Bhavan's Delhi Kendra began its life in 1952 when Dr Rajendra Prasad laid its foundation stone. Shri Jawaharlal Nehru formally inaugurated the Kendra in 1957. New wings were added in 1976, 1982, 1998 and 2012. The Kendra is now housed in a complex of spacious buildings in a Central locality in New Delhi on the Kasturba Gandhi Marg. Its campus covers an area of 6.84 acres of land. The Delhi Kendra today is the house of a number of Departments and Institutions catering to the educational, cultural and moral needs of children and adults alike. In view of its location, 'The Delhi Kendra' is called upon to liaise, coordinate and follow- up matters concerning the Central Office and others, including the foreign Centres of the Bhavan, with the Central Government, Non Government Institutions and Eminent Personalities. Today Bhavan's Delhi Kendra is most trusted organization in India for promotion of "Sanskrit and Sanskriti"
As one of the activities to promote Bhavan's Mission (Sanskrit & Sanskriti) and objectives, Bhavan's Delhi Kendra organizes various events throughout the year in pursuance of the Bhavan's objectives. Some notable ones are:- Bhavan's Sangeet Samaroh, Malhar Utsav - an evening of Hindustani Vocal Music, Book Release, Seminars/ Workshops Kavi Sammelan on Hindi Divas, Inter-School Competition on the recitation of Bhajans - dear to Mahatma Gandhi, Inter-School Sanskrit Shloka Competition and Inter-College Upanishad Paath Competition; Gita Jayanti, Birth Celebrations of Dr K.M. Munshi, Vasant Panchami Vasantotsav and many more.
Conceptualized by Shri Ashok Pradhan, Director, Delhi Kendra, every year Bharaitya Vidya Bhavan, Delhi Kendra, to celebrate its foundation day and to pay tribute to its Founder, Kulapati K. M. Munshi, that has been organized from 2009, Bhavan's Sangeet Samaroh, in which eminent artists from Hindustani, Carnatic-vocal music, classical dance forms and instrumental music are presented to a distinguished gathering at Kamani Auditorium, New Delhi, usually on 6th, 7th & 8th November. On this occasion, Bhavan also brings out a thematic digest to create awareness about our ancient texts, related to the performing arts. So far, the Bhavan has brought out digests on the themes such as - Our Heritage in Classical Music and Dance,Instruments in Classical Music, Dance Traditions in India, Abhinavagupta, Silappaatikaram, Brahaddesi, Sarangadeva's Sangeet Ratnakar, Chaturaa Damodara Virtictama - Sangitadarpanam, Pandit Aahobal's "Sangeet Parijat" and Mansollasa
"India is recognized for its rich cultural heritage, and every Indian must get connected to the values of Indian knowledge. Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan's motto is “आ नो भद्राः क्रतवो यन्तु विश्वतः।।” that means 'Let noble thoughts come to us from every side.' This is being practised at every stage of educational training. So, our educational process includes several activities that promote value addition at every stage of life. At Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, a child of 3 years can join the Nursery class of Mehta Vidyalaya that is a CBSE recognized school up to 12th grade.For those who are stepping out of school, Bhavan has several professional job oriented courses in the field of Management, Education, Communication and many other trades, where students are professionally trained to become Industry ready, to get jobs easily, at the same time they are trained with value-based education to become good human beings. And when a person is ready to play the second inning of his/her life(means after retirement from job), Bhavan offers plenty of training programmes in Yoga, Astrology, Ayurveda, Vassstu and many similar subjects. We have many students of age 60+ enrolled in these courses. By joining such courses, one truly gets connected with divinity to observe perfect spiritual growth. It is said that 'Education of Human being should begin at birth and continue throughout his life" and Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan truly offers "Vidya" at every stage of your life. Best."
NEWS & EVENTS
A march towards inclusion was organised on the sidelines of the G20 summit by the International Centre for Cultural Studies, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan and Karma Foundation which are part of the working committee on 'diversity, inclusion and mutual respect' of Civil 20 India 2023.
The programme -œWalking towards Inclusion- witnessed the participation of people from all walks of life who marched together with slogans on universal brotherhood and sisterhood to truly live by the spirit of 'Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam', which is also the theme for India's G20 presidency.
