Friday, 1 July 2016

National Talent Search Examination (NTSE)

What is NTSE

National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) is a scholarship examination scientifically designed and conducted by the NCERT for class X students of any recognized Board pan India. It is widely regarded by the Govt. of India as the most prestigious and the most difficult examination at secondary level in the country. It is a talent based competitive examination which tests the basic conceptual learning of the students at the school level and their mental/logical reasoning ability. The qualifying candidates get financial assistance in the form of a scholarship from the Govt. of India for pursuing studies from class XI to Ph.D. in Basic Sciences, Social Science and Commerce. For professional courses like Engineering, Medicine, Management and Law, the financial assistance is provided up to the post graduate level. At the Ph.D. level it is decided according to the UGC norms.

Since the year 2000, there are 1000 scholarships awarded every year with the provision of reservation for SC, ST and physically handicapped candidates based on the national norms of 15%, 7.5% and 3% respectively. Quota for State/UT is computed proportionally on the basis of students’ enrolment in Class IX and X.

Eligibility

Any student of class X in a recognized school who has secured 70% marks (general category) or 55% marks (SC, ST and physically handicapped candidate) in final result of class IX is eligible to appear in the NTSE.

Students under Open Distance Learning (OLD) are also eligible provided the student is below the age of 18 years, not employed and the student must be appearing for class X for the first time.

Pattern of the examination
Stage I


The first stage is a state level exam and is conducted by the State Council of Educational Research and Training in the second week of November every year. It comprises of two parts- (a) Mental Ability Test (MAT), (b) Scholastic Ability Test (SAT) and Language Test (LT). SAT covers the concepts of Science, Social Science and Mathematics up to class X. There is no negative marking at this stage.

Stage II

The second stage is a National level exam in which only the students who have cleared stage I can sit. It is conducted by the NCERT in the second week of May. It also consists of two parts- (a) Mental Ability Test (MAT), (b) Scholastic Ability Test (SAT) and Language Test (LT). This exam consists of objective- type Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs). Negative marking is also introduced at this stage. Each correctly answered question awards the student +1 marks, while an incorrect answer deducts 1/3 marks.

MAT: 50 questions 50 marks, Language test: 50 questions 50 marks, SAT: 100 questions 100 marks (40 questions from Science, 20 questions from Maths, 40 questions from SSc). The Science, Maths and SSc. questions will be asked from the syllabus of class 9 and 10. The Language Test is only for qualification, it is not counted in merit list.

Result and award

The results of the first stage of the exam are declared between February to April, varying from state to state. The results of the second stage are declared between July to September. The scholarship is provided immediately after the result.

The amount of scholarship has been enhanced to Rs.1250 per month for class XI and XII and Rs.2000 per month for students studying at Under Graduate and Post Graduate level. The scholarship is expected to increase up to 4000-5000 in next few years. It was increased to Rs.1250 and Rs.2000 as per the orders in July 2014. There are no restrictions like parental income, government school, domicile etc. In case the student moves abroad for studies, the scholarship will no longer be provided.

Benefits

An NTSE scholar gets instant recognition as a bright student at a very young age. It is an exposure to a national-level test which opens doors to other entrance tests in the higher classes.

Many universities and institutes, India and abroad, give due recognition to NTSE and give preference to NTSE scholars at the time of admission. 

This examination gives a student an opportunity to measure their strengths and weaknesses related to understanding the basic concepts and in-depth study of subjects like Science, Maths and Social Science rather than just skim through the subjects and have superficial knowledge.

It gives an edge over other candidates in job interviews as well as while appearing in the interview for IAS, IPS & IRS etc. The success in this scholarship examination boosts the confidence of the student many folds.

Preparation for NTSE 2017

Students presently studying in class X are eligible for appearing in the first stage examination to be held tentatively in first week of November, 2016. The exact date will be announced by the SCERT in the month of August, 2016. The application forms (in hard copy) shall be made available free of cost in the school through class teachers, will be duly filled by the aspiring students, attested by the Principal and then deposited at the given center by the school itself.

The students of class X need to brush up their concepts of Maths, Science and Social science up to class X. It means they need to read the books of these subjects right from class VI to X thoroughly. Mere rote learning of the facts, formulae and summaries is not suffice. One needs to move from knowledge based questions to developing deep understanding of the concepts and try application of the same as well.

Students need to be very regular in the preparation for the examination. They must identify their weak areas and develop their plan of action accordingly. One needs to spend minimum two hours of regular study, one each for MAT and SAT, on daily basis right from July to November, outside the school routine. One must get a personalized improvement plan & track one’s progress. Regularly undertaking mock tests helps in gauging one’s progress. It helps in building speed, accuracy and confidence also.

