Staff Reporter GUWAHATI, Nov 14 - The country’s first Prime Minister and statesman Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru was remembered in the city today along with the rest of the country on the occasion of Children’s Day that marks his birth anniversary.
Children’s Day celebrations at a city school on Thursday. – UB
Speakers at various functions termed Pandit Nehru a visionary and the chief architect of modern, industrialised and democratic India who also saw in its children the future of a better India.
To mark the occasion, Governor Prof Jagdish Mukhi interacted with a group of 11 underprivileged children from Hare Krishna Pally Hindi Primary School, Bagdogra at Raj Bhavan here today.
While interacting with the students, Governor Mukhi advised them to inculcate the values of strong determination, willpower, discipline and dedication. He asked the children to imbibe positive thoughts which according to him, would help them reach the zenith of a successful life.
The Governor also told the children that in order to achieve big one has to dream big. He also said there is no shortcut to success and no alternative to hard work, therefore, one must put in their best efforts to reach their destination.
Prof Mukhi also presented the children with pen sets and chocolates.
The children were accompanied by members of the Rotary Club of Siliguri Metropolitan. The Governor hailed their efforts for working for the development of the children and asked the members of the Club to continue with their social service.
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal took part in a programme held on the occasion of Children’s Day celebration at Gurukul Grammar Senior Secondary School here.
Sonowal said that quality education would lead to holistic development of students and inspire them to take active part in nation building.
He said that students must be guided by good thoughts and deeds. “They would have to make umpteen efforts to get the best out of their life through hard work, dedication and commitment,” he said.
Stating that the State government aims to transform Guwahati as the gateway to the South East Asian countries, the Chief Minister called upon the students to develop their potential to reap dividends from the emerging eco-system. He also advised the students to take part in cultural and sports activities along with academics.
On the occasion, the Chief Minister inaugurated a renovated auditorium named after music legend Dr Bhupen Hazarika. He also felicitated the rank holders from the school at all-India level in CBSE Class X examination Arindam Sarma and Gargi Bora as well as the topper in the North-east at CBSE Class XII (Science stream), Anubhav Baishya.
The contributions of Pandit Nehru were recalled at functions held at several educational institutions and public places of greater Panjabari area.
A public meeting was held on the Baghorbori Durga Mandir premises with retired bureaucrat Dal Bahadur Chetri in the chair.
Dr Bhabendranath Deva Sarma welcomed the guests and explained the purpose of the meeting. He mentioned the various competitions held among the children of Panjabari in which over two hundred children participated.
Releasing a book Saponpuror Jonak Bhara Smriti, a children’s novelette by Santana Bhuyan, senior journalist DN Chakravartty described Pandit Nehru as “the greatest visionary and chief architect of modern India of which Mahatma Gandhi was the Prophet.”
He said that Pandit Nehru rightly deserved to be placed after Ashoka, Harshavardhana and Akbar as the greatest statesman, administrator and political philosopher of India.
He said that seven IITs, democratic institutions, scores of major river dams and science laboratories, and India’s secular Constitution would proclaim the name of Pandit Nehru as the most outstanding statesman and builder of modern India.
“As a great visionary, it was Nehru who conceived and spelt out the idea of Panchasheela, organised Asian and Afro-Asian conferences, and firmly established India’s credentials globally, besides visualising and organising the Non-Aligned Movement. A grateful nation will continue to remember Pandit Nehru for centuries to come,” he said.
IGP, SB, Assam Police Hiren Nath, while addressing the meeting, stressed the need for parental care and teachers’ supervision to build the character of future generations of the country. He said people generally expect the police to control the students, but the duty of the police is to control the criminals, while the teachers, parents and society should take the responsibility of setting the destiny of the future hopefuls of the country.
Chief guest Dr Bijoy Krishna Deva Sarma in his speech appealed to the guardians and teachers to be more careful about the future of their children.
