National Education Day was celebrated across city schools and colleges on Tuesday, to commemorate the birth anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, an eminent educationist and the first union minister of education of independent India. To mark the occasion, various competitions were organised.
Students of Aryans Business School (ABS), Aryans School of Management (ASM) and Aryans Institute of Management and Technology (AIMT) participated in the events organised on the ABS campus.
Viveka, a teacher at ABS, enlightened the students about the contributions of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad in the establishment of a national education system and the foundation of the University Grants Commission (UGC), an important institution to supervise and advance higher education in the country.
St Xavier’s Senior Secondary School in Sector 44 also remembered the great educationist as they celebrated the day.
Various competitions including slogan writing and essay writing were organised for students to realise the importance of education in life.
Meanwhile, Saint Soldier International School was not left behind in observing the first National Education Day. A slogan writing competition was also organised where students of Class VI and VII participated and stated their views on various aspects of education.
Satluj Public School also organised an essay writing competition on the role of education in society to mark the occasion. Principal Krit Serai said, “The day is being celebrated to remember Maulana Abul Kalam Azad on his birthday. He was someone who contributed immensely to the cause of education in our country.”
Also, a special programme was organised in Blue Bird School in Sector 16, which started with students of the school speaking on the importance of literacy and commitment to all aspects of education.
Students from Classes I to IV participated in a card making contest on the subject of ‘Literacy for All’. Students from V to VII wrote slogans, while the students of Classes VIII to X participated in an essay-writing competition on the significance of celebrating National Education Day.
An essay writing competition and an elocution contest were also held in Government College in Sector 11, to mark the day. Convener of the event, Dr Suchita Malik, said the meaning of Abul Kalam’s name is ‘the lord of dialogue’.
The pen name ‘Azad’ which was adopted by him later signified his emancipation from the narrow views of religion and life. Teachers and students later held a rally on Madhya Marg, holding banners and placards. In essay writing, the first position was bagged by Anish (BA III), while the second and third position went to O Naresh (BA III) and Harmanjeet Singh (BA II) respectively. In elocution, Anish (BA III) stood first again while Ravdeep Gill (BSc II) stood second and Gurpreet Singh (BA I) came third.
The faculty members at Punjab Engineering College, meanwhile, spoke to the students about the ‘Future of Education in PEC’. Director Dr Manoj Dutta, presided over the function and accentuated the need of an industry-academia interface. Dr Shiv Narayan also emphasised that students should be equipped with adequate skills to enable their participation in the emerging social, economic and cultural environment. Professor P Thareja highlighted the humanistic role of teachers and discussed the importance of innovation with respect to world-class benchmarks.
To observe the first National Education Day, Government Model Senior Secondary School in Sector 46 also organised a rally, which was flagged off by school principal Sudesh Raghav. Over 150 students participated in the rally holding placards with the message ‘Education for all’.