Thursday, 1 September 2016

News Round-up June, July & August

News Round-up June, July & August

Dear all,
I have heard the following Zen story.  
A martial arts student went to his teacher and said earnestly, “I am devoted to studying your martial system. How long will it take me to master it?”
The teacher’s reply was casual, “Ten years.” Impatiently, the student answered, “But I want to master it faster than that. I will work very hard. I will practice every day, ten or more hours a day if I have to. How long will it take then?”
The teacher thought for a moment, “20 years”.
In life we require Sadhana and Shradha to live a meaningful and successful life. It should be our earnest efforts to see that our students are growing with both qualities which would help them to master the basic skills from School education.
There are many things to share which had happened during the last two months.

VKVAPT Team Meeting

The first meeting with the CICs in this session was held on 15 and 16 June in VKVAPT, Dibrugarh. In the beginning of the meeting there was a Swadhaya on the 8th chapter of ‘Sadhana of Service’ of Mananeeya Eknathji. All the five CICs reported various matters relating to the respective schools like joining of teachers, vacancies, requirement etc. In addition to these, there were discussion on many administrative and accounts related matters, updates on teachers’ recruitment drive, teachers’ performance in the last APS etc. Mananeeya Pravinji was present throughout the days and guided all.  

Sargam Camp


The first Sargam camp for this session was held at VKV Itanagar from 25 June to 29 June 2016 in which 20 selected students from the VKVs Balijan, Nirjuli, Vivek Vihar and Itanagar and 5 selected teachers attended the camp. Students and newly selected music teachers were trained in singing Patriotic Songs and Bhajans & Chanting of Prayers and Bhagawad Gita (Chapter 16). On the whole, the participants have learnt 36 different items. The main resource persons for the camp were Shri R Krishna Kumar from VKVAPT, Smt.  Anjali Das from Balijan and Shri. Chayan Sarkar from VKV Yazali.   The Sargam Team presented one patriotic song each on all the three working days during the camp in the school assembly of VKV Itanagar. Shri Deepak Chandra Bhatt, Executive Engineer, Central Water Commission graced the valedictory function held at 3.30 on 29th June 2016. The camp was an enriching experience for the participants. The trainees are expected to train more students in their respective schools.

Personality Development Camp Conducted

VKV Yazali conducted one day PDC for the students of Class VIII to X from the school on various dates in the month. Altogether 71 girls and 96 boys participated in the Shibir. The one day Shibir focused on giving valuable message of Swami Vivekananda, Various aspects of Personality Development etc. In addition to these, there were Yogasana practice and Group discussion and presentation.


Motivational lecture in VKV Roing

A motivational lecture was organized in VKV Roing on 23 June. 39 students of Class XII attended the lecture. Sri. Rome Mele, APCS Topper (Second), an Ex VKVian of Roing, was the speaker. Sri Mele motivated the students by telling that by preparing strategically one can achieve success in competitive examination. He also expressed his gratefulness towards VKVs for his strong foundation and for instilling values in his life.

 Celebration of International Yoga day


All the VKVs of Arunachal Pradesh celebrated International Yoga Day with lot of enthusiasm. In addition to the in-house program, many VKVs participated in programs organized by Govt. or other agencies. In the school level competition there were Suryanamaskar and asana practice along with motivational speech on the benefit of yoga for body, mind and intellect. VKV Kharsang celebrated the occasion by involving the students of 3 neighbouring Government schools who came to VKV Kharsang and participated in the celebration. Notables among the public program were the following:
Participation 80 trained students of VKV Vivek Vihar & 250 students of VKV Itanagar in the grand program at IG park which was witnessed by Governor Sri J.P.Rajkhowa and Union Minister, Sri Kiren Rijjiju; the participation of 50 students along with staffs of VKV Wessang in the program organized in Officer’s Club by AYUSH, Art of Living and VKV Wessang which was witnessed by DC Sri Rajit Takuk and other dignitaries; 80 students of VKV Roing took part in the public program at General ground Roing which was inaugurated by Sri. Mukut Mithi, Honorable Rajya Sabha MP. In addition to the school level program, VKV Dollungmukh visited the neighboring village to motivate the villagers to practice yoga in the school

Inauguration of Class Room Library

Class room Library set up with the help of Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam, Naharlagun Branch was inaugurated on 29th June 2016 at VKV Nirjuli. The main objective of the creation of Class Room Library was to make available the age appropriate books to primary class students and conduct guided reading inside the class room to introduce them to the world of books in the initial years of schooling. The children also would be given a chance to borrow books for further reading at home.
The inaugural function was held at VKV Nirjuli wherein Shri. Rajesh Jagota handed over the keys of 9 class room Libraries to Principal VKV Nirjuli in the presence of Shri. Unnikrishnan. P.M, Education Officer of the Trust and large number of students and staff of the school. Shri. Rajesh Jagota, Shri. Pandey, Chief Engineer and Sri Unnikrishnan addressed the students and staff on the occasion.

