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
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
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.


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.