THOUSANDS OF students participated in the first leg of the two-day ‘Stand Up’ campaign, in sync with the Millennium Development Goals laid down by the United Nations Organisation (UNO) and as an attempt to register a Guinness record. The event was held at Nehru Stadium on Monday.
Though the official figure said that 22,000 children participated in the ceremony, organisers Asha Foundation and Sicoy-Dicon put the figure at 50,000. Officials claimed that students from 27 government schools and 56 private schools participated in the campaign at the main venue. Students of up to primary level of both government and private schools also participated in the campaign at 22 Janshiksha Kendra’s across the City.
The ‘Stand Up’ campaign, touted as a gift from Indore to President APJ Abdul Kalam on his birthday today, and covering the Millennium Goals laid down for the entire world, drew a lot of attraction. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan
administered the oath in presence of UNO Millennium Mission director Salil Shetty.
The function saw the active participation of PWD Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya, who with his dynamism and enthusiasm, worked hard for making the event organised by Asha Foundation - an NGO run by his wife Asha Vijayvargiya in association with Sicoy-Dicon, successful. The Minister known well for his singing abilities managed to capture the attention of the audience by singing Rang De Basanti’.
The students, however, brought to the venue from 8 am had to struggle it out under the sun till 10 pm and often lost their cool during the three-hour period. The teachers accompanying them kept busy in ensuring that their wards got eatables being distributed by organisers and often even fought over it. The students on occasion joined their teachers and on others engaged in child play by pulling pranks and throwing the stuff at each other. By the time the students had finished their snack, the ground was strewn with polythene bags, banana peels and paper plates.
Mismanagement shown on many occasions by the organisers in handling students was witnessed throughout the event. Eatables were siphoned off in large quantities and two persons on a scooter were seen taking several gunnysacks full of eatables purportedly to some official at the General Post Office (GPO).