All things bright and beautiful: Former PMC school students help beautify its premises | pune news | Hindustan Times
Today in New Delhi, India
Apr 23, 2018-Monday
-°C
New Delhi
  • Humidity
    -
  • Wind
    -

All things bright and beautiful: Former PMC school students help beautify its premises

On the occasion of silver jubilee of this school, some students who had studied at the school earlier have returned to beautify the premises and improve the infrastructure and facilities, as a gesture of gratitude.

pune Updated: Dec 19, 2017 16:09 IST
Prachi Bari
Ashish Patil (sitting), Sushma Kamble (standing) and Sachin Tonde give finishing touches to a graffiti as students of Vidya Niketan school watch them paint their school walls.
Ashish Patil (sitting), Sushma Kamble (standing) and Sachin Tonde give finishing touches to a graffiti as students of Vidya Niketan school watch them paint their school walls.(Pratham Gokhale/HT Photo)

Municipal corporation’s Vidya Niketan School No. 8 at Karve road, Kothrud, is one of the 20 schools which began as a special school to help educate bright students from underprivileged localities of the city.

On the occasion of silver jubilee of this school, some students who had studied at the school earlier have returned to beautify the premises and improve the infrastructure and facilities, as a gesture of gratitude.

A world map has been painted on the walls for the students at Vidya Niketan school in Kothrud. (Pratham Gokhale/HT Photo)

Ex-students Sachin Tonde, Sushma Kamble, Ashish Patil, Nachiket Ingale, Shrishail Birajdar, Vilas Bendkar, Dhanashree Sant, all met their teacher Naina Bangal who taught them Math, Marathi, and Hindi.

“While talking to us, our teacher mentioned that the school needed a fresh paint coat and wanted to introduce BALA- Building as Learning Aids- for students,” said Sachin, an alumnus of the 2005 batch and now a model maker.

Students walk down a painted staircase at Vidya Niketan school in Kothrud on Friday. (Pratham Gokhale/HT Photo)

Sachin and other alumni discussed these issues with the principal Sharada Saste and vice-principal Saroj Jagtap and offered to paint the corridors. The teachers were thrilled as it would have otherwise cost them ₹3 lakh per floor of the school building.

It’s been a month since Sachin, Sushma Kamble, an auditor and Ashish Patil, a production assistant have been painting the corridors with the children’s favourite comic characters, each with a mission or an educational message.

The school children have been curious about this initiative. The stairs showcase the multiplication tables and the walls on one floor is painted with maps of the world, India, Maharashtra and Pune.

“They finish their work and then come here every day to help paint these walls, sometimes working as late as 10 pm. Infact, Sushma has a 4-year-old child who she leaves with her husband to help the school,” said Naina Bangal, a teacher of the school.

“The students are also helping in digitising the school,” said the principal, “They also want to hold a past students get together in the school, hence, they approached us with a suggestion to bring at least 1,000 students out of the 1,700 students who have passed out of this school to the event,” the principal said. The get together is to be held on February 24, 2018.

The school has excellent facilities such as a laboratory, library, projectors and water purifiers some of which have come through donations.