Share and Care

Some well-wishers, who has tremendous love and care for the works of VKVs in Arunachal Pradesh, continue make their presence in Arunachal Pradesh through their small efforts.   Er. Jayant Katdare former National Chess player from Nagpur and Executive Engineer in Maharashtra Electricity Board is an excellent example for that.  He had visited VKVs in November 2014 on invitation for giving Coaching to Students in Chess. He kept guiding us in his regard.  He has recently contributed high quality Chess boards & coins, books related to chess to VKVs. Thanks to him.

Language Lab for EMRS Bana


The Language lab at EMRS Bana became fully operational. The Students of EMRS Bana will have modern facility to Learn Language. The Lab was set up with the help of the Department of SJTEA.


Inauguration of VKV Kimi

VKV Kimi the 35th VKV was inaugurated on 2nd June by Smt. Manju Pankaj, spouse of Shri.P.C.Pankaj Chairman and Managing Director NEEPCO, Shillong in the presence number of NEEPCO officials, Local People and Students. Shri. Nanda Kumar P.T is the founding Principal of the school. The initial classes has been started from class I to III. The school is mainly to cater the educational need of NEEPCO Hydel Project at Kimi, West Kameng District and also the Local Populace of Kimi.

Inauguration of VKV Chayang Tajo

The inauguration of VKV Chayang Tajo was a much awaited event in the whole area . The eagerness of the people was evident from the report published in the Arunachal Times on 8th March 2011. The newspaper report titled “ For a cause called VKV School “  states  “Chayang Tajo, Mar 7: They are poor, old and barefooted. All they earn is a paltry sum of about 4000 bucks each in a year as ‘honorarium’ from the state government in return of their services. Yet for the cause of establishment of a VKV school at Chayang Tajo they are more than ready to donate half of the honorarium, no matter, even if it meant two-bag-less rice for them.
The gaon burahs (village elders) of Chayang Tajo, with this, go on to show that they got big hearts if not big literate heads.

“In addition to this (honorarium), I’ll give away one mithun to the cause,” declares, amidst a loud applause, Taffe Eri, the president of Chayang Tajo Goan Burah Welfare Association. “Nobody could better understand than us what it meant to be not educated,” he adds while speaking in a public meeting on 27th February last.
A day before the said public meeting, Honchun Ngandam, Minister for Horticulture, had laid the foundation stone of Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya at SIB complex, Chayang Tajo in the presence of Karya Bagang, the local MLA and hundreds of villagers. The minister on the same day graced the Nyokum Yullo Festival’s eventful sacrifice day as Chief Guest while the director horticulture, J Ratan as the guest of honour”
Smt Karya Bagang, Shri. Tara Bagang, noted Social worker and Shri. Ashok Tajo, ADC and alumni of VKV and scores of public leaders have worked ceaselessly to get the building completed and also for other necessities.
VKV Chayang Tajo the 36th VKV was inaugurated on 25th July 2016 in befitting function at Chayang Tajo. Shri. Rajiv Takuk, Deputy Commissioner, East Kameng District, Smt. Karya Bagang, MLA 9th Chayang Tajo Assembly, Shri. Ashok Tajo, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Er. Pai Dawe, large number of well-wishers and parents were present for the inauguration ceremony. VKV Chayang Tajo has at present classes from I to III. Gradually classes will be increased every year. It is situated 80 Km away from Seppa, the District Head Quarter of East Kameng District. Shri Sanjeeb Kr. Kar is the founding Principal of the School.

Inauguration of B.Ed. college


It was a long cherished dream of Kendra to start a B.Ed college to groom aspiring youths to be committed and competent teachers to the overall educational scenario of the state.
Vivekananda Kendra College of Teacher Education at VKV-Complex, Nirjuli held the inaugural function to mark the historical beginning of a new B.Ed college on 25th July 2016 at VKV Complex. The inauguration was done by Dr. Joram Begiji, Prant Pramukh of Vivekananda Kendra and the Chief information commissioner, Government of Arunachal Pradesh in a befitting Programme. Speaking on the occasion Dr.Begiji said that Vivekananda Kendra of Arunachal Pradesh is committed to provide quality higher education to the people of Arunachal Pradesh and the B.Ed College is one another effort to fulfil the dream of Mananeeya Eknathj.
Shri Unnikrishnan P.M, Education Officer of VKVAPT was also present on the occasion and he underlined the need for creating a base for future professionals in the field of education to improve its overall quality.
VKCTE is affiliated to Rajiv Gandhi University and approved by National Council of Teacher Education, Govt. of India.


Participation in various training programs


CCE Workshop at Naharlagun

Shri. K. Jaishankar, Principal, VKV Itangar;   Shri. Rajan. P., Principal, VKV Banderdewa; Shri. Sangram Chowdhury, VKV Nirjuli, Shri. Dhrubajyoti Nath, VKV Yazali; Shri. Balasaheb D. Nagarale, VKV Balijan and  Shri M.V. Ravindran, VKV Vivek Vihar  participated in a 2 day Capacity building Programme conducted by CBSE – Centre of Excellence, Kolkata on Co – Scholastic aspects of CCE on 28th & 29th June 2016 at Royal International School at Naharlagun. Smt. Ratna Singh, Principal, Hindustani Kendriya Vidyalaya, Guwahati and Master Resource Person for CCE, CBSE, New Delhi was the main resource person for the program.

