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In conversation with Neeru Kapai – the woman behind Modern School, Nagpur

Neeru Kapai, Director and the woman behind Modern School speaks about the school, her way of education and her quotient with Aruna Upadhyay.
Neeru Kapai. (Photo by: Darshan Bagwe)

Modern School, Nagpur established in 1987 is one of the most reputed schools in the city and has come a long way both in terms of success and popularity. In an interview with Nation Next, Neeru Kapai, Director and the woman behind the three-decade old Modern School speaks about the school, her way of education and her quotient with Aruna Upadhyaya, the Director of Centre Point School. Excerpts:

You have been the principal as well as the director of Modern school. Is it easy or complicated to manage the business of education and academics both at the same time?

I have never considered Modern School as a business venture. The passion I have felt being the principal and the director is the same. Of course, playing a dual role is very stressful. The task of bringing resources for the development of the school plus ensuring the academic performance is challenging. I started as a teacher and soon I got an opportunity to lead a school. It’s a very unique experience and the opportunity made me realise my potential. I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of my journey and the level of sense of achievement and job satisfaction is beyond words.

Modern school has become a huge brand in Nagpur. Please tell us about the initial struggle.

I started Jingle Bells Kindergarten in 1980s in a small area at my husbands garage. It was a wonderful journey of seven years. Our parents encouraged us to move ahead and in 1987, I and my husband jointly started Modern school in 1987. We did not have any godfather, and no wealthy industrialist backing us; just a desire to do something huge made us owners of Modern school. Our goals were very clear and we had the potential to take the school to a high level of excellence. We are proud of where the school stands today holding a good reputation and financially stable. We were not very financially strong and we built our venture brick by brick. I can proudly say that we don’t owe money to anybody.

Have you derived the name for your school from Modern School, Bara Khamba Road, Delhi?

Not at all! We were given five names by the local registry department out of which we had to choose one. Modern School? was the last option and we liked it. In fact, we were not even aware of the similarity at that time.

Water logging in monsoon is a perennial problem in Modern School. Is it primarily because of Gorewada plant? Isn?t a permanent solution possible?

It’s from the last two or three years that we are facing this problem. We were the first ones to start operations in this area when we started the school. There was absolutely nobody in the neighbourhood. We strived really hard for the construction of the roads, for electricity and phone lines. Later, people came and the area started developing. Gorewada gates were opened the day water reservoir was inaugurated and the flyover height was increased. The entire colony was under water that day. It’s really sad and it’s high time that the concerned authorities should wake up.

Nagpur being a small city, many families of the students must have familiar relations with you. In this regards, do you face any problems in disciplining students known to you?

There are so many children in Modern School whose parents and grandparents know me personally. I never acknowledge them and nobody gets an advantage. The instant you show familiarity to a child, he pays a price with his performance in school. I didn’t give that advantage to my own children! I served nothing to them on a platter and official letters from the school were sent to their father. It has never been a problem for me and I think it’s because of the way I have conducted myself.

While modern school was established in 1987, Centre point school was established in 1988. How do you look at the comparatives between the two contemporary brands

I am very positive and clear. Centre Point School is doing very well and Modern School is giving it a healthy competition. I think comparison is for the just for the sake of comparing. The truth is, every school has something unique.  If the comparison is about the quality of education, I am okay with that. I know we are one of the best and there’s scope for improvement to be the best.

Apparently Aruna Upadhyay (Director of Centre Point School) and you are friends. What kind of bonhomie do you two share despite being competitors

We get along very well without interfering in each other’s professional lives. Aruna has her own distinctive aura and style. She is blessed with a very strong financial support which I don’t have, but still we bond very well. She has always been very tremendously supportive of me. I think it’s necessary that one have a positive and healthy competition.

What are your future plans and mission for Modern School?

Modern School pass outs are in every corner of the world in various professions and that makes me a very satisfied and a proud person. These kids have given me a spot of respect and have made me a happy soul. But, there are still lots of desires to be fulfilled. I am definitely looking forward to carry on with same fashion and passion. My goals are very clear; Children passing out from Modern School should do wonders in their lives and they should be happy. I don’t like children who are only good in academics. It’s necessary that there is an all round development and they are emotionally strong. They should be naughty as well and live life to the fullest. There’s a lot of exposure these days and in spite of that children are not mentally mature; they get tempted to experiment. It’s important to make them understand that it is not necessary that they burn their fingers every time to learn; they can learn from others’ experience as well.

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I’m known for small and mid-budget films, so I can never enter 300 crore club: Ayushmann Khurrana

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Ayushmann Khurrana is back with an action drama, ‘An Action Hero’. And the trailer of the film is a promising one, a real genre-bender for Ayushmann fans. The movie also has Jaideep Ahlawat playing the lead alongside Ayushmann. So when asked to comment on how many big stars are doing two-hero films these days, Ayushmann, who has always teamed up with actors playing strong characters, said, “Be it Annu Kapoor’s character in ‘Vicky Donor, Rajkummar Rao in ‘Bareilly Ki Barfi’, Gajraj Rao in ‘Badhai Ho or Tabu in ‘Andhadhun’, all these characters were equally strong along with mine. So, I’ve never followed the trend. I work with actors who contribute to a film. Ultimately, it’s the film that’s a winner.”

Moreover, Ayushmann finds inspiration in Ajay Devgn. “I take a lot of inspiration from Ajay Devgn sir. Like in his film ‘Golmaal’, most of the punch lines were with other cast members, still he did the film. It’s important to keep your film before yourself. A good film is all about a collaboration between the actors, directors and everyone else.”

