Thursday, March 31, 2016

VKVAPT Feb month Newsletter

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 No VKV No of  students selected
1 Vivek Vihar 28
2 Nirjuli 25
3 Ziro 15
4 Tafrogam 8
5 Itanagar 8
6 Oyan 7
7 Jirdin 6
8 Roing 9
9 Joram 4
10 Kharsang 4
11 Yazali 3
12 Sher 3
13 Banderdewa 3
14 Seijosa 3
15 Nivedita Vihar 2
16 Raga 3
17 Balijan 1
18 Wessang 1
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. 

VK Rural Development Program Feb 2016 Activity Report

1.“Sri Rama Jaya Rama” Mantra was chanted during the Deepa Pooja and  Shivalinga Pooja and daily by our Balwadi school children, cultural class students and during monthly meetings by our Balwadi teachers and Social Workers.

Every month nearly 8,20,700 times mantras were chanted in 84 localities.
2. Through 76 Balwadis, 2,066 rural Children were nurtured.  In all the Balwadis, Malt along with hygienically prepared highly nutritive lunch with vegetables was served during the day. And in the evening vitamin-rich cereals were provided to the children.
3. In our Medicare Programme, 2115 patients were examined and treated for various common ailments, through 14 Rural Medical Centers in Kanyakumari, Nellai and Thoothukudi districts.
4. Eye camps were conducted at 3 places, in Kanyakumari, Nellai and Thoothukudi districts in which 893 were treated for their eye ailments and 158 were operated for cataract. 55 persons given eye drops and 73 persons given spectacles.
5. In 179 Samskara Vargas, 6,969 students participated.  The students were taught about the values of Indian Culture, through games, lectures & lessons.  The feelings of oneness were strengthened among participants, through patriotic songs and games.
6. Under Adopt a Grannie Programme, 24 destitute and old people were provided with monthly solatiums, in the form of rice, dhal, oil, etc., for their livelihood and 119 persons provided rice only, in Southern four districts of Tamilnadu.
7. Monthly Deepa poojas were organized in 234 village temples in five districts of Southern Tamilnadu, in which 10696 ladies participated and offered prayers for the welfare of self, family and the society.
8. Under Amrita Surabhi Scheme, our Kendra workers collected 974  Kgs of rice from five districts.
9. Through various branch centers, including Thoothukudi A.O. and book stalls, literature books were sold for Rs. 112,109 /-
10. 152  Vivekavani two years one  Subscriptions collected, 351  Patron were also collected.
11. 80 women are being benefited in 4 Self Help Groups in Kanyakumari district.
12. Yoga Varga has been conducted at 02 places,  Kovilpatti and  Aruppukottai in which 25 persons attended.
13. Swadhyaya Varga has been conducted at one  places,  Kovilpatti and  Aruppukottai in which 13 persons attended
14. 4 tailoring units are functioning well in Nellai & Kanyakumari districts with the total attendance of 81.
15. Shivalinga Poojas were conducted at 03 places in Kanyakumari District and 212 members participated.
16. Durga Pooja was conducted at 03 places, in Kanyakumari District in which 233 devotees participated.
17. Rural  Block level competition was held in one district Total No.of. competitions - 7,  Schools - 31, Students -468, Parents - 4, Teachers  - 29
18. Rural  District  level competition was held in three districts Total No.of. competitions - 6,  Schools -257, Students -1257, Parents - 289, Teachers  - 204
21. ECO camp was conducted in Tenkasi 120 students participated.
22. VACS College Girls camp conducted at Kanyakumari from 03.02.2016 to 06022016. 162 students from 22 schools 9 parents & teachers participated in this camp. In concluding programme Joint General Secretary Shri. Previnji blessed the students.
23. Personality Development Camp conducted at Courtalam in Nellai District and 50 students participated.
24. Grand Anna Pooja programme held at Rameshwaram – Vivekananda Vidhyalaya, Swami Saradhananda and  “Vivekavani” editor N.Krishnamoorthiji attended and blessed the participants. Nearly 4800 kgs rice collected and 400 participated in the programme.
25. Mathru Pooja & Anna Pooja held at Mudiveeranpattinam – Ramnad district 1250 rice collected 350 participated
26. Swami Vivekanandar Vizha conducted in five districts at 17 places 3454 participated.
This month, we have distributed the rice which was collected through Amrita Surabhi and Anna Pooja   to Balwadi children, old poor people and the institutions as mentioned below:
1.  Mounagurusamy madam, Thootioodu - 100 Kgs
2.  Hindu Middle School - A.Thiumalapuram - 200 Kgs
C.Guilda – Sakthi Dharmapuram – Kanyakumari district
This incident happened during the arrangement of Thiruvattar Deepa Pooja. Myself and Leela Akka went for getting a tin of oil worth Rs.1100/- . We approached a housewife and she gave us Rs.550/-. We got Rs.101/- from another house. When we were thinking for the balance amount, a person called us. He asked us not to go anywhere for money and gave us remaining money Rs.550/-. We thought of God’s Grace and thanked him. This inspired me a lot.
C.Leela – Peyankuzhi – Kanyakumari district
This inspiring incident happened while I am searching for well wishers for monetary helpto print notice for the Deepa Pooja to be conducted at Thiruvattar Aadikesava Perumal Temple on 23.08.2015 . I happened to meet a student who studied in our Balwadi 22 years back. His name was Vaikunthamani and he is handicapped. On hearing my need he told me that he could bear the total expense as he was running a mobile shop. Then only I realized that our Kendra has developed so many social workers and service minded personalities. I blessed him for a blissful future and prayed Annai Aadhi Parasakthi to shower her blessings.
S.Anbarasi – Vallankumaranvilai – Kanyakumari district
This inspiration happened while attending the training camp at Kanyakumari. Ayyappan Annachi had arranged for watching an inspiring documentary film on Shree Eknathji Ranade. The film show occupied my mind and heart totally with the devoted and dedicated services rendered by the founder without exposing him to the public. When I visited the Vivekananda Rock Memorial amidst the sea, I was really stunned. I wonder how Eknathji acquired such a strength and devotion towards establishing Kendra and Rock Memorial. His life pattern inspired me to lead a life like Eknathji.
C.Selvarani – Paramakudi – Ramnad district