Science Teachers Training workshop

10 Teachers namely Shri. Amitava Mondal, VKV Balijan; Shri. Prashant Neog, VKV Banderdewa; Shri. T.Sritharan, VKV Nirjulil; Shri. Vinod Kothawade, Shri. Aurobindo Mohanty and Shri. K.K.Subramainan from VKV Itanagar, Shri. Gupta Bigop Parida, VKV Vivek Vihar, Shri. Anupam Dey, VKV Yazali, Shri. Surjit Singh, VKV Oyan & Shri. Manu Kumar .H.N, VKV Sher participated in a 2 day Science Teachers training workshop jointly organized by CSIR,NEIST Branch  and Royal Society of Chemistry, Kolkata on 19th & 20th July at Naharlagun. Smt .Vimala Oak, Royal Society of Chemistry was the resource persons for the camp.  The workshop threw light on the active learning process through various activities like show me the board, card sort, concept map, dart method, word search, dominoes, Bingos & Tarsia. Teacher were trained in hands on activities in finding the pH of different fruits and leaves, Production of carbon dioxide by baking powder and vinegar, Ionization with iron oxide, Electrolysis, Decomposition reaction, Displacement reaction, Double displacement reaction &Oxidation.

Vedic Ganit Workshop

13 teachers of mathematics from VKVs of Arunachal Pradesh participated in a Vedic Ganit Workshop organized for the teachers of Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalayas North East by Vivekananda Kendra Shiksha Prasar Vibhag (VKSPV), Guwahati at Vivekananda Kendra Institute   of Culture (VKIC) Uzanbazar, Guwahati from 21st to 23rd July. Sri Sriram Chouthaiwale from Nagpur, Maharastra was the main Resource person for the Workshop. Vedic methods of Addition, Subtraction, multiplication, division, finding squares of numbers and various mathematical operations with polynomials were the focus of the workshop.

Bhoomi Puja at VKV Baljan for New Hostel complex

The Bhoomi Puja for a new Girls’ hostel complex at VKV Balijan was performed on 14th August 2016 in the presence of Man. Pravinji, Secretary, VKVAPT; Shri. Chukku Takar , Additional Deputy Commissioner, Balijan; Dr.R. N. Pal , Founder Director, National Yak Research Centre, Dirang, Shri. P.M Unnikrishnan and number of well-wishers, students and teachers of VKV Balijan. The complex was designed by Ar. Kento Ori and Er. Jakre would supervise the project.

Superannuation

Shri. G Raman, Smt. Venuga Devi and Su. Upasana Sharma have retired from their long years of service in July 2016. All three have made self-effacing farewell for their dedicated long career whose entire adult life spent in various VKVs for the service of this Himalayan State.  The emotional Raman Sir has remarked that his mind is fully with Aruanchal and he would cherish the memories of being with little kids, their pranks, seeing them growing in front of his eyes etc forever.

Hosting of State Level Van Mahotsav by VKV Itanagar


VKV Itanagar hosted the 67th state level Van Mahotsav Programme on 4th July 2016. : Smt. Shakuntala Gamlin IAS, Chief Secretary, Government of Arunachal Pradesh, Sri K D Singh, Advisor to Hon’ble Chief Minister, Government of Arunachal Pradesh, Sri. Onkar Singh, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (PCCF), Environment and Forest (E&F), Government of Arunachal Pradesh, Sri. G N Sinha, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (PCCF), Wildlife and Biodiversity (WL&BD), Government of Arunachal Pradesh, Dr. Rajendra Kumar, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (PCCF), Planning and Development (P&D), Government of Arunachal Pradesh etc were the important dignitaries present for the programme.
The Chief Secretary inaugurated the function by planting a tree. All the dignitaries also planted trees in the campus. After the massive tree plantation, the awareness programme was held in Man. Eknathji Centenary Hall. Shri. Unnikrishnan.P.M, Education Officer, VKVAPT delivered the welcome address. The Chief Guest Smt. Shakuntala Gamlin narrated the conditions of Japan, where the cities have come up with natural beauty of trees with their concentrated efforts. She shared her dream for Itanagar that it should be developed as the Smart & Green City by planting trees in large numbers. She also lauded the efforts taken by VKV authorities for keeping the campus clean and full of vegetation in the campus. She also congratulated the VKV authorities for providing ideal environment for learning for children.
She has announced that the approach road to VKV Itanagar which is in a precarious condition would be made concrete soon.


Visit of Chief Secretary to VKV Dollungmukh

VKV Dollungmukh students and staffs were enthralled when they got an opportunity to receive the Chief Secretary Smt. Shankutala Gamlin, IAS; various officials from Government of Arunachal Pradesh and NHPC Officials who made an unannounced visit to the school on 3rd July 2016.  She interacted with the staff and students of the school.

Inauguration of Non- formal Sanskrit Education Centre @ VKV Nirjuli

A Non Formal Sanskrit Education Centre was inaugurated  on 26th August by the Education Officer of the Trust  Shri. Unnikrishnan.P.M in a simple ceremony at VKV Nirjuli. Non Formal Sanskrit Education centre is the initiative of Rastriya Sanskrit Sansthan, deemed University under Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. VKV Nirjuli will be the partner for the programme. Initially there would be 3 batches of 30 persons enrolled in the program.

