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Schools get set for PM Narendra Modi's broadcast on Teachers' Day

September 5, 2014


Narendra Modi In The eve of Teachers' Day on Thursday, government and private schools in the city were busy giving finishing touches to preparations made over the past week for the live broadcast of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's address.

As he makes a speech to an audience of 1,000 students in the Capital's Manekshaw Auditorium between 3 and 4.45 pm, Friday, lakhs of others will tune in from schools across the nation via television, radio and the Internet. The move follows a Human Resource Ministry directive that all schools around India make arrangements on their premises for students to catch the session, which includes a video interaction between Modi and students from seven chosen districts, as it progresses.

To this end, many schools in Delhi and NCR have tweaked their timings and asked students to come in the afternoon to avoid them the inconvenience of staying back extra hours.

"We are starting our classes three hours later. We have made all the arrangements for the telecast of the speech. Students of the senior wing will be in attendance but those in the primary section have been given the day off," said Sunila Athley, principal of Amity School Vasundhra. The school has also arranged transport for students who'll attend, she said.

'Landmark'

"We are encouraging students to attend as this is the first time that the head of the country is addressing students and teachers. It is a landmark event," Athley added.

Classes will begin more than four hours later at Delhi Public School RK Puram as well, at 12 noon instead of 7.30 am. Laxman Public School in Hauz Khas will start classes at 1 pm. For students of Vasant Valley School, it will be a long day as their classes will start at the usual 7.30 am, but the administration will arrange snacks to make the extra hours a little easier. "Students from classes IV to XII will stay till 5 pm so they can listen to the speech. We have installed projectors in some classrooms," principal Rekha Krishnan added.

The Noida branch of Bal Bharati Public School has gone a tad too far in its preparations, announcing that it would test students on the PM's speech. A note from principal Asha Prabhakar states students from classes III to XII have to "note and learn key points of the prime minister's address".

Preparations are as feverish in government schools, where officials have worked overnight to make sure everything's just right on D-day.

The day began at 6 am on Thursday for staff at New Delhi Municipal Council schools, where flat-screen televisions have been put up inside classrooms for the Teachers' Day address. "All arrangements have been made. New television sets have been purchased for the event," NDMC education director Vidushi Chaturvedi said.

Looking forward

Around 52 schools under the NDMC have plans in place to relay the address live. "Some 42 55" television sets have been purchased by the NDMC and provided to schools. Other schools have been asked to rent televisions," an NDMC official added.

Day schools which ordinarily follow a 8 am-2 pm time-table will on Friday start at 11.30 am and be open till 5.30 pm. Schools under the MCD have rented television sets.

"Directions had been issued to all principals and they have made arrangements accordingly. While some schools already had television sets, others have hired sets. Others will host joint sessions involving two or three schools with screens set up in auditoriums," the MCD spokesperson said.

Source: Mail Today

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