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
Bhavan’s Ganagbux Kanoria Vidyamandir, Salt Lake, Kolkata, under the guidance of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Kolkata, was witness to the historical moment of the launch of India’s third Lunar Mission CHANDRAYAAN-3 on July 14, 2023, from Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh, with the help of an online platform.
The students of all the classes (from VI- XII), along with their teachers, had their eyes glued to the screen of their Classroom Smart Boards since 2:15 p.m. With bated breath, the students cheered and had their fingers crossed for the successful launch of CHANDRAYAAN-3.
The students spontaneously broke into the National Anthem and the entire school building was replete with the cries of ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ as the students cheered aloud to express their jubilation.
In order to raise essential awareness about the devastating effects of drug abuse, every year June 26 is celebrated as the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking or World Drug Day. The students of BGKV, Kolkata, participated in an awareness rally observing the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. The students highlighted the consequences of drug abuse which are far-reaching, leading to deteriorating health, broken relationships and a loss of productivity. The successful rally upheld this year’s theme— ‘People First: Stop Stigma and Discrimination, Strengthen Prevention’—with banners and posters.
The entire Class VI of Bhavan’s Gangabux Kanoria Vidyamandir (BGKV), Kolkata, recently participated in the 9-9-9 Challenge which started on July 11, 2023, and was successfully completed on July 21, 2023. The 9-9-9 Challenge is an initiative of the Integrated Holistic Healthcare: Mind, Body and Environment—an official working group of C20 or Civil Society 20. This challenge seeks to demonstrate the vital impact of Yoga and meditation in our life. The 9-9-9 Challenge comprises 9 rounds of Surya Namaskar, 9 minutes of Meditation and 9 days of committed practice of these two activities. The overall co-ordination of the programme is done by AYUDH, the International Youth Movement of Mata Amritanandamayi Math.
Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (Amma) introduced the 9-9-9 Challenge programme keeping in mind the theme of G20—”Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam: One Earth, One Family, One Future”. On all nine days, the students performed nine sets of Surya Namaskars, after which the students as well as the teachers practised nine minutes of guided meditation.
A National Integration Camp was organised by Bhavan's Kolkata, attended by 300 students from 50 Bhavan's Schools from all over India. A contingent from Bhavan's Vidya Mandir, Tripura, comprising six students and three teachers attended the camp.
Bhavan's Gangabux Kanoria Vidyamandir (BGKV), Kolkata, celebrated International Yoga Day on June 21, 2023. Students took a pledge to make yoga an integral part of their daily lives and practise it every day. It was followed by warm-up exercises and all the students performed some asanas and Surya Namaskar, the importance of which were explained simultaneously.
Apart from the school activities, 11 students from BGKV participated in the morning yogasana practice held at Victoria Memorial grounds organised by the Ministry of Tourism and Youth Affairs. 31 NCC Bengal Battalion had also organised yoga sessions on Fort William Grounds. BGKV students actively participated in the session and displayed their yogasanas.