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DESERVING AWARD: Nivedita Bhaskar, school topper in Plus-Two, receiving the best student award from N. Murali, Managing Director, The Hindu , at P.S. Senior Secondary School on Saturday. Also seen is principal Vijayalakshmi Srivatsan. Photo: V. Ganesan
DESERVING AWARD: Nivedita Bhaskar, school topper in Plus-Two, receiving the best student award from N. Murali, Managing Director, The Hindu , at P.S. Senior Secondary School on Saturday. Also seen is principal Vijayalakshmi Srivatsan. Photo: V. Ganesan

Staff Reporter

Plus-Two toppers of P.S. Senior Secondary School honoured

CHENNAI: Nivedita Bhaskar and S. Swarun Kumar, Plus-Two students of the 2005-06 batch, had to wait for several minutes for the list of awards to be announced for their academic excellence in the tri-decennial celebration of P.S. Senior Secondary School on Saturday.

The hall reverberated with several rounds of applause as they received the awards for being school toppers and proficiency in science subjects. While Nivedita bagged 15 prizes, Swarun Kumar took home eight. Both are among the IIT entrants this year. Most of the 30 students who got the awards from N. Murali, Managing Director, The Hindu , took home more than one prize.

Quoting Kuruvilla Jacob, former headmaster of the MCC Higher Secondary School, Mr. Murali said P.S. Senior Secondary School was also following Mr. Jacob's philosophy of education and provided quality education.

He also reminisced about his school days and underlined several technological revolutions and global interconnectedness that students of today witnessed.

Mr. Murali said students had to strike a harmonious balance between the global and the local. They had to absorb the best of both to think globally and act locally.

Referring to the global opportunities and local responsibilities, Mr. Murali said students should not become just scoring machines.

The aim of education was to sensitise the mind and to be responsive to the world. The students must also help their fellow beings. They must take up the cause of environment conservation, as unlike yester years, protection of the planet was becoming a concern now.

The school's web site, www.pssenior.org, was also launched by the alumni association.

Teachers and staff members who completed 15 and 25 years of service were honoured.

C.V. Narasimhan, chairman, P.S. Educational Society, said students should follow values and ethics to develop management skills.

The school was recently selected for an exchange programme by Singapore's Ministry of Education.

Principal Vijayalakshmi Srivatsan and correspondent A.N. Radhakrishnan took part.

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