Glittering performance of VKV Students in District Level Science Seminar

It was a great moment for the VKVs of Arunachal Pradesh when students from various VKVs stood first in 14 Districts in the District level Science Seminar.  The names of the first position holders are given below:
Sl.No.Name of VKVParticipants NameSl.No.Name of VKVParticipants Name
1NirjuliKm. Apurv Sarkar8JirdinKm. Toyir Kango
2SherKm. Takam Dado Madang9Nivedita Vihar, SeijosaKm. Pung Taku
3TafrogamKr. Sanghmitra Phukan10Kitpi TawangKm. Lobsang Dolma
4ZiroKm. Taku Tako Amung11AmliangKr. Kapnai Losu
5YingkiongKm. Anne Aje12KuporijoKm. Lukyir Taji
6KoloriangKm. Yumlam Kena13NiausaKhunwang Harisik
7RoingKm. Priya Barua14KharsangTumniang C Kongkang

Alumni Meeting


It was an effort to form a core group of alumni who are ready to take up the responsibilities of organizing other alumni members. Advocate Pritam Taffo has organized the meeting of alumni wherein 24 alumni who studied in various VKVs namely Jairampur, Balijan, Sher, Kuporijo, Seijosa & Oyan participated. Dr. Ajit Kanitkarji facilitated the discussion for the need and strengthening of VKV alumni activities in the state. Shri. Unnikrishnanji, Shri. Rupeshji, Shri. S.C.Dixit, Shri. Pradeep.Y and Sri K Jaishankar were present for the Programme.

Annual Principal Meet


The Annual Principal meet for the session 2016-17 was held at VKVAPT, Dibrugarh on 28 and 29 July 2016. Except the Principals of the newly established schools namely VKV Kimi & Chiyang Tajo, all the Principals and Vice Principal attended the Meet. The Meet also was graced by Kendra elders and Trustees who guided the all. In the evening of the 28 July, Sri Rinchin Dorjee, Trustee addressed the participants. Mananeeya Pravinji while setting the tone of the meeting expressed happiness on the performance of the students in the Class X examination which has made a threefold improvement than the last examination in terms of CGPA 10 scoring. At the same time, he emphasized that while imparting quality education, we should ensure that the core values need to be infused to the students.  Mananeeya Balakrishnanji in his guidance suggested everyone to be self-motivated and not to depend on the external motivation which is transitory. Mananeeya Bhanudasji in his session’ Effective Leadership’ explained with examples the qualities of a good leader based on the core values upheld Vivekananda Kendra and the ideal people like Swami Vivekananda and Mananeeya Eknathji. The Kendra Prarthana also contained all necessary messages which give immense strength to overcome any difficulty.  In addition to the guidance of the elders, there were also detailed Result Analysis of the various VKVs in the last Class X and XII examination, Steps taken by the schools as well as VKVAPT to achieve good result, Action taken Report of various decisions taken in the last Principal Meet and discussions on various administrative matters.


Principal’s Workshop

A workshop for the Principals of VKVs of Arunachal Pradesh was conducted on 30th and 31st August 2016.  Dr Ajit Kanitkar, a renowned Management expert was the main facilitator of the Workshop.  Through various activities like Group Discussions and Presentation, Role Play, brainstorming etc many topics were dealt with which are of utmost relevance to the principals. Through the activities, the participants revisited the goal of the organization, analyzed the changing scenario of the overall atmosphere of the school and making plans to meet the challenges posed by such changes, made plans to strengthen each school, chalked out measures to strengthen the teaching staffs, school support group, alumni etc. The principals also made SMART plans for the session.

Follow up meeting of Chintan Baithak

A follow-up meeting of the Chintan Baithak which was held in the last session was conducted on 1st August 2016. All the participants of the last Chintan Baithak were present in the follow-up meeting. The action taken Report of different decisions were presented in the beginning. Afterwards, there were more discussions on various aspects of school strengthening. The activities which are felt to be taken up in this session to strengthen all aspects of the schools were chalked out.

Vivek Inspire Mentor’s Workshop

The Second Mentors’ Workshop relating to the VIvek Inspire Program was held on 8th & 9th August 2016 at VKV Itanagar.43 Teachers from 28 VKVs in Arunachal Pradesh attended the  workshop. Sri Vivek Pongshe, Secretary Education Jnana Prabodhini, Smt.Jyothi Khemkar and Smt.Mrinmayi Vaishaymapayn from Jnana Prabodhini, Pune were the resource persons for the camp.
Orientation about various tests like GMAT, CAT, CSAT, CET, PSA & NTSE, Emotional Awareness, Self-Study Skills and different games to create mental alertness were the important activities. The Participants have prepared their action plan for the rest of the months and also shared the best practices in their respective schools. Shri. Unnikrishnan.P.M, Education Officer delivered the concluding address.

