City students on Friday were bowled over by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s impressive address which was shown live between 3 pm and 4.30 pm across the city schools.
Over 1 lakh students participated in the PM’s live address in the city.
Majority of government schools were in full strength while private schools arranged the PM’s live address for students of senior classes.
“I would certainly like to implement the PM’s words such as ‘switch off the lights before leaving class’, ‘clean the classrooms’, ‘play hard and sweat more’ in my life,” said Purnima, a Class-10 student of Government Model High School-34.
Her classmate Shashi said the best part of the PM’s address was how Modi spoke his mind talked to students across the country.
“He talked about separate toilets for girls, schools near their home and other initiatives to empower girl students,” she said.
Poonam, a student of GMSSS, Karsan, said, “I found Narendra Modi’s speech very motivating. He underlined the importance of teachers and parents’ role in our success and motivated us to become teachers.”
Ishani Jain, a Class 9 student of Saupin’s School, Sector, 32, said the way the PM appealed to the students to make reading a habit was very impressive.
Geeteshwar Dewan, a Class 11 student of St John’s High School, Sector 26, said the PM’s appeal to students to remain goal-oriented and put their best efforts was what he liked the most.
The diktat issued to schools to arrange the live telecast of PM’s Narendra Modi’s address after school hours had sparked a controversy a few days back.
Soon after the PM’s address to students, teachers and principals here were convinced that Modi’s address was worth attending.
“I liked the way he (Modi) made the students understand with his life experience and ordinary stories with extraordinary learning,” said Kavita Das, principal of St John’s High School.
She informed that all the students above Class 6 participated in full attendance and enjoyed the session.
Government schools had made the best of the arrangements not only in urban but also in suburban areas. Despite lack of space, Government High School, Mauli Colony, made fine arrangement in corridors with 2,700 students listening to the PM’s address carefully.
Nearly 1,000 television sets were installed at 106 government schools with the facility of generator sets to ensure uninterrupted live streaming of the PM’s address.
The expenditure for arranging PM’s live address may well be over Rs 20 lakh in government schools.
Anujit Kaur, GMSSS-16 principal, said the overall expenditure in her school would not be more than Rs 20,000 but it was worth spending as students learnt new ideas from the PM.
Director public instructions (DPI-secondary) Kamlesh Kumar said the PM’s address that of a teacher-student kind of interaction and it would certainly help them improving cleanliness, infuse morality and further introspect on overall governance.
“I am really happy that all government and private schools put their best efforts to organise the PM’s address and celebrate the Teacher’s Day like a festival,” Kumar said.