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Jamshedpur, Feb 10: An inter college debate competition was organized at DBMS College on the topic, ‘Relevance of Mahatma Gandhi’s Concept of Basic Education in the 21st Century.’ Payal Nag of Graduate College and Priya Gupta of Jamshedpur Cooperative College were adjudged Best Speakers and their respective institutions were declared Beast Teams based on for and against the motion. The participating colleges included Graduate College, Karim City B Ed College, Jamini Kant B Ed College, Jamshedpur Cooperative College, DBMS College, Rambha College of Education and Loyola College of Education.
The chief guest on the occasion was Kolhan University Syndicate member Manoj Kumar Singh while Pranay Kumar and V Natrajan comprised the panel of judges.
The meet was inaugurated jointly by DBMS College of Education Chairperson Bhanumathi Neelakantan, Presidents B Chandra Shekhar and Lalita Chandra Shekhar, College Secretary Sripriya Dharmarajan, Principal Dr Juhi Samarpita and Departmental Head Dr Suman Sharma.
The curtain raiser was the rendition of one of Bapu’s favourite Bhajans students of DBMS B Ed and DLD students led by Amrita Chowdhury.
In his address chief guest Manoj Kumar Singh observed, “To Mahatma Gandhi, the concept of basic education included book knowledge and applying the knowledge practically. Education should be such that would develop the mind as well as the heart. Labour should find a place in today’s education system. One needs to know that nature can and does provide for needs but not for greed. Gandhiji was never against the use of technical progression. He had always advocated the selection of subjects as per the needs of changing times. There were no computers or mobile phones during his time. Bapu had always stressed on why and when to use technology. For children in the age groups of 6 to 14 years moral education was a must, Gandhiji had said.”
The organizing team comprised Anjali Ganeshan, Archana Kumari, Punam Kumari, Pamela Ghosh Dutta, Dr Suman Sharma, Moushumi Dutta, Sudip Kumar Pramanik, Lalit Kishore, Abhijit Dey, Virendra Pandey, Julian Anthony and all the B Ed students.