STATE TIMES NEWSAKHNOOR: Former Minister and BJP leader, Sham Lal Sharma on Friday called upon the youth to be equally conscious about their duties along with their rights and become shining examples of discipline, good conduct and moral values. He stressed that everyone must duly discharge his duty as a good citizens of this country. The former Minister was speaking at prize distribution function of Kids Dream Public School, Akhnoor. Speaking on the occasion, Sharma said functions like prize distribution, annual day not only provide students a platform to exhibit their hidden talent, but also introduce them with the culture and heritage of J&K. He urged upon the students to take part in co-curricular activities side by side their academic curriculum for their overall personality development. Sham added that while he was sure that the students of the school would do well in whatever careers they choose to pursue, it would be beneficial if as responsible citizens, they contribute actively towards the harmonious functioning of the society in which they live. Sham said that the school syllabus is becoming more activity oriented and interactive. There is a whole lot of education related industries coming up very fast offering technology and tools to make the classrooms even more interactive, he said adding that what used to be merely chalk and talk classrooms are becoming an interesting environment for students to learn with fun and frolic. However, one very critical area is still not receiving the attention it deserves. This is the Personality Development for children. With more and more competition to to get a seat in medical and engineering colleges, the focus in higher classes is shifting to mark-scoring and not developing the personality. One important thing the parents and teachers should not forget is the need for an all round development of personality. In fact, after the college education, success depends on the quality of personality and not the degree or certificate. He also called upon the teaching fraternity to give their best to the students who are the future builders of the nation. Sharma also praised the Principal D. N. Abrol and staff of the school who have worked hard in providing better infrastructure and facilities to students. During the function, the martyrs who laid their precious life in Pulwama incident were also remembered. Sham said that our country will not forget the supreme sacrifice of the Pulwama martyrs and the nation will remain indebted to them.
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