Always remember: there is no substitute for hard work.  BEST OF LUCK !

 
Educationally yours
J.K Sidhu
Principal

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Tuesday, 26 April 2016

'Save Water - add Water'

‘Save Water - add Water’

Dear Parents and Students

Wealth of nature, let us not plunder;
Road to perdition, our own blunder.

Man is to nature as son is to a mother. A feeling of security pervades his entire being when ensconsed in the loving arms of his mother. Life becomes possible with the blend of integral elements - air, water, earth, fire and sky (The Panchtatvas).

Lot of dust that gets raised for environmental protection and conservation is actually an eyewash. The reality is that we are scripting our own doomsday by the flagrant plunder and loot of natural resources.

Mechanisation in the name of progress, mindless denudation of vast stretches of land, wastage of water are ample proof that we have become bereft of conscience.

Global warming, natural calamities, climatic variations all stem from mishandling of environment. Let us all join hands, adopt eco friendly measures, make little changes in our nature and habits so that we bequeath clean water, air and natural ambience to the posterity.

1. Use water judiciously in the day-to-day activities. Do not leave taps running, repair leaking faucets. Use minimal water during brushing, shaving etc.
2. Do not wash vehicles daily. Instead of spouting water on the vehicle, a bucketful of water will surely bring the same lustre to your vehicle. For a nice bath, a bucketful of water should suffice.
3. To quench your thirst, pour water in the glass as per need. The reject- water from the RO purifier must be collected and utilised else where.
4. Plants can be watered with the left over in the water bottles. Due care must be taken while washing clothes.
5. Water is blue gold. Save every drop of water to arrest the depleting water table. Save water - add water, make it a way of life.
6. In the scorching heat, place water in the earthern containers and scatter grains on the rooftops and parapets for our feathered friends.
7. Conserve plantation in your surroundings and ensure planting a new sapling regularly.
8. Curtail the wastage of water at home. Pieces of left over chapaties placed on the roof tops shall ensure that the birds do not have to forage for food in the sweltering summers.
9. To save yourself of the bother of erratic power supply and unscheduled power cuts, turn off the lamps when not required.
10. Control the Earth’s temperature. Let it not become a furnace. Minimise the use of Air Conditioners.

Be a responsible citizen. We must not forget that the Earth has enough to fulfill everybody’s need but not
enough to fulfill anybody’s greed. Those who abuse water resources must try to imagine the plight of the states where the elixir of life is made to reach in a goods train.
In such God forsaken places, drying up of natural sources of water make people retrieve every drop of water from the foothills. Water “sells” here, and the Panchayats issue edicts not to offer water to the guests. Although the death knell has already been sounded but yet hope is a rope that swings us through life. May the sanity prevail. The sooner, the better.

Turn towards nature. Turn towards humanity. Embrace life.

Regards

(Mrs J.K. Sidhu)
Principal

Monday, 4 April 2016

My Letter to Parents

Dear Parents
Greetings from DAV family!!

At the outset I extend a hearty welcome to all the students to the next academic session 2016-17. As children enter their new classes with great enthusiasm to learn new lessons, we are also ready to play our role as teachers with a renewed vision and mission.
For past some time we have been hearing lot of debate on ‘intolerance’, ‘disrespect for our country -India’ and such other related issues. A general view today is that the younger generation has lost the respect for elders, our culture and traditions, the country at large. There is a lack of patriotism and it is leading to such disturbing incidents every now and then. We at DAV, believe in imparting wholesome education which is not mere gain of information but formation of character of young learners through value based teaching. In order to inculcate moral values in our students, we have set a goal before us and that is to inculcate the value of ‘Respect for all’ in all our students. In my first circular of the year I would like to pen down my thoughts on RESPECT.
Kindly share my views on RESPECT with your children, it will set the ball rolling and will make our task easier.

      1. Respect self before anyone else

Self-respect means accepting oneself, liking oneself in spite of certain shortcomings and appreciating oneself truly. It should not be confused with self -esteem. We may have high self -esteem due to our accomplishments which are recognizable, adjudged and appreciated by others too. Our self -esteem is also because of our social position, status or possessions. Self- respect on the other hand has nothing to do with our worldly possessions or accomplishments, it generates out of love for self - the way we are and not for what we do, possess or try to accomplish. If we love ourselves and accept ourselves the way we are, we respect ourselves and we will not let anyone harm our self- respect.
Many a times, people may try to destroy our self- respect out of jealousy or other mean motives. Such people should be avoided and at the same time, we must keep a strict vigil on our thoughts and other’s actions. It is a good idea to let them know that you will not be treated that way. Under no circumstances we should lose our self-respect.

