Chief Minister Oommen Chandy urges students to tackle social issues

The student community can play a positive role in handling social issues in the State such as waste management and road safety, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has said.

He was speaking at the launch of the school edition by The Hindu at Holy Angels' ISC School here on Friday.

Mr. Chandy said social approach could solve many problems. The students should be aware of road safety measures. Waste management was one of the major problems that the State faced today. Students should gain knowledge beyond the four walls of the classroom and be aware of such happenings.

“There are a lot of opportunities for students these days. But at the same time, the world has become highly competitive. Hence, along with classroom knowledge, we should be aware of other things happening around us. The Hindu In School can become a medium where various social issues can be raised for discussion,” Mr. Chandy said. “Hard work and character formation are necessary to achieve success in life,” he told the students after handing over a copy of The Hindu In School to them.

The Hindu In School, an eight-page broadsheet, will be published on six days (Monday to Saturday) a week. The paper will feature various events around the world and issues related to the student community. The pages have been stylishly designed and sport attractive photographs to create interest and inculcate the reading habit among the students. The students can have some fun time with the puzzle and comic section.

It is the simple language and the colourful pages of the edition that appealed to most of the students.

On coverage

“The pages are lively and written in simple language,” Ahma Anvar, a class 8 student at the school, said. Her friend Fathima Firdouz was more excited about the extensive coverage given to sports and current affairs.

“The coverage is really good and it keeps me well informed. There should be entertainment news and editorial pages too,” she suggested. The school edition will be distributed through schools as part of the Newspaper in Education (NIE) programme of The Hindu.

The Chief of Bureau, Kerala, of The Hindu C. Gouridasan Nair introduced the school edition. Thiruvananthapuram Regional General Manager T.S. Lakshminarasimhan, Deputy Regional General Manager (Advertisement) K.K. Joshy, Deputy Regional Manager (Circulation) T.R. Ravichandran and Deputy Regional Manager (Circulation) D. Sreesagar were among those present on the occasion.

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