Sowmanasya Trust, Chennai, in association with Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, released a Telugu version of the book, Advaitha & Autism, in Rajaji Sabhagruha, Hyderabad Kendra, on August 20, 2023, followed by a thematic musical presentation on Saint Thyagaraja by two visually-impaired and autistic children. Swami Sithi Kanthananda, Ramakrishna Mutt, Hyderabad; Smt. Shoba Pirindevi Gurjada, President, Senior Citizens Assn., Hyderabad; Sri Bnim, Writer and Cartoonist; Dr. M. Ranganathan, Audiologist and Speech Language Therapist; Dr. Prashant R. Utage from the Child Development Centre; Sri G. V. Sethuraman, Chairperson, Meenakshi Venkataraman Foundation and President Kalasagaram and other dignitaries graced the occasion.
Bhavan’s Tripura Vidya Mandir organised a three-day dance workshop from October 11-13, 2023, where the resource person was Smt. Sarbani Nandi, an eminent classical dancer of Tripura. She inculcated an interest towards art and culture among the students. On the closing ceremony of the workshop, the Agomoni programme was also organised where Sri Uttam Chakraborty, renowned reciter and associate with Kavyalok, and Smt. Sarbani Nandi were present as guests. The highlight of the programme was the mesmerising performances by the students who had participated in the dance workshop, handing over certificates to them and a wonderful drama depicting the victory of good over evil by the students.
A short film contest was organised by Vinisha on September 12, 2023, at Bhavan’s Gangabux Kanoria Vidyamandir, Salt Lake. The theme of the contest was ‘Beat Plastic Pollution Solution’.
This contest of film-making was conducted all over India, where the students of BGKV, Kolkata, too had actively participated. The screening of the film took place in the auditorium of the school. Among the 25 schools that took part in this contest, BGKV (Kolkata) secured the third position. The school had a total of seven students for the contest, six students from the senior and senior secondary section and a child artist from Std. 2 who had received a cash prize of 2000 for standing third in the contest.
The Computer Science Department of Bhavan’s Gangabux Kanoria Vidyamandir organised a workshop on Artificial Intelligence (AI) on August 5, 2023, in the school auditorium. The workshop was for the teaching faculty of both the primary and secondary sections. The two speakers of the workshop, Shri Maitraditya Chattopadhyay (Faculty, BGKV) and Shri Abhi Roy (Faculty, BGKV) talked about the application of AI in the teaching-learning process.
Mr. Chattopadhyay specified which software may work best for which subject. Software like Babbel, Grammarly, and a few others were discussed in brief. Mr. Roy showed how with the help of AI, assessments of students can be adaptive and customised in accordance with the learning style, pace, and performance of the student. The workshop ended on the note that AI can be a wonderful teaching aid but never a replacement for teachers.
Mahadevi Birla World Academy organised their annual fest ‘Shabd’ from August 16-18, 2023. Students of Bhavan’s Gangabux Kanoria Vidyamandir participated in two of the events of that fest. On August 16, two students of BGKV— Shounak Maji of Class 10 and Oishani Das of Class 11—took part in an event called Plurilogues, an inter-school debate competition that had three rounds. Four schools were selected in the semi-finals. The BGKV team (Shounak Maji and Oishani Das) secured the first position in the debate competition. They were awarded the trophy for the Best Team.
On the second day of the fest, two students of BGKV (Kolkata)— Anandaroop Ghosh and Arkodeb Datta of Class 10 —took part in the event called Kolkata 333, an inter-school quiz competition. They were adjudged the Best Team, receiving the Best Team trophy. Each received a participation certificate and the Best Team certificate. Anandaroop received the Best Quizzard certificate as well.
Bhavan’s Gangabux Kanoria Vidyamandir (BGKV) celebrated this year’s Teachers’ Day in a very special way. An official photo session for all the teaching and non-teaching staff was held in the morning, followed by a brief cultural programme. Everyone in the Bhavan’s family was touched as the honourable deputy director, Smt. Sujata Ghosh, gifted handmade cards to the primary, secondary and management wings. Director Shri G. V. Subramanian then addressed the gathering, which was followed by the felicitation of the principal, Shri Arun Kumar Dasgupta, on the completion of his thirty years of service in the institution.