Vivek Inspire Students Workshop


The students’ workshop for the first and the second batch of the Vivek Inspire students were held in three nodal centers VKV Nirjuli, VKV Ziro and VKV Roing from 2nd to 7th August and 9th to 14th August respectively.  Resource persons drawn by Jnana Probodini, Pune conducted the workshops in all the venues.
Dear Sisters and Brothers, today is the last day of August and it is also last day of the present responsibilities as the Joint Secretary of VKVs in Arunachal Pradesh. I am fortunate enough to be in the land of rising sun for the last 24 years.  Many asked me “Are you leaving Arunachal Pradesh?”  I did not answer to any of them as it was difficult. The two lines of the poem was the answer to myself
“Can you quit a thing that you like a lot?
You may talk of pluck; it’s an easy word…………”
I could experience the snippets of goodness everywhere in Arunachal Pradesh and I consider them as the pearls from the land of rising sun. I am carrying them in my heart and moving on ………….
Wish you all the best for your onward march!
With prayers.
Joint Secretary
            Every Nation, every man, every woman, must work out one’s own salvation.  Give them ideas- that are the only help they require, and then the rest must follow as the effect.  Ours is to put the chemicals together, the crystallization comes in the law of nature.  Our duty is to put ideas into their heads, they will do the rest.  This is what is to be done in India.
                                                                                                       ~~ Swami Vivekananda                                                        

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Heartfulness Meditation Programme at VKV Itanagar

 Heartfulness Meditation Programme


A team from SRI RAMACHANDRA MISSION, CHENNAI conducted a 3-days training programme for Heartfulness Meditation to the students and Teachers of VKV, Itanagar from 7th July to 9th July 2016.Heartfulness Meditation is about feeling the lightness and joy of our true nature and experiencing it in our hearts. Heartfulness Meditation brings long lasting change in behaviour and attitudes. Participants also learnt the art of cleaning the accumulated negativities in the mind and experience the stress free, peaceful and joyful life. It also helps the students to excel in studies.
Capt. Vineet Singh Ranawat, Joint Secretary, SRC Mission, Chennai and Smt. Jyoshna Sharma from Delhi guided the participants along with Sri Kina Temik, Zonal Coordinator, Heartfulness Institute Chennai.
250 participants were benefitted by the programme.

Friday, 1 July 2016

Sargam Camp @ VKV Itanagar

Sargam Camp 2016 @ VKV Itanagar

A 5 days SARGAM camp was conducted for the selected 20 students and 5 music teachers of VKVs Arunachal Pradesh in VKV Itanagar from 25-29 Jun 2016. Five Students each from VKVs Balijan, Vivek Vihar, Nirjuli and Itanagar participated in the camp. Students and newly selected music teachers were trained in singing Patriotic Songs and Bhajans & Chanting of Prayers and Bhagawad Gita (Chapter 16). In all the participants have learnt 36 different items. The chief trainer was Shri R Krishna Kumar from VKVAPT. The camp was inaugurated by Shri R Krishna Kumar, VKVAPT in a simple function on 25th June 2016. Shri Deepak Chandra Bhatt, Executive Engineer, Central Water Commission graced the valedictory function held at 3.30 on 29th June 2016.

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

News Round-up April & May 2016

News Round-up April & May 2016

The schools have just re-opened. I can imagine the gleaming and excited faces of younger ones, who are the proud owners of new text books, notebooks, School bag, Umbrella etc.… walking on the corridors along with their friends during recess to share about vacation and various happenings during the last 2 months. New academic year brings new hopes and new aspirations.
Sitting in Breezy Meadows visualising the same and also observing the various thoughts which are passing through my mind is a pleasant experience.
I feel we need to take care of two important aspects in this academic session. Teachers, Staff and all parents should do everything to create a joyful learning atmosphere in schools and also develop Self Esteem of the students.  Equal opportunities for all the students and taking care of the words and actions can ensure positive atmosphere to keep the self-esteem of the child intact.
There are many things to share about the various activities that happened in the months of April and May.

Acharya Prashikshan Shibir 2016:


17th Acharya Prashikshan Shibir was conducted in Kanyakumari from 5th to 30th April 2016 in which 97 teachers attended from the VKVs of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Nagaland, Andaman and Nicobar Island, Karnataka & Tripura.  The shibir provided comprehensive training to the teachers in respect to Kendra ideology, Indian Culture, Teaching Skills and various other topics which have enriched the teachers immensely.
The APS 2016 was full of activities planned to enrich the participants in all the skills required to be an ideal Acharya in VKVs as well as to make one’s life purposeful and meaningful.  The participants were busy right from morning to night in  prayer, yogasanas, various group activities, attending lecture sessions, practice teaching, Patriotic song and Bhajan practice, story telling sessions, Kridya Yoga, visiting important places etc. Many important topics were dealt with are like 23 lectures by Mananeeya Nivedita Didi on ‘Indian Culture’, 27 Classes on Teaching Skills, Counseling and Lesson Plans by Sri. Unnikrishnan P.M.;  Mananeeya Balakrishnanji on ‘ Purification’ and how to overcome Shadripus and how to practice 6 good qualities; Bhanudasji on ‘Bhagawad Gita’ and “Kendra Prayer” ; Pravinji on ‘Vivekananda Kendra –A thought Movement’ and “Vivekananda Kendra Activities; Hanumanta Raoji on ‘Jeevane Yavadadanam Syat Pradanam Tatodhikom’, Swami Vivekananda & Ramakrishna Paramhamsa; “Man making Nation Building”, “Sa Vidya Ya Vimuktaye” and “Vishava Ke Vijayata” by Radha Devi; The story of Rock Memorial by Sri Avinashji, Karya Paddhati theory and practical by Sri Kamalakant, Role of Teachers in School Administration by Sri Suvan Sett, Pancha Prerana Srot by Smt. Reboti Didi. In addition to the above Dr. Ashokji P. Das, a human capital Management Consultant conducted two days workshop on various activities like Group Discussion, Preparation of Charts, and Book Analysis etc.  A follow up could be possible in the schools with all these APS participants, let them share their experiences with the team and do better in the schools.

