Gangtok, 14 Nov (IPR): State level Children’s Day function to commemorate the 130th Birth Anniversary of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru was celebrated in a grand manner at Chintan Bhawan today.
Organized by the Education Department, the event was graced by Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri .Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) as chief guest. Also attending the event were Education Minister, Shri.Kunga Nima, Speaker, Sikkim Legislative Assembly, Shri.L.B. Das, Chief Secretary, Shri.S.C. Gupta, Additional Chief Secretary, Shri.G.P. Upadhaya, Cabinet Ministers, MLAs, Mayor, Deputy Mayor, HoDs, officers, teachers and children from various schools.
Earlier, the HCM paid respect to Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru by garlanding his bust at Ridge Park near Mintokgang after which they proceeded towards Chintan Bhawan.
The programme started with the offering of bouquets to the chief guest after which the ceremonial lamp was lit.
Teachers of Deorali Girls Senior Secondary School presented the welcome song which was followed by patriotic songs presented by students of Bojoghari SSS and Modern SSS.
Addressing the gathering, the HCM wished the students on behalf of his government and said celebrating Nehru’s birthday as Children’s Day is an eternal honor to him. He said that Jawaharlal Nehru was one of the main pioneers of modern India and his immense contribution especially in building the foundation of all the reputed infrastructures in the country are still acknowledged.
“Children have a conscious mind. Every little thing affects their brains, therefore special attention should be paid to their daily activities. In addition, taking care of children’s mental and physical health is also very important. They are the future makers of the nation,” he said.
He also shared his experiences working as a teacher and the strong relationships which he shared with students while expressing teachers’ happiness over the success and achievements of their students.
While addressing the gathering, he made various announcements such as:
1. Right to Education entitlement like uniforms, mid-day meal, textbooks and exercise books provided by the Samagra Shiksha and Education Department jointly reach every child at the beginning of every academic session.
2. ICDS operating from rented house should be shifted to schools for proper transition to school.
3. Private schools which do not fulfill the NCTE norms, do not have B.Ed. and DIET trained teachers, no proper facilities as per the Right to Education Act and curriculum as per the National Curriculum Framework and NCERT guidelines, will be closed down.
4. Education Department should immediately formulate a policy to monitor all private schools and have full control over them in the matters of curriculum, training, pedagogy, school development plan and other requirements.
5. There should be four levels of school education
(a) Directorate of Elementary Education for pre-primary to class eight as per the NCTE and NCERT norms
(b) Directorate of Secondary Education for Classes 9 to 12
(c) Directorate of Higher Education for Academic and scholastic education like undergraduate courses of BA, BSc, B. Com etc. and Master Degree
(d) Directorate of Technical Education for professional and diploma courses like Engineering, Medical, Technical and other Vocational Courses
6. All schools must ensure that there is proper coordination with the society.
7. Maximum focus on KG classes, information and communication technology, vocational education, community participation
8. All companies, private sector undertakings, corporate bodies must give a minimum of 50% of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to education sector every year.
9. Two annual increments will be given to those teachers who admit their children in primary classes in government schools.
10. Sikkim State Teachers’ Recruitment Board (SSTRB) must conduct recruitment of teachers every year at the end of the academic session.
11. To ensure transparency and accountability, SSTRB must also have a Secretary from the Civil Service NOT working in the Education Department.
12. Like DIET for Diploma in Elementary Education (D.El.Ed.), an institute under DIET for Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education (D ECCE) for pre-service training of pre-primary teachers will also be established.
13. MP LAD fund will be used for development of Education only.
14. Education tour (exposure trip) for senior students every year
Concluding his address, the HCM said, “We must dedicate ourselves in building a State and a Nation where child rights are guaranteed and secured so that every child rightfully grows up in an atmosphere of safety and comfort.”
While addressing the gathering, the Hon’ble Minister for Education expressed his delight in being a part of this wonderful occasion. He said that children are the future of tomorrow and greatness of any country is evaluated by the youth force in it, thus, it is our duty to make sure that we create an atmosphere of constructive development.
He elaborated on the meaningfulness of the day and threw light on Pandit Nehru’s fondness for children and how he was referred to lovingly as Chacha Nehru. Stating that childhood is the most important aspect of any individual, he laid stress on it being full of memories and happy so that they grow up being strong and content individuals.
He also elaborated on Nehru’s life history where he talked about his love and concern towards children and how under the guidance of Mahatma Gandhi, he turned out to be the leader of India’s struggle for independence. He laid the foundation of independent India as sovereign, socialist, secular and a democratic republic. For this, he was credited as the architect of modern India. Before his death, Bal Diwas was celebrated on November 20, coinciding with Universal Children’s Day by the United Nations. After his death in 1964, a resolution was passed in the parliament to give him a befitting farewell and it was unanimously decided to celebrate his birthday as Bal Diwas or Children’s Day in India.
During the programme, the HCM also release a new textbook.
Earlier, a speech on Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru was given by Miss Deepti Karki of Deorali SSS.
The progrmme also witnessed a short presentation on DIKSHA- the energized textbook for Classes I-III and another presentation on new textbooks developed by SCERT, Sikkim in collaboration with UNESCO-MGIEP and Azim Premji Foundation.
The function also showcased a documentary film on Lt. Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru.
Earlier, the welcome address was presented by ACS, Shri G.P. Upadhaya, and the vote of thanks was delivered by Director, School Education, Education Departmen, Shri Bhim Thatal.