A 3-day Teacher In-Service Training Programme was conducted at Bhavan’s
Sri Venkateswara Vidyalaya, Tirupati, on June 6-7, 2023. The session was presided over by Prof. P. Murali, Vice-Chairman, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Tirupati Kendra, who initiated the meeting by sharing insightful quotes from renowned thinkers and philosophers.
In his Presidential Address, Prof. P. Murali highlighted how India is steadily emerging as a global superpower and the main objective of National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 is not only to foster intellectual growth but also to instil ethical and human values among students.
Dr N. Satyanarayana Raju, Hon. Director and Treasurer, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Tirupati Kendra, delved into the qualities of a good teacher, emphasising the significance of imparting holistic education that nurtures character, wisdom and values in students.
The First session of the event was presented by Prof V.N. Sampangi Venkata Narayana and his team on the Scientific Research on Transcendental Meditation.
Sri Nagaraj, Secretary, His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, emphasised the significance of Transcendental meditation in the realms of Science and Creative Intelligence through an enlightening power point presentation.
In Session 2, Sri Arun L. Naik, a distinguished speaker from Azim Premji University, shared insights on the essentiality of Teacher Professional Development in the context of a rapidly changing world. Moreover, he also highlighted the importance of teachers adopting a reflective practitioner approach, continuously evaluating and refining their teaching practices.
On the second day, June 7, 2023, Sri Ramnath, Consultant, Azim Premji University, held a discussion-based session on Leadership Perspectives. Leadership involves being mindful of one’s own surroundings and circumstances, as well as having the capacity to influence the thoughts and behaviour of others. Regarding educators, Sri Ramnath emphasised that they should embrace inter-dependence and foster collaboration, moving beyond mere co-operation. Furthermore, a teacher should have a purpose of continuous improvement, strive for mastery that ultimately leads to autonomy.
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.
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Kalabharati (Bhavan’s Institute of Fine Arts) organised a Merit Evening on June 15, 2023, at Sardar Patel Sabha Griha to felicitate the students who excelled in the BSS Cultural Mission examination.
Director Sri. E Ramankutty, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Kochi Kendra, felicitated the students who excelled in the BSS Cultural Mission Examination 2022 for their outstanding performance and for their remarkable achievements.
The esteemed chief guest for the evening was Shri B S Balachandran, the National Chairman of Bharat Sevak Samaj, who could not attend due to his poor health condition. However, he conveyed his best wishes and sent a message which was read out at the function.
Bhavan’s Tripura Vidya Mandir celebrated Vanamahotsava and Academic Prize Giving Ceremony on July 20 and 21, 2023. On the first day, the Chief Guest was
Shri N. Ramesh Chandran, a renowned environmentalist and founder of ‘Vinisha’. The Guest of Honour was Dr. G.V. Subramanian, Director, BVB, Kolkata and Agartala Kendra.
To celebrate the day, saplings were planted in different corners of the school. The students of the school gifted 500 seeds of neem to the founder of ‘ Vinisha’. There was a short cultural programme by the students of the school.
On July 21, Bhavan’s Primary wing celebrated the second phase of Vanamahotsava and there was also the Academic Prize Giving Ceremony for the students of Class Prep 1 to Class 2. The programme started with the traditional Bhavan’s prayer followed by the lighting of lamp by the honourable guests. The guests and dignitaries handed over academic prizes to the winners.
A beautiful cultural programme was performed by the students. The Plantation programme was done by the honourable guests, Principal, Headmistress and teachers.
The Kindergarten section of Bhavan’s Public School celebrated Blue Day on July 21, 2023. All the children and teachers dressed up in different shades and hues of blue. The classrooms were decorated with blue balloons and umpteen blue objects. The significance of blue colour was reiterated through a series of activities.
The little ones enjoyed the activities with immense enthusiasm and zeal and thoroughly enjoyed the day, dancing and singing with their teachers.
BVB Vidyashram Pratap Nagar organised World Youth Skills Day on July 15, 2023, for the students with the theme ‘Transforming youth skills for the future’. The programme focused on nurturing the skills of the youth for the betterment of the development process. Different events related to skill development were organised to equip students with skills to achieve personal success and to make a sustainable world for all.
Panel Discussion, Power Point presentation, Street Play and Clay Pottery Workshop were conducted as part of the programme.
Overall, World Youth Skills Day celebration was a great success as it provided an opportunity to recognise the importance of investing in the skills of young people by providing opportunities for skill-building and thus creating a brighter future for all.
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The Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan celebrated the Sanskrit Day on Thursday, 31-8-2023. On this occasion, the noted Sanskrit scholar Prof. Dr. Kapildev Shastri, Assistant Professor, Department of Traditional Sanskrit Studies, Faculty of Arts, The Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda, Gujarat; delivered an online lecture (in Sanskrit) on 'Vedic enlightenment on Education'.
Dr. Hitesh Trivedi, Asst. Director, Bhavan's P. G. & Research Dept., rendered the Vedic prayer and delivered the welcome address. Dr. Girish B. Jani, Director, Sanskrit Studies and Research, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, introduced the speaker.
In his inspiring and lucid lecture, Prof. Dr. Kapildev Shastri discussed various topics like significant elements of education, different types and systems of education, moral values, techinques of learning, importance of knowledge and human growth, as depicted in the Vedic heritage. Quoting profusely from the Vedas, Upanishads and Sanskrit classics, he explained many Mantras and verses shedding light on many important features and aspects of the educational system.
Dr. Hitesh Trivedi, compered the programme and proposed the vote of thanks.
A Career Guidance Programme was conducted for the students of the senior secondary classes on July 15, 2023, which aimed at helping students make informed decisions and gain clarity regarding their career choices, with special focus on CLAT and IPMAT. Dr Prasad Telikicherla, founder and promoter of Logicminds was the resource person. He explained the process of getting into National Law Universities.
Providing some valuable tips for exam preparation, he advised the students to create a study schedule, set realistic goals and maintain consistency. He stressed upon the need to stay motivated.
Besides this, he also elaborated on the unique features of various premium educational institutions offering the courses, by providing insights into their academic curricula, faculty expertise, industry collaborations, and placement records to help the students gain better understanding and to make the right choice.
Overall, the programme provided the participants with valuable insights and resources to plan and pursue their desired career paths.
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