Result of Class X and XII:

The students of VKVs have done well in the Class X and Class XII Board examination 2016 the result of which was declared on 21st and 28th May 2016 respectively. A Summary of the same has been given below:
Summary of Class X and XII result
ClassTotal StrengthTotal PassPass Percentage
X94394199.78
XII Science15113690.06
XII Arts302790
XII Commerce7685.71
Other Features of Class X Result
No of CGPA 10 studentsNo of CGPA  9& Above studentsOther Remarks
135
260
VKV Tafrogam with 34.1% students followed by VKV Itanagar with29.2% and Nirjuli with 21.4% having CGPA 10 are at the top
Other Features of Class XII Result
Highest percentage in ScienceKm Siddhi Shrivastava94.4
Highest percentage in ArtsKm Kime Rinio91.8
Highest percentage in CommerceMarmi Panggam89.2

Participation in Orientation Training:

Two of our teachers were sent to attend Orientation Training on supportive intervention for Children with Learning Behavioral problemswhich was organized by NIIPCD, Guwahati on 9th to 13th 2016.  Sri Madan Kr Sarkar, Principal, VKV Yingkiong and Sri Rajib Konwar, Teacher, VKV Seijosa attended the Camp. The training was meant for the schools’ teachers of North-East in which 47 teachers participated.
Learning Problems/difficulties in Children, gaining perspectives, Modification in school Processes for children with Learning problems, Intellectual disabilities in children, Addressing the issue in schools, Role of school family in supporting children with learning and behavioral problems etc were dealt in the 5 day training Programme.

Recruitment Drive:


The recruitment drive for inducting new teachers for the Vidyalayas was done from the last week of March to the last week of April in various places. The interview panel consisted of many Principals and teachers namely Sri S.C.Dixit, Smt Shanti Manoharan, K.K.Subramanian, Sri Panchanan Tripathy, Sri Y.Pradip, Sri Gunashekharan, Sri P Padmanabhan, Sri Kumarvel, Sri Ajay Kumar. P, Sri A. Krishnan, Sri K. Jaishankar,Sri Bibuti Bhushan Bal, Sri Ashish Chatterjee, Sri Shyamal Chakraborty, Sri R.Murugan, Sri Balaji N. Wagmare, Sri  Ananda Dutta, Sri Vinod Kathawade and Sri Ananjan Bose. The recruitment process included written test and interview by the interview panel. The selected teachers have started reporting to the school.

Participation in Summer Training Camp on Basic Science:


Sri Vinod T Kothawade, teacher, VKV Itanagar and three students from VKV Itanagar namely Saugat Deb, Shubham Rai, Jumyi Bagra attended the 10th North-East Students’ summer training Camp on Basic Sciences at Bose Institute, Darjeeling Campus from April 25 to May 7, 2016. 3 Students each from all the 7North-Eastern States plus the state of Sikkim and West Bengal attended the Camp. In addition to various sessions taken by experts like Prof Samar Bagchi, Prof.B.N Das etc on topics like Air Pressure & Bernoulli’s Principle,Immunology,Microbiology,Climate Change, Plant Science etc the students were also taken to Dohtrey Reserve Forest. It was a great opportunity for the students to learn the concepts through activities.

Vimarsh:

A ‘Vimarsh’ was conducted at Pachin, Neder Namlo on 18th May 2016 on the topic ‘Serve Man Serve God’.It was a good experience for me to speak to the audience of 30 people who listened with rapt attention. There was also a question answer session. Smt Ranjana Didi from VKV Nirjuli and Su Sutapa Didi were also present on the occasion.

Setting up of English Language Lab:


A language lab with state of the art facilities have been set up in EMRS Bana and is ready to use in this session.  The language lab will accelerate the teaching of English language in the school.

Give a little and Get lot - Joy of volunteering:


