A true guide Serving society Academics first Building hopes Leading the way Foreign shores

By The Telegraph Online
  • Published 21.07.07

A true guide

Priya Tiwary, a Class IX student of Kerala Public School, Kadma, Jamshedpur, received the Rashtrapati Award in the scouts from President APJ Abdul Kalam. A meritorious student, Priya has an adventurous streak in her. She had collected certificates on behalf of all the guides from the entire state of Jharkhand. An integral part of the school guides team, Priya has been an active member for the past seven years. And her experience at the Rashtrapati Bhavan was like a dream come true. “It was a great experience. The President was full of praise for our state,” says Priya. The ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan was preceded by a three-day grooming camp at Gurgaon. For this promising youngster, life is all about facing challenges and she is all set to enrol herself for the Ranger Rashtrapati course after high school.

Serving society

Ambresh Shrivastava has supervised many health camps at various rural districts of Jharkhand and also organised free operation of patients suffering from eye problems. For his dedication to the society, Shrivastava has been selected as the Lion of the year by the Lions Club of Ranchi. Shrivastava has been a member since 1990 and was also chairman of the organisation. He has been actively participating in free health and awareness camps at Bero, Hitki and Silli. In January he had conducted a historic camp at Birsa Munda Jail for prisoners. By profession, Shrivastava is an established businessman of the state capital since 1982 and is also the director of La Vision Private Limited. A managing trustee of Sachidanand Gyan Shanti School, he wants to pay a tribute to his father through his work.

Academics first

After a wait of almost two years, Lilian Peterson has become the new principal of Church School, Beldih in Jamshedpur. A hardcore academician, Peterson started her teaching career in 1977 with Mount Hermen School in Darjeeling. Later she was associated with many branches of Church School in North India. After years of service she joined Edward English School at Jamtara as principal. Originally from Uttar Pradesh, Lilian went on to complete her teacher’s training programme after a postgraduate degree in English. Then she joined the prestigious Modern English Academy in Barrackpore, the institution she was associated with before coming to Jamshedpur. Peterson is confident that if they work as a team with support from the school management and teachers, the school will do well with regard to academics and discipline in the near future.

Building hopes

The government has made many norms for construction workers but builders still face problems. Naresh Mohan Singh, president of the Builders’ Association of India, Jamshedpur unit, who took charge recently, promises to come up with a feasible solution. He also stresses on better understanding between builders and administrative officials. Singh said the association meets regularly at the Durgabari office where they try to help their fellow members. He stressed that he would like the association to take up more social projects and facilitate development work in Jamshedpur.

Leading the way

Daughter of former chief minister of Bihar late Chandra Sekhar Singh, Kanchan Singh has all the qualities of being a good leader. Recently, she received the Best President Award in the district for her contribution to Lions Club, Golmuri, Jamshedpur. She was promoted to the bigger responsibility of being zonal chairperson of the club. Moreover, she is also a member of the executive committee of Tube Makers Club, executive committee of Sangeet Kala Kendra and administrative secretary of AIWC. Apart from her charitable work, she also organised a dance workshop by Birju Maharaj in the city.

Foreign shores

Prabhakar Jha, a former student of St Xavier’s College, Ranchi, has been appointed as the high commissioner to Fiji. Jha said he feels elevated. “It is the grace of Lord Shiva and confidence of the Prime Minister for considering me for this post,” Jha said. He added that the announcement came as a surprise. “My tenure as ambassador of India in Madagascar, South Africa, from 1996-1999 was quite successful. But I had never expected this,” Jha said. Having completed his graduation in French from St Xavier’s College, Ranchi (1957-59), Jha moved to Calcutta for higher studies. Later, he was also felicitated with D.Litt from a French university. Jha also holds a credit of being a reader and lecturer and head of department in French at Benaras Hindu University. Besides, he was also a consultant and member of the UGC NET programme and addressed teachers and research scholars of French and Canadian Universities.