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
An academic delegation team from Victoria, Australia, visited Delhi for a six-day visit from October 8-13, 2023, as part of the Women in School Leadership (WISL) programme. The delegation consisted of 12 Women Principals from Victorian Schools who were here to explore opportunities on leading schools for social change with a focus on health and well-being.
Bhavan’s Mehta Vidyalaya got the opportunity to be a part of this unique professional immersion and partnership, and hosted the visiting Australian delegate Ms. Kim Mitchell, Assistant Principal of Aintree Primary School, for three days from October 11–13, 2023. Ms. Kim Mitchell was provided opportunities to observe some of the school’s best programmes and activities, and an interaction between the teachers of pre-primary & primary classes and Ms. Kim Mitchell was arranged. She was gifted souvenirs by the school.
Bhavan’s Mehta Vidyalaya celebrated its 65th Annual Day on November 3, 2023. The Chief Guest for the occasion was Shri. Gopal Krishna Agarwal, Eminent Scholar, Social Reformer and an alumnus of the 1980 batch. The school magazine ‘Bhavidya’ was released by the Chief Guest.
Saraswati Samman was conferred upon three teachers for completing 25 years of dedicated service in the institution. Meritorious students were awarded trophies, certificates and cash prizes in various categories. In his inspiring speech, the Chief Guest, Shri. Gopal Krishna Agarwal congratulated the prize-winners on their exemplary achievements and stated that it was an honour and privilege to be associated with an institute that blends modern education with Indian culture and values. The cultural programme, a play titled ‘Shaurya—the Journey of a Soldier’, was a tribute to the valiant soldiers who guard the nation’s honour. Conceptualised and directed by Mr. Rahul Khanna, an alumnus of the 2003 batch and Founder-Director of ‘Rahul Khanna’s Education Through Theatre’, it was a display of brilliant choreography and seamless synchronisation of theatrics, dance and music, with excellent digital effects. It saw the mass participation of 587 students.
The Zonal Athletic Meet was held at Thyagraj Stadium from August 29, 2023 to September 1, 2023. Students competed in the meet and brought laurels to the school by winning one gold, three silver and two bronze medals.
A Special Assembly was presented by the students of Class 5 on August 18, 2023. Shri Mukesh Chugh, the nodal officer delivered a speech to raise awareness about various monsoon-related diseases and preventive measures that may be taken to avoid them.
Students securing first positions in the national-level Abacus competition were also felicitated in the Assembly with trophies and certificates.
On August 22, 2023, Bhavan’s Mehta Vidyalaya honoured the ACP Value Ambassadors, Sonakshi Sengupta and Huma Soni with badges and sashes. The two students were selected as role models to promote the Bhavan values of truth (satyam), love (shivam), beauty (sundaram) and dedication (samarpan). The Awakened Citizen Programme (ACP) and Awakening Programme (AP) are transformative initiatives designed to promote character development and development of enlightened and informed citizens of tomorrow.