasm for social service. Emphasizing on the importance of social work she said it was moral duty of an every educated person especially a teacher to be aware of various needs of the society and work towards fulfilment of these needs.

Following students were elected to the Students NSS body of the college for year 2008-09:

  • Rupinder Singh(36) – President
  • Pallavi Kaushik(22)- Group Leader I
  • Amanjeet Singh (200) – Group Leader II
  • Pushpinder (238) - Group Leader III
Week Long Orientation Programme
23 August 2008

Week long Orientation Week, featuring curriculum introduction, talks and competitions came to conclusion at Government College of Education, Sector 20 D here today. The orientation week started off on 18.08.08 with Shri P.S. Sangha, Dean faculty of Education, Panjab University inaugurating the new session. Principal, Dr (Mrs.) Harsh Batra welcomed the new entrants of the college. Aspects covered during the week long programme were know your college, library services, co-curricular activities, time table, examinations, scheme of studies, lecture requirements, NSS, guidance and counseling facilities.

In his inaugural address, Dr. Sangha congratulated the new students on joining the noble profession of teaching. Speaking on character of an ideal teacher Dr. Sangha said that an ideal teacher has a perpetual thirst for acquiring knowledge as well as deep compassion for students' welfare.

On the 19.08.08 Mrs. Zoya Sharma, eminent sculptor and social worker addressed the students of the college. She stressed that it was only through education that future of country could be secured. To bring about a change one could start with small things happening all around at home and in neighbourhood. Issues like child abuse and gender equality can be found easily around us in daily life.

More than 250 NSS volunteers took a pledge to work for emotional oneness and harmony of all the people of India , regardless of caste , region and religion or language on the occasion of Sadbhawana Diwas on the third day of the Orientation on 20.08.08. In addition, the students participated in a talent search programme.

On 21.08.08 Prof. P.K. Tulsi from National Institute of Technical Teacher’s Training Institute and Research, Chandigarh gave a talk on ‘Role of Teacher in Changing Context’ to the new entrants. The new context was being defined by Knowledge Economy, changing norms and values, alternate modes of education, emergence of sub-cultures, communication revolution, contractual and part-time employment, heterogeneous learner groups and increasing competition.

On 22.08.08 an essay competition on the theme of Gender Sensitization was held in which 262 students took part.

Today on 23.08.08 students were allotted various optional craft subjects of their choice. Talent Search Competitions on various items like Geet, Ghazal, Bhajan, Poetry elocution, Solo and Group dances, Skit were also organized during the week in which students participated enthusiastically. Following are the results:

  • Poetry: Sukhpinder, Tegmeet, Ashwini, Tanu, Samta, Vandana, Richa, Medha.
  • Geet, Ghazal, Bhajan: Prabhdeep, Sonam, Ishmeet, Aditi, Sanjeev Kumar, Rajinder.
  • Dances: Renu, Sumandeep, Paramjit, Navdeep, Sonam, Renuka, Gidha gp( 253, 27, 222, 143, 142, 191, 66, 64, 151, 82, 193, 59)
  • Comedy: Megha.
  • Skit : Jyotika and group