dream indeed came true on 18 November, 2004, at Udayachal Schools when India’s President, His Excellency Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, visited the School during its Golden Jubilee celebrations. Dr. Kalam was accompanied by Mohammad Fazal, Governor of Maharashtra, and Vasant Purke, State Minister for Education.
The Godrej family welcomed the President and his entourage to Udayachal. As they walked through the lush green surroundings, the children, staff members of Udayachal and invitees were filled with a sense of immense pride.
It was truly a memorable occasion as Dr. Kalam went through the Pre-Primary School, enjoying the varied activities the children participated in. He was impressed to see tomorrow’s young scientists exploring the world of “sound” in the Science Corner. He saw budding young artists at work and, much to the delight of the children, he joined them and painted a rocket for them. Next, he was invited to view the projects displayed by the teachers covering various topics such as birds, fruits, rail transport, underwater life and toys. The children eagerly responded to Dr. Kalam’s questions. The highlight of his visit to the Music Hall was his interest in and fascination with the innovative musical instruments (made jointly by Udayachal students and teachers, from waste matter) played by the young children.
The function commenced with a welcome speech by Smita Godrej Crishna. In his address, Dr. Kalam urged the children to dream, encouraging them to translate their dreams into action through hard work and perseverance. He also shared with the children memorable experiences of his school life. He endeared himself to the children when he answered their curious questions with tremendous patience. The children’s questions covered various topics ranging from economic and social issues affecting our country to a personal sharing of his hobbies and happiest moments. Dr. Kalam enthralled the entire gathering, especially the children, with his genuine warmth.
The Udayachal Schools will forever cherish the pleasant memories of Dr. Kalam having spared his valuable time to visit them and spurring their Golden Jubilee celebrations to new heights.
Silver Jubilee Oratorical Contest 2004-2005 was organised on 9 January, 2005 by the Nahur Citizens’ Welfare Association Management of Smt. Vidyaben D. Gardi High School, Mumbai. Udayachal High School student Shweta Pandey (Standard VIII E D) stood first among 42 participants. She spoke on “Present Media Cult — Young Minds At Risk”.
Shweta was awarded a trophy, a citation and a cash prize of Rs. 1,000/-. Well done, Shweta!
dayachal High School student Datta Raut (Standard X EC) has been adjudged the Best Platoon Commander for the second year consecutively, among the Boys Platoon at the Mumbai Division Road Safety Patrol Central Rally 2004-2005. Keep it up!
wo Udayachal High School teachers, Swati S. Gawde and Jayasheela Agade, have won top laurels in an Essay Writing Competition organised by the well-known publishing house, Orient Longmans. From 250 competitors in the State of Maharashtra, the Marathi essay, “Why I Like Science”, written by Gawde, won the first prize. The topic of the essay was based on a series of articles published by The Indian Express and the Loksatta Prabodini. Agade has won the first prize for her essay in English, based on the Science project she had worked on in School.
Well-known scientists Dr. Anil Kakodkar, Dr. P.K. Ayangar and Dr. B.M. Udgaonkar graced the occasion. Ayangar, Ex-Chairman, the Board of Atomic Energy, gave away the prizes.
Girija J. Pai, Udayachal High School
utash Kotwal (13), son of Adi Kotwal, Executive, Furniture and Interiors Group (Home), along with his classmate Aakash M. Rathore from Sir J.J. Fort Boys High School, have won the first prize in a science exhibit at the Sun Feast Hara Banao Champions Environment Exhibition held in Mumbai. Their project, “Cheaper Than Your Cable Connection,” was about rainwater harvesting, which, if implemented, could quench the thirst of millions in the country. The project also won the first prize in the A/B ward level science exhibition held at Fort Convent, Mumbai, and qualified for the District level science exhibition. The duo is now all set to strike it at the State level. The Furniture and Interiors Group wishes them all the best.
hreyas Pingte, son of Anil R. Pingte, Precision and Components Systems Division, along with some colony friends, held a sale of their cartoon paintings and sketches in January 2005 at Thane. The children donated all the proceeds to The Chief Minister’s Charity Fund for Tsunami Victims Relief.