Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Educare, Nemilicherry, organised a seminar on Human Values for students of schools in and around Chennai recently.

The programme was organised with an objective to provide an occasion for teachers and students to contemplate on the importance of values in life.  Each school selected a five-member team (four students from each class and one teacher) and worked on the prescribed topic ‘Spirituality in Daily Life’ and posted the paper to the school. A maximum of 10 papers were selected for the presentation.  Each school w allotted 20 minutes. Of which, 15 minutes were allocated for paper presentation and five minutes for question answer session. An exhibition on the topic was organised.

V. Mohan, Convenor, Sri Sathya Sai Trust, Tamil Nadu, inaugurated the seminar and he spoke on the importance of values and how one could practice spirituality in daily life. K. Saimeera, Principal, SSSIE, Chromepet, congratulated the schools whose papers were selected for presentation and explained the methods of evaluation of the seminar.

A panel of judges drawn from various fields evaluated the presentation of papers and the displays of different schools at the exhibition. Participants from 11 schools presented their views on the topic “Spirituality in daily life” and also answered the questions raised by the judges. They also shared their personal experiences while at home, in school, with their classmates and teachers. The review of the seminar was given by former Education Officer, K.V. Sangathan Chennai, N. Shanmugam.

Former Director of Central Bureau of Investigation, C.V. Narasimhan, in his valedictory address, stressed the need to treat every human being equally and understand the divinity present in each of us. He distributed prizes and certificates to all the participating schools. SRDF Vivekananda Vidyalaya was given the Award for Excellence.

Correspondent of the school, P. Kumaraswamy, welcomed the gathering. Coordinator, SSSIE, Seetha Shanmugam, proposed a vote of thanks.

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