|Brief life Sketch of Smt G.K. Saberwal
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|Gurnam (G.K. Saberwal) was born in a village called Sukho in the district of Rawalpindi (now in Pakistan) on 22nd April 1934. She was the first born child in the family of S. Santokh Singh Oberoi and Sardarni Ram Kaur and was loved by her parents very much. She had early education in Sukho, which is populated by Sikhs who were highly educated - as one of her uncles was M.Sc while the other a doctor. There were Muslims too in the village, who were mainly farmers. It was in fact, these educated Sikhs of Sukho, who after partition established Sukho Khalsa High School in Tilak Nagar New Delhi.
After primary education, the family shifted to Sialkot as her respected father was posted there. But soon the partition happened and after bearing much pain and tragedies, the family migrated to Ludhiana, Punjab in October 1947. Here, Gurnam Kaur Oberoi completed her High School from Jain High School for Girls. The headmistress of Jain School was so highly impressed by her gentleness and devotion to studies that she immediately employed her in the school. So, in addition to teaching, she continued to study at home and passed her Honours in Punjabi exam. Then she completed BA, thereafter BT and finally MA in History. The Headmistress of Jain School then promoted her to teach high school classes.
After her marriage to Harcharan Singh in April 1960, she came to Delhi and was appointed as PGT History to teach 11&12 Class in Government Girls High School, which was under the Delhi Administration. From 1961 onwards, she came to be known as Mrs G.K. Saberwal. However, she had to sacrifice the prestigious service after being on long leave in 1964 to look after her first-born son. She remained a house wife and mother exclusively for four years, when by virtue of her qualification as second class M.A in History, she was selected as PGT at a newly opened branch of Kendirya Vidyalaya in Gole Market New Delhi. In no, time she became the favorite of students and also of Dr. Mitra the Principal of K.V. Gole Market. After two years when Dr. Mitra went on leave, she handed over the charge to Mrs. Saberwal to officiate as Principal in her absence. As an officiating Principal, she wrote an article on Education Reforms, which was published in K.V. Sangathan Magazine.
By now both her children were also going to the same school with her. But as the family shifted to Janakpuri to their own house, she sought transfer to K.V. Janakpuri. As she had lost 4 years of service, she tried to cover this gap by doing her M.Ed privately so that she could be considered for the post of principal. But as she was a devoted teacher, she never opted for the chair and went on with teaching. Throughout her career, her result was cent percent. None of her students ever failed. She is thus remembered by her students, colleagues and superiors alike and praised for her dedication. She retired in 1993.
Because of her devotion to the family, both her sons have made marks for themselves in their careers. Like their mother, they are also honest, hardworking and devoted. Her elder son, Herman Prit Singh, got NTS Scholarship and after BA Hons 1st Class from Delhi University, he got selected in IPS and is now Inspector General of Police. Her younger son Simarprit Singh, a pass-out from Kendirya Vidyalaya Tagore Garden, had topped the NIIT exam and appointed as Research Associate and then editor of NIIT magazine at a young age of 22 years. Today, he is the CMD of a computer software company, Compare Infobase, with centers in Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai - employing 300 highly educated and qualified personnel. All this has been possible because of the blessing of their mother G.K. Saberwal, who was their role model in work ethics. Last but not least, G.K. Saberwal was against the evil dowry in theory and practice. So, she never accepted any jewelry, car or costly clothes for herself or her husband, though her children were among the higher-up in the society.
G.K. Saberwal had always treated her daughters-in-laws as real daughters and they too gave her respect, which befit a real mother. Her love for her grand daughters was without a parallel. The little ones would not go to bed without wishing her good night and would go to school only after getting her love and blessing.
This was in brief G.K. Saberwal, whose soul would definitely rest in peace and she would always shower blessing on her children and grand children and would always wish that the needy be assisted with cash and kind.
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