      2. Respect for others

Respect for others will stem out of our feelings for others, our attachment will tell how we treat others. As we are attached with a loving bond with our parents, grand- parents and older siblings, we respect them out of love and admiration. But if we respect them merely for what they do for us or provide us it is not true respect, it is superficial. The day they will be not be able to meet our demands for any reason we will lose respect for them. This is what is being observed in most of the households in the modern times. Parents are disobeyed, dis-respected and even disowned in their old age because they can no longer provide the worldly things to their children. So respect for our blood relations has to be out of feelings of love, kindness and compassion.
Respect for others has a lot to do with how you treat them. We must not ignore people who are weak, poorly dressed, unhygienic or financially poor. A person of character who has high self- respect will not look down upon others, rather a self-respecting person will always treat others with respect. He will respect others’ view point because he respects his own. He is not an egoist. The way to show respect is to be kind to people. We must be kind to peoples’ feelings and try and help people to feel happy. That is part of showing respect.

      3. Respect for property

We must always respect property whether it is our own or of others. We must not deface books, desks, other furniture items, walls etc. We must treat even lifeless objects with respect, and it should come out of our self- respecting nature. The blatant acts of terrorists or mob violence and the gory images of the same are so disturbing for all. In order to press for our justified or not so justified demands we cannot damage or destroy property. It does not make any sense and must not only be condemned at all levels but also be controlled and better avoided. Children from very young age must learn to have a sense of respect towards property and school plays a vital role in inculcating this value. When a teacher instructs not to deface the books by putting any marks with a pen in the book, she is showing respect towards property and is setting an example for the young learners through instruction. If children have a sense of self-respect, they are bound to obey the teacher and show respect towards elders, instructions and property.

4. Respect towards all forms of life

From childhood we are taught that cleanliness is next to godliness. An unclean environment is an insult to the Creator. Everything that God has created is beautiful and nature has in it the power to follow the norms of hygiene and sanitation. It is only man who makes his environment dirty and, very often, and for reasons best known to himself, is happy to keep it that way. A self- respecting person will extend cleanliness towards neighbourhood and the environment in general. For this, he will develop clean social and civic habits. It is wrong to spit on the roads, urinate in public or throw litter anywhere you please. By doing such things we are defacing the property that belongs to us -our nation. We are also spoiling this wonderful place that God has given us to live on -our earth.
 We must respect other forms of life – the flora, the fauna, mother- nature in all its variety and beauty. We must understand the interdependence of different life forms and should not be cruel to mute animals and birds. Life will not only be too dull and boring without them but it will not be possible for us to survive without our friends from the animal, birds, insects and plants kingdom. Greatest scientist of the 20th century Albert Einstein said If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would have only four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.”

We must make sincere efforts to replenish the natural resources which man is using so blatantly. Nature can fulfill our needs but cannot provide for man’s greed. Through school curriculum we teach three very important R’s to children- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Children must learn to apply this great learning wherever possible in life to make life more beautiful. Its high time we start respecting mother Earth out of love and not out of compulsion as this is our only address in the vast universe. Out of respect for life, nature and earth we must stop degrading, polluting and damaging our eco-system. We have no wisdom or power to set things right, nature is capable enough to correct things on its own. E.g. if we stop polluting the Ganga at all places and in all possible manner, the river is highly capable of clearing everything that pollutes it and spoils its pristine beauty all on its own.

In the end, I would like to request all worthy parents to read this message with their children and explain it to them wherever needed. In my opinion Love is the greatest human feeling and respect stems out of love. So let’s all love and respect each other, our elders, our country, our eco system and mother Earth. Our scriptures- the Vedas, the Gita, the Holy Guru Granth Sahib and spiritual knowledge of our religions and faiths also teaches us the same path.
“Pawan guru paani pita mata dharat mahat, Diwas raat doye daayi daaya khele sagal jagat.”

My sincerest wishes to all children of our school for their holistic growth through better instruction and under the loving care of the dedicated staff of this institution. May God almighty shower His choicest blessings on all!!

Sincerely yours

Jaswinder K Sidhu
      Principal

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

First Alumni Meet - 2016

Dear Alumni,

DAV Public School, B.R.S. Nagar, Ludhiana proudly announces FIRST ALUMNI MEET - 2016 on 17th April, 2016 (Sunday) from 10 am to 1 pm. 

Kindly fill and submit Registration Form at: www.davbrsnagar.org

Monday, 23 November 2015

Vote for Smart City Ludhiana. Smart People Make Smart City

Dear Parents

Kindly participate in 'Smart City Ludhiana Voting' for area-wise development.

