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Bhavan’s Calcutta Kendra was started in the year 1975 at Meredith Street, Kolkata as a Book Store and Advertisement Department. Shri Vidhyarthi was looking after the Book Store and Mr. Thomas was the In-Charge of Advertisement Department. In 1978 Shri C. V. Viswanathan was appointed to look after Book Store Department and the Advertisement Department was closed.
In 1980 a land measuring 5.25 acres was allotted by the Government of West Bengal to Bhavan’s Kolkata Kendra for starting its educational activities at Salt Lake. The foundation stone for the School Building was laid down by the Former President of India, Shri Neelam Sanjiva Reddy on 6th December, 1980. This was possible due to the efforts of Shri Giridharilal Mehta and Shri S. Ramakrishnan with the good wishes of the then Chief Minister of West Bengal, Shri Jyoti Basu. The Kendra Committee was then chaired by Dr. Pratap Chandra Chunder, Former Education Minister of Government of India. The School building was constructed with financial help of Shri Basudev Kanoria. Hence, the School was named as Bhavan’s Gangabux Kanoria Vidyamandir. In 1980 Bhavan had also started a College of Communication and Management at Salt Lake premises and another at Bhowanipore under the name of Asutosh College of Communication and Management to run the Post Graduate Diploma Courses of Rajendra Prasad Institute of Communication & Management, Mumbai.
In 1984 Bhavan’s Gangabux Kanoria Vidyamandir was started in the Salt Lake premises when Mr. Amalendu Bose, Planning Officer and Director of Birla Industrial and Technological Museum was appointed as the Director of Bhavan’s Kolkata Kendra. In 1992 Shri K. V. Gopalkrishnan took charge of the Kolkata Kendra and developed the School. He established a School at Agartala in the year 1996 and a Centre at Guwahati, Assam. In the year 1997 as School named as Bhavan’s Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Vidyaniketan was started at Haldia, East Midnapore, West Bengal. A Management College was then established in Kolkata Salt Lake Campus in the year 2000.
NEWS & EVENTS
To celebrate the auspicious occasion of National Youth Day, Bhavan’s Gangabux Kanoria Vidyamandir, along with 12 other schools of Kolkata, was invited to Yogodyan Math, Kolkata on January 20, 2023. Fourteen students from Classes 8 and 9 took part in the group song and yogasana. They were cordially welcomed by the monks and other volunteers of Yogodyan Math and were also given some books, photos of Swami Vivekananda. Adhyaksha Sri Swami Vimalatmanandaji addressed all the students from different schools and informed them of the inspirational thoughts of Swami Vivekananda.
Eminent scientist Dr. Uday Banerjee, Director, Bose Institute, was the president of the programme. He delivered an inspiring speech to the students. The performance of our students was highly appreciated by all present there.
Bhavan’s Gangabux Kanoria Vidyamandir, Kolkata celebrated Republic Day in the school premises on January 26, 2023.
The tricolour was unfurled in the presence of the dignitaries, teachers and students assembled there. It was followed by a programme organised in the school auditorium.
The most awaited moment of the programme was a song performance by the primary students. They sang Saraswati Vandana and a patriotic song in a beautiful and melodious manner. The students of Bhavan’s Institute of Management Sciences also sang and performed a dance.
National Centre for Financial Education (NCFE) in coordination with National Bank For Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) organised G20—a financial education programme for the school students on January 10, 2023, at Biswa Bangla Convention Centre, Kolkata. Commerce students of Bhavan’s Gangabux Kanoria Vidyamandir attended the programme.
The objective of the programme was to sensitise students about the importance of financial literacy, to enhance understanding about basic tenets of financial well-being and to inculcate right skills, behaviour and attitude towards money. Approximately 3000 students of Class IX- XII drawn from 25-30 schools in and around Kolkata participated in the programme.
On January 13, 2023, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Kolkata Kendra, received the ‘Most Prominent Leadership Award’ from News 18, a 24-hour Bengali News Channel, in a grand function ‘Leadership Conclave 2023’ organised at J. W. Marriott, Kolkata.
The Director of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Kolkata Kendra Dr. G. V. Subramanian, Principal of Bhavan’s Gangabux Kanoria Vidyamandir, Mr. Arun Kumar Dasgupta and Principal of Bhavan’s Institute of Management Sciences Dr. Shibaprasad Mahapatra attended the programme to receive the prestigious award which was handed over by Dr. Santanu Sen, M.P. Upper House of the Parliament.
Bhavan’s Gangabux Kanoria Vidyamandir organised the Annual Sports Meet 2022 on December 22, 2022. Ms. Susmita Singha Roy, Olympian, and Ms. Swapana Barman, Arjun Awardee, were present as the Guests of Honour.
A welcome dance, flag-hoisting ceremony, march-past, torch lighting and oath-taking ceremonies, all marked the celebrations of the day.
A number of track and field events followed, like flat races and relay races. The students exhibited their potential and their hard work paid off as they emerged victorious. The deserving winners were awarded by the dignitaries present.