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The Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan paid homage to its Founder-President Kulapati Dr. K.M. Munshi on his 53rd Punyatithi (death anniversary) on Thursday, 8-2-2024. On this occasion, the Parayana of 15th Adhyaya (chapter) of the Gita and Vishnu-sahasra-nama-stotra was performed by Shri Krishna Kumar Jha, Dr. Shivgopal Mishra and Dr. Hitesh Trivedi, the staff-members of Bhavan’s Sanskrit Depts. and an lecture (in Hindi) on ‘Sanskrit literature and poetics in modern context’ was delivered online by Prof. Dr. Amrita Yadav, Asst. Professor Dept. of Sanskrit, S.N.D.T. Women’s University, Mumbai.
Dr. Hitesh Trivedi, Assistant Director, Bhavan’s P. G. and Research Dept. rendered
the Vedic prayer, and delivered the welcome address. Dr. Girish B. Jani, Director, Sanskrit Studies and Research, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, paid homage to Kulapati Dr. K. M. Munshi, and introduced the speaker.
In her interesting lecture, Prof. Dr. Amrita Yadav discussed the topics like
etymological explanation of the word Sahitya, various genres and objectives of literature, purpose and scope of poetics, modern relevance of Sanskrit literarure and its aesthetics.
Quoting profusely from the Vedas, Upanishads, Puranas, Ramayana, Mahabharata and standard works on Sanskrit poetics like Kavya-prakasha and Sahitya-darpana, she elaborated the importance of human values, wisdom, beauty of narration, art of creative genius, and mass education through literature, as depicted in the vast Sanskrit literary heritage, in modern context.
Dr. Hitesh Trivedi, proposed the vote of thanks and compered the programme.
On December 23, 2023, Bhavan’s Old Students Society (BOSS), the alumni organisation of Bhavan Vidyalaya, Chandigarh, celebrated Christmas with the students of UDAAN, a project initiated by the school. The members of BOSS extended their warmth and support to the UDAAN project at both Bhavan Vidyalaya Sector 27 and Bhavan Vidyalaya Junior 33.
The celebration aimed at spreading joy and happiness among the students. The team distributed writing boards and stationery kits to the students, wishing them luck and success. BOSS President, Mr Keshav Garg, Vice President, Mr Deepak Garg, and other senior members participated actively in the event, offering encouragement to the excited kids in attendance.
The project UDAAN addresses the challenges faced by around 50 students from an underprivileged background, who are at a risk of dropping out of school due to family circumstances.
The Foundation Day of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan was celebrated on November 7, 2023. The event commenced with a thought-provoking reflection on the importance of education and the power of learning.
The Sarvadharma Prayer was followed by a monologue highlighting the contemporary relevance of Munshiji’s teachings and their impact on the modern educational landscape.
Students gave insights about the life and contributions of Munshiji, and a detailed overview of Bhavan’s Foundation Day was presented through a speech.
Inspiring quotes by Munshiji were displayed using placards. A visually-captivating Power Point presentation showcased the Bhavan’s remarkable journey, highlighting key achievements, milestones and significant events in the school’s history. A collective pledge was taken by the students re-affirming their commitment to promoting education, unity and community development, echoing the core values.
Diwali was celebrated in Bhavan’s Atmakuri Rama Rao School on November 10, 2023. Besides sensitising others about the ill-effects of bursting crackers, the students also informed people of the environmentfriendly options for celebrating Diwali. A cultural programme comprising folk songs, skits, etc. was presented by the students.
World Diabetes Day
World Diabetes Day was observed on November 15, 2023, with the aim to create awareness about nutrition, the cause of diabetes and what preventive measures can be taken. Various Yoga asanas were showcased to control and manage diabetes.
Children’s Day was celebrated on November 14, 2023. The event featured a diverse array of performances by the teachers, a heartwarming mash-up of songs, speeches and mime that impart valuable life lessons such as raising awareness about safety from strangers. A fashion show, Antakshari and a magnificent stand-up comedy were performed by the teachers to entertain the children.
