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The 16th Book Festival

The 16th Tirupati Book Festival, organised by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, was a literary extravaganza held from January 20-28, 2024. Nearly 70 stalls displaying various books of different publications, catering to different age groups and interest were set up. Convener of the festival Dr N Satyanarayana Raju, Honorary Director and Treasurer, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s Tirupati Kendra, in his inaugural address recollected the objective behind the inception of the Book Festival and further stated that K M Munshi laid the foundation for the Bhavan’s Book University which marked a significant milestone.
Various thematic platforms were designed on ‘Bharatiya Vidya’ providing an enriching experience to the audience. The first one was ‘Vavilla Ramaswamy Shastri Sahitya Vedika’. The second one was ‘Patanjali Vedika’ exploring the essence of Ashtanga Yoga. Next was the ‘Varaha Mihira Vedika’ followed by the ‘Dhanvantari Vedika’. The thematic platform on ‘Matrusri Tarigonda Vengamamba’ highlighted the importance of literature, devotion and spirituality. A ‘Geyavadhanam’ presented by eminent scholar and Chairman, SVBC, TTD, Dr. Velugoti Bhaskara Sai Krishna Yachendra enchanted the audience.
Various competitions were held during the festival and winners were awarded prizes. Cultural programmes propagating the rich cultural heritage of India presented by the students of Bhavan’s Sri Venkateswara Vidyalaya, Tirupati were highly appreciated.


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Professional Development Programme

A two-day professional development programme for science teachers was held at Bhavan’s Sri Venkateswara Vidyalaya, Tirupati on February 6–7, 2024, jointly organised by Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), IISER Tirupati and ISTF in association with the Department of School Education, Andhra Pradesh.
The event brought together around 80 educators from various institutions.
Eminent scholars and renowned scientists in the field of science research and technology like Dr. D. Narayana Rao, President, ISTF and Prof. Vijayamohanan K Pillai, Registrar, IISER, Tirupati emphasised the role of science and technology in the economic development of a nation and also explained how such programmes guide teachers to develop scientific temper in students.
The resource person Ms Karima Anjum, Royal Society of Chemistry, India Foundation, elaborated that the main objective was to discourage rote learning among students and enhance pedagogical skills by encouraging teachers to upgrade their abilities through the utilisation of various techniques.
The valedictory session marked the culmination of the comprehensive and enriching programme and teachers presented their reflections highlighting their key takeaways and learning experiences.


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Sravana Sangeetha Lahari

‘Sravana Sangeetha Lahari’ represents a blend of music and dance, imparting a festive spirit while enhancing spirituality. This year, on August 18, 2023, students of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan honoured Indian classical dance and music through their presentation ‘Sangeetha, Bhakthi Vaibhavam’. The programme was formally inaugurated with Bhavan’s prayer and the lighting of the lamp by the Chief Guest of the day, Shri Aswathi Thirunal Rama Varma, renowned classical musician from the royal family of Travancore.
Sangeetha Geyavadhani Dr. V. Bhaskara Sai Krishna Yachendra, eminent scholar and chairman, S.V.B.C., T.T.D. Tirupati sang a mellifluous song highlighting the rich culture of the school.
Shri Aswathi Thirunal Rama Varma emphasised that the guru-shishya bond should extend beyond the classroom, with the student striving to imbibe guru’s blessing by embodying virtuous qualities.
As per the tradition of felicitating musicians during the Sravana Sangeetha Lahari, this year the renowned classical musician Shri Aswathi Thirunal Rama Varma was felicitated by the Director, the Executive Committee Members, and other dignitaries.
The auditorium resonated with a magnificent display of dance and music by the students, effectively portraying the culture, tradition and spiritual essence of India.


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Vanaradhana

Vanaradhana programme, the ceremonial worship of various trees and plants including Tulasi, Amla, Maredu, Neredu, and Ashwatta trees was organised on December 8, 2023 as a part of Karthika Gnanamrutham at Bhavan’s Sri Venkateswara Vidyalaya, Tirupati.
During an address on the occasion,Dr. N. Satyanarayana Raju, Honorary Director and Treasurer, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Tirupati Kendra, emphasised the critical role of trees in sustaining oxygen and human survival. He highlighted the importance of dedicating one-third of our land to forests, expressing concern over the current situation of dwindling forests cover amidst growing human population.


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Ground Breaking Ceremony

In order to honour and celebrate the legacy of Saint Veda Vyasa, the Management of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Tirupati Kendra, have drawn a detailed plan for the construction of a magnificent statue of Maharshi Veda Vyasa and to establish Veda Vyasa Vanam on the premises of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Tirupati.
The Ground Breaking Ceremony for this huge project was held on November 20, 2023, at 5.30 a.m. with traditional rituals and prayers invoking blessings for the successful completion of the project. A magnificent statue of Sage Veda Vyas will be constructed at Veda Vyasa Vanam overlooking the Holy Tirumala Hills, the abode of Sri Venkateswara. Vyasa Vanam will also include verses from the Holy Scriptures.


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Chanting of Vishnu Sahasranamam

Mass Chanting of Vishnu Sahasranamam was conducted at Bhavan’s Sri Venkateswara Vidyalaya, Tirupati. Visva Vishnu Sahasranama is a charitable service-oriented organisation with an aim to provide a platform and facilitate global aspirants and school children to learn and embrace Vishnu Sahasranamam.
On August 9, 2023, the volunteers of VISVAS visited Bhavan’s Sri Venkateswara Vidyalaya, Tirupati, to bring awareness about the significance of chanting Vishnu Sahasranamam. Nearly 400 students and 20 teachers participated in the mass chanting of Vishnu Sahasranamam. The participants felt the aura of positivity and experienced peace of mind.
The programme was sacred and created a transformative experience.


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In Service Training Programme for Teachers

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.


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Career Guidance Programme

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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Gurupoornima Celebrations

Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan's Sri Venkateswara Vidyalaya celebrated Gurupoornima on July 3, 2023. 
The day's Chief Guest, Prof. K. Ganapathi Bhat, Department of Advaitha Vedantha, National Sanskrit University, Tirupati, imparted valuable advice to students, emphasising the importance of maintaining an open mind and cultivating a spirit of curiosity. Discussing the qualities of the students, the Guest emphasised the significance of courage and the continuous development of intelligence, which empowers them to achieve success in various endeavours. 


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Teachers' Day

Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan's Shri Venkateswara Vidyalaya, Tirupati celebrated Teachers' Day with great pomp and enthusiasm. Speaking on this occasion, Dr.N.Satyanarayana Raju, Hon. Director and Treasurer, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Tirupati congratulated all the teachers and briefed the students about Shri Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan and urged them to follow his noble path and work for the prosperity of the nation. Cultural programmes were presented by the students.


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