Special Correspondent

Thiruvananthapuram: Police officer T.P. Senkumar had a lesson or two for the hundreds of school children attending the summer school organised by the State Central Library here on Monday.

Mr. Senkumar, who is currently managing director of the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation, handled a session on personality development for the children.

Addressing the crowd, he stressed the importance of acquiring the reading habit and handed down tips on communication skills and developing interpersonal relationship. Read good books and develop positive thinking, he told the enthusiastic children who lapped up his advice. Mr. Senkumar also emphasised the need for regular exercise as a means to maintain health.

"Take up any sport that can be played in the available space. A game of basketball is equivalent to running five kilometres," he told them.

The summer school is being organised as an annual event by the State Central Library to impart training in extra curricular activities and to inculcate the reading habit in school children during the vacation. Admission is free for children. This year, the month-long camp began on April 16. Students of Standards 5 to 10 are attending the programme, which also includes an excursion.