To conduct the ‘Deepa Pooja’ at Rameshwaram temple, we went to the Temple Police Station to get the permission. The Sub Inspector of Police enquired us all the details and gave us the phone to speak to the Inspector. Though the Inspector is a Christian he encouraged us to change the number from 2007 to 3006 and assured us that he would supply the match boxes needed. We thanked him and asked him to supply camphor instead of match boxes. He accepted at once. On hearing this, the lady constable was ready to share some of the expenses. This unexpected help encouraged us to render our services more enthusiastically.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Highlights of activity updates from various corner of the Country

  • Netaji Subhashchandra Bose Jayanti VK Mysore 2016
  • Samskar Varga at VK Mysore 2016
  • Anandalaya at VK Mysore 2016
  • Republic Day Celebration in Assam
  • Republic Day Celebration in Patana
  • Anandalaya Patana
  • Cyclic Meditation at Madurai 2016
  • Samskar Varga Gat Pramukh Shibir Jorhat Assam 2016
  • Samskar Varga Gat Pramukh Shibir North Lakhimpur Assam 2016
  • Geeta Jayanti Program Satar Via 2015
  • LOVE INDIA campaigning brahmapur 2016
  • NE Calling VK Mumbai 2016
  • Netaji Subhaschandra Bose Jayanti Kolkatta 2016
  • PDC workshop at Scottish church college VK Kolkatta 2016
  • Sanskar Varga Gata pramukh sibir VK Lakhimpur 2016
  • Sanskar Varga Gata pramukh sibir VK Mangaldoi 2016
  • VK phulera sarthak yuva samelan 2016
  • Vivekananda Jayanti Ranchi 2016
  • Samskar Varga at Madurai 2016
  • Suryanamaskar at Via 2016
  • महाशिवरात्रि के पर्व पर विवेकानंद केंद्र संभाजी नगर द्वारा साहित्य सेवा 2016
  • Computer Center at VK Mysore
  • Sahitya Seva Shiva Sagar Assam Shivaratri 2016
  • Bajan Sandhya Dibrugrah Mahashivratri

Thursday, March 10, 2016

From the place of pilgrimage to the harmful effects of Western technologies

This month’s newsletter brings you another beautiful signage which we have erected near Agni Teertham as part of ‘Green Rameshwaram’ initiative. The signage quotes Swami Vivekananda’s visit to Rameshwaram - “The very dust of this land has become holy to me; the very air is now to me holy; it is now the holy land, the place of pilgrimage, the teertha”.
In our happenings section, we have various training programmes mainly on Fish Amino technology, which were sponsored by NRDC, New Delhi, Holistic health, Renewable energy sources, etc. In addition, as a part of Social Engineering, we have series of networking activities. In the ‘Green Rameshwaram’ project, we have highlighted Prize distribution programme on Rangoli competition, Awareness programmes and Renovation of Papavinashaka Teertham. This month onwards we are going to have a separate newsletter for “Green Rameshwaram” project which you will receive in the coming days.
In the wisdom section, we have Dr.Vandana Shiva co-relating Limits of Nature and Development, Claude Alvares on Arrogance of Science and its effects on indigenous Indians and Otto Ullrich boldly informs us about the Harmful effects of Western technologies.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Mothers' Celebration in VKV Vallioor



In our school we celebrated Mothers’ Day in a grand manner on 27.02.2016. The function was commenced with devotional prayer song by our teacher. Next our principal welcomed the gathering of the function. Dr. Manickam, Leader of Sri RamaKrishna Paramahamsa Mantram, Panagudi Advisor of Tirunelveli Docters Association as a chief guest and made a great privilege for us. Shri. S.K.Subramanian graced the occasion with his support in all the arrangements.

Many competitions were conducted for the mothers and the winners were honoured by giving prizes. Many mothers took more efforts and interestingly prepared more delicious and varieties of dishes from natural things without fire and wire. At last the celebration came to end with Kendra Prayer.