Ayushmann is one of the finest actors in Bollywood. But ask him if he ever feels the pressure of delivering hits, he said, “I always scout for fresh content. And have a tick list – like has this subject been done in Hindi cinema before? Is the subject original and pathbreaking? But once I do the film, I leave it to the audience whether to accept it or not. I want to give it my best in whatever I do. So, I don’t think I’ll ever be known for a 300 crore film. I’m known for small and mid-budget films. Hence, I can afford to take risks without pressure.”

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Constitution day | Bet you didn’t know these interesting facts about the Indian Constitution

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Avani Arya | Reporter : Shamanand Tayde | Nagpur

Constitution Day is also known as “National Law Day”. It is celebrated in India on 26 November every year to commemorate the adoption of the Constitution of India. Know some interesting facts about the Indian Constitution in the video.

सभी को पता है कि India को 15 अगस्त 1947 को independence  मिली थी.साल 1949 में 26 नवंबर यानी आज ही के दिन india  का constitution  बनकर तैयार हुआ था. India का constitution  26 जनवरी 1950 से लागू किया गया था. इसके साथ ही भारत में हर साल 26 नवंबर को constitution day  मनाया जाता है. India का constitution  दुनिया के सभी constitutions को परखने के बाद बनाया गया था. इसलिए इस constitution को सबसे Important constitution कहा जाता है. 

Indian Constitution से जुड़े ऐसे कई Interesting Facts हैं, जिनके बारे में जानकर आप हैरान रह जाएंगे. भारत देश के citizen होने के नाते बच्चों से लेकर बड़ों तक, हर किसी को Constitution Of India से जुड़े ये Interesting Facts  जरूर पता होने चाहिए.

क्या आप जानते है कि  Indian Constitution  World’s Longest Constitution  है. Indian Constitution को लिखने के लिए  dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar को  Father Of Indian Constitution भी कहां जाता है.  डॉ. भीमराव आंबेडकर ने Constitution  को दो साल, 11 महीने और 18 दिनों में तैयार कर India को dedicate किया था. इसके कुछ हिस्से America, Germany , United Kingdom , Australia , Ireland , Canada  और Japan  के Constitution  से लिए गए हैं.

26 नवंबर 1949 को Indian Constituent Assembly की तरफ से इसे अपनाया गया और 26 नवंबर 1950 को इसे एक democratic government system के साथ लागू किया गया था. बाबासाहेब आंबेडकर के योगदान को याद करने और constitution के importance का प्रसार करने के लिए constitution day  मनाया जाता है. Indian Government  की ओर से पहली बार 2015 मेंconstitution day  मनाया गया. 29 अगस्त 1947 को भारत के constitution का draft  तैयार करने वाली Committee की स्थापना हुई. जिसमें chairmen  के रूप में डॉ. भीमराव अंबेडकर appoint हुए. जवाहरलाल नेहरू, डॉ राजेन्द्र प्रसाद, सरदार वल्लभ भाई पटेल, मौलाना अबुल कलाम आजाद भी इस सभा के main members  थे.

क्या आप यह जानते है कि Indian Constitution  में 448 Articles, 22 Parts, 12 schedule और 97 amendment हैं. Indian Constitution की दो copies  हाथ से लिखी गई हैं, जोकि Hindi  और English  language में हैं. इसमें किसी भी तरह की typing या print का use नहीं किया गया था. दोनों handwritten copies पर 24 जनवरी 1950 को उस समय के 284  members of parliament के सामने Signature किए गए थे. Indian Constitution को बनाते समय कई देशों के  Constitution को study किया गया था. हमारे constitution  में देश के citizens के fundamental rights, Duties
 और government machinery के बारे में Detailed Information  दी गई है. इसमें ये बताया गया है कि President, Prime Minister , Governer  और Chief Ministers  की क्या powers हैं और किस तरह से Legislature, executive और Judiciary काम करती है.

Constitution  बनने से पहले भारत में British government  की ओर से  बनाया हुआ act 1935 लागू किया जाता था. Indian Constitution के rules  के मुताबिक Republic Day के मौके पर राष्ट्रपति और Independence Day के मौके पर pm देश को addressed करते है.

तो यह थे Indian Constitution से जुड़े कुछ Interesting Facts

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‘Pakistan Zindabad’ slogans raised during Rahul Gandhi led Bharat Jodo Yatra, claims Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Chouhan

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“Pakistan Zindabad” slogans were being raised during Congress’ Bharat Jodo Yatra, claimed Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan on November 25.

Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Chouhan, Bharat Jodo Yatra leader Rahul Gandhi

“Pakistan Zindabad” slogans were being raised during Rahul Gandhi led Bharat Jodo Yatra, claimed Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan on November 25. He also said that he has ordered a probe into the incident.

Earlier that day, BJP leaders alleged that partakers in the Yatra shouted ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ in Khargone, Madhya Pradesh. A controversy flared up after BJP State President VD Sharma and other party leaders shared a video on social media claiming that ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ slogans were raised during the rally.

Calling it a conspiracy by the BJP against Rahul Gandhi, Congress Party denied the claims. Yatra entered Madhya Pradesh on its 77th day of the Padyatra on November 23.

Covering a total distance of  3,570 km, Congress claimed that Bharat Jodo Yatra is the longest march on foot by any Indian politician in the history of India. It started from Kanyakumari on September 7, and will end in Kashmir next year.

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