Send SMS to 9200003232 to choose one area out of the following:
Type <SMARTLDH 1> for Ghumar Mandi area
Type <SMARTLDH 2> for Jawahar Nagar area
Type <SMARTLDH 3> for Chaura Bazaar area


Also go online to select your preferred area and vote:
http://smartcityludhiana.in/vote-to-select-area-for-improve…



Mrs. J.K.Sidhu
Principal

Friday, 28 August 2015

“English-Language-Proficiency Campaign”



Dear Parents,

We, being a trilingual school have always given ample opportunities to our students to imbibe the essence of the Rashtra Bhasha Hindi, Ma Boli Punjabi and the Queen’s Language English. Students imbibe the National language and the Regional language like the fish take to water. The teachers of Hindi and Punjabi are given an absolutely free hand to use these languages to the hilt in the classrooms. The lackadaisical approach of the students towards English invariably puts it on a back burner so the language does not come to them naturally.
However the role of English as a global language cannot be denied in the contemporary world. Initiating an earnest effort to make our children inclined towards English shall stand them in good stead in their future pursuits. In view of this, an “English-language-proficiency campaign” has been initiated in the school with the sole objective of making our children articulate, fluent and confident.


1.       Our thoughts make our speech so thinking in English is a precursor to Spoken English. The students have been instructed strictly to converse in English with the fellow students and teachers. Even if they fumble, the teachers are there to lend a helping hand.


2.       Example is better than precept. In tune with this, the Principal shall be penalized Rs 5 each time, she falters. The penalty for teachers and students, for not conversing in English is Rs 2 and Rupee 1 respectively. Faltering ten times shall invite a penalty of ten times the previous amount. This kind of monetary punishment may not be a solution but definitely a deterrent.


3.       The practice of adding two words daily to the students’ arsenal of words has been continuing for almost two months now. To give an impetus to this vocabulary – building exercise, the given words have been made evaluative in the ensuing exams.


4.       Once the students don their uniform in the morning, a little reminder by the parents to switch over to English shall be a perfect beginning to the campaign for the day. On their part, the parents must encourage their wards to watch some good English programme on TV, browse through newspapers and magazines and make optimum utilization of library. Gifting a classic novel on birthdays could be another idea to make the children lean towards English.

Language cannot be taught. It can only be caught. Providing our children an ambience for grasping a foreign language and giving them ample exposure in terms of passive learning shall enhance their vocabulary and hone their communication skills besides improving their Grammar and Pronunciation. All the aforesaid measures are surely going to empower our children with the nuances of the Queen’s language, and that is the need of the hour.

Hoping for your whole hearted cooperation

Thanks and Regards

Ms. J.K.Sidhu
Principal

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Disobedience of Traffic Rules by Students



Disobedience of Traffic Rules by Students

For the last few days my office has been flooded with very disturbing information – students of classes IX and X of our school are flouting school rules and traffic norms by using scooters, bikes and even cars to come to school. The vehicles are evidently not parked in the school rather with the help of their peers these students park them in the lanes of the adjoining B and C blocks of BRS Nagar. Being under-age they neither possess a driving license nor have undergone any training in safe driving. This is blatant disobedience on the part of the students and they are unwittingly putting themselves at great risk –

  • Being na├»ve, they can go wrong in their judgment while driving on the busy roads and can meet with serious accidents 
  • As this is clearly against the traffic laws of the country, the traffic police can challan these students anytime. 
  • The parents of such students can be summoned by the traffic police and their license can be confiscated or cancelled. 
  • Being independent in their own way these children can be misled/misguided by anti- social elements in the after school hours.


I sincerely request the parents to view this emerging trend seriously and urge them to help us in making these children comply with the school rules and traffic norms. If these students are caught by the school staff/authorities, strict action will be taken against them and they can even face expulsion.

Jaswinder K. Sidhu
Principal



Sunday, 9 August 2015

Introducing “Principal’s Blog”

Dear Parents
Namaskar

It gives me immense pleasure to inform you that we are going to introduce the “Principal’s Blog” on the school website www.davbrsnagar.org. Besides, the dissemination of important information and sharing our glorious achievements with our esteemed parent fraternity, the purpose of the blog is to provide a common platform where we share our concerns, goals, hopes, suggestions and everything that would strengthen our camaraderie thus providing an impetus to the progress of the institution. The school parent bonhomie is bound to contribute constructively towards the realization of our common dream – Human Resource Development.

Thanks and regards

Jaswinder K. Sidhu
Principal