It’s exam time and though temperatures have been lower than normal, the anxiety level among students is registering an increase. Exam preparation is now in full swing and at such times, what students need the most is their own space, where they are free from all kinds of distractions – which, unfortunately, is rarely found in urban homes where real estate is measured in square foot. But there’s good news for students of Thane because the TMC Education Department, in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Thane MidTown (RCTM) is opening the doors of a 24/7 study room especially for them.
Located in TMC school No. 12, which is situated opposite Town Hall at Tembhi Naka, the study room has a capacity of about 75 students at a time. Access to the study room will be free but students will require ID cards, which will be issued by the TMC education department on February 07, 2005. They can obtain application forms through their schools.
The study room is an extension of the Reference Library for teachers situated in the same school. The reference library was opened for teachers of primary and secondary schools on October 29, 2004. It was inaugurated by Ex-principal of Dynansadhana College, Dawood Dalvi along with Chitamani Karkhanis, who was the chief of the education department of TMC at the time.
Speaking on the timing of the study room’s launch, President of RCTM Anant Gadre said, "We wanted to open the study room in time for those students who are appearing for their board exams. We hope the facility will be utilised optimally by the students." After judging the response to the new facility study room, TMC and RCTM plan to open many more study rooms across the city of Thane, which are certain to reduce anxiety levels in students. Don’t be surprised then, if you see a marked increase in the performance of city students at board exams this year.
It is believed that artists and creative people require appreciation more than oxygen to survive. If that’s right, then Thane’s very own Tabla Maestro, Mukund Raj Deo, received the equivalent of a few gallons of fresh oxygen recently, after his splendid jugalbandi (duet performance) with another Thaneite, young Rashmin Bhagwat. At the recently held 85th All India Marathi Natya Sammelan organised by Akhil Bhartitya Marathi Natya Parishad, at Dombivli, which was inaugurated by none other than Big B Amitabh Bachchan, this year’s programme president, Suresh Khare offered a remarkable eulogy to Deo. Khare, who, along with the rest of the audience, was so spellbound by the Deo’s mastery over tabla that he said, "When you play the tabla, the beats don’t sound like beats at all – they seem to speak a language of their own." The words were like a breath of fresh air for Deo, who filled in his artistic lungs with it and his chest swelled with pride.