It was truly a ‘celebration at a time of adversity’ as a large gathering of educationists kept their spirits high despite the heavy downpour on Wednesday evening.
Taking in their stride severe traffic snarls and waterlogging, as many as 600 principals from across the city and NCR attended the 12th Annual Principals’ Meet organised by the Hindustan Times’ Partnerships for Action in Education (HT-PACE) at the Taj Palace Hotel in the Capital.
The meet, partnered by NIIT, Navneet Publications, Pidilite Industries and Sony Music, began with the lighting of the ceremonial lamp by Annapoorna Sehgal, head-education, PACE; Venky Venkatesh, business head, HT Media Ltd and Rohit Bhardwaj, manager-sales, Navneet Publications.
The theme of the evening, ‘Celebrating Adversity’, was well presented by the Orissa-based dance group, Prince. Their colourful and bold performances exemplified how one can fight and overcome the odds during any adversity.
The group, winner of a number of awards such as ‘India’s Got Talent’ and the CNN-IBN Indian of the Year, comprised youngsters in their teens and 20s, who came together to share their journey from unskilled workers to reality TV winners.
“Most of us are daily wage-earners. Had it not been for our dance group, we would never have been able to perform in Delhi,” said Sandip, one of the senior members of the team.
Addressing the meet, Sehgal said the group had travelled to the Capital overcoming a series of adversities.
The team presented three dance acts, including a flag dance, which was a tribute to the nation. Rinni Khanna, media person and TV anchor who was the moderator for the evening, described the performance as “thoroughly moving.”
The principals articulated their experiences and concerns about the implementation of the Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE).
Dimple Mohindra, principal of Uttam School for Girls, Shastri Nagar said: “Initially, we faced some opposition from parents. But they soon saw that the assignments given as part of the CCE actually made the kids enthusiastic about studies. This changed the parents’ attitude towards the system.”
DR Saini, principal of DPS, RK Puram, said: “So far, we have had no negative feedback over the CCE from anyone. This leads us to believe that it is a step in the right direction.”