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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 building.




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.




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 health programmes.

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 the Departments.

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.






Daily Punjab press release