My dear students of Guru Harkrishan Public Schools, it gives me immense pleasure to address you today.
As you all know, I am a proud alumni of the Guru Harkrishan Public School, India Gate branch. In fact, at that time India Gate was the only branch of Guru Harkrishan Public School and parents of students from all nooks and corners of Delhi were anxious to get admission there.
Later in 1975, the second branch of Guru Harkrishan Public School was set up at Vasant Vihar. This was the beginning of the Guru Harkrishan Public School story.
My father Late Jathedar Santokh Singh Ji was among the founders of the concept of Guru Harkrishan Public Schools. They had come in with the vision to create an ideal environment where the pupils could get quality based education in English Medium schools besides learning and getting exposure to Sikh tenets. Today Guru Harkrishan Public School has twelve branches and more than twenty thousand Students and its alumni can be found in every corner of the world and in all walks of life.
We need to carry this VISION forward to ensure that our children get the best and become global citizens in the truest sense of the term.
It is important for all of us to understand that Learning is a dynamic process that cannot be confined to the four walls of a classroom, the laboratories, or from the cover to cover of the textbooks alone. The lessons of life are best learned outside and beyond these boundaries in tandem with classroom instruction. Indirectly speaking, all of us in one form or the other is responsible for the overall development of the personalities of our children. The entire process of Education of which we all form an integral part is an indispensable tool for human growth. No community can hope to achieve greatness by ignoring this important facet. If we desire to achieve these goals, we should be ready to work together and make some sacrifices – “No pain, no gain”.
We all need to work together towards creating Environmental Consciousness which is the need of the hour. If we inculcate these values in our children today, we will have worked towards ensuring a more secure and satisfying growth-oriented future for them. What they learn today, they’ll use tomorrow.
We need to strengthen the process of inculcating the value of harboring pride for our mother tongue. A community is recognized by a set of symbols and it’s innate value systems. Language and its script is the strongest link in this system. I take this opportunity to request all to strengthen our hands in our attempts to get due recognition for Punjabi at the University level. The move of the University of Delhi to push Punjabi language teaching into the backwaters of academia needs to be reconsidered.
Turban is the pride of a Sikh. Our schools were founded with the basic aim of ensuring that our children imbibe this culture right from an impressionable age and stage. The love for our persona as a SIKH, as envisaged by our forefathers, should be intrinsically rooted in the psyche of our children. This is only going to be possible with the support of each one of you.
Remaining firmly connected with their roots and ethos helps children become citizens who can stand up for what’s right in times to come. We would like our children to imbibe the cultural connect through the teachings imparted in their Divinity classes. The teaching of Divinity is a platform to aid our kids to imbibe the desired value system.
We have tried to make this aspect more attractive for both the students and their parents by initiating a tuition fee rebate scheme under the head of “Amritdhari” families.
My dear students and their parents, let me share with you my utmost aspiration to see Guru Harkrishan Public School at the peak. We will leave no stone unturned to make this happen in the quickest possible time. Let us pray to the Almighty to shower his grace over us and our students so that we leave memorable imprints in the sands of time.
I share my favorite lines from the poem ‘Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening’ written by Robert Frost:
…The woods are lovely dark and deep but I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep…
S. Manjit Singh G.K.
Guru Harkrishan Public School Society