The Chief Guest Smt. Meenakshi Lekhiji, Minister of State for External Affairs and Culture, Govt. of India, highlighted the inclusive traditions of the country, and pointed out that we should focus on abilities rather than disabilities.
The flag off ceremony was carried out with a unique flag printed with shlokas, highlighting India's spiritual strength. At the end of the rally, a wall with noble thoughts written on it was unveiled and the members of the civil society expressed their support for the cause by signing on the wall.
The rally was followed by an enlightening discussion amongst the industry leaders who shared their vast experience in the field of diversity and inclusion with the audience.
Mr Saurabh Goel, Executive President, Havells India Ltd., chaired the session and set the context of the discussion from the perspective of the corporate world.
Shri Bharat Gupta, CEO, Jagran New Media, described the situation in the media industry and listed the initiatives being taken by the Jagran New Media group in DEI. He believes that literacy, advocacy and policy reforms are the three key areas to focus on.
Smt. Jyoti Shah Mishra, Vice Chairperson, Uttarakhand State Commission for Women, spoke about the initiatives that are being taken up in prisons to economically empower the women inmates so that they can lead a dignified life. She strongly believes that education can prove to be a game changer by increasing awareness and plans to open counselling centres in small towns of Uttarakhand.
Ms Payal Koul, Independent Director of Hinduja Technology Ltd, brought the focus of the audience towards different dimensions of diversity like religion, gender, sexual orientation, physical / mental abilities and so on.
During the discussion, all panellists agreed on the value that inclusion brings, not only for individuals but for the industry and the country as well.
Under the aegis of Shikshan Bharati, and the able guidance of Dr. A. K. Sharma, Regional Education Officer, North and North Eastern Zone, New Delhi, the Bhavan's Family was elated to organise an eight-day Induction Training Programme for the new educators of Bhavan's School via the digital platform Zoom, in which around 187 teachers participated. This in-service training programme, organised from June 01, 2022 to June 08, 2023, helped the educators know more about the culture and ethics of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan.
Vision and Mission of the Programme:
1. Impart the best knowledge of the present education system and attain new goals as per NEP 2020.
2. Exhibit leadership, managerial and ethical qualities in their profession and adapt to the global environment by engaging in lifelong learning.
3. To produce skilled educators and impart best knowledge through a well-balanced curriculum in harmony with the needs of the modern IT industry.
1. The ability to apply the key terms of NEP 2020 and NCF 2022 in building a refined education system for the students.
2. Problem analysis: Identify, formulate, review and analyse complex challenges in the classroom and reach sustained conclusions, with the help of sessions taken by the experts.
On June 8, 2023, after the final session and the final assessment, a valedictory function was organised wherein Shri Rakesh Saxena, Director, Sikshan Bharati, was welcomed by Dr A. K. Sharma. The Chief Guest appreciated the efforts of the Education Officer and his team and also launched the YouTube channel of Shikshan Bharati. Also, a glimpse of the programme was given through a short video presentation.
The main idea of the Mother's Day celebration was to highlight the importance of the family, especially a mother, in the life of a child and to recognise the essence of a mother. The hand printing activity of kids was innovatively used to make beautiful cards to express respect, honour and love towards their mothers. Children enthusiastically made flowers with their hand prints and enjoyed the activity. This was an opportunity to relish the everlasting bond of love and affection between a child and a mother and a reminder that it is the mother who consistently provides ethical lessons to us and honestly and morally supports the role of the family, the community and the rest of the world.
To foster the language skills of listening and reading and to stir their imagination, a storytelling session by Ms. Swetcha Pershad (a popular storyteller) was organised by Folk Log and Eicher for the students of Class III on May 11, 2023. It was a session which brightened the day for the students with wonderful stories.
The Herbal Garden Team and the Home Science Department of Bhavan's Mehta Vidyalaya, K.G. Marg, New Delhi, organised an Awareness Programme, -œMillets: The Super-foods- on May 8, 2023, for classes III to XII. There was poster making, essay writing, quiz competition and millet dishes were also prepared in order to generate awareness about the health benefits of millets. All these activities were conducted in keeping with the vision of the United Nations, which had declared the year 2023 as the International Year of Millets (IYoM-2023) in an effort to create a domestic and global demand for millets and to provide this nutritional food to the people.