President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday honoured two Ludhiana teachers for going beyond the call of duty for the sake of their students.
First is the story of Parminder Singh, a science teacher at government middle school, Ghalib Run Singh in Jagraon. Parminder, literally practicing what he taught, turned the school’s electricity supply around by tapping the sun’s power.
Solar panels on the roof generate 3.5 kVA (kilo volt ampere), enough to run the school’s needs, including a motor.
“We were funded by NRIs and local residents. It was installed last year in March for around Rs 2.5 lakh,” said Parminder.
Parminder’s idea to make his school self-sufficient in electrical energy is not all. He was instrumental in convincing his colleague to donate a total of Rs 4,500 per month for a van to pick and drop 23 students who otherwise would not have made it to school.
His efforts has also increased strength of school from 35 to 74.
Also honored from Ludhiana on Monday was Meghdass Jawanda, who virtually built the government middle school at Barthala of Samrala.
When he joined the school 15 years ago, it was just a room without boundary walls or playground. For drinking water, there was just a handpump which the school shared with another neighboring school.
Jawanda convinced people that this school was worth saving and persuaded them to donate to the cause.
“Parents used to be scared to send their kids here. We spent close to Rs 65 lakh to build six classrooms and the panchayat was convinced to donate land for playground. We now have a mathematics geometry park even,” said Jawanda. Two submersible motors now supply drinking water.