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PRATHAM DWIVEDI | Sonipat (Haryana), May 6, 2012 09:40
Tags : Grameen Pratibha Vikas Samiti | Sonipat and Sahil Viklang Sahayatarth Samiti | New Delhi |

Just a day after a Haryana girl made the state proud by topping the civil services examination, Rakhi, a class III student from Jari village in the state is seeing the dream to become a collector. She is one of the 16 children who won the first prize, a computer, in an educational competition conducted by Grameen Pratibha Vikas Samiti, Sonipat and Sahil Viklang Sahayatarth Samiti, New Delhi, two non-governmental organisations.

The prize distribution took place on Saturday for the competition, which was conducted on the Republic Day this year. This initiative taken by Sateesh Deshwal, the chairman of these NGOs, started from his home village in 2006, in Kedi Damkal village in Sonipat district with over 600 children participating in the competition. It is now covering all the government and private schools in the villages in 7 blocks of the district with the participation of over 23,000 students.

Out of the 23,000 student from class IIIrd to VIIth, 1232 who performed well, received the prizes such as Computers (16), Bicycles (96), fans (224), emergency lights (112), electronic irons (112), dictionary (560) and lunchboxes (112).

The chief guest M. M. Singh, Managing Executive Officer, Maruti India, called upon the students to not to use any shortcuts. The shortcuts may get you the pleasure for few moments, but it can’t take you to the heights, he said adding that the confidence the students get by taking strong steps strengthens the society as well.

The bad man of Bollywood, Gulshan Grover, one of the special guests, was seen in his good avatar here. While sharing the struggling days of his student life he said “Before attending Sri Ram College in Delhi University, I studied in a government school in Rampura village, where, there was no desk, we used to sit on the ground and the teacher used to teach us English in Hindi.”

“Despite all this my parents, who were from a middle class family and found it difficult to pay for my school fee, had only one dream that their son studies well. I scored good marks and got admission in Sri Ram College and I was the first boy in our locality to get admission in that college at that time,” he added.

Divya, a class VI student from a government school in Baiswal village, was jubilant on winning the computer for the second time in a row. “I studied really hard after failing to win computer in 2010 and 2011.”

Vinita Kumari, a student of class Vth from Government Secondary School, was very happy after winning computer and said my parents are workers in a factory who can’t afford private school fees, but this competition has raised competitive spirit in us and it’s a good preparation for the exams too, because the questions involved in this competition are from our syllabus itself.

Vinita’s teacher said our block was included for the competition for the first time this year and we had only 43 students enrolled in the school out of which five participated in the competition. After three of the five participants winning computer the number of enrolled students has gone up to 94.

Kamlesh Patel, a differently abled dancer who shot to fame by participating in the TV show Dance India Dance, performed on the tune of some patriotic songs. The students were made to pledge that they would not indulge in female infanticide and sex selection. The audience was also informed about the value of girl child through folk dance performed by local artists.

Photos by:- Sujan Singh

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