Programme to tap the potential of youth

Syed Muthahar Saqaf

Parents of Plus Two toppers honoured during the event Parents of Plus Two toppers honoured at the event

TIRUCHI: The Children Development Programme Committee of the Kailash Kamala Ganapathy Temple, Kailashnagar in Tiruchi organised various programmes, as part of Pongal celebrations, recently to motivate the younger generation and also identify and nurture their talents. The highlight of the celebrations spread over for four days last week was honouring not only the Plus Two toppers, but also their parents.

The title of the celebration 'Discover your potentials' by itself proved to be a beckoning call to youths and obviously the participants possessed some talent or the other.

The programmes attracted the attention of people belonging to different age groups. About 500 families participated.

The events were group specific and talent specific. In the event 'Chellamae Chellam', every mother accompanied her child, who were from KG to Standard II. Each woman was given an opportunity to explain in detail the special efforts she had been taking in promoting values and self-esteem with her child. Every step in imparting discipline among the infants will go a long way in moulding their character.

Brain storming session

It was followed a brain storming session with a focus on issues like 'guidance to young minds, root out terrorism, use of computer and internet and environmental protection'. This event sought to promote creativity in the minds of the children.

Another interesting event was 'Myself in 2020 AD' which reflected the ambitions of the budding doctors, scientists, engineers, technocrats, etc. The interesting point was that many children preferred the Collectors of Cuddalore and Nagapattinam districts, Gagandeep Singh Bedi and J. Radhakrishnan respectively as their role models in recognition of their exemplary post-tsunami services.

'Vidiyal' event exposed the visions of the President, A. P. J. Abdul Kalam through the positive imagination of the student community. Many students brought out magazines, which formed the compilation of several press clippings, pen-sketches, etc., based on the President's call.

A programme with a difference, which attracted the whole audience, was the honour bestowed upon the parents of the Plus Two toppers of the area. Realising the importance of parents' role in motivating their wards, the committee presented special shields to the parents of Kalai Rajan, who secured centum in Mathematics and 199 in Chemistry, and G. Deepika who managed 198 marks in Physics in the Plus Two exams. The General Manager, BHEL,V. Anathakrishnan presented shields to them.

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