Buy Nothing Day
Buy Nothing Day was observed on November 24, 2023. Students took the opportunity to define consumerism and consider its drawbacks. A PPT was displayed to raise awareness of the negative environmental, social and political consequences of over-consumption. Students also took part in a quiz that encouraged them to think about reducing financial waste.
Guru Nanak Jayanthi Celebrations
Guru Nanak Jayanthi (‘Gurpurab’) was celebrated on November 24, 2023. The celebration commenced with a prayer to memorialise the teachings of Guru Nanak Devji, followed by a special presentation that apprised the audience about his principles and teachings. The programme concluded with a classical dance and song which reiterated the message of ‘One God’ and the ‘Eternal Truth’.
Visit to Telangana Today Press
On November 25, 2023, students from Std. 8 and 11 embarked on an Industrial tour to the Telangana Today Printing Centre located in Shamirpet to provide them with a hands-on experience on the latest printing technologies, printing and the distribution process. The visit involved a comprehensive overview of the paper printing process.
Launch of Innovative Wall
The Innovative wall was inaugurated on December 1, 2023, emphasising the school’s dedication to nurturing creativity and innovation among students. The wall is designed to showcase the various projects, artworks and innovative ideas generated by the students. Two initiatives have been implemented successfully at the school:
Ms. Mahera Siddique, a student of Bhavan’s Sheth R. A. College of Arts and Commerce, Ahmedabad, won two gold medals in Gujarat University Inter College Athletics. She has surpassed her own record of last year by finishing 100 metres running in 12.06 seconds; she has also surpassed last 10 years’ record by finishing the 200-metre race in 25.53 seconds.
In a festive spectacle on December 22, 2023, Bhavan’s Public School transformed into a winter wonderland as students, teachers and staff celebrated Christmas with boundless joy and enthusiasm.
The entire school participated in the festivities, with students donned in a vibrant display of white and red attire. The campus was adorned with twinkling lights, bells and stars, creating an atmosphere that resonated with the true spirit of Christmas. Students took part in capturing the magic of the season with snapshots besides elaborately decorated Christmas trees. The school choir, along with the students, filled the air with melodious Christmas carols, fostering an environment of harmony and togetherness. The festivities continued with lively dance performances by the students, adding an extra layer of jubilation to the occasion.
The present students and staff, along with the Principal and Alumni of Bhavan’s Tripura Teacher Training College visited an orphanage of Shri Aurobindo Sree Maa Ashram Trust at Aralia, Agartala, on World AIDS Day (December 1). At present there are 32 orphans studying in Primary and Secondary schools and the school conducted an awareness programme for them. Children also performed yoga, dance, singing and chanting slokas from the Gita. The Alumni and the students and staff raised a charity fund through which they donated staple foods such as rice, dal, soybean, potatoes, eggs, and food items such as sweets, cakes, health drinks and chocolates and also two water filters which are very essential for the orphanage.
Kochi Kendra organised YOGOTSAV-2023, a performance by the Yoga teachers of Bhavan’s schools, Kochi Kendra, and students of Bhavan’s Nursery Teachers Training College, Kochi, on November 14, 2023 at Sardar Patel Sabhagriha, Ernakulam.
The programme centered around the theme ‘Yoga for All’ and aimed to promote the holistic benefits of yoga for individuals from all walks of life. The programme showcased a wide range of activities, including a Skit, Nadanusandhana meditation, Yoga protocol addressing lifestyle diseases, Yoga-Qigong tips and techniques for instant relief from psychosomatic disorders, Smile yoga (Laughter Therapy), Super brain Yoga, Mudra Therapy, and Yoga Dance—a blend of Yogasanas and Bharatanatyam.
National Constitution Day
Bhavan’s Vidya Mandir, Eroor, commemorated National Constitution Day on November 27, 2023, with various programmes. The event began with speeches highlighting the significance of the constitution and emphasised its role in shaping the nation’s principles and values.
