From a cycle rim being used to make an old antennae work to a sarpanch’s home being turned into a screening hall, it is desi jugaad which will help Prime Minister Narendra Modi reach students and teachers of government schools across villages of Punjab.
With the Punjab education department directing schools to ensure that the Prime Minister’s address on Teacher’s Day reaches students, village schools are pulling out all stops to follow the directions to a tee.
At Bhagpur village — the ancestral village of SAD minister Sharanjit Singh Dhillon — the village sarpanch has decided to hand over his TV set to the Government High School that caters to 117 students. The authorities here are taking no chances. An LED screen has also been arranged and if both fail to work, a transistor will be attached to a microphone, a teacher said. “Arrangements have to be perfect as it is Dhillon’s village. He may come on a surprise visit. We have arranged for a cable wire but in case all fails, a transistor is ready,” he added.
In the remote village of Raiea, near Kohara, the 47 students in the Government Middle School will be listening to the PM’s address on a radi. “We are trying to get a TV as per orders but connectivity is not possible,” said the headmistress.
The students of the Government Senior Secondary School in Dhanansu on the Chandigarh road, were busy on Thursday preparing an antennae with cycle rims. “This antique antennae was picked from a store and cycle rims have been cut and used to make it work. At least we are receiving Doordarshan now,” said a teacher. Two TV sets have been borrowed from students’ homes for 450 students.
A neighbor has agreed to lend his TV set and antennae to the primary school in Bhainiya Araiyan village, where 50 students, mostly from families of migrant labourers, study. For students of the primary school in Sherpur Khurd village, the sarpanch’s residence will double up as a screening hall.
A teacher will be bringing her TV set for the 800 students of Government High School in Kot Mangal Singh area. “We have told area cable operator to give us connection and also RoT system has been kept ready,” a teacher said.
Some schools have been reporting problems with their RoT (receive only terminal) systems. “Our school is in a remote area. We are having issues with the cable connection but village’s cable operator has been asked to solve it. We have a RoT system but it hasn’t been working for a few days. A complaint was sent 12 days back but no one has come to repair it,” continued…