Ashok Gehlot, son of Babu Laxman Singh Gehlot, was born on 3rd May 1951 in a Hindu Rajput family of Mandore, Mahamandir, Jodhpur, Rajasthan. A Science and Law graduate, he also holds a MA degree in Economics. He is married to Sunita Gehlot and has a son and a daughter. He is a Hindu and a member of the Indian National Congress (INC) party. He was influenced by the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi at a very young age and was actively engaged in social political work even as a student. During 1971's East Bengali refugees crisis he served in the refugee camps in the eastern states of India. It is there when former Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi first identified his organizational skills during one of her visits to the refugee camps. Gehlot was later appointed the first state president of National Student's Union of India and successfully organised Congress's student wing in the state.
Ashok Gehlot is considered as one of the most popular Chief Ministers of Rajasthan. During his tenure as Chief Minister of Rajasthan he was strong on development. He is often credited for his excellent drought management and creation of 7 million-days' employment during severe droughts in Rajasthan.(Ed:Editor, B.S :Brijpal Singh)
ED: What is your name?
BS: My name is Brijpal Singh.
ED: Which was your batch year?
BS: My batch year was 2006?
ED: Who were your batch mates?
BS: My batch mates were Pushpendra Singh, Yogendra, Ajaypal, Rahul Sharma & Raguveer Singh.
ED: Have you ever participated in any activities, tournament s etc.?
BS: Yes, I have participated in Football, Hockey and all sports activities.
ED: What are your present qualifications?
BS: My present qualifications are B.Tech (Electrical).
ED: What was your experience at Fabindia School?
BS: It was a great experience and the school is awesome.
ED: Will you like to give any message to your juniors, school, or friends etc.?
BS: Yes, I’ll like to say that study well, do hard work to achieve your goal
[ED: Editor, MVV; Monika Vaishnav]ED: When did you join the school?
MVV: I joined the school in 2011.
ED: Who was the Principal at that time?
MVV: Mrs. Parineeta Ranpal was the Principal at that time.
ED: What type of environment was there?
MVV: There was a good environment. All students were disciplined and well-mannered and all teachers were co-operative and helpful.
ED: Which classes did you teach at first?
MVV: I used to teach Class II, III and IV..
ED: What is your qualification?
MVV: My qualification is M.A, BEd.
ED: What do you expect from the children?
MVV: I expect from all the children to be respectful towards their elders and others to be good citizens.
ED: Have you taught any school before Fabindia?
MVV: Yes, I taught in Noble School and Aadarsh Vidya Mandir.
ED: What message would you like to give to the students?
MVV: I would like to give a message to the children that they should have a dream and try their best to fulfill their dreams.
Though it is common knowledge that “nobody is perfect”, the acceptance of this adage is hard to come by. This is especially true in case of students as they are at a learning age, one that allows them to make mistakes. But as a teacher or as a parent, it is our duty to understand and evaluate their mistakes. It is crucial to understand why the mistakes happened in order to guide them towards the right path so that they do not repeat them again. Even if they repeat the mistakes, we should not get hyper or angry because if we do, they wont come to us next time they have a problem. We should put ourselves in their shoes and then think for a solution that is best understood by them and suited to their problem. When I was a student, I troubled my teachers too. But they understood my problems and helped me overcome and correct the mistakes I made. In the same way, I am here to understand and teach my students to learn from their mistakes. I am not perfect and I guess nobody can be, as we are always navigating the path of learning.
Kanishk is a student of the class I taught last year. He is an excellent student - punctual and hard working. Once he came to me with a problem as he could not understand the question. Though I explained it several times, he just couldn't follow. This annoyed me and I shouted at him for not understanding the concept. It had a very negative impact on him. He scored the lowest in the class test the next day. I walked up to him and asked him why he hadn't studied. He started crying and said that he feared I would become annoyed at him again, due to which he lost the courage to come up to me and ask again. Deep within I realised it was not his mistake but mine that he could not come to me. The better way of handling it would've been to explore other ways of explaining the concept to him in a patient manner.
Acceptance gives us the opportunity to communicate better with children and deal with them more patiently. It gives them confidence and encourages them to work on their flaws. -Vimmy Rajpurohit/ Educator
Don't Compare - Every Child Is Different
Avoid Pressure to Work Better
This book is a wonderful example of how parents and teachers can prepare their child to become a good citizen. It elaborates on how we can deal with children's challenges in future by sharing our own and others' experiences with them. The numerous qualities described in this book, such as courage, hope, determination, and humility, are the values that every parent wants to see in his or her child. It is the duty of teachers and parents alike to inculcate these qualities in their children in order to help them achieve their goal in life. A child must have courage to give his opinion and stand by what he believes in. He must also possess the ability to accept the reality and truth whenever he is wrong. It is important that that we learn from our mistakes in order to prevent them from recurring, and the first step in this regard is accepting them. I would like to share an example of how this book can help us in our classroom.
There is a girl in class V - Navya. When her teacher distributed the exam sheets to the children, Navya did not secure the marks that her mother was expecting. Her mother had told her that she must get more than 90 marks in all subjects because she had made her study hard. Navya was under pressure as she feared she'd get scolded and punished if she told her mother about her marks. As a result, Navya gave fake scores to her mother. When Navya’s mother came to take the report card, she told the class teacher that this time Navya had got more than 90%. The teacher thought she had misunderstood the grading system. She explained it to her. Navya’s mother was shocked that her daughter had not been honest about her marks in any subject. Her actual score was less than 70%. She was very angry and decided to give Navya a hard time. She told the teacher that she had taught her daughter well but could not understand why she got such low marks. There were students who had scored full marks. The teacher asked her to calm down and ponder over why Navya lied to her. Her mother responded by saying that the fear of getting punished must have caused her to lie.
The teacher tried to explain that Navya was left feeling under pressure due to this. All children are different and their performances are also different in every subject. Navya may have interest in other activities and should not be compared with others. No one is perfect in this world and everyone makes mistakes. The same applies to Navya. The teacher advised the mother to be patient with Navya so that the child can share her feelings comfortably. A person cannot work properly under pressure and sometimes ends up making a wrong decision to escape from the pressure. Putting pressure blocks all communication and increases the chances of the same mistake being repeated in future.
Navya’s mother realised that she needs to trust her child to dissuade her from hiding anything in future. She also needs to be more polite with her in order to understand her better. She should not mount expectations on her. This will only put her under pressure and will bring her performance down further. She decided to help her child explore her interests and hone them.
This book is helpful for teachers as well as for parents to prepare their children for future. Every individual has his own dreams and interests which must not be compared with those of others. Instead, a child must be motivated to achieve his own goal with determination. For this, a supportive environment must be ensured. -Monika Vaishnav/ Educator
Thursday, 17th August: Class IX presented a Radio Show under the guidance of their English Teacher Mrs. Bharti Rao. The whole class participated in it. They presented School’s history, news, quiz, interviews, jokes, enacted advertisements and sang a song. It was presented during break time and they presented a beautiful show.