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Slum kids steal ISM show

Dances, songs, skits, fashion show, poetry recitation, science exhibition and quiz — variety was the other name of Prakash 2012, the annual day of ISM students society Kartavya.

Commissioner of North Chotanagpur division Nitin Madan Kulkarni, who was the chief guest, inaugurated the programme at new town hall in Dhanbad on Sunday. Addressing the gathering, he lauded ISM students for taking the noble initiative of educating slum children under the banner of Kartavya and urged others to follow in their footsteps. “If every school takes up the responsibility of providing free education to at least 25 underprivileged children, the literacy rate will improve,” he said.

A cultural programme by slum children, who are taught at four centres of ISM in Lahbani, Koranga, Mandal and Barmasia Basti, followed the ceremonial lighting of lamp by Kulkarni.

Anurag of Class I and Rahul and Rohit of Class II recited poems while Class IV student Tamanna, Pinki of Class III and Abhya of Class VI presented dances. The tiny tots of UKG — Jaya, Maushmi, Mani and Mona — won the audience with cute steps to the song, Bam Bam Bole, from Taare Zameen Par. Students of Class IV also swayed to another Bollywood number — Gal Mitthi Mitthi Bol from Aisha. Not to be left behind, the little dancers of Classes IV and V also floored everyone with their performance to I love my India.

The list of programmes also included two skits by the slum children while the science exhibition witnessed participation by 20 schools, including St Xavier’s International School, Dhanbad Public School, ISL-ISM Annexe, ISL-Bhuli, HE School, Rajkamal Saraswati Vidya Mandir, BSS Girls’ High School and Abhya Sundri Girls’ School.

The students presented models on themes like environmental conservation, global warming and mine fire. The team from Rajkamal Saraswati Vidya Mandir walked away with the winner’s trophy for their model on magnetic effects of electric current and conservation.

“Besides providing free education to more than 500 slum children at its four centres, Kartavya also imparts vocational training in making agarbatti, notebook binding, sewing and weaving to their parents,” said Ashish Anand, final-year mining engineering student of ISM.

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