Gandhiji once said “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” There are many wonderful things that will never be done if you do not do them, and volunteering is one such thing.
60 Students of VKV Nirjuli, Itanagar and Vivek Vihar had unique experience as they decided to invest some part of their vacation for volunteering for the activities of ‘Vivek Kiran’ at Kimin Circle. 8 Students out of 60,gave more than 20 days for organising various activities of Vivek Kiran.
They taught the Anganwadi children, went around villages to conduct classes for adults, discuss with Anganwadi workers about the syllabus to be covered and stayed in the villages to be one among them to share their happiness and sorrow. One of them even became the mediator for settling certain petty disputes between families.
One of the students who spent 35 days for the project wrote “The experience was incredible! I never felt lonely or felt bored to be the part of the project by leaving my family members and the friends who are enjoying the vacation. I experienced many different things: there were enjoyable moments, challenging ones, and moments full of laughter, of hard work, of happiness . . . and above all, there were moments of discovery—I learned so much about myself, about others, about what’s happening around us and about a world I had never experienced before, one that has captured my heart.”
15 staff including Principals and Teachers volunteered to be the part of various activities conducted in the annual vacation.
Sl NoNameVKVVolunteered for
1Sri Ananda DuttaVKVAPTRecruitment
2Sri Bibhuti Bhushan BalSunpuraRecruitment
3Sri K.JaishankarItanagarRecruitment
4Sri A KrishnanRoingRecruitment
5Sri R.MuruganDollungmukhRecruitment
6Sri Ashish ChatterjeeKuporijoRecruitment
7Sri Ajaykumar P.OyanRecruitment
8Sri P PadmanabhanRagaRecruitment
9Sri Sangram ChoudharyNirjuliCBSE work
10Smt. Swapana BorahYazaliAPS at Kanyakumari
11Dr.Rajendara KakadeItanagarAPS at Kanyakumari
12Sri Shyamal ChakrabortyKharsangAPS at Kanyakumari
13Sri KK.MishraNirjuliVacation works at VKV Itanagar
14Sri Sangram ChoudharyNirjuliCBSE work
Vivekananda Kendra has a good man power in VKVAPT set up. I amvisualising the army of the men and women taking up the flag of service and volunteering many more works in the days to come.
The quote by Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore is echoing in my mind
"I slept and dreamt that life was joy
I awoke and saw that life was service
I acted and behold, service was joy."
My dear staff members and students, let us all focus our potentialities by becoming creative, open minded and dedicated so that we understand human values, needs and respect of self as well as others.
Wish you a great academic year 2016-17.
Joint Secretary
Have faith that you are all, my brave lads, born to do great things!  Let not the barks of puppies frighten you, no, not even the thunderbolts of heaven, but stand up and Work!      
                                                                                                      ----Swami Vivekananda.                         

