The Hindu Newspaper in Education (NIE) Program for the academic year 2010 – 11 was launched at PSBB Nungambakkam on the 26th of July, 2010. Dr. Sudha Seshayyan, Registar, the Tamil Nadu Dr.MGR Medical University was the Chief Guest. Dr. Mohan Rajan, Medical Director, Rajan Eye Care Hospitals was the Special Invitee. Padmashree Dr.Mrs. YG Parthasarty, Dean Director, PSBB Group of Schools, Mr. S. Shridhar, Asst. Manager, Regional Distribution, The Hindu, Chennai and the heads of the school were also present.
Mr. S. Shridhar gave the students an overview of The Hindu NIE program. The program aims to bring about awareness, critical thinking and enhance the reading habits among students. The NIE program is associated with 350 schools across Tamil Nadu reaching out six lakh students. The special events of the program include quizzes and worshops.
Dr. Sudha Seshayyan while addressing the students told them that she was an ardent reader of the Hindu and collects the interesting riddles and trivia in a scrapbook. She requested students to develop the reading habit which helps in the all round development of an individual.
Dr.Mrs.YGP recalled to the students her days as a journalist and stressed on the fact that reading is necessary for students and children. She also felt that to write, one had to read a lot.
Dr.Mohan Rajan told the students spending some time reading the newspaper would enhance general knowledge, vocabulary and language. He also highlighted the fact that being a mere bookworm or shining in academics is not enough, the essence of education is all round development and multi faceted talent.
The students had a wonderful experience listening to these eminent personalities about the importance of learning.