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Back to school: On Day 1 as teacher, Pawan Bansal fails to connect with new audience

punjab Updated: Nov 03, 2016 14:34 IST
Aneesha Bedi
Aneesha Bedi
Hindustan Times
Pawan Kumar Bansal

Ex-MP Pawan Bansal at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19. (Sanjeev Sharma/HT)

Former railway minister and three-time MP Pawan Bansal delivered his first lecture at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19 to Class 11 and 12 students of humanities stream on Wednesday morning.

The much-awaited lecture had a large number of students in attendance, but many were inattentive. Bansal has volunteered to teach legal studies to government school children as part of an initiative taken by UT education department. While some students mistook Bansal for ‘chief minister’ others had no clue about who he was.

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The former minister focused his lecture on the constitution and made children aware about their fundamental rights and duties. Alternating between Hindi and Punjabi to ensure his message was delivered to the students, he also spoke on the ill-effect of drugs. Despite the lack of connect, Bansal made multiple efforts to interact by asking questions.

Talking to the media later, he said, “I am not here merely to teach. I wanted the session to be as interactive as possible. I will like to hold eight classes in a month.”

‘Nothing new to learn’

As HT spoke with a group of students post lecture, it emerged that they are ‘comfortable in being taught by their teachers’. “It felt like a one-way thing,” said Mansi Bura, a legal studies student of Class 11. We could not even clarify our doubts, said Ayushi Mishra, a Class 11 student.

Sanjay Singh, an arts student, said, “It was like a summary and needed to be more interactive.” “Maybe, having a parliamentary setup would have been practical, otherwise it tends to become boring,” another student told HT.


* A student was unable to elaborate upon the meaning of ‘Republic’ when Bansal asked.

* Another student described untouchability as ‘those who cannot be touched’

* Bansal asked the photojournalists to leave as he felt interference in his lecture

* Announcements on mike and noise from corridors kept distracting children

* Bansal referred to the adviser, home secretary, education secretary to explain concept of ‘Executive’ to students.