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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
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s Mehta Vidyalaya bid a heart-warming adieu to the outgoing batch of class XII on February 3, 2023. The Chief Guest for the occasion was Shri Jagdish Lakhani, Joint Executive Secretary, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan. Other esteemed dignitaries present were Shri Ashok Pradhan, Director of Delhi Kendra; Shri Rajesh Mishra, Registrar of BVB, Delhi Kendra; Shri A. K. Sharma, Regional Education Officer; Dr. C. K. Arya, Manager of BVB; Prof. Dr. Shashi Bala, Dean of Centre for Indology; Smt. Nagalakshmi Rao, Joint Director of Bhavan Bengaluru; Mr. Ajay Sood, PTA member and Mr. Gaurav Gulati, member of Bhavanites Association.
The Chief Guest Shri Jagdish Lakhani described the Ashirvachanam ceremony as a nostalgic occasion that brought forward feelings of both sadness and joy, and as an occasion of celebration of all the years spent by the students. He exhorted the students to follow their passion and to be sure of what profession they chose to follow so that they would experience happiness and contentment.
The school and house appointments were honoured with certificates and mementos for rendering valuable support in the smooth functioning of the school. The school’s biannual publication, ‘Bhavidya’ Newsletter, was released. In keeping with the school’s tradition, citations were read out by the class teachers of class XII for the students. The ceremony came to a close with the students showing their dedication to their motherland by decorating the floral map of India with lighted lamps.
The first Wednesday of every month is celebrated as Cyber Jagrookta Diwas. On December 7, 2022, the IT department conducted many activities like paper flower making, poster making, tricolour kite making. Students participated in a cyber-safety session. They also designed a cyber-safety brochure.
BVB Mehta Vidyalaya celebrated the Annual Athletic Meet on December 1 and 2, 2022 amidst a lot of fun and frolic. The event included races in categories of 100 m, 200 m, 400 m, 800 m, 1500 m, 3000 m, long jump, shot put and 4x100 m relay for both boys and girls in all three categories—sub-junior, junior and senior. The competitors participated with great enthusiasm in the track and field events.
On November 11, 2022, Ebnay Razi (XI), and Anisha Ahuja (X) bagged second position in the boys and girls category in the district level (Zone 26, 27, 28) Kala Utsav solo traditional folk dance competition under Samagra Shiksha, held at Swami Dayanand Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya.
Science week celebration and science exhibition were held at Bhavan’s Mehta Vidyalaya from November 8–11, 2022. The theme for science week and exhibition was ‘Technology and Toys’ with the aim to motivate students to gain hands-on experience in the field of science.
Several events as per the guidelines of DoE, such as science poster presentation, slogan writing, science-toon, science quiz, debate, etc., were conducted for students from classes III to XII. Students also prepared several toy-based models and performed ‘Fun with Science’ activities on the science exhibition day.