A captivating tableau was presented by the students of Std. 6, honouring the contributions of the drafting committee, chaired by Dr B R Ambedkar. The Preamble of the Constitution was read out.
International Day of Differently Abled
On December 4, 2023, the student community of Bhavan’s Vidya Mandir, Eroor, joined hands in observing the International Day of the Differently-Abled. Students of Std. 5 presented a song that left everyone awe-inspired. Students of Std. 9 performed a dance drama that challenged stereotypes, emphasising that one should look beyond physical or mental differences. The performers skilfully portrayed how individuals with disabilities possess talents, ambitions, and potential far beyond the societal preconceptions.
World Aids Day
On December 1, 2023, the student community of Bhavan’s Vidya Mandir, Eroor, joined hands in creating awareness on AIDS. The significance of the theme for the year 2023 ‘Let Communities Lead’ was highlighted, thereby ensuring that everyone, everywhere has equal responsibility to prevent HIV.
An atmosphere of compassion was created through the skit presented by the students of Std. 7, 9 and 11, which portrayed the need for empathy and collective action to alert the society and to create a healthy global community.
Cultural Exchange Programme 2023
In January 2023, a novel initiative took root with the inception of a Student’s Cultural Exchange Programme between Bhavan’s Vidya Mandir, Eroor, and Bhavan Vidyalaya, Panchkula. This programme was not merely an opportunity for students to explore a Bhavan institution in a different state, rather it aimed to underscore their integral connection within the rich cultural tapestry of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan.
On August 27, a delegation of 20 students and 4 teachers from Bhavan’s Vidya Mandir, Eroor, embarked on a seven-day journey to Bhavan Vidyalaya, Panchkula. The meticulously planned itinerary, graciously provided by the host school, seamlessly blended school activities, cultural sharing, and explorations of the distinctive Kerala and Haryana traditions.
The enriching exchange continued as a delegation from Panchkula, comprising 14 students and 2 teachers, embarked on a week-long visit to Bhavan’s Vidya Mandir, Eroor, starting on December 2, 2023. The team was accommodated at the scenic Bhavan’s Royal Institute of Management hostel in Thiruvankulam situated in a breathtaking landscape. Welcomed with open arms, the peers from Haryana were embraced by their friends, reliving the cherished memories forged during their time in Panchkula.
The Cultural Exchange Programme concluded with a sense of fulfilment and the shared commitment to perpetuate the newfound friendship, pledging to open up additional avenues for mutual cultural exploration and understanding between the two states.
Spirit of Giving
In a remarkable display of compassion and altruism, the Social Service Club of Bhavan’s Varuna Vidyalaya, Thrikkakara, through its initiative Naam Onnu, in collaboration with Goonj, an NGO, orchestrated a meaningful contribution drive for Daan Utsav to celebrate the joy of giving. Enthusiastic students actively participated in collecting essential items, including clothes, shoes, books and school supplies. On December 11, 2023, the culmination of these benevolent efforts unfolded as the items were handed over to the NGO. Such endeavours not only provide tangible support to those in need but also plant seeds of empathy in the hearts of the younger generation.
Aaruni Choudhary of Class 12 stood 3rd in ‘Capture the Moon’ Astro Photography Competition which was a part of Chandrayan Utsav, an initiative of the Ministry of Education, Government of India.
Hriday Bhojwani won a Bronze Medal in 50m Butterfly Stroke Boys U-11 Event in CBSE National Swimming Championship.
Krishnaditya Singh secured 17th Rank in the 37th National Games held at Goa.
In the CBSE National Swimming Championship the school swimming team comprising Hriday Bhojwani, Paranjay Singh Choudhary, Divit Sharma, Parin Sharma and Medhansh Tyagi won the Bronze medal in the 4 x 50 metres Medley Relay.
CLAT Rank Holders - 2023
Three from the students’ batch of 2023-24 of Bhavan’s Vidyashram, Jaipur, secured remarkable positions in the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT)-2023.
