Former Lok Sabha speaker and expelled CPI(M) leader Somnath Chatterjee on Sunday expressed deep concern over the incidents of violence involving students and the indiscipline among them. He asked educational institutions to focus on value-based education to make the future generations disciplined and responsible citizens. He was addressing the audience at the inauguration of Rayan International School here.
The authorities of Rayan International School, which has received its share of international acclaim, have set up their first school in eastern India and 130th in the country in Bolpur.
Inaugurating the school, Chatterjee said, “At present, there are many problems in schools and colleges which are taking our children back to the old age when there was no discipline. I’m sure that the children will get a proper education here (Rayan International) to become a real human being… all of them will be good human beings and we will feel proud of them.”
In his brief speech, Chatterjee asked all private and government educational institutions to come forward to provide value-based education which will make children disciplined, responsible citizens, committed to the welfare of society.
Before the inauguration, Chatterjee toured the class rooms along with his betterhalf Runu Chatterjee and local social activist Sushil Choudhury. During the tour, he expressed keen interest in the modern ways and gadgets of education, from toys to smart classes.
Nostalgic over his own school days, Chatterjee said, “I wish I could become a child again and request my father to admit me in this school. Then, I could become a student of this school.”
School authorities said that in 1976, the Rayan Group started its first school in Mumbai with Dr Augustine F Pinto and his wife Grace Pinto taking the initiative and after almost 39 years, they have their schools around the globe.
On behalf of Rayan International School, Sudha Singh, who is also the principal of the group’s school in Greater Noida, said, “At present, there will be classes from nursery to class 6. Next year, we’ll start classes up to class 8. I hope we will get CBSC affiliation for this school soon. After getting it, we’ll introduce classes up to 12.”
Meanwhile, schools of this group have bagged several national and inter national awards, including Best School Award from Educational World Magazine and awards from HT.