EDUCATION MINISTER UPINDERJIT KAUR GREETS
ON THE TEACHERS DAY
Chandigarh September 4, 2008
Education Minister Punjab Dr. Upinderjit Kaur today extended her
warm greetings to the teaching fraternity on the occasion of Teacher's
Day and urged them to make all out efforts to infuse the noble qualities
of discipline, righteousness, truthfulness, sense of integrity,
high character and dedication amongst the students. She said that
the teachers have a crucial role to play in such transformation
by combining the academic pursuits with values of secularism, humanism
and good fellow ship.
In the message on the occasion of teacher's day, this coincides
with the birth anniversary of former President of India late Dr.
Sarvpalli Radha Krishnan and an eminent academician, statesman and
a great philosopher, whose contribution in various fields especially
in restructuring the education system was unparalleled and unprecedented.
Describing the teachers as guardians of principles, moral values
and socio-economic culture, she said that teachers could play an
important role of supportive friends, guides and counsellors for
the students besides imparting them value based education to enable
them to become ideal citizens of the society.
Dr. Upinderjit Kaur assured the teachers that the State Government
was making concerted efforts to create a congenial atmosphere to
enable them to discharge their duties efficiently manner. She said
that this day also reminds us of our responsibilities towards our
teaching community and appealed to the people to pay due respect
to our teachers and recognize their role in the process of Nation
PUNJAB CM GREETS ON THE TEACHERS' DAY
CHANDIGARH SEPTEMBER 4, 2008
Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today felicitated
the teaching fraternity on the occasion of Teachers' Day and called
upon them to become a 'role model' to impart value-based quality
education to the students. He also exhorted them make all out efforts
to infuse the noble qualities of discipline, righteousness, truthfulness,
sense of integrity and high character amongst the students.
In his message on the occasion of Teachers' day, which coincides
with the Birth Anniversary of the former President of India late
Dr. Sarvpalli Radha Krishnan and an eminent academician, statesman
and a great philosopher who is ever remembered by all of us for
his unparalleled contribution towards the restructuring of the education
system in India, Mr. Badal said that after the mother, it was the
teacher who leaves an indelible impression on the mind of a child
that could never be wiped out with the passage of time. Mr. Badal
said, "The real tribute to Dr. Radha Krishnan on this solemn
occasion as a teacher would be to discharge our duties with utmost
dedication, sincerity and commitment".
Mr. Badal said that the SAD-BJP Government was committed to provide
quality education to the students and the concept of setting up
of Adarsh Schools across the state was a right step in this direction.
He also appealed the members of the society to pay due respect and
recognition to the teachers as they perform a sagacious duty of
nation builder in shaping the destiny of our country.
STATE LEVEL CHILD WELFARE COUNCIL MEETING
GENERAL RODRIGUES CALLS FOR STRENGTHENING INSTITUTIONAL MECHANISMS
FOR GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT OF CHILDREN
CHANDIGARH, SEPTEMBER 4, 2008
Strongly advocating the need for enlarging the boundaries of care,
compassion and concern for ensuring survival, growth and development
of needy children, the Punjab Governor and Administrator, Union
Territory, Chandigarh, Gen. (Retd.) S.F. Rodrigues, PVSM VSM, called
for strengthening institutional mechanism, support structure and
monitoring system of the State Level Child Welfare Council and the
district bodies to carry out their social initiatives and charter
of obligations effectively.
Presiding over the State Level combined meeting of the Governing
Body and Executive Committee of the Child Welfare Council, Punjab,
which was also attended by Mrs. Jean Rodrigues, Vice President of
the Council, the Governor impressed upon the members of these bodies
the need to expand their reach and endeavour to upgrade the quality
of life of children, by developing the culture of "ownership",
commitment and involvement in the implementation of various welfare
projects. He said that our children are assets & the future
of our Nation and it is our collective responsibility to identify
& develop their potential through child care programmes, particularly
for the disadvantaged and girl child. He said that the problem of
child care is a global one and we have a series of programmes in
our economic and social development plans and that the need is to
speed up their implementation through commitment, hard work our
deep involvement. He said that combined dedicated endeavour at all
levels are required to empower our children and make them useful
members of our Society.
Expressing his serious concern over the deteriorating health status
of children, with deficiencies of mal-nutrition, anemia, dental,
skin, eye and mental problems, General Rodrigues called for evolving
a constant health check up programme of school children, with follow-up
monitoring systems, by medical teams, to provide necessary treatment.
He stressed that simultaneous necessary steps should be taken to
ensure a balanced diet, rich in iron, vitamins and minerals. He
said that a survey conducted under health check programmes revealed
alarming figures of children suffering from these ailments and there
is a need for more effective steps to further give a fillip to school
Noting the serious impact of unethical practices of female foeticide
and drug addiction among the children, General Rodrigues said that
this dangerous trend is diminishing our social system and there
is an urgent need of adopting multi-prolonged strategies to combat
these challenges. He expressed his concern over the incidents of
mal-treatment in some drug de-addiction centers being run by some
private bodies and said that the Government and NGOs like Rotary
Club come forward to establish drug de-addiction centers on scientific
lines, with facilities for training and rehabilitation after treatment
of the affected people.
Urging the Punjab State Child Welfare Council and the Punjab Government
to join in the various programmes launched by the Chandigarh Administration
for the disadvantaged, General Rodrigues said that we are launching
first phase of street children project with an initial capacity
of 300 children, by end of September, 2008 and also the homes for
mentally challenged and crippled with inmate of 1000 capacity each
in near future. These projects will cater to the needs of people
especially children of the whole region after they are commissioned
in full form. The NGOs and volunteers experts in different fields
must come forward with their dedicated services to contribute in
these societal initiatives.
The Governor also announced the launching of the Medicity project
shortly in the Union Territory with special focus on training 300
girls in nursing, every year with the goal of empowering girl child.
This project will benefit the whole region in providing healthcare
and research facilities in different faculties of allopathy, homeopathy,
ayurveda and unani medicine system.
Mrs. Uma Ratra, Secretary Child Welfare Council while presenting
agenda items in the meeting informed that with the committed and
dedicated endeavours of the members, various welfare programems
for children are being vigorously pursued. Various new projects
for child welfare and financial assistance to various schools engaged
in providing facilities to handicap and disadvantaged children were
approved in the meeting.
It was decided in the meeting that the State Level Children Day
Function on November 14, 2008 would be held in Punjab Raj Bhavan,
Chandigarh, in which children from all over the State will participate.
The senior officers of the Punjab Government who attended the
meeting included Mr. R.I. Singh, Chief Secretary, Mr. D.S. Guru,
Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Mr. Vijay Kain, Pricnipal
Secretary Health and Family Welfare, Mr. M.P. Singh, Secretary to
Governor, Punjab, various Administrative Secretaries and Heads of
Earlier, Mrs. Jean Rodrigues also chaired the meeting of Indian
Council of Social Welfare Punjab and discussed various measures
for giving fillip to various programmes for ameliorating the lot
of needy people.