Panjabari Pragjyotish Bidyalay also celebrated the day with varied programmes among children. While the meeting held on the occasion was presided over by retired bureaucrat Harish Sonowal, senior journalist DN Chakravartty was the chief guest. Headmistress Yasmeen Burhagohain welcomed the guests and explained the significance of the day.
Assam Jatiya Bidyalay celebrated Children’s Day and paid tribute to Pandit Nehru.
On the occasion, many competitions were held among the students. ‘Go as you like’ competition was held among the students of pre-school and Class I. Drawing and extempore speech competitions were held among the students of classes II, III, IV and V, while literary competitions were held among the students of classes VI, VII, VIII and IX.
Three exhibitions on teaching-aid prepared by teachers, art and craft and handwritten magazines prepared by students of different classes were other attractions of the day.
Dr Arup Kumar Nath, Assistant Professor, Dept of Assamese, Guwahati College opened the exhibition of students’ handwritten magazines and praised the effort of the students to make their magazines complete in themselves.
Bidyut Barun Sharma, Senior Sub-Editor of Dainik Asam was also present on the occasion.
On the occasion of Children’s Day, the children of Akshar Foundation, Pamohi reinforced their role towards creating a better environment through various activities and performances.
The programme was organised by Akshar in collaboration with the University of Science & Technology Meghalaya (USTM) and was attended by USTM Chancellor Mahbubul Hoque as the chief guest.
Speaking on the occasion, Hoque said that children must be taught to be better human beings first before being taught to build their professional careers. The innovative Akshar school on the city outskirts has set an example by creating hands-on environment awareness among the children as well as the neighbourhood, he added.
Nilachal Jatiya Vidyalaya also celebrated Children’s Day on its campus. The programme started with lighting of the lamp by Principal Rajib Kalita. Various cultural programmes were performed by the teachers of the school.
Dances were performed by Mridusmita Gogoi, Kaveri Baruah and Pompi Kalita. Songs were presented by Jyotika Kalita, Rajib Kalita, Manashi Das, Shruba Saloi, Priti Saikia, Tulika Devi, Bismita Sonowal and Jyotiprasad Deka. A comedy show was performed by Himangcho Medhi, Jyotika Kalita, Manashi Das and Tulika Devi. The meeting was presided over by Safikul Islam, teacher of the school. Sweets and fruits were distributed among the students on the occasion.
FICCI Flo North East celebrated Children’s Day with the children of UTSAH Child Protection Centre, Hafiznagar No 2 community, a slum cluster located in the Bamunimaidam area of the city. The children performed dances on the occasion.
Dr Srutimala Duara, chairperson, FLO North East, addressed the gathering and appealed to the children to study well and have fun at this stage of their life, not to go ragpicking. Miguel Queah has arranged for their education through UTSAH.
Lunch was provided to about 100 children. A cake was also cut. Note books, pencils, pens and erasers were also gifted to the children.
Rengoni, the women’s cell of Beltola College, Guwahati, joined the Blind School students in their Children’s Day celebrations. Various programmes presented by the children kept the spectators literally spellbound. The members of Rengoni distributed food packets and interacted with the students and encouraged them. Bhaben Barman, headmaster, and Nava Roy, teacher of the school, explained the significance of the day while Eli Kumari Das and Lina Deka, members of Rengoni also spoke.
SMC’89, Guwahati, an association of the 1989 batch of St Mary’s school, Guwahati, also celebrated the day within the Central Jail premises with the children of the Jail inmates.
It was followed by the inauguration of ‘Umola Ghar’ – a learning and playroom created for the children of the Jail inmates with support from the Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (Lubes), Divisional Official, Guwahati. It was inaugurated by Barnali Sarma, Inspector General of Prisons, Assam, in the presence of Ranjit Baishya, Superintendent of the Jail, Ranjit Buragohain, Jailor, and Assistant Jailors Parinita Bora, Nilotpal Kakoty, Animesh Roy, Dilip Chakravarty, Jyoti Prakash Sarma and Sujit Das.