Commemorating 150 years of Mahatma Gandhi, school has planned a series of yearlong activities to provide students with a platform to delve into the deeper meaning of Gandhian thought and find relevance for it in today’s modern world.
Schools being institutions that foster the promise of tomorrow have the foremost duty of instilling values of compassion, honesty and humanity in young minds. Against the backdrop of materialistic culture that dominates the world today, Gandhian principles could be the guiding light for a generation that is often caught up in a quagmire of problems.
As a small part of this endeavour, Oratio – 150 years of the Mahatma, an Interschool English Debate Competition was conducted by the school. 12 finalists deliberated on a topic significant in today’s times – whether Gandhian Principles were still relevant in contemporary society.
Oratio had a total of two rounds. Students from various schools in the Tricity first competed in the Preliminary Round that was held earlier. During the preliminary round, students deliberated on the Gandhian idea of universal upliftment and whether it can still impact the society positively. They also pondered over the idea of ahimsa parmo dharma, non-violence – the key to world peace today. Debaters spoke vehemently in favour and against the motions. This gave them an opportunity to study the teachings of the Mahatma and find applications of his philosophies in their everyday lives.
The Judging panel included a team of erudite individuals, namely, Col (Retd) Vasudeva, Senior Professor, ICFAI Business School & University Business School, Panjab University, Mrs. Harjit Vasudev, Director (Retd) Regional Institute of English, Chandigarh and Mrs. Archana Verma Singh, Assistant Professor of English Literature, SD College, Chandigarh.
The results of the event are as under:
Anhad Kaur of Class XII, Bhavan Vidyalaya Chandigarh bagged the first prize. Ahona Mandal of Delhi Public School, Chandigarh stood second and Aekam Mohan SIngh of St. John’s school stood third. A consolation prize was given to Neeral Raina of Saupins School, Chandigarh. Riti Krishnan and Raunaq Singh Bawa won the award for the Best Interjection.
The Chief Guest congratulated the students and applauded the school’s effort to bring back to students the relevance of Gandhian philosophy. He remarked that the debate reminded him of Gandhi’s quote – my life is my message. Gandhian principles continue to motivate world leaders like Barack Obama and The Dalai Lama he said. Chairman, Mr. R.K. Saboo congratulated the students and told them that he was happy that they had spent some valuable time studying the life of a great leader and had a glimpse of the time he lived.