Kushagra Jangid (Class 6) won the Gold Medal in the SFA Championship, 2023. He was Runner-Up in the U-14 Boys Open Tournament organised in the Grass field Club, Jaipur. His current ranking in the AITA Under-12 category is 233. Ashwin Chhillar was in the 6th position in the Wavin Asian Junior Ranking Tennis Championship organised by the Department of Sports and Youth Welfare, Gwalior Chambal Tennis Association. He won the AITA National Ranking Tournament C 57 under-16 (Doubles) held at Dream House Resort Tennis Academy, Jaipur, on November 20, 2023.
Uday Shekhar Sharma (Class 6) won a Gold Medal in the State Chess Tournament. He was also the winner at the District Tournament and was placed 11th in the Mukesh Memorial Open Rapid Chess Tournament 2023 which was organised by Radhe Foundation.
Tushar Ramchandani (Class 8) stood 2nd in the Rajasthan State Ranking Table Tennis Championship 2023 organised by the Jaipur District Table Tennis Association in the Youth Boys U-13 Category. He stood 1st in the 67th SGFI State level Tennis Tournament organised at Badisadri. In the CBSE Cluster Table Tennis Tournament organised at Ajmer, the school team comprising Tushar Ramchandani, Samridh Bagda and Yuvan Bakiwala won a Gold Medal in the U-14 Category. In the U-17 category, the school team comprising Yash Joshi, Neil Ramchandani and Daksh Kala won a Silver Medal. Both the teams represented their state in the CBSE National Tournament also. In the individual event, Tushar Ramchandani won a Silver Medal in the U-14 category. Yash Joshi won a Bronze Medal in the U-17 category.
World Aids Day
On December 1, 2023, a multitude of activities took place at Bhavan’s Vidyashram in observance of World AIDS Day. One highlight was a Slogan Writing Event, where students created impactful slogans on AIDS to raise awareness about the disease.
Students of Class 11, in collaboration with the Community Outreach Club, played a pivotal role by organising the creation and distribution of red ribbons. These ribbons, symbolising support for AIDS patients, were distributed to teachers, who were kindly urged to display them as a visible demonstration of their solidarity with the AIDS awareness campaign.
In an effort to educate and inform people, an insightful talk on AIDS titled, ‘Breaking the Stigma: Embracing Positivity in the Face of AIDS’ was broadcasted on the school’s Spotify channel, Bhavan’s Vani. This initiative aimed to disseminate crucial information and encourage open dialogue about AIDS, fostering a more informed and compassionate school community.
In addition to these activities, intra-class quiz sessions were conducted across senior classes, providing an engaging platform for students to test their knowledge on AIDS-related topics. Furthermore, case studies were discussed, offering a practical and insightful perspective on the challenges faced by those affected by the disease.
World Paper Free Day was observed by Bhavan’s Atmakuri Rama Rao School on November 6, 2023. During the assembly, students highlighted the benefits of reducing the usage of paper and presented a PPT explaining the environmental impact of usage of paper. Capturing the essence of environmental conservation, poem recitation conveying a message about the importance of going paper-free; a lively skit depicting real-life scenarios; and solutions for reducing paper use, were presented by the students.
To provide useful means for the promotion of international and national action and stimulate interest in United Nations activities UNESCO day was observed on November 6, 2023 by the students of Bhavan’s Atmakuri Rama Rao School. On this occasion, students spoke about the significance and functions of UNESCO. They also displayed information about the President and governing members of UNESCO on placards. The aims and objectives of UNESCO were presented in a PPT.
Telugu Varotsavalu was observed between November 6 and 10, 2023. Students recited poems and sang songs to describe the glory of the Telugu language. Jaathiyalu (Idioms), Ekapathrabinayam (Mono acting), Medaduki pariksha (Brain teasers) were presented by the students. Moral stories and skits displayed the uniqueness of the language.