Smt. Tara Pradhan from the primary section was felicitated for completing twenty years in BGKV. Smt. Nila Das, who won the Shining Star Employee Award from The Telegraph Education Foundation, was also felicitated. The day ended with a splendid performance by DOHAR.
The Diwali issue of Bhavan’s Journal dated November 1-15 was released on October 31, 2023, by the Governor of Tamil Nadu Shri R. N. Ravi at a function held in the Bhavan’s Auditorium, Chennai, on the occasion of the 148th Jayanti of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
On the occasion of World Mental Health Day, the school took a bold and inspiring initiative to raise awareness about mental health issues by organising a Cyclothon - Pedalling for Positivity on October 8, 2023. This event, led by passionate and socially-conscious students from Classes 6-8 and their teachers, aimed to raise awareness about mental health issues, reduce stigma, and promote the importance of physical activity for mental well-being.
Several activities were incorporated to engage and educate participants and the general public at the final destination—Dhanas Lake. Students performed a Nukkad Natak to depict the challenges individuals face due to mental health issues and the importance of seeking help. This was followed by a yoga session that emphasised the importance of holistic well-being and mindfulness in maintaining physical and mental health. The students encouraged the bystanders and morning walkers to join in the yoga exercises.
Mr. Vijay Pal Singh, a distinguished Physical Education teacher at the school, was honoured with the coveted ‘Tricity Educator Award 2023’ in recognition of his innovative teaching methods and unwavering commitment to excellence. The award ceremony, hosted by Red FM 93.5, took place in Chandigarh and was graced by Shri Dharampal IAS, Advisor to the Administrator, UT Chandigarh, who presented the award.
With over a decade of teaching experience, Mr. Vijay Pal Singh has consistently nurtured sporting talent among his students while simultaneously enhancing the sports infrastructure at his school. His dedication has not only elevated the standard of PE but has also profoundly enriched the lives of countless students. Mr. Vijaypal Singh’s outstanding contributions extend beyond the field of sports. He has initiated various cyclothons in cities across India and abroad, promoting physical fitness and environmental awareness.
Under his expert guidance, students have gone on numerous expeditions, including a visit to Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar in 2018 and the Dandi March site in Gujarat, commemorating the 150th Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi in 2019.
As an environmentalist and avid cycling enthusiast, Mr. Singh has organised unique events such as the ‘Desert Safari’ in 2021 as part of the Aazadi ka Amrit Mahostav, ‘Tour de Himachal’ as part of ‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’ to Shimla, and the recent MAITREE 2023 Cyclothon to Kathmandu, Nepal.
A prodigy in Mathematics, Abhinav Khetan of Class 10 has won a galaxy of awards and brought accolades to the school.
Abhinav Khetan was selected as a member of the top six teams across India by Enumeration 2023 ‘Pravega’, IISc Bengaluru, for the final round to be held in January 2024.
In All India Open Mathematics Scholarship Examination conducted by IPM (Institute of Promotion for Mathematics), Pune he shone bright by achieving AIR-1 and a cash prize of Rs. 15000.
He also achieved AIR-2 and won a cash prize of Rs. 2500 in NMTC (National Maths Talent Contest) conducted by Association of Mathematics Teachers of India, Chennai. He also participated in INMO (Indian National Mathematical Olympiad-2023) conducted by Homi Bhabha, Centre for Science Education (HBCSE) on behalf of the National Board for Higher Mathematics (NBHM) Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) and was selected for IMO TC.
He made his mark in various Olympiads like SOF IMO by winning the first position and a cash prize of Rs. 8333. In MTRP (Mathematics Talent Reward Programme) conducted by ISI (Indian Statistical Institute), Kolkata, he bagged AIR-1 and a cash prize of Rs. 2000.
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