Rodrigues for mental and physical growth of students

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Chandigarh, Nov 15 (UNI) Impressing upon the teaching community the need to create harmonious academic environment in educational institutions to ensure the mental and physical growth of students, the Punjab Governor and Chandigarh Administrator Gen (Retd) S F Rodrigues, PVSM VSM, made a plea for developing innovative strategies for imparting quality and value based education.

Addressing a Conclave of Teachers on the theme "Zero Tolerance for Corporal Punishment in the City Beautiful" organised under the Child Protection Programme, here today, General Rodrigues said, "The teachers have a formidable task in the intellectual and moral education of children and for helping them to be confident and good human beings." "The heads of institutions and teachers must come forward with proposals to bring the maximum number of children into the fold of education and help in minimising the divide between haves and have nots. The Administration will give them full infrastructural and administrative support, in meeting these social objectives," he said.

Adviser to Chandigarh Administrator Pradip Mehra, while speaking on the occasion said, "Corporal punishment creates an environment of education which is unproductive, nullifying, and punitive. Children who are subjected to corporal punishment become victims and develop personality complications and other complexes.

"The discipline can never be taught, it can only be learnt. For maintaining an effective control in the classroom, the teachers need to develop an environment of effective communication in which the teacher displays an attitude of respect for the students and the students reciprocate the same for their teachers," he said.


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