Many non residents Punjabis want their children to learn in Punjab

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Ludhiana, Feb.4 : A number of non-resident Indian children re visiting Punjab for academic pursuits. Their parents believe y acquiring knowledge in Indian education system, the children an also imbibe Punjabi values and traditions that come along ith learning here.

Born in Vancouver, Canada, Hardeep Kaur now resides with her randparents inunjab. Her father Devinder Gill decided to provide his daughter uality education and also ensure that she is familiar with ndian values.

Devinder Gill, the non-resident Indian father, said: "Punjabi outh in Canada have opened Indo-Canadian churches which is a ownbeat for the Punjabi community, because the Sikh culture here has taken a back seat. Secondly, education standards have mproved tremendously in Punjab. Children are getting the best ducation and they also develop friendship with their own people. he child learns more about love and relationships being here.

Educational institutions like Jatindera Greenfield School in urusar Sudhar Village are catering to the needs of non-resident unjabis.

One of the main attractions at the school is its curriculum that as been designed in such a manner that an non-resident Indian hild can avail of modern education akin to a school in Europe nd America.

Be it computers, craft and languages all combine to make learning n Punjab a joy for all overseas students here. The students earn folk dances and music of Punjab. They are taught and nabled to participate in rural games.

At least 21 foreign-born children have found an opportunity to et connected to their original roots.

For the NRI parents their main objective remains to see their hildren nurture mannerisms and ethos which are integral part of he Indian lifestyle.

According to Dr. Tarunvee Saini, Principal of the Jatindera reenfield School, the NRI parents want their children to have ine human values besides good education.

"This is only possible if a child has fine moral values, which we mpart here along with modern values. We have work sheets, omputer education, and modern labs. Having a well qualified eaching staff, we educate children with modern techniques," aini said.

Students are delighted to be in India and are enjoying their chools.

Ashleen Kaur, a Canada born student, said: "I like India. I like unjab. I like going to gurdwaras. I like to celebrate Lohri, aisakhi, Diwali and Dushehra."

Amandeep Kaur, a U.S born student, said: "My parents are settled n the United States but I want to live here. I loveIndia."

Besides, the school also arranges a regular trip for NRI students o nearby villages to help them to become aware of rural ifestyle and work culture in India. By Karan Kapoor

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