Thursday, 31 March 2016

News Round-up February & March 2016

News Round-up February & March 2016

We are in the fag end of the academic session 2015-16. The just ended academic year was full of activities. Man. Balakrishnanji after going through the annual report of VKVs in Arunachal Pradesh expressed his happiness on the magnitude of works taking place in VKVs and also the efforts of all the Karyakartas for their contributions. He said while interacting with the team at VKVAPT Dibrugarh, “VKVs have conducted various activities which are quite noteworthy. These activities will surely contribute for the development of the State. ”
Often I wonder at the passion and dedication of many Principals and teachers who are taking the work to a new height. Making the people to be passionate about the work is the very secret of our work as the capacity to experience a strong commitment to the ideals of Vivekananda Kendra would release a very potent energy in each and every person.
There are many things to share about the activities conducted in the months of February and March.
Spectacular Achievement of students in NMMS examination 2015
The students of VKVs have made clean sweep in the NMMS Examination 2015 by bagging almost all the scholarship by occupying the 133 positions out of 134 in the state. VKV Vivek Vihar became first in position tally followed by VKV Nirjuli.
The number of students from different VKVs has been given below:
Sl NoVKVNo of students selectedSl NoVKVNo of students selected
1Vivek Vihar2810Kharsang4
2Nirjuli2511Yazali3
3Ziro1512Sher3
4Tafrogam813Banderdewa3
5Itanagar814Seijosa3
6Oyan715Nivedita Vihar2
7Jirdin616Raga3
8Roing917Balijan1
9Joram418Wessang1
Total 133
Special Programme for the winners of NMMS Examination
AProgramme was organized at Science Centre on 20th February for the winners of NMMS Examination. Shri. Vivek Ponkshe, a noted educationist and Secretary (Education), Jnana Prabhodhini, Pune graced the occasion. He addressed the students to give idea about various dynamics of competitive examinations and urged them to be true learners. Shri. Unnikrishnan.P.M, Education Officer, Shri. S.C.Dixit, Principal, VKV Itanagar & Shri. Y .Pradip, Principal of Vivek Vihar were also present for the Programme.
Matri Puja
We could conduct Matripuja in all the Secondary and Higher Secondary schools. The Programme evoked very good responses and many have termed it as the most unique experience in their life.
Vivek Inspire Mentors Training Camp
A training camp for the selected teachers from various VKVs was organized in VKV Itanagar from 16th to 19th February 2016 in which 47 teachers attended. Sri Vivek Ponkshe, Educational Secretary of Jnana Probodhini, Pune, Dr. Vanita Patwardhan &Dr. Sujala Watve, Educational Psychologist from Jnana Prabodhini, Pune were the main Resource persons of the camp. The training camp was mainly to groom the teachers as the mentors for the gifted students in their respective schools. The theoretical aspects of nurturing giftedness among school children, various techniques for identifying the giftedness and nurturing the same, sharing of valuable experiences and conducting various psychological tests were the main activities of the camp.
The trained teachers will act as a mentor in the school level for the students selected for Vivek Inspire program which envisage to nurture gifted students for a period of five years.
Vivek Inspire Students workshops
The third workshop in the series under Vivek Inspire program was conducted in three venues namely VKVs Ziro, Itanagar and Roing from 20th February to 24 February. Altogether 154 students attended the workshops. Selected Resource persons from Jnana Probodhini, Pune guided the students in all the venues.  Students were exposed to various innovative tasks which gave vent to their creativity as well as thinking skill. Students practiced speed reading, dramatization, interviews, scrap book making, map reading, Reasoning activities, science activities etc during the workshop.
Varshik Baithak
The Varshik Baithak of the Vivekananda Kendra Arunachal Pradesh Prant was held in Pasighat on 5th and 6th March 2016. All the Principals of VKVs and Karyakartas of VK Arunachal Pradesh Prant attended the Baithak. Mananeeya Balakrishnanji, Vice-President of Vivekananda Kendra, Kanyakumari & Dr.Joram Begiji, Pranta Pramukh graced the occasion.
VKVAPT Team meeting
A meeting with the Cluster- in- Charges was convened in VKVAPT, Dibrugarh on 2nd and 3rd March 2016.  The meeting discussed various administrative and academic matters of VKVs in Arunachal Pradesh. There were sharing on the: All India Adhikari Baithak, Janjati Sammelan in VK Kanyakumari&A unique program namely ‘North-East Calling’ organized by VK Mumbai for selected elites which was  addressed by Shri. Ajit Dovalji, National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister. 
Recruitment team meeting
In order to orient the recruitment team, a meeting was held on 16th March at VKVAPT, Dibrugarh. The recruitment for the session 2016-17 has been planned in a massive way in which interviews have been kept in various venues in the entire country in the months from March to May 2016. The interview will be held in 23 places on various dates. The new selection procedure was discussed in detail. As per the new system all the aspiring candidates have to undergo a written test and interview by three team members in each venue. The selection will be done on the basis of all India Ranking.
Leadership Workshop
A day long Leadership workshop was conducted in VKVAPT, Dibrugarh for the selected senior teachers and Principals. 4 newly inducted Principals and 4 existing Principals attended the workshop. The main objective of the workshop was to share experiences, discuss various dimensions of leadership, ways of Academic monitoring and administrative matters. It was very encouraging to witness the active discussion in the workshop. Shri. Unnikrishnan.P.M, & Shri. Krishna Kumar initiated various discussions in the workshop.
State award to NSS Programme Officer
Shri. L.D.Singh of VKV Roing has been awarded with the prestigious State Award for the best NSS Programme Officer of the State for the year 2015-16. Shri. L.D.Singh with the active guidance of Shri. A. Krishnan, Principal of VKV Roing coordinated various activities to give best experiences to NSS volunteers of VKV Roing Unit. His Excellency Governor J.P.Rajkhowa gave away the award in a glittering ceremony at Itanagar on 23rd March 2016.
Introducing Online Banking facilities
We have introduced online Fee collection system in VKV Itanagar and Vivek Vihar. This would give more flexibility to parents to deposit school fee and streamline the fee collection system.
Upgradation of VKV Kitpi Tawang
VKV Kitpi Tawang is going to be upgraded to a secondary school in the next academic session. CBSE inspection team has satisfactorily visited the school and the formal approval is expected shortly.
New Facilities for EMRS Bana
The EMRS Bana, run by VKVAPT is going to have two digital classrooms and a language lab facility at the very start of the next session which will enhance the teaching learning process of the students. The state of the art digital classrooms will be installed by Next Education, an education technology provider and the English language lab by station- e Info Services Pvt. Ltd., Gujarat.
New construction Activities
VKV Joram will have new School building and Class rooms. Ar.Prasad Badve and Ar. Rasika Badve who have conceptualized the unique master plan of the school were present for the lay out works at Joram in the second week of March along with our Education Officer and Cluster In-charge of Subansiri.
Various recognitions
Sri N.Kumarvel, Principal VKV Seijosa and Cluster- in- charge of Kameng cluster was given a special commendation certificate for his remarkable service by Additional Deputy Commissioner, Seijosa in Republic Day function at Seijosa.
VKV Koloriang has received the award for best participating Educational Institute in the progressive activities of Kurung Kumey District on 20th February on the occasion of Arunachal Statehood day.  Shri. Jiten Das, Principal of VKV Koloriang and his enthusiastic team members & Sri.N.Kumarvel deserve a special appreciation for the recognition.
APS at Kanyakumari
Acharya Prashikshan Shibir would be starting on5th April at V.K. Kanyakumari. 122 Participants are expected from Andaman, Assam, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and Karnataka. Shri. Shyamal Chakraborty, Dr. Rajendra Kakade, Smt. Swapna Borah have volunteered to be the part of the organizing team for this important event from VKVs APT.
May you have a productive and purposeful respite with your kith and kin at your native place during the vacation! Convey our love and regards to all the family members.
Joint Secretary

Bring light to the poor and bring more light to the rich, for they require it more than the poor.  Bring light to the ignorant and more light to the educated, for the vanities of the education of our time are tremendous!Your duty at present is to go from village to village, and make the people understand that mere sitting about idly won’t do any more.  Make them understand their real condition and say, “O ye brothers Arise!! Awake and Stop not till the Goal is Reached”.
                                                                                                                               ~~~~Swami Vivekananda.

Arohi 2015