Bharatiya Bhasha Utsav
Bharatiya Bhasha Utsav was celebrated on November 15, 2023 to recognise and promote multilingualism as a path to realising the fundamental aims of education and schooling. On this occasion, students gave a presentation on the varieties of cereals, fruits and spices, and the different cuisines of India and threw light on their nutritional value. They also spoke in an assigned regional language, dressed in the regional costume. The event helped to build a momentum towards learning more Indian languages other than mastering one’s own mother tongue.
National Book Week Celebration
In order to enhance the literary skills and inculcate good reading habits in students, ‘National Book Week’ was celebrated on November 17, 2023. The students actively participated and shared their ideas on the importance of reading books, and amazing facts about books, such as the world’s largest book and the longest novel ever written. An informative session highlighted the various genres of literature and types of books available, from fiction and nonfiction, to mystery and science fiction. As a part of the celebration, students donated books to the school library.
Children’s Rights Day
Children’s Rights Day was observed on November 20, 2023. Students focused on the need to protect and advocate well-being, education and safety of children through a PPT and spoke about the importance of the day.
National Integration Day
National Integration Day was celebrated on November 22, 2023 with a diverse array of activities reflecting the spirit of unity and diversity. The students delivered speeches elucidating the importance of unity in diversity and presented a skit on the political journey of Late Smt. Indira Gandhi. They presented informative Powerpoint presentations, shedding light on the diverse cultural fabric of India and the imperative of fostering integration for national progress. The event served as a powerful reminder of the values that bind the nation together.
Audit Diwas –2023
The Indian Audit and Accounts Department organised an Essay Writing Contest for students from Classes 8 to 12 on the topic: “Celebrating the Resilience of Indian Democracy and the Role of the CAG in India”.
On the occasion of Audit Diwas celebrations held on November 24, 2023, five students, CH. S.R. Kowshik, N. Sohitha, Kundana Vanmai Kotte, Reema Krithi Dubaka, of Class 9 and Rohan Kondur of Class 10 were presented with certificates and cash prizes of Rs.3000, Rs.2000, Rs.1000, Rs.1000 and Rs.1000 respectively, by the dignitaries Mr. M. S. Subrahmanyam, IA&AS (Director General of Commercial Audit, Hyderabad), Mr. Jitendra Sudhakar Karape, IA&AS (Principal Accountant General), Hyderabad and Mrs. Suhasini Gotmare (Principal Director of Audit, South Central Railway, Secunderabad).
National Constitution day
A special assembly was conducted on the occasion of National Constitution day on
26th November 2023. The day aimed to create awareness of the importance of the Constitution. Students presented the structure, key features, preamble of the Constitution and its founders.
Youth Ideathon 2023
The Youth Ideathon, which invited innovative ideas from across India, witnessed an overwhelming response with more than 50,000 submissions. Two outstanding entries from the school, Rejoice with Refills, focusing on waste management and the Quadratic Factor Game, an educational toy, were submitted. Of these, the Quadratic Factor Game was selected as one among the top 1000 ideas in the nationwide competition. The mentor teacher M. Srilakshmi and the students A. Sahishna (9 D), Kundana Vanmai Kotte (9 D) and N. Sohitha (9 D) have been awarded certificates of mentorship and certificates of excellence respectively by Think startup.
The School was ranked No.1 in India in the category– CBSE Parameter Wise for Holistic Education in a survey conducted by Education Today. The school was adjudged winner of IGBC Green Your School programme 2023 and won a cash grant of Rs. 4 lakhs. The mentor teacher Mrs. N. Nagalakshmi and the student team (A. Sahishna, V. Abhiram and M.Chandradhar Singh) received a memento and winning certificates in an award ceremony organised on November 23, 2023 in Chennai.
‘SARANG 2023 – the 21st Annual Day celebration of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s S. Ramakrishnan Memorial Public School was held on December 2, 2023. The Chief Guest Dr. V V Unnikrishnan, the Vice Principal, professor and head of physiology, Medical College, Thrissur graced the occasion.
The Annual Prize Distribution was a moment of pride and honour for all the winners and achievers of the school. The students were awarded prizes in academic as well as co-curricular areas. After the inaugural session, various cultural programmes were presented by
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