ITBP chief asks students to think of the poor

NEW DELHI: As children become more and more individualistic in a consumption-driven economy, ITBP chief Subhash Goswami on Monday exhorted young students to understand the value of economic equity in the society and asked teachers to usher them on the right path.
Speaking at the foundation laying ceremony of an ITBP school in Dwarka, Goswami narrated a French short story that spoke of a well-to-do family sitting in an upmarket restaurant frowning upon a hungry and poor family outside. The rich family also asked for the poor family’s immediate removal from the spot. Through the story, the director general of the Sino-Indian border force intended to drive home the message that all had equal rights on the resources of the earth and it was a value that children must learn.
Goswami said, “It is important have empathy for others. These are the values that need to be inculcated through schools. The responsibility is on teachers. When I was a student I was once punished for a mistake. My punishment was to read a book. That’s the kind of environment we need in schools.”

The school being constructed by National Buildings Construction Corporation (NBCC) with an estimated cost of Rs 23.75 crore is funded by contributions from ITBP personnel. The school building would be constructed in a time span of two years. Following completion, about 1820 students could be admitted in this school, sources said.

Students from pre-nursery to class XII would be eligible to get admission in this school, added the sources. With a capacity of 52 rooms, the proposed school will have the facility of multipurpose auditorium, science laboratory, computer laboratory, library, and canteen, etc. Rainwater harvesting system is also included in the proposed design of the school building. The school would also provide indoor and outdoor sports facility to the students. There would be total six floors in the proposed building including the basement.

The function was attended by senior officers of the force besides Anoop Kumar Mittal, CMD, NBCC. ITBP, a central armed police force of the union, guards the India-China border since its inception in 1962. The force is also deployed in anti-Naxalite operations and other internal security duties.

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